August 2015


New Nationwide Push to Keep GE Salmon Out of Waters, Off of Shelves
Week of action targets Costco, one of the largest seafood retailers in the country
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Great Unraveling
by Chris Hedges

*Shall we embrace our humanity

Or entomb it?

How Extreme Energy Leads to Extreme Politics
Authorities in Argentina and beyond are cracking down on indigenous communities that protest resource extraction — while re-writing laws to promote fossil fuels.
by Aldo Orellana López and Sian Cowman

No Time for Women’s Health in an Age of Austerity
by Elizabeth Renzetti

Hedge Funds Attack Baltimore
by Hedge Clippers

*Vampire rats

Why the Iran nuclear deal is essential
by Vijay Prashad

*This is important to read as one defense of the deal not tainted by ignorant or wilful misconceptions about the need to “stop” Iran from getting “the bomb”.

Jail to Explain Tomorrow How it will Hang Disabled Prisoner

*When it comes to human depravity as practiced by those in power, the use of the term “unusual” seems misplaced

The Real News Network
India’s Economy Can Grow Without Increasing Carbon Emissions
Shouvik Chakraborty discusses how India can maintain healthy economic growth while reducing unemployment, generating more jobs, improving public health, and lowering CO2 emissions

Extraordinary Brutality Inflicted on Civilians in Yemen
As Saudi ground troops enter Northern Yemen with US backing, Amnesty International charges Saudis with alleged war crimes

As Legal Proceedings Commence in Gray Case, Feds Probe Past Police Killings
Top civil rights attorney says he has turned over records from past wrongful death suits involving police to the Justice Department’s civil rights division

Pocomoke to Attorney General: Reason for Secret Meeting is Secret
The city says it cannot disclose why the council met without public notice to fire its first black chief

Mediterranean Refugee Crisis Escalating
As the UN announces that the number of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean this year exceeds 300,000, Vijay Prashad says the superpowers must move towards a ceasefire in Syria as soon as possible to stem the tide

As Trial Approaches, What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray’s Killing?
TRNN visits Penn & North, a short distance from where Freddie Gray lived and died, and this is what we witnessed

*Policing will change only when its purpose changes

Who “Recovered” in Post-Katrina New Orleans?
Author Gary Rivlin discusses how white homeowners disproportionately benefited from the multibillion federally funded Road Home program while working and middle class black families still await relief

Missing From Reports of Yemeni Carnage: Washington’s Responsibility
by Jim Naureckas

*A simple task to keep your hands clean

When the corpress provides the sanitizer

Democracy Now!
Preserving Borders vs. Preserving People: Death Toll Rises as Refugees Head to Europe Seeking Safety

As Al Jazeera Journalists Are Jailed for 3 Years in Egypt, Will U.S. Stop “Cozying Up” to Regime?

Saving a friend’s home/moving
Please help this activist out any way you can
by Concerned Friend

Mercy for Animals
Stop Torturing Chickens for McNuggets
WORSE THAN PINK SLIME! Hidden-Camera Exposes Nasty Secret Behind McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets

Almond Milk — It’s Unlikely Cancer Causing Ingredient
by Dr. David Jockers

Why Whit​e​ Vinegar is on the Blacklist
by Leanne Ely


Cover Up? TTIP Negotiators Outed for Secret Talks With Big Tobacco About [Redacted]
Forced by freedom of information request, officials release documents scrubbed of all content and names
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Smoke’s screen

Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis
by Jeff Biggers

The Katrina Oil Spill Disaster: A Harbinger for the Atlantic Coast?
by Sue Sturgis

*Oil and water do mix

A dressing of death and destruction

The Real News Network
Members of Syriza’s Central Committee Defecting to Popular Unity
Dimitri Lascaris also discusses the significance of bailout critic Vassiliki Thanou serving as the first female Prime Minister in the interim Greek government

Bullock Trial Begins Friday
18-year-old Allen Bullock broke a police car window during the Baltimore uprisings. Having turned himself in, he faces life in prison and a bail that is higher than those set for the six police officers charged in the killing of Freddie Gray

Sanders Lead: Why is He Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?
RootsAction.Org’s Jeff Cohen says Bernie Sanders cannot just denounce corporate power without denouncing militarism

*Cohen’s whistling past the graveyard, or whatever the appropriate metaphor is for wilfully ignoring reality. For one, to call Sanders a “socialist” is nonsense, if you define that term as someone who is committed to replacing a system based on profit, not simply making it “fairer”.

For another, there’s no mention of his unswerving support for apartheid and oppression as practiced by the state of Israel. You’d have to ask Ball why he didn’t bring up the matter.

Is he better than Clinton or O’Malley or Webb or Biden or whoever else decides to run for the nomination?

That’s an awfully low bar to clear, isn’t it?

I’m imploring you to just keep your eyes open, for somebody’s god’s sake, and your focus on principle, not personage.


Katrina’s ‘Golden Opportunity’: 10 Years of Corporate Media Celebrating Disaster
by Adam Johnson

*”Disaster capitalism” is the ultimate anti oxymoron

FAIR CounterSpin
‘Corporate Media Really Want to Be Able to Say the Story Is Over’
CounterSpin interviews with Rosa Brooks, Colette Pichon Battle, A.C. Thompson and Jordan Flaherty on Katrina’s 10 years of media neglect
by Janine Jackson

*Don’t ask

Don’t tell

Don’t care

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama in Alaska: PR to “Greenwash his Climate Legacy”?

*The title is a rhetorical question, if ever there was.

And Steiner’s definition of “good” varies dramatically from mine.

Democracy Now!
Shock Doctrine: A Look at the Mass Privatization of NOLA Schools in Storm’s Wake & Its Effects Today

New Orleans Actor & Activist Wendell Pierce on the “Greatest Crime” in Wake of Hurricane Katrina

“George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People”: Reflections on Kanye West’s Criticism 10 Years After

A Quick History of The Omniheart Diet
The Omniheart diet has come a long way since the first study. Here is where it began.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

The 8 Best Alcohol Options When Dieting
by Leanne Ely

Are You Wasting Your Money On
Green Superfood Powders?
Discover 3 “Cover Ups” Green Superfood
Companies Use to Fool You
by Yuri Elkaim

*I’ve used Elkaim’s powder, and it did lower my pH level and didn’t taste terrible, although far from “great”. It may be the “best tasting” greens powder, but consider the competition.

I’d likely have continued with it, but the price is beyond my meager budget.


