October 2014


UK’s Plan to Use ‘Death as Deterrence Appalling’: UN Human Rights Expert
UK dropping search and rescue efforts in Mediterranean wrong and cruel approach, rights advocates say
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

*The rising tide of racism

And the boats and beings it seeks to sink


Boo! Happy Halloween from Our Frightening Healthcare System
by Donna Smith

*Paying through the nose

And the eyes, ears, throat, heart, limbs, stomach

And whatever else may ail you


Twelve Ways Jim Crow is Winning in 2014
by Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis

*A treatise delineating the difference between voter fraud

And voting fraud


Bowling for Nuclear Meltdowns (and Throwing Gas on the Fire)
by John LaForge


Women’s Group Demands DHS Investigate Rape and Harassment at Karnes Family Detention Center in Texas
Multiple Lawsuits Accuse Karnes Detention Center Guards of Repeated Sexual Assault of Women and Children


The Real News Network
One in Ten Baltimore Residents Apply for Section 8 Housing after Waitlist Opens for First Time in a Decade
Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger talks about the implications of tens of thousands of Baltimore residents applying for the Section 8 housing program, which subsidizes rent for needy families

*Of course, the counterargument is: if you don’t have business generating a tax base, then you don’t have tax revenue [for the?] program.”

Of course, if you give those businesses all manner of tax breaks, then you don’t have tax revenue, either, do you?


What to Expect in the IPCC Synthesis Report
Professor Chris Williams of Pace University says we would need to shut down the fossil fuel industry over the next 20 years to achieve carbon reduction targets


Ebola: A Disease of Extraordinary Poverty (2/2)
Enormous public health crisis in poorest countries due to increasing social inequality, says Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London


‘One Baltimore’ Rally Unites Groups Against Privatization
TRNN’s Megan Sherman speaks to labor leaders, activists and low-wage workers who oppose potential plans for privatization of the city’s water and other public services, and say the issue is tied to growing crime and poverty in Baltimore


USA Today: Still Not Too Late to Attack Gary Webb
by Peter Hart

*As opposed to a full frontal attack, we have an instance of damning with faint damnation.

Classic corpress “good cop, bad cop”, wouldn’t you say?


Democracy Now!
Public Health vs. Civil Liberties: Debate over Ebola Quarantines Harkens Back to AIDS Panic in 1980s

*A shame we can’t quarantine those spreading the deadly diseases of fear and ignorance


How to Buy a City: Chevron Spends $3 Million on Local California Election to Oust Refinery Critics


Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins Calls for a “Green New Deal for New York”


The Nazis Next Door: Eric Lichtblau on How the CIA & FBI Secretly Sheltered Nazi War Criminals


Part 2: Eric Lichtblau on “The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler’s Men”

*And do you think Israel cares to have this horrific history revealed?

That wouldn’t be conducive to its role as official arbiter of just who’s an “anti Semite” and who isn’t, would it?


“The GMO Deception”: Sheldon Krimsky on How BigAg & the Government Is Putting Your Food at Risk

*A note of caution

Currently, a product can be labeled “non GMO”, but it’s essentially meaningless, as there’s no mandated certification process to vet it.

So, maybe it is

And maybe it ain’t.

Caveat emptor


Food Safety: What do Expiration Dates Really Mean?
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action



On Proposed Mega-Pipeline, Tar Sands Opponents Vow: ‘It’s Not Going to Happen’
TransCanada applies for permits to build ‘Energy East’—which would be longest pipeline in North America—environmentalists and local communities vow to stop it
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Missing Women of Afghanistan: After 13 Years of War, the Rule of Men, Not Law
by Ann Jones


This Is The Most Important Reform Ferguson Can Enact To Give Its Black Residents A Voice
by Ian Millhiser


Huu-ay-aht First Nations
Huu-ay-aht Leads the Way by Adopting Living Wage Policy


Oceana Study Reveals Misrepresentation of America’s Favorite Seafood
30% of Shrimp Products Tested in Grocery Stores & Restaurants Misrepresented


The Real News Network
Oligarchs Consolidate Power in Ukraine after Parliamentary Elections (1/2)
Professor Ivan Katchanovski says the elections were a victory for new oligarchic parties and the far right


Hedges & Wolin (5/8) – Can Capitalism & Democracy Coexist?
Political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discusses his time in the academy and the role of universities in post-war United States history


Tricky Treats: Halloween Candy Options
by Rebekah Wilce

*Candy coated callousness


White Hat’s Magic Trick: Transforming Public Schools into Private Assets
by Jessica Mason and Mary Bottari


Media Cry Foul When Democrats Talk About Race
by Jim Naureckas

*Imagine how livid the corpress would be if the Democrats actually walked their talk?

(And even their talk doesn’t walk beyond the walls of segregated messaging to separate audiences, does it?)


Democracy Now!
Showdown over Ebola: Will Quarantines of Healthcare Workers Harm the Fight Against Epidemic?

*Dear Misleader’s crocodile tears shouldn’t blind us to his role in this, in his “foreign policy” helping to create the conditions that have enabled this virus to spread.

And we need to be goddamn careful about involving the military in the response. If it’s absolutely necessary, then we need to watch developments like a hawk

Or rather, like a dove.

Empire will use any excuse to expand, and this will be no different.

It’s great propaganda

It remains to be seen if it’s of any great benefit.


“The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster”: Charity Prioritized PR over People After Superstorm Sandy


Is Your Judge for Sale? Dark Money Groups Pour Millions into Judicial Races to Reshape Courts

*A green thumb on the scales of justice



Tar Sands Resistance Blowing Huge Hole in Oil Industry’s Bottom Line: Report
‘Business as usual for Big Oil—particularly in the tar sands—is over.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Blocking the Youth Vote in the South
by Evan Walker-Wells

*From a poll tax

To a poll ax

If only they had something to vote for

Instead of only something to vote against.


Don’t Believe Women Are Endlessly Harassed? Watch This
by Mark Morford

*The only good argument for open carry


The Real News Network
Welfare’s Stigma in White Working-Class America (1/2)
In the conservative town of Westminster, MD, TRNN reports on how residents view public assistance as being riddled with fraud and abuse, but the numbers tell a different story of 90 percent of recipients being women with children and workers in low-wage jobs

*The stigma question’s never really answered, is it?

Racism certainly plays a major role, as does sexism.

The term is “welfare *queen*”, innit?

Those biases are promoted by a power class that seeks to keep the exploited separated from and antagonistic toward each other, directing their hostility below and beside themselves, rather than above.

Will the plutocrats have the last laugh

Or can we unite, so they find that the joke’s on them?


What’s Behind the Defeat of the Left in Toronto?
Professor Leo Panitch discusses the appeal of Toronto’s conservative mayor-elect and the failure of the left to galvanize the working class


A Third Intifada on the Horizon?
Journalist Max Blumenthal discusses the situation in Jerusalem and the reconstruction plans for Gaza


Institute for Public Accuracy
Exploding Rocket: Underlines “Folly of Using Nuclear Power in Space”

*Even if it is rocket science

This is utter idiocy


Amazon-CIA $600 Million Deal Facing Scrutiny: “What’s the CIA Doing on Amazon’s Cloud?”


