January 2017


Whither the Resistance?
by Fran Shor


Don’t Give In To Coup Fantasies; Power Is More Straightforward
by Arun Gupta


The Real News Network
Executive Order on Regulations Will Benefit Large Corporations, Not Small Businesses
The Trump administration is using small business as an excuse for wholesale assault on regulation, says former financial regulator Bill Black


Erdogan Poised to Consolidate Authoritarian Regime in Upcoming Referendum
Over the past year and a half, we’ve seen the emergence of an increasingly totalitarian regime centered around one individual who aims to radically shape and transform Turkish society, says Baris Karaagac


European States Pushing for Unbridled Retention of Its Citizens’ Data
Mass surveillance policies often appease populist sentiment in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, but result in laws that are ambiguous and put citizens in danger, says former intelligence officer Asaf Lubin


FAIR CounterSpin
‘People Have the Right to Take to the Streets’
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard on the inauguration protests
by Janine Jackson


‘We Should Not Be Subsidizing an Industry That Is Hurting Our Communities’
David Turnbull on pipeline politics
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
Yemen Starvation — From Air War Worse Than Aleppo

*Selective outrage = defective decency


Democracy Now!
Trita Parsi: If Ban is How Trump Approaches Iran, We Fear Nuclear Deal Won’t Withstand Tensions


Nonproliferative Diabetic Retinopathy: How to Stop It from Stealing Your Eyesight
by Yuri Elkaim



German Ambassador 1933: “Hostility to Jews Aimed Mainly at ‘Immigrants'”
by Juan Cole

*The past is prolonged


Does Rachel Maddow Want Russia Bombed?
by David Swanson

*And this was “the lesser evil” …


Listening to golf banter taught us teenage caddies that it’s OK to objectify women
by Robert Jensen


The Real News Network
How the Black Panther Party Changed Community Organizing
Executive Producer and former Black Panther Eddie Conway interviews former Central Committee member Albert “Big Man” Howard


Incubed Learning Center Serves the Baltimore Community
Eddie Conway visits Incubed Learning Center and speaks with director Nicole Love about the services they provide for the community

*An appropriate surname, don’t you think?


Rick Perry’s Deep Ties to Dakota Access Pipeline
Trump’s potential Secretary of Energy has major conflicts of interest with the Dakota Access Pipeline and would push forward a dangerous proposal for nuclear waste management, say Steve Horn and Diane D’Arrigo


Executive Order on Pipelines Will Benefit Billionaire Trump Donor
Harold Hamm is the CEO of a major fracking company that would see its product flow through the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, says DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn


Baltimore City Councilers Slam Maryland State Democrat’s Plan to Block Local Minimum Wage Increases
Progressive members of the Baltimore City Council are calling for mass opposition to a proposal that strips away the ability of local jurisdictions to raise the minimum wage law – measures passed in over a dozen states nationwide and backed by the conservative lobbying group ALEC

*This is what Demoratcy looks like


Some Syrian Opposition Groups Begin to Abandon Armed Struggle
The mood at the Syria Peace Talks in Asnam suggests that the armed Syrian opposition’s external supporters, like Saudi Arabia, have decided to wind down the war, says Vijay Prashad


Visa Ban Excludes Countries with Direct Links to Terrorism and Where Trump Has Commercial Holdings
The executive order is an effort to keep Muslims out of the country and has nothing to do with security, says New Internationalism Project director Phyllis Bennis


State Duma, adopt the domestic violence law in Russia
by Alena Popova


Color Of Change
Mayors: #DontGiveIn to Trump. Expand Sanctuary.


First They Came for the Immigrants–and NYT Said People Should Anonymously Inform on Them
by Jim Naureckas

*Laws (ideally) exist to promote good and prevent harm.

When considering the harm in breaking a law, we have to ask who is harmed by doing so, and who is harmed by not doing so.

If “jumping the queue” meant that someone who’s legally applied for citizenship would be denied their place, the harm is obvious, but in this instance, no one is harmed in this manner.

We don’t know this person’s circumstances. She may have a valid reason for her action, based on her situation in her homeland. Even if that weren’t the case, who would be harmed if she were turned in? Does she have children or others who depend on her?

You have to wonder why Appiah the Ethicist apparently either doesn’t consider these factors, or finds them unworthy of consideration, don’t you just?


ACTION ALERT: Tell CNN to Stop Using Trump Propaganda Term ‘Terror-Prone Countries’
by Adam Johnson

*I can think of a country that would be more accurately termed “terror producing” …


Democracy Now!
Sudanese Stanford Ph.D. Student Speaks Out After Being Detained at JFK Under Trump Muslim Ban


NYC Taxi Drivers Stage Airport Strike to Protest Trump’s “Inhumane & Cruel” Executive Order


Hundreds of Texas Muslim Leaders Receive Alarming Survey Investigating Their Views on Islam


What is Sarcoma Cancer?: How to Prevent Sarcoma and Other Cancers
by Tony Isaacs


Understanding Meat Labels: What Grass-fed, Grain-fed, and Organic Really Means
by Dr. David Jockers


4 Ways to Keep Your Lymphatic System Healthy
by Ty Bollinger


Are Toxic Glyphosates in Your Food? (An Important Warning)
by Yuri Elkaim


Feeling Stressed and Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Beat It
by Yuri Elkaim



‘Resistance Means Resisting’: Dems Accused of Being Too Soft on Trump
“Senate Dems’ response to millions taking to the streets is beyond disappointing. It is outright shameful,” says Shaunna Thomas of advocacy group UltraViolet
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*What this putrid excuse for a “people’s party” needs

Is to be put out of our misery


Meet Ava: The Chicken I Risked My Freedom For
by Eva Hamer

*Perhaps the Humane Society should speak with Ms. Hamer before declaring “victories” in changing the practices of Walmart and their avaricious ilk (see below).


