February 2014


Draft UN Climate Report Reveals Future ‘We’re Not Prepared For’
Climate change to bring trillions in damages, hundreds of millions of refugees
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Major Nuclear Dump Has Leaked, But Does US Gov’t Have a Plan B?
Experts warn that troubled repository does not bode well for U.S. strategy for disposal of waste from nuclear weapons development
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Through the Climate Portal: Humanity’s Tragic Flaw
by David Goldstein

*We have been taught to stick our heads in the sand

While our teachers kiss our

And, in a bitter rendering of cosmic justice


Asses goodbye


‘After 3,000 Years of Pain’: Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College
by Kathy Kelly


What Does a Soviet Submarine Have to Do With US Government Secrecy?
by Nathan Freed Wessler


Iraq Veterans Against the War
Vets Outraged by Political Gamesmanship Over Veterans Healthcare Bill

*Flag wavers

And casket makers


The Real News Network
Argentina & The Emerging Market Crisis
James Henry: Facing a surging public deficit, Argentina has devalued its currency in response to the Fed’s tapering of quantitative easing and China’s slowed purchasing of imports


Chokwe Lumumba, Dead at 66, Leaves Behind Revolutionary Legacy
Tolu Olorunda and Rosa Clemente discuss the tremendous revolutionary legacy of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, which included internationalism and a model of electoral politics for liberation movements


Venezuela Opposition Boycotts Maduro-Backed Peace Conference As Unrest Continues
Alexander Main & Miguel Tinker Salas argue that Venezuela opposition protests do not include broad segments of the population and are aimed at destabilizing the elected government of Nicholas Maduro


Institute for Public Accuracy
From Keystone to Ecuador: The End of “Easy Oil”


FAIR Extra!
Jeff Bezos and the Imperial Paper
Washington Post’s prestige based on proximity to power
by Keane Bhatt

*The reactionaries call it “Pravda on the Potomac”.

As is sometimes the case, as with the ACA

They got it right

For the wrong reasons.


Democracy Now!
Peeping Webcam? With NSA Help, British Spy Agency Intercepted Millions of Yahoo Chat Images


Freed Bahraini Activist Zainab Alkhawaja on Her Year in Prison, Continued Detention of Her Father



Blue Cross Blue Shield: Don’t Take Away My Meds to Prove I’m Sick
by Malea Wilson

*Healthcare is a right guaranteed under Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the US is a signatory.

That injustices such as these are dime a dozen in this country, and that the lives of those affected are similarly valued, illustrates just how worthless is the word of our “leaders”, wouldn’t you say?


‘Wake-Up Call’ as Workers Test Positive for Radiation After Nuclear Leak
‘Unusually high’ number of employees contaminated at New Mexico site contradicts DOE’s initial claim that workers were not exposed
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Organic Agriculture: ‘The Way Forward’ in the Age of Climate Change
New report contrasts how industrial and organic systems affect and are affected by climate change
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Donlon’s comments about the true cost of industrial agriculture aren’t arguable, but what do you think the reaction to them would be from folks who are already struggling to pay for a roof over their head and other necessities?

These remarks come off as disconnected to their reality, regardless of their veracity, don’t you think?

What’s the answer to this conundrum?

I don’t have the solution. I can only say that as long as money defines our worth, rather than what each of us contributes to the community, to the best of our abilities, we’ll be faced with this dilemma.


Documents Say Navy Knew Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan
by Harvey Wasserman


Keystone XL Might Make You Sick, Literally
by Zoë Carpenter


Interpreting the Climate Impasse from India to America
by Subhankar Banerjee


Environmental Working Group (EWG)
‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical Found in nearly 500 Foods


FAIR Extra!
Imaginary Organisms
Media tout benefits of GMOs that never were
by Jonathan Latham


NYT Corrects Venezuela TV Falsehood

*”Accordingly, I’m afraid a contrary assessment from the CEPR doesn’t quite rise to the level of the empirical counter-evidence we require to correct a claim made in our articles.”

Blow your nose, Lucero.

The snot’s soaking your shirt.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine Crisis: How Cooler Heads Can Prevail


Democracy Now!
Big Oil and Bad Air: Report Exposes Link Between Fracking and Toxic Air Emissions in Texas



Defend Democratic Rights in Egypt
by the Egyptian Solidarity Campaign


A Tale of Three Cities: Newark, Jackson, Seattle
by Glen Ford
Black Agenda Report

*Ford, whom I’ve found to be a reliable source of imperative intel, allays to some degree my concerns expressed below regarding the Jackson plan

But again, it, as do the situations in Newark and Seattle, merits close and continuing scrutiny as to how well the walk mirrors the talk.


Peaceful Uprising
Taking the Mic: Why Structural & Environmental Racism Matter

*Isn’t it difficult enough to combat the time dishonored tactic of “divide and conquer”

Without aiding and abetting it through self destructive prejudice?

I’m just asking.


How ALEC Helps Big Telecom Change State Laws for Corporate Gain
by Brendan Fischer


A Complete US Withdrawal from Afghanistan? Bring… It… On
Obama orders Pentagon to draw up plans for ‘zero option’… and that’s a good thing, say those opposed to endless occupation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Boycott! Teachers Take Bold Stand Against ‘Insatiable Data Monster’
Putting careers on the line, Chicago elementary teachers vote ‘Yes’ to teaching but ‘No’ to useless testing
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Geoengineering: Path Towards Further Climate Chaos
New study reveals that widely discussed climate engineering strategies could bring little benefit, ‘potentially severe side effects’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Rube Goldberg, meet Dr. Frankenstein


‘US Troops Out Now’: Philippine Protesters Push Against Base Expansion
Hundreds march against Philippine government’s cooperation with US bid for heavier military presence
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Saving Our Blue Future: The Human Race Needs a New Water Ethic
by Maude Barlow


This Is No Recovery, This Is a Bubble – And It Will Burst
by Ha-Joon Chang


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine Crisis Leading to a New Cold War? Or Worse?


“Most Revolutionary Mayor” Dies — Will the “Jackson Plan” Proliferate?


Democracy Now!
Chokwe Lumumba: Remembering “America’s Most Revolutionary Mayor”

*The corpress unsurprisingly didn’t cover Lumumba’s death – or his time as mayor – but the “alternative establishment media” was MIA on the latter, as well.

From the time of that June interview, I don’t recall DN! or any other relatively visible alternative outlet examining what was happening in Jackson.

And in that context, I’d like to know why seeming regressive methods for raising revenues such as sales taxes and increasing water rates are those employed.

Jealous betrayed his establishment bias with his comments about Lumumba having “staked a far-out position at times in [his life]” – as if that was some sort of blemish on his credentials – but I have to wonder how closely he hewed to those ideals as mayor, both regarding the revenue measures, and his “working across the aisle … with people in the business community”.

I can’t say, as the lack of coverage makes all that difficult to ascertain.

I would hope that won’t continue to be the case as far as further developments in Jackson are concerned.


Japan, U.S. Move to Expand Nuclear Power Programs Despite Contamination at Fukushima & New Mexico



Detainees and Families on Hunger Strike for an End to Deportation:
Let Our Family Members Go!


