November 2014


‘No One Else Is Going to Stand Up For Us’: Workers Target Walmart on Black Friday
‘For all of my brothers and sisters who have experienced illegal threats, I am on strike.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Refusing to be another brick in the Walmart

#BlackOutBlackFriday Protests Connect Ferguson with Consumer Boycott
‘We demand an immediate end to the brutal treatment and inhumane killings of our loved ones; the lives of our friends, our parents and our children have value and should be treated with respect.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Fabulous’: Court Throws Out 100+ Arrests at Tar Sands Protest on Burnaby Mountain
Injunction boundaries around construction site are re-established with proper GPS coordinates, but court win comes as boon to campaigners committed to fighting pipeline
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Amid Shrinking Abortion Rights Nationwide, an Effort to Fund Access from the Grassroots
New York Times spotlights campaign to “fund abortion travel for low-income people in Texas”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

New Report: Fracking a ‘Violation of Our Basic Human Rights’
As gas drilling industry tries to lay claim to UK, report offers stark warning against hydraulic fracturing
by Richard Heasman
DeSmog Blog

Fight for $15 Shakes Awake US Labor Movement
by Shamus Cooke

The Politics of Thanksgiving
by William Loren Katz

This Is Black Friday in Bangladesh
by Michelle Chen

*The devil’s bargains

The Real News Network
Ukraine and the Right a Year after Maiden
Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says another upheaval will come if the government does not address socioeconomic conditions of ordinary people

Are Antibiotics in Meat a Food Safety Issue?
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

Celiac Disease and Gluten Allergy – Why It’s on the Rise
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Love Each Other’: Support Floods in for Ferguson Public Library
Library staff, who chose to keep doors open when others closed, say it’s just ‘what libraries do’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A public service announcement

Organic Food Activists Take Thanksgiving Fight to Monsanto’s Front Lawn
‘What better day than Thanksgiving to remind the world that eating local, organic food is one way to stop this profit-mongering, biodiversity-destroying monopoly,’ asks Reverend Billy
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Is Spate of Texas Earthquakes Connected to Nearby Fracking Operations?
‘We are guinea pigs in the middle of this fracking experiment,’ local activist says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Central America’s “Alliance for Prosperity” Plan: Shock Doctrine for the Child Refugee Crisis?
by Dan Beeton

The Real News Network
Almost Impossible to Indict a Cop
Chase Madar tells Paul Jay that it’s not just an institutional problem, that the law itself protects police abuse

*Prosecutors will indict a ham sandwich

But not a pig

Obama’s Record on Defending Civil and Constitutional Rights Abysmal
Michael Ratner and Paul Jay discuss Obama administration’s policy towards Ferguson, Guantanamo, the NSA and torture

The Real News Town Hall Pt. 3 Should the community control the police?
In part three of four, host Marc Steiner and guests discuss civilian review boards from other cities like Toronto, Canada and Detroit, MI who have power to higher and fire – Should Baltimore city follow suit?

On Israel/Palestine, NYT’s Public Editor Seems Reluctant to Heed Own Advice
by Jim Naureckas

*Much ado

And nothing done


‘This Is Only the Beginning’: Oregon GMO Labeling Measure Heads to Recount
Though Yes campaign was massively outspent, results showed slim margin, triggering automatic recount
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Theater of the Macabre: U.S. Health Care in 2014
by Donna Smith

*The bastards responsible for this dystopia will never have to worry about suffering a heart attack, will they?

Ebola’s Racial Disparity
The most effective treatment for Ebola might be having white skin.
by Kwei Quartey

Center for Biological Diversity
Havasupai Tribe, Conservation Coalition Will Defend Grand Canyon From Uranium Industry Appeal
Uranium Companies Appeal Ruling That Banned New Mining Claims on 1 Million Acres Near Iconic Park

The Real News Network
We Dehumanize Those We Want to Exploit – Eddie Conway on Reality Asserts Itself (9/10)
Mr. Conway says police are asked by society to control the poor as if they are fighting a war, so anything goes

*You can’t strip another of their humanity

Before you’ve done so to yourself

The Real News Town Hall Pt. 2: Should the Community Control the Police?
In part two of four, host Marc Steiner and guests discuss the next steps for community policing – does Baltimore need a civilian review board with power?

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Myth of Thanksgiving

*From nightmares

Come fairy tales

Democracy Now!
“This Country Values Property Over People”: Ferguson Activist Speaks Out as Protests Spread


Military-Grade Malware Linked to US and British Intelligence Agencies
With ‘degree of technical competence rarely seen,’ Regin technology found infecting government and telecom systems in Russia and Saudi Arabia
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Experts Urge Federal Task Force: Listen to Science. Ditch Neonics
Letter from over 100 scientists to heads of Pollinator Health Task Force stresses research linking ‘neonics’ with harm to bees
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Iraq War 4.0?
Imagine if some other nation was behaving like the U.S. has behaved towards Iraq
by Tom Engelhardt

The Real News Network
“Democracy on Fire”: Protestors Respond to Grand Jury’s Failure to Indict Mike Brown’s Killer
The Real News speaks to Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford and former Black Panther Eddie Conway for their reactions to the decision of a St. Louis County grand jury not to indict Darren Wilson

The Real News Town Hall: Should the Community Control the Police? Pt.1
Baltimore residents, lawyers, police and activists gather to discuss and debate what to do about police brutality in their city

*As the song goes

“Just as every cop is a criminal … “

Overstatement, to be sure, but the mentality to dominate is prevalent in law enforcement, seen perhaps most acutely in the prison system.

That many are drawn from the military, programmed to view the population as dangerous and in need of control, should come as no surprise.

The repulsive redux in Ferguson is but one example of a numbing and numberless many.

In due time, of course, it won’t be just black and brown folks on the short end of the nightstick.

Standing with them won’t be solely an act of conscience, for those able to summon one

But of survival.

Hagel Resigns – A Look at His Record
IPS fellow Phyllis Bennis and Just Foreign Policy’s Robert Naiman discuss Hagel’s actions on Afghanistan, ISIS, and the Pentagon budget

*You’d have to be unbelievably naive, or just plain delusional, to have had any hope that anyone deemed safe enough by the powers that be to be in a position like secretary of defense would do anything that would represent any actual change to the status quo.