Striking Fear Into Corporate Hearts, Labor Board Hands Big Win to Workers
‘Employers will no longer be able to shift responsibility for their workers and hide behind loopholes to prevent workers from organizing,’ say Teamsters
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

WTO Ruling Against India’s Solar Push Threatens Climate, Clean Energy
“The U.S. should be applauding India’s efforts to scale up solar energy—not turning to the WTO to strike the program down.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

When It Comes to Global Arms Control, US May Not Get Customary Veto Power
Conference on the global regulation of conventional weapons announces decisions to be made by majority vote
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Alarm Sounded as TransCanada Set to Drill in Bay of Fundy
‘No consent for Energy East’: New Brunswick groups say they weren’t consulted or warned
by Derrick O’Keefe

New Study Reveals Yet More Risks to Bees from Controversial Pesticides
‘The evidence of harm is clear,’ says environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Rewriting the Human Story
by Robert C. Koehler

New Orleans’ Deadly Floodwaters: Now From Gentrification
by Laura Flanders

*No saints marching in the halls of government and commerce in this land of demolished dreams

Civil Legal Aid Must Play a Larger Role in Disaster Recovery
by Laura Tuggle

‘Islamic State’ Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya
by Ramzy Baroud

The Real News Network
What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?
Economist Gerard Dumenil argues the Eurozone will face minimal impact and its leaders are already preparing for a possible Grexit

Katrina Victims: Relocated or Forced into Exile?
Black Agenda Report Executive Editor Glen Ford says The New Yorker is marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by attempting to show the benefits of relocating black communities, but it’s not simply a matter of “starting over”

Five Years Later, Canadian Officer Convicted for 1,000+ Mass G-20 Arrests
Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Laura Berger and TRNN’s former video journalist Jesse Freeston discuss the police’s motivations behind mass arrests and the legacy of the G-20 in current policing practices

International Law and “The Responsibility to Protect” – Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself pt4
TRNN Replay: In the final segment of Paul Jay’s interview with Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself, the subject is the undermining of international law and military interventions in the name of human rights

Institute for Public Accuracy
Cooking the Books: The Danger of Bad Intel on “Islamic State”

Bernie Sanders Gets Petition: 25,000 Push on Foreign Policy

*Plenty of “blind spots” to go around here.

See Husseini’s salient critique for one example of why that’s the case.

FAIR CounterSpin
‘People With Disabilities Are Telling Their Own Stories’
CounterSpin interview with Beth Haller on disability rights
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Guatemala President Faces Arrest as Business Interests and U.S. Scramble to Contain Uprising

New Orleans After Katrina: Inequality Soars as Poor Continue to Be Left Behind in City’s “Recovery”

If You are Poor, It’s Like the Hurricane Just Happened: Malik Rahim on Katrina 10 Years After

The Alkaline Life Saver?
by Leanne Ely

Is There a Good Way to Exercise to Reduce Diabetes Risks?
How can I exercise to reduce diabetes risks? It’s not as difficult or time-consuming as you might think.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


‘Significant Design Vulnerabilities’ Plague Massive Nuclear Waste Site, Leaked Internal Review Reveals
‘The fact that the Department of Energy has not released this report, prepared last year, is alarming and indicative of a safety-last culture.’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Breaking from Abbott and Fossil Fuel Titan, Australian Coal Port Votes to Divest
City council for the world’s largest coal export community says ‘writing on the wall’ for fossil fuel industry
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

How Low Can It Go? Collapsing Crude in Canada’s Election Season
by Hannah McKinnon

Josh Duggar-led Group Funded via Koch Brothers Freedom Partners Operation
by Lisa Graves


*Temporary employees

Permanent exploitation

The Real News Network
Why is Saudi Arabia Now Supporting the Iran Deal?
Over the past few weeks, the Saudi royal family seems to have warmed up to an agreement it used to strongly oppose

The PLO’s “Game of Musical Chairs”
Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada discusses the recent resignations from the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee

The Sky Is Not Falling? China’s Stock Market Impact
Economist James Henry discusses China and its impact on global markets

The Bottom Line: Foods with Trans Fat are Lingering
Foods with trans fat are finally on the way out, but the food industry is working to keep this deadly ingredient in foods
by Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action


Answering ‘Resistance From All Sides,’ Germany Moves to Ban GMO Crops
Following Scotland’s lead, Germany becomes latest in EU to pursue opt-out clause in GMO rules
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Anti-Tar Sands Activists Take Pipeline Opposition to John Kerry’s Front Door
‘This illegal deal zigzags the oil across the international border on a different pipeline,’ environmental groups say of Alberta Clipper project
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘A Fresh Start’: Ferguson to Withdraw Thousands of Arrest Warrants
Scrutiny placed on Ferguson’s courts and law enforcement agencies revealed endemic racism coursing throughout the criminal justice system
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trump’s Medicine Show – An email to Autoworkers
by Frank Hammer

Under Threat of Lawsuit, Catholic Hospital Approves Previously Denied Health Care for Pregnant Woman
With Growth of Catholic Hospital System, Women’s Health Put at Risk by Religious Directives

The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: State Violence and Counter Violence
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway and former member of the Black Liberation Army Ojore Lutalo to discuss their roles in the radical movements in the 1960s and early 1970s and the state violence used to crush them

*The use of violence to defend ourselves shouldn’t be condemned or romanticized. It is a tool, a tactic, that must be employed with great care, discipline and principle, with the fearsome understanding of the great difficulty inherent in doing so.

But we have the unassailable right to use force to protect ourselves and others.

Nonviolence is a tactic, as well, but that is all it is. The preference is to avoid bloodshed if at all possible. Our humanity compels us to choose that default setting.

Against this foe, however, we have to fight back by any means necessary, as the man said, always on guard that we do not become what we despise in the process.

Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash
Michael Hudson, the author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy, says the stock market crash on Monday has very little to do with China and all to do with shortermism and buybacks of corporations inflating their own stocks

Institute for Public Accuracy
New Orleans: Recovery or Removal?

Media and Nuclear Deal Opponents Continue to Spread Debunked Myth Iran Will Monitor Itself
by Ben Norton

*”AP is one of the most well-respected sources of journalism in the world” … ?

I realize they’ve done some solid investigative reporting, but they’re daily output is putrid, judging by what I see every day in my local rag, the Walker … er … Wisconsin State Journal, where it comprises around 95% of the outside front section news content.

A helluva lot more Hyde than Jekyll, from my perspective.