New Study Confirms One of Agent Orange’s Toxic Legacies
Aircraft used to dump pernicious mix on Vietnam continued its threat for years.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Common Insecticides on the Rise in Your Home and Body: Report
Growing research on prevalent chemicals raising alarm over safety
by Common Dreams staff


Remember That Nuclear Dump Site That ‘Was Never Supposed to Leak’?
Nation’s only underground nuclear waste storage site, located in New Mexico, believed to be leaking radiation into air
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Radioactive Fukushima Plume Due to Reach West Coast this Spring
Scientists say lack of government supported research forcing them to use volunteers, predictive models
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Western Spy Agencies Infiltrating, Warping World of Online Activism
Latest Snowden documents show extent to which GCHQ has gone to ‘manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations’ of online targets
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
U.S. Christian Right Behind Anti-Gay Law Passed in Uganda
Rev. Kapya Kaoma: New Ugandan law that makes homosexual acts punishable by life imprisonment was modeled after the talking points of right- wing U.S. evangelicals

*Does a supposed deity have standing to sue for defamation of character?

If I were Jesus, I’d be talking to my lawyers.


Popular Uprising, Foreign Manipulation and Rising Fascism in Ukraine
Political economist Aleksandr Buzgalin and international law professor John Quigley discuss the internal rivalries for power taking place within Ukraine, and the history of its relations with Russia


The Question of US ‘Democracy Promotion’ in the Newspaper of Record

*The “response” to the Honduran coup may have been “weak”

But the complicity in it was robust.


‘El Chapo’ and El Banco

*Even if you believe the bullshit about “destabilizing the banking system”, what’s to prevent the feds from prosecuting the individuals involved?

Yes, it is the most rhetorical of questions.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Partitioning Ukraine? Threats to Jews and Others; Does Brzezinski Want to Partition Russia?

*Cold blooded continuation of a cold war


Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Inside the Army Spy Ring & Attempted Entrapment of Peace Activists, Iraq Vets, Anarchists


Spies of Mississippi: New Film on the State-Sponsored Campaign to Defeat the Civil Rights Movement

*I’d like to know how the Sovereignty Commission and Hoover’s FBI cooperated, for there’s no doubt that they did, is there?

I echo what Porter said

None of this is in the least shocking, is it?

Just soul searingly terrible.


PART 2: Interview with “Spies of Mississippi” Director and Reporter Jerry Mitchell



The Real News Network
Why is Inflation So High in Venezuela?
Gregory Wilpert (2/2): Attempting to build socialism surrounded by a global capitalist economy and being reliant on oil revenues, Venezuela is struggling to find a solution to capital flight and exchange rate problems


Venezuela Protests Reveal Rivalry in Opposition Leadership
Gregory Wilpert: High inflation and shortages trigger a protest movement that splits opposition camp


Wage Shares Fall in the US, Germany and Many Other Countries While Financial Shocks Hit Emerging Economies – Yilmaz Akyuz (2/2)
Economist, Yilmaz Akyuz on US & European crisis mismanagement and global imbalances


Fukushima Evacuation Order Lifted, But Motivations Questioned
Japan looks at long-term plan to re-populate homes near crippled plant as TEPCO continues precarious cleanup
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Africa: Slavery, King Cotton and the Industrial Revolution
by David William Pear


Creating the World We Want
In addition to knowing what we oppose, we are building the world we want to see
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers


Arresting Development: Why the Comcast-Netflix Deal Should Worry You
by Craig Aaron and S. Derek Turner


Hypocrisies of the Super-Rich
by Paul Buchheit


The Murky Politics of the $15 Minimum Wage
by Shamus Cooke


The Bleached Bones of the Dead: What the Modern World Owes Slavery
(It’s More Than Back Wages)
by Greg Grandin


Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage
by Chris Hedges


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine: Coup with Far Right Calling Shots


News From Venezuela–but Where Is It Coming From?


Democracy Now!
“The Paragraph Began to Self-Delete”: Did NSA Hack Computer of Snowden Biographer & Edit Book Draft?

*All your databases are belong to us



The Real News Network
Will $10 Minimum Wage Get All Working Americans Out of Poverty?
The Real News does the math with a single mother, who works for McDonalds, to find out if a potential wage increase will keep up with her cost of living


The Connection Between the Drug War In Mexico and Neoliberal Policies
Jeff Faux and John Ackerman say that neoliberal policies have created out- of-control violence and a humanitarian crisis in Mexico


Emergency Manager’s Plan for Detroit Called “Gut Punch” To Workers
Proposal calls for slashing monthly pension payments by 34% for general workers and 10% for police and firefighters
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Stripping the gears of the Motor City


Raise the Wage? GOP Leader Would Prefer His Own Death (But That’s Just Half the Story)
Though a $10.10 increase is likely going nowhere fast, city of Seattle shows why bolder $15 hike shows promise
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Historic Rally Challenges Fracking Export Industry in Maryland
Protesters march against LNG export terminal and ‘planet-wrecking vision of new fracking wells, pipelines, and compressors’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Before Comcast’s Mega-Merger: Mega-Bucks and Mega-Lobbying
Cable giant is well armed to muscle its purchase of Time Warner over regulatory and legislative hurdles
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Walk Softly. This Is Earth. We Have Much Still to Learn.
by Robert C. Koehler

*Never expect those in power to act with reason

Their position was achieved through its repression


Green Climate Fund: A Devil’s Bargain on the Climate
Will the Green Climate Fund—the UN body tasked with funding the transition to a clean-energy, climate-resilient future in the developing world—invest in fossil fuels?
by Janet Redman and Oscar Reyes

*”Green” as the new black


100+ Scientists Urge Obama to Wait on New Science before Permitting the Use of Seismic Airguns in the Atlantic Ocean
New Science is Essential to Protecting Marine Life from Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas


Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
New Safeguards Seek to Protect Farmworkers from Pesticides
EPA to update Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides after more than 20 years of problems


National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)
Federal Court Declares Bush-Era Rule that Removed Protections against Mountaintop Removal Mining Invalid


Time Puffs Mexico’s President


Democracy Now!
Turning a Wedding Into a Funeral: U.S. Drone Strike in Yemen Killed as Many as 12 Civilians


Silencing the Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta

*None of these bastards will spend ten years in prison for this terrorism

Or ten minutes.


The Shadow Lobbying Complex: How Corporations Are Hiding Vast Influence Peddling Efforts



Justice for Heather!
by Luis Vasquez

*If Levia had been the manager and fed these folks for free, these bastards would’ve had no cause to fire or even reprimand her.

Commending her would have been the appropriate response under those circumstances, and under those that actually transpired.

It beggars the imagination as to what possible rationale could be put forth to justify this mean spirited act.

What’s certain is that it could never do so.


Corporate Faces Behind Privatized Public Services Exposed
Report details highest payed ‘government workers’ in era of privatization
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Highly Radioactive Water Overflow at Fukushima
Leak follows recent reports of skyrocketing groundwater contamination
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa
by Edward Herman

*I have no trouble giving credence to this account of Western aggression and the propaganda campaign to justify it, but I think Herman paints a more positive portrait of Gaddafi that his rule warrants.

