October 2015


Revealed: As Baltimore Rose Up from Below, FBI Spied from Above
Flights raise questions about ‘whether aerial surveillance has the effect of chilling First Amendment–protected speech and assembly,’ says ACLU
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Being ‘Let Out’ May Not Equal Freedom As Release of 6,000 Drug Offenders Begins
Development met with praise, but concern remains for many, including those heading for immigration detention
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Choking on the crumbs


Obama Regrets ‘Taking the Joy Out of Teaching and Learning’ with Too Much Testing
by Jesse Hagopian

*This is about far more than greedy testing corps. What’s left out of this piece is the raison d’être for “education reform”

To align education policy with corporate desires.

They don’t want critical thinkers. They want drones – that is, the students lucky (?) enough to be hired. And they want beaucoup surplus labor to make goddamn certain that folks are too frightened of starving or being homeless to worry about luxuries like worker safety and a just wage.

Please keep that in mind the next time some “liberal” pundit lauds Bill Gates for his “philanthropic bent”.


Preempting Democracy: What’s Not Being Voted on This November Is Sinister
From minimum wage increases to anti-fracking measures, the right of local citizens to vote on key issues is now in the crosshairs
by Simon Davis-Cohen


Warehouse Worker Resource Center
Amazon-serving warehouse workers have joined strikes at the ports, & they need your help!


The Real News Network
Iran Agrees to 6-Month Transition for Assad
Trinity College’s Vijay Prashad discusses how no Syrian voices were represented at the Vienna peace talks, but geopolitical interests were front and center


Baltimore Still Debating what to do with Confederate Statues
Testimony before commission recounts how the monuments coincided with the city’s efforts to segregate

*Strap on your skis

And let’s slide on down that slippery slope


Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (4/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance


A Look at Speaker Ryan’s Record on “Fighting” for the Middle Class
Wisconsin-based The Progressive’s Ruth Coniff analyzes Ryan’s voting record and the effect of his policy on his district

*Gerrymandering is certainly one factor, but so is wilful ignorance, and the propensity to cut one’s nose off to spite one’s face when the “divide and conquer” card is played.


EU Passes Resolution to Protect Edward Snowden from Prosecution
Marcy Wheeler of emptywheel.net says European governments still have to adopt and implement the resolution that whistleblower Edward Snowden is calling a “game changer”


Democracy Now!
Russia’s Entry into Syria Worsens Killings of Medical Workers on War’s Front Lines

*White hats are out of stock in this story


While Condemning Assad, U.S. Bombs Afghan Hospital & Backs Devastating Saudi War on Yemen


Freedom for Shaker Aamer: After 13 Years Behind Bars, British Prisoner Released from Guantánamo



The Real News Network
Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (3/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance


As Violence Soars in the West Bank, Leaders Seek Coexistence Between Peace and Occupation
Ali Abunimah, author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, says no one has the gumption to deal with the real problem – and that is Israel


What’s at Stake for Iran in Syria? (1/2)
Prof. Cyrus Bina says during the Iran-Iraq war, Assad’s Syria was the only Arab state that supported Iran


Are Teachers Unions Fighting for Social Justice?
In the first of a two-part discussion, education professor and author Lois Weiner and the AFT-MD’s Ray Baker discuss the role teachers unions and their members do and can play in supporting #Blacklivesmatter and other social justice movements

*I could have used more of Weiner’s wisdom, and less of Baker’s blather.


FAIR CounterSpin
‘Laws Are Incredibly Deferential to Police Using Lethal Violence’
Chase Madar on prosecuting abusive police officers
by Janine Jackson


For Halloween, NY Post Dresses Up ‘Anarchist Plot’ Warning as Journalism
by Adam Johnson

*A tricky treat for the truth twisters

(I won’t ask you to say that three times fast)


Institute for Public Accuracy
Is the Administration Finally Fessing up on School Testing?


Dem Bones!
by Leanne Ely



EU Toughens Against TTIP as Top German Lawmaker Blasts Anti-Democratic Deal
Parliament president’s remarks are just the latest example of growing opposition to the corporate-friendly pact
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


From ‘Sustainable’ to ‘Regenerative’—The Future of Food
by André Leu and Ronnie Cummins


School-Sponsored Violence Against Children: When Will We End Corporal Punishment?
by Anthony Cody


About That Delta Force Guy Killed in Iraq…
Why all the public attention to Wheeler’s death, and why now? One reason stands out: we, the public, are being readied for a larger U.S. combat role in Iraq and Syria.
by Peter Van Buren


Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Should Feel Safe Seeking Police Help, Not Shame, Hostility, or Indifference
by Sandra Park

*Blaming, shaming and maiming the victim


Stop Blaming OPEC For Low Prices
by Nick Cunningham


New Oceana Study Reveals Scary News about America’s Favorite Fish


The Real News Network
Iran to Join Syria Talks
Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says the invitation to Iran is late but an essential move for a diplomatic regional solution, made possible by Russia’s escalated involvement in Syria


Businesses Will Be Off the Hook for Providing Employee Health Benefits in Bipartisan Budget Deal
President Obama and Congressional leaders propose deal that would repeal not yet in effect automatic enrollment in health programs for employees working for large companies

*The art of the steal


Bernie and the Big Banks (3/3)
Are Sanders’ proposals to rein in the excesses of Wall St. meaningful, is public banking possible? Bill Black and Leo Panitch discuss and debate

*Why is it that there is next to no discussion of the role of profit at these “alternative” outlets?

I don’t mean “excessive” profit, but the very concept of profit itself. That there must be competition, with the winners realizing that profit, for an economic system to function.

Why is it as rare as a kind word from The Donald’s lips that anything other than “reforming” capitalism is on the table?

Is a cooperative and communal model possible?

Not if we never say a goddamn thing about it.


Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (2/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh continues her discussion of the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance


Police Abuse in School is Further Evidence of the Absence of Value for Black and Female Life
Dayvon Love of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle discusses the context and methods of responding to the abuse of a Black female teenager by police in a South Carolina school


Justice for Port Drivers
Amazon, Clean Up Your Supply Chain


Buckraking on the Food Beat: When Is It a Conflict of Interest?
by Stacy Malkan

*Truth in labeling is an imperative in any number of instances, isn’t it?


Democracy Now!
When School Cops Go Bad: South Carolina Incident Highlights Growing Police Presence in Classrooms

*It’s not about “training”, goddammit.

Why would you expect a sociopathic institution to not employ sociopaths?


