June 2014


Supreme Court Ruling a ‘Slap in the Face’ to Public Unions
Conservative majority sides with anti-union groups, though it stops short of worst-case scenario
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Black robes

Black hearts


Anger Follows Facebook’s Secret Study to Manipulate Emotions
‘Facebook is using us as lab rats, and not just to figure out which ads we’ll respond to but to actually change our emotions.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*All your base emotions are belong to us


FDA May Be Seeking to Use Untested Technology in Livestock Feed
Agency wants to create products that make farm animals gain weight faster
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Big Victory as Court Upholds Small Towns’ Right to Ban Fracking
New York Court of Appeals says local communities can ban controversial oil and gas drilling
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Libya and the Attack on Women
by Vijay Prashad


Labor Unions Have a Choice: Fight Back or Die
Organized workers can continue to elect sell-out, dead-end corporate politicians… Or they can create a real, politically independent grassroots movement.
by Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

*”Corporate responsibility” is an oxymoron

And all too often, so is “union leadership”


Five Facts for the Dangerously Deluded Education Reformers
by Paul Buchheit

*Salient points, but the rationale for the third gives me pause.

I cringe whenever a progressive employs the “globally competitive economy” meme, as for me an essential element of a truly progressive philosophy is an emphasis on cooperation, locally and globally.

And aren’t music and other arts intrinsically valuable in the educational experience of children, regardless of their acknowledged impact on other areas of learning?


Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill
by Sandra Fulton


Speedy Removals Raise Due Process Concerns

*mishandling (ms-hndl) tr.v.

1 : political expediency performed by heartless bastards


The Real News Network
The Fashion Victims of Cambodia
Rebecca Henschke reports on garment workers killed by riot police when striking for pay rise


Cleaning Workers Confront Police Brutality and Austerity in Greece
Some workers remain hospitalized as they await a final court order regarding the future of their jobs


‘We the People’ Force Confronts Democratic Party Leadership in ’64 – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (9/9)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Moses recounts the story of challenging the racist Dixiecrats at the ’64 Democratic Convention; says what’s needed now is black and white workers to create a ‘We the People’ force to challenge the elites in both parties

*So what does it tell you that the Democrats can continue to play the “Us or Them” card

While moving inexorably to the right?

Maybe that as long as we keep on buying that boogeyman

Our nightmares will never end?

In any given situation, it might make sense, however unpalatable it may be, to vote for the bastards

But if they aren’t challenged once elected, aren’t we right back where we started

And isn’t that what they count on?

The reality of realpolitik

Is that it does precious little to change reality.


End to Violence Unlikely as Ceasefire Extended in Ukraine

Volodymyr Ishchenko: Small independent protests are taking place amid the pro-Russian separatist rebellion, but workers remain weak as a political force in Ukraine and the government is continuing to restrict civil liberties

*What influence the NED had and has, and what influence it would like to have, and what it would like to do with it, are separate questions, aren’t they?

I think its history clarifies the latter question.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Former CEO Push to Privatize VA?

*Isn’t this analogous to the attack on public education?

Cry “Failure!”, then pimp privatization as the panacea for the problem.

When I saw that vets were going to get private care because of this, the alarm bells went off.

The bait’s been laid

And the switch awaits.


Democracy Now!
Snowden Asylum in Germany? Support Grows for NSA Whistleblower After Merkel Cancels Verizon Contract


Egyptian Comedian Bassem Youssef Says His Satire Has Inspired Youth to Reject Military Propaganda

*I’d like to share Youssef’s optimism, but when it comes to most youth in the US, at any rate, I don’t see them being any less likely to be immune to the fear tactics of the ruling class.

That’s why those relative few who can see beyond the propaganda, of any age, have a duty to try to expose the exploiters, to replace the fear of what they can do to us if we stand against them with the fear of what they’ll do if we don’t.

That doesn’t sound inspiring, I realize, but that’s the equation on the test, for as paradoxical as it seems, fear can engender courage. When we can clearly see the danger of submission as greater than the danger of rebellion, fear is replaced by resolve.

What other choice do we have?

To where can we take flight?

It’s time to fight.



SWAT Teams Claim ‘Corporate’ Exemption From Public Scrutiny
ACLU hits brick wall after issuing public records requests for information about deadly force, incident reports, and more.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


US Still Won’t Commit to Banning Landmines
US announces steps to stop amassing stockpile of pernicious weapons, but makes no target to join global treaty
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More money for drones

(Such a cynic … )


West Africa Ebola Epidemic “Out of Control”
Deadly virus outbreak is worst on record, say health experts.
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Anti-Homeless Spikes? Heartless. Cementing Over Them? Ingenious.
Londoners have made their feelings clear about a corporate “solution” to the problem of homelessness—and the company listened.
by Molly Rusk


Serial School Privatizer “Chainsaw Paul” Vallas Gets Ready For His Next Job
After savaging public education in Chicago, Philly, New Orleans and Bridgeport, Vallas has been summoned home to Illinois by the Democrat governor as his running mate.
by Bruce Dixon


These Famous Hollywood Names Are Shining a Spotlight on TPP Censorship
by Meghan Sali


The Real News Network
The Constitutional People and Slavery by Another Name – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (8/9)
Mr. Moses says mass incarceration helped build the American steel industry, and while there has been progress, there is still slavery by another name

*That pedestal FDR’s been placed upon teeters with every revelation

But I’ve known enough for some time to stay well clear of it.


Why Did Economy Shrink So Dramatically During the First Quarter of 2014?
Robert Pollin: Five years after the Great Recession, austerity as the dominant policy agenda is keeping the recovery weak


Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported

*There’s a grand irony that in the MSM, the “R word” is as persona non grata as the “N word”, don’t you think?

Further irony’s found in the fact that Cochran hailed the Supreme Court decision that crippled the Voting Rights Act.


Toothpaste Terrorism? Been There, Done That


This Sunday, a Different Kind of Iraq War Booster: Bill Clinton

*No real need to be “Slippery William” with the corpress, is there?

They’re hardly trying to catch him in his contradictions.

(I love that photo – quintessentially Clintonesque.)


Democracy Now!
New York City Approves Municipal ID Cards for Undocumented Immigrants

*Where do you imagine a significant portion of Rangel’s campaign funds hailed from … ?

Another brick in the Wall Street.


Journalist Allan Nairn Threatened for Exposing Indonesian Presidential Candidate’s Role in Mass Killings

*The US wins either way – which means the people of Indonesia lose either way – but I imagine their preference is for Jokowi, who would provide a thicker smokescreen for corporate plunder and repression than Prabowo.


“Counter-Revolution of 1776”: Was U.S. Independence War a Conservative Revolt in Favor of Slavery?

*Every time I hear some ostensibly “progressive” person or group couch their proclaimed opposition to those in power in terms of “what the Founding Fathers established”

I marvel at the ability of our species to ignore disturbing reality in favor of comforting myth.