The Big (Ag) Cover-Up: Will Factory Farming Finally Stop Its Culture of Abuse?
It is well beyond the time that our farms adapt to 21st Century expectations of transparency by ending the concealment of their mistreatment of animals
by Kenny Torrella

*As with “organic”, the reality of “cage-free” and “crate-free” may not match the reasonable assumption of such.

A corporate pledge isn’t worth the paper the press release is written on.

Distrust, and verify.


Will Washington’s New Pro-Moscow, Anti-Beijing Gang Drive a Wedge Through the BRICS in 2017?
by Patrick Bond


Trump’s Decision to Leave the TPP Was to Protect One Faction of the Super Rich
If workers benefit, so be it, goes the thinking in Trumpland
by Vijay Prashad


The Real News Network
Mexican President Faces Crisis of Legitimacy Following Trump Feud
The end of NAFTA and the building of a wall along with a resurgent left movement in Mexico gives an opportunity for the nation to turn away from the neoliberal fantasy of North American integration, says Professor John Ackerman


Before Obama Left Office, He Gave Domestic Agencies Warrantless Access to NSA Surveillance
By allowing access to NSA data, the FBI and other agencies can look for criminal activity without reasonable suspicion or going to a judge, says The Intercept’s Alex Emmons


Am I impacted by changes to Medicaid?


Media Consensus on ‘Failing Schools’ Paved Way for DeVos
by Molly Knefel

*A matter of decree, not kind


NYT Amazed That Republicans Are Embracing Republican Ideas
by Jim Naureckas


5 Dangers of Statin Drugs Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You About
by Yuri Elkaim



From Tweet to Trade War, Trump Shreds US-Mexico Relations in 24 Hours
President Donald Trump has bragged throughout his career that he makes “great deals—the best deals,” but it took him less than a week to create a major international rift with one of the nation’s neighbors and chief trading partners
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Posturing by pricks on both sides of the border

One might ask why Peña Nieto has no problem with paying for a southern wall to keep out desperate folks from Central America, with US assistance.


How Mexico’s President Laid the Foundation for a Wall
Enrique Peña Nieto helped put Trump in the White House
by John Mill Ackerman


Fight for $15
Workers File More Than Thirty Wage Theft, Harassment, Intimidation Complaints Against Brands Owned by Trump’s Embattled Labor Secretary Nominee
Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s Cooks, Cashiers Announce Slew of Filings With Protests in 30+ Cities From Coast to Coast
Fast-Food Mogul Andy Puzder Calls His Workers “Worst of the Worst,” Forces Them onto Public Assistance, and Spent $10,000 Trying to Block a Minimum Wage Hike of Just $1

*Should that be “fas(cis)t food mogul”?


The Real News Network
Demonstrator Against Demolition of Bedouin Village Challenges Account of Israeli Police Shooting
Israeli mathematician Kobi Snitz, who participated in the action in Umm al-Hiran, says the evidence undermines the police’s version of the story as a terrorist attack


How the Small Business Administration Will Be Used to Destroy Regulations
Former financial regulator Bill Black says Linda McMahon’s career involved exploiting workers as independent contractors and sabotaging small businesses


UK Court Ruling on Brexit Emboldens Right-wing of the Tory Party
Parliament must be consulted before the government can trigger an exit from the European Union, and Jeremy Corbyn has come under a lot of pressure to oppose attempts to negotiate quickly, says economist John Weeks


Transmountain Pipeline Approved Despite Lack of Proven Clean Up Protocols
There’s no proven way to clean up the toxic diluted bitumen that will travel through Kinder Morgan’s pipeline despite B.C. government claims of ‘world-class oil spill response,’ says DeSmogBlog’s Emma Gilchrist


Without Industrial Policy, Trump Can’t Revive U.S. Manufacturing
Trump will nonetheless try to look tough on China to appease his supporters, says economist John Weeks


NPR’s No-‘Lie’ Policy and the Limits of Impartiality in the Trump Era
by Adam Johnson

*N ot
P artial to
R eality


NYT Apologies Depend on Whose Lives Are Distorted
by Jim Naureckas

*Soda jerks


Democracy Now!
Trump’s Executive Actions Reverse Obama Policies on Torture, Healthcare & Guantánamo Bay


Vitamin D2 vs D3: What You Need to Know So You Don’t Waste Your Money
by Yuri Elkaim



Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein

*For DDT and his guilded ghouls, any missed opportunity to make money is a disaster.


The Real News Network
Trump Signals Major Shift from 30 Years of Free Trade Policy
The new administration has not shown any indication that it wants to engage in a dialogue with those who organized against the TPP, says Ben Lilliston


Indigenous Leaders Call for Mass Resistance Against Trump’s Orders to Revive Oil Pipelines
Native groups and environmentalists have called for civil disobedience against Trump’s resumption of Keystone and Dakota Access, two of the largest fossil fuel extraction projects in history


Freedom for Ramsey Muniz, Chicano Advocate
by Ruben Botello

*Bipartisan bastardliness in the Lone Star State


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Targets Sanctuary Cities — Public Banks a Solution?