Democracy Now!
Will Mike Brown’s Killer Avoid Charges in Ferguson? Cops Stockpile Riot Gear Amid “Troubling” Leaks


Arming the Warrior Cop: From Guns to Drones, Inside the Booming Business of Police Militarization


Is Filming a Police Officer a “Domestic Threat”? Austin Activist on Trial for Videotaping an Arrest

*Austin City Limits on civil rights


How to Diet: Can “Low-Calorie” Labels Lead to You Eat More?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



Dozens of Vermonters Arrested for Protesting ‘Road to Ruin’ Energy Policy
Hundreds take part in State House sit-in and rally against fracked gas pipeline expansion
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Despite Worrisome Volcano Warning, Nuclear Restart Approved for Japanese Plant
Local decision comes as scientific authorities caution that increased seismic activity may indicate possible eruption
by Common Dreams staff


African Lions Face Extinction by 2050, Say Wildlife Officials
Populations have dropped 50 percent in 30 years, should be protected by Endangered Species Act, says U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal
by Gareth Porter
Inter Press Service


Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links
by Alicia Ely Yamin


At Current Rates, Global Gender Pay Gap Won’t Close for More Than 80 Years
Women currently have just 40 percent fewer economic opportunities that men have worldwide, says World Economic Forum
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Saudi Arabia is the most improved relative to its starting point in the sub-index of economic opportunities … and the United Arab Emirates for political empowerment.”

There are lies

Damn lies

And statistics


Shell Wants Five More Years to Carry Out Arctic Plunder
Oil giant asked Interior Department ‘to skirt rules,’ get more time after it spent fruitless $6 billion
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Revolution That Wasn’t: Why the Fracking Phenomenon Will Leave Us High and Dry
A new, landmark report shows that hopes of a long-term golden era in American oil and gas production are unfounded.
by Asher Miller


Pass the ACHE Act and Stop Destroying Appalachia
by Allan J. Lichtman


Deep Undercover: Police Officer in UK Fathered a Child with an Activist as Part of an Investigation
Court settlement raises new questions about ethics of police infiltration
by Adam Federman


Equality California Launches Campaign to End the FDA’s Discriminatory Blood Donation Ban


The Real News Network
Hedges & Wolin (4/8) – Can Capitalism & Democracy Coexist?
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin discuss the concept of “inverted totalitarianism” and its relevance for understanding contemporary politics


Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (3/3)
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, discusses the racism of some of America’s storied poets and scholars


Institute for Public Accuracy
CDC Finally Acknowledging Ebola Air Droplet Transmission; What’s Next?


Nonvoters Are People Too
by Peter Hart

I do vote, acutely aware of the hollow exercise in democracy it almost always is

But I’ll be damned if I’ll berate someone for not doing so, who in good conscience can’t bring themselves to choose between a piece of shit

And a pile of it.


Democracy Now!
Attack on Canadian Parliament Fuels “Anti-Terror” Laws, Ignoring Ties to Mental Illness, Drug Abuse


As Indonesia’s New President Takes Office, Cabinet Includes Officials Tied to Atrocities of Old


Monsanto, BigAg Spend Millions Fighting Colorado, Oregon Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods


Heart and Disease: Decoding the Heart Claims on Cereal Boxes
by Jayne Hurley
Nutrition Action



Holding Computers Aloft, Thousands March in Budapest Against Anti-Democratic Internet Tax
‘Those who use the Internet see more of the world, that’s why the government doesn’t want a free Internet,’ organizer says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Climate Change Doubles Probability of Freezing Winters in Eurasia: Study
Researchers find trend of icy winters likely to last decades before being overtaken by warming planet
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


How Long Before Another Soma Mine Disaster?
by Tessa Love
Inter Press Service


Indigenous Communities Take Chevron to Global Court for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’
Impacted peoples urge International Criminal Court to investigate corporation’s refusal to clean its mess in the Ecuadorian Amazon
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


1918: On When a War Ended (Though Others Would Follow)
by Michael Parenti


Why Do We Keep Thanking the Troops?
“Thank You for Your Valor, Thank You for Your Service, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You…”
by Rory Fanning


US For-Profit Health Care Industry is Always Innovating New Ways to Steal Your Money
by Jon Walker


Big Oil Sets Up Crude Export Lobby Group
by Andy Rowell


Nurses Emerge as Front Line ‘Climate Workers’
by Tamanna Rahman and Brendan Smith


No Happy Ending to the Child Refugee Crisis
by Emily Schwartz Greco


Odds Are, You Are Suspicious
by Samia Hossain


Indigenous Action
Alert: Diné Face Arrest & Livestock Theft on Black Mesa


The Real News Network
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (2/3)
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States,” explores the colonial roots and the foundational myths of the United States

*Placed on a pedestal

The better to discern their debauchery


Is Financial Fraud Too Complex to Prosecute?
The Department of Justice is using an illegitimate excuse to explain why has not prosecuted any senior bankers responsible for fraud on Wall Street, says Bill Black, former bank regulator and current Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

*Not rocket science

But things still blowed up real good, didn’t they?


The Financialization of Life (4/5)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy


The Financialization of Life (3/5)
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy


Fix wireless 9-1-1 without delay
by Denise Amber Lee Foundation


Institute for Public Accuracy
Behind Soros’ Attack on Russia


Democracy Now!
Back from West Africa, a U.S. Nurse Says Quarantining Medical Workers Threatens Ebola Response


From Fear-Mongering to Crippling Debt, Lapses in Politics and Health Hurt Global Effort on Ebola


Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out from Prison on Pennsylvania’s New Law Censoring Convicts’ Speech


A Look Inside The Cholesterol Myth and The Side Effects of Lipitor and Statin Drugs
by Yuri Elkaim

*Again, I’m not vouching for the reliability of this, but I think it’s worth passing along.

But what’s this about inmates being “force fed” … ?

I asked the author to provide more information about this disturbing remark.

Even if the description’s hyperbolic, and the inmates “volunteered” for the study, I’d like to know if doing so could have had adverse affects on their health.

If so, I have grave concerns about just how voluntary their choice was, given the incentive to agree to something that might lead to an improvement in their conditions, at the cost of their well being.

The issue of full disclosure arises, as well.


10 foods you should never eat
by Leanne Ely



US to Pay Philippines $1.9 Million for Navy Ship Ramming Into Pristine Reef
‘U.S. militarism is part of its fossil fuel-hungry drive in the Asia-Pacific region that damages and pollutes the environment,’ Philippine group said
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


It Takes a Village to Enforce Fair Wage Laws
by Rebecca Smith


The Mass Shooting in Mexico
The murder and disappearance of students from Ayotzinapa is raising questions once again about the complicity of law enforcement and public officials in Mexico’s drug wars.
by Laura Carlsen


Democracy in America: Where Hucksters Rule
by Andrew Levine


Stedile: The People Want Changes to Improve Their Lives
by Joana Tavares


Electronic Frontier Foundation
Protect Yourself from Electronic Spying with ‘Surveillance Self-Defense’
EFF Releases Updated Guide to Privacy and Security for Internet Users Worldwide


The Real News Network
Kurdish Fighters Move to Regain Kobani
The coalition is not what it appears to be – Vice President Biden was right, says Patrick Cockburn the author of The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising


Hedges and Wolin (3/8): Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin continue their discussion of the threats faced by democratic institutions


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ebola: U.S. Hospitals “Still Unprepared”; “Must be Confronted in Africa”

*Nass continues to convincingly contradict the conventional wisdom, so why isn’t she receiving the attention in the “alternative media” that she deserves?


