February 2015


As Antarctica Melts Away, Seas Could Rise Ten Feet Within 100 Years
Based on rapid thawing, continent has become ‘ground zero of global climate change without a doubt,’ says geophysicist
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

*Now that AP has satisfied its slender self defined obligation to objective reporting on climate change, it can go back to ignoring the issue and lending credence to deniers’ claims when it isn’t.

And my local rag, the Walker – er, Wisconsin – State Journal, which depends on AP for almost all of its outside content, apparently didn’t deem this worthy of inclusion.

However, there was an enlightening item about a “terror owl” that’s been attacking folks in Holland.


The Destruction of Afghan Lives, Captured in US Dollars
Documents obtained by The Intercept via a FOIA request offer window into death and damage caused by war and occupation
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Cut rate costs for “collateral damage”


Methane-Explosion Craters Could Be Latest Indicators of a Warming Planet
Newly discovered funnels in Siberia are believed to have been created by methane gases bursting through a thawing permafrost.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Great Recession Linked to Rising Suicides Among Middle-Aged Americans
New study follows numerous findings that austerity and economic hardship are tied to suicide spikes across age groups and nations
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The deaths from a thousand cuts


Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History
by Sonali Kolhatkar


For Suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu “Rift” Is a Side Show
by Ali Abunimah

*Theater of the amorally absurd


When Politics Is Local, Who Decides?
by David Morris

*The question of which level of government should have primacy is vexing to me.

We hail local control when it dovetails with our views, but what about when it doesn’t?

If a village, town, city or county passes a patently unjust ordinance or law, do we defer to the concept of local control, or do we call for state intervention?

And if the state enacts discriminatory legislation, don’t we demand federal intercession?

What takes precedence – justice or a fealty to a particular theory of governmental control?

I don’t think there’s an easy answer that would satisfy both. There have been many instances where the two have been at odds with each other.

I can say that my conscience wouldn’t be satisfied with the abrogation of what I consider to be equitable in the name of the maintenance of a consistent political structure.


The Metamorphosis of Vladimir Putin
by Andrew Levine

*In an otherwise pretty well reasoned piece, Levine’s take on Wisconsin seems out of place.

The recall election sapped the electric energy out of the Capitol protests in ’11, diverting it into a campaign for a pathetic challenger to Walker (repeated last year). Democrats had no intention of getting large numbers of black folks to the polls, as any rational view of Barrett’s and later Burke’s platforms makes plain.

While GOTV has some place in national elections for the party, it is MIA on the state and local level. “Swing” voters (middle and working class whites) are the prize fought over, and the campaign planks reflect that time and again.

There are some stirrings of resistance to right to work here (I’m in Madison), but unless union “leadership” is prepared to undergo surgery to disjoin them from the hip of the party, nothing of consequence will come of them.

I’m not holding my breath.

It will take the rank and file holding these “leaders” feet to the fire, or tossing them into it, along with a movement that joins together all the struggles against austerity and division, to stand strong against this Randian and Orwellian onslaught.

Can we get our mensch on?


The Real News Network
Venezuelan Gov. Releases Audio of Coup Plotters
On Thursday, Venezuela officials released recordings of what it said was proof that opposition figures and some military officers were plotting to overthrow the government – Analysis with Miguel Tinker Salas and Paul Jay


Maryland Police Reform Advocates and Opponents Speak Out Prior to Hearing
TRNN’s Jaisal Noor speaks to supporters and opponents of reforms that will determine the role of communities in how police abuse is handled


Baltimore College Fights To Keep Accreditation Status
TRNN speaks to a faculty member from Sojourner Douglass College, which is facing financial shortfalls due to the Federal Pell Grant and the Parent PLUS loan


An Irish-Style Banking Inquiry into the 2008 Financial Crisis
Former financial regulator Bill Black discusses his recent testimony in Ireland and the challenges the country faces in acknowledging its financial crisis


What Role Can Social Media Play in Supporting Protests Against Egypt’s Military Regime?
Professor Seif Da’na says though the broad underlying discontent against the Egypt’s military regime persists, future uprisings won’t take the shape of the Jan. 25, 2011 uprising (2/3)


CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks
by Norman Solomon


Democracy Now!
Antiquities Scholar: Islamic State’s Destruction of Museum & Library is Cultural & Ethnic Cleansing


17 Shots: Police Killing of Unarmed Mexican Farmworker in Washington State Sparks Protest



‘Worse Than Wrong’: Wisconsin Advances Bill To Gut Workers Rights
‘Right-to-Work is a continuation of the destructive policies of the Scott Walker administration that have cost Wisconsin jobs and economic opportunity.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Meanwhile, the Walker State Journal takes every opportunity to portray working folks as “tired” of the struggle and “resigned” to the inevitability of defeat.

I’d like to think it’ll be forced to eat those words, but it’ll take a far more ferocious labor “leadership” to feed them to it.

How NAFTA Could Spoil a Keystone XL Rejection
TransCanada could harness trade deal’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and U.S. taxpayers could foot the bill.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Damning Report Reveals Canada’s Indifference Toward Indigenous Women
‘How many Indigenous women and girls would have been found or would still be alive if governments had acted on more of these recommendations?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Oil Workers Dig In for Historic Fight Against Industry Giants Over Crucial Safety Rules
Strike continues into fourth week as plant operators nationwide stage walkouts, continue negotiations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


On Truth, Shoes, and Upton Sinclair
by Robert Shetterly


What You Should Know About Walmart’s Raise
by Michelle Chen

*Let them eat cake

From the bakery discount shelves


U.S. Right to Know
Obama Admin. Proposes Ridiculous Anti-Consumer Plan for GMO Labeling


Food & Water Watch
USDA Records Reveal Staffing Shortages Undermining Food Safety


The Real News Network
Netanyahu on a Destructive Path
The timing of the leaked Mossad documents may undermine Iranian negotiations and escalate the threat of war, says Phyllis Bennis, author of “Understanding the US-Iran Crisis: A Primer”

*The subheading here is 180 degrees off the mark. The documents were leaked to *deter* damage to the negotiations and the march to war.


The Modern History of the Greek Debt Crisis
John Weeks, the author of Economics of the 1%, explains the history behind the Greek debt burden

*I just discovered that the author of another piece on this matter, which I posted on the 24th (“Reading the Greek Deal Correctly”), James K. Galbraith, is an academic colleague and advisor to Varoufakis, which I think should have been mentioned, as it affects my perception of the objectivity of his analysis.


Democracy Now!
A Black Site in Chicago? Police Accused of Running Secret Compound for Detentions & Interrogations

*Please keep in mind that this is happening under Emanuel’s watch, bosomest buddy of a certain Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

And why Ackerman would think it “nuts” that this can happen in the good ol’ US and A is beyond me. Apparently he’s in need of a lesson in a history of repression that is quintessentially Americana.


