February 2017


Groups Raise Alarm About Under-the-Radar, ‘Extremist’ Healthcare Nominee
Maternity coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid all at risk under Trump nominee Seema Verma, poised to be “the most powerful woman you’ve never heard of”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*But she’s “diversifying” the administration

And isn’t that what really matters … ?


Outcry Kills Anti-Protest Law in Arizona, But Troubling Trend Continues Nationwide
Rash of anti-protest laws and effort to dismiss demonstrators as ‘paid agitators’ are ‘standard operating procedure for movement opponents,’ says expert
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams


Beware of Another Reichstag Fire
by Helene Sinnreich

*PNAC had 9/11

What date will DDT dial up?


‘It’s just porn’: Coming to terms with a sexually corrosive culture
by Robert Jensen


National Day Laborers Organizing Network (NDLON)
Know Your Rights


The Real News Network
Over 217 Inauguration Protestors Face Up to Decade in Prison
Attorney Mark Goldstone says the felony indictments are unprecedented and many of the protesters were not given warnings or proper opportunity to disperse

*Warnings weren’t being given then

But they’re assuredly being given now


Is Trump Preparing a Wave of Mass Criminalization?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said ‘future needs’ were behind the reason to reversal Obama’s ban on the DoJ’s use of private prisons, but Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford points out that violent crime is currently on the decline

*If you’re going to criminalize protest, you need someplace to put the perps, don’t you just?


‘J is for Junk Economics’: Michael Hudson on TRNN (2/5)
Trump’s infrastructure plan will privatize all the benefits for the financiers and make sure that the population at large gets zero benefit from it while paying the costs, says economist Michael Hudson


Armed Conflict, Global Warming Intensify Mass Famines
Nnimmo Bassey explains why many of the world’s poor are forced to migrate due to policies that allow Western industries to continue polluting


Reform RICO


University of Denver- Hate speech makes us less free
by Cate Daniels


Institute for Public Accuracy
Resisters to Militarism on Trial Today


Shotgun Pointed at Black Children Trivialized as ‘Confederate Flag Incident’
by Adam Johnson

*Images frame a story, as well, needless to say.

The Faux News photo attempts to elicit sympathy for the convicted, victims of “political correctness” in that liberal bastion known as the state of Georgia.

(I’m surprised Citizen KKKane didn’t tweet out his outrage at this gross injustice.)


NYT Reporting on Trump’s Budget Outline Is Seriously Confused
by Dean Baker


Democracy Now!
As Trump Pushes for Historic $54B Military Spending Hike, Which Programs Will He Cut to Pay for War?

*”Diplomacy and foreign aid” have the same end as militarism. It’s just “soft power” as opposed to naked aggression, both tools in the empire’s arsenal

Which is why all those secretaries of defense and all those generals and admirals want more funding for them, wouldn’t you think?


“Decade of Betrayal”: How the U.S. Expelled Over a Half Million U.S. Citizens to Mexico in 1930s

*History doesn’t repeat itself

Its viciousness merely waxes and wanes


“Are You Muslim?”: Muhammad Ali’s Son & Former Wife on their Detention & Interrogation at FL Airport



What Happens When the ‘Bad Hombres’ Are ICE Agents? The Finer Points of Immigration Law Get Ignored
by Sandra Hernandez


Trump Is Lowering the Bar for Canada’s Healthcare System Too
by Julie Devaney


Trump is right to criticize NAFTA—but he’s totally wrong about why it’s bad for America
by Jeff Faux


How ‘New Cold Warriors’ Cornered Trump
The U.S. intelligence community’s extraordinary campaign of leaks claiming improper ties between President Trump’s team and Russia seeks to ensure a lucrative New Cold War by blocking detente
by Gareth Porter


Can Canada Get Out of the War Business?
by David Swanson


A Mood Is Not a Movement: Five Ideas for the Anti-Trump Forces
by Richard Rubenstein


‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New
by Chris Hedges

*Through the looking glass, darkly


Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
New Report On the Importance of Social Security to African-Americans


The Real News Network
‘J is for Junk Economics’: Michael Hudson on TRNN (1/5)
Michael Hudson, author of the newly released ‘J is for Junk Economics,’ says the media and academia use well-crafted euphemisms to conceal how the economy really works