Pence Assembling “Dream Team of Christian Right”

*The Guilded Rule


Democracy Now!
Winona LaDuke: Trump’s Push to Build Dakota Access & Keystone XL Pipelines is a Declaration of War


“Water is Life, Water is Sacred”: Standing Rock’s Bobbi Jean Three Legs Speaks Out Against Trump


Thousands Take Part in Emergency Protests over Trump’s Move to Revive Pipeline Projects


“I’m Afraid They Are Out to Kill”: Water Protectors Testify to Police Violence at Standing Rock


7 Big Time Benefits of Power Naps (And How to Do It)
by Yuri Elkaim



The Real News Network
Can the Democrats Build a Progressive Movement Against Trump?
Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford says a progressive movement can’t be build out of the pro-war, pro-CIA, and McCarthyite politics coming from Democratic leadership

*And the “revolution” marches through the looking glass …


Trump’s Forgotten People
Supporters of the President express their hopes and fears on inauguration day

*Well, not a few of them have certainly forgotten their humanity …


Rattling the Bars: The gradual abolition of prisons across the United States except for California
As prisons close across the United States due to deficits in state economies, California refuses to follow this rational trend by continuing to invest millions of its state budget into prisons and jails


David Brooks’ Anti-PC Screed: Women’s March Edition
by Adam Johnson

*There is an “identity politics” that is indeed “ineffectual” and “harmful”.

It’s embodied in the cult of personality around charlatans such as Dear Misleader and Madame Mayhem, based almost solely on race and gender.

Fighting for the dignity of the group you identify with is a wholly other proposition, made more powerful through making common cause with others engaged in same.

That, of course, is what Brooks and his elitist ilk truly fear.


Democracy Now!
“Nobody Speak”: New Documentary Probes Billionaire Peter Thiel’s Destruction of News Outlet Gawker

*Anyone who believes the corpress will suddenly “do their job” because DDT pisses poison at them has no concept of what their job is.

If they actually did what their job should be, he wouldn’t be in any position to, because his arrogant ass would have been in prison stripes instead of pinstripes decades ago.

But they serve power — even when those with it don’t play the game the way they would prefer it.


Jeremy Scahill on Trump Team: A Cabal of Religious Extremists, Privatization Advocates & Racists



Reinstating ‘Global Gag Rule,’ Trump Attacks Women Worldwide
“To be clear, this policy is an attack on women’s bodily autonomy and freedom, and we will see an increase in unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions as a result”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


We Need an Alternative to Trump’s Nationalism. It Isn’t the Status Quo
The answer to neoliberalism’s Waterloo cannot be a retreat to barricaded nation-states and the pitting of ‘our’ people against ‘others’ fenced off by high walls
by Yanis Varoufakis

*The New Deal saved capitalism from itself

Don’t we need to save ourselves from capitalism?


Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America
by Chris Hedges

*Beware the false prophets who have found their way to the podium these last few days

The personalities for whom “progressivism” is a brand, devoid of sincere principle.

The revolution will not be telegenic

Or it will remain one in name only.


Israel’s shadowy role in Guatemala’s dirty war
by Gabriel Schivone


At site of 1936 sit-down strike: UAW Members Resisting Honeywell Lockout, Now in 8th Month
by Frank Hammer


When Was America Great?
by Andrew Levine


Center for Food Safety
Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides
Illegal approval of dicamba use on engineered crops will harm farmers, environment


The Real News Network
Women of Color March on Washington
Amid controversy and concerns about inclusivity, marchers of color call for continued resistance to all forms of oppression

*If the “identity feminists” (for lack of a better term) and others who refuse to go beyond the constricted boundaries of “progressive” politics in this country lead this “revolution”

That word will never shed its scare quotes.


Iran in Crosshairs of New Administration
Although the Trump presidency is going to preside over a weakened empire, it may have a hard time reversing the nuclear deal with Iran, says journalist Reese Erlich


Trump’s Inauguration and the Reverence of the State
Paul Jay says the notion of a ‘peaceful transition of power’ is best understood like the feudal aristocracy’s upholding of the prestige of the monarchy and church

*Prodigious pomp

Pernicious circumstances


Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Public Investment, Private Profit
The newly inaugurated president says his plan will benefit all Americans, but the 99% are likely to pay for it while the 1% profit, says economist Michael Hudson


Hey, NYT–the ‘Relentless Populist’ Relented Long Ago
by Jim Naureckas

*Mirroring the smoke


How to Rebuild Your Health after Cancer Surgery
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers


What are Chemtrails and How Are They Harming Our Food and Water?
by Ty Bollinger

*While I certainly wouldn’t discount corporate greed leading to yet another environmental crisis, this is the first I’ve heard of this, and so I put it out for your consideration, and hopefully we’ll hear more on it to determine how much credence to lend it.


Our self-control can fatigue just like a muscle
Leads to quick food choices based on appearance and convenience
David Schardt
Nutrition Action



‘The Resistance Starts Now’: Harsh Crackdown on Anti-Trump Protesters in DC
The militarized police response—which reportedly impacted both protesters and journalists—was a troubling harbinger of what’s to come under Trump
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


In First Hour, President Trump Delivers ‘Punch in the Gut to Middle Class’
“Today’s action is all the proof we need to know whose side the Trump administration is on”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I admit to no little amount of irritation at those who lecture about how we must “feel the pain” of Trump voters, and reach out to them, without any call for them to ponder the pain their choice will cause their fellow human beings (and many of them, as well, if they are capable of such unclouded consideration).

But calling them “suckers” serves no useful purpose, and simply plays into the meme of “liberal elitism” that the bastard himself played so well.

We can, and should, be unstintingly critical of those who overlooked the hate and hubris Citizen KKKane embodies in order to “send a message” to the status quo, but that doesn’t preclude offering our hand to those willing to see the folly of their actions, and willing to work together to challenge the forces unleashed by them, which were in no small measure enabled by all the “good liberals” who embraced the soulless siren song of “New Democraticism”.

That hand is extended to them, as well.