Exporting Torture: Former Chicago Police Detective Tied to Brutality at Guantánamo


Who Is Bankrolling the Islamic State? Private Donors in Gulf Oil States Cited as Key to ISIS Success


My Predictions about the Food Industry and Nutrition Policy for 2015
by Michael Jacobson
Nutrition Action



‘There Will Be A Reckoning’
Environmental visionary Lester Brown delivers stark warning over dust bowl conditions spreading over Africa and Asia
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


ISIS Is Proof of the Failed “War on Terror”
by Patrick Cockburn


Only Agroecology Can Tackle the Global Food and Health Crisis
by Julia Wright


Predator Drones for Sale! (Human Rights, International Law Optional)
by Tom Engelhardt


Paying the price of a failed Libya
by Vijay Prashad
Amid chaos caused by mismanagement, intervention, international rivalries and civil war, ordinary people who hoped for a better Libya are dying, says Vijay Prashad


Environmental Working Group
Apples Top Dirty Dozen List for Fifth Year in a Row


Stop the War Coalition
Anti-War Campaigners Condemn Decision to Send British Troops to Ukraine


The Real News Network
Iran’s Intent is the Real Issue, Says Former IAEA Inspector
Robert Kelley says the number of centrifuges or the amount of uranium Iran may have is not what matters; there is evidence, however, that the U.S. has forged documents


Bill O’Reilly May Have Covered-Up a Massacre
Greg Grandin, columnist for The Nation, reports that Bill O’Reilly may have deliberately ignored the 1982 massacre of hundreds in El Mozote, El Salvador while reporting as a foreign correspondent for CBS Nightly News


Greek Reform Proposal Preserves Privatization Commitments, Ignores Debt Restructuring
Dmitri Lascaris says these compromises have created dissent within the SYRIZA coalition

*If this amounts to a betrayal of faith, you have to consider how that will impact other movements, such as PODEMOS in Spain, and also how the extreme right will benefit from it by presenting themselves as the only alternative to austerity.

Let’s hope that this isn’t “Hope and Change” translated into Greek.


Leaked RCMP Report Targets Activists as a Threat to National Security
Greenpeace Canada’s Keith Stewart explains why the proposed anti-terror legislation threatens civil liberties


Democracy Now!
Could a Former Activist Unseat Mayor 1%? Rahm Emanuel Faces Chicago Runoff Despite Vast Outspending

*While it’s always gratifying to see smug bastards like Emanuel get a little egg on their faces, I think it’s important to be cautious about just where García’s going to take his campaign, and his mayoralty if he can pull off an upset.

I’d like to hear more about his “moderate spot”, wouldn’t you?


Climate Deniers Exposed: Top Scientist Got Funding from ExxonMobil, Koch Brothers, Big Coal


On National Adjunct Walkout Day, Professors Call Out Poverty-Level Wages & Poor Working Conditions


Is Excess Selenium in Your Dietary Supplements Dangerous?
A recent study found more evidence against excess selenium
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



‘Going up Against a Beast’: Wisconsin Workers Rise to Fend Off GOP Attack
‘Right-to-work legislation is part of a national anti-worker agenda that won’t bring one job to our state or help a single family put food on the table.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Secunda’s spot on. Let’s hope this fightback doesn’t get sidetracked or hijacked like the last one, into yet another dead end Democratic campaign debacle.

Beyond that, this is about far more than labor’s travails. It’s about austerity and inequality writ large across the landscape, impacting us all, and aided and abetted by both sides beholden to the corporate coin.

Solidarity across struggles is our only hope.

When we have each other’s backs

Our spines can’t help but stiffen


Reading the Greek Deal Correctly
by James K. Galbraith


How the US Can Really Combat Radicalism
by Asad AbuKhalil

*The toxic stew in the blackest pot


Is Oil Returning To $100 Or Dropping To $10?
by Martin Tillier


Libya: The Battlefield of the New Arab Cold War
by Vijay Prashad


Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Filed to Protect People, Wildlife From Toxic Soot Pollution
Toxic Soot Threatens Iowa, Puerto Rico and Washington


New Report Shows Lender Abuses and Feeble Enforcement Cause Minority Homeowners to Lose Homes


Government Accountability Project
Sharp Criticism Follows Rejection of NSA Whistleblower’s Retaliation Claim
Pentagon OIG Reviewed Only 5 Months of Ten Years of a Complaint Highlighting NSA Reprisals for Whistleblowing


The Real News Network
European Banks vs. Greek Labour
Michael Hudson says Finance Minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, is proposing austerity on the banking class, rather than the working class, to balance the budget


What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? – Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (2/3)
Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America


Black, Brown and Woman: Afro-Latinas and Legacies of Imperialism
Charo Mina-Rojas talks African history in Latin America and the specific struggles of Afro-Latinas in Colombia. Mina-Rojas works with the Afro-Columbian Human Rights Campaign and the Afro-Colombian Solidarity Network


Institute for Public Accuracy
Real American Exceptionalism: Torture and Drone Assassination?


The Foreigners Obama Needs to Love to Prove He Loves America
by Jim Naureckas

*There *are* plenty of reasons that suggest Dear Misleader might not love America, if by “America” you mean most everyone who lives here.

They overlap in large measure with the same reasons you could present as evidence that Rogers and his ilk don’t love America.

That this idiocy passes as legitimate political discourse could be added to that list.


Politico Helps O’Reilly Get Away With Falklands Fabrications
by Jim Naureckas

*Recall this the next time O’Reilly goes off on the iniquities of “The Liberal Media”.

Short of fellatio, I’m not sure how Byers could have performed a more satisfying service for Mr. Bilious, are you?


Democracy Now!
As Netanyahu Tries to Stop U.S.-Iran Deal, Leaked Cables Show Israeli Spies Reject His Nuke Claims


Revolt at “Ritmo”: Dire Conditions in For-Profit Texas Immigration Jail Spark Prisoner Uprising


50 Years After Murder, Malcolm X Remembered by Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz & Friend A. Peter Bailey


Part 2: 50 Years After Murder, Malcolm X Remembered by Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz & A. Peter Bailey


What Not to Eat: Avoid Foods with Caramel Coloring
This popular food coloring has been found to be carcinogenic in humans
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

*The cancerous color of money



United Against ‘Debt Trap’ of For-Profit Colleges, Students Fight Back with Loan Strike
Schools like Corinthian College ‘are just an extreme version of our increasingly untenable system of debt-financed higher education,’ supporters say
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


New Leak Spurs Radiation Spike at Fukushima
The latest incident underscores the difficulty of safely cleaning up and decommissioning the nuclear plant
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Manipulate and Mislead: How GMOs Are Infiltrating Africa
by Haidee Swanby and Mariann Bassey Orovwuje

*Sowing the seeds of greed


No, Syriza Has Not Surrendered
Buying time is not the same thing as breaking promises
by Tom Walker

*Is he calling the right tune

Or whistling in the dark?


Justice is a Black Woman: The Amazing Constance Baker Motley
by Marta Daniels

*I’m not one for hagiography, but this piece is worth a read for its historical content.


Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon? China and a Brave New World Order
by Pepe Escobar


Federal Court Approves Settlement Requiring Warren, Michigan, Give Atheists Equal Access to City Hall


Friends of the Earth
Appeals Court Will Hear Case on Cover-Up of Diablo Canyon Quake Risks
Friends of the Earth petition says NRC illegally let PG&E alter nuclear plant’s license


The Real News Network
Prejudicial Trial, Prejudicial Verdict: $218 Million
Update: On Feb 23 the jury found the PA and PLO liable for terror attacks in Israel. Michael Ratner argues the odds were stacked against the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Palestinian Authority (PA)


Iceland’s Supreme Court Upholds Jail Sentences of Four Banking Executives
Former financial regulator Bill Black explains how Iceland took down the banking executives responsible for wrecking the country’s economy


Will Quantitative Easing Solve the European Economic Crisis?
Gerald Epstein, Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute, raises questions regarding the effectiveness of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank

*”[B]ending over backwards” … ?

More like bending over forwards.

How willingly is the question here, isn’t it?


