April 2016


Supreme Court Quietly Approves Rule to Give FBI ‘Sprawling’ Hacking Powers
Absent action by Congress, the rule change will go into effect in December
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Joke of U.S. Justice and “Accountability” When They Bomb a Hospital
by Glenn Greenwald


The Real News of the Day – April 29, 2016
Protests against labor law in France, against President Macri in Argentina, against Rousseff impeachment in Brazil, and against Trump in California; Zika test now available; Supreme Court broadens FBI digital search powers; run-off elections in Iran


The Real News of the Day – April 28, 2016
Sanders reduces campaign staff, House passes electronic privacy bill, economic growth slows, Biden visits Iraq, Syria airstrikes kill 27, violence against civilians increases, climate change to cause health problems, China regulates NGOs, Germany promotes electric cars


Tired of Waiting for the Courts, Students Get Their Own Measure of Justice for Freddie Gray
TRNN Exclusive: Students at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis High stage a mock trial for Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray


Air Strikes on Aleppo Hospital Indiscriminate or Targeted?
Patrick Cockburn and Joseph Daher discuss the escalation of bombing in Syria that has killed 200 people in six days and undermined the peace talks in Geneva


Hypersegregation Is At the Root of Baltimore’s Public Health Crises
Margaret Flowers, Joshua Harris and Lawrence Brown discuss the severity of Baltimore’s public health issues and the Green Party’s strategy for confronting present-day structural racism in the upcoming municipal elections


Exposed by CMD: KIPP’s Efforts to Keep the Public in the Dark while Seeking Millions in Taxpayer Subsidies
by Lisa Graves


FAIR CounterSpin
‘Brazil Is One of the Most Unequal Countries in the World’
Maria Luisa Mendonça on Brazil’s president under fire
by Janine Jackson


Talking to Nike’s Knight About ‘Entrepreneurial Edge,’ Worker Abuses Are Beyond the Pale
by Janine Jackson

*Just do it

To ’em


Institute for Public Accuracy
Socialism and May Day


Democracy Now!
After 36-Day Student Occupation, University of California at Davis Chancellor Is Put on Leave


Northern Arizona U. Students Launch Sit-In as Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement Sweeps Country


Historian Peter Linebaugh on “The Incomplete, True, Authentic & Wonderful History of May Day”


Is Trump’s Rhetoric Reigniting Anti-Immigrant Legislation in Arizona?


Lena Rothman: A Trump Supporter Assaulted Me at a Rally — Then Police Arrested Me Instead of Him


The “Healthy” Vegetable Many People Shouldn’t Eat Raw
They can be a breeding ground for nasty bacteria
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


Herbaliciousness! (I’ll explain…)
by Leanne Ely



Why is Congress Trying to Give Military Half a Wildlife Refuge it Doesn’t Want?
The National Defense Authorization Act was amended to give the Air Force control over half of one of the largest wildlife refuges in the country
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Dark Money Group Spends $58,000 Attacking Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
by Libby Watson
Sunlight Foundation


Save the Starfish: Deoxygenated ‘Dead Zones’ Threatening Marine Life
Widespread deoxygenation is possible between 2030 and 2040, study finds
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Coming World of “Peak Oil Demand,” Not “Peak Oil”
Debacle at Doha and the collapse of the ‘Old Oil Order’
by Michael T. Klare


Is a GMO Labeling Victory within Our Grasp?
by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins


Can We Feel the Heat?
by Cathy Breen


The Real News of the Day – April 27, 2016
Trump and Clinton win Tuesday primaries, Trump presents foreign policy, former speaker sentenced to prison, TTIP only risks and no benefits, Mexicans march for 43 disappeared students, Venezuela declares two-day workweek for public sector, India drought deepens


Trump Embraces Israel and Promotes “Western Civilization”
Phyllis Bennis says Trump pulls back from the language of regime change, but threatens Iran and promises to make America great again


Tell Congress: Hold the Gun Industry Accountable


FAIR CounterSpin
‘It’s Remarkable How Little Real News Comes From Saudi Arabia’
Sheila Carapico on Obama’s Saudi Arabian visit
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
Ukraine’s Rightists Return to Odessa — Monitors Now Arriving as Well


Democracy Now!
Former Greek Finance Minister: Massive IMF Bailouts are “Ponzi Austerity” Scheme


Yanis Varoufakis: Bailouts of Greece are Pretense for Massive Payout for German and French Banks


“We Were Elected to Say No to the Creditors”: Varoufakis on Resigning as Greek Finance Minister


Yanis Varoufakis: Europe’s “Hot Spot” Refugee Registration Centers are “Concentration Camps”


What Does It Mean When Your Poop Floats? (Plus 9 More Common Poop Questions)
by Yuri Elkaim



Snowden Revelations Led to ‘Chilling Effect’ on Pursuit of Knowledge: Study
“If people are spooked or deterred from learning about important policy matters…this is a real threat to proper democratic debate”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Rejection of Montana Coal Train a ‘Big Win’ for Ranchers and Environmentalists
Federal board sides with grassroots opposition to Arch Coal’s Tongue River Railroad project
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Let the Rich Pay More Taxes’: Thousands Take to Streets in Costa Rica
Public sector workers have a long list of demands that includes salary increases, higher taxes on the wealthy, and land rights for peasants
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Taking Page from Israel War Tactics, US Military Employs Controversial ‘Roof Knocking’
Tactic criticized by UN commission used “extensively” during Israel’s deadly 2014 bombing of Gaza
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


The Geopolitics of Generosity
by James McEnteer


Center for Biological Diversity
Lawsuit Launched to Fight Dangerous Sulfur, Nitrogen Pollution


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Austria: Drastic, Unjustified Measures against Asylum Seekers