You don’t have to accept his opportunistic demonization to see him as a dictator, a torturer (of his own people, as well as those rendered to him by the West in the GWOT [tm]), and in general no one you’d want in a position of power.

Perhaps Herman assumes this to be understood, but I think it’s always important to spell out such contradictions.


Five Epic Fails in the FCC’s New Net Neutrality Plan
by Candace Clement


Documenting Darkness: How a Thug State Operates
by Tom Engelhardt


Obama’s Nuke-Powered Drone Strike on America’s Fiscal Sanity
by Harvey Wasserman


Climate Change Deniers Have Grasped That Markets Can’t Fix the Climate
The refusal to accept global warming is driven by corporate interests and the fear of what it will cost to try to stop it
by Seumas Milne


Public Citizen Publishes Checklist of Outstanding TPP Issues That Require Resolution for a Deal to Be Made


The Real News Network
Venezuelan Opposition Divided On Question of Regime Change
Steve Ellner: As both sides continue to mobilize supporters, class divisions within Caracas will limit the opposition’s ability to oust the Maduro regime


Institute for Public Accuracy
Threats in Ukraine: Coup, Fascism and War — And Western Culpability


Democracy Now!
A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape Suggests U.S. Was Plotting Coup


Venezuelan Protests: Another Attempt by U.S.-Backed Right-Wing Groups to Oust Elected Government?


Excessive Force? Migrant Shot Dead by U.S. Border Agent Near San Diego After Throwing Rock



International Abandonment of ‘Unprecedented Human Crisis’ a ‘Damning Indictment’
‘To not respond is a conscious and deliberate choice to abandon the people.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Vicious Global Warming Feedback Loop Worse Than Feared
Vicious cycle: amount of warming involved in Arctic ice loss, now amounts to roughly one-quarter of all warming
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Being O’Reilly Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

*Do you find it ironic that MSNBC handed the head of the Twitterer to someone like O’Reilly, who muses about beheadings?

And for what? Look at the tweet. There *was* reactionary outrage at the ad

And how many rightists condemned that reaction?

As for General Mills, they see the demographic changes, the increase in biracial families, and they do what profit seekers do to make more profit

And get some “Awww … ” props in the bargain.

Lastly, let’s keep in mind that the imperialists’ wet dream was a “Pearl Harbor” that would engender such fear and desire for revenge in the US public that they would have carte blanche to carry out their crusade for Bellum Americana.

(Whether they facilitated it, I can only speculate at this point.)

So who was fantasizing about “terror on our shores”?


In fairness, the tweet did engage in overbroad characterization, which serves no useful purpose

But when you lie down with dogs, as many “mainstream” conservatives have done ad nauseum with any number of unalloyed racists, sexists and homophobes

Perhaps you should tend to the beam in thine own eye before pointing to the mote in another’s.


Institute for Public Accuracy
84-Year-Old Nun Among Activists Sentenced While “Real Crime” of Nuclear Arms Ramps Up


Democracy Now!
“Black Trans Bodies Are Under Attack”: Freed Activist CeCe McDonald, Actress Laverne Cox Speak Out


Laverne Cox, CeCe McDonald on Facebook’s New Gender Options & How to Be an Ally to Trans People



Hold accountable colleges that refuse to protect survivors of sexual violence


Navy Readies Laser Weapon to ‘Revolutionize’ Warfare
“It fundamentally changes the way we fight.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Frightening fit

21st century technology

Stone Age mentality


As Climate Floods Surge, Taxpayers On Hook to Insure Homes of the 1%
NBC report shows FEMA redrawing flood maps to pass costs of storm insurance from ultra-rich to everyone else
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Here’s your “change”

Hope you’re happy


Promises of Prosperity, Fracking Delivers Devastating Toxic Emissions
New investigative report highlights the impact of the drilling boom on Texas residents
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fracturing the fairy tale


Killing US History: Misremembering America’s Wars (2003-2053)
The Pentagon’s Latest “Mission Accomplished” Moment
by Nick Turse

*History may possibly repeat itself

But its perversion is assured


Israel Is Losing the Fight Against BDS
by Ali Abunimah


Deconstructing the Dunn Trial: The Weaponization of Blackness vs. White “Fear”
by Khaled Beydoun


85 Billionaires and the Better Half
by Michael Parenti

*The poor will always be with us

Until the rich are not


US Support for Regime Change in Venezuela is a Mistake
The US push to topple the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro once again pits Washington against South America
by Mark Weisbrot


Food & Water Watch
Antitrust Experts, Consumer Group Dismiss Flour Milling Merger Divestiture Proposal as Inadequate
American Antitrust Institute and Food & Water Watch Continue to Urge DOJ to Block ConAgra-Cargill/CHS Horizon Milling Joint Venture


Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy
Change in Grain Policy Signals China’s Intent to Boost Meat Production
New research highlights global implications for food safety, food security and natural resources


The Real News Network
Jordan Davis Verdict Highlights Need for “Race-Conscious Solution” To U.S. Racism
Dayvon Love and Brendan Fischer say that ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws help rationalize violence against people of color by legitimizing fear of black men

*Fear is the power class’ greatest weapon.

It employs fear against its victims through threat and violence, but also in the context of portraying itself as the protector of the greater society from its victims, even as they exploit all those under its control.

The goal of “divide and conquer” is to keep us at each other’s throats

So that we are oblivious to the chains around our necks.


UAW Effort to Organize Tennessee VW Plant “Fatally Flawed” From The Outset
Former autoworker organizer Frank Hammer analyzes the missteps of the unionization campaign at the Tennessee Volkswagen plant and the role of anti-union politicians and groups

*Seems like union “leadership” has to decide

“Which side are you on?”


Meet the Press Meets Climate Change

*”For Chrissake, let’s not worry about how the addict got the drugs, and that he’s continuing to use them …

Let’s devote our energies to treating the symptoms!”

Gott im Himmel …


Institute for Public Accuracy
North American Summit: NAFTA and TPP Agenda


Venezuela: Is U.S. Backing Destabilization?


Democracy Now!
Julian Assange on Being Placed on NSA “Manhunting” List & Secret Targeting of WikiLeaks Supporters


Attorney for Edward Snowden Interrogated at U.K. Airport, Placed on “Inhibited Persons List”


Spying on Lawyers: Snowden Documents Show NSA Ally Targeted U.S. Law Firm



The Real News Network
Inequality is Declining in Latin American and Sub-Saharan Countries
Policy measures and increased Chinese demand for minerals have respectively led to a narrowing of inequality in Latin America and sub- Saharan Africa, while inequality has risen in the former Soviet countries and Asia

*While it’s true that effective regulation can reduce inequality, inequality is inevitable in a profit driven system, and economic inequality inevitably leads to political and social inequality, to the existence of an exploited and an exploitive class.

We’re talking degrees, not kind here.

You can make capitalism better

But you can’t make it good.