*The sticks and stones that words make unknown


Mountains of Uninvested Corporate Cash, Not Mexico, Most Responsible for Job Loss
Heiner Flassbeck tells Paul Jay that unspent and uninvested wealth held by the elites is a bigger drag on employment than free trade with Mexico


Erik Prince is Back: Former CEO of Blackwater Offering Services to the Trump Administration
Oakland Institute founder Anuradha Mittal says Prince may exercise considerable influence over Trump’s policy towards ISIS and push for the use of private contractors in national defense

*Prince of dark ops


UK ‘Deradicalization’ Program Shrouded in Secrecy
Islamic Human Rights Commission co-founder Arzu Merali says her organization will no longer participate in consultations about anti-terror laws because the government treated them as a mere rubber-stamping exercise


German University Suspends Course After Instructor Criticized Israel
Eleonora Roldán Mendívil, who was set to teach an introductory course on political theory, says she was unable to defend herself against accusations of anti-Semitism


Will Social Democracy Prevail in Mexico’s 2018 Election?
Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the Morena party could revive left-wing politics in Latin America, says National Autonomous University of Mexico’s John Ackerman


Trump at CPAC: Tax Cuts, Massive Military Build-up
Phyllis Bennis, Bhaskar Sunkara and Paul Jay discuss Trump’s CPAC speech and promise to “make the GOP also the party of the American worker” along with ‘”one of the great military build-ups in American history” and Steve Bannon’s promise to defend America’s “cultural identity”

*Red meat, white people and blue streaks of demagogy


Help make XPO a great place to work!
by Trina Tocco
Justice for Port Drivers


Petition update
The Ron Finley Project
Bigger Than the Ron Finley Project


Downplaying US Contribution to Potential Yemen Famine
by Adam Johnson

*Cry for the children

And keep quiet on the cause


Institute for Public Accuracy
“Neo-McCarthyite Furor” on Russia and Threat of More War


Democracy Now!
We Will Not Be Intimidated: Philly Rabbi Decries Desecration of Over 500 Graves at Jewish Cemetery


Keith Ellison Loses DNC Chair Race After Smear Campaign over His Support for Palestinian Rights

*Everyone seems to be on board “for the good of the party”

But what if there’s no good in the party?


From Standing Rock to the Red Power Movement: New Series “RISE” Focuses on Indigenous Resistance


What Is Vitamin P and How Can It Help Prevent Cancer?
by Dr. Veronique Desaulniers


7 Best Abdominal Exercises for Seniors (Do These Anywhere)
by Yuri Elkaim


This is the Only Guide to Food Combining Rules You’ll Ever Need
by Yuri Elkaim



‘Chilling, Undemocratic, Totalitarian’: White House Bars Critical News Outlets
New York Times, CNN, Los Angeles Times, and Politico all reportedly barred from afternoon gaggle
by Common Dreams staff

*Of course this is bullyshit, but it’s hard to leap to the defense of a corpress that is only “adversarial” toward any attempt to sincerely challenge the status quo they serve.

And you’ll notice the touching solidarity of CBS, NBC, ABC and others …


Contrived Chaos and States of Confusion
by Randall Amster


Trial of the Century Pits Trump Climate Denialism Against ‘Right to a Climate System Capable of Sustaining Human Life’
Why ‘Climate Kids’ vs. Trump is no ordinary lawsuit
by Jeremy Brecher


Paul Ryan’s Next Attack on Workers’ Retirement a Win for Wall Street
On the “Small Savers Tax”
by Dean Baker

*Robbing hoodwink


Yes, We Can Fight Trump’s Deportation Force
by Mehrdad Azemun


100 Years of Using War to Try to End All War
by David Swanson

*War is not a video game

Yet it’s still one we can’t afford to play


The Real News Network
Mexican President Nieto Acquiesces to Trump’s Border and Deportation Policies
Law professor John Ackerman explains why President Enrique Pena Nieto offers no pushback despite the fact that Donald Trump’s policies and Nieto himself are both deeply unpopular among Mexicans


As Baltimore Police Spending Spikes, Baltimore Students Protest to Fix School Budget Gap
Hundreds of students descended on Annapolis to demand the state fund a $130 million budget gap and question the city’s priorities as police overtime spending skyrockets

*A school to police pipeline


Be Thankful for a Dysfunctional, Chaotic White House
Henry Giroux and Paul Jay discuss the Trump-Bannon-Pence administration, a naked display of the 1% ruling without apologies and damn what comes tomorrow

*The velvet gloves are off


The Blue State Where Progressive Reforms go to Die
Maryland is blocking police reforms despite damning DoJ report and pleas from activists

*Might Pugh and Davis be posturing on civilian oversight, knowing full well Zirkin’s and others’ power to prevent it?