The Real News Network
Days of Revolt: Coping with Reality
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews climate change activist Tim DeChristopher about the social tension and injustice triggered by the deadly failure of the industrial world to confront climate change

*Humanity is not who we are

But what we do


Brave New Films
The current punitive justice system doesn’t work
We need Restorative Justice


The Diet That Improves Thinking Speed Within 4 Months
Adding exercise will also improve planning ability and memory
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action



Obama’s Offshore Drilling Proposal Based on Fossil Fuel Industry Research
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management used industry-funded reports to tout economic benefits of offshore drilling in Gulf and Arctic
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Austerity vs. the Planet: The Future of Labour Environmentalism
by Trish Kahle


30 Ways Chernobyl and the Dying Nuke Industry Are Killing Us All
by Harvey Wasserman

*Greed seeds insanity


From Brady to MH-17, Power Defines Reality
From the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down to Tom Brady’s NFL suspension, reality gets defined not by facts and reason but by power and propaganda
by Robert Parry


Interview With João Pedro Stédile: “Dilma’s mistake was to promote class conciliation”
by The Dawn News


Center for Biological Diversity
New Report: Rooftop Solar Power Blocked by Sunny States With Bad Policy
Analysis IDs 10 States That Must Adopt Rooftop Solar-friendly Policies to Reduce Emissions, Transition to Renewable Energy


The Real News of the Day – April 26, 2016
Primaries in five states, judge okays North Carolina voter ID law, countries ratify climate agreement, 30-year anniversary of Chernobyl, protests in Egypt and Iraq, Spain to vote again, Venezuelan opposition begin recall process, Brazil senate begins impeachment, Bangladesh gay rights activist murdered, British doctors strike against NHS


The Real News of the Day – April 25, 2016
Obama deploys special ops to Syria, Egypt blocks protests, Senators urge more money for Israel, Israel releases 12 year old girl, Obama dismisses North Korea offer, Obama pushes TTIP, Cruz and Kasich make a deal, Constitution fracking gas pipeline canceled, Tamir Rice settlement, 43 Mexican students’’ disappearance


$6 Million Dollar Settlement for the killing of Tamir Rice Lets Cleveland Police off the Hook
Cleveland has a disturbing history of trying to stiff victims of police abuse after losing in court, says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report


Warehouse Worker Resource Center
No Retaliation at the Port of Los Angeles!


Democracy Now!
30 Years After Chernobyl, World’s Worst Nuclear Disaster, U.S. Activists Warn of Ongoing Risks



Australian Politician Sets Methane-Laden River on Fire to Protest Fracking
‘This is the future of Australia if we do not stop the frackers’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


TTIP is a Very Bad Excuse to Vote for Brexit
by Nick Dearden


Meet The Press Panel Fooled By Trump’s Temporary, Moderate Position On Anti-LGBT ‘Bathroom Bills’
by Timothy Johnson


With the ratings and readership bonanza awaiting a Trumped up march for six more months

Gullibility could be said to be good business.


The Real News of the Day – April 22, 2016
Climate accord signed, Trump playing a part, elections clerk suspended, Virginia restores voting for convicts, suicide rates, Chicago mayor ignores recommendations, Obama opposes Brexit, UK spying on citizens, looser rules of engagement, Venezuela ordered to pay $100 million


Forget Bernie Bros — the Worst Trolls Work in Corporate Media
by Adam Johnson

*Black pot boilers


Democracy Now!
Is the Obama Admin Ignoring the Role of Turkey & Saudi Arabia in Syria’s 2013 Sarin Gas Attacks?


Sy Hersh’s Book on Bin Laden Killing Rejects U.S. Story, Says Saudis Financed Hiding of Qaeda Leader

*Hersh has done a lot of good work, but I don’t always trust his interpretation of the material he digs up.

In this case, I still have a great deal of difficulty accepting that “we” didn’t know Bin Laden’s whereabouts, and simply bided their time until the most politically advantageous moment to assassinate him.

The man was hiding in plain sight, for pity’s sake.

Now, it may be that it just wasn’t a priority to find him for years. What would have been the payoff? Having “Public Enemy #1” on the loose may have been seen to give added gravitas of the GWOT ™.

I’m spitballing, but given the resources available, I have to look askance at the suggestion that the spooks were so inept in their assigned mission.


Part 2: Seymour Hersh’s New Book Disputes U.S. Account of Bin Laden Killing

*FYI – if you can decipher his ambling argot

And even then …


Can a Lutein Supplement Save Your Eyes?
Why you’re better off getting it from food
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


How Skipping Breakfast Can Actually Boost Your Weight Loss
by Dan Go


Perpetual Salad! (love this idea!)
by Leanne Ely



‘Historic Day for Democracy’: Voting Rights Restored for over 200,000 Virginians
‘The disenfranchisement of people who have served their sentences was an outdated, discriminatory vestige of our nation’s Jim Crow past’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Although I don’t know that I’d agree with the broader proposition that even those still incarcerated should be able to vote – although I’m willing to be persuaded – I do believe society would be well served by restoring that right to those no longer separated from it, but still subject to “supervised release, parole or probation”.

If release is intended to indicate one’s fitness to reenter public life, the rights attendant to that sphere should accompany that transition.


