December 2015


Law, Order, and Social Suicide
by Robert C. Koehler

What About the Police Crime Rate?
by Vincent Warren

*The thick blue wall

The Real News Network
Top 3 Economic Stories of 2015
UMKC’s Michael Hudson breaks down how the increasing wealth gap, suppression of wages, and IMF rule changes are creating a battle between the classes

*One hand fingers the fiddle

The other fans the flame

Urge Ugandan President Museveni to pass the acid attack bill now
by Hanifa Nakiryowa

Democracy Now!
Exxon’s Climate Cover-Up Just Got Bigger: Docs Suggest All Major Oil Giants Have Lied Since the 1970s

*Liar, liar

Planet on fire

Artichokes: Choke Out Chronic Illness With This Superfood
by Jonny Bowden


Michigan Governor ‘Sorry’ as Flint’s ‘Man-Made’ Water Catastrophe Continues
Michigan’s top environment official resigns in latest development of lead contaminated water crisis
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Crocodile tears from a right reptile

‘The Fight Is Still On’: Hundreds Protest Sex Slave Accord in South Korea
‘Japan took us to be comfort women and still tries to deny its crime,’ says one of 46 surviving ‘comfort women’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You can’t forgive

Those who only wish to forget

An Open Letter to Young Muslims Everywhere: The Seed of Triumph in Every Adversity
by Ramzy Baroud

Center for Biological Diversity
EPA Misses Key Deadlines for Analyzing Pesticides’ Risks to People, Wildlife

*The EPA doesn’t need Congress to defang it

It’s a dab hand at self dentistry

The Real News Network
DOJ Suspends Asset Seizures
Former Deputy LAPD Chief of Police Stephen Downing explains why a law meant to target drug kingpins was harming everyday people since only 13 percent of seizure victims were ever charged with a crime

*Cops as robbers

No Charges for Cleveland Officer Who Killed 12-Year Old Tamir Rice
Attorney Kamau Franklin explains why the prosecutor’s approach in Tamir Rice’s case was flawed from the beginning and highlights the tools needed to bring a change beyond just criminal justice reform

Democracy Now!
“Groundbreaking” Exposé Shows Pentagon Thwarting Obama’s Bid to Transfer Guantánamo Prisoners

*If Dear Misleader truly viewed this as a priority, that hell hole would have been closed long ago.

But even if that were the case, it would have been replicated in the U.S., so we’re only talking about a matter of place, not perdition.

As Puerto Rico Nears Record Default, Island Complains to U.N. That U.S. Violating Sovereignty Rights

Six Benefits of Muscle-Strengthening Exercise You May Not Know About
How about making you smarter and better looking?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Spending Millions to Save Much More: How the Uber-Wealthy Avoid Paying Their Fair Share
New York Times investigation reveals how richest Americans exploit tax system in order to shield tens of millions
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

In Victory Against Pointless Plastic, Microbead Ban Signed Into Law
While Earth suffers ‘death by a thousand cuts,’ ban highlights much-needed environmental considerations
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

‘Whole Paycheck’ Dodges Overcharging Claims with $500K Settlement
Investigation found overcharging ranged from $0.80 for a package of pecan panko to $14.84 for a package of coconut shrimp
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Clean” foods

Dirty pricing

‘Free Basics’ Will Take Away More Than Our Right to the Internet
by Vandana Shiva

*Toxic food

And tethered thought

Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS
by Glenn Greenwald

All Naughty, No Nice: 5 Worst Fracking Moments of 2015
It’s hard to choose just five, but here are some of the worst moments from the fracking industry this past year
by Kiley Fisher

#YearWithoutTamir or, Why GetEQUAL Staff Are in Cleveland This Week

The Real News Network
Ex-Israeli PM Olmert Sentenced in Bribery Scandal But Remains Popular
Shir Hever explains why the majority of Israeli society remain in strong support of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert despite his being sentenced to 18 months in jail for bribery

WaPo Tallies Police Killings–but Holds Back Some of the Numbers That Count
by Jim Naureckas

*The cops shoot first

The corpress asks skewed questions later

Democracy Now!
Tamir Rice Family “In Shock” After Grand Jury Clears Police for Fatally Shooting Boy Holding Toy Gun

*A “perfect storm”

Formed by a police state of mind

Prosecutors in Tamir Rice Case Accused of Rigging Grand Jury to Clear Two Officers with Troubled Pasts

When Will the Killings Stop? Calls for Justice as Tamir Rice Joins List of Unpunished Police Deaths

*It’s not the color of the tab

Connecticut Reporter Resigns After Boss “Pimps Out Paper” to Billionaire GOP Donor Sheldon Adelson


What a concept

Why women especially need to know the signs of a stroke
Women can suffer the consequences more than men
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Eating Before Bed: The Ultimate Pre-Bed Meal
by Yuri Elkaim


The Illusion of Freedom
by Chris Hedges

*True freedom lies in the choice to care

The unbound soul is tethered to its cohorts

California Port Truckers Win $6.9 Million Wage Theft Ruling – Beginning Of End For Mis-Classification Scheme
by Doug Cunningham
Labor Radio

Brazilian Democracy in Distress: Unpacking Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment
by Alfredo Saad Filho

*What would be “inspiring” to me would be a party that embodied the ideal of honesty with the people as its innate policy.

I can dream, can’t I?

An ‘extremist’ in the United States
by Robert Jensen

*The “reasonable person”

Is far from standard

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
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The Real News Network
The Function of Police in Modern Society: Peace or Control?
Scholar Sam Mitrani says the police were created to restrain the working class and the poor

*Excellent segment, worth a repost, providing the skinny that goes beyond a superficial “progressive” analysis.

But alluding to Mitrani’s comment about this nation’s wealth, it’s been produced by exploitation, so using it to address that situation is a contradiction, to my mind.

I don’t think the question is one of using wealth better, but of the concept of wealth itself, and with it the idea of working for someone else.

A “better job” is still one predicated on being paid a wage. With that comes control.

This dovetails with the subject at hand. The police don’t exist to “serve and protect” the population, and wage labor doesn’t exist to provide the population with dignity and freedom.

If we have to look at alternatives to policing, we have to do so as well with the nature of work, and the hierarchical relations that derive from work predicated on receiving a wage.

Okay, that’s all I got.