A Beginning, Not an End: My Open Letter To You on Inauguration Day
by Yifat Susskind


The Facade of Breast Cancer Awareness, Susan G. Komen and the Pink Ribbon
by Donna Pinto

*Pink stink


Indigenous Environment Network
Indigenous Groups Protest Outside Trump Gala Sponsored by Kochs and Phillips 66

*Black snake dance


The Real News Network
Theresa May Reassures British and Foreign Capital Over Brexit
Leaving the European Union won’t have a major impact on capitalist globalization, but it reflects the political rise of a xenophobic right that could soon undermine the remaining environmental, labor, and social protections in Britain, says political scientist Leo Panitch


The Union Non-union Gap
(Part 4) Elaine Bernard: A successful labor movement socializes their gains – or they weaken themselves


FAIR CounterSpin
‘What Communities Are Doing Is Making Homelessness Less Visible’
Megan Hustings on Food-Sharing
by Janine Jackson


Trump’s Inauguration and the Legitimacy Fetish
by Jim Naureckas

*You don’t have to discount Lewis’ courageous actions a half century ago to look askance at those in the present day.

Unfortunately, today, he, like many other “civil rights veterans”, is a card carrying member of the “black misleadership class” (Glen Ford’s term), fully invested in the status quo of a rotting Democratic Party.

His reasoning for boycotting the inauguration is in line with that posture, blaming those nasty Rooskies, without anything approaching solid evidence, for the failure to defeat the most loathsome major party presidential candidate in modern US history.

Anyone with a shred of human decency can enumerate any number of reasons to reject DDT’s legitimacy. Basing one’s repudiaton on a dishonest gambit to lay blame for his ascension at the feet of “foreign intrigue” doesn’t speak well for a person who at one point in life was willing to suffer greatly for his principles.


Institute for Public Accuracy
“A Field Guide to Trump’s Swamp”


9 Tips for Reducing Your Heating Bills
by Teresa Traverse


How to Relieve Heartburn Naturally (7 Ways That Actually Work)
by Yuri Elkaim



Democrats need to stop throwing everything they can at Trump
by Norman Solomon


Magician’s dust
Donald Trump takes office with an agenda so toxic that it could curdle milk. But the Democratic leadership seems to be in no mood for a fight, and much of the anti-Trump discourse is obsessed with the alleged Russian role in the presidential election.
by Vijay Prashad

*It’s pretty goddamn frightening that Democratic apparatchiks like MoveOn and Berniecrats quixotying to “take over” the party’s rotting edifice are posturing as “the vanguard of the resistance” to the POTUS (Piece of Terminally Unbridled Shit) and his cabal of guilded ghouls.

Call it “the Blue Menace”.

Can we finally kick the donkey to the curb and create an independent movement that places principles above personalities and “pragmatism”?

I fear that plaintive query to be the very epitome of a rhetorical question.


‘A cat in hell’s chance’ – why we’re losing the battle to keep global warming below 2C
A global rise in temperature of just 2C would be enough to threaten life as we know it. But leading climate scientists think even this universally agreed target will be missed. Could dramatic action help?
by Andew Simms


The Real News Network
Sensing Trump Will Give Free Pass to Israel, Palestinians Announce Plans for Unity Government
If the Trump administration is serious about peace, they will quickly realize that moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will make it impossible, says journalist Daoud Kuttab


Bernie Sanders Hammers Tom Price Over Right to Healthcare in Senate Hearing
Trump’s nominee for the Secretary of Health and Human Services is in favor of Paul Ryan’s plan, while the Republicans look like they will implement a system that exacerbates the shortcomings of the Affordable Care About, says physician Adam Gaffney


Wilbur Ross’s Economic Expertise: Exploiting Tax Law
White collar criminologist Bill Black says Donald Trump is the only president in modern times who has not disclosed, nor will end, his massive conflicts of interest before taking office


Petition update
Texas Court of Appeals Denies Dismissal of Charges for Facebook Comment
by Jennifer Carter


NYT Ignored Reality at 2001 Bush Inauguration; Now Ignorance Is History
by Jim Naureckas


Democracy Now!
On Final Day of Obama Presidency, a Look at His Mixed Legacy & the Rise of Neo-Fascism in Washington

*Dear Misleader to the bitter end


Trump Picks Agribusiness & Chemical Industry Darling Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture



Raising Kobanî from Rubble
by Manisha Ganguly


More on the Economic Hardship of Young Adults
by Yves Smith

*Youth must be served

On a platter to the exploitocracy


If We’re Honest, We All Know Trump’s America
Trump articulates ideas that are closer to what is considered “normal” in the United States than many of us are willing to acknowledge
by Robert Jensen

*This is not “#NotNormal”

This is #NormalonSteroids


The Real News Network
Former Black Panther: Trump Win Gives Us Unique Opportunity to Organize the Ongoing Freedom Struggle
Elaine Brown talks to Eddie Conway about the role of women in the party, state repression against the Panthers, Black Lives Matter, Obama, and Trump


Institute for Public Accuracy
Tillerson’s Exxon Often Sought State Department Assistance, Docs Show


Manning Sentence Commuted–No Thanks to Corporate Media Opinion
by Adam Johnson


Democracy Now!
Chelsea Manning’s Attorneys: Obama’s Commutation Will Help Save Life of Jailed Army Whistleblower


Jeremy Scahill on Obama’s Commutation of Chelsea Manning & Continued Demonization of Edward Snowden


Oscar López Rivera to Be Freed as Obama Commutes Sentence of Puerto Rican Independence Activist


Activists Call on Obama to Pardon Leonard Peltier, Warning He’ll Die in Prison Otherwise


Jeremy Scahill: Did Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Lie to Senate About Ties to Anti-LGBT Foundation?