Death to America: Suicide Surge Parallels Era of Economic Woes
Across nearly all demographics, thirty-year trend shows increasing numbers of people living in the United States would rather not live at all
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fracking Executive Says Rich Neighborhoods Safe from Drill Sites
At a closed-door seminar earlier this month, Range Resources official says drilling companies avoid ‘big houses’ of wealthy and influential people
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


(Not in my manicured back yard)


US-Funded Conservation in African Rainforests is Resounding Failure: Report
New report finds “current approach to protecting rainforests is not only unfair on local communities, but ineffective in protecting nature”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Clinton’s Digital Task Force Breaks Barriers To Defend Her Donors
by Kevin Gosztola


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Iraqi Kurdistan: Christian Demonstration Blocked
Sought to Protest Kurdish Land “Encroachment”


Amnesty International – USA
EU-Turkey: Merkel, Tusk and Timmermans Must Not Close Their Eyes to Catalogue of Human Rights Abuses against Refugees


The Real News of The Day – April 21, 2016
NY State AG to investigate voting problems, police officers plead guilty in Katrina case, Harriet Tubman on $20 bill, drone strikes outnumber warplane strikes, Obama in Riyadh, dangers of 2 degree Centigrade warming, Ecuador tax increases, EU-Turkey deal illegal, Prince dies


Will the Paris Agreement Save the Earth?
Chris Williams says that most countries have no objection to signing the agreement because the bar is set so low and there are no legal ramifications for not implementing it


FAIR CounterSpin
‘The Japanese Were Already Defeated and Were Seeking Peace’
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Colorado’s First Black Woman Pot Entrepreneur on Edibles, Incarceration & the Industry’s Whiteness


#EarthDay: As Paris Deal Is Signed, Gulf Coast Residents Demand End to Drilling — Entirely


Earth Day by the Numbers
66 is the percentage of grain fed to animals, 4500 is the number of gallons of water needed to produce a quarter-pound of beef
Michael F. Jacobson
Nutrition Action

*The meat of the madness


Special Report – Expired Condiments
by Leanne Ely



As Support Plummets, Is EU Moving Closer to Becoming ‘TTIP Free Zone’?
The next round of negotiations over the corporate-friendly trade deal will start in New York next week
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


You May Hate Donald Trump. But Do You Want Facebook to Rig the Election Against Him?
The company’s dominance means it can easily manipulate voter behavior. Though it claims it won’t, just the possibility is a threat to democracy
by Trevor Timm

*An “unlike”ly prospect


The Fight to Stop Oil Trains in Benicia Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger


Drug Policy Alliance
Maine Governor Vetoes Legislation Seeking to Increase Access to Life-saving Overdose Antidote Naloxone
Implies Saving Lives Perpetuates Addiction and It Is Better to Let People Die


MSF Concerned About New Threat to Affordable Medicines in Trade Negotiations with India and ASEAN

*There is no comity between the health of the needy, and the wealth of the greedy


The Real News of the Day – April 20, 2016
Clinton and Trump win, 500 refugees feared drowned, Obama in Saudi Arabia, N. Carolina anti-LGBT law, charges filed in Flint water crisis, new UN approach to drugs, drought in India, EU and BP, Brazilians favor removal of VP


Trampling Science to Boost Nuclear Power
by Jim Naureckas

*Call it “scientific method acting”

As for phasing out nuke plants, if one of those blows up real good near your neighborhood before that occurs, you’ll be in jeopardy of reaching the end of your useful life.

Makes you wish WaPo’s distortion of Sanders’ stance was in fact factual, don’t it just?


Democracy Now!
As Officer Who Killed Akai Gurley Gets No Jail Time, Asian Americans Debate Role of White Supremacy

*Liang did not receive the penalty his actions deserved.

That he was punished to any degree may well speak to a racial bias from which white officers are exempt, as well as Liu’s contention that the focus has been placed primarily on him to distract from the systemic causes of this tragedy.

Does that translate into an injustice against him?


Time to get rid of the winter grime!
by Leanne Ely



Revealed: After Big Oil Pressure, EU Dropped Key Environmental Measures
‘Arm-twisting tactics of Big Oil’ exposed in letter sent from BP executive to EU energy commissioner
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Is Obama Objection to 9/11 Bill Attempt to Prevent Lawsuits for US Overseas Terrorism?
Obama said legislation would mean ‘opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Sovereign impunity


Climate Change Has All But Destroyed Great Barrier Reef, Study Confirms
More than 90 percent of world’s largest living ecosystem has been hit by “severe” coral bleaching
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Reefless madness


Closed New York Primary Helps Democratic Party Maintain Status Quo
by Kevin Gosztola


Guinness Book of Warmongering
by David Swanson

*Top of the heap

Bottom of the pile


The Real News of the Day – April 19, 2016
New York State primaries, US ambassador’s convoy kills boy in Africa, global warming and humans, new findings on dinosaur extinction, Iraqi parliament suspended, largest bombing in Kabul, Yemen peace talks, arrest of German far-right leader, Ecuador death toll climbs


Republic of Congo Government Fails to Investigate Targeted Killings
DRC president Joseph Kabila may remain in power past his constitutionally mandated two-term limit if the December election is delayed, say Jason Stearns of the Congo Research Group and Kambale Musavuli of Friends of the Congo


Institute for Public Accuracy
BP’s Settlement, Six Years After

*The needle and the damage done


Democracy Now!
Is the U.S. Backing Rousseff’s Ouster in Brazil? Opposition Holds Talks in D.C. as Obama Stays Quiet


Hearing Loss May Lead to Memory Loss
Could that be why you may have trouble remembering?
by Bonnie Liebman
Nutrition Action


Liver Detoxification: What You Need to Know About Taking Care of Your Liver
by Yuri Elkaim



New Leak at Hanford Nuclear Waste Site is ‘Catastrophic,’ Worker Warns
‘This is probably the biggest event ever to happen in tank farm history’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why Art Matters, Even in Poverty
by Alison Stine

*Art for our sake


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Russia: Constitutional Court Backs Selective Justice
Overrules Binding European Court of Human Rights Judgment


The Real News of the Day – April 18, 2016
Impeachment of Brazil’s president, Saudis to retaliate, lawsuit for open NY primary, 300 Democracy Spring arrests, Supreme Court hears immigration case, more troops to Iraq, oil producers fail to agree, Ecuador death toll climbs, Goldman prize for Baltimore activist


Days of Revolt: Letting Go of the World
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews documentary filmmaker Josh Fox to discuss the catastrophe of climate change and Fox’s new film “How to Let Go of the World”, which showcases the role of art and culture in helping us embrace what climate can’t change

*Death is inevitable

Life is a choice


“The Quadrennial Duopoly Sham” and the Black Vote
On April 9, 2016 The Black Is Back Coalition held its National Conference on the theme of The 2016 Election and The Struggle for Self-Determination at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church – Harlem, NY. BIB coalition member and senior commentator with Black Agenda Report Margaret Kimberley gave this address on the question of the elections, Bernie Sanders and the Black vote.