The Big Problem With Time’s Teacher-Bashing Cover Story
by Peter Hart

*Teachers with tenure are an obstacle to techdom’s wet dream of virtual schools, and the profits they’d produce, aren’t they?

“Control over [the] workforce” is not only essential to implementing that vision. On a societal scale, it’s a primary goal of it.

Save for a favored few, the purpose of the educational system would be to pump out compliant drones to fill the miserable occupations late stage capitalism excretes.

In the oligarchy’s eyes

A mind is a terrible thing.


Democracy Now!
Obama Promised a “World Without Nuclear Weapons,” But May Now Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades


Former Weapons Inspector in Iraq Questions Claims that Iran Hiding Nuclear Tests


European Privacy in the Age of Snowden: We Need a Debate About What Intelligence Agencies Are Doing


Food Safety during Pregnancy
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action



US Official: Bombing Oil Pipelines in Syria a ‘Viable Option’
Critic warns move would be ‘foolhardy’ and lead to civilian casualties, massive spills and environmental damage
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Is Obama Stalling Until Republicans Can Bury the CIA Torture Report?
by Dan Froomkin
The Intercept


Police Use of Drones May Threaten Human Rights: UN Expert
Christof Heyns says legality of law enforcement use of remote-controlled weapons must be considered
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Whistleblowers Expose USAID’s Pervasive Hidden Failures
Between 2011 and 2013, inspector general’s office hid negative findings about USAID programs from the public, Washington Post investigation finds
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa
by Thalif Deen
IPS News


‘Not Political… Survival’: Faced With Rising Climate Risks, South Florida City Votes for Secession
‘South Florida’s situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Economics As If Future Generations Mattered
Creating a commons ethic for ecological restoration and social justice
by Carolyn Raffensperger, Kaitlin Butler

*A dire need for some commons sense


Pushed into Homelessness by Their Own Government
by Brandon Buskey


One My Lai a Month
by Robert C. Koehler

*To dehumanize the “other”

You must dehumanize the “same”


Center for Food Safety
Tests Find Monsanto’s Soy, Genetically Engineered for Heavy Pesticide Spraying, in Portland-Bought Infant Formula


The Real News Network
Hedges & Wolin (2/8): Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?
Political philosopher Sheldon Wolin and journalist Chris Hedges discuss the breakdown of democratic institutions throughout the 20th century


US Dropping Arms and Ammunition to Syrian Kurds in Kobani
Reese Erlich, freelance correspondent and author of Inside Syria, says the irony of the support to the Kurds in Kobani is that the PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the US


Democracy Now!
Citizenfour: Inside Story of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Captured in New Film by Laura Poitras


Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater Execs Remain Free as Guards Convicted for Killing 14 Iraqis in Massacre



#O22: Nationwide Day of Action Builds Momentum Against Institutional Racism
Protesters gather in cities around the country to demand an end to mass incarceration, police brutality
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Big Oil Spending Millions to Kill Local Anti-Fracking Measure
Santa Barbara County the site of another David vs. Goliath fight in local initiatives
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Suit Demands EPA Show Documents Related to Big Oil Influence over Fuel Standards
“Was there a back room deal orchestrated by big oil and high ranking officials in the Obama administration?”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”
by Dahr Jamail

*A litany of lunacy


‘We Charge Genocide’ Presents Report on Chicago Police Violence and Hosts Silent Protest on National Day of Action Against Police Brutality
Chicago organizers release report to the UN exposing ongoing, pervasive Chicago Police violations of the Convention Against Torture, as well as call for a protest at the 11th District Police Station, formerly run by disgraced Commander Glenn Evans


The Real News Network
Hedges & Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?
Journalist Chris Hedge interviews political philosopher Sheldon Wolin, who says democracy requires continuous opposition and vigilance by the citizenry


UN Issues Statement on Human Rights Violations in Detroit
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire says mass struggle against the powers that be is required in Detroit


The Financialization of Life
Costas Lapavitsas speaks to an audience at The Real News about how finance controls the global economy


Democracy Now!
In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State


Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up to International Law

*I understand Chomsky’s point about principles and pragmatic actions, but I think we have to be cautious about losing the former in pursuit of the latter.

So, yes, perhaps one state with equal rights for all isn’t possible in the present, but it should always be seen as the only truly just solution, and anything less has to be honestly admitted to be just that.

And as with all reform, the test is whether it’s a step towards that ultimate justice

Or puts a stop to its realization.

Often not an easy question, but an essential one, if we claim to have a commitment to justice, writ large.


VIDEO: Detroit Residents Meet with United Nations Officials, Demand Moratorium on Water Shutoffs


How to Diet: Does Potassium Protect Against Strokes?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



$7 Billion US Eradication Effort Delivers Record High Poppy Crop in Afghanistan
Federal watchdog report “calls into question” US efforts to stamp out opium production
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


“Untouchable” New Orleans
by Martin Macwan


The Real News Network
Low Black Voter Turnout Could Unseat Senate Democrats
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report shames Democrats’ record on social programs and says “fear of the Republicans” strategy to get out the black vote is unlikely to work


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ebola: Are U.S. Bioweapons Labs the Solution, or the Problem?


Myths About Syria and Iraq War


A ‘Worthless and Whiny’ Attack on a Genuine Journalistic Hero
by Peter Hart

*Webb did his job

And Leen and company are doing theirs

By doing one on him.


How to Drive a Colleague to His Grave and Sleep Easy at Night
by Jim Naureckas

*It’s fruitless to ask Kurtz and ilk if their consciences bother them.

They’ve based their careers on obliterating any traces of one.


Democracy Now!
After Ignoring ISIS Assault on Kobani, U.S. Launches Major Strikes & Arms Turkey’s Kurdish Foes


Former U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard Falk on the Legitimacy of Hope in the Palestinian Struggle


Mumia Abu-Jamal Speaks Out from Jail on New Pennsylvania Law Silencing Prisoners


Alkaline Diet Key To Cancer Prevention?
by Yuri Elkaim

*I’m not vouching for the perspective here, although I do think it’s worth pondering.


Sugar in Food: Do Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Blood Sugar?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



Can Civilization Survive “Really Existing Capitalism”? An Interview With Noam Chomsky
by C.J. Polychroniou


‘White on Pumpkin Crime’: Mainstream Riot Coverage from Ferguson, Missouri to Keene, New Hampshire
Twitter users and others compare difference in images, descriptions between white rioters in Keene and black protesters in Ferguson
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*White washes

And black blotches


What West Africa Can Teach the US About Ebola
Nigeria and Senegal have declared victory on Ebola even as healthcare workers in Texas contract it
by Kwei Quartey


World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Alpine Lifelines on the Brink


ISIS, Kobanê, and the Future of the Middle East
Statement by the Campaign for Peace and Democracy


The Real News Network
48th Anniversary of the Founding of the Black Panther Party
Former Black Panther Eddie Conway describes the political and social conditions that gave rise to the militancy and politics of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defens


Why Are Republicans Linking Ebola & U.S-Mexican Border? (1/2)
Journalist Todd Miller unpacks the political and profit-driven reasons Republicans continue to push President Obama to close the Mexican-U.S. border


U.S. Border Patrol Influence Expands Down to Mexican Southern Border (2/2)
Journalist Todd Miller traveled to the southern Mexican state of Chiapas to uncover the reach of ICE and the military funding being pumped into the system


Culture of the National Security State – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)
Dr. Kumar tells Paul Jay that a culture of fear and obedience has developed so we give consent to Cold War policies, to hot wars, to the complete militarization of society

*Kumar makes many salient points in this series, but I don’t concur with her final one.