NPR Spins Trump’s ‘Restrained’ Foreign Policy–Ignoring Threats, Bans and Escalation
by Adam Johnson

*And he wants to cut funding for public broadcasting … ?


FAIR CounterSpin
‘Ajit Pai Wants to Shut Down the Way We Communicate and Organize’
Jessica Gonzalez on Trump’s FCC
by Janine Jackson

*A devious and despicable denial of service attack



New Law Would Let Arizona Treat Organized Dissent as Organized Crime
The Republican-dominated Arizona Senate voted to expand racketeering laws to include protesters and protest organizers, meaning police could arrest demonstrators and seize their assets
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams


Is Trump Moderating on Foreign Policy? Not in the Least.
Trump’s leading foreign policy advisers are obsessed with Iran and making dangerous moves from East Asia to the Middle East
by Conn Hallinan

*Getting ready to boogie with the boogeymen?


Trump’s New Immigration Crackdown Has Private Prison Investors Salivating
by Lee Fang

*Cornering the captive market


A foreign policy of cruel populism
by Vijay Prashad


Indigenous Leaders to Call on Mayor de Blasio to #DefundDAPL
Opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline Grows as Trump Pushes its Completion

*Taking your money from where your mouth says it shouldn’t be


The Real News Network
Standing Rock Faces Media Blackout During Militarized Operation to Clear Camps
Independent journalist Jihan Hifaz says the remaining water protectors are not just resisting the pipelines but asserting their treaty rights


Would a Trade Deficit be Good for Workers
CEPR co-director Dean Baker says that Trump’s haphazard proposals for tariffs are dangerous, but he’s right about the relationship between the trade deficit and the value of the dollar


Evidence Emerges of Tropical Parasites in Rural America
The Trump administration’s attitude towards the EPA doesn’t bode well for the fight to eliminate third world conditions right here in the United States, says Catherine Flowers of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise


Standing Rock and the Struggle Against Corporate Power
Even if oil ultimately begins to flow through the pipeline, the movement has learned how to resist in spite of corporations’ endless money and political influence, says journalist Desiree Kane

*There is no defeat in defending ourselves


Greece’s Debt Relief Conundrum
SYRIZA has failed to a develop the political capacities within its base that would provide room for the party to maneuver in case of a shift in the international balance of forces, says political science professor Leo Panitch


Argentina’s President Macri Faces Increasing Scandals and Resistance to His Return to Neoliberalism
The political panorama for Argentina’s conservative government looks increasingly difficult, according to Prof. Atilio Boron


Trump Didn’t ‘Revoke’ Protections for Trans Students–Because He Can’t
by Jim Naureckas

*The imperial press-idency


Democracy Now!
“Kids Will Be Harmed by This”: Trump Admin Rolls Back Protections for Transgender Students


We Have to Keep Fighting: Water Protectors Vow Continued Resistance to #DAPL as Main Camp Is Evicted

*Not exactly the story I got from my local corpress rag this morning.

Not exactly surprised by that, either, as you might surmise.



The Republican Bid to Kill the ACA Is a Trojan Horse
Though they are having a hard time explaining what their replacement for the Affordable Care Act will look like, the GOP message on healthcare is crystal clear: You’re on your own
by Julie Chinitz


Ten Examples of Direct Resistance to Stop Government Raids
by Bill Quigley


Kenneth Arrow’s (Ignored) Impossibility Theorem
by William K. Black

*Black magical thinking


The Real News Network
Trump Wants to Defeat ISIS By Using Policies that Gave Rise to It
Professor Sabah Alnasseri says that there’s no way to resolve security, political or diplomatic issues in Iraq without cooperating with Iran

*Is it odd that Alnasseri outlines the horrors that have befallen the Iraqi people from the invasion and occupation of their country, yet then bemoans how the US has attempted to achieve its ends, rather than calling for its withdrawal?

Did I miss something?