Democracy Now!
As Peace Talks Collapse in South Sudan, Film Shows “Pathology of Colonialism” Tearing Apart Nation

Hip-Hop Legend Boots Riley on #BlackLivesMatter & How His Cousin Was Accused of Shooting a Cop


Cutting Tropical Deforestation is Key to Curbing Climate Change, And It’s Cheap
New studies shows how easy it could be to curb one driving force of climate change, and the devastating consequences if we don’t
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Not seeing the forest

For the greed

The Evidence Keeps Pouring In: Capitalism Just Isn’t Working
by Paul Buchheit

How the Harper Government has Helped Mining Companies Plunder Africa
Public money has subsidized Canadian extraction across the continent
by Yves Engler

What Climate Justice Means to Me
by Ruth Breech

80,000 in United Kingdom Demand Netanyahu Arrest
by Ali Abunimah

Eulogy for a Friend
by Chris Hedges

*Our worth is measured by caring

Not currency

Greece: “Popular Unity” is born!
by Stathis Kouvelakis

Anti-Hillary: Across the Spectrum
by Andrew Levine

Council on American-Islamic Relations
CAIR Asks FBI to Probe Vandalism Targeting Nebraska Mosque

Amnesty International
Greece: Chaos and Squalid Conditions Face Record Number of Refugees on Lesvos

The Real News Network
Sanders: Great White Hope or Hype?
Paul Street says Bernie Sanders is a non-option for Black or progressive America

*Why is it that we seem to place so much faith in the latest “godsend”

(Remember “Hope and Change”?)

And so little in ourselves?

Decades of Relentless Austerity in Canada Could Defeat the Conservatives
Nora Loreto, the author of From Demonized to Organized: Building the New Union Movement, and Dru Oja Jay of Unite Against Austerity Campaign discuss how an anti-austerity platform could make a difference in the upcoming Canadian elections

Chicago Parents Launch Hunger-Strike for Community Input in School’s Future
Chicago parent-activist Jitu Brown and professor Pauline Lipman say the fight for community input into the future of Dyett High School mirrors those happening across Chicago and the country

Amazon – Stop Selling RooshV (Daryush Valizadeh) Rape Books
by Caroline Charles

Rise Up Georgia
Tell Coke to stop bankrolling hate

*Remember “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” … ?

The poison it profits from supports the poison it promotes

Institute for Public Accuracy
What Do Iranian Jews Say About the Nuclear Accord?

The Stock Market Is Not the Economy
by Dean Baker

LA Times’ ‘Independent’ Education Project Bankrolled by Charter School Backers
by Molly Knefel

Democracy Now!
Sarah Shourd, Hiker Jailed in Iran, Says Nuclear Deal Could Lead to Release of Detained Americans

*How many right wing outlets was Garrett channeling with the phrasing of that question to Dear Misleader?

“Opening the Box”: After Being Jailed in Iran, Sarah Shourd Examines Solitary Confinement in U.S.

Facebook Accused of Censoring Hundreds of Prisoners by Purging Profile Pages Without Cause

In Guatemala, Protests Threaten to Unseat President, a U.S.-Backed General Implicated in Mass Murder

*Please recall that the church hierarchy lent crucial legitimacy to these blood soaked Latin America dictatorships.

Anything it does in the present is nothing more than PR.

Beware of These Effects of Caffeine on the Body
Like any drug, the effects of caffeine on the body are not wholly good or bad. Here are the facts.
David Schardt
Nutrition Action

The Truth About Your Garlic Supplement
Is garlic cholesterol’s natural enemy? This definitive study of garlic sandwiches and garlic pills says no way.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Armed With ‘Advanced Killing Technology,’ Humans Act as Planet’s ‘Super-Predators’
‘Transformation requires imposing limits of humanity’s own design’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

With Corbyn at Helm, Labour Party Would Apologize for Iraq War
Under his leadership, he says the party ‘will never make the same mistake again, will never flout the United Nations and international law’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I don’t want apology

I want penology

I Learned More By Leading a Student Debt Strike Than I Did At College
After graduating from Everest College with a bad education and no job prospects in sight, I refused to pay my student loans. Now I’m helping lead the first student debt strike in America.
by Nathan Hornes

The Dystopian Danger of Police Body Cameras
by Rachel Levinson-Waldman

Obama Administration Supports Privacy-Invasive “Cybersecurity” Bill
by Mark Jaycox

ACLU and SPLC: Private Youth Prison in Palm Beach County Must Be Replaced with Sensible Solutions for Youth

National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
In Effort to Stifle Dissent, St. Louis County Charges At Least 100 Protesters One Year Later
Legal coalition condemns recent move after multiple jurisdictions chose not to charge activists

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Home Care Workers’ Fight for $15 Gains Momentum with Obama Administration Win On Wage, Overtime Protections
More than 2 million home care workers ‘invisible no more’

First Nation Launches Solar Project In the Heart of the Oil Sands

The Real News Network
Typhoid Outbreak Latest Catastrophe for Palestinian in Besieged Yarmouk Refugee Camp
Independent journalist Patrick Strickland says the international community is failing its duty to protect civilians displaced in the ongoing Syrian civil war

Clinton Takes Soft Swipe at “Shortermism”
Gerald Epstein of PERI, U. Mass. Amherst, argues that Clinton does not go far enough by just calling for transparency in “shortermism” because buybacks of corporate stocks should be made illegal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras Tenders His Resignation
Reporting from Greece, Dimitri Lascaris explains the constitutionality of the move and weighs in on the calculation to hold another general election on September 20th

*I said a while back that time will tell as to just what Tspiras’ and his allies’ intentions are.

At this point, I’d say time is screaming its fucking head off.

Public Citizen
Stand Up for Senior Rights
Sign the Petition to Stop Nursing Homes from Using Forced Arbitration to Deny Residents Rights

Petitioning Nick Coe CEO Bath & Body Works
Stop Dumping and Start Donating
by Samantha Heard

Democracy Now!
Greek PM Tsipras Resigns, Calls for New Election as Left Wing of Syriza Splits to Form New Party

Salt in Soup Gives You More Than Flavor
Why is there so much salt in soup and other canned goods? The reasons may not be worth the risk.
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Executive in WV Spill Pleads Guilty, Gets His Bentley and Millions Back
Former Freedom Industries president Gary Southern also faces up to three years in prison for role in massive 2014 chemical leak
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It depends on the size of the check, and of course the two aren’t mutually exclusive, are they?

As Fight Goes Global, McDonald’s Under Fire for ‘Low Road’ Business Model
Brazil hearing marks ‘major escalation of the global effort to hold McDonald’s accountable for its mistreatment of workers and bad corporate citizenship’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Rogue States and Nuclear Dangers
Dissecting the “Iranian Threat”: Who Is the Gravest Danger to World Peace?
by Noam Chomsky

*The boiling bombast of the blackest pot

Our Perceptions About the “Unworthy Poor” Haven’t Changed
by Serena Rice

*There’s precious little opprobrium for the “undeserving rich”, isn’t there just?