Democracy Now!
At End of Hottest Year Ever, Massive U.S. Storm Kills At Least 43 with More Extreme Weather to Come

*Hot air fuels a tsunami of stupidity

“A Badge to Kill”: Grief & Outrage as Chicago Police Shoot Dead 2 More Unarmed African Americans

*A rotten barrel ruled by Barry’s buddy

Mapping Police Violence: New Study Shows Cops Have Killed At Least 1,152 in 2015

The Link Between Stress and Cancer…How Fat Can Reverse Its Deadly Effects
by Daily Superfood Love

9 Common Nutrient Deficiencies (and How to Fix Them)
by Yuri Elkaim

Can’t Lose Weight? How Your Low Thyroid Is Making You Fat
by Yuri Elkaim

12 Big Fitness Trends and Health Predictions for 2016
by Yuri Elkaim

Are eggs from humanely-treated hens safer to eat?
And how can you know what you’re buying?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


John Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

Happy Holidays, Super PACs: FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money
Little-noticed rule allows candidates to solicit money for super PACs as long as it’s done in a small meeting
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*F acilitating
E fficacious
C orruption

Russia Warming Over Two Times Faster Than Rest of Planet
Country’s environment ministry issues climate change warning in annual report
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Going Beyond Paris or Even “Sustainability”: A Meta-Narrative for Sharing the World with Natural Systems
by Elizabeth Oriel

*Humanity beyond humanity

“The Time of the End is the Time of No Room”
by George Capaccio

*We need to go beyond imagining ourselves in another’s shoes

And imagine ourselves in their souls

Neoliberalism Resurgent in Argentina
What to expect after Macri’s victory
by Matías Vernengo

Filipina Trafficking Survivors Launch a Co-Op—And They Own Their Jobs
After Judith Daluz escaped from an abusive employer and reunited with her children, she struggled to make ends meet. So she started a cleaning business with other Filipinas—where she’s her own boss.
by Abigail Savitch-Lew

The Real News Network
Netanyahu Says it’s Anti-Semitism to Accuse Israel of War Crimes or Violating Human Rights
Shir Hever: At the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, the Israeli military and political leadership’s attacks on critics reflects Israel’s isolation and the strength of the boycott campaign

*From a good while back, but still useful intel, I’d warrant.


Lobbyists, in Strategy Session, Conclude That Refugee Crisis “Helps Us” Defeat Regulations
by Lee Fang
The Intercept

The Real News Network
Will the Decline of Coal Solve the Climate Crisis?
Sharon Kelly says as coal companies face financial pressure, investors should be wary about shifting toward other fossil fuels if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change

*If there is a concerted corporate shift to renewables, we have to be aware that while the energy may be clean

The owners remain filthy.

The African Origins of Christmas
Historian, author, and educator Anthony Browder summarizes the African origins of Christmas

The Case of Alonzo Smith Transcends Local Colonial Boundaries and Jurisdictions
Activist and organizer with PACA – Pan-African Community Action – Adwoa Masozi discusses the latest developments in the mysterious death of Alonzo Smith while in private police custody

Is the African Union a Western Front for Civil War in Burundi?
Executive editor and founder of the Black Agenda Report Glen Ford discusses the latest in the apparent civil war in Burundi, describing much of the problem as originating in Western and other outside influences

The Odd (Yet Effective) Tips I Tell Clients To Help Them Maintain Their Weight
by Yuri Elkaim


‘Unprecedented Situation’ in Brazil as Number of Cases of Virus-Linked Birth Defect Explodes
Mosquito responsible for dengue epidemic also bringing Zika to drought-stricken Brazil
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Kentucky Lurches Right After New Governor’s Regressive Rampage
In one day, Tea Party ‘darling’ Matt Bevin revokes voting rights for tens of thousands and rolls back minimum wage hikes
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack
by Ray McGovern

The Real News Network
$100 Billion in Tax Revenue Lost Every Year Due to Loopholes for Multinationals
On 60 minutes, Apple CEO Tim Cook says accusations of tax avoidance schemes are ‘total political crap’, but economist James Henry says it’s unfair for corporations to simply wash their hands of having to share the costs of government

Texas Grand Jury Rules Against Any Indictments in the Death of Sandra Bland
Activist, scholar and journalist Rosa Clemente says Sandra Bland’s death could be a COINTELPRO-like targeted assassination of Black activists

What Influence Does Wall Street Have Over Candidates Clinton and Sanders?’s Will Tucker and former financial regulator Bill Black respond to Hillary Clinton’s comments on her ties to Wall Street

*I wouldn’t put scared money on Sanders waging war against Wall Street if elected, but I’d bet my bottom piaster on what will happen under Madam Mayhem.

And as much as I despise what she represents, let’s stop calling her “Hillary”.

“That bastard” works fine my me.

Weirdly, Trump Is as Blase About Russia Killing Journalists as He Is About US Killing Journalists
by Jim Naureckas

Institute for Public Accuracy
Noam Chomsky & Abby Martin: Electing The President Of An Empire

Democracy Now!
Will Sandra Bland Get Justice? Family Speaks Out After Grand Jury Won’t Indict Anyone in Her Death

Free Speech Not Allowed? Mall of America Can’t Stop Black Lives Matter Rally over Jamar Clark Death

Is coconut oil a miracle cure for Alzheimer’s disease?
The idea is intriguing, but the evidence so far is lacking
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

4 Good Carbs to Eat for A Flat Belly
by Yuri Elkaim


Error 451: A New Dystopian Internet Code With a Very Important Meaning
‘If your government does that, it sends a strong message to you as a citizen about what their intent is.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Antibiotics Expert Warns It’s ‘Almost Too Late’ to Stop Global Superbug
‘We have got a 50-50 chance of salvaging the most important antibiotics but we need to stop agriculture from ruining it again,’ says UK health expert
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Threatened by Powerful Voice, Industry ‘Attack Dog’ Hired to Discredit Teenage Anti-GMO Activist
“The agrichemical industry is plainly quite threatened by this teenage schoolgirl, so that’s why they’re after her.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Australia Approves ‘Irresponsible’ Coal Port Near Great Barrier Reef
“The federal Liberal and state Labor governments are teaming up to do Adani’s dirty work to turn our Great Barrier Reef into a highway for coal ships to cook the planet.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*More plunder Down Under

5 Lessons Trade Unions Can Teach the WTO
by Polly Jones

Trade unions test Qatari sincerity with demands for labour reform
by James M. Dorsey

Flowers from Guantanamo
by Kathy Kelly

Do Racists Like Fox News, or Does Fox Make People Racist?
by Sean McElwee and Jason McDaniel

*Call it “value added” racism

Center for Food Safety
Jackson County, OR GE-Free Zone Successfully Protected From Legal Challenge
Federal Court Decision Upholding County Ordinance Will Not Be Appealed

Fight for the Future
Facebook Is Trying to Mislead Users Into Helping Undermine Net Neutrality in India

The Real News Network
Podemos Breaks Two-Party System in Spain
ROAR Editor Carlos Delclos explains how Podemos has lead the call for structural change but will ultimately be limited in getting results

Initial Syrian Peace Talks Won’t Include Syrians
New Internationalism Project Director Phyllis Bennis says the U.N. Security Council resolution allows for the participation of all outside supporters of the opposition forces