*Feeling the Bernout


Voting Rules and Big Unions Favor Clinton in New York Primary
Glen Ford, executive editor of Black Agenda Report, tells Paul Jay the best thing to come out of this race would be a fracturing of the electoral duopoly


Institute for Public Accuracy
Hamilton: “Captain of the One Percent”

*Foundering Fathers


Democracy Now!
Millions of New Yorkers Disenfranchised from Primaries Thanks to State’s Restrictive Voting Laws


As Anti-LGBT Laws Sweep U.S., How Did GOP-Led Utah Pass a Landmark Nondiscrimination Bill?

*I imagine the Mormons and their allies could foresee the fallout from corps if they aped Miss’ssippi et alia, thus this “collaboration” and “compromise” to avoid their fate.

“We’re not there yet.”

Will there ever be a “there” there?


What common condiment may protect against cancer?
by Leanne Ely



Is Hillary Clinton Above the Law?
Ray McGovern
Secretary of State Clinton was harsh on subordinates who were careless with classified information, but those rules apparently weren’t for her, a troubling double standard, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern


Council of Canadians
CETA: Canada’s Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland Visits the European Union Trade Committee, Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow Will Respond


The Real News of the Day – April 15, 2016
Sanders and Clinton face off in last debate, Fight for $15 protest, new DC statehood effort, fracking releases billions of gallons of toxic water, Canada minimum sentencing, Spanish minister resigns, Brazil’s court allows impeachment, Burundi cross-border violence


Sanders Vs. Clinton on Israel’s 2014 Attacks on Gaza
Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada says that in spite of the mounting denunciation of Israel’s war on Gaza in 2014, Hillary Clinton continues to defend it


Congress, make it easy to file our taxes
by Elizabeth Warren


Institute for Public Accuracy
Coup in Brazil?


Democracy Now!
“This is Not a Bathroom Bill, This is a Hate Bill”: Rev. William Barber on NC’s HB 2


Is the Seafood You Eat Caught by Slaves? Meet the Pulitzer Winners Who Broke Open a Global Scandal

*So why not have someone else on who would do more than wring her hands at this?

AP, and other corpress outlets, will sometimes do important investigative reporting, as here, but when it comes to how to confront these issues, they’re careful not to question the system of profit that leads to these horrors. They may chastise corporations to “do a better job”, but the reason they act as they have – and will continue to, after “damage control” – is never open to discussion, is it?

That Goodman doesn’t pursue it either is a failing that can’t be considered an aberration, if you’re at all familiar with the program.


Is your dietary supplement laced with an illegal drug?
FDA finds a new contaminated one every three days
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


The Ultimate Spice Cabinet Clean Out!
by Leanne Ely



Vindication: Protesters Who ‘Put Arms Trade on Trial’ Acquitted
“We invite you to question why it is us—and not the war makers and profiteers—that are on trial,” protesters had said
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer


What Would Society Look Like with Universal Basic Income?
It may seem blasphemous to neoliberals, but a universal basic wage may be the only choice we have
by Laurie Penny

*Isn’t the larger question why we need any income at all?

If we don’t have to buy anything – meaning we don’t have to sell anything – then competition as the basis for an economy is rendered moot.

A family doesn’t engage in acts of commerce

And if a family is what we desire humanity to be

Why should we?


Did Administration Offer New Balance A Big Contract For TPP Silence?
by Dave Johnson


What Die Linke Should Do
by Bernd Riexinger


The Real News of the Day – April 14, 2016
Sanders’ largest rally in NYC, regulators reject bank bankruptcy plans, oil companies knew of climate change since 60’s, cell phone data collection, Syria elections, letter urges end to war on drugs


40,000-Strong “Workers’ Rebellion” at Verizon
Despite earning more than $39 billion in annual profits Verizon is cutting benefits previously guaranteed in union contracts, says Sarah Jaffe, Reporting Fellow at the Nation Institute


Demand Progress
Tell the FCC to end Big Cable’s monopoly on cable boxes


Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton, Sanders, Israel and The Occupation of the American Mind


Democracy Now!
Juan González: Clinton Has “Really Distorted” What Happened When NY Daily News Interviewed Sanders


“No Racism in New York”: 1,000 People Rally Against GOP Front-Runner Donald Trump in Manhattan

*The disease produces the symptoms


“First Amendment Rights!” Two Democracy Now! Journalists Arrested Filming Anti-Trump Rally in NYC

*Nothing “neo” about how this “liberal” city gummint deals with protests and those who document them, is there?


Good oil/bad oil. Now you’ll know the difference.
by Leanne Ely



Warning: Superbugs on Track to Kill More People Than Cancer
UK Chancellor’s statement follows World Health Organization warning of ‘alarming rise’ in antibiotic-resistant bacteria
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams



Maybe we should pay a premium to surgeons to ensure they sew up patients?


UC Davis Spent $175,000 in an Attempt to Scrub This Story from the Internet
Documents reveal university contracted with firm to “clean up” the school’s online reputation after November 2011 pepper-spraying of students
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why Peabody’s Bankruptcy Requires a Just Transition
by Jenny Marienau


Why Progressives Need a National Electoral Strategy-and Fast
We face a potential right-wing populist threat
by Bill Fletcher, Jr.