The information about the horrors the US commits abroad is already out there, as evidenced by how they’re covered by TRNN and other alternative outlets.

But it makes little impact, due to the marginalization of those sources, and the thorough propagandizing of so much of the public.

So I don’t think there’s much worry about what might come from the targeted Muslim population.

This is a matter of scapegoating, of defining and demonizing “the other”.

And beyond that, the police state is preparing for the time when things fall apart.

The plutocracy will cling to its power to the very end

They’re preparing to wage class war, which they’ve done in various forms from the beginning of the “republic”.

The question is

Are we willing to stand against it?


TRNN Replay: The 9/11 Conspiracy: Did Bush/Cheney Create a Culture of Not Wanting to Know? – Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham says there was a pervasive pattern in police and intelligence agencies: “You don’t have everybody moving in the same direction without there being a head coach somewhere who was giving them instructions as to where he wants them to move”

*Incompetency has nothing to do with this. Any reasonable analysis of the known facts should make that unquestionably clear, don’t you think?

So why has there been so little attention paid to administration complicity in the “alternative media”?

The Gulf of Tonkin deception is considered settled history, and is so because the fear of being labeled a “conspiracy theorist” didn’t deter those who exposed it.

So where’s that same fortitude in this instance? Is it that somehow Tonkin can fit into the accepted parameters of imperial villainy, but 9/11 is outside those boundaries?

Why is it so difficult to believe that the neocon cabal would aid and abet this horror, when they had wet dreams of a “new Pearl Harbor” that would give them carte blanche to extend “the American Century” into perpetuity?

Would a few thousand American and others’ lives matter more to them than the attainment of their nirvana?

They were willing to risk Armageddon for it for decades, weren’t they?

There will always be “9/11ers” who are convenient foils for the conventional wisdom.

That shouldn’t deter a dogged pursuit of the truth here

Else just how much of an “alternative” are we talking about?


A Momentum Sparked Beyond Ferguson
On his return from Ferguson, Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report says we must implement people-powered community control of the police


Why the Tea Party & European Right Are Winning Elections
Michael Hudson: There is no real left-wing alternative to the right

*I think we have to ask just why liberal parties exist.

(I’d demur from calling them “left”, regardless of the “socialist” label in the case of Europe, as that’s not how the term’s defined in my dictionary.)

They’re charged with channeling public protest into acceptable avenues. They divert and diminish the raging river of transformation, leaving only a babbling brook of “reform”.

That’s been their historical function. Today, their mission is more to posit themselves as “the lesser of two evils”, moving further and further to the right, as they lament the immutable political necessity for doing so.

Occasionally, they’re compelled to pose as “populists” when public anger wells up, only to be pacified by proclamations of “hope and change”.

Laugh about it, shout about it

When you’ve got to choose

Every way you look at it

You lose

And for the record, Kucinich caved on even the public option in the end.


The Ghost in the GMO Machine
While independent research shows that Chlorpyrifos, a Dow Chemical insecticide used in Kaua‘i’s GMO fields, can cause significant harm to children nearby, Dow is intent on convincing the EPA otherwise.
by Paul Koberstein
Cascadia Times


LePage Supports Pumping Public Water for Private Gain
by Mary Bottari and Jonas Persson


Institute for Public Accuracy
NYT: Obama Could Reaffirm Bush-Era Torture

*Nobels for nightmares


‘Clipboard Man’ Shows Media Figures Didn’t Get the Memo About Ebola Transmission

*The corpress have plenty to answer for regarding misinformation and the panic it fosters, but it’s imperative to always be ready to revise our understanding as new intel emerges.

The possibility of airborne transmission exists, according to the information provided by Dr. Meryl Nass


Of course, I’m no expert, but I’d hope folks would accord it the serious consideration it would seem to deserve.


Democracy Now!
“Women Are Being Driven Offline”: Feminist Anita Sarkeesian Terrorized for Critique of Video Games


Media Enabled Musketeers: Russian & American Filmmakers with Disabilities Document Shared Struggles


Diet and Weight Loss: Can Eating More Protein Help You Lose Weight?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Good oil/bad oil
Now you’ll know the difference
by Leanne Ely
Saving Dinner

*What about adding EVOO to warm/hot foods, such as pasta, after cooking?

I asked that of the author, and will pass along any response.



‘Not Drowning, Fighting’: Pacific Climate Warriors Blockade Australian Coal Port
Only four of the twelve ships, including two coal ships, scheduled to pass through the port were able to break the blockade lead by a group of Pacific Climate Warriors representing 12 Pacific Island nations.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Justice for Jennifer’: Protests Sweep Philippines Following US Marine’s Alleged Murder of Transgender Woman
Amid expanding U.S. military presence in Philippines, killing renews calls to expel U.S. troops from the country
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes
In an exclusive interview with Foreign Policy, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran’s WMD program.
by Gareth Porter


What’s Driving the Hong Kong Protests
Has the Left Libeled a Democracy Movement?
by Dave Lindorff

*Works for me, but this subheading is an example of the sort of overreach that Lindorff decries, don’t you think?

*Some* on the left have engaged in such, it appears, but my experience on this topic has been that there has been little scrutiny of whatever the US is indeed doing.

And that’s the job of “alternative media”, isn’t it?


The Real News Network
Protests at St. Louis University – TRNN Reports From Ferguson
Over 1,500 people marched on Saint Louis University’s campus as a part of Ferguson October and the National Day of Civil Disobedience


Why Are Stock Markets So Volatile?
A serious depression is pending as a result of austerity, says Professor Michael Hudson, author of The Bubble and Beyond, and Finance Capitalism and Its Discontents


Pay to Prey: Governors Facilitate the Predatory Outsourcing of America’s Public Services
by PR Watch Admin


A Most Interesting Man: Did Maddow Really ‘Tar’ Rand Paul on Civil Rights?
by Peter Hart

*I assume he won’t be gifted with flowers and chocolates from Code Pink in gratitude for his “nuanced” views on this issue.

Oy gevalt …


Important Food Safety Tips for Washing Your Food
by Sarah Klein



#SolidarityWithTeachers: Philly Educators, Students, Parents Take to the Streets
City’s labor leaders will join the demonstration to protest ‘war on union’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Small Scale Food Producers are the Solution to the Global Food Crisis
by Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Martin Drago


The Threats Against Anita Sarkeesian Expose the Darkest Aspects of Online Misogyny
by Maureen Ryan

*Boys will be boys

That’s not an excuse.

It’s a terrible truism.


Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins
by David Morris


US Hospitals Lead Global Pack on Costly Paperwork
by Steffie Woolhandler, David Himmelstein

*The deaths from a thousand paper cuts


The Real News Network
The Islamophobia of “Homeland” – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
Dr. Kumar tells Paul Jay that Muslim characters on Homeland are either terrorists, sympathizers of terrorists, or “good Muslims” which means pro-US


U.S. Will Fail In Attempt to Create Proxy Army in Syria
Phyllis Bennis says Obama has been right – in rhetoric – about one thing: there is no military solution to defeating the Islamic State


TRNN Replay: Why Would Saudi Arabia Support the 9/11 Conspirators, Why Would the US Gov. Cover it Up? – Sen. Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
On RAI with Paul Jay, Senator Bob Graham says the Saudis had a high certainty that the US government would not reveal their role and would take out its vengeance on some place else


Hand in hand
Narendra Modi’s sublime gifts to Barack Obama and the two leaders’ visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr memorial was ironically followed by a renewal of the 10-year military agreement and a revitalisation of the nuclear deal to take forward the strategic relationship
by Vijay Prashad


Institute for Public Accuracy
The CDC and Ebola

*Important intel extant. Read Nass’ “Current clinical thoughts on Ebola”, especially as regards airborne transmission.