What Happened to Making Steel in Baltimore? – Mark Reutter on Reality Asserts Itself (1/3)
Mark Reutter, author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might, talks about why steel production collapsed across America


Wisconsin’s Billionaires Make a Sacrifice?
Paul Jay: Here’s an alternative “something has to give” plan for Wisconsin

*Scott Walker

“Presidential timber” that’s rotten to the core


The Rich Hide an Estimated 21 Trillion in Offshore Accounts
James Henry the author of Pirate Bankers says Swiss Banks: HSBC, Credit Suisse, UBS are among those who facilitate offshore accounts and buy millions of dollars worth of influence in Washington


Germany’s Collective Denial
Heiner Flassbeck says Germany has played a devastating role in the European Monetary Union and the “Greece guilty and Germany innocent” narrative is completely false


Black Nationalism and the Peoples’ Movement – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt3
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford addresses the question whether black Americans constitute a nation, and if so, what is their role in the movement of the whole people

*To paraphrase King

Progress isn’t defined by the color of a leader’s skin

But by the content of their character


Giving Grassroots Leaders a Voice – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt2
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Exec. Editor of Black Agenda Report, talks about helping create black radio news. He says that news media creates leaders by deciding what events are important and who is authorized to speak on the importance of those events


Greece Eurozone Deal a Setback or Tactical Win for Syriza?
Heiner Flassbeck says Germany is asserting a destructive agenda proven to be driving Europe into recession


Maryland Activists Rally for Parole Bill for Prisoners Serving Life
TRNN speaks to advocates who are demanding the passage of a state bill that will remove the governor’s power to grant parole to prisoners serving life in prison


5,000 Oil Workers Enter Third Week of Strike Over Safety and Working Conditions
TRNN speaks to United Steelworkers spokesperson Lynne Hancock who says the union is demanding improved safety for its 30,000 members and their communities


Institute for Public Accuracy
Malcolm X’s Legacy: Double Anniversary This Year


Roots of Military “Culture of Lying”


US Backing for ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels: Long Reported, Continually Forgotten
by Adam Johnson


Bill O’Reilly Lies–but Some Lies Matter More Than Others
by Jim Naureckas

*A black pot too full to piss in


Democracy Now!
From Selma to Snowden, Oscar Speeches Invoke Activism & Calls for Social Justice


“Mayor 1%” Rahm Emanuel of Chicago Faces Progressive Challenge in Heated Bid for Re-election

*Dear Misleader shills for his doppelganger



To Save the Planet, Eat Less Meat, Report Urges
For first time, top nutritional panel says American consumers must cut back on red meat to prevent irreversible climate change
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Gun to Greece’s Head Pulled Away’ As Tentative Deal Struck in Brussels
Though details not finalized, agreement will ‘undo some of the damage of years of troika-induced depression’
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Pentagon’s Disclosure of Looming Offensive On Mosul Raises Concerns Over Civilian Impact
Analysts warn the U.S. is ‘doubling down’ on failed military solutions
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


US Effort to Crack Down on Terrorism Funding is Choking Humanitarian Lifeline: NGOs
New report outlines devastating blow in Somalia from remittances cutoff
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Can the Greek Tragedy Be Rewritten?
by Sonali Kolhatkar

*Let’s hope that the exploitocracy has real reason to fear the Greek example. What’s transpired recently doesn’t encourage confidence, in my mind.

And I wonder what Marx would make of the assertion that “the system” can be “adjust[ed]” to “to put human needs at the center”.

Can you make capitalism good

Or merely – and marginally – better?


Syriza Can Show ‘Another Energy is Possible’
by Sean Sweeney

*Well worth a read, although I’m leery of the closing suggestion of a consumption tax, which is inherently regressive.


Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Welcomes DHS Report on Violent Domestic Right-Wing Extremism


The Real News Network
Walmart Wage Raise a Win For Workers, Yet Falls Short of Their Demands
Liza Featherstone, author of “Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart” says the concessions to workers was forged by years of worker-led struggle and direct action


Pressure Rises in Iran Negotiations
TRNN’s Thomas Hedges talks to Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council and Matthew McInnis of the American Enterprise Institute who say that hardliners in Washington are not primarily interested in a nuclear-free Iran but regime change and how to incite it

*Iran is “nuclear-free” (that should be “nuclear weapon-free”), and no intelligent intelligence indicates a inclination to change that status.

So what exactly is being negotiated, and what precisely is being sanctioned?


Greece Requests Extension on Loan Agreement
Dimitri Lascaris Report: Germany rejects the extension before the Euro Group could formally respond

*Why you should always wait for the walk

Before touting the talk


Is Kiev Underestimating the Death Toll in the East of Ukraine?
Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor at Columbia University, says Kiev has polarized civilians who might have been neutral before being shelled and caught in a humanitarian crisis induced by their government


Top 10 Bogus ISIS Stories
by Adam Johnson

*I think it’s misleading to say that these stories “fooled” at least some of the outlets mentioned, especially the more ideologically inclined ones.

They could care less whether they are true or not. As long as they serve their agenda, they’ll be amplified.

That’s Propaganda 101, isn’t it?


Democracy Now!
An Unsolved Case of Racial Terror: FBI Probes 1946 Moore’s Ford Bridge Lynching in Georgia

*Evil has no expiration date


Malcolm X Remembered 50 Years After 1965 Assassination

*Unlike King, Malcolm can never be made “safe”

And so he is erased.


NSA & British GCHQ Hacked SIM Card Maker to Steal Encryption Keys to Spy on Billions of Cellphones


Security Researcher Christopher Soghoian on How to Use a Cellphone Without Being Spied On

*I don’t think ignorance, other than of the wilful sort, has anything to do with the lack of oversight here, do you?

And I’d be wary of these government funded apps. Soghoian may be revealing his own ignorance, or naiveté, when he credits their support to the US’ desire to “spread news about democracy”.


What’s the Best Oil to Cook With?
by Leanne Ely



Accused of ‘Terrorism,’ Animal Rights Activists Head to Federal Court
‘Why must low-level criminal activity by animal rights activists be prosecuted in federal court?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Clinton Foundation Receiving Millions From Proponents of Keystone XL
Green groups say revelation raises questions about industry influence over likely 2016 presidential candidate
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Oil Price Crash is Being Used to Attack the Public Sector
by Nick Cunningham


Authorities Too Quick To Rule Out Terrorism in Chapel Hill Shooting Deaths
by Phyllis Bennis

*Terrorism’s white out


Parking Space Terrorism: Time for Action after Killing of Three US Muslims
by Ramzy Baroud


Government Accountability Project
Historic Filing: Farmer Sues Perdue for Violation of FSMA Whistleblower Protection Law


The Real News Network
In Spite of Fighting in Debaltseve, Ukraine Ceasefire May Hold
Occasional fighting in Ukraine may continue but that does not mean the Minsk II ceasefire will fail, says Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University


How Radical is the SYRIZA Party in Greece? (1/2)
Michael Nevradakis, host of Dialogos Radio in Athens, says SYRIZA is already moving from its radical origins

*Meet the new boss … ?


Family Day Rally Outside Ontario Prison Demands End to Immigration Detentions and Deportations
Photo Essay by Shaghayegh Tajvidi


TRNN Replay: Growing Up Black in American Apartheid – Glen Ford on Reality Asserts Itself pt1
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay: Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report, tells his story as a red-diaper baby, growing up facing racism in the North living with his white activist mother, and living in the Deep South with his black deejay father

*I didn’t realize the depth of black activism within the military during the Vietnam War, and I think it’d be well worth the effort to explore it in greater detail.


NYT Hopes India Can Avoid China’s Plight: a High-Paid, Well-Educated Workforce
by Jim Naureckas

*Alice asked

“So … you raise living standards by making sure they don’t go up”?

To which the March Hare replied

“Spot on, my dear!”