Scahill: Blackwater Founder Erik Prince, the Brother of Betsy DeVos, Is Secretly Advising Trump


The Health Supplement Ingredient That Could be Causing Cancer
by Dr. David Jockers


Most people have no idea how well their kidneys are working
If only I’d known earlier, says Arizona woman
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



Anti-Choice Republicans Likely to Ignore Key Reason for Abortion Rate Decline
Experts credit improved contraceptive use with historic decline in abortion rate—so why do Republicans want to gut access to birth control?
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Milton Friedman, Betsy DeVos, and the Privatization of Public Education
by Joanne Barkan


Another Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof
More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans are calling on President Obama to release the evidence backing up allegations that Russia aided the Trump campaign – or admit that the proof is lacking
by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity


Jewish Voice for Peace
Companies Cut Ties with Anti-Muslim Hate Group Following Pressure from Interfaith Community
Campaign victory proves local communities can resist Trump’s anti-Muslim agenda


The Real News Network
Rattling the Bars: Juvenile Life Without Parole
Executive Producer Eddie Conway looks at the human toll of incarceration in the United States with regard to the imprisonment of children, many of whom have spent 30 to 40 years in prison


Climate Change-Induced Droughts in Africa Spawn Food Shortages, Mass Child Malnutrition
Transnational corporations in pursuit of minerals, oil, and land have sown the seeds of corruption and conflict across the African continent, says environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey


Trump’s Biggest Donor Firm Bankrolls Israeli Right Extremism
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has also provided major support to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for years, but that relationship might collapse in the coming days, says Shir Hever

*Strained bedfellows


Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
FTC threat: May Allow CarMax to advertise cars with safety defects as “safe”


Democracy Now!
Special Report: Obama’s Controversial Policy of Immigrant Family Detention Could Expand Under Trump

*A “legacy” only a mother fucker could love


How to Fix Adrenal Fatigue (5 Things You Must Do)
by Yuri Elkaim



Despite Growing Disapproval and Protest, Corporate Cash Floods Trump Inauguration
Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has raised a record $100 million from private donors
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Gilding the swamp lily


‘Shocking’: North Dakota Republicans Want to Legalize Running Over Protesters
Bill introduced last week would protect any driver who ‘unintentionally causes injury or death to an individual obstructing vehicular traffic’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Overwhelmed by Voters Angry About ACA Repeal, GOP Rep Sneaks Out Backdoor
While police put up crime scene tape allowing Rep. Mike Coffman to flee the library, voters broke into a chorus of ‘This Land is Your Land’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Building the Institutions for Revolt
by Chris Hedges

*All we have is each other

And if we do, it’s all we need


How American Life Continued to Deteriorate in 2016
by Paul Buchheit

*There are lies

Damn lies

And the statistics that give the lie to them


King CONG vs. Solartopia
by Harvey Wasserman

*Clean energy must be controlled by clean hands.

Corps want their filthy mitts on anything that makes money. Keeping them from cornering the renewable market has to be a core principle for anyone claiming to care about environmental justice.


Amnesty International
EU: Orwellian Counter-Terrorism Laws Stripping Rights Under Guise of Defending Them

*Is it the terrorists who “hate our freedoms”?


The Real News Network
How MLK Went From ‘National Threat’ to ‘National Hero’
Corporation for Enterprise Development’s Dedrick Asante-Muhammad explains the whitewashing of Martin Luther King’s legacy, transforming him from a leader for racial and economic justice who died in struggle to a post-racial patriot who died in victory

*The disillusion of a dream

The delusion of a reality


Investors Bet Big on Trump for Big Pharma
Even with the recent tremendous drop in the stock market, the actual net rise for the pharmaceutical sector is two and a half times positive since the election, says economist Bill Black

*If you could bet on DDT not backing up his blather, you wouldn’t have to worry about paying for your prescriptions.


Protest Against Mass Rapes in Korea During WW2 Prompts Recall of Japanese Envoy
The Japanese government has refused to accept the responsibility of being a former colonizer, says Aisa Kiyosue


Obama and Congress Just Made it Easier For Trump to Arm Syrian Rebels
Anti-aircraft weapons sent to vetted moderate rebels could end up in the hands of extremist groups as many work in coalition together, says journalist Ben Norton


WaPo, Organ of Extreme Center, Calls MLK ‘True Conservative’
by Adam Johnson

*”Normalizing” hope goes hand in hand with “normalizing” hate these days, doesn’t it?


Radiation Detox: How to Rebuild Your Health after Radiation Therapy
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers


Epstein Barr Virus Connection to Breast Cancer & Autoimmune Disorders
by Elyn Jacobs


Can These Common Medical Tests & Treatments Give You Cancer?
by Dr. Ben Johnson

*His name wasn’t Hypocrises


9 Little-Known Benefits of Taking Liquid Chlorophyll
by Yuri Elkaim



Obamacare Repeal = $7 Million Tax Cut for Nation’s Richest 400 People
New report from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows getting rid of healthcare law would deliver windfall tax cut for top earners
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Arizona Bill Would Ban Discussion of Social Justice, Solidarity in Schools
State lawmaker proposes legislation that would ban classes and extracurricular activities that “promote” social justice or solidarity
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


EPA Acknowledges Neonics’ Harm to Bees, Then ‘Bows to Pesticide Industry’
‘This is like a doctor diagnosing your illness but then deciding to withhold the medicine you need to cure it’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams


Why This Nuclear Engineer Says Every Nuke Plant in the US Should Be Shut Down Yesterday
“I’d like to see every nuclear plant shut down­ yesterday”
by Karl Grossman

*”Accidents” waiting impatiently to happen


Donald Trump’s Plan for Our Water is Just as Bad as You’d Imagine
While modernizing key infrastructure systems is laudable, the devil is in the details
by Kate Fried


The Real News Network
Childhood Obesity Rates Steady, But Remains at High Levels
The childhood obesity epidemic is rooted in poverty, neighborhood deprivation and the political economy of our industrial food system, says Peter Arno


Trump Far More Interested in Business Deals than the Business of the Nation
Former financial regulator Bill Black says not only is handing off his business to his children a conflict of interest, but it’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution


Institute for Public Accuracy
Cory Booker Joins Republican Sen. Majority to Kill Cheaper Meds

*Didn’t we learn anything about identity politics from Dear Misleader and Madame Mayhem?