And by ‘Traditional Voters,’ the New York Times Means White People
by Peter Hart

*I’d say the animus envinced is quintessentially “traditional”.

Take it from an ol’ Southern boy.


Revoke Wall Street’s License to Steal
Tell Five of America’s Biggest Banks to Stop Hiding Behind Forced Arbitration Clauses, Which Block Ripped-off Consumers from Holding Banks Accountable
by Public Citizen


Democracy Now!
A U.S. Nurse Witnesses Ebola’s Ravages in Sierra Leone, Where Horrific Conditions Claim Lives Daily


An Unprofitable Disease: In the Political Economy of Ebola, Who Lives and Who Dies?

*A case of unprofitable disease

And the disease of profit


A Little Shout of Joy: Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Reopen, Easing Crisis of Access in Texas


Abortion as a Social Good: Author Katha Pollitt Pens New Vision for Pro-Choice Movement

*For me, the moral issue centers around just when can be say that we’re dealing with a human life.

When the fetus can feel pain is one determinant. There may be others I’m ignorant of.

Once development has reached that point, is it wrong to terminate the pregnancy?

What then are the rights of the woman? What are the rights of the fetus?

I’d like to see this addressed by Pollitt and other pro choice advocates, which I consider myself to be, with the above caveat

And I can’t say that I have in any fundamental way.



Noam Chomsky: Growing Number of Nations Distancing Themselves From Israel’s ‘Explicitly Criminal Actions’
‘Every drop of oil that is extracted from the ground is another blow in the coffin of the human species,’ Chomsky said
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


GOP Candidates Relying on Dark Money Infusions for Midterm Ad Blitz: Analysis
‘It seems like presidential-year levels in some of these races,’ says researcher.
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Legacy of Chemical Weapons in Iraq Compounds Lies and Failures of US Invasion
New reporting by the New York Times show how the only chemical weapons found in Iraq—long-abandoned stockpiles dating back to the 1980’s— don’t in any way conform to the pre-invasion narrative used by the Bush administration to justify the war.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”What is new from this story is the U.S. government under Bush was as cavalier about American lives as it was Iraqis.”

New … ?

See “depleted uranium”.


Race and Militarism from Ferguson to Syria: A letter to African Americans
by Amaju Baraka


How a National Moratorium on Standardized Testing Could Work
by Valerie Strauss


Center for Biological Diversity
EPA Approves Dangerous Combination of 2,4-D and Glyphosate Pesticides
‘Enlist Duo’ Poses Immediate Danger to Monarch Butterfly, Indiana Bat and More Than 20 Other Endangered Species


The Real News Network
Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Dr. Kumar says the roots of Islamophobia are to be found in a conflict between empires and economic interests, not a clash of civilizations


Whose Interests Are Served by Occupy Hong Kong?
Assistant Professor Sean Kenji Starrs reports from the front lines of the uprisings

*The question isn’t really answered, is it?

Aside from the mention of this billionaire, there’s no discussion of just who does benefit from the protests.

As the US has a long history of overt and covert involvement with dissent in “hostile” countries, wouldn’t you have liked to have heard something about how that might be manifesting itself in Hong Kong?


TRNN Replay: Revealing the 9/11 Conspiracy Would Undo the Entire US-Saudi Alliance – Sen. Bob Graham on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
Paul Jay asks Senator Graham if a culture of “not wanting to know” was created to prevent the conspiracy from being uncovered and to protect the role of the Saudi government

*Doesn’t this make plain the utter complicity of the corpress in protecting power?

Whether 9/11 was facilitated by the neocon cabal, either directly or indirectly, or simply taken advantage of, it’s clear that there’s been a concerted effort to make certain the facts remain buried, and the mainstream media, as well as the leadership of both parties, have aided and abetted that mission.

Call it a silence of conspiracy.


Democracy Now!
As Second Dallas Nurse Diagnosed with Ebola, Are U.S. Hospitals Failing Healthcare Workers?


Infected Workers, Slow Deployment, No Vaccines: Ebola Response Shows Pitfalls of Privatized Health

*Yes, the US has sent the military in, and we have to ask why.

I’m not saying that those resources aren’t needed, although it appears they will be of limited benefit, but we have to be mindful of the other reasons for inserting troops into this situation, given the push to increase the military presence in Africa.

I want to know whether this assistance can be provided by other entities, and if not, we need to keep a close watch on just how this deployment will be used to advance US aims

Because it most assuredly will.


Mexico’s Missing Students: Were 43 Attacked by Cartel-Linked Police Targeted for Their Activism?



The Top 1% Own… Half
While wealthiest top one percent own nearly fifty percent of all world’s assets, the entire bottom half of the global population hold less than one percent of the wealth, new financial analysis shows
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”However, a combination of factors caused wealth inequality to trend downwards in high income countries during much of the 20th century … .”

That would be a combination of blood, sweat and tears shed by those who fight and died for it, only to be sold out by many of those claiming to be their “leaders”.

A luta continua


In Haiti, Baby Doc Is Gone But Political Repression Is Alive and Well
by Ben Terrall


Who Benefits from Billions Pledged for Gaza Reconstruction?
by Maureen Clare Murphy


Arizona Agrees to Major Improvements in Prison Health Care, Crucial Limits on Solitary Confinement in Landmark Settlement


Real News Network
Fighting the Demonization of Muslims – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
Dr. Kumar says after 9/11, with the ratcheting up of anti-Muslim racism, she decided she had to do something about it


ISIS in Texas?! ABC Fails an Easy Factcheck
by Peter Hart



And mindless (if not malevolent) media


Institute for Public Accuracy
* James Risen “Hero” * Panetta’s “Fraud”


Petition Update
CarMax to lawmakers: don’t stop us from selling unsafe, recalled cars
by Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety


Sugar in Food: Sugar Substitutes that You Should Avoid
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action



Pharmaceutical Dumping Could Pose Risks to Wildlife, Scientists Warn
Research published Monday finds drugs for treating humans and animals are seeping into wild environments, causing changes in ecosystems
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie): Life Inside the Boom
by Laura Gottesdiener


Why We Should Be Seething with Anger over Inequality
by Paul Buchheit


The United States is No. 1 – But in What?
by Lawrence Wittner

*American exceptionalism in the real world


Organic and Local: Still the Gold Standard
by Ronnie Cummins, Katherine Paul

*It’s a “natural” fact

That Food Inc. fucks with them


How Women Are Bearing the Brunt of the Ebola Epidemic
Three-quarters of Ebola victims are women, with caretakers especially at risk.
by Krista Walton Potter


Oxfam International
Hidden Hunger Strips Away Dignity, Perpetuates Inequality and Destroys South Africans’ Potential to Prosper

*An apartheid of abdomens


The Real News Network
How Socialist China Became the Workshop of the World (2/2)
Public workers demonstrate against privatization, and migrant workers fight super exploitation, but we hear very little about that in the West, says Prof. Yuezhi Zhao of Simon Fraser University


Privatization, Occupation, and the Israeli Economy
Political economist Shir Hever says recent plans to privatize struggling state-owned companies in Israel are hastened by the occupation of Palestinian territories


Brazil Agrobusiness Lobby Set to Appropriate Native Land and Timber
Indigenous organizations protest in Brasilia, against the proposed Constitutional Reform PEC 215 to put the fate of Amazonian Forests in the hands of Congress; this motion was promoted by “Bancada Ruralista”, the Agribusiness’ lobby many years ago and it is being discussed now


Big Oil Gets Green Light to Explore Ecuadorian Amazon
Patrick Bond: Ecuador President Rafael Correa is a petro-Kenysian who failed to sell Yasuni National Park in carbon markets and to international donors, and now he’s turned a blind eye to what’s really needed


Media Cry Foul as Obama Attacks Freedom of the Press
After revelations show that the Obama administration uses reporters’ FOIA requests as a tip service, did the mainstream media create a monster that they can’t tame?