In Blow to Safe Abortion Access, Supreme Court Rejects ‘Buffer Zone’
Justices unanimously side with argument that safe zones around clinics violate protesters’ free speech
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Schools are turned into fortresses

While clinics are turned into targets


In Stand Against Big Oil, Small Maine City Moves to Ban Tar Sands
Coastal Maine residents are pushing to formally prohibit tar sands from being shipped from their port
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Watching the World Destroy Itself
by Robert C. Koehler

*The role of “journalism”

As it’s practiced by a collusive corpress

Is to make a case for the revulsive as reasonable

And the nightmarish as necessary


A Call for Solidarity From Iraq
by Falah Alwan


Footwear Giant Skechers Can Run, but It Can’t Hide From Abusive Labor Practices
by Peter Dreier

*I appreciate the intel, despite not sharing Dreier’s apparent belief that there can ever be a “responsible corporate citizen”

An oxymoron if ever there was

Or his faith in fixing the flaws of a system that by its very nature can’t exist without exploitation.


The Real News Network
An Earned Insurgency – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (7/8)
Mr. Moses says the only way to earn the trust of the people was to get knocked down and get right back up


As Construction of Baltimore Incinerator Is Halted, Activists Rally for Justice for Bhopal
Jaisal Noor reports on the decision of the state of Maryland to stop construction of the largest incinerator in the country in Baltimore, and also on a rally in DC ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster


Al-Maliki’s Fate Hinges On Iraqi Shi’ite Political Forces
Sabah al-Nasseri discusses al-Maliki and the role of US, Iran, Syria, and the Gulf states in Iraq since ISIS began its offensive weeks ago


“A Commercially Successful Human Rights Violation” in Detroit
Emily Wurth and Tom Stephens say that the city is turning off residents’ water so that they are forced to pay their bills, thereby driving up the commercial value of the public water system in order to sell it to private investors


The ALEC Angle in Scott Walker’s “Toxic Strain of Racial Politics”
by Brendan Fischer
PR Watch

*Just who qualifies as a racist?

If you push policies that are designed to perpetuate injustice toward “the other” in order to both benefit your benefactors and appeal to the prejudices of those you want to vote for you

Regardless of your friendships with a handful of persons of color who share your perverse vision of society

You’re a racist in my book.

Ye shall know them by their fetid fruits.


Contamination of Natural Kaua’i: Rare Plants and Wildlife at Risk
by Paul Koberstein
Cascadia Times

*Paradise tossed


Institute for Public Accuracy
Iraq: ISIS Eclipsing Crucial Kurdish Issues


Occupy Riverwest
Jefferson County Residents Seize Control of Enbridge Line 61 Hearing

*People power over prepackaged propaganda


Democracy Now!
Supreme Court Says Warrants Needed to Search Cellphones, But are “Stingrays” a Police Workaround?

*Even with this requirement, the question of whether a warrant is granted for a legitimate reason must be asked.

Rules mean nothing without integrity of enforcement.


Mississippi Burning at 50: Relatives of Civil Rights Workers Look Back at Murders that Shaped an Era

*I grew up in Mississippi amidst these horrors, and although I was oblivious to them at the time, later understanding the dark forces at work shaped my moral consciousness more than anything else, I feel.

And understanding that this is not by any means ancient history, that those same forces still plague and pervert our existence, informs how I act, however pathetically, on that moral consciousness today.


50 Years After Freedom Summer, U.S. Faces Greatest Curbs on Voting Rights Since Reconstruction

*Step one is having the right to vote

Step two is having something worth voting for



Are Bee-Friendly Plants ‘Poisoning Pollinators’?
Report finds that over half of ‘bee-friendly’ plants sold at major garden centers contain deadly neonicotinoids
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


American Hindsight: Wars Aren’t ‘Worth It’
Results of new polls paint clear picture: Iraq War not worth the costs.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course, for most Yanks, the death and destruction engendered by our tax dollars at dirty work aren’t factored into those costs, are they?


‘Consigned to Financial Ruin’: Evictions Fueling Economic Disadvantage
Low-income black women face disproportionately high eviction rates that fuel cycle of poverty, study finds
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Who Will Save Iraq?
by Shamus Cooke


The Plunder of Detroit and Iraq
“Iraq was invaded with soldiers, guns and bombs. Detroit was invaded by the corporate ‘suits’ who made a fast buck for themselves.” Both are plundered by the same bandits.
by Margaret Kimberley


Will GM Crops Collapse the Food System?
by Jim Goodman


Bankers Could Go To Jail
by Dean Baker

*A change of wardrobe

From pinstripes to prison stripes

Would make much more than a bold fashion statement, wouldn’t it?


Forest Peoples Programme
Communities Protest That UK’s Equatorial Palm Oil Are Poised to Seize Land in Liberia


The Real News Network
Fannie Lou Hamer and the Racist Dixiecrats – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (6/8)
Mr. Moses describes how in 1874 the white racist Democratic Party violently overthrew the Governor of Mississippi (who had been elected by a mostly black Republican Party), and how these Dixiecrats became a wing of the national Democratic Party right up to 1964, when the Mississippi Freedom Democrats ended their reign


New Challenges Ahead for South African Labor after Platinum Miners End Five Month Long Strike
Patrick Bond: South African platinum workers will see a pay increase by 2017, but opponents are now attempting to limit their ability to to strike again


Palestinians Open Fire on PA for Collaborating with Israel
Early on Tuesday morning militants from the Jenin Refugee Camp opened fire on Palestinian Authority jeeps after PA openly collaborated with Israeli army


Ukraine Tips From Nameless US Officials: Good Enough for NYT

*Stenography’s not a lucrative career

Unless you’re working for the corpress.


NYT on Student Loan Crisis: What Crisis Is That?

*You can always find a “think tank”

Happy to try to keep folks from thinking


Democracy Now!
“Trans Healthcare Now!” Lawsuit Seeks End to Healthcare Discrimination for Transgender New Yorkers

*The import of Gehi’s closing comments can’t be stressed enough.

None of our struggles take place in isolation

And none of them can truly be won in isolation.


50 Years After U.S. Launched Secret War on Laos, Unexploded Bombs Still Killing Civilians

*Death from above

Becomes death from below



The Real News Network
The Road to Freedom Summer – Bob Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (5/8)
Mr. Moses says one of the main ways we get to Freedom Summer is the assassination of Medgar Evers


Report: Militarization of Police Turning Communities into ‘War Zones’
SWAT raids disproportionately affecting people of color
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Actualizing a police state of mind


It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil
by Michael Schwartz

*Excellent intel


Drowning in Profits
A Private Equity Firm, a Missing Pool Fence, and the Price of a Child’s Death
by Laura Gottesdiener

*The vultures feast

On the masses’ famine


A Secret Plan to Close Social Security’s Offices and Outsource Its Work
by Richard Eskow

*Dear Misleader is the stalking horse of austerity.

For all the vitriol soaked in cloaked and open racism hurled his way, he has done more for “downsizing” than any Republican could have dared dream possible.