Environmental Working Group
Tiny Concentrations of Teflon Chemical Harmful to Public Health

*If we want our waters restored without delay, make these murderers drink from their own poisoned chalice.

“Lickety split” wouldn’t begin to describe the alacrity.

The Real News Network
Former IAEA Inspector: Iranian “Self-Inspection” Won’t Undermine Deal
Robert Kelley says the entire process will remain under IAEA supervision

*”AP” might not be an acronym for “Abject Propaganda”

But it would be an eminently appropriate one.

In Confronting Hillary, Did Black Lives Matter Miss Opportunity to Make Demands?
Adam Jackson and Dayvon Love of Baltimore’s Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle discuss the recent exchange between Black Lives Matter activists and Hillary Clinton

Black Scholars and Activists Renew Palestinian Solidarity
Activist and journalist Kristien Bailey discusses a new letter signed by more than 1000 to support Palestinian liberation

Baltimore Mothers Accused of Lead Poisoning Their Own Children
Author and economist Bill Black discusses claims of a Maryland official that Baltimore mothers might poison their own children for free housing and money

*Talk about mother fuckers

Fight for $15
Is McDonald’s breaking the LAW?

*Let’s not forget the poison pumped into its customers.

Fast food, like fossil fuels, needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history, and the folks working in it transitioned to jobs that foster their and everyone else’s health and well being.

Nothing to See Here: WaPo Pooh-Poohs Sanders’ Surging Crowds
by Michael Tkaczevski

*You play a major role in whether a candidate or idea is “viable”

Then proceed to “analyze” same.

Welcome to the corpress circle game.

Giving War a Chance
Peace is almost always an alternative—but you won’t hear that from US politicians or news media
by John C. O’Day

*For most Yanks, war is a video game

Where no real blood spatters the screen

Institute for Public Accuracy
Greece Elections: Why Now?

Democracy Now!
The Beat Up Squad: NY Prison Guards Accused of Brutally Killing Prisoner & Covering Up Death

After NY Prison Escape, Other Inmates Faced Beatings, Solitary Confinement, Threats of Waterboarding

Paleo versus Primal. What’s the difference?
by Leanne Ely


Notorious Insecticides Found in Half of Sampled Streams in US
‘Neonics’ have been linked to decline in bee populations
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Conflict Mineral Ruling ‘Sets Dangerous Precedent’ on Corporate Personhood
‘A corporation is hiding behind the First Amendment to avoid accountability for their actions, and the Court has ruled their right to secrecy is more important than the public’s right to know.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Greece for Sale: First Wave of Privatization Begins with Airport Buyout
‘The purpose of the bailout has little to do with repaying debt and everything to do with creating a corporate paradise in the Mediterranean.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Shutting Down a Coal Mine on the Road to Paris
by Morten Thaysen

Defying Saudis and Iran: Muslim Thinkers Call for Action on Climate Change
by Juan Cole

Public Citizen
FDA’s Big Mistake: Expect Flibanserin to Be Pulled From the Market in a Few Years

The Real News Network
“Racism Still Lives Here” Banner Raised to Mark Mike Brown’s Killing
Activists Quintin Savage and Elizabeth Vega say racism continues to destroy Black Lives a year after Mike Brown’s killing and a 160 years after a St. Louis Court ruled Dred Scott was property, not a person

Compton, Comcast and Commercialism: NWA, Hip-Hop and Rape Culture
Author Sikivu Hutchinson discusses the new film Straight Outta Compton

“Failure Factories”: How a Florida School District Wrecked Schools for Black Students
Tampa Bay Times investigative reporter Michael LaForgia discusses how after re-segregation, wealthy and majority-white Pinellas County became the worst place for Black students to attend public school in Florida

Pocomoke Councilwoman Gives Inside Story of How City’s First Black Chief was Fired
During unannounced, secret meetings with the mayor, the council’s only black member was pressured to support the dismissal of Kelvin Sewell despite what she says was lack of evidence

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Welfare Reform” Entering 20th Year of Ensuring Poverty?

*Anyone with any illusions as to the beneficence of Al Gore should examine the accompanying photo closely.

Loss of Manufacturing Jobs Isn’t ‘Tectonic’–It’s a Policy Choice
by Dean Baker

Democracy Now!
“Privileged Bloodlines”: Is Trump’s Stance Against Birthright Citizenship Setting Tone for GOP?

David Cay Johnston: 21 Questions for Trump on Kickbacks, Busting Unions, the Mob & Corporate Welfare


Newly Exposed Methane Threat Trumps Latest ‘False Solution’ on Emissions
Previously overlooked natural gas gathering facilities spewing as much methane as 37 coal-fired power plants
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Artificial “reform”

From natural gas bags

‘Out of Step’: Investigation Uncovers Striking Paid Leave Divide in US
In post-recession US, nearly a quarter of women surveyed went back to work within two weeks after giving birth
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Tony Abbott and Co. Declare War on ‘Vigilante’ Green Groups
Australian Conservation Society says the political maneuver is ‘nothing short of an attempt to strip communities of their right to a healthy environment’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Unoriginal, but apt

“If you can’t beat ’em

Enjoin ’em”

Gazans March for Dignity as UN Funds Dwindle and Schools Shutter
UN aid agency’s decision to reduce services amid humanitarian crisis called “unacceptable” and “catastrophic”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

World’s Nuclear Facilities Vulnerable to Cyber-Attacks
Stuxnet, the computer virus introduced into the Iranian nuclear program by Israel and the US has now escaped into other countries
by Thalif Deen
IPS News

Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us—Revisited
by Ralph Nader

*Artificial intelligence is the reason we’re gazing into the abyss from any number of angles

Grassroots Pressure Escalates to Shut Down Diablo Canyon Nuke Plant
by Harvey Wasserman

TPP’s Copyright Term Extension Isn’t Made for Artists—It’s Made By and For Big Content Companies
by Andrew Hunter

Time to Work Out a Plan C for Greece
What Greece desperately needs now, explains Georgiadi, “is a plan of solidarity, collaboration and resilience.”
by Pavlos Georgiadis

A Win for Pittsburgh Public Transit
by Paul Le Blanc and Jonah McAllister-Erickson

*The irony of fighting to be taken for a ride

Propaganda, Intelligence and MH-17
by Ray McGovern

Worldwatch Institute
Overfishing and Climate Change, Combined, Intensify Ocean Threats
Millions of people and billions of dollars depend on healthy oceans, but human actions create complex interactions that endanger oceans

The Real News Network
The Long Distance Revolutionary – Chris Hedges
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with the People’s Organization for Progress founder Larry Hamm to dissect periods of American resistance and explain how shifts in the political climate shape community organizing

*No serious discussion of the future for this country, and the world, can occur without acknowledging the overarching impact of climate change, and how it has to be incorporated into any analysis of how we organize for a just society.