*I agree that half a loaf is better than none, but that only applies when you’re ultimately aiming to take over the bakery.

Reformism only seeks to secure the crumbs, with a promise of bigger portions that never seems to come to pass.

Half steps have to lead to full strides.

Okay … I’m out of aphorisms.


Public Citizen
Six Years Is Too Long to Wait for Safeguards to Prevent Another BP Oil Disaster

*With all deliberate delay


The Real News of the Day – April 13, 2016
Cruz to block Trump, Verizon workers strike, NC governor backtracks, Flint water still bad, Greenland ice melting, IMF warning, 28 countries to fight tax evasion, 6,000 missing refugee children in Germany, 2nd party leaves Brazil government


Closing Panama Tax Haven Will Require Fighting the Most Powerful Lobby In the World
Economist Michael Hudson says oil and mining industries and the State Department created Panama and Liberia for the express purpose of tax evasion

*Must read

Capitalism, corruption and criminality share much more than an alliteration


Institute for Public Accuracy
Vatican Conference Rejects “Just War” Theory

*JC doesn’t do camo


Syria and Libya: Avaaz: Interventionist Tool in Progressive Guise?


Media Asking Wrong Questions on North Carolina’s ‘Bathroom Law’
by Janine Jackson


Protests Against Money in Politics Hold Little Interest for Beltway’s ‘Political Junkies’
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
As Clinton Backs Closer U.S.-Israel Ties, Sanders Criticizes Settlements & 2014 Assault on Gaza

*Those inches will never turn to feet, much less yards


Who’s Teaching Us?: Stanford Students Demand Faculty Diversity & Support for Ethnic Studies



It’s Time to Get Cops Out of Schools
by Karen Dolan


4 Things to Know About the Peabody Energy Bankruptcy
Peabody Energy, the largest private sector coal mining company in the world, just declared bankruptcy—this is a big deal
by Kelly Mitchell


Free Press Action Fund Opposes House Bill That Limits Program Designed to Bridge the Digital Divide


Hydropower Is New Threat At The Heart Of The Amazon


Environmental Working Group (EWG)
The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen


The Real News of the Day – April 12, 2016


Wealth of the Russian Elite and the Growing Poverty of its People (1/3)
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin of Moscow State University says 1% of Russians own 70% of its wealth while 20.3 million are living in official poverty


Argentina Represses Telesur and other “Undesirable Media”
Pedro Brigier, journalist and professor at the University of Buenos Aires, says Argentinians view the government’s dissociation from TeleSUR as the loss of one of the only alternative voices for news in Latin America


RootsAction et alia
Tell Government: Stop Selling Homes to Wall Street


Institute for Public Accuracy
New York and Fracking: Clinton vs Sanders


An ‘Unqualified’ Success at Media Manipulation
by Robin Andersen

*Madame Mayhem and minions are loathsome, but it’s queasy time for me as well when I hear “Mr. Integrity” praise her (and Dear Misleader) out of political expediency.

Call a shady spade just that, if your principles mean more than merely “branding”.


Democracy Now!
As John Kerry Visits Hiroshima, U.S. Quietly Launches $1 Trillion Effort to Upgrade Nuclear Arsenal

*What a peace prize buys


The Health Bridge – Insomnia


The 3 Workout Cool Downs You Should Absolutely Be Doing
by Yuri Elkaim



Libya: Obama Admits Clinton’s “Greatest Moment” Was His “Worst Mistake”
The president’s ‘classified’ double standard coupled with Libya discord underscores rocky support for former secretary of state
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Despite Panama Papers, EU Pitching Another Tax Evasion ‘Smokescreen’
‘The Commission has once more taken the side of tax dodging multinationals against the European public’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Fever Pitch: This Crucial Moment In The Fight To Stop Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
by Kaitlin Butler and Patrick Robbins


Five Reasons to Care About Verizon Contract Negotiations
by Mackenzie Baris


Help the Air Force Name Its New Bomber
by Gar Smith

*The Curtis Emerson LeMay Memorial Massacre Machine?


Jewish Voice for Peace
Academics Urge McGraw-Hill Education to Reverse Decision to Destroy Textbook
Dozens of Prominent Academics Urge McGraw-Hill Education to Reverse Decision to Censor Palestinian Loss of Land Maps


The Real News of the Day – April 11, 2016
Sanders wins Wyoming, Democracy Spring, Obama: no post-intervention plan biggest mistake, global warming and earth’s wobble, Canada indigenous suicides, Peru presidential election


Disaster Capitalism’s Coming Use of The Lead Water Pipe Crisis
Glen Ford, founder of the Black Agenda Report, says the water pipe crisis will be used to justify previous goals of gentrifying more urban areas and creating massive wealth for elite corporations

*A lead pipe stench


Days of Revolt: Beyond the Vote
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Green Party MD Senate candidate Dr. Margaret Flowers confront corporate power’s influence in the U.S. two-party electoral system, and detail the forms of resistance that can transcend it


Why Krugman’s Latest Attack on Sanders’ Economic Plans Is Wrong
Economists Bill Black and Michael Hudson respond to Paul Krugman’s latest New York Times column, “Sanders Over the Edge”


Can GDP Growth and Carbon Emissions be Delinked?
Nate Aden of the World Resource Institute identifies 21 countries that succeeded in maintaining economic growth while also decreasing carbon emissions – can this feat be replicated elsewhere?