So how the hell can you in any way be “disappointed” if you have any firm grip on reality?

Anyone … ?

Brave New Films
It’s time to put an end to America’s new debtors’ prisons!

Institute for Public Accuracy
Ferguson: Prosecutor’s “Charade”; “Oppression and Pushback”

*The sham

The shame

And the shout for justice

Two More ‘Police Incidents,’ Shrouded in Media Euphemism
by Janine Jackson

*The loathing that dare not speak its name

ABC and Darren Wilson’s ‘Serious Injury’
by Peter Hart

*Failing the eye – and lie – test

Democracy Now!
Black Lives Matter: Ferguson Erupts After Grand Jury Clears Officer in Michael Brown Killing

“It is Officially Open Season on Black Folks”: Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

Riot as the Language of the Unheard: Ferguson Protests Set to Continue In Fight For Racial Justice

Part 2: Court Orders Release of Albert Woodfox But Angola 3 Member Remains in Solitary Confinement


Senate Torture Investigation Fails to Interview Key Torture Victims
Attorneys for detainees say that the U.S. government has ‘no desire to credibly investigate or in any other way hold accountable’ those who approved or conducted torture
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Can a First Nations-led Movement Stop Big Oil?
by Andrea Palframan

What the Media’s Not Telling You About the Late Marion Barry
by Dave Zirin

#Not1More Means Not One More
by Carlos Garcia
Executive Director, Puente Movement

*Inspiring words from an uncompromising position

Center for Biological Diversity
Feds Agree to Protect More Habitat for East Coast’s Most Endangered Whales by 2016

The Real News Network
Baltimore Residents Demand Legislative Action to End Police Impunity
Residents, attorneys and law enforcement officials offer testimony on whether the Maryland legislature should repeal key components of the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights

Who Is in Charge of Development: The Elite or the Majorities? (2/2)
The conclusion of a conversation with UN economist Richard Kozul-Wright on the far-reaching impact of a lecture given by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa on the politics of development

Protesting GM Auto Workers Attacked by US Embassy Staff
US labor activists have filed a complaint with the Dept. of Justice and the SEC, charging the General Motors Company with a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, says Frank Hammer, retired General Motors employee and former president and chairman of Local 909 in Warren, Michigan

G-20 Recommits to Lifting Private Sector Activity 2/2
The G-20 Club, rather than reducing inequality and poverty, create the conditions whereby it is exacerbated, says Leo Panitch, author of The Making of Global Capitalism

*These are the type of actions I expected Dear Misleader to push when he was first elected, as pathetically inadequate as they may be, simply because the situation demanded it.

I didn’t realize just how irrational capital can be regarding its own self interest.

The question is whether they’ve saned up enough in the interim to allow even these timid moves.

Fanatics aren’t known for their flexibility.

Obama Unveils Immigration Plan, But What Will It Change?
Author and former labor organizer David Bacon unpacks how temporary legal status won’t get at the root of the issue of getting legal status for workers in order to fight for fair wages and better working conditions

*Dear Misleader’s comment about not playing by the rules was misinterpreted by both Desvarieux and Bacon, wasn’t it?

Even as he supposedly acted positively to their plight, he still took the opportunity to blame the undocumented for it, ignoring the reasons for their migration, while propagating them.

This isn’t about “playing by the rules”, when those rules are unjust.

Treat everyone, those who go through the process and those who don’t, with dignity

And cease creating the conditions that force them to leave their homes in the first place.

As for Grijalva, we’ll see just how great a “champion” he is by whether he labels this as the sham it is, and seeks to push far beyond it.

I’m not ready to visit my bookie to place that bet.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama Secretly Extended Afghanistan War

*Elite debates over the wisdom of war never revolve around its evil

Only its efficacy

CBS Finds Ferguson ‘Pipe Bombs’
by Peter Hart

*A menu staple at the Corpress Cafe

Fact free fearmongering, served up with a heaping helping of hyperbole

Democracy Now!
After Vowing to End Combat Mission in Afghanistan, Obama Secretly Extends America’s Longest War

Longest-Serving U.S. Prisoner in Solitary Ordered Free Again, But State Obstruction Bars His Release

How to Diet: Can Eating More Protein Help Prevent Muscle Loss?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Keep Moving, Not Sitting
by Stephanie Scarmo
Nutrition Action


Protectors of Burnaby Mountain vs. Kinder Morgan: Dozens Arrested as Inspiring Pipeline Protest Grows
Standing on side of campaigners, local mayor vows to wage ‘war’ against fossil fuel giant and federal government to defend community
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Walmart ‘Wages War on Workers and Earth,’ Green Groups Join Labor Fight
‘As people deeply committed to environmental and climate justice, we condemn Walmart as a climate criminal and we stand side-by-side with Walmart’s workers.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

What Will Happen to the Immigrants Left Out of Obama’s Executive Actions?
by Michelle Chen

From Jerusalem, Yet Another Great Leap Backwards
by Andrew Levine

The Real News Network
Swedish Court of Appeals Rule to Continue the Detention of Julian Assange
While the prosecutor was reprimanded by the court for failing to move this case forward, it does not provide Assange with a remedy, says Michael Ratner, US lawyer for Julian Assange

Study Finds Racial Profiling Persists in Toronto Despite Ban
Despite efforts to curtail racial profiling, a new study has shown it persists in Toronto’s most marginalized communities, says Sabrina ‘Butterfly’ GoPaul of the group Jane Finch Action Against Poverty

Who Is In Charge of Development: The Elite or the Majorities? (1/2)
Part 1 of a conversation with UN economist Richard Kozul-Wright on the far-reaching impact of a lecture on the politics of development given by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa

G-20 Recommits to Lifting Private Sector Activity
They have managed to contain a massive capitalist crisis and they may actually be realizing that massive government sector spending is required to save capitalism, says Prof. Leo Panitch the author of The Making of Global Capitalism

TRNN Replay: Do Undocumented Workers Take Jobs and Lower Wages?
Dube: Increasing evidence that legalizing undocumented workers has a positive effect on the economy

President Obama, stop the deportations!