An Apology From Fidel – Medea Benjamin on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
Ms. Benjamin tells Paul Jay about her love/hate relationship with Cuba

*I admire Benjamin’s chutzpah. She does walk her talk to a significant degree.

But it’s ironic that what she righteously states about leadership in Cuba being commandist, and the insidiousness of the cult of personality around Castro, can also be applied in some measure to her own actions.

She is a “celebrity activist”, albeit hardly an armchair one, and I think that’s always a danger when we’re talking about democratic organization.

Perhaps it’s anecdotal, but a friend of mine was largely responsible for organizing a visit for her to Madison, Wisconsin, only to be stiffed on a event she’d committed to, without so much as a by your leave, due to “time constraints”.

I’m not down with that, and no one else should be.

She also suffers from the same malady as many other “progressive” activists, in that she seeks to reform a system that can’t be made just, and refuses to go beyond that paradigm to look at more “radical” alternatives – ones that don’t necessitate telling someone (many someones) that they’re SOL.

So, as she says about Cuba, the good and the bad.

What we should take from this is an expectation that “leaders” should not only allow themselves to be held accountable

They should demand it.

They rarely do

So we must.


If We Don’t Connect It to Race and Class, Then Green Politics Is Just High-End Consumerism
by Marc Bamuthi Joseph


President’s Day: Another Reminder How Messed Up US Holiday Policies Are
About one in four working Americans get no paid vacation or holidays. None.
by Heather Long


Verdict in Jordan Davis Case Highlights Continuing Injustice of “Stand Your Ground”
by Brendan Fischer

*Guns and greed

A “fire at will” sale


How Privatization Perverts Education
by Paul Buchheit

*Isn’t the problem less one of “moving up the ladder”

Than having to climb it in the first place?


Suspected Radiation Leak in Military’s Nuclear Dumping Ground
‘This is highly toxic poisoning that can be eliminated by stopping the desire to be a nuclear power over the world’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Final Decision Looms, Native Americans Organize KXL Resistance
Drawing on deep history of being misled by promises ultimately betrayed, tribes are planning a variety of ways to stop the tar sands pipeline from being built in the first place
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Although her last words are hard to dispute, it hasn’t deterred Spotted Eagle and so many other First Persons from doing what their conscience demands.

And therein lies a lesson for us all.

We don’t need to believe we’ll win in order to do what’s right.

We do need to believe that doing what’s right is a victory in itself

And that what we need won’t be achieved unless we do.


Ohio Governor’s Office Linked to Fracking PR Conspiracy
‘This is an unprecedented collusion between oil and gas companies and the agencies that regulate them,’ said the local Sierra Club coordinator
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Textbook Newspeak from ODNR

And it’s quite true that Sierra isn’t “extremist”

(I prefer “radical”)

Which is one reason why “the cards aren’t stacked in [our] favor”.


Over One Million Voices to European Parliament: Stop Water Privatization
First European Citizens’ Initiative calls for water to be human right, not a commodity
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Toxic Chemicals Linked to ‘Global, Silent Pandemic’ Striking Children Worldwide
“The presumption that new chemicals and technologies are safe until proven otherwise is a fundamental problem,” study authors write
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Scientists Warn Against Mass Industrialization of Deep Sea
Scientists call for international stewardship of deep ocean ecosystems in face of mining operations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Addressable TV’: Big Data’s Next Trick For Targeting You
Though already in use in many homes, ability for advertisers and political campaigners to target individual viewers is rapidly expanding
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Institute for Public Accuracy
Iran: Is Obama Set to Continue the “Manufactured Crisis”?


Democracy Now!
The Killing of Jordan Davis: Michael Dunn Faces 60 Years After Split Verdict in ‘Thug Music’ Trial


Made in USA

Maintained by NRA


Untold History: More Than a Quarter of U.S. Presidents Were Involved in Slavery, Human Trafficking

*The theme here is the necessity to be honest about history.

In keeping with that, we have to acknowledge that Lincoln’s “moral crusade” didn’t extend to Native peoples, who were being slaughtered throughout his presidency.



Why the EPA Can’t Manage To Block This Gnarly Herbicide
by Tom Philpott
Mother Jones


‘Bridge’? New Study Shatters Natural Gas Talking Point
New study reveals that methane emissions from natural gas may be 50 percent higher than EPA estimates
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Missing from Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved
by Clarence Lusane

*Ignoring the link between chains and “freedom”


The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children
by Michele Simon and Saru Jayaraman


Asphyxiating Education
by Robert C. Koehler

*Talk about failing grades.

These bastards flunked Biology 101.

Brains need oxygen to survive.

Or maybe that’s the whole idea.


Will Illinois Coal Rush Spread West Virginia Disasters?
by Jeff Biggers


The Real News Network
Saudi Arabia and Iran Share A Common Goal in Syria
Hamid Dabashi: All foreign nations involved in Syria are attempting to quell the revolutionary uprisings for economic and strategic interests, but the Syrian people will ultimately decide their own future


Environmentalists’ Valentine Day Wish: Stop Selling Bee-Harming Plants
Dennis vanEngelsdorp: While an outright ban on insecticide use would be shortsighted and harmful to agricultural production, home gardeners should not use insecticides, fungicides and pesticides – the ideal of a perfectly green mowed lawn is contributing to a decline in the bee population


Yellen’s Tapering of Quantitative Easing Disruptive at Home and Abroad
Janet Yellen’s first congressional testimony affirms that the Fed will continue to implement policies harmful to emerging markets, and will not address structural causes of inequality in the US


Universities Are Relying On Exploitation Of Part-Time Labor – Robert Samuels (2/2)
Though universities are often considered bastions of liberalism, they have in fact become leading models and producers of part-time and insecure labor, and this harming the quality of higher education, says Robert Samuels


Jubilee USA Network
Argentina Files Final Supreme Court Appeal in Global Hedge Fund Debt Case


Institute for Public Accuracy
Comcast’s Revolving Door


The Bias of ‘Both Sides Do It’

*Interesting how no other reactionary think tanks such as Heritage, or “centrist” entities like Brookings, merit inclusion in these insinuations, innit?



SNCF: Pay reparations to victims of the Holocaust
by Leo Bretholz


The Real News Network
How To Make Higher Education Free Without New Taxes Or More Government Spending – Robert Samuels (1/2)
University of California AFT president Robert Samuels explains it is possible to provide free college education to all U.S. students, and as a consequence solve the student debt problem and the rising costs of tuition

*Of course, those in power don’t want an educated populace, do they?

They want a restricted strata of educated workers, and the rest as drones, or unemployed.

The destruction of public education goes hand in hand with the crisis in higher education.

You want bricks

Because you need a wall between you and the masses.


Did the ANC Make a Faustian Bargain? – Danny Schechter on Reality Asserts Itself (3/3)
Mr. Schechter analyzes the difficult circumstances that led Mandela to make major compromises in their program after taking power in South Africa

*Schechter wilfully ignores the fact that there’s been no self-criticism, from Mandela or anyone else involved, other than outliers like Kasrils, regarding the consequences of these decisions.

He also is oblivious to the commandist nature of those decisions. They were not arrived at democratically. The people weren’t consulted. The various alternatives weren’t debated publicly.