Texas Student Spent 52 Days in Coma After Being Tased by Police at School


Criminalizing the Classroom: Inside the School-to-Prison Pipeline



National Outrage as Videos of Brutal Police Assault on Black Student Go Viral
Attack speaks to ongoing issues such as school-to-prison pipeline and police violence on minority communities
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I can just imagine the figurative high fives on “white rights” chat boards

So I suppose I have a sick imagination.


The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: Neoliberalism as Utopianism
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and author John Ralston Saul discuss neoliberalism as an ideology, the breakdown of that ideology, and what comes next

*Sticks and stones will break your bones

So words will never hurt me


Left Parties In Portugal Vow to Topple New Center-Right Government
In a two-part interview, Catarina Principe of the Left Bloc in Portugal says the left needs to unify on an economic and anti-austerity platform to avoid an interim caretaker government of the president’s party


Bernie and the Big Banks (2/3)
Is Sanders proposal to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act a serious way to counter the power and concentrated wealth of Wall St., or just window dressing? Bill Black and Leo Panitch discuss and debate the plan.


Is Obama’s Education Reversal Political “Theater”?
Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford says that the Obama administration claim to want a reduction in time spent on standardized tests is election time insincerity


Who Benefits From Sovereign Debt Crises? (1/5)
Economist Jayati Ghosh discusses the 136-nation move to address sovereign debt in the context of global finance


Protect Children, Enforce the Law, and Remove Toxic Chemicals from our Nation’s Schools
by Joshua Malina


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Paul Ryan * Holding Social Security Hostage


The Fake News Food Chain
by Jim Naureckas

*With apologies to “Scoop” Nisker

If you don’t like the news

Go out and make up some of your own


Democracy Now!
Despite Military Crackdown in Papua & Other Rights Abuses, Obama Hosts Indonesian President in D.C.

*With friends like these

Is it any wonder we have plenty of enemies?


Massive Indonesian Plantation Fires Create Environmental Catastrophe Spewing Haze & Carbon Emissions


With Military Backing, TV Comedian Wins in Guatemala in First Vote Since Jailing of Ex-President


Who wants a date?
by Leanne Ely



Top-Secret Pentagon Program Exploited Aid Workers as Covert Spies
Experts warn that Department of Defense espionage program places international NGOs at great risk
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The Peace Corps has been at this for decades, so you could view it as another example of privatization.


Mississippi’s Women Are Some of the Poorest in the Country. But We’re Getting Organized.
by Kenisha Potter-Stevenson


Women Can’t Have It All – Because the Game Is Rigged
Work-life balance is a myth. It’s time for women to stop blaming themselves and start demanding change.
by Laurie Penny


Higher Education: Capitalism At Its Most Despicable
by Paul Buchheit


Standardized Tests are a Form of Racial Profiling
by Christine Brigid Malsbary


Collapse of the Orange Wave: The NDP Was Sunk by its Turn to Austerity, Not the Niqab
by Roger Rashi


The Problem of Agriculture
by Robert Jensen

*Soiling the soil and sowing the seeds of our ceasing


Cuba’s Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It’s Coming To The U.S.
by Erin Schumaker

*Do you think Big Pharma is drooling over the possibility of getting their greedy little hands on these “commodities”, exponentially jacking up the price in the process?

Will the Cuban government justify that as “economic development”?


The Real News Network
Thousands Protest Police Brutality in New York City
Families of victims of police brutality lead a march in lower Manhattan on Saturday, demanding alternatives to increased policing like affordable housing, education and universal health care


Bernie and the Big Banks (1/3)
Is Sanders’ proposal to break up the big banks a solution to the power and concentrated wealth of Wall St.? Bill Black and Leo Panitch discuss and debate the plan.


Clinton Emails Reveal Foreign Meddling in Last Haitian Presidential Election (1/2)
As Haitians vote for their next president, Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network president Ezili Danto and IJDH attorney Nicole Phillips discuss the past and present influence of the international community in election results


Clinton Benghazi Hearing Fails to Address Double Standard of Classified Information Law
NSA whistleblower Diane Roark says there’s no equity under classification laws and no disincentives for those who over classify and punish those seeking to alert the public of abuses


Some Burned Ferguson-Area Churches Defended Police During Ferguson Uprising
After authorities deem 7 church fires deliberate, St. Louis Rev. Sekou argues that black faith community members, who sided with police during Ferguson protests, will now be forced to look at larger systemic issues, not just respectability


Democracy Now!
Knife-Wielding Israeli Settler Attacks Founder of Rabbis for Human Rights



“We’re Baaack…”: DNC Reverses Ban on Corporate Cash to Fund Convention
The Democratic National Committee is luring corporate lobbyists with VIP rewards
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”It’s our party

And we’ll lie if we want to”


Women with Facts Fight Back Against Fracking… and Sexism
‘Women, for whatever reason, have not been persuaded by the facts,’ said Averil Macdonald, newly-appointed chair of UK Onshore Oil and Gas
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More of a case for men as ignorami, wouldn’t you say?


‘Mass Struggle Works’: South African Student Uprising Wins Tuition Hike Freeze
‘A famous victory won by the hard struggle of students. We are all humbled.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I wonder if we’ll ever see “Artists United Against Post Apartheid”?


NAFTA’s ISDS: Why Canada Is One of the Most Sued Countries in the World
by Maude Barlow


The Real News Network
Will Pakistan Push Afghan Taliban Towards Peace?
As President Obama meets with Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif, we explore why the two “allies” have struggled to foster a political solution in Afghanistan


Can Kerry Contain Netanyahu?
Samah Sabawi, Palestinian author and playwright says Palestinians are waking up to the reality of political separation and the system of an apartheid


Democracy Now!
“Seeking Asylum is Not a Crime”: European Rights Chief on Refugee Crisis & “Shameful” U.S. Response


Victims of U.S. Rendition & Torture Starting to Reclaim Rights Says Council of Europe Rights Chief


by Global Gourmet Consulting



Robin Hood in Reverse: How Hotter Planet Takes from Poor, Gives to Rich
Global warming ‘is essentially a massive transfer of value from the hot parts of the world to the cooler parts of the world,’ says UC Berkeley researcher
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Because the ‘Time for Climate Action Is Now,’ Oslo Makes Landmark Move to Ban Cars
‘The reduction in pollution will make the city even better to live in, and ensure that we take our global responsibility’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