Whistleblower Teacher Says Defunded Public Schools Vulnerable to Mass Privatization
In TRNN’s ongoing investigation into Baltimore schools, a teacher says the long-term trend of over-testing and starving public schools of funds has made them an easy target for controversial education secretary Betsy DeVos

*Ignorance is the oligarch’s bliss


Sentencing of Israeli Soldier for Killing of Palestinian Exposes Contradictions of Occupation
TRNN’s Shir Hever explains how the military court put itself on trial


Trump’s Job Promises are Fiction and Free Trade is Fiction Too
Heiner Flassbeck tells Paul Jay that neither a high tariffs wall nor neoliberal free trade will provide jobs and higher wages – but there are policies that will

*Jay asked for questions, and a constant one I have about economic discussions here and at other “alternative” outlets is why they’re almost always concerned with improving the profit system, rather than posing alternatives (that word again) to it.

If we’ve abandoned that possibility, I feel we’ve consigned ourselves to conversations over how quickly we go over the cliff, rather than how we can avoid the abyss altogether.


Sirius XM: Broadcasting White Supremacy
by Chris Pearce

*Maintaining radio violence


Democracy Now!
“A Deportation Force on Steroids”: Millions of Immigrants Could Face Removal Under New Trump Rules


Advocate: Trump’s Deportations are Possible Because Obama & Congress Failed to Protect Immigrants

*The setup man

And the closer


Anne Frank Center: Trump’s Remarks on Anti-Semitism are Too Little, Too Late


White House Refuses to Condemn Rise of Islamophobia as Radical Right Enters Political Mainstream

*The corroded cream rises to the top


FDR Rejected Anne Frank Twice as a Refugee, Advocate Urges Trump Not to Close U.S. Borders Again

*No one “urged” the bastard to do anything, did they?

We were urged to stand with each other against him.


Got high blood pressure? This nutrient may help.
Too much salt raises blood pressure. But getting enough potassium can lower it
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



System Change Will Not Be Negotiated
by Nnimmo Bassey


DHS Immigration Memo Underscores Urgent Need for National Guard Reform
by Ben Manski


Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph
by George Monbiot

*The sanctification of sociopathy


They defied sanctions to bring aid to Iraq’s people
by Kathy Kelly


The Real News Network
X: Malcolm’s Final Years
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death, X Final Years re-examines the life and legacy of Malcolm X


Trump’s Turn from Two-State Solution Sows Crisis for Fatah, Hamas
A one-state solution threatens the Palestinian government’s raison d’etre, framed in the Oslo Agreements as an intermediary step towards an independent Palestinian state, explains TRNN correspondent Shir Hever


Baltimore Students Push For Statewide Styrofoam Ban
Following similar initiatives in cities across the country, city students are organizing to prohibit the use of this synthetic material in schools and businesses across Maryland


Survey Shows Support Growing For Palestinians Among Canadians
Dimitri Lascaris and Earl Washburn discuss a national survey that shows an increasing number of Canadians recognizing that Israel is violating the human rights of the Palestinian people and that the Canadian state is complicit


Democracy Now!
Black Edge: New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar on Wall Street’s Biggest Insider Trading Story in History


A Message to Trump from a Swede: My Real Concern is Rise of Militant Anti-Muslim Neo-Nazis, Fascists


#StopTrump: Protests Erupt Across Britain as Lawmakers Debate Canceling Trump’s State Visit


Tapping Your Way to a Healthier Life With EFT
by Ty Bollinger



Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population
by Paul Buchheit

*If “the poor will always be with us”

It is solely due to the rich remaining, as well


James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness
by Chris Hedges


Resistance and Resolve in Russia: Memorial HRC
by David Smith-Ferri

*With all the opportunistic Red Square scaremongering extant in the US, it’s good to see a piece that can delineate the very real repression that exists in Russia while placing it in the context of the shrinking of space for dissent here, which has never suffered from “partisan gridlock”.

MoveOn and ilk could learn something from it, although I’m quite certain of the utter unlikelihood of that outcome.