For Democrats, Debate Night Means Being Quizzed From the Right by Corporate Media
by Jim Naureckas

*The questions reveal more about those posing them than those responding to them, don’t they?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Tendency Is to Just Publish the Police Blotter’
Jamie Kalven on the Laquan McDonald cover-up
by Janine Jackson

Is brisk walking always better for losing weight?
It depends on how long you do it
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

Oven Roasted Chestnuts (and my favorite way to enjoy them)
by Leanne Ely


‘Outrageous and Totalitarian’: Mall of America Sues to Block Black Lives Matter Protest
But organizers said they have ‘no plans to halt the demonstration’ planned for Wednesday, December 23
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

On Both Sides of Atlantic, Muslims Organizing to ‘Reject Dehumanization’
‘For some of us, organizing and resisting against this system of anti-Muslim violence is survival’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

Freakish Winter Warmth: It’s NOT Not Global Warming
by Erika Spanger-Siegfried

Porter Ranch Gas Leak a Catastrophe Not Seen Since the BP Oil Spill
by Erin Brockovich

*Greed is the most potent poison

Your Retirement Prospects Are Bleaker Than Ever
by Dean Baker

The occupation cannot hold back the Palestinians forever
by Vijay Prashad

Moral Monsters: What al-Baghdadi and Hitler Do and Do Not Have in Common
by Andrew Levine

*The equivocal embodiments of evil

Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Palm Oil Giant Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK) Plagued By Ongoing Conflict and Exploitation, New Progress Report Finds
Report sets six month timeline for KLK to resolve cases and calls on KLK’s customers and financiers to cut all ties if the company does not

Revolution News
#ResurrectionVillage Tiny Homes – Denver Homeless Outloud by Unicorn Riot

*Mile high inhumanity

The Real News Network
Rwanda’s Kagame Eligible for Third Term Despite Civil Society Crackdowns
Rwanda genocide survivor Claude Gatebuke says the U.S., which spends $200 million a year on the Rwandan government, is starting to see president Paul Kagame more as a liability than an asset

Congress Cuts Taxes for the Rich While Majority of Americans Want Them to Pay More
Economist James Henry explains how the “activating finance” tax break permanently keeps billions of corporate revenue offshore, furthering the wealth gap in America

*Xmas for the exploitocracy

Petition update
Wildlife Services Must Follow Environmental Laws, Says State of Washington Court
by Robert Merrick

WaPo Gets Iran Missile Story Exactly Backwards
by Jim Naureckas

*Clearly, the Post has no interest in improving its accuracy.

Washington Post Promotes Dickensian Marketing Experiment on Poor Children
by Adam Johnson

*X rated Xmas exploitation

Find the Right Doctor and Triumph over Cancer
by Ty Bollinger

*If your doc ain’t a mensch

Send them to the bench

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting for Cancer Patients
by Dr. David Jockers

Promising Cancer Cure Cover-Up by Big Pharma
by G. Edward Griffin

*True? If you have any enlightening intel to share, please pass it along.

7 Anti-Aging Foods Everyone Over 40 Should Eat
by Yuri Elkaim

How to Do Intermittent Fasting: 19 Popular Questions Answered
by Yuri Elkaim

The 14 Best Ab Exercises for a Rock Solid Core
by Yuri Elkaim

Don’t be fooled by these claims about breakfast foods
They just want you to eat more of their foods
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


‘Landslide Victory’ for Farmers as Court Rules Against Shell
Nigerian farmer says Dutch court ruling ‘offers hope that Shell will finally begin to restore the soil around my village’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Change in Spain: Podemos or No Podemos?
We’re led to believe that the concept of basic income is just too radical for the present moment
by Belén Fernández

*”We Can”

But we won’t

Open Letter to John Kerry on Syria Peace Process

Amnesty International USA
Dow Must Show Up at Criminal Court Hearing in Bhopal

The Real News Network
Is the DNC Unfairly Targeting the Sanders Campaign?
Journalist Doug Henwood says Sanders’ campaign has the right to be suspicious of the Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, considering her close allegiance to the Clintons

New Education Bill: Downloading and Its Impact on Schools
Lois Weiner of New Jersey City University says the main issues facing public schools are privatization, testing, teacher performance and school budgets – and this bill won’t fix them

Yemen Peace Talks Turn into Crisis Management
A resolution to the conflict is at risk because key players that have enormous power in the conflict are not at the table, says associate editor Bilal Ahmed

A Crude Deal: Lifting Oil Export Ban Means Subsidy Windfall for Oil Industry
The proposal in the current spending bill could lead to a lot more carbon emissions and government handouts for the oil industry, says’s Steve Horn

Domestic abusers aren’t #RealHeroes
by Kenneth Tome

Admiring an athlete simply for being skilled at his profession is foolish.

We should save our respect for those who by their actions towards others show that they merit it.

Petition update
Ben & Jerry’s officially opposes tail docking
by Laura Yanne

FAIR CounterSpin
‘It’s Just One in a Long Series of Attacks on Planned Parenthood’
Jodi Jacobson on Colorado Spring massacre
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton: The “Temporary Populist”

*Clinton’s supply of sincerity?

Sold out

Democracy Now!
Did the U.S. Cover Up Navy SEALs’ Beating Death of Afghan Detainee & Pattern of Extreme Abuse?

*Does it take “immense courage” to not be a monster

Or just a solid handle on your humanity?

After 28 Years in Prison, Man Falsely Convicted in Botched Investigation to Walk Free

Ceasefire in Yemen Faces Collapse as U.S. Continues Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, Fueling Civil War


As Destruction of Philly Public Ed Looms, Kids Are Pawns in Budget Battle
‘Do we really need to bleed Philadelphia some more before we can heal the self-inflicted wounds caused by our conservative legislators?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Not Just Oceans and Atmosphere, Rapid Warming Killing World’s Lakes
Rapidly warming lakes are warning sign of possible water insecurity, ‘substantial economic consequences,’ and, in some cases, ‘complete ecosystem loss,’ researchers found.
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

“People’s Injunction” Launched to Block Canadian Pipelines
‘The action on the ground starts now’
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

There’s Nothing Funny About a Donald Trump Rally
At a rally on board an aircraft carrier, the true character of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is apparent – fascism with a cartoon face
by Laurie Penny

*There’s no chance this ubermiststück will be president

But that’s not what this is about, is it?

Trump’s on the mother of all power trips, his dick rigid as the rabble scream his name.

He doesn’t want the job

He wants the rapturous adulation of the mob

The rapt attention of the media

And the celebrity sine qua non to come.