Isn’t it likely that the exploitocracy, seeing the roots of the Shrubbery wither with winless war and recession, saw in this Madison Avenue vision of the perfect black pol the opportunity to mask their agenda and forestall the possibility of a roused public?

And if they had really wanted Romney to win, didn’t the chads hang waiting in the wings?

You catch more flies with honey than vinegar

And the noxious nature of the nectar is hidden in the sweet nothings of “hope and change”.


Time on Iraq War: What Did We Do to Deserve This?

*That takes some chutzpah to list the empires that have subjugated and murdered untold numbers of “the heathen” as civilizers which failed in the quest to bring enlightment to their land.

But brazenness is as American as depleted uranium, isn’t it just?


Democracy Now!
Should Obama Go to Tehran? How a U.S.-Iran “Grand Bargain” Could Help the Crisis in Iraq

*Why do we incessantly hear this refrain of “What should the US do” from so many opponents of what it does?

Do we ask what a murderer “should do”

Or a rapist

Or a thief?

Isn’t this another form of American exceptionalism?

It’s as though these folks just can’t make the logical leap from actions to essence.

The US does what it does because it is an empire

And to posit one’s view of it in any other terms denies that deadly reality.

As for Beck

How that could conceivably be cast as an “apology” is beyond me.

He’s saying, “We benevolently attempted to bestow upon these benighted people the gift of democracy

And the ungrateful ragheads threw it back in our face.

So screw ’em.”

Of course, he dearly wishes “we” will continue to screw ’em, although perhaps not in the same manner as the hawks would like.


Can the President Strike an American Anywhere in the World?: Drone Memo Raises Troubling Questions


Water is a Human Right: Detroit Residents Seek U.N. Intervention as City Shuts Off Taps to Thousands



California: 39 Woman Prisoners Were Sterilized Without Consent
Many of the rights violations initially exposed by the Center for Investigative Reporting are true, according to state audit
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams


Buying Up the Planet: Out-of-Control Central Banks on a Corporate Buying Spree
by Ellen Brown


Exposing Israel’s ‘Pinkwashing’
by Toshio Meronek


Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Activists Launch Picket at Federal Energy Commission, Demanding Halt to Rubber-Stamping of Fracked Gas Exports
Picketers say agency is illegally ignoring global warming and safety harm of fracked gas export projects at Cove Point and nationwide


The Real News Network
The Respectable Face of Terror – Robert Moses on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
Mr. Moses says America from 1875 down to the civil rights movement, was slavery by another name


Ethnocracy: Who Owns the Land of Israel?
In the second part of the Ethnocracy series, The Real News looks at who owns the land of the state of Israel and how it came to be so


When It Comes to What to Eat, Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
Can you always trust a meta-analysis?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Fat in Food: Does the Fat in Dairy Foods Keep You Lean?
Is there data to back up this claim?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

*Big fat lies on “lean” diary served up by corpress colluders with Food Inc.


Democracy Now!
Pressuring Israel, Presbyterian Church Divests from Firms Tied to Occupation of Palestinian Land

*I wish Goodman had brought up the votes on Israel’s “right to exist” and a two state solution, as I think both issues are imperative to address for any sincere movement to support Palestinian “freedom”

But there are a lot of things I wish Goodman would do, and disappointment is not a novel reaction on that score.



Many Voices, One Call: ‘We Refuse US Military Intervention in Iraq’
From within Iraq and across the world, opponents condemn push for a new US military campaign in war-tattered nation
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Obama Administration Response to Border Crisis: More Deportations
More border detention centers and additional judges for deportation hearings planned for humanitarian crisis
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams


World’s Global Refugee Population Highest Since WWII
UNHRC reports that more than 50 million people are displaced, mostly in war-torn regions, across the globe
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Canadians for Justice & Peace in the Middle East
CJPME Urges Canada to Stop Dithering and Let Syrian Refugees In


The Real News Network
The Contradictions of the U.S. Riding the Jihadist Tiger
Glen Ford: U.S. considering airstrikes against what it itself created in Iraq


Institute for Public Accuracy
Iraq: Is Yemen the Model?

*Intended or not, to me the implication of the “creating terrorists” meme is that if the US would stop killing people in other countries, then the *real* America would make friends around the world.

But that *is* the real America, isn’t it?

It’s what’s been done for centuries. It’s what an empire does.

This isn’t an aberration from the true nature of American interaction with the rest of the world.

This is its essence.


Iraq and Your Gas Tank

*Pumping up the propaganda


Criminal Justice Media’s ‘Twisted’ Coverage

*I’d hope that the myopic extollers of de Blasio’s “progressivism” are taking note

As they should have been when he chose Bratton to again head the NYPD

But I’d imagine that longing is in vain.


Democracy Now!
NYC’s $40M Central Park 5 Settlement Resolves Wrongful Jailing Fueled by Race-Baiting, Police Abuse

*I think it’s dangerous to say that the police and prosecutors believed these kids were guilty, that they were “blinded” by their racism, because it implies that there wasn’t a concerted effort to convict them regardless of their guilt.

The authorities didn’t care one way or the other. They had their “perps”, and whatever rationalizations they may have manufactured to convince themselves they had the right persons, in the end the convictions were what mattered, hence the contradictions regarding the evidence.

The question you have to ask is, if there had been incontrovertible proof that these boys were innocent, would it have made any difference?

I believe the answer is no. The wheels of “justice” had been set in motion, and they were going down no matter what.

And given the FAIR item above, Byfield’s confidence in de Blasio’s commitment to ensuring such a travesty never again occurs is woefully misplaced, don’t you think?


Iraq’s Next PM? Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False WMDs, Meets U.S. Officials as Maliki Falters



WikiLeaked Doc Reveals Wall Street Plan for Global Financial Deregulation
WikiLeaks releases draft text of trade deal exposing efforts to increase stranglehold over global economy
by Common Dreams staff


World’s First Fleet of Riot Control Drones Ordered by Secret South African Company
Fears raised that the drones will be used to crack down on legitimate protest, with potentially lethal consequences
by Max Ocean, Editorial Intern
Common Dreams

*Technology marches on

In jackboots


How Politicians Are Using Taxpayer Money To Fund Their Campaign To Sell Off America’s Public Lands
by Matt Lee-Ashley

*Clear cutting the commons


Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Unions Boost Women’s Earnings, Benefits, and Workplace Flexibility
Union coverage can play significant role in strengthening the workplace to better support the needs of women and working families.

*Let’s hope that as women’s membership in unions grows

The pathetic state of much union leadership will diminish.