Democracy Now!
Obama’s Action Marks Historic Victory for Immigrant Rights, But Activists Warn of a Long Way to Go

*A half step with one foot

While the other stays planted on the neck of the excluded

As Mexicans Protest US-Fueled Drug War, Sanctuary Movement Backs Church Refuge for the Undocumented

Food Chains: New Film Tracks How Immokalee Workers Won Fair Wages from Corporate Giants

Viggo Mortensen Helps Mark 10 Years of Howard Zinn’s “Voices of a People’s History”

Food Safety Tips for Microwave Cooking
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action


Small Wages, Huge Pollution: New Report Exposes Walmart’s Coal-Saturated Climate Destruction
Undermining claims of ‘leadership in sustainability,’ new report reveals mega-retailers heavy dependence on coal-fired electricity
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I’m not interested in what Walmart “should do”

But in what we should do to Walmart.

You don’t urge a rapist to do the right thing, and point out the benefits of doing so.

You try to stop him from raping.

‘Shock’ As Global Arms Manufacturer Jockeys to Get Piece of UK’s Privatized Health System
As British government privatizes the National Health Service, Lockheed Martin is among several companies showing interest in a deal
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Resist Surveillance’: Human Rights Groups Launch Tool to Detect Spyware
Detekt finds traces of ‘dangerous and sophisticated’ technology used by repressive governments against journalists and human rights defenders, Amnesty International says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Ferguson and the ‘Us vs. Them’ Illusion
by Robert C. Koehler

*So apparently this “‘vast majority’ of police officers and executives trying to do the right thing” doesn’t include those who commit acts of repression and lethality, those who exonerate those who do, and those who look the other way

Or wear “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets, or are members of the Klan, or sympathize with their and like minded groups’ aims.

In other words, the police state is a product of a small minority of law enforcement personnel in leadership and field positions.

And apparently the “vast majority” is powerless to do anything about it.

Okay then.

‘Uncomplicated’ in Afghanistan: On Health and Healing in a War-Torn Nation
by Kathy Kelly

The Real News Network
The Power to Create Money in the Hands of the Banks
The same financial institutions that created the financial crisis are now entrusted with one of the most power tools to shape the economy – and many elected officials have no idea, says Ben Dyson of Positive Money

*Of course, we could just get rid of money itself, meaning the concept of a medium of exchange to purchase what we need, which would be unnecessary in a world where we were assured that as a basic right.

But I guess that truly is, in Peries’ words, “a crazy idea”.

Animal Agriculture: A Neglected Agent of Global Warming?
The co-producers of the documentary film “Cowspiracy” discuss the environmental impacts of animal agriculture – and why mainstream organizations have been silent about it

*No surprise that enviro orgs have their contradictions (Remember many millions to Sierra from the natural gas bags?), but these folks would appear to have their own, if they’re intimating that bastards like Gates are our saviors.

Plants have their own problems, if they’re sprayed with all manner of poison, are GMO, or are produced unsustainably.

Might not these “billionaires”, who become such by careful attention to their bottom lines, not be quite so careful about production that avoids those issues if it would negatively affect their profit margins?

It’s a question that I feel should have fired a synapse in Woronczuk’s mind to ask.

I’d be keen to know his guests’ response.

Jobs With Justice
Walmart Workers Take Action: Black Friday 2014

Institute for Public Accuracy
Immigration Move a “Stopgap Measure”

Billionaires Push ALEC Agenda in Minneapolis School Board Election
by Jonas Persson

Democracy Now!
From Hottest October to Coldest November, Is Climate Change Behind the Extreme Weather?

The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest: New Film Captures Florida Prisoner’s Shocking Ordeal Behind Bars

“Just Mercy”: Bryan Stevenson on Ferguson, Prison Reform & Why the Opposite of Poverty is Justice


Offering Model for World, Students in the UK March for ‘Free Education’
‘We are determined,’ said students organizers in a joint letter, ‘to build a movement too big to ignore that puts free, accessible and public education back on the political agenda.’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Duty to Refuse’: Top Medical Groups Back Nurse Who Said ‘No’ to Force-Feeding Guantanamo Hunger Strikers
‘Force-feeding a competent person is not the practice of medicine; it is aggravated assault.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Military justice

An oxymoron in a system where one is punished for not committing a crime

As Health Nonprofit Cashes In, Cystic Fibrosis Drug Remains Unaffordable for Most
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s $3.3 billion payday may incite other medical charities to partner with Big Pharma, which critics say creates a worrying conflict-of-interest
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Keen Observers of the Natural World’ Wanted
by David Suzuki

Dramatic Correlation Shown Between GMOs And 22 Diseases
by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

The Real News Network
Seattle Begins Police Reforms in Wake of Federal Civil Rights Investigation
Reporter Ansel Herz discusses the Seattle mayor adopting reforms after a federal investigation found the Seattle police force carried out discriminatory practices

Despite Senate Vote on Keystone XL, Tar Sands Oil Will Still Reach the Gulf
Obama has quietly approved the Alberta Clipper, a cross-border pipeline between the U.S and Canada that will connect with the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, say journalists Steve Horn of DeSmogBlog and Cherri Foytlin of

*Is there an ophthalmologist who can cure the myopia so many in the environmental movement suffer from?

The issue that needs to be seen clearly is not about this or that pipeline, but about the entire system that force feeds the planet this poison.

If we can’t perceive that with perfect clarity, as well as those whose pretty words seek to blind us to their putrid deeds

Then we’ll continue to hail hollow victories, while the true winners toast their triumphs.

Fat on Restaurant Cash, Democratic Lawmakers Float Minimum Wage Preemption in IL
by Brendan Fischer

*Blue plate special

Mendacity on the menu

Meet Wisconsin’s Wacky New Congressman
by Brendan Fischer

*”Wacky”‘s not the adjective I’d employ to describe this hateful bastard, anymore than I’d label the state’s response to the Ferguson protests as “screwy”.

Let’s call him what he is

A stone sociopath.

PBS to Treasury Official: ‘Why Can’t You Just Bomb Them?’