Fight for the Future
Chelsea Manning Turns 28 in Military Prison
Supporters mobilize to celebrate heroic WikiLeaks whistleblower’s birthday; Fight for the Future launches site to send Chelsea a flurry of birthday cards

National Lawyers Guild Adopts Resolution Supporting Prison Abolition
“Prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings.” -Angela Y. Davis

The Real News Network
Why You Should Be Concerned by the Fed’s Interest Rate Hike
PERI Co-director Gerald Epstein says while the interest rate hike is meant to demonstrate the growing strength of the US economy, it could actually end up slowing it down

Media Take Diet Advice From Coke-Funded Academics
by Stacy Malkan

*Apparently they think we’ll swallow anything.

Of course, that is their business model.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Anger in Streets of Baltimore

Democracy Now!
Mistrial: Justice for Freddie Gray Uncertain as Baltimore Jury Fails to Reach Verdict

How Flint, Michigan, Saved Money and Poisoned Its Children: City Declares Water Emergency

*Yeah, I know it’s a fantasy, but the bastards behind this should be given a choice

Go to prison for a long goddamn time

Or drink the water

6 ways to save money while eating healthy
by Leanne Ely


And Just Like That, “Free Trade” Pact Trounces US Law
Congress kills country-of-origin label law with provision tucked into omnibus budget
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

World’s Small Farmers Fighting Back as WTO Pushes Corporate Agenda
The WTO is aiming to strengthen a ‘corporate-driven free trade regime’ while ignoring solutions that would protect small-scale farmers and increase food security, says La Via Campesina
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Gas Prices Are Down and a Nation’s Love for SUVs Soars
Worldwide vehicle fuel economy needs vast improvement to stave off catastophic warming.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Literally driving over the cliff

Breaking Bread in Kabul
by Kathy Kelly

As We Adapt to Climate Change, Who Gets Left Behind?
by Robert Jensen

The Ungodly Type: So-Called Christian Shelter Boots Out Sinful Sex-Having Harlots Because, Duh, the Bible
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Religion enlists the divine

To justify the all too human

The Real News Network
7 Arrested Demanding State Revoke Permit for New Baltimore Incinerator
TRNN speaks to concerned community residents and and public health experts on why they believe the Department of Environment should halt the construction of the largest incinerator in the country

Why America is Moving Away from the WTO
As WTO ministers meet in Nairobi, Tuft University’s Tim Wise explains the tensions between developing countries and developed countries and why America is pursuing asymmetrical negotiations in regional trade deals like the TPP

Institute for Public Accuracy
CNN: Must a President Kill Thousands of Children?

*P.T. Barnum was born too soon

CNN’s Debate on ‘Terror’ Omitted the Kind That Kills the Most Americans
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
Pt. 2: Black Women at the Intersection: Holtzclaw Case Links #BlackLivesMatter & Anti-Rape Struggles

*Holtzclaw focused on these women

And those that should have supported them, didn’t.

GOP Debate: Trump Defends Muslim Ban, Other Candidates Debate How to Restrict Rights & Go to War

The 7 Worst “Healthy Food” Imposters…
by Jonny Bowden

Getting enough vitamin D to protect your bones
Few foods have adequate amounts of vitamin D
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Who Bought This Influential Newspaper? Its Own Journalists Don’t Even Know
Secrecy behind Las Vegas Review-Journal sale even more troubling because of the role Nevada holds in the upcoming 2016 presidential election
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

As Lead Poisons City’s Children, Mayor Declares State of Emergency
Study found dramatically elevated levels of the dangerous toxin in the blood of Flint, Michigan children under five
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

World without Context: Why the News Couldn’t Be Worse
Donald Trump, Mass Shootings With an Islamic Terrorist Flavor, and the Rise of the “Spectaculection”
by Tom Engelhardt

*Eyeballs glued

Brainpans emptied

Jesus in America Today: Spit Upon, Beaten, Banned
by Mark Morford

*All the sins sanctified in his name …


Sue for defamation of character?

When the State Department Tries to Choose Muslim Thought Leaders to Win “Hearts and Minds”
by Glenn Greenwald

*The ignorance is exceeded only by the arrogance

Jubilee USA Network
Federal Reserve Rate Increase Impacts Poor Country Debt

Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders Publishing Annual Worldwide Round-Up of Journalists Held Hostage, Imprisoned or Missing

Egypt Lobbies MEPs in Defense of Plans to Execute Irish Juvenile

The Real News Network
Media Hypes Potential Unrest as Jury Says It’s Deadlocked in Freddie Gray Case
Legal expert Doug Colbert and Baltimore activist Tariq Toure respond to developments on Day 12 of the trial of William Porter for the death of Freddie Gray

*Preparing for unrest

Or praying for it?

‘Fossil Fuels’ Nowhere to be Found in the Paris Agreement
Professor Chris Williams says 21 years of treaties and negotiations have all been stepping around the main problem: the production of fossil fuels

Days of Revolt: The Militarism of U.S. Diplomacy
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and author Vijay Prashad trace the acceleration of U.S. militarism since the collapse of the Soviet Union, and discuss the consequences of U.S. domination over global affairs

*The bullshitter in the china shop

Bill Black: A “Jihadist” Against the Banks?
While assisting the prosecution of JPMorgan and Countrywide in Florida by the Department of Justice, TRNN regular Bill Black was dismissed from the case by the assistant US Attorney, who described him as a “jihadist”

*Too big to flail

Democracy Now!
When Cops Rape: Daniel Holtzclaw & the Vulnerability of Black Women to Police Abuse

Does green tea prevent cancer?
The evidence is better for coffee
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


‘The Warning Bells are Deafening’: Super El Niño Threatening Global Hunger Crisis
Stark warning aimed at those likely to be ravaged by record weather system, as well as wealthy governments indebted to nations most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Tennessee Self-Abortion Arrest Highlights Dangers of War on Women
‘The Tennessee legislature is responsible for the coat hanger, however, Ms. Yocca is on trial and that is unacceptable.’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Strippers Suffering From Low Oil Prices
by Michael McDonald

*Misleading title

Informative piece

A Holiday Note to Congress: Half of Your Country is In or Near Poverty
by Paul Buchheit

*A rude awakening from the American Dream

The Age of Stupidity is Upon Us
Andrew Levine

*A fool and his money

Are soon a party?

Fight for the Future
White House in the Spotlight as Controversial CISA-Like Cyber Spying Added to ‘Omnibus’ Must-Pass Budget Bill
President Obama must veto dangerous attack on Internet security and free speech

UK Torture Complicity
Jack Straw’s comments do not fit with facts

The Real News Network
D.C. Mayor Calls for Warrantless Searches of Ex-Prisoners
The most Democratic city in the country is also the site of some of the harshest and most racialized proposed crime legislation

*Capital offenses

Leaders Sidestep Pentagon’s Carbon Emissions at COP21
Transnational Institute’s Nick Buxton explains how the world’s greatest CO2 emitter has gotten a free pass at climate negotiations since the ’90s

*Al Gore … a climate criminal?!