Voces de la Frontera
Milwaukee Family Chains Together at ICE Office Demanding Release of Loved One, and Urging President to Halt Raids, Expand Relief Instead
Protest Happening Now at 310 E. Knapp Street, Milwaukee, WI


The Real News Network
Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (3/3)
Noam Chomsky says Occupy challenges the atomization of society, and also discusses how the media obstructs meaningful action to address climate change


Israel Using Teenager Kidnapping to Cripple Hamas
Following apparent kidnapping of three settler Yeshiva students on Thursday, Israeli forces bombed Gaza and clamped down on the West Bank, arresting dozens of Hamas members


Institute for Public Accuracy
Key Author of War Powers Resolution: “Attack on Iraq Would Violate Constitution”


Iraq * Beyond ISIS: GMCIR * Iraq Vets Speak Out


Democracy Now!
Meet the Navajo Activist Who Got the Washington Redskins’ Trademark Revoked: Amanda Blackhorse

*It doesn’t matter how “dignified” the logo is (of course, mascots by their cartoonish nature are never dignified). The image of the Native man on the Washington helmet, unlike that used by the Cleveland baseball franchise, isn’t inherently undignified, is it?

In the context of historic genocide and continuing prejudice toward Native peoples, how can any representation of those who suffered and suffer to this day be considered anything other than racist?

That such a righteous demand, and one that entails so little “hardship” to meet, encounters such visceral opposition illustrates that reality as well as anything.


“A Neo-Liberal Trojan Horse”: Dave Zirin on Brazil’s Mass Protests Against World Cup Displacement



The Real News Network
Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (2/3)
Chomsky: The system we have now is radically anti-capitalist, anti- democratic, and pro-elite

*I think there’s a caveat to the populist results of polling referenced here.

In most instances, I imagine that reflects what people feel about how policy affects *their* circumstances. There’s relatively little in the way of empathy if it’s believed that aiding others will diminish one’s own situation.

That’s the crux of the divide and conquer strategy – to convince us that the only way to protect our meager piece of the pie is to keep others away from the table.

I do believe in appealing to our better nature, and I think some small segment of the population will respond to that

But I believe that what will drive transformative change – if anything will – is a clear and convincing conveying of the idea that only through solidarity will we achieve what is in our own self interest.

There are a lot of folks out there who are indifferent to the separate hanging of others

But if they realize that the gallows has a space reserved for them …

And I’m enough of an optimist to acknowledge the possibility that once people start working together, regardless of their level of altruism

That better nature will find fertile ground on which to spread.


Dave Zirin: Abolish FIFA
Sports journalist Dave Zirin says bribery and corruption are endemic to FIFA, and discusses what could take its place in the world of soccer

*The circuses

And their corrupt and callous ringmasters


Groups Appeal to UN for ‘Humanity’ as Detroit Shuts Off Water to Thousands
‘By denying water service to thousands, Detroit is violating the human right to water.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


US Scientists, Oil Giant Stole Indigenous Blood
For years, scientists working with Maxus Energy took blood samples from hundreds of Amazonian tribal members
by Max Ocean, editorial intern
Common Dreams


Sectarian Monster Reawakened: Redrawing the Map of Iraq, Again
by Ramzy Baroud


Making Schools Poor
by Diane Ravitch


It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You
by Julia Angwin


Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA)
USDA Mishandling of NOSB Challenged
Coalition petitions USDA to restore organic board’s Congressional authority


Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Approval of Northern Gateway Not Worth the Risk to Salmon Alone


Chelsea Manning Speaks–But Who Listened?

*For the corpress, when it comes to the contradicting of the conventional wisdom

Ignoring is bliss.

And when that proves impossible

Condemning is a pretty goddamn pleasurable alternative.



New Yorkers Wage Urgent Battle for GMO Label Law
Industry groups spending millions to kill a bill likely to create a “domino effect” in the northeast
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


American ‘Healthcare’ Exceptionalism: Highest Costs, Worst Care
New report exposes failures of for-profit system and prompts renewed calls for universal care
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[F]urther proof that the private insurance model is broken.”

You can’t break what never worked.

As for the right to health care


Signed by the United States nearly seventy years ago.

No enforceable basis in law.


Acid Seas Threaten Creatures That Supply Half the World’s Oxygen
New research findings could reveal what oceans of the future will look like. The picture is not rosy.
by Martha Baskin and Mary Bruno


How to Forgive Your Torturer
The River Kwai passes through Latin America and Washington
by Ariel Dorfman

*Certainly in the US, one factor in the acceptance of torture has been the “glamorization” of it in popular culture, of it being set in the context of absolute necessity to protect innocents.

And if you accept that – that the *only* way to prevent that is to torture someone who can provide you with the information to do so – then not only is it permitted, but there is a moral obligation to do so.

And on a theoretical level, with the greatest reluctance, and with the certainty that doing so will save lives, a case can be made for its use.

But the horrific reality is wholly divorced from the theory, and from the myth.

Torture isn’t employed to extract information, but to induce the victim to tell the torturers what they want to hear in order to justify their cause.

It’s also a means of propagandizing the perpetrating state’s own populace.

The message is that we *have* to do this, because those who seek to do us harm are so irredeemably evil.

Of course, other factors are present.

Why is it that so many so readily accept that portrayal of an adversary?

Animus toward race, ethnicity, religion, and/or ideology play a role, obviously.

And fear is likely the major determinant, isn’t it?

People who have been so thoroughly conditioned to fear “the other” will readily abandon any sense of empathy or common humanity toward the demonized.

This has been known and exploited from time immemorial

And I have little faith that it will be found ineffectual in the foreseeable future.


The Real News Network
Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (1/3)
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges speaks with Professor Noam Chomsky about working-class resistance during the Industrial Revolution, propaganda, and the historical role played by intellectuals in times of war

*The exploitocracy is devoted to the eradication of two saliently subversive impulses

To think for yourself

And act for others


ISIS Born from Occupation of Iraq, not Syrian Civil War
Vijay Prashad: Although it’s not clear where the Saudis stand in relation to ISIS, the group itself is a product of the Iraq War, and Western diplomats were in deep denial about its power prior to its major military offensive that began last week


Response by Hedges to Allegations by Ketcham in TNR:
by Chris Hedges



World Powers Keeping Firm Grip on Nuclear Weapons Arsenals: Report
Despite pledges to disarm, nations in possession of nuclear weapons are modernizing their inventories as some expand their stockpiles
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The science of annihilation

The silence of sanity


On Recent Events in Mosul and Other Cities in Iraq
by Falah Alwan


Fomenting a Revolution: Extreme Acts of Greed Against the American People
by Paul Buchheit

*It’s not that you have to spend money to make money.

It’s that we have to spend money

So they can make money.


Five Strategies to Stop the Northern Gateway Pipeline from Being Built
by Brent Patterson


Pentagon Preparing for Mass Civil Breakdown
Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements
by Nafeez Ahmed

*Useful intel, but why is it that Ahmed excoriates the Pentagon for equating peaceful activists with “terrorists”

Yet seems to have no problem with defining the use of violence per se as “terrorism”?

Those in power seek to divide and conquer

And I’m flummoxed as to why so often its avowed adversaries appear to blithely pitch in.