Syria and the Antiwar Movement
by Judith Deutsch


Ida B. Wells-Barnett : Iola, Princess of the Press & Feminist Crusader for Equality and Justice
by Kiilu Nyasha


Why Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban?
by Andrew Levine


UK Trains Ethiopian Security Forces, as MPs Call for Action on Death-Row Dad


The Real News Network
Trumponomics: Empowering Proto-Fascists
PERI’s Gerald Epstein says that we need to understand Trump’s economic policy as aimed at amassing as much power as possible in order to stifle opposition

*Pigs in protofascist pokes


How E.U.’s Migration Policy Enables Migrant Smuggling
Statewatch’s Chris Jones says the European Union Border and Coast Guard Agency is less concerned with human rights and far more preoccupied with border control, surveillance and the interception of migrants


Pope Francis Calls for Broad Front Against Tyranny and Savage Capitalism
Matthew Fox and Paul Jay discuss the Pope’s message to social movements and comparing the European far right and the rise of Trump to Hitler (1/2)

*You’ll forgive me for not having much faith (pardon the pun) in Francis’ fealty to JC’s message, when the Vatican doesn’t seem to have any problem praying to “the god of money” in its investments.

Fox speaks of his “sensitivity” to fascism, due to his family history, which one might suppose would have mitigated against his being “pretty naive” regarding the nature of the Argentinian junta, don’t you think?

Like Dear Misleader, Francis succeeds a regime that had done great damage to the “enterprise”, and a “kinder, gentler” face was deemed necessary to restore its legitimacy.

Both are dab hands are pretty words, and doing just enough to persuade those desperately desiring to believe that there’s some reason to do so.

Maybe TRNN should add another guest to this segment who’s a mite more skeptical of Francis’ “moral awakening”?


Are Liberals Helping Trump? Not Much, Apparently
by Jim Naureckas

*I’m having a hard time sussing how anyone who supports Citizen KKKane, given all he’s said and done, could in any way, shape, manner or form be deemed a “moderate”

And why “moderates” would need anyone to “persuade” them to not do so.


Democracy Now!
Daniel Ramirez Medina’s Lawyer: “Absolutely No Evidence” to Support DREAMer’s Continued Detention


Did Jeff Sessions Foreshadow New Immigration Crackdown in a Memo Before Becoming Attorney General?


The Gift of Cancer: 3 Ways You Can Choose to Benefit From a Cancer Diagnosis
by Ty Bollinger

*Mind over metastasis


4 Natural Ways to Prevent Radiation Burn (Radiodermatitis)
by Marnie Clark


My Travels to Washington D.C. – Meetings With Congress About Vaccine Safety & Freedom of Choice
by Ty Bollinger

*Could those who laud the likes of Hannity have it right here?

I made the decision to forego the shingles vaccine after turning sixty. I felt the cons outweighed the pros. And I don’t get flu shots.

Am I a fool?

What do you think?


The Importance of Emotional Clearing for Health & Healing
by Ty Bollinger


One out of three U.S. adults have prediabetes
Nine out of ten of them don’t know it
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action



Planting Seed for Strikes in the Trump Era, #Strike4Democracy Sweeps Nation
“It’s a moment we’re in, where all the typical rules don’t entirely apply”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


America Is Problem Now
by Abby Zimet, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free



Five GOP Health Care Buzz Phrases You Need to Inoculate Yourself Against
by Julie Chinitz

*Language is a virus whose complications won’t be covered


The Real News Network
Flynn’s Resignation Won’t Stop Trump Administration From Targeting Iran
Ben Norton, reporter for Alternet’s Grayzone Project, discusses the fallout from the resignation of Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

*There is hypocrisy and danger aplenty in this “Russia to judgment”, but as horrific as Saudi Arabia and other US allies are regarding human rights, to say that Russia’s sins are “nothing” compared to theirs is to dismiss the suffering of the victims of that regime.

That may not have been Norton’s intent, but language is a virus that can carelessly infect others with callousness should we not exercise due deliberation in our choice of words.


Did the Deep State Facilitate Flynn’s Resignation?
Former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley says there’s a difference between leaking and whistleblowing, and it’s likely that the former took place in the ongoing power struggle between the deep state and the executive branch of government

*It’s very frustrating when folks you have some respect for offer contradictory explanations on something like this.

I’d like one or more of those persons to step back and objectively lay out just what we actually know, what is reasonable to assume, while not committing to it, what we don’t know, and what appears to be disinformation.

One thing that confuses me is Rowley’s contention that Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador was SOP, using the example of contact with Israeli officials.

If so, why did he lie about it? Did he lie about it?

Two and two aren’t close to four here.

What I can say is that I wouldn’t trust anything from those in authority at Spook Central as far as I could toss it. That doesn’t mean it might not be true, but to see “the resistance” suddenly place full faith and credit in these duplicitous bastards simply because they’re fucking with DDT for their own ends worries the bejesus outta me.