We’re at a point where dire outcomes are already occurring, and will get worse, even if we’re able to make profound changes in how we consume energy and natural resources. “Environmentalism” as practiced by the Sierras and 350s cannot – will not – go beyond woefully inadequate reforms.

The movement necessary to mitigate and adapt to the new normal, as well as fight for justice and dignity, must be holistic in both its recognition of how those struggles are inextricably intertwined, and in how it organizes among all segments of the exploited.

In truth, it may already be too late, but if we’re here for any particular purpose, I’d contend that it is to do right by each other as long as any of us are left to do so.

California Moves Towards Banning Grand Juries for Police Killings executive editor Glen Ford discusses the latest in banning the often-flawed grand jury process in police brutality cases

The Second Intifada Was Our Ferguson: Palestine and the Politics of Hip Hop
DAM rapper Tamer Nafar talks about how music showed him the connection between the Palestinian struggle and the Black American experience

Democracy Now!
As Chelsea Manning Speaks Out on Trans and Prison Issues, Authorities Threaten Her with Solitary

“A State of Emergency”: At Least 17 Transgender Women Have Been Murdered This Year


ACLU Threatens Action over McCarthy-Era Loyalty Oath for Teachers
Teachers required to inculcate students with ‘a love and devotion to the policies and institutions that have made America the finest country in the world in which to live’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Throughout the Country, Potential Black Jurors Face High Rejection Rates
In Louisiana’s Caddo Parish, attorneys rejected 46 percent of potential black jurors on arbitrary grounds, a trend which is reflected in nationwide statistics
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Absurd, Cowardly, and Morally Bankrupt NLRB Decision Against the Northwestern Football Union
The National Labor Relations Board may have ruled against the Northwestern football players’ efforts to organize, but this fight is far from over
by Dave Zirin

Prison Education Reduces Recidivism By Over 40 Percent. Why Aren’t We Funding More of It?
Giving prisoners access to financial aid for college tuition is the first step towards “de-carceration”
by Michelle Chen

Drug Policy Alliance
White House Opiate Overdose Program Announced Today is One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
Advocates: Public Health Goals Are Positive, But Overreliance on Law Enforcement Destined to Fail
Obama Administration Urged to Take More Meaningful Steps to Treat Drug Use as a Health Issue

The Real News Network
Greece Buying Israeli Drones Tested on Palestinians
Shir Hever says they will be used against refugees, asylum seekers approaching the Greek border, and on Greek citizens who are protesting government policy

Clinton Emails and The Privatization of Mexico’s State Owned Oil and Gas Company (2/2)
Steve Horn of discusses Hillary Clinton’s role in breaking up the state-owned oil and gas company Pemex as well as her climate track record in the context of her State Department tenure

Climate Change: Have We Reached the Point of No Return?
Dahr Jamail and Guy McPherson say according to many new studies and modelling, reversing climate change is a pipe dream, brace for impact and human extinction

*Even if there were a Planet B

You think the folks there would let us move in?

But if this is the way the world ends, let’s go out banging on the machine that’s taking us over the cliff

Rather than whimpering in self pity in the back seat.

Greek Bailout Approved in Parliament Causing a Rebellion in SYRIZA
Dimitri Lascaris Report: Tsipras is facing a no confidence vote, in the meantime the Eurogroup approves the deal

Institute for Public Accuracy
Chelsea Manning Facing Indefinite Solitary Confinement; Legal Team Cites “Harassment and Abuse”

AT&T WhistleBlower on Company’s Partnership with NSA

*”Your world. Delivered.”

Truth in advertising

How to Avoid Cancer Causing Plastics
by Ty Bollinger

*A perfidiously poisonous package deal

The Hidden Reasons for a non-GMO Diet
by Jeffrey M. Smith

*Bitter living through science

The CR Diet Truth: Will Calorie Restriction Prolong your Life?
A calorie restriction diet, or CR diet, may offer the benefit of a longer life, but is it worth it?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Sugar in Drinks May Be Good for Stress, But Bad For Everything Else
Is the natural sugar in drinks like fruit juice as bad as the sugar in a soda? The answer may surprise you.
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


US Consulate to Citizens: Stay Away From New Zealand TPP Protest
“This week’s national day of action, including in Auckland, will send a simple message to the government: now it the time to walk away from the negotiations.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Rights Campaigners and Doctors Face Off With Israel Over Force-Feeding
As Palestinian hunger striker Mohammad Allan falls unconscious, physicians and advocates say only way to save his life is to release him
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Government’s ‘Predictive Judgments’ Land Innocent Travelers on the No Fly List Without Meaningful Redress
by Hina Shamsi

*No trick to predicting future state transgressions, is there?

AIPAC: Headed for Defeat (But That’s Not Why It’s Bad for the Jews)
by Andrew Levine

Color of Change
Civil Rights Group Responds to DOJ investigation into Police Killing of Zacchary Hammond

The Real News Network
Multiple Scandals in Haiti Expose Weakness of Current Development Model
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux explores the root cause of the scandals involving USAID and the American Red Cross, and looks at whether there is a way to get donations directly to local communities with accountability

*Red Double Cross

Devaluation of the Chinese Yuan Sends Markets into Flux
Liberalization of the Chinese market place means less central government control over it, says Economist Zhun Xu

*We’re all neoliberals now

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Bombs from Turkey as Turkey Steps Up Attack on Kurds

Democracy Now!
U.S. Raises Flag in Cuba After 54 Years, Prisoner Exchanges and “Stork Diplomacy;” Embargo Remains

*You don’t have to believe that Cuba’s some sort of socialist paradise to have a sense of foreboding over just what “normalized relations” with the US will lead to, do you?

Mayhem didn’t work

So money gets its shot.

Britain Challenges Julian Assange’s Asylum in Ecuadorean Embassy as Sweden Vows to Continue Inquiry

Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement for Having Vanity Fair’s Caitlyn Jenner Issue in Her Cell


Renewable Energy: Why Emissions and the Economy Don’t Tell the Whole Story
by Tara Ritter

*The fine print

And the false promise

The Saudi Oil Price War Is Backfiring
by Gaurav Agnihotri

Organic Consumers Association
OCA Cites President Obama’s Executive Order on Preemption; Calls on the President to Veto the DARK Act
Leading Consumer Group Asks Obama to Honor Campaign Pledge to Label GMOs

The Real News Network
Cherry Hill: The “Model Negro Village”
Dr. Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University talks about their recently published report on the history, current state and proposed future of this legendary Baltimore community
Dr. Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University, continues his discussion of Cherry Hill by comparing and contrasting circumstances there and in Ferguson, MO which have led to very different responses to very similar conditions

How to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer through Exercise
The topic comes up a lot. You want to know how to reduce your risk of cancer. Even without specific answers, there is a lot we do know that will reduce the risk.
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Clinton Campaign Shuts Down Black Lives Matter Protest
After being given advanced warning of possible protest, a “respectful” closed-door meeting results instead
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This is becoming more Rashomon by the moment, isn’t it?