The Real News Network
Child Detainees Victims of US Immigration Policy Based On Mass Incarceration & Detention
As the harsh conditions faced by children in overcrowded immigration detention centers dominate headlines, The Real News looks at the policy that created these conditions

*The subhead speaks of examining the policy that led to this abomination

But there’s no mention of the policy that protects corporate profits in these victims’ countries of origin that are a primary factor in the poverty they’re fleeing, and supports the repressive regimes that contribute to the violence they seek to escape.

I realize these issues have been dealt with in other segments, and no doubt will continue to be, but I think they should be included in every report on the subject, don’t you?


Next Afghan President Unlikely to Solve Nation’s Security Problems
Dr. Hakim Young and Shukria Dellawar say that the signing of the bilateral security agreement by the next Afghan president is going to complicate attempts at reconciliation with the Taliban


Why the EPA’s New Coal Emissions Caps Come Up Short
Based in West Virginia, Bob Kincaid and Cathy Kunkel explain how new proposed emissions standards do nothing to address the toxic dust, poisonous water which affect Appalachian communities

*Half steps meant to make sure full strides never happen


Why the Worst Get on Top in Economics
Bill Black: History has proved Nobel prize winning economist Friedrich von Hayek, the patron saint of plutocrats and libertarians, profoundly wrong

*The ignorant, the gullible, and the haters

Sounds a lot like the Tea Party – and broader Republican – base to me.

Not that there aren’t plenty of the first two among Democrats, as well.

Von Hayek was wrong about the why of a police state

But he was spot on about the emergence of one

Which I’m sure he would have cheered on as an antidote for godless (read “profitless”) communalism.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Iraq Sectarianism Spawned by U.S. War and Maliki’s Crushing of Peaceful Protests


Democracy Now!
Dave Zirin on the World Cup You Won’t See on TV: Protests, Tear Gas, Displaced Favela Residents

*Some small justice that those heartless turistas got a whiff of what they deserved, isn’t it?



Food Lobby Colossus Sues Vermont over GMO ‘Right to Know’
Powerful lobbyist groups claim ‘free speech’ as they file suit against law that says consumers should know what’s in their food
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Frankenfood Unbound”

A horror show Food Inc. wants us all to buy a ticket to


Under Cover of Secrecy, Detainees Moved From Afghanistan’s ‘Forgotten Guantanamo’
Estimated 38 detainees left to languish in Bagram prison notorious for torture and abuse
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


New Offshore Drilling Leases Seen as Betrayal of Obama Climate Pledge
Critics say administration should halt dangerous practice and pursue safer, cleaner energy sources
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m troubled by the use of terms like “troubling” to describe so many enviromental groups’ reaction to Dear Misleader’s role in pushing us ever closer to the abyss.

Would they use the same language about the acts of a murderer?

Of course, essentially, they are, aren’t they?


Solar and Wind Will Be Cheaper Than Nukes by End of Decade: Greenpeace
New report shows nuclear-dependent France has historic opportunity, and enormous financial incentive, to move towards renewables
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Forgotten Fight Against Fascism
by William Loren Katz

*The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and other efforts in the fight against fascism comprise an “American exceptionalism” we can take honest pride in.


After the Harvest — Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully
by Robert Jensen

*If we are indeed doomed

Let us take our exit exhibiting the best within us

Rather than the worst that led us there


Frankenstein Fears His Monster: The Gates Foundation Wants You To Boycott High-Stakes Tests
by Jesse Hagopian

*Frankenstein doesn’t fear his monster

He fears the villagers at his gates


Council of Canadians
New Report Says Energy East Pipeline a Disaster in Waiting

*Pipe dreams

And the nightmares that follow their fruition


The Real News Network
ISIS Fills Power Vacuum in Iraq Fundamentally Created by U.S. Foreign Policy
Sabah al Nasseri explains that ISIS was able to take control of Mosul, Tikrit, and Baiji due to the weak state that arose from the occupation, and places it in the context of U.S. policy towards the Arab revolutions


Protesters Clash with Police in Brazil – Dave Zirin on World Cup 2014 (1/2)
Dave Zirin, author of “Dancing with The Devil”, on why Brazilian protesters are fighting against the sport they love

*A plethora of circuses

A paucity of bread


When Is Terrorism Not Terrorism?

*For the corpress, the difference between a white hood

And a white turban

Is the white skin underneath


Democracy Now!
Children on the Run: U.S. Detains Thousands of Young Migrants Seeking Safety, Family Reunification

*As evidenced here, the “war on drugs”, like that on “terrorism”, has precious little to do with either.

Both are straw men for imperial infiltration into other nations for the purpose of projecting and protecting the interests of the exploitocracy.

These children pay the horrible price for their insatiable desires.


Report from Iraq: U.S. Invasion in 2003 Helped Set Path for Crisis Pulling Nation Apart



First Nations Vow: There Will Be No Tar Sands Pipeline
“We have drawn a line in the earth they cannot, and will not, cross,” said Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The black snake

Will not strike


On Warming Planet, US Corn Industry ‘Unsustainable’
New report shows use of water and chemical fertilizers is serious threat to nation’s signature crop
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You — He Already Has You
The militarized realities of Fortress America
by William Astore

*Hazy recollections of a more principled military mindset aside, the point’s taken.

Another point to take

If you’re doing nothing wrong in the eyes of those in power

You’re assuredly doing nothing at all.


Soul Murder and the Profound Brokenness of Human Culture
by Robert C. Koehler

*When we deem others worthless

Our souls are priced likewise


Friendly? All Deaths Are Shameful in a War That Shouldn’t Be
by Rory Fanning


The Detention Watch Network
Detainees at Pinal County Jail Demand ICE End Detention Contract
Advocates Stand With Detainees to Denounce Inhumane Conditions


Government ‘Needs More Time’ to Explain Kenya Torture Role


Tenants and Workers Speak Out against Plans to Sell Off Baltimore’s Public Housing
Jaisal Noor speaks to public housing residents and employees about their concerns with plans to privatize around 40% of Baltimore’s public housing stock


New Report Documents How Privatization Steals Wages, Harms Communities
by Mary Bottari


Walmart Squeezes Organics
by Wenonah Hauter, Food & Water Watch

*Hauter’s closing comments should give one pause.

She seems to posit that if only these corporate criminal enterprises would “do the right thing”, we all would have plenty of cake, and no bar to consuming it, as well.

But that presupposes that the profit system is capable of “fairness”, that the model can exist in the absence of exploitation.

I’ve seen nothing to indicate such a possibility.

It’s the same fallacious argument we’ve heard ad nauseum that the Waltons (no John Boy extant) are so incredibly wealthy that they can afford to pay their workers a living wage and their suppliers a fair price.

But aren’t they are so obscenely rich precisely because they don’t?

It’s akin to proclaiming that a thief would merit absolution were they to return some portion of their ill gotten gain, while maintaining their lucratively larcenous lifestyle.

If the system is inherently unjust, no amount of mitigation can ever be considered morally sufficient, can it?