(That anyone would believe otherwise)

America’s Surge of Islamophobia
Moustafa Bayoumi, author of This Muslim American Life, explains why calls to register Muslims and surveillance mosques aren’t just fringe GOP ideas

Saudi Elections a Minor Concession to Internal Democratic Pressure
Professor Toby Jones says the Saudi elections won’t affect the fundamental political order

Don’t Kill the Buffalo in Yellowstone
by Joyce ONeill

Institute for Public Accuracy
9/11 Whistleblower Rowley on Visas and Mideast War Root Causes

*But they do have a clue as to the induced ignorance of the American public, don’t they?

Paris Climate Deal a “Fraud”

*A right turd

That will flush us right down the toilet

Credulous Reporting of Deceptive Propaganda Made Planned Parenthood Attack Inevitable
by Jim Naureckas

*I don’t know what’s more vomitous

The lies

The pandering to the liars

Or the spineless response (or lack of same) from those who could refute those lies.

Pretty much a toss up, don’t you think?

FAIR CounterSpin
‘A Woman’s Ability to Pay Her Bills Should Not Be Dependent on the Whims of Customers’
Saru Jayaraman on the lower wage for tipped workers
by Janine Jackson

*There’s another issue in this that has public health implications, and that’s the poison served at not only fast food joints, but also the Olive Gardens and IHOPs and the high end restaurants, though the menu may be “haute cuisine”.

This shit is loaded with fat, salt and sugar, not to mention pesticides, and is a prime culprit in the health crisis of obesity and heart disease we’re confronting.

Workers in the industry should be treated fairly, but the bottom line is that the industry shouldn’t exist, same as fossil fuels.

So I realize the time crunch, as well as the lack of knowledge so many folks have regarding how to prepare healthy meals at home, but Jayaraman’s point about a living wage benefiting the industry flies in the face of the fact that this crap will kill you.

Democracy Now!
Protest in Paris: Climate Justice Activists Decry Accord as “Death Sentence” for Millions

7 Essential Steps for Preventing Breast Cancer
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers

What Really Causes Cancer
by Webster Kehr

*FYI – I thought it better to pass it along than not.

Hormone-Sensitive Lipase: 3 Clever Ways to Make This Enzyme Burn More Fat
by Yuri Elkaim

Ranking protein from the healthiest to the least healthy
How do beans, nuts, fish, poultry, and dairy compare?
by Bonnie Liebman

Drink THIS First Thing in the Morning
This daily trick can help you detoxify, improve your digestion and boost your metabolism & energy levels
by Mike Geary

*Does it work?

Couldn’t hurt to see, right?


Channeling Nation’s Ugliness, Trump More American Than You Think
“Donald Trump’s racism, nativism, and bigotry are as American as apple pie,” says commentator
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The creature from the black lagoon of the American id

Despite Global Blowback, US Military Demanding Bigger, Badder Drone War
Questions also raised about whether civilian defense contractors hired as pilots are taking part in armed conflict
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

US Nuclear Weapons Complex Leaves ‘Legacy of Death on American Soil’
More than 100,000 Americans have been diagnosed with cancers and other diseases after building the nation’s atomic stockpile over last 70 years
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Dr. Strangelove’s deadly prescription

So Why Did Turkey Shoot Down That Russian Plane?
Powerful forces are maneuvering to torpedo any Syrian peace process that could leave room for Bashar al-Assad.
by Conn Hallinan

An Introduction to Mijente
by Marisa Franco
Director of #Not1More and co-founder of Mijente

The Real News Network
U.S. Remains Tight with Saudis In Spite of Support for Terrorism
Toby Jones, author of the book Desert Kingdom: How Oil and Water Forged Modern Saudi Arabia, explains the depth of US-Saudi relations and why it remains solid in spite of the mounting evidence of its connection to terrorism on our soil

Oil Gushing Saudi Arabia Major Obstacle at COP-21 in Paris
Dimitri Lascaris gives us a run-down on all of the major obstacles in the draft agreement coming out of Paris COP21 meeting

*Determined to sign our death warrant

Former Baltimore Police Trainer: Porter Responsible for Freddie Gray’s Death
33-year law enforcement veteran Neill Franklin also says only accountability for police and ending policies such as the drug war can prevent more tragedies like the death of Freddie Gray

*The “war on drugs”, like the “war on terror”, won’t end until we understand that neither is about its alleged goal.

They’re about control – of resources, land, populations, power.

Ask yourself what benefit is derived for those in power by “winning” those wars, and by their endless prosecution.

How does the balance sheet look from their vantage point?

After San Bernardino, Some Reporters ‘Poke Around’–While Others Follow the Money
by Janine Jackson

*More toxic mold infesting the Fourth Estate

Institute for Public Accuracy
Dow – DuPont Merger: Perpetuating GMOs, Squeezing Farmers and Consumers?

*More malignant growth from the cancer of capitalismo

Democracy Now!
We are Sacrifice Zones: Native Leader Says Toxic North Dakota Fracking Fuels Violence Against Women

4 proven steps to reset your metabolism
by Yuri Elkaim

*Solid intel, as I see it

See if you assent

8 surprising uses for cranberries
by Leanne Ely


Listen to This Network CEO Revel in the Amazing Profits of Presidential Candidates “Throwing Crap at Each Other”
An inside look at why corporate media eggs on Trump’s divisive—and lucrative—braggadocio
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”We’re happy as hell, and we want to take more and more!”

Outlook is Sunny: Solar Energy On Track for Its Best Year Ever
“Year after year, we’re seeing the demand for solar energy in America skyrocket.”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Without community control, we’ll be at risk for a severe case of sunburn.

The Deadly Results of This Nation’s Mental Healthcare Failure
New report details widespread systemic failures that have led to decline of healthcare access alongside rise in police interactions with mentally ill
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What we truly have is a moral health crisis

Abortion Access – No Matter How Much Money You Make
by Alexa Kolbi-Molinas

Healing Humanity’s Grief In The Face Of Climate Change
byDavid Suzuki

*Without humanity

There will be little left of humanity

Blair Must Answer for UK-US Rendition of Anti-Gaddafi Families at Parliamentary Appearance

MENA Solidarity Network-US
Human Rights TRUMP Oppression: Solidarity with Iraqi and Syrian Refugees

The Real News Network
Venezuela Opposition Secures “Supermajority” in National Assembly
Gabriel Hetland and Gregory Wilpert say that removing President Maduro from office appears to be its first order of business

Former Bolivian UN Ambassador: COP21 Draft Text Shows Plans to Further Commodify Nature
TRNN correspondent Dimitri Lascaris talks to former UN Ambassador of Bolivia Pablo Solon, who says the final Paris agreement is headed towards the creation of carbon markets with terms to be settled in future COP meetings

*So how much has all the hot air from Paris added to global warming?