Harper Government Spent Millions to Push Tar Sands on First Nations
‘They seem to think that if they spend enough money, they can fool all of the people all of the time,’ said Greenpeace analyst
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Navajo Nation ‘Lifeline’ Under Threat from Toxic Mine Spill
As EPA Chief Gina McCarthy plans to tour affected communities, tribal leaders say they’ve been ignored by the Obama administration
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

To Become 21st Century City, Los Angeles Plan Aims To Curb Car Culture
“The car capital of America is officially changing its tune.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Get the GMO Out of My Mustard
Sarson Satyagraha to stop terminator technology
by Vandana Shiva

The Real News Network
Greek Bailout Goes to Servicing the Debt
Budget surplus targets were reduced, but this is no victory since it will be impossible to achieve and it will throw Greece into a perpetual depression, says Dimitri Lascaris

From Watts to Ferguson: 50 Years of Lessons (Not) Learned
Dr. Gerald Horne of the University of Houston and Makani Themba, executive director of the Praxis Project, discuss the history and continuing impact of the 1965 Watts rebellion

Jobs With Justice
Tell Google: Families need living wages!

Working Families
Netflix: Give all your workers unlimited paid family leave!

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton State Dept. Emails, Mexico Energy “Reform” and the Revolving Door

Democracy Now!
Artist Emily Jacir Brings the Palestinian Experience to the Venice Biennale

Artist Mariam Ghani, Daughter of Afghan President, Takes on U.S. Abuse from Guantánamo to Abu Ghraib

*You’d have thought Goodman might have asked Ghani about her father’s actions as president, and how they relate to the inhumanity she critiques in her art.

Well, *you* might have thought that …

As for that inhumanity, why Ghani purports that it was somehow not envisioned, let alone intended, by those making “the rules” is another question left unasked, isn’t it?

She clearly sees the intent of isolation in prison, so it’s a puzzling contradiction.

Trained Pigeons Challenged the Embargo Before U.S. Embassy was Set to Open in Havana, Cuba


Nutritionists Slam Coca-Cola Funded Scientists Over Deceptive Soda Message
“Just how dumb are you, average American?” writes Mark Morford. “If you’re the Coca-Cola company…the answer is: Very.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Hoping we’ll swallow anything

Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?
(Or What It Means When You Kill People On the Other Side of the Planet and No One Notices)
by Tom Engelhardt

Celebrity Activists Get It Wrong on Amnesty International’s Sex Work Policy
by Rebecca Hiscock

On Remorselessness
by Erica Etelson

*A conscience is a toxic asset

Pentagon War Manual Gives Military License To Target and Attack Journalists
by Kevin Gosztola

*Shoot first

No more questions to ask later

The Real News Network
Black Lives Do Matter But Do They Move?
Executive editors at Glen Ford and Bruce Dixon discuss the latest and potential future of Black Lives Matter

Greek Dockworkers Against the Troika
Dockworker and Union Leader, Giorgos Gogos, who is also a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, says the workers are very ready for the struggle against privatization and austerity in the Memorandum

Despite Violence, Low Voter Turnout Int’l Community Calls Haitian Elections Good Enough
Joining us from Haiti, CUNY’s Francois Pierre-Louis and CEPR’s Jake Johnston discuss why average Haitians are disillusioned with the electoral process and the international forces invested in its results

A Secret High Protein Source
by Leanne Ely

Do Probiotics Restore Digestive Balance?
Digestive balance may be a key to your overall good health
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Canadian Candidate States ‘Basic Scientific Fact’ About Tar Sands, All Hell Breaks Loose
Author, activist, and Toronto New Democratic Party candidate Linda McQuaig pilloried by conservatives and her own party after suggesting tar sands should be left ‘in the ground’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*If only the poison could be buried as deeply as the truth

Taking Firm Stance, Scotland Pushes GMO Ban
But government will permit genetic modification for scientific research
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Racialized Poverty in America has Nearly Doubled in 21st Century
New report finds mid-sized cities like Detroit and Milwaukee are ground zero for dramatic rise in segregation
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

5 Ways Congress Disposes of Poor Minorities
by Paul Buchheit

*The poor will always be with us

Until the wealthy aren’t

404 Error: Why Internet Access is Still a Problem for Many in Poverty
by Erin Simpson

Ten Years Later, the “Halliburton Loophole” and America’s Dirty Fracking Boom
by Wenonah Hauter

Evoking the Wrath of Nature
by Chris Hedges

Why the Police Killing of Football Player Christian Taylor Matters
Without the resilience of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the shooting of this unarmed black man would have gone unnoticed
by Dave Zirin

Tragedies of San Francisco’s Pier 14
by Susanne Jonas

Soft Power Dictatorships Versus A Soft and Hard Power Failing Imperial Democracy
by Edward Herman

The Republican Candidates Agree that the System is Rigged for the Rich
by William Black

The Real News Network
A Year of Uprisings, Then Murders?
Officials say homicides across the country are up because of guns, drugs and gangs, but the Real News spoke to people in Baltimore who say that the causes for violence run much deeper

Ex-Felons and Advocates Rally for Voting Rights
MD Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed an important piece of legislation that would have allowed for 40,000 of Maryland’s ex-felons to vote. Protestors talk to TRNN’s Eddie Conway about their efforts to overturn the decision.