*P redilection to
B omb
S hit

Democracy Now!
Jerusalem Unrest Threatens Wider Flare-Up After Deadliest Attack on Israeli Civilians in 3 Years

“Palestinians Always Live in Fear”: Jerusalem Killings Follow Months of Tensions, Settlement Growth

As Sioux Tribe Calls Keystone XL an “Act of War”, TransCanada Hires PR Firm to Probe Critics

*If Scott and others are “putting stock” in Dear Misleader

They’ll soon realize they’re neck deep in the soup.


‘Tactics as Dirty as Their Oil’: Leaked Docs Reveal TransCanada’s Propaganda Plan
Documents show that oil and gas companies are placing serious resources of time, money, and personnel into countering the growing climate justice movement. “What this speaks to is that they are losing,” says one campaigner whose group has been targeted by company strategy.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*As slick and sleazy as the product they pimp

Do We Live on a One Party Planet?
Introducing a new digital pamphlet designed to connect the dots on advanced-stage, 21st Century neoliberalism
by Martin Kirk

*The flip side of “divide and conquer” is to see our exploiters and oppressors as a unitary adversary.

Only lopping off the head of the hydra will still its separate tentacles.

You Are Not A Loan: It’s Time to Bring Student Debt Down to Zero
The entire structure of financing higher education is broken. Superficial reform in Washington means nothing until we make tuition … free
by Astra Taylor

Doctors Without Borders
R&D Cost Estimates: MSF Response to Tufts CSDD Study on Cost to Develop a New Drug

*First do no harm

To our profit margin

The Real News Network
All Eyes on Ferguson as Gov. Nixon Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Grand Jury Decision
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford examines the role law enforcement, grassroots movements and the Democratic Party will play in the aftermath of the grand jury decision on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown

Stop giving animals this drug banned in much of the world!
by Robyn O’Brien

Institute for Public Accuracy
XL Pipeline: Scrutinizing Politicos and PR

War Works–So Why Isn’t It Working?
by Peter Hart

A ‘Child’ Is Missing–From a New York Times Headline
by Jim Naureckas

No, NPR Did Not Ask Cosby About Rape Accusations
by Jim Naureckas

*Shall we henceforth nick this NPR hack

Scott “Say it ain’t so” Simon … ?




Democracy Now!
Return of the Ferguson War Zone? Missouri Enacts State of Emergency Ahead of Mike Brown Grand Jury

The FBI vs. Martin Luther King: Inside J. Edgar Hoover’s “Suicide Letter” to Civil Rights Leader


Ahead of Senate Vote, USA Freedom Act Called ‘Major Step’ Toward Surveillance Reform
Though some say its been ‘gutted’, big-name tech companies say the bill ‘protects national security and reaffirms America’s commitment to the freedoms we all cherish’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Haven’t you found that “Better than nothing” is usually a synonym for “worse than something”?

35.8 Million Worldwide Living in Modern-Day Slavery: Report
‘Modern Slavery Affects Us All,’ warns study by Australian anti-slavery NGO
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Ten Illegal Police Actions to Watch for in Ferguson
by Bill Quigley

Separate and Unequal: A Journey Across a Divided Detroit
by Laura Gottesdiener

The Super-Rich and Sordid Tales of Selfishness
by Paul Buchheit

Continent of the Islamic State
The tectonic shifts that continue to create the Islamic State are to be found in the harsh repression of ordinary grievances, whether against corruption or for better wages
by Vijay Prashad

Center for Biological Diversity
With Senate Poised to Vote on Keystone XL, New Analysis Reveals Dangerous Toll of U.S. Pipelines

The Real News Network
Who is Behind the Ousting of President Compaore in Burkina Faso?
Burkinabe people have a history of revolutions – once the social and political engine started, it could not be stopped, says Dr. Gnaka Lagoke and Paul Sankara, brother of revolutionary Thomas Sankara

Investigation Uncovers “Culture of Impunity” for Chicago Police Department
Chicago police have one in a thousand odd chance of being held accountable for alleged abuse, say journalists Sarah Macaraeg and Alison Flowers

Critics Say DC’s ‘Model’ Police Review Board Can’t Stop Abuses
DC’s Office of Police Complaints may be one of the most robust civilian review boards in the country, but it’s still unable to check systemic racism and racial profiling by its officers, says Seema Sadanandan, policy and advocacy director of the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital

Obama Administration Leaves Door Wide Open for Torture to Occur Again
The Obama administration should be judged by its actions, not by its pious words, says Michael Ratner, president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights

*This “Don’t tie our hands” argument is utter sophistry, and Dear Misleader knows this full well. It’s based on the supposition that somehow torture is necessary to deter terrorism by eliciting information that can’t be obtained in any other manner.

This has been proven time and again to be without any basis in fact.

So the question is, why is it employed?

I think it’s part and parcel of the need to dehumanize the enemy. If they’re deserving of torture, they’re subhuman, and thus anything done to them, on the battlefield or off, is justified.

That’s why Japan was targeted for the atomic bombs, and not Germany. A Japanese life was worthless, combatant or child, and due to the their portrayal in US propaganda, most Americans gave nary a second thought to the horror wrought upon them.

I also believe there is a visceral sadistic streak to the imperial mentality, which derives immense pleasure from the most heinous acts it can imagine.

Institute for Public Accuracy
War in the Mideast: Permanent Infrastructure for Perpetual War

Is Keystone Coverage Getting Worse?
by Peter Hart

*Well, it’s definitely about being jobbed …

Democracy Now!
Is Obama’s Immigration Plan Too Modest? Proposals Cover Less Than Half of Nation’s Undocumented

Immigrant Rights Activists Vow to Continue Fighting Deportations as Obama Prepares Executive Order

*It’s not a matter of courage for the Democrats.

It’s a matter of calculation.

And that political calculation is affected by how much pressure can be brought to bear on them.

Dear Misleader once said, “Make me do it.”

Left unsaid is the reality that he and his party will never do what’s right unless they view it as in their best political interest.

What the Carrascos and many others are doing, and what the mainstream immigration and Hispanic groups aren’t doing, is creating the conditions that change that equation

For everyone.

Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, We Need Radical Change to Prevent Catastrophic Warming

*Obama may very well nix Keystone, but that’s just one tentacle of the monster that he’s in bed with.

Should he do so, instead of celebrating, anyone truly committed to combatting climate change will need to see it for the transparent political maneuver it is, and focus their efforts on chopping off the other tentacles that comprise “All of the Above”.