It may be that he has a great deal invested in continuing the hagiography of Mandela, albeit with some minor criticism.

I couldn’t say.

I can say that anytime you place someone on a pedestal

You’re inviting it to topple over on you.


The Economics of the 1%: Deficit Disorders and Debt Delirium (2/3)
John Weeks: A fundamental misconception of neoliberal economics is that governments need to balance their budgets like a household


Wisconsin Moving to Advance ALEC Constitutional Convention Scheme
by Brendan Fischer


Trillion Dollar Farm Bill Is a Mixed Bag
by Rebekah Wilce
PR Watch


NPR’s “The Salt” Blog Muddies the Issue of Sewage Sludge
by Rebekah Wilce
PR Watch

*It might be enlightening to know who sponsors “The Salt”

And I’m not going to “applaud” Whole Foods for a decision it was forced to make by public pressure.


TEPCO Blasted for Withholding Data as Fukushima Radiation Levels Soar
‘This is not an appropriate way to deal with the desire of the public for transparency’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


What Won’t This Private Prison Corporation Do To Turn a Profit?
Corrections Corporation of America exposed for fraudulently billing state taxpayers for thousands of staff hours
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Farmers Rise Up Against Agribusiness, Face Down Riot Police in Brazil
Nearly twenty thousand march for stronger reforms in ‘a country with one of the most unequal distributions of land in the world’
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Hypocrisy in Sochi: On Slamming Russian Repression, But Rarely Our Own
by Thomas S. Harrington


Clapper Reads From the Bush/Cheney/Nixon Playbook to Fear-Monger Over Transparency
by Glenn Greenwald

*Fear is the lock on the door to power


A Voice for Democracy Against Egypt’s ‘Fascist Buildup’
Amr Hamzawy was one of the few liberals who condemned both the Morsi government’s misrule and the military coup. Now he’s increasingly isolated.
by Sharif Abdel Kouddous


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Director Watch Compiles Company Performance, CEO and Board of Director Pay

*But it’s not simply a matter of “company performance”, is it?

What constitutes that “success”, and at what cost to the greater society?


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Carbon, Climate Worsening * WV Spill, Again


Democracy Now!
Meteorologist Jeff Masters: Climate Change Affecting Weather Patterns Regardless of Season


N.C. Governor No Longer Works for Duke Energy, But After Coal Spill, Is He Doing Their Bidding?

*Unfortunately, persons like Adams seem content to have corporations provide what should be public services, such as energy, as long as they do so “responsibly”.

But doesn’t that fly in the face of the history of such arrangements?

“Profit” and “public service”, despite the alliteration, aren’t compatible.

So while I respect her principled resignation, she and many other mainstream environmental advocates engage in a narrow debate about effective regulation of the current system, rather than questioning the systemic nature of the problem.

Corporate control of energy – dirty or clean – is an invitation to injustice.



The Real News Network
Mandela and Neoliberal Economics in South Africa – Danny Schechter (2/3)
Mr. Schechter tells Paul Jay that under tremendous external pressure, the ANC gave up its plans to nationalize the mining sector

*Schechter doesn’t directly address Jay’s contention that, even if you accept the necessity of such compromise – which I don’t, no attempt was made to ameliorate its effects.

And that to my mind can only be seen as a betrayal of the promise of true freedom, on the part of Mandela and all who promoted this devil’s bargain.

I imagine the families of the miners murdered at Marikana would agree with that conclusion.


Correcting the Mainstream Distortion of Iran’s 1979 Revolution
On the 35th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution, Scholar Hamid Dabashi explains why even though a diverse set of forces overthrew the brutal, CIA-backed Shah of Iran, in the end theocracy dominated, leaving Iran in the hands of plutocrats.


EU Commission: Time to End US Domination of Internet
Governance of the ‘world wide web’ should live up to its name and be stripped of US-centric biases and control
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a U.S. Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination
by Norman Solomon


Chicago Tribune Stands Behind State’s Fantasy of Radical Terror, Even Though ‘NATO 3′ Acquitted of Terrorism
by Kevin Gosztola


Whose Distressed Baby Is It?
by Amy Davidson


Why False Compromises Won’t Resolve The Education Debate
by Jeff Bryant


Michael Sam and the NFL’s LGBT Makeover

*There’ll be a great deal of pressure on Sam, both from his team and the league, in the form of “Alright, you said it … now shut the fuck up and play ball [literally and figuratively]”, and his reaction to that will be pivotal to whether the homophobia that pervades most sports culture – which can’t be separated from the overarching societal manifestation of it, however slowly that may be changing – will be successfully confronted sooner rather than later.

Another issue is whether this animus will take the form of surreptitious physical attacks on him on the field, with ample opportunity within the violent nature of the sport to “unintentionally” injure him.

Hopefully that’s an unfounded concern

But I think it’s worth remaining aware of.


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Misrepresenting Putin, Sochi and Ukraine”


Democracy Now!
Karim Khan, Anti-Drone Activist Who Lost Family Members to U.S. Strike, Goes Missing in Pakistan


Drone on Your iPhone: Apple Drops Objections to App Tracking U.S. Strikes Overseas

*Rotten Apple, to state the bleeding obvious


From Jail to Law School: Jim Crow-Era Law Bars Florida Man from Voting, Taking Bar, Serving on Jury


U.S. Plunges in Global Press Freedom Rankings as Obama Wages “War on Whistleblowers”



New GMO Corn Could Be Pushed on Europe Despite Widespread Political Opposition
19 member states say no to Pioneer maize, but its cultivation could happen anyway
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Growing Revolt in Bosnia Unites People Against Elites
Thousands demonstrate in Sarajevo in sixth day of nation-wide uprising
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real Problem with US Common Core: It Further Outsources Education
New York is the latest to revolt against Common Core. What’s especially scary is more business intrusion into the classroom
by Ana Marie Cox

*”I am not so conspiracy-minded as to think that the Gates Foundation is consciously shaping the educational system to some malicious intent … “

Do you find it ironic that Cox speaks of the threat to critical thinking

Then states something utterly devoid of it?


“Sky Raper”: US Drones as Tools of the Patriarchy
by Allison Kilkenny


Has Big Oil Hijacked Democracy?
Canada’s government spies on and harasses citizens who peacefully question petro-corporate aims.
by Murray Dobbin


Community Members Fight To Save Schoolchildren and Families from Mountaintop Removal
Argue their case to stop a destructive mine in federal appeals court today


US Court Upholds Guantanamo Detainees’ Right to Challenge Force Feeding


ABC on Food Stamp Cuts: Hey, It Could Be Worse

*Hey, be happy they only raped you

And didn’t kill you.

Jesus … fucking … Christ.

(FYI, I qualify for SNAP.)


Democracy Now!
The Day We Fight Back: Activism Sweeps the Internet with Global Action Against Mass Surveillance

*A half step

Or a full stop?

Rainey speaks of pushing for more, but why not do that now?

The gummint’s in damage control mode, and I have to wonder if this bill will prove to be a boost to those efforts.