Stop the cruel blood sport of Hog Dogging
by Jordan Cera

Institute for Public Accuracy
Chuck Schumer: “Friend Of Wall Street and War”

Democracy Now!
No More Torture: World’s Largest Group of Psychologists Bans Role in National Security Interrogations

Art & Protests at the Venice Biennale Highlight Labor Conditions, Climate Change and Austerity

*Art for our sake

Five Diet Rules to Live By
by Yuri Elkaim

Foods That Prevent Diabetes are Right in your Kitchen
Finding foods that prevent diabetes is easy once you know what to look for
Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Is Fiber Good For You?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Shell Cuts Off ALEC, But Greenpeace Says PR Stunt Won’t Save Arctic
Oil giant cuts ties with right-wing lobbying group, still plans to drill for oil in the Arctic
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

On Shooting the ‘War Thug’ Presidents in the (Paint) Balls
by Sam Husseini

Why We’re Losing the Planned Parenthood Debate, and How We Can Win
by Erin Matson and Pamela Merritt

How Pathetic! Why Donald Trump May be the Best Thing Going
by Andrew Levine

Exit the Euro? Polemic with Greek Economist Costas Lapavitsas
by Paula Bach

Global Oil Supply More Fragile Than You Think
by Nick Cunningham

The Real News Network
AKP Efforts to Undermine the HDP Will Worsen Kurdish Oppression
Baris Karaagac of Trent University says Erdogan’s presidential ambitions are coming in conflict with the political alternative offered by the pro-Kurdish HDP – and it could bring violence to Turkey not seen since the 1990s

The Winners & Losers in Iran Sanctions Relief
TRNN’s Jessica Desvarieux explores who’s racing to deal with Tehran as it prepares to open for business in the global marketplace

The @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign
Stop contributing to massive food waste in the US

Democracy Now!
James Risen: In Sharp Break from Past, APA Set to Vote on Barring Psychologists from Interrogations

Gitmo is a “Rights-Free Zone”: Dissident Psychologists Speak Out on APA Role in CIA-Pentagon Torture

First Republican Debate of 2016 Presidential Race Kicks Off on Fox News with Roger Ailes Favorites

*A reality show

That’s all too real

Breaking: APA Votes to Bar Psychologists from Nat’l Security Interrogations After Torture Scandal

*From the hypocritical

To the Hippocratic


Amid Planned Parenthood Hubbub, a Rallying Cry to the Pro-Choice Majority
‘We need to say that women have sex, have abortions, are at peace with the decision and move on with their lives,’ argues author Katha Pollit. ‘We need to say that is their right.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

In ‘Great Day for People Power,’ Welsh Town Council Rejects Open-Pit Coal Mine
Following a sustained community campaign, town representatives voted no to a new open-pit coal mine, defying company’s threats to sue
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*It’s not the pits

Russia Restakes Claim as Race for Arctic Resources Continues
‘The protection of the Arctic is a defining issue for our time’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Under the Mushroom Cloud—Nagasaki after Nuclear War
(or Entering the Nuclear Age, Body by Body)
by Susan Southard

Europe’s Big Banks Are Fueling the Continent’s Far-Right Fascists
Greece’s left-wing government stood up to their creditors, only to be politically executed. Is the far right set to pick up the mantle?
by Walden Bello

The Real News Network
Voting and Civil Rights Acts Won Not With Votes, But Through Struggle executive editor Glen Ford and founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation Eugene Puryear discuss the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

*Filling in the ovals is no substitute for filling up the streets

Is Netanyahu Fueling Anti-Semitism?
Shir Hever questions Netanyahu’s maneuvers and the effectiveness of his strategies in generating support for Israel in the United States and around the world

Youth Activists Consider the Role of Voting in Freedom Struggles
Student activist Makayla Gilliam-Price, Dayvon Love, Director of Public Policy for the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and community activist DeJuan Patterson discuss 50 years of voting rights

Reviving the Myth of the ‘Superpredator’
by Aaron Miguel Cantú

Democracy Now!
On Hiroshima Anniversary Peacemakers March on Los Alamos Nuclear Weapons Lab, Birthplace of Atomic Bomb


Black and White: Survey Reveals Huge Disparities in Assessing Police Violence
Nearly three-quarters of black respondents consider violence against civilians by law enforcement officers to be an extremely or very serious problem, while less than 20 percent of white people feel the same
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Left unmentioned is how corpress outlets like AP contribute to these delusional views among whites with their skewed reporting on incidents of police violence, the Sandra Bland case being a prime example.

As Anniversary Nears, Atomic Bomb Survivors Speak Out Against Nuclear Power
Those who experienced the horrors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki say they ‘must pass on what we know of the risks of nuclear energy to future generations.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Midst of Shutoffs, Protesters ‘Liberate’ Water from Detroit Mayor’s Mansion
‘Denying tens of thousands of people the right to water ought to be criminal. Doing it while living in a publicly-funded, city-owned mansion is just despicable.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Center for Biological Diversity
GAO Senate Testimony, Report Debunk Republican Criticism of Environmental Lawsuits
Trade, Industry Groups File 50 Percent More EPA Lawsuits Than Conservation Groups

The Real News Network
The Anti-Capitalist Greek Left Says No to Austerity and Bailouts (2/2)
Thanos Andritsos and Kostas Fourikos, members of the Greek anti-capitalist Left party ‘Antarsya’, explain how the radical left in Greece is building an alternative to austerity from the grassroots

Hip-Hop and Black August: A Brief History of Cultural Militancy
Journalist and historian Davey D discusses the particular role played by hip-hop in radical traditions of Black liberation

Dirty Truth About Obama’s Clean Power Plan
Daphne Wysham and Chris Williams unravel the contradictions in President Obama’s Clean Energy Plan and his “all of the above strategy” the last seven years that has been less than desirable in curbing catastrophic climate change

*Williams, and to a lesser extent, Wysham, provide much needed clarity here. McKibben and his ilk may kvetch about Dear Misleader’s “lack of ambition”, but they couch their entreaties (rather than demands) in appeals to his “legacy”, “urging” him to be more “proactive”

As the fucking planet melts down.

Oy gevalt …

And I thought Peries did a pretty good Amy Goodman imitation, don’t you?

(And I don’t mean that as a compliment.)

From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much – Thomas Drake on RAI (4/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Drake tells Host Paul Jay that mass surveillance is not about protecting people, in the end it’s about social control

*Wealth and power are inseparable. One can’t exist without the other.

The Global African: Addressing Race & Mediterranean Refugee Crisis
TeleSUR’s The Global African explores the politics of class and race, and examines the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean

Public Citizen
Corporate Recklessness Exposes Families to Lead
Tell the EPA: Stand Up to the Landlord Responsible for Property Where Residents Were Exposed to High Levels of Lead Dust

Add graphic environmental warning labels to single-use plastic water bottles
by Trey Highton

Democracy Now!
Juan González: Puerto Rico’s Economic “Death Spiral” Tied to Legacy of Colonialism

Ari Berman: Virtually Every GOP Candidate Has Been on Wrong Side of Voting Rights Issues

*The lip service paid to voting rights by Democrats underlines their complicity, don’t you think?

Even when it’s in their own interest to defend and expand the franchise, their fealty to those who hold true power takes precedence.