Petition Update
Women’s Health Alert: Deadly Cancers of the Uterus Spread by Gynecologists. Stop Morcellating the Uterus in Minimally Invasive and Robot Assisted Hysterectomy
Time is running out and we need your voice now
by Hooman Noorchashm

Are You or Your Kids Formulas Exceeding the Upper Limits?
by Yuri Elkaim

*Not pimping anything. I just thought this intel about the dangers of multivitamins was worth passing along.

See if you agree.

How to lose weight on a Paleo diet
by Leanne Ely

*See above. For the intel, to take as you will.

Do Sugar Substitutes Help with Diet and Weight Loss?
It’s more complicated than it seems
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action


Increased Fracking? No Thanks, Say More Americans
New poll shows biggest shift towards rejecting hydraulic fracturing in Midwest
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Good news, and I’d imagine due in part to the sad fact of more folks being impacted by fracking as it expands exponentially.

They, and their friends and acquaintances, won’t be swayed by the industry’s PR campaign, but as we’ve seen numerous times in the past, the seeds of doubt can be sown in the fertile soil of public ignorance.

So it’s imperative that the lies and obfuscations be countered at every turn with the reality of a fracked future, and with the vision of an alternative that speaks to the economic anxieties that the spinmeisters are dab hands at preying on.

It’s not jobs or the environment.

It’s work that works for people, and planet.

Cynics, Step Aside: There is Genuine Excitement Over a Hillary Clinton Candidacy
by Glenn Greenwald

*Solid skinny on Madame Mayhem’s cheerleaders, but I’m nonplussed by why her ascension would be “genuinely inspiring”.

I honestly don’t give a rodent’s rear what’s between a person’s legs.

I’m concerned with what’s between her/his ears, and more to the point

How that’s connected to what’s beating in their chest.

The Big Chill: Tensions in the Arctic
As the climate warms and the ice melts, the Arctic could become the next great theater of global cooperation—or a battlefield.
by Conn Hallinan

Wall Street Takes Over More Statehouses
by David Sirota

*Taking our money to the banks

And us to the cleaners

Food & Water Watch
McDonald’s Rejects GMO Potatoes, Other Fast Food Chains Should Follow Suit

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
End the Killing of Students Now: Peace, Justice, and Democracy for Mexico

FAIR Press Release
No Debate and the New War
Study finds little opposition to US attacks on Iraq, Syria

*What if they gave a war

And nobody blamed?

Where are 90% of a walnut’s antioxidants found?
by Leanne Ely


The Unforgiven: How College Debt Is Crushing a Generation
Latest figures shows that today’s college graduates are being saddled with the burden of increasingly high student loan debt as they begin careers or start families. But isn’t there a better way to finance higher-education? (Hint: The answer is ‘Yes.’)
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

More Cracks in Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra as Data Collection, Political Power Soar
Public Citizen report asks whether regulators and lawmakers will be reluctant to rein in web giant
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘History In The Making’: Workers Hold First Sit-Down Work Action Targeting Walmart
‘I am out here on strike because of retaliation and disrespect’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

While FBI Finds Police Killings on the Rise, Real Number of Killings Remains Unknown
FBI report finds police killings highest in 20 years, but critics say agency’s figures fail to provide real scope of police killings
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Friends of the Earth International Expresses Solidarity with the People of Ferguson, Missouri and People around the World who Face Social and Racial Injustices

The Real News Network
Russia’s Pivotal Role in the Iranian Nuclear Agreement
Russia will play a major role in a deal by ensuring that Iran complies with US demands – and it has a lot of money to gain from it, says Gareth Porter, the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare

*Why is it that these pieces never deal with the dangers of nuclear power?

Iran may have a legal right to produce it, and this myth of a possible weapons program is used to justify sanctions that have immiserated and led to the deaths of Iranians, but none of that supercedes the spectre of yet another disaster, this time in the Middle East, does it?

It’s a complex issue, to be sure, and we need to acknowledge all the factors involved to come to the best possible resolution to it.

Obama’s ‘Hot Anti-Wall Street Rhetoric’?
by Peter Hart

*Wall Street will always prefer a prez who’ll suck its dick

Rather than merely kiss it.

(Okay, Obama’s fellatio went further than that, but aphorismology is an inexact science, so cut me some slack.)

Democracy Now!
Mexico Burns as Outrage over Student Disappearances Sparks Protests Against State-Backed Violence

Are Mexico’s Missing Students the Victims of U.S.-Backed Drug War?


US/China Emission Targets Should ‘Be Floor, Not Ceiling’ of Climate Action
Agreement announced in Beijing is a positive sign, say campaigners, but “a drop in the ocean” compared to what’s need from the world’s two largest polluters
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Isn’t it rather pathetic to hear allegedly sensible persons speak of Dear Misleader’s desire to claim a positive “climate legacy”?

He’s made it clear what his patrimony will be, hasn’t he?

“All of the above”

Look out below

Food Safety Advocates Cheer Launch of Landmark GMO Safety Study
Multi-year study will investigate safety of GMO corn, glyphosate
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Back-To-The-Future Agriculture: ‘Farming Like the Earth Matters’
by Courtney White

Mostly Plants: New Science Says a Healthier Diet is Best for the Climate
by Elizabeth Grossman

*Not only are we what we eat

In large measure, so’s the planet

The Real News Network
Tens of Thousands March to End Impunity for the Mexican Narco-State
Prof. John Ackerman argues that outrage over the 43 recently disappeared college students has the potential to unite social forces to challenge the US-backed Mexican narco-state

“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (5/5)
In this segment, Karl Professor Karl Alexander concludes his discussion about his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S.-China Climate Deal: What the Cheering Overlooks

Petitioning Casino Reinvestment Development Authority
Stop your lawsuit to bulldoze my longtime family home
by Charlie Birnbaum with the Institute for Justice

Democracy Now!
Obama Calls for Net Neutrality, But His Own Industry-Tied FCC Appointee Could Stand in the Way

*”Yet President Obama appointed him.”

“Yet” … ?

Where’s the contradiction here? His corporatismo was precisely why he was selected.