*The gummint manufactures consent

And the corpress is its outlet store


Will Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution Spark Uprisings in Mainland China? (1/2)
Scholar Yuezhi Zhao argues the Umbrella Revolution does not appeal to broader struggles within mainland China


Institute for Public Accuracy
“60 Minutes” Report Undermines DOJ Threat to Jail Risen


Democracy Now!
Ferguson October: Thousands March in St. Louis for Police Reform & Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson


Seattle Marks Indigenous Peoples’ Day Amid Calls to End Federal Holiday Celebrating Columbus

*We do need to talk about systemic change.

But we don’t. Not on DN!, or many other “alternative” outlets.

When have you seen something substantive on the subject? When has there been a discussion of just what an economic system based on cooperation and community rather than competition and profit would look like?

I’m not talking about “reforming” capitalism.

You can’t reform rot.

You have to get rid of it.

Without an honest consideration of just what “socialism” entails, and how it might be implemented

Throwing the term out every once in a while is utterly meaningless.


Socialist City Councilmember on Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai: “Socialism is the Only Answer”


Campaigners Call for “One Fair Wage” to Help End Sexual Harassment for Tipped Restaurant Workers


How to Diet: Decode These Fruit and Veggie Claims on Processed Foods
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


How to Diet: Does Soy Put You at Risk for Cognitive Decline?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*FYI. I don’t enough about soy to speak to its safety.



#WorldVsBank: Small Farmers, Global South Demand End to World Bank’s ‘Moral Bankruptcy’
In actions in cities across the globe, critics of neoliberal development and corporate domination of agriculture say this is ‘Our Land’ and ‘Our Business’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Amid Promises to End Afghanistan War, US Bombings Hit Two-Year High
Central Command reveals US military carried out 436 air strikes on the country during August alone
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Clashes Erupt in Second Night of Protests Over St. Louis Police Shooting
As ‘Ferguson October’ approaches, tensions run high over continued police violence
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Report Documents Walmart Heirs’ Efforts to Destroy Rooftop Solar Revolution
“The Waltons’ money is limiting average Americans’ ability to go solar and control their own energy future,” environmental group says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Rise of the New, Liberal Islamophobia
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*A liberal dose of fear and loathing


Obama’s New Oil Wars: Washington Takes on ISIS, Iran, and Russia
by Michael T. Klare

*How climate change is left out of this analysis is beyond me.

By pumping ever more shit into the skies, the upshot of this policy is a proclamation that if the US can’t control the world

There won’t be any world worth trying to.


This Is Wrong: On Race and Class and Unassailable Privilege
by Abby Zimet, staff writer


Frack For The Cure, Because We Love A Good Dose of Benzene With Our Pink Ribbons
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams


Food & Water Watch
Fracking-Harmed Residents Demand EPA Administrator McCarthy Drink Pennsylvania Frack Water from Their Homes After Telling Them Its Safe to Drink
Affected Residents Issue McCarthy #FrackWaterChallenge and Ask EPA to Reopen Investigation of Contamination of Drinking Water By Fracking


The Real News Network
Islamophobia and a Challenge to Bill Maher – Deepa Kumar on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
Ms. Kumar tells Paul Jay that what Bill Maher said is a perfect example of liberal Islamophobia


“Undue Force” and Police Brutality in Baltimore
Baltimore Sun journalist Mark Puente discusses his investigation into police brutality cases that have cost the city $5.7 million

*It’s frustrating to read a piece like this, which ignores the primary purpose of policing in this country – to control the exploited and oppressed, which will intensify as austerity tightens its grip – and talks of “building trust” as a goal, rather than empty PR gestures to mask that reality.

It’s confounding in that TRNN has done a number of stories that do acknowledge that reality, haven’t they?

I guess I’m too much of a Vulcan.


Does Turkey Want Kobane to Fall?
Baris Karaagac explains Turkey’s position towards the Islamic State


Institute for Public Accuracy
Nobel Prize: * Child Labor * Peace?


Why ‘The Economy’ Isn’t Good News for Democrats

*Folks care about the “economic numbers”.

The ones on their bills and paychecks.

If they still get one.


FAIR Action Alert
Action Alert
Settlements or Neighborhoods? NPR Takes Netanyahu’s Side
By law, they’re Israeli colonies, but NPR’s guest calls them ‘neighborhoods’


Democracy Now!
Detroit Faces “Humanitarian Crisis” as City Shuts Off Water Access for Thousands of Residents


“I Am Coming to the End of a Long Journey”: Legendary Detroit Activist Grace Lee Boggs in Hospice


Food Safety at the Salad Bar
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action


The Sweet Benefits of Dark Chocolate
by Leanne Ely
Saving Dinner



Lego Ends Shell Contract After Greenpeace ‘Save the Arctic’ Campaign
‘It’s a huge blow to Shell’s strategy of partnering with beloved brands to mask its plans to drill in the Arctic,’ Greenpeace activist Fran Grobke said
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Supreme Court Draws Rebuke for Upholding North Carolina Voting Restrictions
Same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting is no longer an option for North Carolina residents
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Off-Duty St. Louis Officer Kills Black Man, Spurring Protests
“This is a dangerous situation for our city,” local alderman says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Climate Change and Deforestation Will Not Be Solved with a Trick
by Isaac Rojas


No Charges For Baby-Burning Butt-Stupid Cops Because Hey Mistakes Happen
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s important to keep in mind that even had the child not been in the home, and the suspect had, this would still be another example of the vicious nature of the police state of mind.

Stun grenades, SWAT teams to arrest a drug dealer … ?

There’s nothing metaphoric about “The War on Drugs” here, is there?