FAIR Analysis
Op-Ed on Venezuela Slips Past NYT Factcheckers
by Steve Ellner


Institute for Public Accuracy
Elite Corruption: A “Violation of Public Trust”


Democracy Now!
Ruling by Right-Wing Judge Delays Long-Awaited Reprieve for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants


Coming Out of the Shadows: Meet José Espinoza, an Undocumented Worker Impacted by Delayed Reprieve


As Extreme Cold Engulfs Eastern U.S., Fossil Fuel Mishaps Leave Disaster Areas on Fire



Obama’s Legacy: Permanent War and Liberal/Radical Accommodation?
by Ajamu Baraka


Gulf Coast Activists Band Together to Fight Climate Change and Extractive Industries
Frontline communities confront legacy of racism, poverty, and environmental destruction
by Adam Federman


Syriza’s First Weeks in Power in Greece
by Sakis Gekas


The Night Is Long
President El-Sisi’s authoritarian measures of silencing the opposition and pushing through IMF-dictated reforms alienate the militant textile workers and cotton growers of Mahalla, who were relatively untouched by Tahrir
by Vijay Prashad


ACLU Settles Sex Discrimination Case of Pregnant Employee Fired From Religiously Affiliated Organization


Freedom of Information? Not Where Food Safety is Concerned
Food & Water Watch slams USDA’s FSIS for Culture of Non-Transparency


The Real News Network
Iran Negotiation Leaks Won’t Affect Netanyahu’s Prospect for Re-election
Economist Shir Hever also discusses an Associated Press report about attacks on the Gaza civilian population during Operation Protective Edge


New House Bill Would Deregulate the IRS
House Republicans reintroduced legislation that would bar the Internal Revenue Service from drafting basic protocol until it’s investigated for actions it allegedly carried out two years ago


1,200 Aboriginal Women in Canada Murdered or Gone Missing Since 1980s
Aboriginal women are five times more likely to be murdered, and most attacks are from outside their communities, says Audrey Huntley of the No More Silence campaign in Canada


Libyan Chaos and the Islamic State (2/2)
Vijay Prashad, author of “Arab Spring, Libyan Winter,” says Libya is awash with weapons and fighters, much like Afghanistan 25 years ago after the withdrawal of Russia


Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu: * Corrie’s Death * Nuclear Armed


Most Americans Agree That Netanyahu, the Only One Who Can Save the Puppy, Should Save the Puppy
by Jim Naureckas

*Yet another poll tax of credulity


Petition Update
Big news from Nestle. What is M&M’s waiting for?
by Renee Shutters and CSPI


Democracy Now!
Rejecting Austerity, Greece Squares Off with Its Creditors & Risks Future in Eurozone


Watch Out for Deceitful Marketing of Dietary Supplements
This is how one unproven supplement tricked consumers and made millions
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



Duped by For-Profit Schools, Students Gain Big Allies in Push for Loan Forgiveness
Answering Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s call, Massachusetts AG slams for-profit colleges as ‘free to break the law.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Warming Planet Threatens More and Possibly Deadlier Pathogens, Warns Study
New research claims to upend previous understanding of how parasites that may carry infectious diseases are adapting to changing temperatures
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of parasites, large and small


New Analysis Shatters Narrative of Charter School Success
In Minnesota, ‘new information is fueling critics who say the charter school experiment has failed to deliver.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Doc Shows Canadian Police View Environmentalists, Not Climate Change, as Real Threat
RCMP document says ‘small but violent-prone faction’ of groups could pose ‘a credible threat’ to security
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We’re all Snidely Whiplash now


The Holdouts: Families Who Took a Pass on the Fracking Boom—and What it Cost Them
by Priscila Mosqueda


Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, Too, Can Play at that Game
by Laura Flanders


The Worst Sort of Violence Against Children
by Steven Singer


Industry Backlash Against Fossil Fuel Divestment Forces the Question: Which Side Are You On?
by Kate Aronoff

*Uprooting the fence so many sit on

(And isn’t “Big Green radicals” as much a oxymoron as “humanitarian intervention”?)


The Real News Network
Meet the Family with a Megaphone in US & Israeli Politics (1/2)
With 90 percent of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign donors being U.S. Americans, the Falic family tops the list, and their influence reaches both sides of the aisle in Congress


Opposition Leaders Issued A Statement to Signal the Launch of the Foiled Coup
Lucas Koerner, journalist in Caracas for Venezuelanalysis.com: What do we know about the foiled coup thus far?


Rise of SYRIZA and PODEMOS in Europe and the Pre-requisite for the Black Rebellion in the US
Glen Ford Report: Black Lives Matter and the new young black activist must shed the Democratic Party from its veins and be at the heart of rebellious leadership in America


What Do Effective Violence Reduction Programs Look Like? (2/2)
Nationally recognized gun violence expert Daniel Webster discusses Baltimore’s implementation of Operation Ceasefire and suggests policy measures to ensure long-term success


Institute for Public Accuracy
West Virginia Oil Train Derailment Highlights Need for Significant Safety Reforms


Democracy Now!
Egypt Makes Libya the New Front in Anti-ISIS War, 4 Years After NATO Left Chaos Behind


Al Jazeera Journalists Celebrate Freedom in Egypt After 411 Days in Prison, but New Trial Looms


The Next Syriza? As Greece Rejects Austerity, Meet the Activist Who Could Become Spain’s New PM



Brewing ‘Perfect Storm,’ GOP Lawmakers Push Millionaire-Friendly State Tax Schemes
Despite unfair burden on lower and middle classes, conservative-led state governments push regressive tax plans
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Shame’: Greece Pledges to Shut Down Immigrant Detention Centers
‘I’m here to express my shame, not as a minister but as a human being,’ says official in charge of public order
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Yet another Greek tragedy


Hiroshima Survivors Sue Over ‘Black Rain’ That Followed Atomic Bombing
Over 40 survivors of bombing demand aid from Japan for severe health impacts
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


On the Problems of Breathing in America
On raising black sons in a white country
by Jane Lazarre


In a Time of Climate Change, Boston—and the World—Can’t Afford the Olympics
by Joseph Nevins

*Plenty of bread for these circuses


Hector Navarro: I’m Encouraging a Rebellion at the Bases of the PSUV
by Héctor Bujanda


The Real News Network
Will the Ceasefire Hold in Ukraine? (2/2)
Kiev-based sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko discusses the problems that remain with the most recent agreement


The History of Reparations for African Americans (2/2)
TRNN’s Eddie Conway continues his discussion with Dr. Ray Winbush about the case for reparations for the slavery in the United States.

*The ones who say, “The past is the past”

Are always those who benefit from it in the present


Has the IMF Annexed Ukraine?
Michael Hudson Report: Finance is a new kind of war and forced sell offs that the IMF is imposing is a new kind of battle ground


Exclusive: Does Operation Ceasefire Have A Formula for Long-Term Success in Baltimore?
TRNN examines the nationally acclaimed homicide prevention program “Operation Ceasefire” amid allegations Baltimore is not funding the crucial outreach component that provides a critical escape to at-risk populations

*Sticking it to the carrot


Institute for Public Accuracy
Surveillance “Reforms” Allow for Plenty of Suspicionless Spying on Americans


Democracy Now!
Copenhagen Attack Witness Inna Shevchenko Debates Scholar Tariq Ramadan on Religion and Free Speech

*I thought it was rather ironic for Shevchenko to condemn dogmatism, when she advocates for an irresponsible ideal of freedom of speech that doesn’t speak to its consequences.

That’s what Ramadan was pointing to, that while that right to speech exists, its expression must take into account who is harmed by it, and who benefits from it.