California Braces for Explosion of Oil by Rail Shipments
Freight industry reportedly withholding information regarding shipments from officials and public
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


US Nearly Used Nukes During Viet Nam War
by Marjorie Cohn

*Difficult to reconcile Ike’s nukemongering with his hagiography as the prophet warning of the dire danger of “the military-industrial complex”, innit?

Of course, folks in Iraq and Guatemala, among not a few others, might not have as hard a time deconstructing that narrative.


The Tide Turns
by Vijay Prashad
Even as the Syrian Army beats back the rebels in key areas, the massive turnout in support of Assad in the presidential election drives home the point that Syrians are sick of the war that has destroyed their country


Economics for the 99% The China Syndrome: Daring to use the F-word
by John Weeks


National Wildlife Federation
New Report Highlights Tar Sands Threat to Migratory Birds

*“Many of the birds Americans watch, enjoy, and hunt fly to and rely on this area.”

Something of a moral contradiction, wouldn’t you say?

“Please don’t kill these beautiful birds

And deny North America’s hunters the sporting opportunity of blowing their heads off.”


The Real News Network
The Truth and Consequences of Climate Change Denial
Peter Sinclair discusses how the big tobacco lobby methods are being employed by climate change deniers and the rising sea levels caused by melting glaciers

*Dark snow jobs from second hand smokescreens


Torture in American Prisons – Class Action Law Suit Approved
Glen Ford: The media has focused on Taliban torture, but ignores more than 80,000 prisoners held in solitary confinement across the country


Crossfire Clueless on Israeli Occupation

*What do you call anyone defending Madame Mayhem being labeled on the “left”?

I’d call it “Hillary-ous”.

But that’s just me.


Democracy Now!
Eric Cantor Suffers Historic GOP Primary Loss in Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Corporate Backlash

*It’ll be interesting to see what sort of support Brat gets from the Republican establishment during the general election, as well as from players like the Kochs, and if he should win the seat, just how this anti Wall Street animus will translate into action.

Some observers see this as indicative of a “transpartisan” anti establishment convergence, but I’d be cautious about putting too much stock in that.

Even if it’s true to some degree, what would be the ramifications of attempting to make common cause with reactionaries because they happen to share similar views on one or two issues, such as the surveillance state?

To be continued, obviously.



‘Abuse’ and ‘Despair’ at For-Profit Immigrant Prisons Exposed
ACLU report reveals ‘shocking’ abuse, solitary confinement, discrimination and other atrocities in Texas facilities
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses

I can make a tidy profit off them


Agreement over Massive Coal Ash Spill Ignores Lingering Dangers
Green groups say Duke Energy should be forced to clean up 100 million tons of coal ash still lining state’s waterways
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Japan Prime Minister’s Plan: ‘Kill the Whales’
Shinzo Abe’s plan to resume commercial whaling called “rubbish” and “senseless”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Meet the Tenacious Gardeners Putting Down Roots in “America’s Most Desperate Town”
They’re not always optimistic about the future of Camden, N.J. But they’re committed to it anyway, and they’ve created one of the nation’s fastest growing networks of urban farms.
by Kristin Moe


Across North America, Teachers Declare: ‘No No. 2 Pencils Required!’
by Jeff Abbott


Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Groups and First Nations in Five Provinces Demand a Stop to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence
Oceans’ Week starts with call for Gulf-wide moratorium and arms-length review panel


International Rivers
HidroAysén Cancelled
Chile Rejects Environmental Approval of Patagonia Megadams


The Real News Network
TRNN Replay: Sudan’s Bashir Threatens War Against South Sudan
Nii Akuetteh: US wants to use South to gain strategic advantage but China may be the peace broker


Israeli Violent Perpetrators – Not Just a Few “Bad Apples”
The Real News Israel/Palestine correspondent Lia Tarachansky and political analyst Shir Hever discuss recent violent incidents by soldiers and settlers


Ontario Election: By Targeting Liberals, Will NDP Help Elect Right-Wing Conservatives?
Greg Albo and Leo Panitch discuss the role of the NDP in the June 12 election that might elect a tea party’-like Conservative government


Joe Klein on the Itchy Grievances of Minority Groups

*You might forgive Klein for misconstruing the employment situation in these here United States.

After all, there seems to be no dearth of job opportunities for folks like him, judging by the graceless vitriol and sociopathy extant amongst the punditocracy, does there?


Institute for Public Accuracy
Government Classifying to Cover Up?


Tony Winner McDonald and Meds for Hyperactivity

*Breaking out of the pillbox


Democracy Now!
As Right-Wing Shooting Rampages Grow, U.S. Revives Domestic Terror Unit Shelved After 9/11

*What do you reckon is spent on surveillance and infiltration of nonviolent “left” groupings as opposed to these violent rightist ones?


As Taliban Attacks Karachi Airport Again, Could Pakistan Fall Into Civil War With Militants?


As Obama Moves to Cap Student Debt Payments, Activists Push For Broader Write-Off of Crushing Loans

*An transparent ploy to increase the student vote, don’t you think?

For whatever good it does, pissing on a forest fire is essentially what it amounts to.


Is College Worth It? New Doc “Ivory Tower” Tackles Higher Ed’s Unsustainable Spending, Student Debt



Visionaries Imagine a New York City ‘Designed for Free Speech’
From ‘People’s Pulpits’ in Times Square to an ‘Urban Atlas’ in Harlem, designers transform places for ‘public participation’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Libya: A Cautionary Tale
Beset by infighting among militias and rampant arms trafficking, Libya in 2014 is a cautionary tale about the long-term consequences of military intervention.
by Jesse Franzblau

*I think we have to acknowledge the possibility that this “strategic failure” was fully intended, as a means of creating a rationale for the expansion of US and Western intervention in Africa.

You can’t target a “threat”

If it doesn’t exist.

Conspiracy theory?

I don’t have the empiricismo to back it up

But I will say that conspiracy

Like shit



Time for Congress to Investigate Bill Gates’ Role in Common Core
by Diane Ravitch


Human Rights Watch’s Revolving Door
Group’s edicts and positions have often been suspiciously in line with US policy
by Belén Fernández

*A pussycat of a watchdog


The Rules of Revolt
by Chris Hedges

*I appreciate Hedges’ take, as is usually the case, but I felt compelled to take issue with at least a couple of his assumptions.

How do you “exhibit respect for the traditional values of society”

When those “values” negate your humanity solely on the basis of your skin color, sex, sexuality or other inconsequential characteristic?

And as someone who believes we have a right to defend ourselves, with force if necessary as a last resort, and in a disciplined and principled manner

(Easier enumerated than achieved, I fully realize)

I have no doubt whatsoever that “Nonviolence requires deep reserves of physical and moral courage.”

I’d venture to say that most everyone else who holds a view similar to mine would also agree with that contention.