Colombian GM Workers Engaged in 5-Year Long Protest
Frank Hammer, a retired GM worker from Detroit and labor activist, reports on his visit with GM workers in Colombia and their 5-year protest at the US embassy

*Solidarity for never


Free Press Action Fund
Tell Congress: Oppose H.R. 2666 and Protect the Open Internet

*Net neutering


FAIR CounterSpin
‘Why Is It That the Safety of Those Coal Miners’ Lives Does Not Matter Enough?’
Bruce Stanley on coal-industry crimes
by Janine Jackson

*The cold hearts that covet coal hard cash


Institute for Public Accuracy
Clinton Claims on Honduran Coup “Full of Falsehoods”


Democracy Now!
Lee Fang: Dark Money & Lobbyists Serving as Superdelegates Could Decide the 2016 Race

*Madame Mayhem’s fracturing fairy tale


Beauty Secrets of the Spies: CIA Begins Investing in Skin Care Products That Collect DNA


Death by Gentrification: Alex Nieto Killed by Hail of Police Bullets in a Changing San Francisco

*Priced out of a life


Death by Gentrification in SF Part 2 with Rebecca Solnit & Adriana Camarena

*This is DN! at its best

And should be its default button


How do you cure brain fog?
by Yuri Elkaim


Red, yellow, green or orange?
by Leanne Ely



Canada’s Progressive Party to Consider Radical ‘Leap’ to Green Economy
In wake of massive job losses from oil price crash, NDP launches nationwide debates about Naomi Klein’s call to swiftly transition Canada to a green economy
by Nika Knight, staff writer


Why Every Child Should Opt Out of the Standardized Tests
by Diane Ravitch


The Pentagon’s Military Waste Machine Is Running Full Speed Ahead
by William Hartung


The Real News of the Day – April 8, 2016
Bill Clinton confronts BLM, Pope calls for family tolerance, Kerry in Iraq, US attack in Afghanistan, faster global warming, end of presidential campaign in Peru


The Israel Lobby’s Growing Assault on Free Speech
Journalist and author Max Blumenthal talks about the growing BDS movement and the efforts to muzzle it


Hillary Met with Protests over Foreign Policy and Criminal Justice in Baltimore
TRNN reports from a Clinton rally in Baltimore, Maryland, where demonstrators were ejected after protesting Hillary’s criminal justice and foreign policy stances

*How irrational can rationalization get?


Anything Can Happen in Peru’s Presidential Election
Prof. Gerardo Renique talks about the candidates and how the far right and left both have a genuine chance of winning in Sunday’s election


Institute for Public Accuracy
Is Kerry’s Hiroshima Visit Cover for Nuclear Buildup?

*Nuclear winter soldier


Some of Globe’s ‘Predictions’ for Trump’s America Have Already Come True
by Adam Johnson

*Not an anomaly

An analogy


Senate Crime Bill Unscrutinized by the Press
by Steven Dudley

*What a difference two decades doesn’t make


Democracy Now!
Black Lives Matter Activist: Bill Clinton’s Defense of “Superpredator” Policies Dehumanizes Us

*Slippery William pockets his pique and speaks of “get[ting] the show on the road” with “our friends”.

It’s a show, all right

A shadow theatre of the most cynical sort.


Black Lives Matter vs. the LAPD: Are the Police Unfairly Targeting & Surveilling the Movement?


Seven Decades Ago the U.S. Detained 120,000 Japanese Americans, Could It Happen Again?

*We never learn the lesson, do we?

Liberal icons were responsible for this.

FDR, Baldwin, Warren

A hierarchy of hypocrisy.


What a Cancer-Free Declaration by Your Doctor Really Means
by Tony Isaacs


6 Massive Health Benefits of Chlorophyll You Should Want
by Yuri Elkaim


Happy Mouth: A Simple Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
by Yuri Elkaim


10 Mason Jar Meals That Make Healthy Eating Easy
by Yuri Elkaim



‘Of Course’ Hillary Clinton is Qualified to Be President, Sanders Clarifies
In attempt turn conversation backs towards issues voters care about, Sanders walks back charge levied earlier this week
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Of course Clinton’s qualified, by the stagnant standards of those who’ve held the office.

The question is why Sanders won’t hold her to a higher one

And what that says about his own fitness for the job.


The Kidapawan Standoff—The Real Face of the Global Climate Crisis
In the Philippines, farmers are fighting for their lives but the state has met their demands for rice and justice with brutality and bullets
by Zephanie Repollo


Why the Panama Papers Are a Feminist Issue
Those shifting and hiding their wealth are failing to pay back into the ‘care economy’ – the people who produce and reproduce the workforce of today and tomorrow
by Chiara Capraro and Francesca Rhodes


The Myth that Obama’s Taking Huge Contributions from Wall Street Was Fine
by William Black


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Morocco: Victims of Attack Jailed for “Homosexual Acts”
Attackers Who Filmed Home Invasion Also Charged


The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day: April 7, 2016
Sanders and Clinton Tied, ACLU Sues US Gov’t, Increasing Global Military Spending, Panama Papers Fallout, Puerto Rico Suspends Debt Payment, Greeks Strike, Haiti Election Postponed


Protesters Highlight Bill Clinton’s Legacy of Expanding Mass Incarceration
Writer Yvette Carnell responds to Bill Clinton’s comments to protesters: “You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter”

*Now, Slippery William’s a sweet talker, we all know, so why the hissy fit, which of course his bitter half has been known to indulge in, as well?

I think it comes down to arrogance on both counts.

They were all ready to resume the dynasty, and with that in some degree of jeopardy, the angst of entitlement endangered occasionally leads them to pop off without calculating the political consequences, diminished though they may be by a colluding corpress.

Sometimes even the most Machiavellian prove all too human.