“The enemy of my enemy” here is another enemy just as fearsome, and not remaining fully cognizant of that may well lead to consequences truly fearsome to contemplate.


Trump and Netanyahu Acknowledge the Death of the Two-State Solution
Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah says there should be no territorial partition and forced segregation between Israelis and Palestinians, but instead a single democratic state that equally protects the rights of everyone

*Of course, an end to apartheid here, as with South Africa and the US South, is by no means the end of the struggle against injustice and oppression.

Indeed, it’s only the end of its first chapter.


EU-Canada Trade Deal Will Undermine Domestic Regulations
Trade deals like CETA are in part a result of undemocratic policymaking, says Global Justice Now’s Jean Blaylock


Trump’s Tax Returns Key to Clarifying Russian Connections
Economist James Henry explains why we should take Deutschebank’s findings about Trump’s assets with a grain of salt

*Should we be paying less attention to the whole “Post Red Menace subversion of our democracy” meme, and more to industrial grade greed and corruption as the focus of our concern over “the Russian connection”?


IMF Lent to Greece Knowing It Could Never Pay Back Debt
There’s a real need for international debtor rights, says economist Michael Hudson


Scrutiny for Supreme Court Pick Fails to Focus on Rights of Disabled
by Janine Jackson

*You’d think the corpress would be more empathetic toward disabled folks, given their own acute disability to question the perogatives of power.

But then, that’s a wilful impairment, isn’t it?


Democracy Now!
Why Did ICE Arrest & Imprison a 23-Year-Old DREAMer and DACA Recipient Living Legally in the U.S.?


Undocumented Mother in Sanctuary in Denver Church: I’ve Paid Taxes for 20 Years, Why Hasn’t Trump?


Denver Church Gives Sanctuary to Immigrant Mother Facing Deportation: “We Are Not Breaking Any Laws”


Does New Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Have the Perfect Résumé to Sabotage a Federal Agency?

*Castigation of the current administration shouldn’t equate to acclamation for the previous regime, yet that appears a not infrequent quality among guests on this program, doesn’t it?



One Way You Can Help Fight Against Political Interference in Science: Tell Us About It
by Michael Halpern


The Real News Network
As Opposition Mounts to Cash Bail in MD, Industry Wines and Dines
The Real News was there as protesters gathered at a high-priced steak house where the bail business plied politicians with food and liquor to stop reform efforts


Can Somalia’s New President Help Rebuild the Country?
Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed faces many challenges posed by war lords, the war on terror, and U.S. intervention, says professor Abdi Samatar


Upward Distribution of Wage Income Behind Social Security’s Shortfall
CEPR’s Dean Baker says Republicans often omit the role of stagnant wage growth in the discussion around the growing deficit in this social insurance program

*Isn’t Social Security an antiquated program instituted at a time when entitlement programs were unheard of?

Shouldn’t it be replaced with a needs based scheme?

The counter argument is always that there wouldn’t be public support, because only a portion of the population would see benefits from it, but that applies to many aspects of gummint funding, doesn’t it?

Not everyone directly benefits from Medicare or Medicaid, or from funding for needs in areas other than theirs, yet there’s still support for these.

Isn’t that contention based on a jaundiced view of how we relate to the commons, which sadly has some justification, but as regards providing the elderly and disabled the means to a dignified life, I’d like to believe it’s unwarranted.


Lockout of Honeywell Workers Signals Broader Corporate Offensive Against Collective Bargaining
Professor Paul Mishler, who organized a rally in support of UAW workers in Indiana, says there’s a need for community support for labor struggles and tactics outside of traditional collective bargaining


In the Trump Era, Is Canada’s Trade Relationship with the U.S. a Blessing or a Curse?
Following the first meeting between U.S. President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, Nora Loreto discusses the future of US-Canada relations


Institute for Public Accuracy
After Trump-Netanyahu Meeting: What Kind of One-State Solution?


ACTION ALERT: WaPo’s Post Live Series Is a Love Letter to Corporate Conflicts of Interest
by Adam Johnson

*He who pays the pimper …


Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald on Flynn-Russia Leaks: Highly Illegal & Wholly Justified


Greenwald: Democrats Seem to Consider Snowden’s & Manning’s Leaks Evil & Leaks Under Trump Heroic


Greenwald: Empowering the “Deep State” to Undermine Trump is Prescription for Destroying Democracy


Gluten and Joint Pain: Is Gluten Making You Sore?
by Yuri Elkaim



Welcome to Trumpcare! Proposed Changes Raise Costs, Weaken Coverage
‘Today the insurance lobby got its wish list’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”Trumpcare” and “Obamacare” (personal experience speaking) deserve each other.