And that’s why this is nothing more than grandstanding on Dear Misleader’s part. He can posture for liberals and techies, while claiming it’s out of his hands, when his hands placed Wheeler where he is.

So it’s disturbing, to be polite, to see groups like Free Press urging us to thank this bastard for empty words meant to obscure his dirty deeds.


G20 Countries Spending $88 Billion a Year to Subsidize Climate Disaster
Global governments spend more than double what energy companies invest to find new regions for oil and gas drilling, despite climate change risks, report finds
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Lame-Duck Senator Urged to ‘Show Principles’ and Release Torture Report to Public Record
Transparency advocates urge Mark Udall (D-Col.) to ‘finally expose, in great detail, the secret government wrongdoing he’s been criticizing for years’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*He can talk

Can he walk?

Global Warming to Worsen Global ‘Dead Zones’: Study
Study suggests global warming’s contribution to growing dead zone problem, impacts on marine life have been underestimated, says lead author
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

A Health Check-up for Our Environment—Ignored at Our Own Risk
by Peter Bosshard

How to End Health Insurance ‘Churn’
by Anne Scheetz

*I know all about churning.

It’s what my stomach did when I got my policy renewal notice last week and saw that my premium had increased approximately 2000 percent.

Bait and switch?

Do tell.

Veterans for Peace
Veterans Plan Armistice Day Events in Cities Across the U.S. and in the U.K.

Evidence That US Secretly Pays Off Civilian Yemeni Drone Strike Victims Revealed by Reprieve

The Real News Network
“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (4/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

*What about a society where’s there’s no need for socioeconomic mobility, because from the get go we have what we need to live a life of dignity?

That whole “from each according to her talents, to each according to his needs” thingie, y’know?

I can dream, can’t I?

At least until they come up with a way to surveil REM sleep.

Capitalism’s Stunning Contradiction
Richard Wolf says every capitalist tries to systematically reduce wages and then can’t sell what wage workers have produced

*I think there’s another way to look at the wage contradiction, when it comes to business models for corps such as Walmart.

If you depress wages, you force your workers and those similarly exploited to buy your cheap shit, as that’s all they can afford.

Now, that doesn’t work for car companies or other producers of more expensive commodities, obviously, and so the contradiction holds for that sector and for the economy as a whole, but for the Walmarts and Targets and other corporations that vie for the title of “Low Price Leader” (or “Low Life Leader” to my mind), it would seem to be a “rational” business plan.

Never Too Late to Tell Old Iraq Lies
by Peter Hart

*One of the primal functions of the corpress is to make true history a real mystery

CBS Covers Liberia’s Ebola Crisis–Without Liberian Voices
by Peter Hart

*Call it “the white man’s curtain”


‘A Crime’: Groups Say Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Benefits Rich, Attacks Working People
Newly-approved Plan of Adjustment means sacrificing pensions, healthcare, city services, they say
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Found Guilty in ‘Travesty of Justice’
Addressing supporters immediately following verdict, Odeh declares, ‘There is justice in this world. We will find it.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Environmental Groups Challenge ‘Double Jeopardy’ for Arctic Walruses
Coalition challenges federal rule allowing oil companies to harm or kill mammals in Chuchki Sea
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Peasants Still Have Their Pitchforks
Americans want what 21st century politics has so far not delivered: real options for challenging concentrated wealth.
by Sam Pizzigati

Modern War: A True Global Health Emergency
A unique historical moment to look at global health, with a special look at Iraq after more than twenty years of war
by Claudia Lefko

Peace Ecology: Deep Solutions in an Age of Water Scarcity and War
by Randall Amster

The Billion Dollar a Month Club: A Runaway Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich
by Paul Buchheit

National Nurses United
RN Strikes, Pickets Headline Actions in 16 States Nov. 12 for Improved Ebola and Patient Safety Standards

The Real News Network
Toothless Tiger: Citizen Review Board Unable to Hold Police Accountable
TRNN examines Baltimore’s police review board, which everyone from the board’s head to the mayor agree needs to be overhauled

*Any argument that’s based on the logic that police would benefit from effective civilian oversight, because it would build trust and thus aid them in combatting crime, is divorced from reality.

Policing isn’t about crime

It’s about control.

The only crimes of consequence are those which impact the influential. The presence of crime among the powerless provides the rationale for the exertion of that control.

Why would you wish to eradicate your raison d’etre?

Gaza News Roundup: The Mavi Marmara, Operation Protective Edge, and Dempsey
IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis discusses the International Criminal Court’s decision to not pursue a case against Israel for the Mavi Marmara incident; the Amnesty International Report on incidents during Operative Protective Edge; and U.S. General Martin Dempsey’s defense of Israel’s actions during that campaign

“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (3/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

How Will the GOP-Controlled Senate Affect Trade Deals?
In the second part of our series, we look at how the new Republican majority will complicate Obama’s efforts to move forward on two trade deals, TPP and T-TIP

Occupation and Settlements: The Roots of Unrest in Jerusalem
Political economist Shir Hever discusses the economic and political conditions of Palestinians in Jerusalem, while IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis says U.S. and Israel will continue to cooperate in maintaining the occupation despite reports of a setback in relations

“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (2/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

*Isn’t it emblematic of the ethos of capitalism that the jobs that actually benefit society most directly – the “helping” professions – earn substantially less than those that have as their main goal the maximization of profit, which inevitably leads to the exploitation that engenders much of the necessity for that assistance?

Maryland Post-Election Redux: What’s Next for the Left?
Dr. Jared Ball talks movement making and voter apathy in the deeply blue state of Maryland now that a Republican is the governor-elect

*I’m gratified to see someone speaking to the woeful job the “alternative media” does in presenting anything close to what might reasonably be labeled “radical” politics.

Ask yourself how many times someone in that vein has appeared on “Democracy Now!”, or had something posted at Common Dreams, to name of couple of the more visible outlets.

TRNN does a better job, as this segment and Glen Ford’s, among a few others, attests. But Ball’s point that we need to be thinking, talking and acting much further outside of the “progressive” box holds here, as well.

If we truly believe that each person on this planet has an inalienable right to a dignified life, then we have to ask the visceral questions that will lead us to a path to secure that right.

That isn’t happening

And time is running out.