Truths About the Benefits of Green Tea
You’ve heard about the benefits of green tea, but is it much ado about nothing?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


State Dept. Accused of Watering Down Human Rights Ratings to Advance Obama Trade Agenda
Reuters investigation shows American diplomats played politics with annual human trafficking report
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Fight Against ‘Big Brother’ Heats Up as CISA Bill Advances in Senate
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is advancing in the Senate thanks to the aggressive push of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Global Glaciers Melting up to Three Times Rate of 20th Century
New study finds glaciers disappearing at ‘historically unprecedented’ pace worldwide
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb
by Vincent Intondi

The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha
by Ramzy Baroud

Amnesty Must Stand Firm on Support for Decriminalizing Sex Work
Human rights group’s backing will make sex workers less vulnerable to violence and help those who don’t have many other options
by Luca Stevenson and Agata Dziuban

Koch Brothers As Freedom Fighters
by Abby Zimet

*”Gallons of blood” spilled

All too true for those sacrified for those fortunes.

My Township Calls My Lawn ‘A Nuisance.’ But I Still Refuse to Mow It.
Manicured lawns are ruining the planet.
by Sarah Baker

*Of property values

And the properly valued

Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu’s “Disastrous” Appeal and “Obsession with Jewish Identity”

To LA Times, Meth in Skid Row Victim’s Blood More Important Than Gun in His Flesh
by Janine Jackson

*More interest in what’s inside the blood of the victim

Than how it ended up outside of him

China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist
by Janine Jackson

*Don’t do as I do to you

Do as I say I don’t do to you

Democracy Now!
Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader, When Will He Act Like One?

*If you take one step away from the precipice, and five steps toward it

Where do you think you’ll end up?

Naomi Klein on Visiting the Vatican & the Radical Economic Message Behind Papal Climate Encyclical

*I’m sure Francis is acutely aware of the violence visited upon Argentinians and other folks in Latin America

And he kept silent about it during the dictatorships, didn’t he?

It would behoove us all to remain intensely skeptical of his “conversion” due to that, as well as the absence of divestment from dirty energy in the Vatican’s investment portfolio.

As for wishing a mass murderer “Happy birthday”

Jesus, Mary and Joseph …

Are Journalists & Activists Safe Anywhere in Mexico? Protests Erupt over Killing of 5 in Mexico City

Gluten Free: Fruits With Added Benefits
Whether or not your diet is gluten free, fruits can benefit your health in other ways
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Red Hot Chili Pepper Primer
by Leanne Ely


Great Embarrassments of an Unequal Society
by Paul Buchheit

The Mass Killer and the National Security State
On funding our children, not our wars
by Karen Greenberg

The War on Planned Parenthood Is Also an Assault on Poor Women of Color
The Right’s war on federal funding to health clinics is putting public health at risk.
by Michelle Chen

Farm Sanctuary: A Haven From the Animal Holocaust
by Chris Hedges

Social Democracy or Revolutionary Democracy: Syriza and Us
by Michael A. Lebowitz

*Socialism often frightens the “revolutionary”

As much as the plutocrat

Iranians’ View of the Nuclear Deal: Optimistic, With Significant Caveats
by Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain

The Making of Leopoldo López
by Roberto Lovato

Kentucky Case Spotlights Problem of Untrained Law Enforcement Disciplining Students with Disabilities

BREAKING: Trans/Women Shut Down Traffic in Seattle over Quota to Fill Detention Center

The Real News Network
Germans Get Debt Relief Twice in 20th Century, But Demand Greeks Pay Up
Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at Nehru University, discusses the economic history of Germany’s debt relief in both the 1930s and 1950s and why policies of growth rather than austerity led them to become an economic powerhouse

Republican Rank-and-File Line Up Against Financial Regulation
Former financial regulator Bill Black mocks Republican claims of ‘bigotry’ against ‘the success of CEOs’

*Making the world safe for exploitocracy

The Anti-Capitalist Greek Left Says No to Austerity and Bailouts (1/2)
Thanos Andritsos, member of the Greek anti-capitalist Left party ‘Antarsya’, explains why leaving the Euro is the only just alternative for Greece

The Return of the Troika (2/2)
James K. Gailbraith says the IMF is demanding a substantial reduction of the Greek debt to participate in any new deal, and meanwhile German lawmakers are refusing to approve a new bailout without the IMF

Tsipras Defends Varoufakis Preparation for Grexit (1/2)
James K. Galbraith, a member of the working group advising the former finance minister Varoufakis on ‘Plan B’, says there were great impositions imposed on the Greek government, including certain procedures that removed control from the government and placed them in the hands of creditor institutions

Prisoners Now Eligible for Pell Grants to Earn College Degrees
TRNN’s Eddie Conway, who used Pell Grants to earn three degrees while in prison, says Obama’s pilot program to offer Pell Grants to prisoners will help reduce mass incarceration by reducing recidivism and combating the impact of mass incarceration

*The opponents of these crumbs (valuable crumbs to those able to access them, but nothing more than a political ploy on Dear Misleader’s part as he seeks to burnish his “legacy” and give Madam Mayhem some skin among minorities) aren’t “short sighted”.

They don’t give a shit about the benefits to society, and certainly not to the folks in stir. Educated prisoners like Conway was pose a threat to the jailers, and educated ex cons throw a wrench in the recidivism that’s aimed at keeping black and brown down.

That’s why Pell Grants were banned to begin with, to state the obvious.

Governor Hogan Orders Closing of Notorious Baltimore Detention Center
Power Inside’s Jacqueline Robarge says Gov. Larry Hogan’s move to close the Baltimore Detention Center raises questions of what happens to the prisoners who will be moved, as well as questions about the women’s jail still open

Institute for Public Accuracy
Obama Climate Change Action Goes “Nowhere Near Far Enough”

*Incremental immolation

Urging Bernie Sanders to “Speak Out” on Foreign Policy, Petition Gathers More Than 8,000 Signers in First Day

*Whizzing in the wind, I’ll wager

US Politicians’ Racist Anti-Iranian Remarks Don’t Make Headlines
by Ben Norton

At NY Observer, Trump’s Too Close to Cover–but Promoting Publisher’s Real Estate Is No Problem
by Jim Naureckas

*But I’m certain deBlasio has all manner of wonderful programs to help the homeless

Just like Soglin

With apologies to Phil Ochs

“Love me, I’m a liberal.”

How Food Poisoning from Vegetables and Fruit Occurs
Food poisoning from vegetables is just as serious as food poisoning from meats and dairy. Here are some things to look out for.
by Nils Fischer
Nutrition Action

Top Ten Fibrous Foods
by Leanne Ely

5 Reasons to Start Bodyweight Training Today
by Yuri Elkaim


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