“It’s a Felony to Rip Off Shareholders but Violating Safety Regulations is a Misdemeanor.”
Coal River Mountain Watch’s Bob Kincaid says ripping off shareholders comes with a harsher punishment than killing 29 people


Unprecedented Student Involvement in French Labor Protests
Trade unions and students are preparing for a massive demonstration this Saturday against the overhaul of longstanding worker protection laws in France, says Renaud Lambert of Le Monde Diplomatique


EU Deports Refugees from Greece to Turkey
The EU deportations do not solve the problem that refugees fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere confront, says Hazel Healy of The New Internationalist


U.S. Radioactive Weapons Fueling Birth Defects in Iraq
Investigative journalist Barbara Koeppel examines how the U.S. is getting away with using radioactive weapons that are causing spikes in birth defects and cancer in both Iraqi citizens and U.S. veterans

*Keeping the ghastly glow in the dark


Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Air Wars Denounced by Recently Released Catholic Worker Grandmother


(What Would We Do to Jesus?)


CIA’s Work With Filmmakers Puts All Media Workers at Risk
by Adam Johnson


Democracy Now!
Juan González: Kasich May Look Like a “Moderate,” But He’s Still Dangerously Conservative

*Focus on the “evil”

Not the “lesser”


#Deported2Death: Why Did Obama Deport 85 Muslim Asylum Seekers?



Changing Everything
by Steven Gorelick

*There’s a mighty difference between being green in the broadest sense, and seeing green (the color of money) in the narrowest sense.

You can’t solve our global political, economic and environmental crises by enlisting the same forces that have promulgated them.

But I’d go further than Gorelick, who seems to think that the scale of capitalism is the source of our looming dystopia, rather than the idea itself.

A system based on profit and competition will perforce lead to inequality and commodification. Its “logic” demands it. There must be winners, and therefore, losers.

Cooperation and community have no place within its catechism. “Good intentions” are sacrificed on the altar of “success”, which brooks no deviation from its text.

When the system stinks, it really doesn’t matter how much you bathe.


Common Cause
Gerrymandering Shields Legislators from Thinking About All Constituents or the Common Good
North Carolina Legislators Protected from Public Backlash Over Anti-LGBT Discrimination Law


Exposed: Most CEOs Support Paid Sick Leave, Increased Minimum Wage, and More But Chamber Lobbyists Told How to “Combat” These Measures
by PRWatch Editors


The Kochs Make News in Wisconsin as Voters Threaten to Turn Races Upside Down
by Mary Bottari


The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day: April 6, 2016


Noam Chomsky – German Weapons Exports to Israel & Saudi Arabia and the Refugee Crisis
Noam Chomsky discusses the impacts of German arms and weapons exports into Saudi Arabia and Israel. He also talks about the refugee and Syrian crisis that is engulfing neighbouring states as well as the European continent.


Global Tax Haven Network Means Americans Can Hide Wealth At Home
Economist James Henry describes the network of international banks, law firms, accountants, and trust companies that allow wealth to be hidden in tax havens like Delaware


How the French Elite Created the War Against the Veil
French minister’s statement comparing wearing headscarves to slavery demonstrates an ongoing struggle over freedom of religion and citizenship, says Yasser Louati, spokesperson for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France

Fraternité *

*Offer void where prohibited


Justice for Port Drivers
Port of LA’s Dirty Little Secret


Institute for Public Accuracy
Panama Papers: Pritzkers, American Oligarchs


Panama Papers: Some U.S. Connections Emerging


Democracy Now!
A Torturer’s Confession: Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator Speaks Out


Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use “Palestinian Chair” Torture Device


Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Because of Trump & Cruz, Door Still “Wide Open” for U.S. to Torture

*As there is no formal declaration of war in any area of conflict, I assume those detained by the US can’t be considered prisoners of war. If so, then wouldn’t they be classified as criminal suspects, and accorded full constitutional rights?



In Fact, Sanders Has a Very Clear Plan on How to Break Up Too-Big-to-Fail Banks
Sanders campaign, analysts counter media frenzy lambasting Daily News interview
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I truly wish this guy was as dangerous to the exploitocracy as all the corpress collusion to discredit him makes it seem.


Center for Biological Diversity
Obama’s Interior Department Pushes Oil Shale Plan Threatening Massive Climate Pollution, Water Use

*Apparently, after over seven years, these green groups still haven’t “gotten the memo” that this is emblematic of Dear Misleader’s “climate legacy”.


Federal Appeals Court Reaffirms Arizona Unconstitutionally Denied Driver’s Licenses to Immigrant Youth


The Real News Network
Leaked Report Reveals Unsanitary Conditions At UN Bases During Haitian Cholera Epidemic
The United States is actively discouraging countries from holding the UN accountable for bringing cholera to Haiti, says Brian Concannon, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti


Zuma Dodges Impeachment Despite Court Ruling
The focus on the South African president’s personal corruption is obscuring his embrace of austerity policies that are harming everyday people in South Africa, says Patrick Bond, Director of the Centre for Civil Society


Calls For Fossil Fuel Divestment Ignite Across Canadian Campuses
Students at McGill University take action against the administration’s refusal to divest, while new divestment campaigns emerge in Alberta, ground zero of tar sands production


Detained Teens and Teachers Urge Clinton Step-in to Assure their Release


Institute for Public Accuracy
Panama Papers: * Whistleblowers * How Trade Deals Facilitate Dirty Money


Democracy Now!
Juan González Was at Bernie Sanders’ NY Daily News Editorial Board Meeting. What Really Happened?


In Shock to Wall Street & Washington, Puerto Rico Moves to Suspend Payments on $72B Public Debt


Special Report: Voices from Puerto Rico’s Students Leading an Anti-Austerity Movement


Iceland’s Pirate Party Gains Popularity After Prime Minister Walks the Plank over “Panama Papers”


Panama Papers: Could Pirate Party Co-Founder Birgitta Jónsdóttir Become Iceland’s Next PM?