Koch-Tied Group Urges Stoners Not to Vote for Mary Burke
by Brendan Fischer

Dirty Energy Barons Go to Bat for WI AG Candidate Schimel
by Mary Bottari

ALEC Tampers with Wisconsin Constitution
by Mary Bottari

*Unmentioned is that Burke also supported exclusivity.

I guess you could say that both major party candidates were travelling down the same highway.

Democracy Now!
“I’ve Had Enough”: Mexican Protesters Decry Years of Impunity After Apparent Massacre of 43 Students

“This is Crazy”: Ex-State Dept. Official Matthew Hoh Blasts Obama’s Doubling of U.S. Troops in Iraq

On Eve of Veterans Day, a Former Soldier Speaks Out on Hidden Costs of War from PTSD to Suicide

Out of Ebola Quarantine, Yale Student Says Health Workers Should Be Treated as Heroes, Not Pariahs

Could your salad be making you sick?
by Leanne Ely


Colorado Students Employ Civil Disobedience School Board Sought to Censor
‘Do not pretend that patriotism is turning a blind eye and a passive mind to the changing world around us,’ student organizer says
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

*Book burning

And applied learning

Week of Anti-Fracking Action Culminates with Blockade, Arrests Outside Federal Building
Environmental activists blockade entrance to federal building in D.C. to fight fracking plans
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

2014… 2016… 2018: Win or Lose, Big Money Still Matters in Politics
by Bill Allison

Illinois Approves Secret Fracking Rules: State Enviro Council Thrown Under Bus, Grassroots Hold Line
by Jeff Biggers

*You lie down with dogs

You get fleeced

Mitch McConnell and the Great American Myth of “Healthcare Freedom”
by Donna Smith

WTO in Seattle – 15 Years Ago
by Stan Sorscher

Food & Water Watch
Report Casts Serious Doubts on Federal Investigation Into BP Atlantis Facility
Food & Water Watch Renews Demand to Shutter Troubled Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Platform

The Real News Network
IMF & World Bank Policies Responsible For Weakening Health Systems in West Africa
After emerging from colonialism, many nations in the African continent were forced to accept economic arrangements that allowed multinational corporations to overwhelming benefit from the wealth and resources of the region, says policy analyst and activist Nii Akuetteh



But nothing neo about the knee capping of Africa, is there?

“The Long Shadow”: Race, Class and Privilege in Baltimore (1/5)
Professor Karl Alexander discusses his nearly three decade study that exposes the structural barriers to escaping poverty in Baltimore

Hedges & Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (8/8)
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin conclude their interview with a discussion on the problems of revolution and power

*You can call it transformation, because you can’t reform rot

You can only replace it.

And part of that transformation has to be how those groups that struggle for it act among themselves, how their internal relations align with what they proclaim they’re fighting for in the larger world.

We have to walk the talk. We have to evince our humanity seamlessly.

Related to that, members of a vanguard, which I do think is essential, must be guided by a principle of inclusion, always seeking to expand their ranks from the masses.

True leaders don’t have followers

They have fellow travellers.

In its simplest terms, it’s about being a mensch, dammit.

And I agree with Weber that we’re likely doomed despite an intimate relationship with our better angels

But if life has any meaning, it’s one we create.

A life of compassion, courage and community can never be claimed to be in vain.

On Iran Policy, America Is Not ‘the World’

*A Disneyesque kind of geopolitical reality, literally (Uncle Walt would approve) and figuratively

“It’s a small world, after all”

Food Safety Tips for Packing and Storing Leftovers
by Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action

Which tasty treat is hypoallergenic?
by Leanne Ely


Water Cannons, Tear Gas Unleashed on 100,000 Anti-Austerity Marchers in Brussels
Demonstration marks beginning of planned series of actions against free-market reforms
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

US Corporations Top List of Those Living in ‘Magical Fairyland’ of Tax-Dodging
Leaked documents reveal Luxembourg’s paradise for companies and financial firms stiffing the global populace with their unpaid tax bills
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘A Game of Chicken’: Thumbing Nose at Spain, Catalonia Presses Ahead with Independence Vote
Madrid has readied thousands of Civil Guard police officers to travel to the region in advance of Sunday’s secession poll
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Outrage as ICC Drops Case Against Israel for Deadly Attack On Humanitarian Flotilla
Prosecutors announce Thursday they will not pursue investigation or charges despite acknowledging Israel likely committed war crimes
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Next Steps for an Organic Planet Are Yours To Take
I walked 160 miles to promote regenerative organic agriculture that can save our soil and reverse global warming. Here’s what comes next.
by Mark ‘Coach’ Smallwood

Uncle Sam’s Databases of Suspicion
A shadow form of national ID
by Hina Shamsi and Matthew Harwood

*What the ACLU and many others critical of the surveillance state don’t seem to grasp is that the primary motivation for it is not to guard against a threat to the public

But rather to guard against a threat from the public.

It’s born of a police state of mind

That is wilfully incapable of reason.

The Real News Network
Most Expensive Off Year Election in History
The real election results are that we had the lowest voter turn out in decades and voter repudation of Congress and Obama, says Tom Ferguson, professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

Hedges & Wolin: Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (7/8)
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin continue their discussion of the threats faced by democratic institutions

FAIR Media Advisory
The ‘Center’ Always Holds
Media advise Dems to move to the right once more

*Telling Dems to move to the right is the very definition of “preaching to the choir”, don’t you think?

Democracy Now!
Obama & McConnell Pledge Cooperation; Will Fast-Tracking Secretive TPP Trade Deal Top Their Agenda?

Maui v. Monsanto: Hawaii County Voters Defy Agri-Giant’s Spending to OK Landmark Ban on GMO Crops

*Mowing the Astroturf

Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder on Knowing Your GMOs: Changing a Label Costs “Essentially Nothing”

*I feel compelled to point out that, GMO or no, ice cream, plus all the other calorie laden extras larded on top of it, ain’t exactly health food, is it now?

Midterm Voters Reject U.S. Drug War with Victories for Marijuana Legalization & Sentencing Reform

The Shocking Truth about Vitamin D
by Yuri Elkaim

*Not trying to sell you anything. I just thought the intel on Vitamin D was worth passing along.