The World Cup and the Corporatization of Soccer
Choreographed war and other aspects of the world’s greatest game
by Eduardo Galeano


Russia’s Emerging Defense and Security Doctrine: Impact on Europe and the Near East
by Dr. Theodore Karasik and Dr. Heinrich Matthee


Are Vitamin- and Mineral-Enhanced Waters Good for You?
Or does it just appear healthier?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*Adding jack to our diet

To subtract jack from our wallets


The Real News Network
A Brief History of GI Resistance During the Vietnam War
As the controversy continues over the prisoner swap involving U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl, peace activist and author David Cortright recounts the history of U.S. soldiers organizing against the Vietnam War

*You can fight for “democracy”

You just can’t exercise it.

Hackneyed, I know

But no less true.


What’s Behind the Decline of Organized Labor in Baltimore? – TRNN Webathon Panel
Labor historian Bill Barry, TRNN host Jaisal Noor, and labor activist Frank Hammer discuss the Hopkins hospital workers’ strike as well as the organizational and political problems that unions face today

*We stick together

Or we come apart


Senate Debates Constitutional Amendment to Rein In Outside Cash
Though Democrats and Republicans are split down party lines on whether to add a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending, both parties ignore 50 percent of Americans in favor of public financing


Institute for Public Accuracy
Airport Attack in Pakistan


FAIR Extra!
The War on Poor Women of Color
Abortion coverage slump matches class & ethnic shift
by Rania Khalek


Democracy Now!
Freed From Prison, Bahraini Activist Nabeel Rajab Urges U.S. to Stop Backing Regime’s Crackdown

*Rather pathetic criticism of the American role in repression by Human Rights Watch, don’t you think?

Framing this as anything other than wilful support for the Bahraini regime stands logic, and morality, on its ear.



EU Gets Ready To Open Canadian Tar Sands Floodgate
Despite protest, lawmakers poised to give legislative handout to industry that peddles one of world’s dirtiest fossil fuels
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Conclusive Link’ Between Fracking, Aquifer Contamination Found in Texas
Scientists say water samples from Texas man’s well show identical chemical signatures from nearby gas drilling operations
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Hillary Clinton and the Weaponization of the State Department
by JP Sottile

*Informative piece about an insidious project promoted by an iniquitous person

But don’t you wonder whether Sottile would have incessantly referred to John Kerry as “John” if he were the bastard in question?

(“Bastard” is a gender neutral term for me.

See Rice, Condoleezza or Susan.)


The Common Roots of Misogynist Culture in Pakistan and the U.S.
by Sonali Kolhatkar


A Civil War Myth That Hurts Us All
by Ira Chernus

*Chernus may call it “myth”.

I think “propaganda” is a more accurate term.

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it

And it’s the objective of those who distort history to ensure they will.


Are We Really Fatter Now Because We Followed Advice to Eat Less Fat?
The real issue is that we’re eating too much overall
by Bonnie Liebman

*The food industry lives high on the hog

Off the fat of the land


Our Children’s Trust
Youth Denied Critical Climate Change Relief by US Court


Food & Water Watch Petitions USDA to Stop Allowing Imports of Beef Produced Under Privatized Inspection


The Real News Network
D-Day Set the Stage for the Rebirth and Reorganization of Global Capitalism
Leo Panitch: Planning for the assimilation of postwar Europe into US-managed capitalism began in the late 1930s

*Hitting the beach

To open the oceans


USA Today and Wal-Mart Poop

*There’s plenty of pooping going on here

And the smell’s coming off the printed page.


Writing Unions Out of the Story on Fighting Poverty

*No “mystery” why the poor stay poor

And no mystery why the Times wants you to think there is, is there?


Democracy Now!
The Inside Story of Bowe Bergdahl: Afghan War Vet Matthew Farwell on “America’s Last POW”

*Graham’s a hypocritical sack of shit, but he’s likely spot on as far as the political motivations behind obtaining Bergdahl’s release.

The man has become a pawn in everyone’s PR game.


As U.S. Frees Five Taliban Members, Questions Remain Over Future of Guantánamo

*The war isn’t “winding down”

It’s just downsizing.

The US has no intention of giving up on its goals of securing pipeline routes and maintaining a strategic beachhead in the region. It may be that at some point a deal will be reached with the Taliban leadership that allows those aims to be largely realized, but for now, to speak of the situation as anything other than a state of war that will continue for at least the near future denies the bloody reality.



Brazil Readies ‘RoboCop’ Riot Squads for World Cup Protests
Demonstrators call out government for spending billions on soccer tournament as poor sidelined and public services are diminished nationwide
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Securing the circuses

Keep in mind that, as was the case in a number of US cities, such as Oakland, during the Occupy crackdown, these are the actions of a “progressive” gummint.


Genetically Modified Crops Fueling Decline of Monarch Butterflies: Report
New study links loss of milkweed habitat as a result of herbicide resistant crops to monarchs’ falling numbers
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Unprecedented’: Critics Assail Kafkaesque Secret Trial in UK
Blackout slammed as an ‘outrageous assault’ on justice
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Justice is blinded


Canadian Law Makes It Cheaper To Prevent Oil Sands Leaks Than Clean Them Up
by James Stafford

*Obviously we need to look askance at the motives behind this new law. Along with the pimping of this technology, what we may be seeing is an attempt to split the NIMBYs – those whose primary concern is how spills and leaks affect the area where they live – from those who also warn of the catastrophic climate consequences of the use of the end product, regardless of whether a single drop ever escapes from a pipeline.

“Divide and conquer” is evergreen

While the health of this planet is decidely not.


On 6/5, 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago
by Nadia Kayyali and Katitza Rodriguez


How the Internet Is Transforming from a Tool of Liberation to One of Oppression
by Astra Taylor

*The most vital antivirus

Won’t come with a free 30 day trial from Norton


Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
Groups Launch New International Effort to Protect Children From “Terrible Twenty” Pesticides


The Real News Network
Made in Israel: Exporting Occupation Technology
The Real News visits one of Israel’s arms expos and talks to the attorney who exposed the names of the country’s weapons exporters


Botching the Prisoners ‘Returning to the Battlefield’ Story

*The ability to define the parameters of the threat

Is integral to the ability to determine the limits of the response.

Call it “boogying with the boogeyman”.


Democracy Now!
Veteran: Politicians Using Freed POW Bowe Bergdahl as “Chess Piece to Win Political Matches”

*I haven’t seen any discussion about just why the decision was made to negotiate Bergdahl’s release.

I do know it has nothing to do with “heroism” on Dear Misleader’s part.

But just what political gain did he hope to realize from it? I have to think that he and his team could have anticipated this backlash, so what was the payoff?

And only the terminally naive believe this has nothing to do with a political payoff.


EPA Moves to Cut Coal Pollution, But Critics Say Plan Falls Short on Real Emissions Reduction

*A pig in a putridly polluted poke



The Challenge of Sustaining Our Oceans
by David Suzuki


Walmart’s Top-to-Bottom Taxpayer Subsidies
We’re all footing the bill for bonuses the company’s executives pocket and food stamps its underpaid workers obtain for survival.
by Sarah Anderson and Frank Clemente

*”For a company that hauled in $16 billion in profits last year, this is shameful.”