Voices Of Community Advocates & Leaders (VOCAL-NY)
AIDS, LGBT Advocates Demand Expansion of Welfare Benefits to All HIV+ New Yorkers
Statewide campaign is first proactive expansion of welfare in a decade, part of End AIDS commitment


The Importance of Brazil’s Elections
by Greg Grandin


The Real News Network
Concentration of Wealth in China Keeps Wages Low
Rob Johnson says China needs to increase domestic demand, but the “Princelings” are getting rich in a low wage export led economy


Bigotry and Blockbusting in Baltimore (2/3)
Antero Pietila author of “Not in My Neighborhood”: Blockbusting techniques made developers rich in Baltimore


Brave New Films
The Worst Thing You’re Paying For
“OverCriminalized” investigates the criminal justice system’s obsession with imprisoning people with mental health and substance abuse issues and those suffering from homelessness


Institute for Public Accuracy
Journalist and Whistleblower in DOJ Crosshairs: Full Story of Risen and Sterling Published Today


Democracy Now!
U.S. Faces “Massive Military Failure” as ISIS Advances on Syrian Border Town of Kobani


Iraqi Journalist Who Embedded with Shia Militias on Fighting ISIS & Why US Strategy is Bound to Fail


“Kill the Messenger” Resurrects Gary Webb, Journalist Maligned for Exposing CIA Ties to Crack Trade


7 foods to lower inflammation in your body
by Leanne Ely
Saving Dinner



Students Walk Out After Attack on ‘Union that Defends Public Education’
Philadelphia student action comes after teachers’ union contract is canceled
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Amid Soaring Profits, Walmart to Cut Off 30,000 Workers From Health Insurance
Largest private employer in U.S. announces elimination of insurance for part-time workers and across-the-board hikes in premium costs
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Siding With ‘Those Who Defend Mother Earth,’ Chile’s Top Court Halts Mine
New consultation with indigenous community must take place, court finds
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


China Overtakes US as World’s Single Largest Economy
‘The days when the IMF, World Bank, and U.S. Treasury could essentially dictate international finances and intimidate or crush opponents … are drawing to a close.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Of Food, Farmers and WTO’s Doublespeak
by Vandana Shiva


Energy Democracy: Bringing Power to the People
Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the restructuring of the energy sector to achieve social equity


Innocent Man Released from Prison after Nine Years, Four on Death Row
Manuel Velez was sentenced to death due to injustices that continue to plague our justice system; only luck saved his life


The Real News Network
TRNN Replay: How Bigotry Shaped Baltimore (1/3)
Antero Pietila author of “Not In My Neighborhood” on how racism was used to enrich real estate speculators


Canadian MPs Vote to Expand Support to Fight IS
Prime Minister Harper is an honorary conservative American, says Ariel Salzmann, associate professor at Queen’s University


Ebola: Are We Being Told the Truth?


Bill O’Reilly, Bill Maher and Islamophobia
by Peter Hart


This is it — this is the moment!
On Saturday, October 11, LGBTQ folks and allies across the country will be gathering together in small towns and large cities to celebrate the progress we’ve made toward LGBTQ equality and to call on Congress to introduce and pass a full LGBTQ equality bill


Democracy Now!
Ferguson October: Youth Organizers Plan Weekend of Resistance 2 Months After Death of Michael Brown

*Talking the talk on Twitter

Walking the walk on the streets


Migrant Women, Children Allege Harsh Conditions, Sexual Assault at For-Profit Texas Immigration Jail


San Antonio’s Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Campaigns Against Fracking and Militarization



GMOs are Everywhere and Should be Labeled, Study Finds
“Natural” label is virtually meaningless and should be banned, Consumer Reports declares
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Gitmo Force-Feeding Trial: ‘A Cry of Humanity from Person with No Choice Left’
Though cleared for release, prisoner says he should not be brutalized by U.S. for protesting indefinite detention
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


NOW: Activists Block Refinery Gates in Stand Against Tar Sands
“We want to send a clear message to the oil companies and to the Harper and Couillard governments,” activist says.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Taking Stand Against Racism and Discrimination,’ Seattle Adopts Indigenous Peoples’ Day
The second Monday in October will no longer be celebrated as Columbus Day in the city
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Naomi Klein: Diverse Climate Movement United by Love of Place, Need for Water
Speaking in the UK, Canadian author of the new book, ‘This Changes Everything,’ says that our atmosphere should be seen as the biggest political tent of all. ‘We’re all under it and we need to start acting like it.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Put People Power Back at Center of Citizen Action
by Danny Sriskandarajah


Sierra Club
Clean Air, National Park Advocates Challenge EPA Failure to Protect Grand Canyon from Navajo Generating Station Pollution
Advocates Appeal Decision that Allows Controversial Coal Plant to Keep Polluting for Decades


Food & Water Watch
After Six Years of Inaction, Consumer Organizations Urge Feds to Implement Catfish Inspection Program


The Real News Network
Fall of Kobani Reveals Failure of U.S. Bombing Campaign
Journalist Patrick Cockburn says U.S.-led airstrikes have not degraded or destroyed the Islamic State (IS), who now control about a quarter of Iraq

*So Cockburn doesn’t appear to have a problem with US militarism per se in this instance, only how it’s manifested, if I’m correctly interpreting his closing comments about coordinating airstrikes with those fighting ISIS on the ground.

And if that’s the case, is that a view that TRNN finds compatible with its stated mission, as Woronczuk was mute on the matter?


Hong Kong Protests Carefully Choreographed, Not Spontaneous
Tiananmen analogies are a barrier to understanding what’s really going on in Hong Kong, says Peter Lee, journalist for Asia Times Online


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Killing the Messenger”: CIA, Contras and Crack

*And now Kerry kills the messengers

And those the message is meant to protect


CarMax: Stop selling unsafe, recalled cars to consumers
by Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety


Democracy Now!
Dr. Atul Gawande: Ebola is “Eminently Stoppable,” But Global Response Has Been “Pathetic”


Being Mortal: Dr. Atul Gawande on How U.S. Healthcare Fails to Handle the End of Life


Sugar in Food: Sugar Substitutes You Should Approach with Caution
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action



Did NY Gov’s Office Edit ‘Politically Inconvenient’ Findings of Fracking Study?
Internal government documents show how state officials may have tried “to mitigate any political complication” the research may have caused for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gas drilling policies
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Fucking with the fracking facts


Delivering ‘Postscript’ to Historic March, Climate Walkers Unite to Demand Right to Safe Planet
1,000-kilometer walk in Philippines will finish at city hardest hit by last year’s record-deadly typhoon
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Rate of Ocean Warming Vastly Underestimated: Study
Global warming trends show scientists underestimated rising heat of ocean surface levels for decades
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Let the Children Play: Schools Must Relearn Importance of Recess
by Jesse Hagopian


It Happened Again: How 14 People Made More Money Than the Entire Food Stamp Budget for 50,000,000 People
by Paul Buchheit

*An obscenity never censored


Students Unfurl the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong
by Sean Starrs


The Real News Network
What Can The People Do to Challenge Systemic Racism in Baltimore? – Eddie Conway interviews Dr. Ray Winbush on Systemic (2/2)
Dr. Ray Winbush speaks about how to address structural racism in Baltimore


Turkey Joins the War Campaign against the Islamic State
Scholar Edmund Ghareeb explains how the authorization for military force against IS by the Turkish parliament will affect peace negotiations with the Kurds


The Lower Unemployment Rate is a Recovery – for the Top 10%
Economist Pavlina Tcherneva of Bard College explains why monetary policy that is directed at finance and not job creation has this effect


Florida Jury Finds Michael Dunn Guilty of Shooting Jordan Davis
Civil rights activist Kevin Alexander Gray says Stand Your Ground Laws are lethal to the African-American community, who must organize rigorously against them


Institute for Public Accuracy
Haiti: “Duvalier is Dead; Duvalierism Lives on”


Another 60 Minutes Puff Piece
by Peter Hart

*Laying down for the law


Democracy Now!
Death of “Baby Doc” Duvalier Won’t End Quest for Justice by Victims of Haiti’s U.S.-Backed Dictator

*I’d like to hear a more objective view of Aristide than is offered here.