That is, if the speaker lays claim to any sense of humanity.

Her ending comment about the vileness and violence of some religious teachings is valid, and could be applied to most religions, and for me is prima facie evidence of the fact that these were written, without divine guidance, by that most contradictory of creatures

Our species.

But to criticize Ramadan for not specifically condemning those teachings, when it’s clear he repudiates them, comes across as yet more dogmatism, to my mind.

She also dismisses the other sociopolitical factors he enumerates which lead to these tragedies, and that again betrays a less than open and honest attempt to address the situation.


Fear, Inc. 2.0: As Anti-Muslim Incidents Continue, Report Exposes Funders, Pundits of Islamophobia


Tens of Thousands Join North Carolina Moral March to Protest GOP Takeover, Racism & Islamophobia


Does Cutting Back on Salt in Food Help Reduce Headaches?
Here’s what one recent study shows
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



‘Unconscionable’: New Federal Analysis Paves Way for Arctic Plunder
New environmental impact statement shows Interior Department willing “to cater to Shell’s drilling wishes,” says environmental group.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Doctors Worldwide Blast TPP’s ‘Chilling Effect’ on Health, Climate Protections
While U.S. corporations have been involved in negotiations, ‘health agencies have been forced to rely on leaks,’ physicians point out in letter to be published Saturday
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Campus Divestment Campaigns an Investment in Young Activists
by Moira Donovan


USDA Approves GMO Arctic Apples Despite Opposition
by Wenonah Hauter


The Real News Network
Will the Ceasefire Hold in Ukraine? (1/2)
Kiev-based sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says the ceasefire is likely just a pause before another military campaign begins


Why is Obama Requesting an AUMF When We’re Already at War with ISIS?
Michael Ratner of the Centre for Constitutional Rights says the request for the Re-Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS will give Obama more authority to expand war across the world


Baltimore Sinai Hospital Workers Demand Affordable Medical Coverage and Better Wages
TRNN speaks to members of 1199 United Healthcare Workers East


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Why Muslim Lives Don’t Matter”

*Societal SOP for such sins

Hand wringing

Followed by hand washing


‘He Just Made It Up’: New York Post Accused of Fabrication in Machete Lawsuit Story
by Adam Johnson

*Taking a hatchet to the facts

Make that a machete


Democracy Now!
“We’re All One”: UNC Shooting Victim Yusor Abu-Salha’s StoryCorps Interview Months Before Death


Denver Police Killing of LGBT Teen Jessica Hernandez Sparks Outcry as Officers’ Claims Disputed


Undocumented Father Finds Sanctuary in Denver Church to Fight Deportation to Mexico


As Public Pensions Shift to Risky Wall Street, Local Politicians Rake in Political Cash



GOP Assault on Social Security Could be ‘Death Sentence’ for Nation’s Disabled
The claim that either the old-age or disability trust funds has run dry is ‘one of the hoariest lies in the conservatives’ playbook.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Climate Change Sets Stage for Droughts of ‘Unprecedented’ Proportions
New research predicts epic, never-before-seen dry spells for U.S. southwest and Great Plains
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Plan to Release GMO Mosquitoes ‘A Science Experiment Run Amok’
Effort by biotechnology firm meant to stop tropical diseases in Florida could have risky impacts, critics say.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Amid Lopsided Recovery, Republicans Plan Cuts to Food Stamp Program
‘We cannot balance the budget on the backs of poor people,’ said Rep. Jim McGovern
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


A Vision from Hell: Exxon’s Neo-Imperialism Meets the GOP Grand Strategy
How energy coordination on one continent could bring the planet to its knees
by Michael T. Klare


The Sorrow and Sociology of Dead Children
by Robert C. Koehler


Brennan Center for Justice
New Report: Increased Incarceration Had Limited Effect on Reducing Crime for Over Two Decades

*A limited effect on crime

But not on the bottom line of prison profitmongers


Friends of the Earth
Arctic Shipping Report Advocates Immediate Cleanup of Vessel Fuel to Combat Emissions


Americans for Safe Access
California Legislator Introduces Bill to End Organ Transplant Denials for Medical Marijuana Patients
Americans for Safe Access sponsors bill introduced by Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) to end discriminatory practice


The Real News Network
The History of Reparations for African Americans (1/2)
To mark Black History Month, TRNN’s Eddie Conway speaks to Dr. Ray Winbush about why people of African descent have a strong case for reparations for the slavery in the United States

*Isn’t the irony intense?

You have black folks rotting in prison for fines they can’t pay, and when they can, those serve as a major revenue source for municipalities, when history would deem them owed debts by their oppressors.

The chains have endless links.


NYPD Officer Pleads Not Guilty After Rare Indictment for Killing Unarmed Black Man
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says the #blacklivesmatter movement is pressuring the political system to hold police accountable for unlawful deaths and brutality


Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (3/3)
In part three, retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss the killing of a former Baltimore police commissioner’s daughter that shook the entire city


Institute for Public Accuracy
Key Author of War Powers: ISIL AUMF Could be Worse than Vietnam Authorization

*I guess he deserves the Nobel because he hasn’t blown the world up



CNN Peddles Propaganda About ‘Completely Mad’ Putin
by Jim Naureckas

*A corpress which cheerleads for nuclear “chicken” casts its bête noire as “mad”.

That’s some chutzpah, boychik.


Democracy Now!
Endless War? Obama Sends Congress Expansive Anti-ISIS War Measure 6 Months After Bombing Began

*Excellent point from Solomon about Annan’s and so many others’ legless talk, so to speak.

DN! has a habit of giving these charlatans airtime to blather and bloviate, without challenging their mendacity, so I’m glad he seized the opportunity to do so.


#MuslimLivesMatter: Loved Ones Honor NC Shooting Victims & Reject Police Dismissal of a Hate Crime


One Billion Rising Honors “Revolution” as New Report Highlights Threats to Black Girls in U.S.



Unremitting Pain: The Careless, Astonishing Cruelty of Barack Obama’s Government
The US, it seems, couldn’t care less if it causes a humanitarian crisis in Somalia, one of the world’s poorest countries
by George Monbiot


Barbarians Are Made, Not Born
The Islamic State group is composed of the detritus of wars in Afghanistan, Libya, Chechnya, Yemen. It was fuelled by the destruction of Iraq. Can deliverance be really found in the violence that forged it?
by Vijay Prashad

*Making enemies and influencing people

To join them


The Real News Network
Anonymous Hackers Declare Cyber War Against ISIS
Ola Bini of Thoughtworks explains the war strategy and its effectiveness

*I’d be interested to know just how the determination is made that an account is associated with ISIS. Is the mere expression of seeming support sufficient?

If so, isn’t that a bit contradictory coming from a group that claims to be standing for freedom of expression, regardless of what one thinks of it?

I’m just asking.


A Look at the Greek PM Tsipras’ First Address to Parliament
Dimitri Lascaris discusses how the SYRIZA government plans to end austerity and carry out the clear mandate of the people

*The media cabal in Greece is leery of going against public opinion, yet the corpress in the US has no qualms about cheerleading for cuts in essential programs which enjoy overwhelming support from the American public.

What a bunch of wimps.