America’s Civilian Killings Are No Accident
by Peter Van Buren

*Indiscriminate inhumanity


The Real News Network
Is #BlackLivesMatter Supporting U.S. Policy in Syria?
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says the #BlackLivesMatter activist meetings with Democratic party front-runners is ushering in new Black Misleadership

*Power concedes nothing without a demand

And condones only those who make none


Netanyahu’s Record on Inciting Violence Against Palestinians
Max Blumenthal, author of The 51-Day War: Resistance and Ruin in Gaza, says Netanyahu absolved Hitler of the final solution by placing the blame for the Holocaust on the Palestinians

*Goebbels would be proud


Justice Requires an End to Israeli Jewish Supremacy Over Palestinians – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (5/5)
TRNN Replay: On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Abunimah says that justice in Palestine does not require Israeli Jews giving up any legitimate rights, but they must give up the “right” to supremacy


Trudeau Pledge Tracker: Reinstating 40 Million in Science Funding and Appointing a Chief of Science
Alana Westwood of Evidence for Democracy says Harper cancelled long form census data collection, it will take years to recover such data gaps for evidence based decision making, Trudeau pledged to reinstate science funding and appoint a Chief of Science

*What does the science say about Liberals honoring their promises?

If it’s anything akin to the empirical evidence regarding Democrats

“[L]ots of luck” will be a stone necessity.


Public Citizen
Tell the FEC: Do Your Job!
“I’m not a person?” Join Commissioners Ravel and Weintraub in Calling on the FEC to Combat Citizens United Corruption


Institute for Public Accuracy
Killer Drones: Analysis and Protest of the “Bureaucracy of Murder”

*The murder machine drones on and on


Democracy Now!
Shaker Aamer: After 5,000 Days of Torment, Last British Prisoner at Guantanamo is Set for Release

*Please somebody’s god, let’s stop calling these “mistakes”.

It was known there was no Iraqi government connection to al-Qaeda, so no “mistake” was made. “[T]he intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.”

This is deliberate deception that signed the death warrants for hundreds of thousands, and those involved are no less than mass murderers and accessories to same.

No “blunders”. No “incompetence”.

Nothing but the cold blooded calculations of callous souls.


“Where Does This End?”: After Drone Papers Leaks, U.K. Gov’t Has a Kill List of Its Own



Landmark Look at US Charter System Reveals Waste, Fraud, ‘Ghost Schools’
‘The bottom-line is taxpayers know far too little about how much their federal tax dollars are being used to fund charters,’ says Center for Media and Democracy
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams



And rigged ‘rithmetic


US Government Accused of Stifling Medical Marijuana Research
With its widespread usage and support, research into the drug has never been so critical
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The shit of not getting off the pot


Tip of Iceberg? EU Rules Against Sweetheart Tax Deals for Corporations
‘All companies, big or small, multinational or not, should pay their fair share of tax,’ says European Commission
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


From Streets to Cells, Harrowing Violence Inflicted on LGBTQ Prisoners
New report finds LGBTQ people—especially those who are brown, black, or poor—are disproportionately targeted by incarceration and violence
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Taking Out the Trash Burners
The fight against a dirty incinerator in Baltimore is an inspiration for all of us.
by Annie Leonard

*Don’t burn, baby, burn


The Rise, Fall, and Return of 1.5°C in the Global Climate Negotiations
by Joe Solomon

*1.5 degrees C doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in James Inhofe’s hot little hands, and folks like McKibben and Klein wouldn’t be resigned to 2 degrees if it was a whole bunch of well off white people who faced treading water, would they?

Am I a cynic

Or an all too realist?


The Imaginary Cuban Troops in Syria
by Matt Peppe


The Real News Network
Black Media to Take Another Hit? The Potential Sale of Howard University’s WHUT Considered
Media scholar, author and journalist Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs says the potential sale of Howard University’s WHUT to the FCC would damage the already worn Black media landscape


Biden: The War on Drugs Candidate
If Vice President Joe Biden chooses to run, he’ll have to face a legacy of swelling the prison population here as well as in Latin America

*Not if the corpress have anything to say about it

Which, of course, they won’t.


“Little Guantanamos” in the United States
Investigative journalist Will Porter discusses the secret prisons that the ACLU says are violating inmates’ rights

*McCarthy spins in his grave

With glee


Free Press
Tell St. Louis County: Journalism Is Not a Crime


Institute for Public Accuracy
Benghazi and Emails: The Ignored Substance Behind the Circus


Democracy Now!
How a $100M Facebook Donation for Neoliberal School Reform Sparked a Grassroots Uprising in Newark

*This is what drives me spare about so much of this program’s content.

You have a story about destroying public education, and the forces, public and private, determined to do so, and and yet your “explainer” is someone who may relate useful details but is incapable, wilfully or not, of seeing the larger picture.

She proceeds to make excuses for the antagonists’ behavior, even as she delineates the harm they’ve caused, and the hosts allow her to paint them as well intentioned but misguided, when anyone with more than a superficial understanding of the issues is painfully aware of this unholy alliance between neoliberal “philanthropists” (see “Gates, Bill and Melinda”) and politicians.

Ending with a paean to Booker’s “caring” just puts a capper on the whole sad segment.



‘We Are Not Ashamed’: How Abortion Providers Are Pushing Back Against Stigma and Intimidation
‘It is time for all of us to stand up and say what we do is good’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Warehouse Worker Resource Center
California Cartage Strike Ends, Workers Successfully Return to Work


Friends of the Earth
Wendy’s Says No To GMO Apple “No Demand For This New GMO” As Dark Act Approaches

*Bad apples from a rotten barrel


The Real News Network
Harper Defeated, the Next Fight Begins
Jeremie Bedard-Wien of Ricochet, Kelly Dowdell of Leadnow, Sandy Hudson of Black Lives Matter, discuss the progressive movements and the lack of faith in the Trudeau led Liberals

*We’ll see who fights

And who feints


Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges speaks with author and former prostitute Rachel Moran about the violence and disempowerment inherent in prostitution

*You can’t say capitalism was the progenitor for prostitution

But you might make a case for the obverse


Institute for Public Accuracy
50th Anniversary of Immigration Overhaul: How it Opened and Closed Border


First Journalist Reports From U.S.-Based “Little Guantanamo”

*Orwell, Kafka, McCarthy

And you … ?


Democracy Now!
Canadians Oust Stephen Harper, Right-Wing PM Who Ignored Climate Change & Shunned First Nations

*I’ll never understand this persistent “hope” for corporate charlatans like Obama and Trudeau, in the face of the acknowledged history of hypocrisy in both nations.