This program has a worrisome habit of hagiography when it comes to such figures.

That’s not to deny whatever good may have come from their actions, but if the overarching goal is to provide accurate information that will foster more good, then we must open both our eyes, and see the contradictions, as well.


Black Prophetic Fire: Cornel West on the Revolutionary Legacy of Leading African-American Voices

*As West speaks about the courage, honesty and integrity of Wells, Douglass, DuBois and others, I find myself wondering whether any of them would have been invited to appear on this program, at least on anything approaching a frequent basis.

Whether you consider West a “radical” or not – and by that I mean someone who possesses the above qualities – how many other guests could be said to do so, and how many times have they appeared?

And then think of how many who fall far short of that standard.

For all the benefit derived from DN! at its best, if we’re to be honest, don’t we have to ask

Why isn’t its best its standard?


Cornel West: President Obama Doesn’t Belong on Any Shirt with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X

*I guess that answers the uncertainty above.

If West were truly a radical, he doesn’t get “five or six hours” with Dear Misleader, does he?

Why he would have had any faith in him, only to be disabused of it, is beyond me.

I will say that I didn’t realize just how irrational capital had become, that it would forsake its long term well being for short term profit, and that Obama would aid and abet that addiction.

But I had no illusions as to where his allegiance lay

And whom he would lay low in its service.


How to Diet: Is Adding Omega-3s to Processed Foods Beneficial?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



Voter Registration Surge in Ferguson ‘Could Completely Change the Political Landscape’
More than 3,000 Ferguson residents have registered since August 9
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer


Why Must Gaza Wait in the Dark?
by Sam Bahour


Sharing a (Not So) Living Planet
As further evidence comes to light of how our economic systems are decimating the natural world, sharing is fast emerging as the central theme in the discourse on how to ensure prosperity for all within planetary boundaries.
by Rajesh Makwana


After Feigning Love for Egyptian Democracy, US Back To Openly Supporting Tyranny
by Glenn Greenwald

*While agreeing with the central point here, I think it needs to be said that none of the actors involved, including the Morsi government, could be said to inhabit a universe that has much truck with morality.


Why Phone and Cable Companies Want to Kill the Internet’s Most Democratic Right
by Tim Karr


Judge Orders Release of Guantánamo Force-Feeding Footage


The Real News Network
What’s behind the Ebola Crises and are U.S. Americans at Risk?
In an interview with Telesur’s The Global African, Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease Program co-director Taha E. Taha discusses the roots of the Ebola crisis and what can be done about it


What’s Driving Hong Kong’s Uprisings?
Hong Kong-based attorney Robert Lee talks about the economic and political history at the center of ongoing protests

*The National Endowment for Democracy is playing a role here, and I haven’t seen much of anything about how the US is trying to manipulate these protests.

That’s not to dismiss this as some puppet show, but we need to know where the strings are being attached.


UK Chancellor to Bash the Poor (are you surprised?)
by John Weeks

*The Guardian of whom … ?


The Anxieties of Empire
by Andrew Levine

*Much to mull here, but where does this nostalgia for an America that never was come from?

And Labor in Israel has had plenty of blood on its hands over the years, so “It was once possible to blame the Israeli Right for all the badness in Israel, and for all the badness Israel does” doesn’t pass the empiricism test.


Privacy and Social Media: It’s Complicated
by Jim Naureckas


Democracy Now!
Iraq Veterans Against the War: Decade-Old Group Grapples with New War, PTSD Epidemic, VA Failures

*Timeless, in the most tragic sense



Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s Orwellian War in Iraq: We Created the Very Threat We Claim to be Fighting


Who is Gen. Michael Nagata, the Man Tapped by Obama to Train the Syrian Rebels?



Victory for Clean Water, Blow to Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia
Federal judge upholds EPA’s veto of immense coal mine
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Real News Network
Is the Islamic State a Tool of the Saudis?
Ali Al-Ahmed says IS is a key part of Saudi Arabia’s strategy in the Middle East


Where Do We Build Our House in This Swamp? – Eddie Conway and Dr. Ray Winbush on Systemic Racism in Baltimore (1/2)
Dr. Ray Winbush discusses structural racism in Baltimore and urban centers across America


China-Canada Investment Agreement Locks Canada into Legally Binding Terms
Hupacasath First Nation Legal Challenge argues that the deal was unconstitutional but the judge failed to consider the impact on the whole Nation, ruling in favor of the government


Fox Pundit: Civilians Die–Get Over It!

*FOX Channeling Curtis LeMay


FAIR Extra!
Michael Brown Had a Father
But will Ferguson shift media ideas on ‘fixing’ black men?
by Janine Jackson


Who Rules Public TV?
Corporate sector overwhelmingly dominates public TV governing boards
by Aldo Guerrero

*P lutocratic
B uying
S pree


Institute for Public Accuracy
Silencing Mumia Abu-Jamal, Again


Democracy Now!
Secret History of U.S.-Cuba Ties Reveals Henry Kissinger Plan to Bomb Havana for Fighting Apartheid

*The goal of any “normalization” would be to bring neoliberalism to Cuba, and we have to hope that the Cuban leadership won’t buy into that, as the US attempts to purchase their assent.


Ban Declawing In Wisconsin
by Kate Sullivan


Read These Important Food Safety Tips for Cleaning Your Refrigerator
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action


Are Your Kitchen Sponges Safe?
What to do to ensure clean sponges and dish cloths
by David Schardt



Federal Judge Deals Win for ‘Life-Giving Waters’ Near Grand Canyon
20-year ban on uranium mining in one million-acre area upheld
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Leaked TTIP Documents Reveal Powerful Chemical Industry Wins
The European Commission may be conceding to corporate interests in controversial trade negotiations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Despite Calls for Immediate Ban, Oil-By-Rail Industry Bullies Regulators to Keep Cars on Tracks
Environmentalists say proposed regulations “simply sanction business-as-usual”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


New Film Honors Nestlé Whistleblower Who Exposed Corporate Deception
Food giant’s marketing of baby formula may have led to health problems in thousands of developing world children, groups say
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Ahead of Global Frackdown, Movement to Ban Deadly Gas Drilling Gains Momentum
by Wenonah Hauter


Combatting Panic: Ebola, the CDC, and Crisis Communication
by Gretchen Goldman

*Ignorance is a virus

That’s often extremely resistant to treatment


Americans for Safe Access
Peer-Reviewed Study Refutes Claims of Widespread Abuse in California’s Medical Marijuana Program


The Real News Network
Acute Economic Inequality Underlies “Occupy Central” Protests in Hong Kong
Assistant professor Eli Friedman from Cornell University says working-class and union participation has increased in subsequent occupations


Ukraine: Resisting nationalist polarization and Russian invasion
Building a Democratic Left Party; A leftist feminist point of view
Nina Potarskaya interviewed by Jean Batou
New Politics


News Corp and Occidental Among Latest Firms to Cut Ties with ALEC
by Rebekah Wilce


Frac Sand Mining Puts Upper Midwest Communities at Risk, Report Confirms
by Rebekah Wilce


Democracy Now!
Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial


Mississippi County Sued for Indefinitely Holding Prisoners Without Charge or Access to Lawyer


Diet and Weight Loss: Do Extra Pounds Lead to Cancer?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



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