Over $100 Billion Stashed in Offshore Accounts by HSBC Clients
James Henry says the largest financial institutions in the U.S. are helping launder the money of the wealthiest and some of the worst dictators on the planet without facing any meaningful punishment – and it’s been going on for decades

*The best way to rob a government

Is to own it


Los Indignados to Podemos, The Making of a Party (2/2)
One of the major polls shows Pablo Iglesias of Podemos could become the next Prime Minister of Spain, says Becquer Seguin


Illinois Governor Moves to Weaken State Unions
Jan Rodolfo, a registered nurse and Midwest Director for National Nurses United, says the billionaire Republican governor’s executive order will affect 6,500 workers and threaten public health


Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (2/3)
In part two, retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis discuss what speaking to those accused of murder can teach about the failures of our society

*The connection between children with no conscience

And a society bereft of one


Chris Matthews Calls for ‘Rambo Kind of Stuff’ as Response to Real-World Violence
by Jim Naureckas

*Matthews might want to ask another fictional character, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, about how to deal with monsters of one’s one creation.

Y’know … the ones given life by the policies he’s pimped for decades.


Institute for Public Accuracy
AUMF: “Another Blank Check for Endless War”


Democracy Now!
As Study Finds 4,000 Lynchings in Jim Crow South, Will U.S. Address Legacy of Racial Terrorism?

*As a “son of the South”, I wonder if any of my relatives were involved in these atrocities, either as participants or spectators.

The awful odds are stacked in favor of that horrific history, I have to think.


Exchanging Vows, Alabama Same-Sex Couples Make History in a State Where Discrimination Runs Deep

*Old times there are not forgotten

‘Cause they’re inscribed in the constitution


After Months of Protest, NYPD Officer Charged for Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Black Man Akai Gurley


U.S. Hostage Kayla Mueller Remembered for Humanitarian Work from Syria to Occupied Territories


How to Diet: Is Chocolate for Valentine’s Day the New Superfood?
Do chocolate eaters really weigh less?
David Schardt
Nutrition Action



Federal Campaign to Save Monarch Fails to Address Root Cause of Decline
Without addressing herbicide-resistant GMO crops, ‘monarch populations will not rebound to resilient, healthy levels,’ says pollinator expert
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


New Report on Lynching Reveals Sinister Legacy of ‘Racial Terrorism’ in America
Capital punishment and current racial injustice in US are ‘direct descendants of lynching’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A hateful present hanging on a horrific past


The Debt Slavery Must End to Prevent Environmental Catastrophes: Will Greece Kick Start a Paradigm Shift?
by Stefano Balbi


Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks: Unfair Competition or a Better Mousetrap?
by Ellen Brown


The Shift: A Note from Lexington Federal Prison
by Kathy Kelly


Saying No to Torture: A Gallery of American Heroes
by Rebecca Gordon

*They weren’t scared of anything but missing the opportunity to indulge their sadism in the service of expanding their empire, and preparing for the day when these grotesqueries would need to be employed to hold it together.


Plan B? What Happened to Plan A?
Why we shouldn’t fund geoengineering experimentation, and what we still need to learn about the climate
by Pat Mooney

*Science marches on

And off the cliff


Worldwatch Institute
No Jobs on a Dead Planet: Trade Unions Join the Transition to a Greener Economy
Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World 2014 explores the employment challenges and opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy


The Real News Network
Why Do We Kill? The Pathology of Murder in Baltimore (1/3)
Retired Baltimore Homicide Detective Kelvin Sewell and investigative journalist Stephen Janis explain why they decided to write “Why Do We Kill?”


Capitalism at the Root of Greek Economic Crisis
Costas Panayotakis, author of Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy, says Greece’s economic woes stem from the capitalist mismanagement of the Greek economy


Class Action Case Filed Against St. Louis and Jennings by Black Residents
The case is pursuing disproportionate tickets, jail and fines, the plaintiffs believe it is financially motivated, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report


Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (4/4)
In the final part of the of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants debate what kind of political strategy the movement should adopt


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine: Who Wins from War?


Billionaire’s Paper Hopes Well-Off Will Identify With Wealthy
by Jim Naureckas

*Middle class dismissed


Democracy Now!
Ferguson Residents Challenge “Modern Debtors’ Prison Scheme” Targeting Blacks with Fines, Arrests


What Not to Eat: Watch Out for this Chemical Found in White Flour and Breads!
The FDA should reduce the amount of this dangerous chemical allowed in food
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action



Tar Sands Activists Being Targeted by FBI
The agents ‘appear to be interested in actions around the tar sands and the Keystone XL pipeline,’ said a lawyer working with the protesters.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Are You Living with a Terrorist? The US Government Can Help You Be Sure
New document “obtained” by The Intercept reveals NCTC developed rating system to pre-identify those who might fall into extremism
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why Greece Hasn’t Threatened to Leave the EU… Not Yet, Anyway
by Alexandros Orphanides


New Evidence that Half of America is Broke
by Paul Buchheit

*Why is it that the jobs with the most social utility

So often are those with the most income futility?


Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War
How Thanking the Veteran Meant Ignoring What Happened
by Christian Appy

*A dishonorable discharge of a haunting history


The Nisman murder and the AMIA terror bombing: A tangled thread
by Gareth Porter

*Imperative intel, given the parroting of Nisman’s narrative in the pages and pixels of the corpress, as well as the dearth of coverage in the more visible alternative media.


Food & Water Watch
Ranchers, Consumers Applaud Dismissal of COOL Lawsuit


The Real News Network
Over 90% of Netanyahus’ Campaign Contributions Come from the U.S.
Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says many dubious fundraising strategies are used; some are illegal and under investigation


A Bloodless Coup d’etat in Detroit
Frank Hammer reports that in the grand bargain of the bailout, Detroit lost its democracy

*Welcome to Mowedtown


President’s Plan to Protect Arctic Ocean Won’t Halt Oil Drilling (2/2)
Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee on the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and how they might advise President Obama

*If we don’t wake up to the fact that “All of the above” means “Look out below!”, and continue to have faith in the false promises flowing from Dear Misleader’s lips

We won’t have a chance in hell of preventing one here on Earth.


Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Head to Head with German Counterpart Wolfgang Schauble
Varoufakis evokes German Nazi history to describe, what he is up against, Leo Panitch and Dimitri Lascaris discuss the standoff and the future of the European community

*Fear and loathing of a (hopefully) good example


Shaimaa al-Sabbagh, Member of the Socialist Popular Alliance Party Moments Before She was Killed by Riot Police in Cairo
Professor Seif Da’na explains that Shaimaa al-Sabbagh is a victim of the current struggle for legitimacy taking place in Egypt (1/3 Parts)


Why ISIS Burning Jordanian Pilot May Unify Arab World
Prof. Vijay Prashad discusses the significance of the of anti-ISIS protests after the immolation of a Jordanian pilot and the possible future outcomes of these events


Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Did DOJ Ignore Whistleblower?


Is Sleep Deprivation Making You Fat?
by Yuri Elkaim


What Is Resistant Starch? Why You Need It and How to Get It
by Yuri Elkaim


Food Safety: Be Careful of These Dangerous Pathogens, Toxins, and Chemicals in Seafood
Do you know what’s in the fish you eat?
Sarah Klein
Nutrition Action



Greek Minister: Poison of Troika Austerity Fueling Rise of Nazi Party
After meeting in Berlin, Yannis Varoufakis says Syriza’s attempt to rectify economic conditions is all that’s keeping fascists from the door
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Blockade Delivers Climate Message to Calif. Gov. Brown: Stop Fracking
Demonstrators have erected 16-foot fracking rig, and remain ‘jubilant and defiant’ while awaiting arrest
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Brown is the color of what leaves Jerry’s lips

Always has been, hasn’t it?