Fox News Going All-In on Trump in the New Era
by Eoin Higgins

*The malignant mouth and the malevolent megaphone


NYT: If Only We Knew What We Already Know About Jeff Sessions
by Janine Jackson

*But you see, none of this was in an intelligence report …


Dossier’s Russia Charges Should Be Treated Skeptically–but Taken Seriously
by Jim Naureckas


Democracy Now!
Trump’s Pick for Defense Sec’y Made Millions in Defense Industry After His 2013 Retirement

*”Progressive” pols prattle about “peace”, while making certain their districts and states are served a piece of the imperial pie.


Three big reasons to get enough sleep
Healthier brains, fewer colds, less flab, anyone?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Reach Your Health Goals
by Yuri Elkaim

*We can reach a certain level of success through control and avoiding risk, but we can never achieve what we’re truly capable of until we face our fear of failure, let go of that control and allow ourselves to learn from the risks we take.

It don’t come easy, but with each try, a bit of that wall we’ve built between what we can do and what we want to do chips away, and we get a clearer view of what’s on the other side.



Big Pharma-Backed Dems Join GOP to Block Sanders Effort to End Drug Price Gouging
Sen. Cory Booker and others draw sharp rebuke from observers, who pointed out that many who voted “no” receive substantial contributions from the pharmaceutical industry
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Easy to piss on turds like Sessions

Harder to bite the excremental hand that feeds you


Court Stays Execution of Mentally Ill Ex-Policeman in Pakistan


First-Ever National Report on How Solitary Confinement Harms People With Physical Disabilities
Wheelchairs, Braille Materials, Hearing Aids, and Other Vital Devices Are Often Denied in Solitary


The Real News Network
The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump’s Presidency
When all seemed to be falling apart for Trump this summer, one shadowy billionaire offered up his own massive political infrastructure, which included Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, and saved Trump’s campaign from demise

*You read something like this, and you hope it will be pursued — that it won’t simply slide to the bottom of the news heap, as is so often the case with stories that aren’t pedaling on the news cycle.

This has far more import than yet another recitation of Donald Dicktat’s tweet tantrums, don’t you think?


Democracy Now!
Part 2: Intercept Exposé on How SEAL Team 6 Killed Osama bin Laden, “Canoeing” & Other Atrocities

*I find it interesting that Cole can delineate these horrific acts, and then feel compelled to state that he’s “not vilifying [Team 6] in any way.”

Perhaps he’s trying to be “professional” by not passing judgment, just laying out the facts, but do you think that this might also be indicative of a general deference to the military that pervades American culture, even among those critical of it?

Do those critics see the military as essentially an honorable institution that’s “lost its way” to some degree, but can be “reformed” to carry out its vital mission, rather than as an instrument of death and destruction in service to an imperialistic impulse fueled by a lust for wealth and power?


Do Exxon’s Climate Denial & “Trail of Carnage” on Human Rights Make Tillerson Unfit for State Dept?


PART 2: Gen. James Mattis’s Role in Fallujah & Haditha Massacre, Views on Women & LGBT in Military


How to Barbell Deadlift Properly (Plus 8 of the Best Variations)
by Yuri Elkaim



MLK’s Big Mistake: Love and Strategy in the Age of Trump
by Ira Chernus

*Without love, our humanity inhabits an empty shell of existence


The Real News Network
Prime Minister Trudeau Prepares to Resurrect Keystone XL With Cabinet Shuffle
The move signals that the Trudeau government is unlikely to depart from the corporate-friendly trade policies of his predecessor, says Dimitri Lascaris

*If you’re sorry to see Dear Misleader go, you can always cheer for his white faced clone in Canada.


Democrats Go Soft on Jeff Sessions and Why That Should Concern Us All
Historian Gerald Horne says Jeff Sessions as Trump’s Attorney General signals a frontal assault against the gains of the Civil Rights Movement

*Why wouldn’t the Democrats show deference?

After all, he ain’t no Russkie …


FAIR CounterSpin
‘We’re Seeing the Result of a 40-Year Assault on the Liberal Mainstream’
Ellen Schrecker on the New McCarthyism
by Janine Jackson


In Absence of Evidence, Media Evoke ISIS in Jerusalem Attack
by Adam Johnson


WaPo’s Factcheck of WikiLeaks Highlights Paper’s Strange View of Facts
by Michael Corcoran


Institute for Public Accuracy
* Obama * Sessions * Tillerson

*Biparty animals


Dietary supplement company’s chilling lawsuit to silence Harvard researcher
Company loses case, but hopes it has scared off other scientists
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action



GOP Further Eviscerate Oversight by Changing Little Known Records Rule
Some documents are no longer the property of the U.S. government, giving lawmakers the ability to hide critical information from an investigation
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year to Avert Climate Catastrophe
Under the most pessimistic scenario, the planet has just one year until global temperatures surpass 1.5ºC of warming
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


For Anti-Trump Protesters: Lessons From the First White House Protests—For Women’s Suffrage—100 Years Ago
by Peter Dreier

*Playing by the rules only works for those who wrote them


Food & Water Watch
Sessions’ Family Invested in Oil & Gas Company the Same Year He Aimed to Deregulate Fracking
Advocacy Group Raises New Questions Around Wife’s Big Investment In Energen

*Public self servant


The Real News Network
No ‘Pause’ in Global Warming: Oceans Heating Up and Sea Levels Rising at Alarming Pace
UC-Berkeley climate scientist Zeke Hausfather details the findings of a new report that confirms NOAA findings about climate change