As is just how it made that $16 billion.


Should We Fight the System or Be the Change?
by Mark Engler and Paul Engler

*I’ve felt that the inattention, even hostility, by many organizers to mirroring the world we say we want to create within our own groupings has made the realization of that world that much more difficult, by ignoring the powerful appeal of a good example.

People want to be part of a community that respects and supports them. My personal experience has been one of vainly seeking such a community.

It’s a simple principle. The fact that it may not be so simple in some circumstances to act on shouldn’t diminish its salience.

Be a mensch, dammit.

Keeping that uppermost in our minds, despite the challenges, we just might find that “being the change”

Is the most effective method of making it.


Who Is Behind the National Right to Work Committee and its Anti-Union Crusade?
by Mary Bottari and Jay Riestenberg


Guess Who Is Hurt the Most by Student Debt and Higher College Costs
by Anne Johnson


Organic Consumers Association
Statement on Obama’s Proposal for Stricter Power Plant Regulations: Cutting Emissions Isn’t Enough, We Must Also Sequester Carbon to Avert Climate Disaster

*Imperative points proffered, but I’d describe Dear Misleader’s efforts as a missed “tackle”

With the intent of throwing the game.


The Real News Network
Will Curfew Laws Make Baltimore City Safer? – TRNN Webathon Panel
Dayvon Love, Nick Mosby, Brandon Scott, and Kimberly Ellis discuss the youth curfew law in Baltimore and whether it will lead to an improvement in public safety

*I’d like to understand the context of Love’s comment

“And there are some of us that are trying to push to get law enforcement to have that conversation, but that has to be the focus. It can’t be, you know, white-led and -controlled nonprofit organizations using this issue as a way to get people to protest and be upset. We have to actually have specific ways of dealing with the institutional structure so that we’re not just grandstanding so that people can get grant money, but that people can actually substantively address the issue that we’re talking about.”

To whom is he referring? What specific actions by these groups is he talking about?

A salient charge is made, yet left unremarked upon.


Brazilian Workers Strike and Protest Runup to World Cup
Throughout the month of May, Brazilian workers have been staging strikes throughout the country, causing major disruptions daily. In Salvador, a recent public transportation strike brought the city to a grinding halt for two days. On the eve of the World Cup, public outrage towards the government for its mismanaging public funds for the games is intensifying

*The bread

Is solely for the circuses


Democracy Now!
“There Were No Good Options”: Bergdahl Should Get Honorable Discharge, Says Laywer for Deserters


Is Bowe Bergdahl a Deserter? If Freed POW Left Post, He Joins Ranks of Soldiers Moved by Conscience


5 Years After Dr. George Tiller’s Murder, A Doctor Braves Threats to Continue Abortions in Wichita

*Extraordinary humanity

In the face of extreme inhumanity



Why Chiquita Is Lobbying Against a 9/11 Victims Bill
The company, guilty of financing right-wing paramilitaries in Colombia, doesn’t want to be liable for its own backing of right-wing paramilitary terrorists in Colombia.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You shall know them by their bitter fruit


In Sign of ‘New Economy’ Rising, Vermont Bill Champions Worker-Owned Co-ops
Senator Bernie Sanders: ‘We need to expand economic models that help the middle-class.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Cooperatives have to be viewed within the context of the profit system in which they operate.

As long as competition is the economic paradigm extant, the incentive to exploit will be present.

Decisions will be based on cost, not on fairness, leading to relationships with other economic entities that have no compunction about maximizing profits by any means necessary.

The system is hard wired for injustice, no matter what the intent of those working within it.

Call it trite, but it’s no less true

You can make capitalism better

But you can’t make it good.


What Excuse Remains for Obama’s Failure to Close GITMO?
by Glenn Greenwald


In the Name of Local Democracy: Let Towns, Cities Decide on Fracking
by Julie Huntsman and Scott Stringer


As Snowden Leak Anniversary Approaches, Intelligence Community Prepares to Declare Victory
by Marcy Wheeler


How a Socialist Won: A Playbook from Seattle
by Ramy Khalil


People Power Gave Seattle Workers a Raise
by Kshama Sawant


Center for Biological Diversity
Groups Fight to Protect Endangered Species From Dangerous New Pesticide


The Real News Network
Left Makes Few Gains in EU Elections
Leo Panitch: Despite gains in Greece and Spain, left parties face serious setbacks overall


‘Muddying a Murky Picture’: NYT’s Ukraine Kremlinology

*Apparently, pimping a new Cold War isn’t dependent on presenting cold, hard facts.


FAIR Extra!
Beyond ‘Boring Hand-Wringing’ on Newsroom Diversity
Changing the institutions that make journalism so white and male
by Carla Murphy


Institute for Public Accuracy
Beyond Snowden: New Group to Clear a Path for More Whistleblowers


Democracy Now!
Father of Freed U.S. Soldier: “Nobody Can Relate to Guantánamo Prisoners More Than Our Family”


Reporter: Bowe Bergdahl’s Fellow Soldiers Questioned Afghan War More Than He Did


Former Guantánamo Chief Prosecutor Defends American POW-Taliban Prisoner Swap



Stand with Care Workers and Against the Right Wing!
by Jobs With Justice


Supreme Court Sides with DOJ in Attack on Press Freedom
Rejection of federal appeal by New York Times reporter James Risen seen as crushing blow to investigative journalism
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


EPA’s Carbon Rule Falls Short of Real Emissions Reduction
by Janet Redman and Wenonah Hauter

*So you’re “applauding” him for … ?


Toward the Total Paralysis of an Unequal Society
by Paul Buchheit

*I don’t want to tax exploitation

I want to end it.

That’s a single cause I can unite on.


Corporations Are Not People. Period.
On not settling for half measures when it comes to our democracy
by Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap

*Of course corporations aren’t people.

Have you ever seen a human body with that many pricks?


Beyond Obama’s Plan: A New Economic Vision for Addressing Climate Change
by Jeremy Rifkin

*So how will corporations and their servants in gummint react to changes that will reduce both their profit margins and their power?

If history is any judge, they’ll try to crush what they can, and coopt the rest, wouldn’t you think?


Viewpoint: The Media’s Sudden Attention to Adjunct Issues
by Janine Jackson

*Walmarting the price of pedagogy


The Real News Network
Fast Food Workers’ Movement: Union 2.0
With the support of America’s second largest union SEIU, the fast food workers’ $15 wage movement has grown, and this unorganized workforce of the past is shaping up to become the face of American organized labor

*”So I think in some ways SEIU is seeking to redeem itself on a different organizing front. And let’s hope it doesn’t make some of the same mistakes that it has in health care in the fast food field.”

Whistling past the labor movement’s graveyard?

Can you say “cooptation”?

I knew that you could.

The problem with most all union “leadership”

Is where it’s leading

Straight into the arms of an austerity addling Democratic Party.



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