See if you agree.


‘We Will Only Get Louder’: Dozens of Communities Vote to Boot Big Money from Politics
Huge margins back up claim that ‘nearly all Americans share the sentiment that corporations should not have the same rights as people’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Voters Reject Oil Titan Chevron, Elect Progressive Bloc in Richmond, California
Tom Butt elected mayor and slate of progressive candidates all win city council seats after grim battle with corporate power
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Hawaiians Win Community GMO Victory Over Monsanto
GMO bans pass in counties in Hawaii and California, while millions in industry spending drown out labeling efforts in Colorado
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Just the Beginning’: Communities Across Nation Ban Fracking
In Ohio, California and Texas, voters took to ballots to say no to fracking, yes to communities’ health
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

California Voters Pass ‘Historic’ Mass Incarceration Reform
‘This historic vote demonstrates support to advance a public safety strategy beyond incarceration to include treatment and prevention.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

How Much of a Difference Did New Voting Restrictions Make in Yesterday’s Close Races?
by Wendy Weiser

*Emma Goldman once said

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

Well, it really doesn’t, in the grand scheme of things

But I guess the bastards don’t like taking chances.

FAIR Extra!
Drone-Strike Feminism
Using the oppression of women to sell another Iraq War
by Rania Khalek

*Victimized as victims

Democracy Now!
A Big Win for Climate Change Denial: Republicans to Target EPA Regulations After Taking Senate

Can Push for Single-Payer Healthcare Survive in Vermont After Shockingly Tight Governor’s Race?


The Big Winner in 2014 Elections: Corporate Television
With record outside spending, stations bringing in windfall profits from political ads and “mud-slinging”
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Verizon and AT&T Using Undeletable ‘Supercookies’ to Track Customers
Tracking program collects data on users’ browsing history to create permanent online profiles to share with advertisers
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Australia Deems Climate Change ‘Too Political’ for World Leaders
Campaign says G20 must have climate change on the agenda
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Best Teachers I Ever Had
by Bill Quigley

Yes, It’s an Imperfect System, But the Native Vote Is Worth Counting
by Mark Trahant

The Real News Network
How the No-Fly Zone in Ferguson Became the No-Justice Zone
FAA complied with a request by federal authorities to ban media helicopters from covering police conduct during the protest, but Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, asks: does it really matter?

IPCC Synthesis Report Stops Short of Naming the Worst Emitters of CO2
The science is rigorous but the report is a compromise between its findings and the worst emitters, says Professor Giovanni Baiocchi of University of Maryland

Islamic State Born of Deteriorating Economic Conditions in Iraq
Poverty and inequality created by the plunder of Iraq’s wealth by elites and multinational corporations after the US occupation of Iraq were a great recruiting tool for ISIS, says Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University’s Department of Political Science

ABC Campaign Coverage–or GOP Campaign Commercial?

*Call it hogwash in more ways than one

Democracy Now!
New Voter Suppression Laws Could Decide Key Races, and Turn Back the Clocks for Years to Come

*Wouldn’t like to hear Jealous say something about what happens after the vote?

But you won’t, because if Democrats do pull an upset here, he and his kind won’t do a goddamn thing about their iniquities, because they’re joined at the hip to the party.

So, yeah, go vote, as I will.

Stave off the worst, but know that real change comes from pulling together

Not simply from pulling a lever.

The Priciest Midterms Ever, Brought to You by “Dark Money” and Election Finance Out of Control

GOP Threatens a Senate Takeover, But State Votes Could Bring Rejection of Right-Wing Agenda

*It’d have been nice if Fang and Nichols had mentioned something about the multiplicity of warts on the epidermes of candidates like Burke

But I wasn’t holding my breath.



Washington Voters Stand Up to NRA … And May Just Win
Gun battle in Washington over competing ballot measures while NRA dumps millions into other races nationwide
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Blockades Challenge Fracking’s Assault on ‘All That Sustains Life’
Arrests climb as climate-focused week of action continues
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Facing Up to the Capitalist Within
by Georgie Wingfield-Hayes

Feminism: The Men Arrive! (Hooray! Uh-Oh!)
by Rebecca Solnit

*It’s hard to listen to someone like Solnit, who says such righteous things about hate and violence here, praise someone like Modi, whose political career has been built on those characteristics.

She might ask Arundhati Roy about his fealty to the cause.

Better yet, she might ask the Muslim women and girls raped by those who share his ideology while he was chief minister of Gujarat.

Of course, she can’t ask those who were murdered in the riots.

The Kagame-Power Lobby’s Dishonest Attack on the BBC 2’s Documentary on Rwanda
by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

Government Accountability Project
Review Finds U.N. Mission Withheld Evidence of Government Crimes in Darfur
Whistleblower Says Review Too Weak

The Real News Network
Unremarkable Tweets and Donor Pressure Cost Me My Job – Steven Salaita on the Real News
After the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaigne rescinded Steven Salaita’s job over tweets condemning Israel’s war on Gaza this summer, Salaita says he is waiting for a ruling on his case for reinstatement

The Rise of Europe’s Far-Right
Prof. John Weeks discusses the rise of xenophobic, authoritarian and racist far-right movements across Western Europe and England

The Neoliberal Outbreak of Ebola
Evolutionary biologist Robert Wallace says the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is better explained by Western-driven policy than indigenous cultural practices

*A disease of the body

Born of a disease of the soul

Hedges and Wolin (6/8): Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist?
Journalist Chris Hedges and political philosopher Sheldon Wolin continue their discussion of the threats faced by democratic institutions



Studied like mice

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Exploding Rocket * Climate Change

Young People Going Republican? Not So Fast
by Peter Hart

The fact that there’s no “there” there has never deterred the corpress from making the trip when there’s a narrative to nudge along, has it now?

Democracy Now!
Honoring Mama Africa: Angélique Kidjo Pays Tribute to South African Singer, Activist Miriam Makeba

Jim Crow Returns: Interstate “Crosscheck” Program Could Strip Millions of the Right to Vote

Should We Avoid All Farm-Raised Seafood?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Bait and Switch
Seafood alternatives that are more environmentally sustainable
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

What to Eat: Does Eating Seafood Protect Your Hearing?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



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