They won’t have to “wait” long to “see” déjà vu all over again, don’t you think?


“Heritage of Hate”: Univ. of Miss. Students Seek Removal of Confederate Battle Flag from Campus

*This is my alma mater, and it’s inspiring to see these folks taking a stand against the “old times there” that “are not forgotten”

Because they are very much still present.


Joe Biden for President? Media Buzz Ignores How Veep Worsened Student Debt on Big Banks’ Behalf

*The bastard’s a party animal, isn’t he just?



EU Trade Deals with US and Canada Blasted as ‘Attacking Public Services’
TTIP and CETA ‘could lock public services into a commercialization from which they will not recover—no matter how damaging to welfare the results may be’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*An invasion of privateers


Syrian War Forces First-Ever Withdrawal from Global Seed Vault
After armed conflict destabilized Aleppo gene bank, scientists withdraw seeds from Arctic repository in order to safeguard critical research
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


9/11 Military Commission Stalls Again Over Defense Representation Rights
by Daphne Eviatar


New 2015 Wealth Data: U.S. Inequality at its Ugliest
According to new Credit Suisse data, nearly 50 million of America’s 243 million adults are part of the world’s poorest 10%
by Paul Buchheit


Naturalizing hierarchies
by Robert Jensen


Criminalized Indigenous Women Environmental Defenders from Ecuador Demand their Rights at Inter-American Commission for Human Rights

*Apparently concern for human rights extends only as far as the gates of the London embassy.


The Real News Network
Class Struggle in Palestine – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (4/5)
TRNN Replay: Mr. Abunimah says there’s conspicuous consumption in Palestine but the reality for the vast majority in the West Bank and Gaza is increasing poverty


Does the US Have a Plan in Afghanistan?
Author Anand Gopal discusses why a US strategy of arming 350,000 Afghan men will only perpetuate endless war

*Can we dispel the myth that this war has anything to do with Al-Qaeda (spelling of the day)?

It’s about Pipelineistan, the resources within the country, and geostrategic advantage.

It isn’t about “revenge” or “terrorism” or “liberty and democracy”.

It’s about what it’s always about

Money and power.

That’s the empiricism of empire.


Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State? – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (3/5)
Mr. Abunimah says no state exists as an absolute right, but there is a people’s right to self-determination


Canadian Elections: How Strategic is Strategic Voting?
Jamie Biggar of Leadnow.ca and David Bush of RankandFile.ca debate whether such a strategy is useful or effective

*As in the US, it doesn’t appear that “strategic voting” has done diddley to lessen the evil of the lesser evil, does it?


Who Are the Targets of Russian Airstrikes in Syria?
Russia claims to be targeting ISIS while the United States says the strikes are hitting pro-Western rebel forces, but London Metropolitan University’s Sami Ramadani says these two groups are practically one in the same


Palestinians Can Learn from the African-American Struggle – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (2/5)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Ali Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says that Palestinians need to know that even in a country with formal legal equality, the reality can mean mass incarceration, economic inequality and racism


A Quick Word on TPP and Canada Before Monday’s Elections
Unifor economist Jordan Brennan told the Real News how the TPP is part of an old trend in opening up Canada’s markets


Roots Action
More Empty Homes than Homeless People


South African Government: Please Ban the Cruel Breeding of Blood Lions!
by Samar Khan

*The only failed hunt

Is that for a conscience


What can I have while intermittent fasting?
by Yuri Elkaim



Lawsuits Rack Up Against Monsanto Over Cancer-Linked Herbicide
Agrochemical giant conducted ‘prolonged campaign of misinformation’ to convince users and government that Roundup was safe
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


New Reporting Reveals Much More Expansive CIA Water Torture Program
“Whether you call it ‘waterboarding’ or ‘water dousing’, that’s torture—plain and simple,” says Human Rights Watch
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Can anyone who has conceived these abominations, much less executed them, lay any serious claim to a shred of humanity?


Study Reveals Corporate Media’s Refusal to Acknowledge Civilian Victims of US Wars
New research finds, through their silence, mainstream news outlets are ‘legitimating’ U.S. military’s burn pits on civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Obama Won’t Admit the Real Targets of Russian Airstrikes
No one is discussing the reality that the Russian offensive is targeting the biggest militant threat to the Assad regime
by Gareth Porter


I Went to Prison at Age 60. Here’s What I Learned.
by Evie Litwok


The Real News Network
No End to The War in Afghanistan (1/2)
Junaid S. Ahmad, Professor of Law at Lahore University, says after fourteen years of occupation nothing has improved, none of the objectives have been met, the situation is far worse and the US is in greater threat

*Malevolence in perpetual motion


Protesters Arrested Inside Baltimore City Hall as Frustration Over Policing Mounts
Civil disobedience part of growing movement demanding community input on law enforcement policies


Awakened by the Palestinian Intifada – Ali Abunimah on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
TRNN Replay: Mr. Abunimah, founder of Electronic Intifada, says after the Israeli 2006 invasion of Lebanon and the 2008 attack on Gaza, he knew what he had to do


Democracy Now!
Drone War Exposed: Jeremy Scahill on U.S. Kill Program’s Secrets & the Whistleblower Who Leaked Them

*Let the machines sort ’em out

Then kill ’em all


“The Drone Papers” Reveals How Faulty Intel & Secret “Kill Chain” Mark Suspects, Civilians for Death


The Longest U.S. War, Prolonged: After Vowing Afghan Pullout, Obama Extends Occupation Indefinitely

*I think what can get lost in all this is that the core moral issue isn’t how this war is being waged.

It’s that it’s being waged at all.


Beets: Use THIS to Lower Blood Sugar and Strengthen Your Heart
by Jonny Bowden


4 Sweet Benefits of Dark Chocolate
by Leanne Ely



Want Babies? Maybe Move Away From Fracking Country, New Studies Suggest
Research ‘may have implications for the fertility of men living in regions with dense oil and/or natural gas production’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Think “pro lifers” might rush to “protect the unborn” here, as they have in their holy war against Planned Parenthood?

. (of a question) asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information.