Yemen: Shiite Rebels Announce Takeover of Country
Houthis issue “constitutional declaration” amid continuing unrest
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Landmark Ruling, Canada to Allow Assisted Suicide
‘I do not want to die slowly, piece by piece. I do not want to waste away unconscious in a hospital bed. I do not want to die wracked with pain.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Zero Tolerance’: A Worldwide Call to Eliminate the Brutal Practice of FGM
UN chief calls for a future ‘where every girl can grow up free of violence and discrimination, with full dignity, human rights and equality.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Re-Colonization of Africa
by Jim Goodman

*Feeding the world

A putrid platter of propaganda


Is ISIL’s ‘Shock and Awe’ More Awe-ful Because One Victim?
by Juan Cole


The Real News Network
A Very Dark Chapter of Globalization – Flassbeck (3/3)
Heiner Flassbeck, a former Director at UNCTAD, tells Paul Jay that the global economy is very fragile, any shock could send it into a major downturn as countries wage currency wars and oil markets are frightening


Los Indignados to Podemos: The Making of a Party (1/2)
The Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias learned much of what he knows from the leftward shift in Latin American, says Becquer Seguin, doctoral candidate in Romance studies at Cornell University


Rep. Hank Johnson’s “Grand Jury Reform Act”
Glen Ford, executive editor of the Black Agenda Report, says the use of a special prosecutor and making grand jury investigations a public process is consistent with the goals of progress


Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (3/4)
In part three of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants discuss if the #Blacklivesmatter movement should develop an electoral strategy and consider breaking with the two-party system


The Financialization of Big Business – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (4/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that capitalists have learned how to make huge profits without producing anything useful


Democracy Now!
Juan González: Overhaul of NYC’s 911 System Woefully Mismanaged & Nearly $1 Billion Over Budget


FCC’s Net Neutrality Shift a Victory for Open Internet & Grassroots Activism Against Cable Giants

*You celebrate when the regs are in place, and you’ve gone over them with a fine toothed comb.

And even then, eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, ’cause the bastards will always be looking to bore loopholes in them, won’t they just?


Part 2: Johann Hari on Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

*The drug war is a tool of repression, especially as applied to people of color, and so it’s not just the gangs who benefit from it, is it?



As Specter of Wider War Threatens, Jordan Targets ISIS with New Airstrikes
Analysts warn that a rush to revenge will only deepen militarization and violence across the region.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Oil-Soaked Interest Groups Doing Their Best to Kill Mass Transit
‘Eliminating all funding for transit, biking, and walking, which people who can’t afford a car rely on? Not a problem to these guys.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Despite the disingenuity, the point’s valid that this would be a regressive tax increase, and only “necessary” because the exploitocracy’s beaucoup billions are invioable, aren’t they?


The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away
by Bill Moyers

*The beam in both eyes


License Plate Scanners Also Taking Photos of Drivers and Passengers
by Sonia Roubini


The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap
Why the cure will be worse than the disease
by Matthew Harwood


Why is Yellen Supporting the ECB Attack on Greece?
by Yves Smith


The Real News Network
President’s Plan to Protect Arctic Ocean Won’t Halt Oil Drilling
Leah Donahey and Subhankar Banerjee say Obama has taken an important step by announcing new protections for the Arctic Ocean, but it does not block Shell from drilling there

*It’s truly frustrating to listen to these expressions of hope that Dear Misleader will do what needs to be done.

He never has, and unless forced to, he never will.

It doesn’t matter what the science says. As all presidents do, he serves wealth. Even when ostensibly one goes against such interests, as FDR did with the New Deal, the intent is to save them from themselves.

In this case, that would mean saving the whole goddamn planet, and you would think that would necessitate a redux.

But Obama has shown time and again a visceral aversion to doing so, and even when supposedly evincing such an inclination, deeper examination invariably reveals a bait and switch.

(Vetoing Keystone XL, only to allow its clones to flourish, would be a case in point.)

Putting any faith in his rationality – much less his humanity – is a fool’s game

One that so many seemingly intelligent “progressives” seem all too eager to play.


If No Deal for Greece, Exit the Euro?
Heiner Flassbeck says that in refusing to compromise on the loan conditions for Greece, Germany is really concerned about Italy and France which are in a similar situation but with much bigger economies; for Syriza, while leaving the Euro is fraught with danger and is unknown territory, the option of exit must be considered


Death Toll Rises to Over 5,350 in Ukraine
Number of displaced people and inflation are creating great distress in the country says, Nicolai Petro, professor of politics at the University of Rhode Island


How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (3/3)
Charlie Cobb, author of “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed,” says we must use the lessons of non-violence in the sixties to address the epidemic of violence plaguing inner-city neighborhoods today


Medieval Monarchies and Islamo-Fascism (2/2)
In part two, Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that if the Gulf State medieval monarchies are not removed, there won’t be a long-term solution to the crisis in the region


Some Other Tall Tales Brian Williams Might Want to Apologize For
by Jim Naureckas

*(With apologies to P. Simon)

There goes lyin’ Brian …


Democracy Now!
Inside the Vaccine War: Measles Outbreak Rekindles Debate on Autism, Parental Choice & Public Health

*I don’t know who’s right here, but I do know that when profits are involved, as they are for the pharmas, science will be distorted to justify them.

Has that happened here? I can’t say.

That Offit refused to be on with Holland, and that he resorted to demeaning her views, rather than simply refuting them, doesn’t fill me with confidence that he’s a trustworthy source of information, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t.

A closed mind from any corner is something we can’t afford.


How to Diet: Store-Bought Toddler Foods Too High in Sugar and Sodium, CDC Warns
These foods can affect children’s taste preferences later in life
David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Eat your veggies!
by Leanne Ely

*No product pimping on my part. I just thought there were some good ideas for getting goodies in your gut.



Folly of US “War on Terror” Looms as Jordan and ISIS Exchange Executions
Jordan moved quickly to avenge the murder of Lt. Moaz al Kasasbeh whose execution by Islamic State was made public Tuesday. But the current cycle of violence and war in the Middle East, say observers, is deeply rooted in U.S. foreign policy decisions that reach back to U.S. invasion of Iraq and beyond.
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Historic’ Vote As Wales Joins Scotland in Saying No to Fracking
‘This is a clear statement that we want a frack-free Wales,’ says Welsh official.
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More fissures in this fracturing fairy tale


As a Veteran, I See ‘American Sniper’ as Dangerous, But Not for the Reasons You’d Think
by Brock McIntosh

*There are other, less forgiving, interpretations of Kyle’s motives and mentality, but McIntosh’s main thrust is undeniable.

Mass culture reinforces the myths of political culture, telling the stories that infuse those myths with emotional and spiritual weight.

The myths are sold

And reality pays the price.


Friends of the Earth
Energy Department Dispels Myth of ‘Clean Coal’

*The coal hard facts


The Real News Network
Syriza Needs Alliance Against German “Beggar Thy Neighbor” Policies
Economist Heiner Flassbeck tells Paul Jay that Germany has violated EU agreements and Syriza should focus on creating an alliance with Italy, Spain and France to oppose policies that are driving Europe into a deeper recession


How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (2/3)
Author Charlie Cobb discusses how famed activist Ella Baker inspired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s grassroots structure, as well as the little-known story of armed self-defense during the Civil Rights movement

*True leaders don’t have followers

They have fellow travelers


TRNN Replay: The Rise of the Big Banks – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (3/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas says that large-scale industrialization created the need for massive amounts of capital and big banks, a process that developed an aggressive global capitalism


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Stopping ISIS * Saudi Backing Al-Qaeda * Carter and Accelerating U.S. Nuke Spending


Democracy Now!
Dean Baker: New Leftist Greek Leaders Being “Very Smart” to Challenge German-Imposed Austerity


Johann Hari: Everything We Know About the Drug War & Addiction is Wrong

*If we want to end the scourge of addiction, we have to defeat the deadliest one of all

To wealth and power.