The Canadian Environment Minister’s Cop-out at COP21
Dimitri Lascaris of TRNN, Carol Linnit of DeSmogCanada, and Ashley Renders of Vice News Canada challenge the new minister

Rattling the Bars: U.S. Prison Nation
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, TRNN Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks to Prison Policy Initiative’s Bernadette Rabuy and Dignity and Power Now’s Mark-Anthony Johnson about a new report on mass incarceration in America

Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu: * Oil from ISIS * Anti-Muslim

Actipedia is an open-access, community-generated wiki to document, share, and inspire Creative Activism

NYT Rewrites Scalia to Make Him Sound Less Racist
by Jim Naureckas

*”And, you know, there are only a few really competent blacks, and if they go to UT … goodness …

All you’ll have at the lesser schools are a bunch of dumb bunnies.”

Democracy Now!
“It’s Going to Burn Our Planet”: Hundreds Protest “Unacceptable” Draft Climate Accord Inside COP21

Obama Accused of Giving Poor Nations a “Poison Chalice” by Skirting U.S. Climate Responsibility

Why Is Saudi Arabia Undermining COP21 When Climate Change Could Make the Gulf Uninhabitable?

Treat Yourself with Tangerines
by Leanne Ely


Torture Report at One Year: Unread, Unpunished, and Still Up for Debate
For the White House to look the other way while the investigation is possibly buried, ‘sets a dangerous precedent by excusing major crimes like torture and forced disappearance’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Will Any Presidential Candidate Connect Federal Tax Policy and Police Killings?
Tax policy and police brutality are inextricably linked, yet no one’s talking about it. Here’s why they should.
by Karen Dolan and Bob Lord

*Death and taxes

How the Agri-Business Borg Tried to Assimilate Me at the Paris Climate Talks
by Kevin Smith

It Takes Roots Delegation
Indigenous, Migrant, and Black Communities from the US and Canada Unite With Refugees And Migrant Communities in Paris

The Real News Network
Day 9: No Meaningful Outcome From Paris
Dimitri Lascaris says the draft agreement is profoundly unsatisfactory and lacks enforcement procedures

*The fiddles and the flames

Israel Key Link in Exporting ISIS Oil
Vijay Prashad says that ISIS oil is smuggled through Turkey to Israel and is a major source of ISIS funding

*No good guys

Only good guise

Friedman Goes After Trump: Hey, Massive Bombing Was MY Idea!
by Jim Naureckas

Institute for Public Accuracy
“Elephant in the Room” — Terrorism and the U.S.-Gulf States Alliance

Trump: Making Muslim Bias “Explicit”

Democracy Now!
“I Don’t Want to Die. This War Is Not My War”: A Syrian in France’s Largest Refugee Camp Speaks Out

What Do Survivors of War Have to Do to Live in Peace?: Voices from France’s Largest Refugee Camp

*”It’s their game.”

The latest on preventing breast cancer
Different subtypes may have different risk factors
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Grassroots Groups Beg Scottish MPs to Stop US Corporate Power Grab
Call comes just one day after leaked docs show EU blocking discussion of measures to combat climate change that could ‘restrict international trade’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Obama’s “Legacy of Inaction” on Campaign Finance Reform Exposed
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the president to follow his rhetoric on Citizens United and take executive action against flow of money into politics
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Bold” isn’t the first label that leaps to mind when pondering Dear Misleader’s “legacy”.

“Perfidious”, on the other hand …

Supreme Court Takes Up ‘Fundamental Concept of Democracy’ in Voting Case
Court to decide if states should be required to draw legislative districts based on eligible voters or total populations
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The historical irony is that they wanted to count “the other” a century and a half ago

For the same reason

Donald Trump’s “Ban Muslims” Proposal is Wildly Dangerous But Not Far Outside the U.S. Mainstream
by Glenn Greenwald

*It’s what under the hair that’s truly askew

Center for Food Safety
Major Japanese and American Consumer Groups Oppose Genetically Engineered Salmon

Food & Water Watch
Precedent-setting Campaign to Block Nestlé and Others from Bottling Water in Oregon County Submits Three Times the Number of Signatures Needed to Qualify for Ballot

The Real News Network
Why did Obama Link San Bernardino Attack with his ISIS Strategy?
Vijay Prashad says there is no evidence of an operational relationship between ISIS and the terrorist attack

Days of Revolt: The Revolution Will Be Local
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges speaks with attorney Thomas Linzey and activist Mark Clatterbuck about the grassroots movements rising up against the fracking industry, and the legislative and direct action necessary to resist corporate power in the absence of a true democratic system

*Essential reading, one aspect of which is the betrayal by large enviro orgs, which serve the same purpose as what Glen Ford calls “the black misleadership class” – that is, to claim to speak for a movement, while attempting to act as a manager of same for the status quo.

Cover Midwife and Doula Services for Mothers in the United States
by Jennie Joseph
Every Mother Counts

Institute for Public Accuracy
Will Victims of U.S. Hospital Bombing be Heard?

* Obama Speech Translated * AP’s NSA “Propaganda”

*A(nother) P(ropaganda) piece

Democracy Now!
“I Want a World of Peace”: In Exclusive Interview UK Labour Head Jeremy Corbyn Opposes Bombing Syria

“A Legal Black Hole”: Jeremy Corbyn Calls for Closing of Guantánamo, Hails Release of Shaker Aamer

Jeremy Corbyn Connects Western Bombing Campaigns & Refugee Crisis: “What Goes Around Comes Around”

*I don’t put my faith in politicians, but you have to note that Corbyn’s comments are beyond the pale in the US, aren’t they?

We’re asked to settle for the likes of Sanders.

Top Climate Expert: Crisis is Worse Than We Think & Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk

*”No, I’m not hopeful. But if we don’t try, we are guaranteed to fail.”

As succinct as you can be, don’t you think?

“Loss and Damage”: U.S. Stymies Push for Compensation for Climate Devastation at U.N. Climate Summit

Exercise to lose weight?
It’s not nearly as powerful as cutting calories
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

The Power of a Little Nutmeg
by Leanne Ely


This WTO Ruling Is Perfect Example of How Big Trade Deals Trump Democracy
NAFTA partners can sue the U.S. for a combined $1 billion annually in retaliatory tariffs over Country of Origin Labels for meat
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Candidates for the 2015 “Hypocrite of the Year”
by Paul Buchheit

*”[Gates] seems genuinely interested in saving the world.”

Education “reform”

The Green(wash) Revolution

GMO boosterism

I’d say he’s still in the running … if not the lead.