Set Artists Hack ‘Homeland’ to Expose Show’s Racist Narrative
Thanks to creative intervention, Arabic graffiti stating ‘Homeland is racist’ featured in key scene
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ameliorating the agitprop


Fight for the Future
Trade Group Representing Google, Facebook, Yahoo, T-Mobile, Sprint, & Netflix, Says That It Does Not Support CISA, Controversial Cyber Bill


Center for Food Safety
New Campaign Targets Popcorn Companies’ Use of Bee-Toxic Insecticide
Consumers demand Pop Secret and Pop Weaver stop using neonicotinoid-coated corn seeds


The Real News Network
Breaking Western Union’s Remittance Monopoly
Economist James Henry says remittance transfer costs combined with the foreign exchange amounts to 15%, which is simply unaffordable for the poor who depend on remittence as a life line

*In the temple of finance

It’s the money changers who carry the big stick


Police Tactics of Mass Arrests, Violence and Overcharging Protesters First Developed in 2000
Kris Hermes tells Paul Jay that police suppression of protests at the Republican National Convention set the pattern for breaking up legal protests across North America

*Disappointing segment, in that while there was certainly useful intel extant, not placing this in the context of preparing for a mass uprising as things fall further apart just ignores reality.

Hermes comes off as incredibly naive about the overarching purpose of this repression (“I don’t know what they could be preparing for”), and Jay, after touching on this larger context, lets it drop.

Now, the local cops may indeed have these short term goals in mind, but there is a broader coordination occurring within the “national security” state – fusion centers being one manifestation – that is MIA from the conversation

And I have to ask why that’s the case.


Will Islamophobia and Racism Influence Canadian Election?
Harsha Walia of No One is Illegal says the effects of the “war on terror”, racism against refugees and immigrants and fear mongering have been decisive in previous elections


Democracy Now!
Norman Solomon: Clinton’s Debate Comments on Snowden “Give Hypocrisy a Bad Name”

*I don’t understand Solomon’s praise for Sanders here, unless it’s another case of “Saint Bernard Syndrome”.

How is justice served by Snowden spending a nanosecond of time in prison? Why should he suffer a “penalty” for doing what his conscience demanded, and doing it the only way he could, by violating a lesser law to uphold a higher one?

It’s like convicting someone of assault and battery for tackling an armed assailant.

Far from a full throated defense of Snowden’s actions, Sanders tried to have it both ways, to my mind.

What’s in Solomon’s to come to such a divergent conclusion is beyond me.


Avocados: The Perfect Fuel for your Fat-Burning Metabolism
by Jonny Bowden


Do you really need to walk 10,000 steps a day for good health?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



UN Warned That Without Women in Peace Process, There Will Be No Peace
Women are often the ‘true unsung heroes’ in conflict situations, said head of UN women’s agency
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Challenging Racism in the Food System
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives fights for Black lands, agriculture, and equal justice
by Andrianna Natsoulas and Beverly Bell


Another US Nuke Bites the Dust
by Harvey Wasserman

*We need to shun nuclear energy like it’s radioactive.

Wait a tick …


Fracktivists Turn to Twitter to Expose Invenergy’s Fracked Gas Power Plants
by Trevor Culhane


BP Finally Admits Not All Oil Will Be Burnt
by Andy Rowell


When Peace Activists Met With the U.S. Institute of Peace
by David Swanson


What Does “Antibiotic-Free” Really Mean? Insight from a Contract Chicken Farmer
by Sarah Damian


Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
3 Million Teachers to McDonald’s: We’re Not Lovin’ It
Adding to corporation’s woes, nation’s largest teachers union rejects McTeacher’s Nights, marketing in schools

*”You want lies with that?”


Values Statement


Brave New Films
The Big Game: College Football Stealing Your Education

*The Jock Shock Doctrine


The Real News Network
Palestinians ‘Living Under Two Occupations’: Violence Spikes in Israel and the West Bank
Jeff Halper says Israel and the Palestinian Authority are partners in repression


Protester Acquitted for Role In Freddie Gray Uprising
Lawyer says Baltimore jury affirmed first amendment rights with swift verdict


Rattling the Bars, Ep. 1: ‘The Real Cost of Calls’
What’s the real human toll that the inmate calling industry is taking on prisoners and their loved ones? Host Eddie Conway talks to the affected families, the FCC, and those seeking to change the industry’s predatory policies.


Don’t force survivors of sexual assault to go to the police
by Jillian Murray and Know Your IX


Washington Post Reduces Palestinian Victims to a Word Problem
by Jim Naureckas

*Subtracting the “subhuman”


Institute for Public Accuracy
Debate Fallout: * Clinton’s Emails and Whistleblowers * Big Banks


Award in Iowa: Black Farms Matter


Democracy Now!
The Rise of America’s Secret Government: The Deadly Legacy of Ex-CIA Director Allen Dulles Pt. 2

*It’s always amazing to me how intelligent people can check their reason, and their morals, at the door as they engage in hero worship, as Talbot does here with JFK.

If he’s correct about who killed Kennedy, then it’s an instance of elite fratricide. Kennedy wasn’t a psychopath, and knew the path Dulles, LeMay and others wanted to lead the US down would result in Armageddon, just as FDR – another favorite for hagiographers – saved capitalism from self immolation.

To make any more of it is to construct a fairy tale of gallantry that has no relation to the world of realpolitik, no matter how badly we may yearn for it to be so.

Please keep that in mind as you gaze longingly at that poster of Saint Bernard on your bedroom wall.



UK Ditches Saudi Prison Deal After Human Rights Outcry
Prime Minister David Cameron canceled a £5.9m deal for the Ministry of Justice to provide prison services to Saudi Arabia
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


Question: When Is Shooting a 12-Year-Old Child Reasonable?
by Vince Warren


US Violence Breeds a Language of the Grotesque
We are surrounded by phrases devised to convert the grotesque and unpalatable into the everyday and banal
by Christian Christensen


Is the TPP the Bull Connor Moment for Access to Medicines?
by Fran Quigley

*Re the Bull Connor analogy

That “reform” was carefully circumscribed.

Will we settle for the same?


Bureau of Sex Slavery
For Yanar and my sisters in Iraq and Syria.
by Eve Ensler


Keeping Coal Out of Oakland
by Irene Gutierrez


“We Are the Masters,” Says Israeli Mayor, As 3 More Palestinians Are Killed
by Charlotte Silver

*The supreme irony of the “master” racists


The Real News Network
3 Supreme Court Cases You Should Be Aware Of
Public Citizen’s Scott Nelson outlined three Supreme Court cases to the Real News that threaten the consumer and employee protection tool known as class action litigation


Days of Revolt: The 51 Day War
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews Max Blumenthal about his latest book and the brutal tactics used by the Israeli state in attempt to suppress Palestinian resistance

*Stomach turning and soul sickening


Democracy Now!
Outsourcing a Refugee Crisis: U.S. Paid Mexico Millions to Target Central Americans Fleeing Violence

*Will any of the Democratic candidates, even Saint Bernard, address this horror story tonight, or will they simply mouth platitudes about “fixing the broken immigration system”?