As long as these Stasi tactics are deemed “overreach” in the GWOT ™ – misguided but not malevolent

I will continue to be leery of such “reform”.


The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Kolbert on How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age

*The pope should know from extinctions

Since that’s what he’s tried to facilitate for liberation theology, innit?



‘Lives on the Line’: Prison Hunger Strike Escalates As Men Refuse Liquids
The men say they are protesting detention in solitary confinement with no due process
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Backtracking, Officials Admit Coal Ash Spill Caused Dangerous Arsenic Levels
Environmental groups claim state regulators too cozy with the polluters
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


There Is No Warming “Pause,” says Study: Planet, Oceans Are Burning Up
Though surface temperature increases have slowed in recent years, global warming is accelerating rapidly as the oceans heat up
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Time to Take a Stand to End US Impunity
by Jeffrey Bachman

*The thrust is righteous, but how does Bachman figure the US has “illegally invaded” only one country in this century?

Not that legality should be the overarching concern.

The US wasn’t attacked by any other nation, thus none of its myriad “invasions” – a term that is largely a matter of semantics – have been legally legitimate.

Afghanistan is Exhibit A, but Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other states fit in that broad category as well, don’t they?

And let’s keep in mind that while American war machine has indeed murdered many “innocents”, many others have been “guilty” of nothing more than opposing a foreign invader.

Thus while this decrial isn’t a stretch by any means

I believe it could use one.


Legalizing Oppression
by Chris Hedges

*The greatest threat to power

Is a conscious act of conscience


Friends of the Earth
More Than a Half Million People Demand Home Depot and Lowe’s Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides
Thousands participate in bee swarm actions across the country in the week of Valentine’s Day


Drone Victim Set to Testify Before European Parliaments Disappears After Being Seized by Men in Police Uniforms


Violence Policy Center
Jordan Davis Killing Part of Disturbing National Trend of Concealed Carry Killers


The Real News Network
Nurse Says He Was Fired After Speaking Out Against Hospital Merger
Nurse and activist Tim Thomas alleges he was wrongfully terminated for speaking out against a merger that would hurt quality of service and increase prices for customers at the hospital where he worked for three decades


Further Militarization of the Syrian Conflict Will Worsen the Refugee Crisis
Omar Dahi: Syria’s refugee crisis can only be solved through a political solution that allows international relief to cross its borders


Tapering of Quantitative Easing Is Throwing Emerging Markets into Chaos – And Big Banks Are Getting Richer
Despite a real economic recovery, the Fed is winding down quantitative easing, throwing developing countries’ economies into chaos

*Follow the money

As the money follows fortune


The Real Illness Plaguing US Healthcare Inequality
by Chris White


Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone “Death by Metadata” — And Imprisonment by Activism

*So you have to be punished so that you won’t be a target for those who might wish to commit violent acts against you?


FAIR Extra!
The Other Education Crisis
Panic over testing feeds drop in creativity
by James Cersonsky

*Bricks don’t need to be creative

They just need to fit in their profit producing place


What DC Won’t See Tonight on Public TV

*Not that long ago, black folks were barred from many public accommodations.

Now, that history will be largely barred from the primetime public airwaves in the nation’s capital.

Apparently, WETA senses no irony in that.


Do Respectable Journalists Want to Be Associated With Bill Keller?

*If you search on “nuance definition”

You won’t find “subservience to power” listed among them.


Democracy Now!
Death By Metadata: Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Reveal NSA Role in Assassinations Overseas

*It should be journalistic SOP to make crystal clear that international law prohibits the extrajudicial assassination of anyone – “innocent”, “militant”, or “terrorist”

And far too often that is not the case, as here.

The terms “Militant, “terrorist” and “those who pose a threat to US interests” have been conflated. They are all pejoratives employed to label “the bad guys”, with “innocent” reserved for only those who have no known connection to opposing imperialism.

The implication taken from this and so many other discussions on this subject in the “alternative media” is that if only “the bad guys” got “whacked”, there’d be no cause for concern.

If that isn’t the intent, then care should be taken to avoid that impression, shouldn’t it?


Report: Obama Administration Considers Assassinating Another American Overseas

*Scahill alludes to the issue above, but it should be more that something mentioned in passing, don’t you think?

And it’s foolish to state that these bastards may believe their own propaganda, given the overwhelming evidence against its veracity.


Defying Threats to Journalism, Jeremy Scahill & Glenn Greenwald Launch New Venture, The Intercept

*It will be interesting to see just what’s covered and what isn’t, including subjects that might impact on Omidyar’s finances, and how that will in turn be covered by the “progressive media”.

Of course, I hope my wariness proves unfounded.

Time will tell.

And every president knows goddamn good and well that their one of their “strong suits” will involve killing people.

That’s what they’re paid for, isn’t it?



New, Powerful Coalition Fights to ‘Help’ Consumers by Preventing Them From Knowing if Their Food Has GMOs
Influential industry groups unite to keep consumers ‘misled about their food supply’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No problem labeling this, is there?


GCHQ’s “Dirty Tricks” Revealed: False Flags, Virus Attacks, and Honey Traps
Latest Snowden documents show spy agency operations included ‘releasing computer viruses, spying on journalists and diplomats, jamming phones and computers, and using sex to lure targets’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Big Pharma Lobbies to Punish Makers of Affordable Drugs
Industry trade group PhRMA pushing U.S. to crack down on access to drugs treating cancer, HIV
by Common Dreams staff


‘This Ride Is Free’ as Protesters Seize Station After Fare Hike
Angered by rising fares and broken promises leading up to the World Cup this summer, a popular revolt simmers in Brazil
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Refugees in their Own Country
by Cathy Breen


Who’s Really To Blame for Unemployment?
by Michelle Chen

*The caption accompanying the photo doesn’t make sense to me.

If the “economic climate” is to blame

Who’s to blame for the economic climate?

Would that not be “the boss”, writ large?


From Occupy to Climate Justice
There’s a growing effort to merge economic-justice and climate activism. Call it climate democracy.
by Wen Stephenson


Sustainability Squared: How We Can Sustain Both the Environment and the People
by Polly Cleveland

*Some interesting and useful intel here

But we’re still talking about a system based on competition and profit.

So what happens to those who lose those competitions

And what role does profit serve, other than as an incentive to make as much of it as possible?

Capitalism presupposes that folks won’t be motivated by societal comity, that self interest is our core compulsion.

There are many examples, both on an individual and communal level, that contradict that assumption

But there is a self interest component to a non capitalist model, just as there is to any functional family.

With us all looking out for each other, we can trust that we will be supported. There would be no need for wealth, for each would receive according to their needs, and in return would contribute according to their talents.

It comes down to just how we view ourselves

As social creatures with a communal connection to each other

Or as atomized individuals in constant competition.

Which vision gives our existence true meaning?


Center for Biological Diversity
Top Wolf Scientists Unanimous: Science Doesn’t Support Plan to Strip Protections


The Real News Network
How The Farm Bill’s $8.7 Billion Food Stamp Cuts Hurt Working America
Working age adults now make up the majority of food stamp recipients, but would raising their hourly wage get them off food stamps?