As Immigrants Mark Frustrating Year for Obama’s Executive Action, Cities and States Can Take Lead
by Shena Elrington

Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor
Norman Solomon

*Newspeak has always been old hat

Spike Lee Did the Wrong Thing
by Stacey Patton

IAEA’s Final Report on Iran Nuclear Program Defends Discredited Parchin Cylinder Claims
by Gareth Porter

Puente Movement
Uno por Uno: One by One

The Real News Network
Opposition Landslide in Venezuela – Maduro Accepts Results
President Maduro accepts results, says counter-revolution has won; opposition parties might win super-majority in National Assembly that could lead to removal of Maduro – Greg Wilpert and Alejandro Velasco with Paul Jay

The Islamic State that Buys Our Weapons
Last year, Saudi Arabia became the United State’s largest purchaser of arms, enshrining the untouchable status of a ruling monarchy that many accuse of fanning the flames of extremism in the Middle East

*Contracts signed in others’ blood

Who’s Listening to Civil Society at COP21?
Activists Anjali Appadurai and Kali Akuno describe the isolation and militarization at COP21 meetings and how world leaders refuse to acknowledge the need to end fossil fuel dependent economies

US Meddling in Venezuela’s Elections
National Lawyers Guild President Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan discusses the U.S. interests and the rhetoric of Hillary Clinton leading up to Venezuela’s parliamentary elections

Why America Remains Silent As Haitians Decry Fraud in National Election
Several reports find rampant fraud despite official results placing Martelly’s party in the next round of presidential elections

Empire Files: The U.S. School That Trains Dictators and Death Squads
Abby Martin investigates this notorious school that is largely hidden from the American public; its crimes around the world, its star graduates, why it exists and the movement to shut it down. Featuring interviews with School Of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois and other SOAW leaders.

*Few institutions make clearer the continuum of inhumanity at the heart of empire.

Regardless of administration, the funds – and the blood – flow.

“Industry Rule #4080…” Behind The Music Part TWO with TRNN’s Stephen Janis
TRNN journalist and producer Stephen Janis continues his conversation with Jared Ball about the politics and business of the music industry

*Beat down on the beat

Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Lower Standards for Teachers?

“The Muslims Are Coming!”

Democracy Now!
“We Do Not Want to Die in Silence”: Indigenous People Demand Rights as Draft Climate Deal Reached

Activists Dragged Out of Climate Expo for Protesting Corporate Influence over COP21 Negotiations

Finding the Healthiest Foods For Your Anti-Cancer Diet
by Ty Bollinger

How to Talk to Your Doctor if You’re a Cancer Patient
by Ty Bollinger

Why There Can Never be a Cure for Cancer
by Bill Henderson

*I can’t vouch for the veracity of this view, but I thought it worth passing along for your consideration.

Mammograms Cause Breast Cancer
by Dr. Ben Johnson

*As above – FYI

The Dirty Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products Most Women Don’t Know
by Ty Bollinger

Are multivitamins a waste of money?
Not for everyone, especially older men
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action

Metabolism Masterclass
Lesson 1: The 4 Metabolism Killers
by Yuri Elkaim

5 Ways to Make the Most of CSA
by Leanne Ely


“We’re in the Business of Killing Terrorists and Business is Good”
Statements by US Air Force officials indicate service is dropping so many bombs in war on ISIS that it’s scrambling to find more
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Don’t tell the munitions manufacturers that this is “futile”.

That’s not what their stock prices tell them.

‘Fukushima Fingerprint’: Highest-Yet Radiation Levels Found Off US Coast
‘The changing values underscore the need to more closely monitor contamination levels across the Pacific.’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Front page news?

Keep thumbing

Crime Scene Becomes Media Circus as Journalists Rifle Through Shooters’ Home
“Everyone responsible for this should feel deeply ashamed,” said independent journalist Allison Kilkenny in reaction to bizarre episode
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

*No principle

Just morbid interest

Guns and Deaths: We Really Don’t Care, Do We?
by Peter Van Buren

by Vijay Prashad

*When it comes to oil

Principle always loses out to interest

China Sucked Deeper Into World Financial Vortex and Vice Versa, as BRICS Sink Fast
by Patrick Bond

*Just more BRICS in the wall

#Freedomgiving Hunger Strike Supporters Push Candidates to Respond

The Real News Network
Voice of Europe: COP21
2015 Paris Climate Conference – COP21

*Gangrene washing

Canadian Youth Delegation Says Their Government Ignores Them, But Not Big Petroleum, at COP21
Real News correspondent Dimitri Lascaris talks to Atiya Jaffar of the Canadian Youth Delegation at the COP21 conference in Paris

*Photo ops

Input stops

Will COP21 Lead to Carbon Markets and an Unenforceable Agreement?
Chris Williams and Amy Miller discuss the shortcomings that could find their way into the final text at Paris

Justice for Port Drivers
Tell Ikea, Home Depot, Target to End Wage Theft

Sign the pledge: Don’t buy these Koch products
by Rachel Colyer
Daily Kos

A Missed Chance to Connect Paris Massacres, Past and Present
by Janine Jackson

*Isn’t “a lack of historical knowledge” contingent on a lack of historical reporting?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Under “Terrorism” Pretext, South Korea Set to Crack Down on Protests

*”Our valued (valueless) allies”

9/11 Whistleblower Coleen Rowley

Democracy Now!
We Do Not Want to Be An Accomplice: Nicaragua Rejects Global Consensus On Voluntary Emission Cuts

U.S. Accused of Shifting Responsibility of Climate Crisis Despite Role as Largest Historic Polluter

*The sound

The fury

The nothing

Will Nicaragua Build Massive Canal Despite Environmental Opposition?

*When Goodman says “[W]e’ll continue the discussion”, I hope she means that there’ll be a guest who will present opponents’ response to Oquist’s rosy scenario.

Time will tell.

African Women, Hit Hardest by Climate Change, Forge New Solutions Across the Continent

Activists Stage Paris Sit-In To Protest Role of Corporate Polluters in Climate Talks

Superfood Spotlight: 8 Powerful Alfalfa Benefits
by Yuri Elkaim

Orange you getting hungry?
by Leanne Ely


Private GOP Memo Reveals Trump Victory Would Only Mark the Beginning
‘Understand the populist points Trump makes and ride that wave,’ memo states.
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The art of the heel

Zuckerberg’s Facebook Giveaway: ‘Charity’ or Tax-Dodging Scheme?
Massive ‘gift’ merely reshuffles $45 billion into limited liability company controlled by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Doing well by doing good


Message from Paris: We Can Reverse Global Warming
by Ronnie Cummins

Utopia Now: Why There’s Never Been a More Urgent Time to Dream of a Better World
Right now, the future seems dark and frightening and it is precisely now that we must continue to imagine other worlds and then plot ways to get there
by Laurie Penny

*You don’t have to have hope to dream of a better world

Just a keen instinct for survival

Beware the Moderate Extremists in Syria and at Home
by Peter Bloom

*The bomb bay doors of bipartisanship

The Dynamics of Compassion
by Robert C. Koehler

*We need to walk in another’s shoes

To step in the right direction

A missing item on the COP21 climate agenda: Grieving
by Robert Jensen

*We face the future

Or forfeit it

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
How the Venezuelan Government Could Win a Majority of Assembly Seats with 42 Percent of the Vote
New Paper Examines “Rural and Small-State Advantage,” Realigned Party Coalitions and Their Significance for December 6 Elections

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
New Study on Child-Harming Pesticides Should Spur State, National Action

*Profit is the most potent poison

ACLU–Yale Report Finds Ebola Quarantines Medically Unjustified and Unconstitutional

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
Keep Politics Out of Nutrition Science!