The very definition of a rhetorical question, I realize.


3 super benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
by Leanne Ely



MoveOn is asking for questions to be posed to the Democratic presidential candidates.

Here are mine:

Do you believe the fate of folks in this country is inextricably linked to that of those in others, and if you do, do you see your task as president to be to do all you’re able to secure a life of dignity for every single one of us? Do you see the pursuit of profit and power (known outside acceptable discourse as capitalism and imperialism) as wholly inimicable to that goal?

I wish I could put every cent I own on the certain proposition that they won’t.


‘I’ll Show You Obscene’: Campus to Protest Concealed Guns with Unconcealed Dildos
Campus community will protest fact that, starting in August 2016, they will be allowed to carry sex toys but not guns on school grounds
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Dicking off for good reason


UK Privatization Puts Final Nail in Royal Mail’s Coffin
Leading trade union decries sell-off, saying Tory party ‘has made it abundantly clear that they are only interested in privatization dogma and making the rich richer’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Five Great American Hypocrisies
by Paul Buchheit


A Soil Pilgrimage
by Vandana Shiva

*We will save the earth

By saving the earth


‘A Pipeline Straight to Jail’
by Chris Hedges

*Read only if you aren’t allergic to reality


The Emperor Has No Clothes, and Neither Do Monsanto’s ‘Scientists’
by Katherine Paul

*Scientific method acting


Politicizing Columbus Day
Although the movement to stop honoring Christopher Columbus with a holiday is gaining support, most of white America would prefer to avoid the subject
by Robert Jensen

*Those who distort history

Are determined to repeat it


Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Washington and Moscow: Halt The Bombing and Stop Supporting Dictators in the Middle East!


The Real News Network
Don’t Drink the Water in Flint, Michigan
Rev. David Alexander Bullock and investigative reporter Curt Guyette explain why it took so long for officials to act to address growing corrosive elements, and lead toxins in the city’s water

*Forced to swallow the poison

But not the perfidy


What The Changing Workplace Has to Do With Mass Shootings
Journalist Mark Ames explains how the pro-privatization and anti-labor measures of the Reagan years and beyond have bred a more hostile work environment, triggering more mass shootings in workplaces and schools


Did the UN Meet Its 2015 Water & Sanitation Goals for Sub-Saharan Africa?
UMass-Amherst PERI’s Leonce Ndikumana says resource-rich economies like Nigeria need to reform tax codes to make real impacts on poverty


Opposition Party Leaders Avoid Canada’s Role in Global Arms Trade and Wars
Richard Sanders and Justin Podur say Canada’s leading role in the global arms trade and its participation in war coalitions are in contradiction with the prevailing myth of the nation as a peacemaker


Israel Escalates Punitive Measures Against Palestinians in Jerusalem
Economist Shir Hever says more repression will not subdue the anger stemming from decades of occupation, but resistance could potentially undermine Israel’s arms export industry and the state’s practice of managing conflict without political compromise


The Future of Popular Unity in Greece (2/2)
Stathis Kouvelakis, member of Popular Unity, says the future of Popular Unity will depend on the Greek people’s reaction to the economic tsunami unleashed as a result of Syriza’s surrender to the creditors


Earth Balance – Stop Using Palm Oil
by Nicki Rodriguez


Institute for Public Accuracy
Turkey: “Lust for Power” threatening Civil War


Democracy Now!
Shock & Panic in Turkey: Deadliest Terrorist Attack in Country’s History Leaves as Many as 128 Dead


5 Rarely Discussed Breast Cancer Early Warning Signs
by Ty Bollinger


Why Canola Oil is Not the Healthy Oil You’ve Been Led to Believe
by Roxanne McDonald

*Obviously there’s contention with the advice of groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Use the intel here to make the best determination you can.



To Offer In-Depth Look at Issue, This Paper Gave Refugees Full Editorial Control
‘Today it is the refugees who speak to us’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Perverse Rise of Killer Robots
by César Chelala

*You don’t have to train robots to be killers


The Constant Cruelty of the Israeli Occupation: A No-go Zone in The NY Times
by Barbara Erickson

*All the news that’s printed to fit


Lithium Market Set To Explode – All Eyes Are On Nevada
by James Stafford


The Real News Network
A Syria Without Assad?
Journalist Patrick Cockburn, who just returned from Syria, speaks about the impact of the Russian airstrikes in Syria and weather it can play a role in bringing the civil war to an end


Defeat and Demoralization in Greece
Stathis Kouvelakis, member of Popular Unity, says the SYRIZA capitulation to creditors was followed by a voter turnout of 44%, the lowest in the country’s history


Countdown to Paris: Are the Pledges to Cut Emissions Enough to Save the Planet?
Andrew Jones and Chris Williams discuss the UN submissions from 130 countries and the road blocks to averting climate disaster


Russians Could Force New Negotiations Over Syria
Phyllis Bennis of IPS says there are many players that need to be at the table for negotiations that could be conducted in phases to bring about a real solution


Media Reports ISIS Nuclear Plot That Never Actually Involved ISIS
by Adam Johnson

*Such derring-do

“‘Danger’ is my middle name.

‘Lying about’ is my first.”


Democracy Now!
Making Money from Misery? Disaster Capitalism from the Migrant Crisis to Afghanistan and Haiti

*”Disaster capitalism” is the very epitome of redundancy



Lead Poisoning Fears Finally Stir Action, But Does It Come Too Late for People of Flint?
‘Governor Snyder’s announcement confirmed what we already knew, that his emergency manager poisoned children and families in Flint.’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Language is a virus. Words matter.

It’s not a “tragedy”

It’s a crime.

And those responsible should “learn” from it by doing hard time.