Is the Baltimore Police Union Running the City?
The recent snubbing of the mayor and resistance against deployment changes raise questions about who’s in charge of the city’s largest and most expansive bureaucracy

*The “thin blue line” wields a big red pencil


Al-Jazeera Investigation Reveals Israel Lobby’s Influence in the UK
Electronic Intifada’s Asa Winstanley says Israel has set up astroturf organizations in the UK whose purpose is to sabotage Palestine solidarity


How ‘Misinvoicing’ Masks Foreign Resource Exploitation in Africa
Leonce Ndikumana of the Political Economy Research Institute explains why as much as 67% of exports in some countries are simply not registered in trade data


Institute for Public Accuracy
Democrats Playing with Fire on Russia

*Russian roulette

And all the silos are loaded


FAIR CounterSpin
‘We Need to Give Voice to the People Who Feel Terrified’
by Janine Jackson


US Government Tries and Fails to Play Media Critic on RT
by Adam Johnson

*Don’t do as I say I don’t


Democracy Now!
Florida Prepares to Expand Gun Rights After Second Mass Shooting in Six Months

*Locked and loaded lunacy


New Intercept Exposé Uncovers SEAL Team 6’s Ghastly Trail of Atrocities, Mutilations, Killings

*Barbarians bearing “civilization”


Part 2: If Obamacare Is Repealed, Advocates Expect “Meaner and Skimpier” Replacement for the Poor

*I fear the “change” Woolhandler perceives in the Democratic Party will prove as illusory as the “hope” dashed against the rocks of Dear Misleader’s mendacity.


Is Aspartame Dangerous? with Dr. Daniel Nuzum
by Ty Bollinger

*Sickeningly sweet



National Nurses United
NNU Nurses to Testify in D.C., Call for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence in Healthcare Settings
RNs Demand Occupational Safety and Health Administration Take Action to Save Lives


The Real News Network
House Passes Koch Brothers-Backed Legislation that Weakens Gov’t Regulatory Agencies
Donald Trump criticized Republican candidates for being the “puppets” of the Koch Brothers, but now he’s set to do their bidding if the Senate passes the REIN Act, says DeSmogBlog’s Steve Horn


Trump is Obama’s Legacy
Paul Street tells Paul Jay that in the first two years of Obama’s first term when the Democrats controlled both houses, he “stood between the bankers and the pitchforks” rather than use the moment for real reform

*Hollow “hope” from a hollow soul


Opening Borders to Extremists Comes Back to Haunt Turkey
For Turkey, the difference between 2016 and 2017 might be very little, says Vijay Prashad

*Coloring in black and white


How Russian and American Oligarchs Benefit from Mutual Demonization
The US has sent observers to watch Russian elections for decades now, so why not have Russia send observers to the US, asks Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin


Mexican Gov. Faces Crisis of Legitimacy After Consumption Tax on Oil Catalyzes Popular Protests
Deep disdain for President Enrique Peña Nieto has opened up the possibility of an electoral victory for the left, says Professor John Ackerman


The Ron Finley Project
Do Not Allow Strategic Aquisitions Inc. to Destroy The Ron Finley Project’s Gangsta Garden

*Feed the need

Not the greed


FAIR CounterSpin
‘That Punishment of Women Is Already Happening’
Destiny Lopez on abortion rights under Trump
by Janine Jackson


Democracy Now!
Protests Erupt in Kentucky After GOP Supermajority Passes Extreme Anti-Choice, Anti-Union Bills

*Snakes in the bluegrass


Repeal & Run? Republicans Move to Axe Obamacare, But What Will Replacement Look Like?

*From watered down snake oil to full potency


How to Cancer Proof Your Home
by Ty Bollinger

*Causing cancer is a cash cow


Chemotherapy Detox: How to Rebuild Your Health after Chemo
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers


11 Quick and Easy Ways for Lowering Blood Sugar Naturally (And Losing Belly Fat)
by Yuri Elkaim


The BEST Time to Drink Lemon Water
by Yuri Elkaim


At Least 50 Trump Electors Were Illegitimately Seated as Electoral College Members
More evidence surfaces as calls mount to challenge congressional ratification of Electoral College vote
by Steven Rosenfeld


Brazil’s Neoliberal U-Turn: Wishful Thinking in the Face of Class Antagonism
by L. E. Melin and Franklin Serrano

*A rare critical assessment of the contribution of a “left” government in Latin America to its own woes


The Real News Network
Jovenel Moise Awarded Haitian Presidency as Opposition Parties Allege Massive Election Fraud
Haiti’s electoral council limited access to the voter tally sheets as the opposition began uncovering fraud, says radio host Margaret Prescod


Signs Look Grim for Media Picking the Side of Liberty and Dissent
by Janine Jackson

*The corpress is factually inaccurate

Like a rug


NYT Makes the Case for Trump Via Racialized Rural Mythology
by Jim Naureckas

*There is no small irony in deeming those enthralled by someone determined to sow the earth with salt to be “the salt of the earth”.


Institute for Public Accuracy
CIA and NSA Veterans on Russia, Trump and Obama


Democracy Now!
From Keystone XL Pipeline to #DAPL: Jasilyn Charger, Water Protector from Cheyenne River Reservation

*This isn’t a profile in courage

It’s the full 360


What Impact Will Trump Presidency Have on Freedom of Edward Snowden & Julian Assange?


Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Eager to Blame “Everybody But Themselves” for Collapse of Their Party


Alcohol and the prostate
New research finds as little as one drink a day can fuel cancer growth
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


The Safest Artificial Sweetener: Does it Really Exist?
by Yuri Elkaim



Conservatives Want to Cut Medicaid. If They Were Serious About Creating Jobs, They’d Expand It.
by Livia Gershon


Leaving the Age of Disconnect
by Robert C. Koehler


The Real News Network
Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem Would Be a Dangerous Provocation
The Trump administration might make a historic break with US policy and draw international outrage by following through on its rhetoric, warns New Internationalism director Phyllis Bennis


Dr. Jill Stein: Jim Crow is Built into Our Voting Machines
The former Green Party presidential candidate discusses her efforts to examine voter integrity problems in Wisconsin, what the Greens do between elections, and what we can do to build a trustworthy voting system in the US

*All this nonsense about “taking over” the Democratic Party …

How about reforming the Greens to be a bona fide socialist (a limiting term) grouping?

By that I mean a party that seeks to build a society based on cooperation and community, rather than profit?

And not “obscene” profit, or “excessive” profit, but the very idea of profit?

I mean, a party in which around thirteen percent of members would have voted for Citizen KKKane, according to Dr. Stein, would seem to be in serious need of a reboot, don’t you think?

Yeah, I know … dream on

But the impossible remains so if it’s dismissed out of hand in favor of “the art of the possible”.

Look where that’s gotten us, and is taking us.


Illusion of Accountability in Israeli Soldier’s Manslaughter Conviction
The case is an attempt by Israel to head off intervention from the International Criminal Court to order to maintain the occupation, says economist Shir Hever


Democracy Now!
NAACP President on Dylann Roof’s Lack of Regret for Massacre: “It’s About the State of America”


Glenn Greenwald on “Dearth of Evidence” Linking Russia to WikiLeaks Release of DNC Emails


Glenn Greenwald: Mainstream U.S. Media is Culpable for Disseminating Fake & Deceitful News on Russia

*Isn’t it rich to hear Hannity inveighing against corruption and collusion, and why is Assange giving interviews to someone who wanted him strung up by his balls?

And of course the corpress shares Clinton’s neoliberal imperialist agenda. Anyone with a any grasp on reality who can stomach imbibing their bile would suss that.

Which is why Greenwald’s closing remark about the Democrats’ prospective role in “a cohesive and focused and effective opposition” to Donald Dicktat raises uncertainty about his own grip on it.


What You Should Know About Losing Weight with Cold Thermogenesis
by Yuri Elkaim

*Interesting intel, if irresponsible on the AC suggestion



ALEC’s Little Brother, ACCE, Has Big Plans for 2017
by Steve Arnold


Public Citizen
Disregarding Public Concern, the National Park Service Finalizes Commercialism Policy and Opens Parks to Industry Influence


WaPo Spreading Own Falsehoods Shows Real Power of Fake News
by Adam Johnson

*You want fake news?

“Singular Corpress ‘Agenda’ Is to ‘Speak Truth to Power'”


In Syria, Western Media Cheer Al Qaeda
by Rania Khalek


Institute for Public Accuracy
Healthcare: Obama Vs. Pence?

*The ACA is the epitome of the disaster that is Democratic policy, which we are then exhorted to defend – and castigated if we don’t – against the threat of something worse.


Democracy Now!
Trump Treasury Pick Steven Mnuchin’s Bank OneWest Accused of Widespread Misconduct


Privacy Advocates Warn of Potential Surveillance Through Listening Devices Like Amazon Echo, Google Home


American University Removes Leonard Peltier Statue After FBI Letter Amid Urgent Push for Clemency

*Statue of limitations


Part 2: Robert Meeropol on Trump Mentor Roy Cohn’s Role in Prosecution of Julius & Ethel Rosenberg



Trump Fear-Mongers on Gitmo as White House Readies for Additional Transfers
“You know what is dangerous?” Amnesty International asks president-elect. “Betraying our country’s ideals of dignity & justice.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


In 2017, Fusing Identity and Class Politics in “Trumpland”
by Zoltán Grossman


Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy
by Chris Hedges


The Real News Network
Latin America in 2016: The Resurgence of the Right Continues (1/2)
In Part One, we look at how in Brazil, Peru, and Argentina, governments shifted to the right in Latin America in 2016, imposing neoliberal economics in a context of high dissatisfaction with government


Latin America in 2016: The Resurgence of the Right Continues (2/2)
The second part of our look at how governments shifted to the right in Latin America in 2016, imposing neoliberal economics in amidst high dissatisfaction with government

*Nary a word about indigenous issues, and how gummints left and right have violated rights in the name of “economic progress”.


Democracy Now!
Craig Holman: Trump Administration Gearing Up to Be “Most Scandal-Ridden in History”


“Strange Fruit:” History of Anti-Lynching Song Rebecca Ferguson Has Demanded to Sing at Inauguration



Apple CEO Tim Cook Met With Trump to “Engage” on Gigantic Corporate Tax Cut
by Jon Schwarz
The Intercept

*Taking a teeny bite out of an rapaciously rotten Apple


Scientists “too frightened” to tell truth on climate impacts
Professor Peter Wadhams says peers are failing in their duty, and warns China is planning huge land grabs as warming hits crop production
by Paul Brown
Climate News Network

*The shit speeds up, and the fan’s on high


Preparing for the Normalization of a Neofascist White House
by Juan Cole

*This is not normal.

This is what normal leads to

Which will then become normal.


The Real News Network
Cracking Down On Dissent: The U.S. Government Has Essentially Created A Ministry of Truth
Obama’s recently signed National Defense Authorization Act includes a ‘Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act’. The Intercept’s Alex Emmons explains…

*”Truth” and chilling consequences


Media Fell for Nazi-Manufactured ‘White Genocide’ Scandal
by Adam Johnson

*White flights of farcical fantasy


9 Foods to Stimulate Appetite in Cancer Patients (+ Recipe)
by Deborah Oke



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