The Real News Network
Former Cop: Incompetence Is No Excuse for Freddie Gray’s Death
Retired Baltimore Police Department Sergeant Michael Wood responds to the defense’s arguments

COP21 Final Agreement Will Include the Flaws of the Kyoto Protocol
Mary Lou Malig of the Global Forest Coalition says the negotiations in Paris are pursuing market-based solutions that will not save the planet

*Whatever comes out of Paris won’t be close to 2°C, and even that will spell destruction, disease and death for so many.

Least Developed Countries Get $248 Million to Adapt to Climate Change
Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director of the Oakland Institute, says while the $248 million in pledged funds appear to be satisfactory, the fund needs another zero to ensure that these countries can deal with the climate catastrophies they will face

Whither the Palestinian Authority? Neocolonial Police or Defender of Autonomy?
Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center discusses various perspectives on the value, direction and future of the Palestinian Authority

*Handling the hirelings

Koch Spy Agency Led by Voter Fraud Huckster
by Brendan Fischer

Kochs’ Freedom Partners Spent $129M in 2014, Invested Massively in Voter Data Lists
by Brendan Fischer

Institute for Public Accuracy
Opposition to Both “Wholesale and Retail Terrorism”

*The hypocrisy drones on

Democracy Now!
UK Begins Bombing Syria After Pro-War Vote; Cameron Accuses Corbyn of Being “Terrorist Sympathizer”

*Benn spits on his dad’s grave

State of Emergency in France: 2,200 Police Raids, 3 Closed Mosques, Hundreds of Muslims Detained

*Je Suis Fasciste


For Opposing Endless War, Cameron Brands Corbyn a ‘Terrorist Sympathizer’
Labour Party leader says prime minister’s remark “undermines the seriousness of deliberations” over Syria war
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Pro-Democracy Group Warns of Secret Right-Wing Push to Rewrite Constitution
‘This is a national train wreck that must be stopped,’ says Common Cause
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Are Uber Drivers Figuring Out a Way to Fight Back?
Uber may not be as invincible as it seems
by Steven Hill

*Who’s taking whom for a ride?

Brennan Center for Justice
New Analysis: Judicial Re-Election Pressures Tied to Harsher Criminal Sentencing

The Real News Network
Chicago Mayor Emanuel Sacks Police Superintendent McCarthy
The court-ordered release of the dashcam video of teen Laquan McDonald being gunned down by police officer Jason Van Dyke led to the sacking of the superintendent, but it raises the question of what the mayor knew 13 months ago, says Kamau Franklin

Planned Parenthood and the Long Line of Violence Against Women and Abortion Providers
Veronica Arreola, assistant director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender and the director of the Women in Science and Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado is “domestic terrorism”

*If men could get pregnant …

I imagine you know the rest.

Will Hillary Clinton Do More For Black America Than Did Obama?
Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford slams the latest article from Georgetown university professor and The New Republic columnist Michael Eric Dyson

*The courtier courts

Duh …

Institute for Public Accuracy
As Britain Votes on War, Western Interests Eyeing Syria’s Resources, Dismemberment

Democracy Now!
Is Oil & Gas the New Tobacco? Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Reaches New Milestone

The Global Poor vs. the 10%: How Climate Inequality Hurts the Most Vulnerable and Least Responsible


Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Cover Up
‘We’ve often wondered if Exxon actually hates our children because they so consistently stand in the way of safeguarding their future,’ campaigner said, ‘it turns out they apparently hate good journalism as well.’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Guess Who’s Against a “Safe Zone” in Northern Syria? U.S.-Backed Kurds
by Robert Naiman

*And most of those folks in Peoria could care less if civilians die in those airstrikes, whomever carries them out.

The Politics of Children’s Literature
What’s Wrong with the Rosa Parks Myth
by Herbert Kohl


The Real News Network
How the Criminal Justice System Protects Police
Todd Oppenheim compares the treatment of the six officers charged with killing Freddie Gray to the clients he represents as a Baltimore public defender

Huey P. Newton and the Untold Story of the Black Panther Party
Former Black Panther Party Chief of Staff David Hilliard and award-winning filmmaker Dante James discuss their forthcoming film on the Black Panther Party and Huey Newton

Days of Revolt: The Moral Bankruptcy of the Left on Prostitution
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and anti-prostitution advocates Lee Lakeman and Alice Lee discuss the Left’s absence in confronting male violence against women, and the role of colonialism in perpetuating prostitution

*There is no “freedom” in fear

Climate Protesters Defy State of Emergency in Paris
Janet Redman of IPS and Dimitri Lascaris of The Real News report on the COP 21 challenges in Paris that could isolate the US

*Misleading title, as there’s next to nothing about the Paris protests in the segment, is there?

But the main point’s important – that this is a dog and pony show designed to make as little change to business as usual as possible.

It’s utter insanity

But isn’t that what addicts do best?

Institute for Public Accuracy
Why Blue Collar Whites Are Dying

*When you’re in the same boat

You’d best be rowing in the same direction

Paris Talks, Paris Myths

Democracy Now!
Naomi Klein Extended Interview on Role of Obama, Trudeau & Austerity at U.N. Climate Summit

*I included this for the intel Klein provides about the impacts of climate change, and the perverse reaction to it by those in power, but I find her less and less convincing as a voice for truly transformative change.

I think it’s telling that she can refer to a mass murderer (as all presidents are) as “likable”, as well as her infatuation with a PR pope desperately trying to take the focus off the myriad scandals that infect his sect.

To my mind, that evinces a worldview that all too readily is willing to overlook intense contradictions when they prove nettlesome.

As the song goes, sometimes

“Facts don’t do what [you] want them to”.

“The Paris Agreement Will See the Planet Burn”: Former Bolivian Climate Negotiator Pablo Solón

Quick Weight Loss Tips to Drop the Thanksgiving Pounds
by Yuri Elkaim

Do you use this ancient fruit?
by Leanne Ely

Do sugar substitutes really help people lose weight?
Or do they cause weight gain?
Lisa Lefferts
Nutrition Action


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