Listen to Syrians: The Media Jackals and the People’s Narrative
by Ramzy Baroud


Welcome to a New Planet: Climate ‘Tipping Points’ and the Fate of the Earth
by Michael T. Klare

*Speeding down a dead end street


Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime
by Robert C. Koehler

*An inhumanitarian intervention


How a Billionaire is Trying to Control Los Angeles Public Schools
by Valerie Strauss

*The only “magic bullet” here

Is the one aimed at the heart of public education


The Real News Network
MSF Hospital Targeted by Afghan Government Forces in July
Phyllis Bennis says three months ago the hospital was attacked by US backed Afghan troops seeking Taliban militants


Should Canadians Vote Strategically to Defeat Harper?
Amara Possian of Leadnow and Dimitri Lascaris of the Green Party, London-West, debate the consequences of strategic voting in the Canadian October 19th federal elections

*Regardless of the captain, the ship’s going to sink

Unless there’s a mutiny


FAIR CounterSpin
‘Poverty Is Not a Lifelong Identity’
Interview with Rebecca Vallas about shaming the poor
by Janine Jackson

*That’s the purpose of the perpetuation of the myth of “the undeserving poor”

(As in, “I don’t use *my* SNAP card to buy lobster”)

To keep folks in the same boat

From rowing in the same direction.


Institute for Public Accuracy
Nobel Peace Prize’s Betrayal

*Lies on the Prize


Vitamin B12: One Crucial Vitamin You are NOT Getting Enough Of
by Natural Health Sherpa


10 Fall Super Foods
by Leanne Ely



From Anti-Fracking Movement to OPEC: Shale Drives New Geoeconomics of Oil
As Saudi Arabia aimsto keep the United States from becoming a major exporter, public opposition to fracking and other development is only increasing
by Emilio Godoy
IPS News


Recess in Seattle: How We Won the Right to Play
by Jesse Hagopian

*Brought this to mind



Time to Abolish Columbus Day
by Bill Bigelow

*History is written by the victors

Writing out the victims


Why Is the U.S. Refusing An Independent Investigation If Its Hospital Airstrike Was An “Accident”?
by Glenn Greenwald

*”The fog of war”

Develops after the fact


The Art of Balancing the Ledger While in Poverty
by Stephanie Land


From the State Bank of Lake Park to a Critique of Capitalism
by Robert Jensen

*If you’re only looking out for yourself

You’ll find that you’re the only one looking out for you


Guantánamo Reinstates Genital Searching Policy to Prevent Lawyer-Client Meetings


Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
Keyless cars can cause carbon monoxide poisoning


The Real News Network
Another Suspicious Death Raises More Concerns About Black Life Behind Bars
Lawrence Grandpre, Director of Research for The Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, discusses the case of Darrell Murray, the incarcerated and slain brother of a fellow activist


Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen (2/2)
Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times


US Military Attack on MSF Hospital in Afghanistan Considered a War Crime
Sune Engel Rasmussen, The Guardian reporter in Kabul describes the local reaction to the bombing and questions the verification process that the US military exercises before bombing targets


US Ruling Circles Split On Use of Jihadists in Syria
Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, Glen Ford, says that objections to Russia’s bombing of Syria expose policy rifts within the U.S. ruling elite


Institute for Public Accuracy
China and the TPP

*The peril never yellows


FAIR CounterSpin
‘Polluter Interests Have Been Spending Millions on Disinformation Campaigns’
Interview with David Baron about air polluters
by Janine Jackson


And muddied mirrors


Democracy Now!
Does Free Speech Have a Palestine Exception? Dismissed Professor Steven Salaita Speaks Out


Tenant Resource Center
Lead Paint


How to Choose the Healthiest Nuts and Seeds
Plus our tips for making nuts and seeds part of a healthy diet
Lindsay Moyer
Nutrition Action



Rejecting Government Hostility, People of Denmark Issue Welcome Letter to Refugees
‘As ordinary Danes we wish to extend our sympathy and compassion to anyone fleeing war and despair’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*They’re only human


#GlobalGoals? The Truth about Poverty and How to Address It
It’s high time UN agencies and the mainstream media acknowledge the true scale of global poverty and engage in a long overdue public debate on how ambitious and transformative the international development agenda really is
by Rajesh Makwana


The Real News Network
The Revolutionary Age
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri dissect the genesis of political revolutions in the Middle East, and discuss the role of religion and the reasons for the increased prevalence of fundamentalism


Dependency on War Lords Led to U.S. Attack on MSF Afghan Hospital
Sonali Kolhatkar tells Paul Jay that the American perpetual war strategy has created a criminal narco-state and generated support for the hated Taliban

*Intent is immaterial here, except for the intent to deceive.

But I still can’t discount that this was deliberate, in the sense of “taking out” Taliban forces trumping the sanctity of a hospital zone, given that there doesn’t appear to be any way that US commanders couldn’t have known that this was a hospital.

Priorities are priorities.


Do the Taliban represent the Pashtuns?
TRNN Replay: Muhammad Junaid: Pashtun traditional code conflicts with Taliban law, but US attacks creating support


Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen
Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times


The House Freedom Caucus: Tea Party 2.0 Behind Boehner’s Resignation
A look at how the secretive Congressional House Freedom Caucus espouses populist rhetoric while backed by billionaire Koch brothers and mid-level southern capitalists

*Not much to cripple there, is it?

I suppose the Kochs et alia would like to eviscerate any semblance of a “climate legacy” for Dear Misleader, but what we’re talking about here is smoke and mirrors facing fire and brimstone, don’t you think?


Institute for Public Accuracy
* War Crimes * Activists Against Killer Drones


Democracy Now!
NAFTA on Steroids: Consumer Groups Slam the TPP as 12 Nations Agree to Trade Accord


The sweet potato . . . how sweet it is!
by Leanne Ely



Outrage Stirred as Police Deploy Snipers to ‘Observe’ Anti-Austerity March in UK
As more than 60,000 people marched against Tory’s attack on the economy, sharp-shooters took up positions on rooftops
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Is that a finger on your trigger

Or are you just happy to “see” me?


Will BP’s Record Gulf Spill Settlement Amount to a Record Tax Break?
Groups are warning that much of the $20.8 billion in settlement payments could be written off as the ‘cost of doing business’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*We all pay “the cost of doing business”


The Many Ways Women Are Beaten Down in America
by Paul Buchheit

*A woman’s work is never done

Being devalued


Is Bernie Sanders a socialist?
by Tom Hall and Barry Grey

*If Sanders is a socialist

Clinton’s a radical feminist

And Obama’s a Black Panther.


The Real News Network
GMO Anti-Labeling Law Heads to Senate After House Approval
Tuft University’s Tim Wise says in the face of uncertain science what’s needed is more science not deregulation

*Do you need to be a scientist to suss that if they’re trying to keep something from being labeled

That something might not be as harmless as they claim?