Geneva 2 May Lead to Federalism in Syria
Omar Dahi: Despite John Kerry’s public statements, the U.S. is succeeding in its objectives in Syria, with the weakening of the Assad regime


News You Can’t Use: ABC and Your 401K

Most US families don’t have “nest eggs”

And more and more of them no longer have their nests.


Democracy Now!
Execution Chaos: Witnesses Say Executions Are Botched as States Use Untested, Secret Drug Cocktails



Mandate the credit bureaus to include debit card holders information on credit reports
by Suze Orman


The Real News Network
Scarlett Johansson Controversy Highlights Growing Boycott Israel Movement
Shir Hever: From John Kerry’s recent boycott remarks to Oxfam dropping actress Scarlet Johansson over her support for West Bank-operated Sodastream, the Boycott, Divest and Sanction Movement continues to build solidarity with the Palestinian cause


Misread Telexes Led Analysts to See Iran Nuclear Arms Programme
by Gareth Porter


Grave Silence
UNESCO has postponed a Simon Wiesenthal Centre-sponsored Jewish Exhibit but gives the SWC the green light to destroy the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem in order to build its Museum of Tolerance
by Vijay Prashad


Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly


‘I Want Them To Be Worried We’re Watching… To Never Know When We’re Overhead.’
Law enforcement push ‘persistent surveillance’ monitoring systems
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Bosnia, Privatization’s Failure Fuels Anger, Growing Protests
‘This is the start of the Bosnian Spring,’ one protester is quoted saying as riot police move in
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Teachers in Oregon Vote to Strike for ‘Better Learning Conditions’
Teachers, parents, and students rally in Portland to support teachers union, improving classrooms
by Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
Common Dreams


Report: Thousands of Iraqi Women Illegally Detained, Tortured, Raped
“The abuses of women we documented are in many ways at the heart of the current crisis in Iraq.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


An Open Letter from Pussy Riot
by Pussy Riot


Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Another Victim of Extremely Stupid Drug Laws
In Hoffman’s domestic or sex life there is no undiscovered riddle – the man was a drug addict and, thanks to our drug laws, his death inevitable
by Russell Brand


A House Is Not a Home Without Rights for Care Workers
by Michelle Chen

*Taking care of the caretakers


Post Office Banking Could Be the Start of Something Big
by Richard Eskow


Iraq Near Implosion: The ‘Bad Years’ Are Back
by Ramzy Baroud


Democracy Now!
Empire of Necessity: Historian Greg Grandin on Slavery, Freedom and Deception in the New World


In Latin American Votes, Honduran Movements Cement Role While El Salvador Poised for Historic Shift



The Real News Network
European Officials Pushing Austerity in Spain to Boost Corporate Profits By Repressing Unions and Wages
Bill Black: International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank are pushing countries to accept a pro-corporate agenda that entails pushing down workers’ wages across Europe

*Nothing metaphorical about this “crunch time”


Indigenous Groups: ‘No Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cross Our Lands’
Native American communities along proposed route vow resistance against ‘black snake’ pipeline
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fracking’s Terrifying Water Usage Trends Spell Disaster
New study shows that fracking boom is happening in places that can least afford to lose precious water supplies
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Catastrophe Looming? ‘Mega-Drought’ Panic Sweeps California
Amid historic drought, farmers in nation’s largest food-producing state pushed to unsustainable tapping of groundwater reserves
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Post-Spill West Virginia: Polluters’ Input Welcome, Health Advocates Shut Out
Investigative report reveals Gov. Tomblin shut out environmentalists, public health officials to closed-door policy meetings following Elk River chemical spill
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Letting the foxes repair the henhouse


Cities Take Note: University Campuses Are Providing Models for Sustainable Transportation
New report shows car-reducing programs at campuses across the U.S.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Moving Beyond the Corporate Vision of Sustainability
In light of ongoing global negotiations on pressing environmental issues, it’s time for efforts to curtail the excessive influence of multinational corporations over public policy to be strengthened and scaled up at all levels – especially at the United Nations.
by Rajesh Makwana


Let Them Eat Symbols: Obama’s Plan for the Long-Term Unemployed
by Ajamu Baraka

*Let them eat cake

If they can find a bakery dumpster


President Obama: Deporter-in-Chief
by Joanne Lin

*”Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

And slam the iron gate behind them.


Tipping the Scales of Inequality
Stagnating wages for tipped workers is part of a bigger story of rising inequality in America.
by Marjorie Elizabeth Wood


Court Takes Swift Action to End Debtors’ Prison
Ohio Supreme Court Creates Bench Card After ACLU Investigation Found Courts Jailing People Too Poor to Pay Fines


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Expanding FMLA Coverage Could Increase Access for More Than 8 Million Workers


Government Accountability Project
GAP Promotes Privacy Statement for All Emails to Protest Mass Surveillance Revealed by Whistleblower Edward Snowden


Institute for Public Accuracy
CBO Numbers: Will Obamacare Help Reduce the “Job Lock”?


FAIR Extra!
Calling Rape by Its Right Name
In L.A. Times, suspects with a badge get a pass
by Rania Khalek


14th Annual Fear and Favor Review
Owners and advertisers vs. journalism
by Janine Jackson

*Call it “ad-ulterated content”

Though I could label it something a bit more descriptive.


Falsely Presenting Obamacare as a Job-Killer

*When the refs run the scoreboard

Instead of calling the game


CVS Tobacco Ban: Money Over Morality Over Money

*It’s too easy, but …

Call it a “smokeless screen”.


Democracy Now!
“An Olympic Snowden”: U.S. Athlete on Being Turned Into a “Spokesperson for Verizon” at 2006 Games


“Celebration Capitalism & the Olympics”: Global Protests Mark Opening of Sochi Games



Green Groups Threaten Election Payback Over Keystone Fight
Founder of Bold Nebraska: ‘If I was candidate on wrong side of this issue, I’d be worried’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*“This is a tremendous opportunity to protect the climate and build the Democratic base if Obama rejects Keystone XL.”

So, being the smart guy he is, the bastard may well not approve it

While continuing to promote all the other things that these enviros oppose

In addition to pimping austerity lite, war lite, and snoop lite

And they’ll beat the streets for Dems yet again?

Another pretty smart guy might’ve said this about that:

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein


Scientists to Analyze West Coast Kelp for Fukushima Radioactivity
Researcher: Our goal is ‘to learn more about the distribution and transport of these materials in our world’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods
by Lois Beckett


Pete Seeger and the NSA
by Cindy Cohn


All the President’s Middlemen: The Public-Private Profiteers
If You Want to Play Doctor, Don’t Hire an Insurance Company as Your Receptionist
by Barbara Garson

*Garson’s quite a contortionist, isn’t she?

She strives mightily to morph Dear Misleader into a victim of the banks and insurers, when he is their false faced front man.

Who killed the pitiful “public option”?

Whose “regulators” haven’t done diddley to stop these sadistic farces and punish the perps responsible?

The ACA isn’t a path to single payer

It’s a detour off the cliff.

We’re not taking conflation, but collusion.