Are Probiotic Dietary Supplements Worth Taking?
Here’s our guide
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



In Stand for People and Planet Over Profit, Green Groups Back Oil Worker Strike
Oil refinery workers on the ‘front lines’ of protecting communities from fossil fuel hazards stage biggest industry work stoppage in 30 years
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Canada ‘Can’t Hide’ From Climate Impacts of Energy East Pipeline, Groups Say
‘Either include climate impacts and community voices in review, or lose all credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the Canadian people.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Center for Reproductive Rights
Obama Budget Continues Discriminatory Abortion Coverage Restrictions for Low-Income Women, But Would Restore Limited Coverage for D.C. Women


The Real News Network
How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible (1/3)
To mark Black History Month, TRNN’s Eddie Conway interviews Charlie Cobb, author of the book “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed,” who says he dropped out of Howard University to become active in the Civil Rights Movement

*Cobb makes the case plain, to my mind.

When faced with violence, you have a right to defend yourself and others. Force must be employed in a disciplined, principled manner, but there’s no moral obligation to forswear its use under such circumstances.

Those who choose non violence are indeed brave, and I admire their courage. But I don’t consider them any more righteous than those who decide differently in the name of self defense.

It’s a fearsome choice

But we live in a fearsome world.


Top Three Things to Know About Obama’s Proposed Corporate Off-Shore Profits Tax
Economist James Henry says Obama’s proposed 14 percent mandatory tax fails to shutdown tax dodging schemes and creates incentives for more tax dodging


Finance Minister of Greece Offers Debt Swap Options to the Europeans
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi wants to commit Greece to an austerity program but he is dealing with a game theorist, says Dimitri Lascaris


Militant Islam as an Instrument of Saudi-Pakistan-US Policy
Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that the fulcrum of U.S. military policies in the region is at one end Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the other is Pakistan – ISIS is a product of the failed policies of this alliance


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Military Budget * Ukraine Disaster


Pope Declares Oscar Romero a “Martyr”

*”[B]linded by … anti-communism” … ?

Blinded by greed and power.

The church has always been allied with the ruling class, now represented by capitalism, and has benefited handsomely from it.

Liberation theology was a threat to that relationship, and had to be crushed.

Francis was, at best, a Pontius Pilate in the play, standing by while the regimes the church blessed imprisoned, tortured and murdered those who took the Golden Rule to heart.

This PR ploy does nothing to absolve him of that sin.


Muslims Are Nazis, USA Today Jokes
by Jim Naureckas

*Wanna bet Boehner has that framed as a welcome gift for Bibi?

“They did the Monster Mash … “


‘Venezuelan Bomb Plot’ a Figment of FBI’s–and US Media’s–Imagination
by Jim Naureckas

*Blowin’ the truth up real good


Centrist Anxiety at the New York Times
by Jim Naureckas

*I’m hearing some paranoia from the “center” here

And I hope to hell it’s well founded.

But it shouldn’t be directed at the likes of Warren and Sanders, or any other “progressive” politician, who may be better than your typical Democratic Janus, but who, like their icon FDR, are dedicated to saving capitalism from itself.

As for saving anything else

Ask the folks in Gaza about their voting record.


Democracy Now!
Is Ukraine a Proxy Western-Russia War? U.S. Weighs Arming Kiev as Violence Soars


The New Arab Cold War: U.S. Policy Sows Conflict, Unrest Across the Middle East and North Africa


Watch Out for These Poor-Quality, Fraudulent Herbal Dietary Supplements
Are your supplements what they claim to be?
David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*”[Need] to keep costs down” … ?

Not unless you’re saying that they “need” to commit fraud to do so.

It’s a choice, with consequences beyond their bottom line

Into our bodies.



As California Water Resources Dwindle, New Fears Over Drilling Waste Contamination
Situation described as ‘unfolding catastrophe’ as investigation finds oil drilling companies injected untold amounts of waste into protected groundwater reserves
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Syriza Official Vows to Kill EU-US Trade Deal as ‘Gift to All European People’
Threat comes amid continued grassroots opposition to proposed trade deal
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Yet Another Toxic Consequence of Oil Spills: Arsenic Contamination
Discovery of elevated arsenic levels in groundwater is ‘significant public health concern,’ researchers warn
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The poison in the junkie’s veins


Malcolm X Was Right About America
by Chris Hedges


The World Social Forum: Building Alternative Forms of Globalization
by Thomas Ponniah


Chicago For Sale
by Paul Buchheit


Food & Water Watch
Food and Water Protections Weakened Under President’s 2016 Budget


The Real News Network
Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall (2/4)
In Part Two of the Police Violence and Militarization Town Hall discussion hosted by South Organizing Against Racism (SOAR), participants discuss whether the #Blacklivesmatter movement can pick up where the civil rights movement and black power movements left off


Can Fast Food Afford a $15 Minimum Wage Without Cutting Jobs?
Economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim says a $15 minimum wage would affect 3.8 million workers and cost $30.7 billion, but would reduce turnover and spur economic growth

*Isn’t the effect of turnover one reason businesses are “droning” their jobs – deskilling them so that experience isn’t terribly important? Of course, it also makes the threat of losing a job that much more of a reality, if your boss can fire you and replace you with someone who doesn’t need much in the way of training.

But to the larger subject, there’s an inherent contradiction in the need for a harmful industry to do well in order for workers to receive a higher wage, don’t you think?

Whether it’s fossil fuels or fast food, the damage done to the greater society has to be factored in. I can’t say “Hooray!” for an expansion of McDonald’s bottom line, no matter how much I’d like for its workers to be paid a living wage.

As long as these industries exist, workers should get the pay and benefits they deserve, but we have to address the conundrum of the poison their products represent, and focus on ways to transition folks into jobs that actually benefit society.


TRNN Replay: Growing Up in the Greek Police State – Costas Lapavitsas on Reality Asserts Itself (1/8)
Mr. Lapavitsas, author of ‘How Finance Exploits Us All’, traces his own political development, coming of age during the Greek dictatorship


Netanyahu and Boehner Tag-Teaming on Iran Could Backfire On Both of Them
Professor Vijay Prashad says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a high risk gambler whose relationship with the Obama administration has hit rock bottom


Iraq Prepares Austerity Budget
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri says Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is planning to cut social sector employment as collapsing oil prices, corruption, and the anti-ISIS campaign will leave the government short on revenue


The Story Behind Keystone XL Pipeline Amendments
Food & Water Watch’s Sam Schabacker and journalist Steve Horn discuss the interests behind the amendments and discuss how another Enbridge pipeline is being planned under the radar

*So, should Dear Misleader make the political calculation to veto Keystone XL, how many of the big greens will rush to buss his bum, while the poison is poised to course via other veins?

Another case of closing the blinds on the big picture window …


Institute for Public Accuracy
Problems with “One-Time” Tax on Overseas Corporate Profits


Democracy Now!
After Historic Victory, Greece’s Leftist Syriza Party Begins Mandate Against “Vicious” Austerity

*Since fearmongering didn’t work, don’t you think the next ploy will be cooption?

Keep a close eye on how that plays out. History implores us to make Syriza earn the benefit of the doubt.


Amid Violence Against Journalists Worldwide, Egypt Releases 1 of 3 Jailed Al Jazeera Reporters


Dave Zirin on NFL Season’s Lowlights: Domestic Abuse, Concussions and Seahawks’ Super Bowl Screw-Up



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