The Syrian Civil War and Big Power Rivalry
Sami Ramadani: The US and allied regional powers pushed early militarization of struggle as outside powers try to control outcome of Syrian revolution


The Global African: Alicia Garza on BLM & Oprah’s Diamond Controversy
We talk to Alicia Garza in depth on the subject of Black Lives Matter and Patrick Connors about Lev Leviev’s diamonds and his connection to settlements in the West Bank

*Diamonds are a ghoul’s best friend.

“O” dear …


Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria (2/2)
Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein debate what are the real goals of the U.S. in Syria


Evolution of A Black Panther Part 2
Kathleen Cleaver discusses moving to Oakland to join the Black Panther Party (BPP), assisting with the “Free Huey” Campaign, and becoming the BPP’s Communications Secretary


Is There a Path Forward for Baltimore After Freddie Gray?
Scholars and activists debate the future of a city still dominated by aggressive policing strategies and tax breaks for downtown developers


Why Drug Prices Are Out of Control, And What We Can Do About It
Jamie Love of Knowledge Ecology International told the Real News that our system does little to curb outrageous drug prices, and it’s not because there aren’t good alternatives


Evolution of A Black Panther (1/2)
Kathleen Cleaver discusses her parents’ influence on her political activism and her work in the Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)


Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S.’s Unreported War in Afghanistan

*Something tells me this will be pedaled out of the corpress news cycle real quick like.


Empiricism, my dear Watson.


Department of Education: From Disaster to Disaster?

*Close enough for rock and ruin

Meet the new boss …


Media Are Blamed as US Bombing of Afghan Hospital Is Covered Up
by Ben Norton

*(See comment on IPA piece above)

Of course, it has to go through the spin cycle first.


FAIR CounterSpin
‘These Are the Crimes That Really Matter’
Interview with Brandon Garrett on corporate criminals
by Janine Jackson

*It’s not a “Get out of jail free” card

If you’re never booked


Democracy Now!
War Crime in Afghanistan?: Outrage After U.S. Airstrike on Hospital Kills 22 Patients & Staff


Mission Accomplished Redux: 1 Year After “End” to War in Afghanistan, Aid Workers Reveal Real Story


The Vaccine Safety Lesson Every Doctor Needs
by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

*I’m just trying to suss this shit my own self.


Do the two most popular supplements for relieving hot flashes really work?
How to pick out a good one
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


How to Strengthen Your Core
by Yuri Elkaim



A US Drone Killed This Man’s Family. He Asked For Simple Apology. US Said ‘No’
Faisal bin Ali Jaber had offered to drop a lawsuit against the president in exchange for a public apology for his loss. He was denied.
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Club of One’: US Now Lone UN Member Outside Children’s Rights Treaty
The U.S. helped draft part of the Convention on the Rights of the Child—so why hasn’t it ratified it?
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Ratification would be an empty gesture, judging by the level of adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights over nearly seven decades.

That said, “misconceptions” have nothing to do with the matter.

Lies, on the other hand …


Opt-Outs Abound as Majority of EU Says No to GMOs
15 out of 28 European Union member states declare their intention to send territorial exclusionary requests to agrochem companies
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Frankenfood can’t conquer the continent


Refugees Face Fences and Force in ‘Prison-Like’ European Hotspots
Italy will allow a “proportionate” use of force to obtain fingerprints from asylum-seekers, which it has not done regularly in the past
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


In Aristotle’s Homeland, Canadian Mining Giant Fights Ban To Get Its Gold
“Eldorado Gold must realize that beautiful Halkidiki is not its property, nor Halkidiki a ‘lab rat’ of environmental destruction for its profits.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


PIRG Questions Experian/T-Mobile Giving 15 Million Experian Breach Victims Credit Monitoring, Since Only the Credit Freeze Stops Identity Theft


The Real News Network
38% of American Workforce Still Jobless
UMass Amherst’s Richard Wolff discusses why labor force participation is the lowest since 1977 and what’s really needed to stimulate the economy


Proposed Sentencing Reforms Would Keep Drug War Policies Intact
Retired 32-year veteran Federal Marshall Matthew Fogg says the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act is a positive step but fails to address racist law enforcement or drug war policy


Media Coverage Is ‘a Sort of Advertisement to Mass Murder’
by Jim Naureckas

*Perhaps a truly valid case for “classified information” on the grounds of “national security”?


FAIR Action Alert
New York Post Gets Ethel Rosenberg History Wrong
by Jim Naureckas


FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Could Have All These Drugs Available at Generic Prices’
Interview with Dean Baker about why medicine costs so much
by Janine Jackson

*To employ Baker’s analogy, when your house is on fire, you don’t comparison shop among local fire departments. So why are we talking about paying any price for vital meds?

Health care should be a right, not a commodity, at any price. Article 25 of the UDHC guarantees such.

Pretty words ignored for decades, I realize. But the principle holds, if we are at all serious about a humane society.

Baker advocates for a kinder, gentler capitalism.

I can’t think of a more cogent example of an oxymoron.


Democracy Now!
“This Has Become Routine”: Obama Speaks Out After 10 Killed in Oregon in Year’s 294th Mass Shooting

*”Somehow this has become routine.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go over my kill list.”


What symbol of fall may help you beat the blues?
by Leanne Ely



Alabama Makes Photo IDs Mandatory for Voting, Then Shutters DMV Offices in Black Counties
The ‘decision to cut out ID services to almost all counties with a majority black population is discriminatory and wrong,’ says ACLU of Alabama.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Trumpocrisy: How ‘The Donald’ Became a Billionaire and What That Means for the Rest of Us
On finances and the art of ignoring conflicts and contradictions
by Nomi Prins


You Knew the TPP Was Bad. Here’s How It Gets Even Worse
by Dave Johnson


The Real News Network
Abbas UN Speech: “Bombshell” or Wet Firecracker?
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains dismally uncourageous

*The hollow huffing of a hireling


A Critical Look at VICE’s Story on Mass Imprisonment with Obama and Holder
Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report says the story by the news magazine Vice on mass incarceration features massive hypocrisies in the policy decisions of Obama and Holder


Institute for Public Accuracy
Saudi Beheading, Bombing Yemen — and on Human Rights Panel


* Trade Deal “Death Sentence Clause” * Killer Coal Mine CEO Trial


Democracy Now!
Rashid Khalidi on Syria: The Beginning of This Mess was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq

*It would seem that ISIS targets were included in the air strikes



“The Questioning Was Clearly Sexist”: Rep. Brenda Lawrence on Republican Planned Parenthood Hearings


Dead Man Walking: Richard Glossip vs. The Death Penalty


Pathogens On Produce And How Best To Avoid Them
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



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