She’s right that this sham is meant to sour the public on “gummint healthcare”

But it’s a goal shared by all involved in its Frankensteinian creation.


Fighting Cancer Isn’t All About Personal Lifestyle But the Environment We Live In
Media reaction to the World Health Organisation’s World Cancer Report has focused too much on smoking, alcohol and obesity
by Alex Andreou

*Blaming the victim

Without naming the villain


Agriculture in TPP: Repeating NAFTA’s Mistakes
by Karen Hansen-Kuhn


Food & Water Watch
It’s the Poultry Industry’s Turn to Pay Their Fair Share in Maryland
Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Bring Equity to Bay Cleanup Efforts


The Real News Network
Why the EU Sent Troops to Central African Republic
Emira Woods: CAR’s post-colonial history is riddled with French business interest collaborating with corrupt despots


The Legacy of Colonialism in Central African Republic
Emira Woods: Not much has changed since the country became independent from France in 1960, as resources remain under the control of external actors, particularly multinational mining corporations


Finance is Super Rational about Profits, Irrational about Global Economy – Flassbeck
Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says the “market” is good for making high profits from international exchange rates; the only rational solution for a healthy economy is take exchange rates away from the market


Danger of Global Recession After 30 Years of Neoliberal Counterrevolution – Flassbeck
Heiner Flassbeck, former director of UNCTAD, says the pressure for even lower wages, the crisis in emerging markets and deflation in Europe means a slide into global recession is possible


‘Declaring victory wherever we can’: An interview with Cynthia Kaufman on Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope
by Robert Jensen

*I suss Kaufman’s point about taking some encouragement from even relatively small victories

But if she’s saying that somehow we shouldn’t be acutely aware of how those gains can ossify a movement, as has occurred in South Africa and countless other struggles

I can’t go along with that.

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.

The question always is

Does reform precede transformation

Or does it preclude it?

I think it’s a question anyone serious about justice struggles with, and neither “purism” nor “pragmatism” answers it adequately.

What I can say is that if we lose sight of what we truly want

We will never find the path to it.

The difference between reformists and transformists is that a reformist says the system is broken

And needs to be fixed.

A transformist says the system is fixed

And needs to be broken.

All right, I’m all out of aphorisms.


Institute for Public Accuracy
KXL Pipeline Process “Rigged” — Enviro Groups File FOIA Request


Democracy Now!
Kids For Cash: Inside One of the Nation’s Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals

*It wasn’t “reasonable” twenty years ago

Or forty years ago

Or four hundred years ago.

And just how did these bastards try to justify their crimes? May never tells us, does he?

One thing’s for certain

Neither of these monsters will suffer the way these kids did. They’ll be handled with kid gloves while incarcerated.

I’m not saying they should be abused. No one in prison should be.

But they never cared what happened to these children

And I wouldn’t shed a tear if somehow something happened to them.



The Real News Network
80,000 South African Platinum Miners Strike For A Living Wage
Patrick Bond: Mine workers strike and moving away from the African National Conference could signal a reconfiguration of the left in South Africa


Will Mexico’s Successful Anti-Cartel Militias’ Seek Systemic Change?
Mexico’s anti-drug cartel and corruption vigilante groups are growing in power and influence, but whose interests do they serve?


Ratner: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Facilitating Israeli War Crimes
Michael Ratner: President Obama and New York mayor de Blasio’s statements in blanket support of Israel enables it’s violations of Palestinians’ rights

*Only the dangerously naive or ignorant actually believe in the “civilizing influence” and “humanitarianism” of the empire project, and Israel’s benevolent role in it.

For politicians, it is Newspeak of the most profane order.

There shouldn’t be the least bit of doubt about that.

And if despising Israel’s horrors makes one an anti-Semite

Then, logically, revulsion at Syria’s or Saudi Arabia’s sins makes one an Arab hater

Even as those crimes are committed against fellow Arabs.

Through the looking glass …


Risks Of Living On Street In Bitter Cold: When Not To Walk On By
by Bill Mitchell


His? Her? They? Understanding The Latest Gender Identity Language
by Martha Bebinger


Can ‘Fast Track’ Opposition Bring a ‘Knockout Punch’ to the TPP?
If trade deal can’t be ‘railroaded through’ with fast track legislation, some wonder if TPP has any success of passing Congress at all.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This wouldn’t be “a sellout to foreign corporations”

But one to CORPS writ large.

When you’re getting screwed

The provenance of the penis doesn’t matter.


Olive Garden, JC Penney and the Death of the Middle Class
Mid-level restaurants and hotels are floundering as luxury spending soars
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Israeli Officials Lash Out After Kerry Mentions ‘Talk of Boycotts’
Despite assurances that US Secretary of State opposes the campaign, Israel bristles as it interprets his comments as elevating international BDS movement
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Want to Lower Abortion Rates? Empower Women’s Choice
Study shows that access to quality contraceptives, not legislating away reproductive rights, helps bring abortion rates to lowest since 1973
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Is the ‘Invisible Hand of the Market’ Making People Overweight?
New study links growing obesity epidemic with increased fast food transactions, market deregulation
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Living large off the fat of the land


50 Reasons We Should Fear the Worst from Fukushima
by Harvey Wasserman

*Half lives

And fulsome lies


GMO: The Biggest Food Con
Pushing for genetically modified organisms is polluting our seed and food, our science and democracy.
by Vandana Shiva

*We must eat what we are


Philip Seymour Hoffman and a Double Standard over Drugs
We turn a blind eye to an unworkable law and assume it does not apply to people like us – then take draconian vengeance on others
by Simon Jenkins

*The tragedy of those deemed exceptional

The torture of those decreed disposable


The Menace of the Military Mind
by Chris Hedges

*For the military

A mind is a terrible thing

So we waste it


Excuse Me, But We Shouldn’t Be Moving on from West Virginia’s Chemical Spill
America has grown a vast and complex regulatory and financial support system for cheap, dirty energy. This isn’t over
by Ana Marie Cox

*They don’t care in the White House, either.

But they do care to have us think they care, don’t they?


Do You Trust Fox News to Tell You How Trusted Fox News Is?

*Not surprising, but no less scary, that Fox could manage a rough split on trustworthiness

But that PBS could do relatively well on that question, and that I assume the other outlets did no worse than Fox, is a cause for alarm in its own right, don’t you think?


Obama’s Keystone Moment: Will He Finally Be Nice to Republicans?

*About the only thing Dear Misleader hasn’t done that Republicans, and those they (and his own party) serve, want

Is address them as “Massa”.





(Even greater) Corporate control of our lives?


Overseeing the continued construction of the police state necessary to preserve privilege, as the dystopia becomes even more manifest?


His mission has been to further this agenda while seeming to stand as a “reasonable, pragmatic” alternative to the reactionary wet dream

To be the good cop.

In that, he has performed with distinction

And our wretched existence is the proof.


Institute for Public Accuracy
84-Year-Old Nun Among Activists Jailed “To Bury the Truth” About U.S. Nuclear Policy


Democracy Now!
One Billion Rising: Eve Ensler & Kimberle Crenshaw on Global Movement to End Violence Against Women



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