The Cancer-Fighting Benefits of Flaxseed
by Ty Bollinger


How to Choose a Good Quality Multivitamin
by Yuri Elkaim



*Free rides to the polls

I’d call that uber considerate

(Well … maybe not)


Why Don’t We Feel as Burned by the Panama Papers as We Do by Donald Trump?
Outrage abounds these days, but the biggest story of all is hardly getting any attention
by Joe Brewer


BP Oil Spill Settlement Allows $15.3 Billion Tax Deduction

*A slap on the hand

Followed by a manicure


Amnesty International
Chile: Two-Tier Justice System Allows Police to Get Away with Human Rights Violations


DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving
Community Funeral to Mourn those Deported2Death


The Real News Network
The Real News of the Day – April 4, 2016


Dr. King’s Politics Absent From U.S. Political Scene
Glen Ford, of BlackAgendaReport.com, says that finding King’s politics in today’s presidential elections is hard to do. Anti-imperialism, anti-war and structural adjustments ending poverty are simply not present in 2016 election platforms across the board.


Panama Papers Expose Kleptocracy in Action
Investigative journalist James Henry describes how government officials are directly benefiting from the tax havens they are responsible for dismantling


Days of Revolt: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal
In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and two US veterans lament the brutality of the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, which fuels the conditions for terrorism, and speak out about the painful struggle of coping with PTSD

*If you value your freedom

Thank *these* vets


The Black Lives Matter Legacy of Dr. King
Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University and part of the Black Lives Matter leadership team, discussed the legacy of Dr. King, #BlackLivesMatter and philosophies of activism


Petition update
Help Stop Eminent Domain in Disguise
by Charlie Birnbaum with the Institute for Justice


Petition update
Harvard Medicine: A Canary in the Coal Mine.
by Hooman Noorchashm


Oral Roberts University: Stop Grading Students on their Fitbit Activity
by Kaitlin Irwin


Panama Papers’ Publishers Don’t Need to Sell Out WikiLeaks
by Adam Johnson

*Pissing on your peeps to pander to the plutocrats


Democracy Now!
Did Bernie Sanders Predict the Panama Papers When He Opposed Clinton-Backed U.S.-Panama Trade Deal?


Panama Papers’ Reporters Explain How the Biggest Leak in Data Journalism’s History Materialized

*No gridlock on the gears of greed


Could Citizens United Help Foreign Billionaires Buy This Election? An FEC Commissioner Speaks Out


Thyroid Home Remedy Tonic
by Yuri Elkaim


Looks like a brain to me
by Leanne Ely



Tax Time: How Corporations Are Cheating Schoolchildren
by Paul Buchheit

*A neoliberal education


Looking the Basic Income Gift Horse in the Mouth
John Clarke

*Beware of sneaks bearing gifts


Institute for Public Accuracy
#PanamaPapers: “Poor Are Biggest Victims”

*Where the elite meet to cheat


Democracy Now!
Meet the Greenpeace Activist Who Confronted Hillary Clinton over Ties to Fossil Fuel Industry


How Much Money Has Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Taken from Fossil Fuel Companies?

*If her hubby is “Slick Willie”

Maybe we should dub her “Oil Slick Hillary” … ?


Voter ID Nightmare: Up to 300,000 Wisconsin Voters Could Be Barred from Polls Thanks to Scott Walker

*Strict constrictionism


10 Tips for Preventing Cancer in Young Adults
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers


Why all the Hype about the Ketogenic Diet for Cancer?
Dr. Charles Majors


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


10 Cool New Ways to Use Tabata Training for Faster Fat Loss
Yuri Elkaim


How to start an organic garden (here’s how!)
by Leanne Ely



With Coal Crashing, Will Polluted Communities Be Left Holding the Bag?
Federal law requires coal companies to clean up and reclaim toxic mining sites. But what happens when a coal company’s gone bankrupt?
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Stuck with the shaft


Leader of Clinton’s Dark Money Alliance Files Ethics Complaints Against Sanders
by Kevin Gosztola


Ohio Forces Customers to Bail Out Aging Coal Plants


Center for Biological Diversity
EPA Approves Dangerous Water Quality Standard for Cadmium
Endangered Salmon, Sturgeon, Sea Turtles, Corals, Freshwater Animals Will Continue to Be Harmed After EPA Ignores Comments From Experts

*Why abolish the EPA, when they’re experts at self castration?


The Real News Network
Chicago Teachers Aim to Shut Down City With One-Day Strike
TRNN reports from the April 1st day of action in Chicago as the teachers union and 50 allied groups demand taxes on the wealthy to fund public services


ExxonMobil Investigation Reminiscent of Tobacco Wars of 1990s
Coalition of investigating attorneys general can protect the public’s health and welfare in almost any way legally possible, says Dan Zegart, Senior Fellow at the Climate Investigations Center

*You have to feel for all those tobacco execs rotting away in federal prison …


Facing Reality: Political Prisoner News and Updates
Jihad Abdulmumit was back for a Facing Reality update on political prisoners Mondo we Langa, Ruchell Magee, Jalil Muntaqim, Herman Bell, Dr. Mutulu Shakur and Sundiata Acoli


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Clinton’s Claims on Fossil Fuel Funding: Greenpeace Responds”

*Fueling the burn

(And no … I’m not a Sandersista)


Did Sanders Lie About Clinton’s Oil Money? NPR Factchecker Can’t Be Bothered to Check
by Jim Naureckas

*N o
P ublic
R esponsibility


Vox and the False Consensus of ‘Most Economists Agree’
by Adam Johnson

*One indisputable assumption

“‘Most experts’ cited will agree with us.”


Democracy Now!
Exclusive: Cherelle Baldwin on Being Found Not Guilty for Defending Herself Against Abusive Ex

*Living in a state of abuse


Human Rights Advocates: U.S.-Backed Saudi Offensive in Yemen a “Dark Mark” on Obama’s Presidency


How Barley Fights Cancer and Other Health Benefits
by Ty Bollinger


Can Seaweed Prevent Cancer?
by Ty Bollinger


Little house on the…forage?
by Leanne Ely



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