We deserve “Omnicare”, if Article 25 of the Declaration of Human Rights is worth more than the parchment it’s printed on.


The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies
by Glenn Greenwald

*Loving the leaker

Unless the urine is on your shoes


Netanyahu Comes to Trump Meeting Under Pressure to Kill Palestinian State
by Allison Deger


The Real News Network
New Whistleblower Teachers Say Baltimore Schools Designed to Fail to Speed Privatization
In a follow-up exclusive interview with another Baltimore school teacher, TRNN delves deeper into the threats to public education that involve over testing, defunding of the arts, and the preference for charter schools


On Valentine’s Day, Baltimore Restores Free Bus Passes For Students
Corporations, nonprofits and citizens raised tens of thousands of dollars to restore free bus passes for students to attend after school programs, but advocates knowledge it’s a temporary fix to a systemic problem of underfunding city school services


Rattling the Bars: The Unconstitutional Practice of Life Without Parole
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with legal Activists and family members of incarcerated persons advocating for policy that would take the power of parole out of the governor’s jurisdiction and allow parole boards to make the ultimate decision

*Retrieving the key


Empire Files: Post-Soviet Russia, Made in the U.S.A.
Abby Martin interviews Mark Ames, an American journalist who spent a decade reporting from Russia and witnessed the country’s transformation from an American “colony” to its “number one threat”

*Somehow I don’t think this will make it on MSNBC

Or “Democracy Now!”

The question is whether this context will find safe harbor at any relatively visible “alternative” outlet, as Putinophobia is to be deemed too vital a weapon against DDT to let a little thing like reality get in the way.

“Intelligence community” may describe the alphabet soup of spookdom

But you can’t reasonably apply it to the vast bulk of “the resistance”, can you?


Trump’s Immigration Order Sets Barriers on Fighting Deportation at the Local Level
Erika Andiola says citizens can help protect undocumented communities by pushing elected officials in their states and cities to declare sanctuary status


Vaughn Correctional Center Inmates Rose Up Against Decades of Oppression
The rioters who took hostages at the Delaware prison were rising up against policies that “are meant to sound reasonable,” but are really “extremely repressive,” says Professor Kim Wilson


Secretive Proceedings Over CETA Trade Deal Draw Public Ire
With the European parliament set to vote on CETA this week, Jean Blaylock of Global Justice Now says the deal has little to do with trade, but instead emphasizes deregulation, privatization and increased corporate control over the economy


Institute for Public Accuracy
Netanyahu’s “Blatant” Violations of International Law Now Becoming “Unhinged”


Trump Supporters Support Trump: To Maintain ‘Balance,’ Media Resort to Tautology
by Reed Richardson

*Foregoing facts not a fit for the “Forgotten America” frame


Spin Control Through Censorship
The Pentagon Manages the News

*I didn’t know that “media hero” Moyers had engaged in self censorship, per that last paragraph.

I don’t pay much attention to him. He’s your typical liberal with contradictions aplenty with it comes to putting two and two together.

But I always assumed he had a rep for journalistic integrity when it came to matters such as this.

Silly me …


Are You Getting the Benefits of Organic Food You Paid For?
by Ty Bollinger


Meditation Techniques for Beginners: 5 Easy Ways to Get Started
by Yuri Elkaim


How To Naturally Sweeten Your Smoothie



Pence Places Conservative, Evangelical ‘Allies’ in All Corners of White House
Vice president opens revolving door to far-right former staffers and aides from Indiana and Capitol Hill
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


Flynn Resignation Shows Leaks Under Trump Are Working. Keep ‘Em Coming.
by Trevor Timm


The Real News Network
DNC Chair Candidates Agree: Unity Is Better Than Division
While many are calling the race between top contenders for chair of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez and Keith Ellison an extension of Clinton vs. Sanders, candidates at this weekend’s forum seemed to prioritize politeness and consensus over the question many think is tearing the Democrats apart

*The face may change

The farce remains


FAIR CounterSpin
‘School Choice Is Not Serving the Most Disenfranchised’
Kevin Kumashiro on Betsy DeVos
by Janine Jackson


Institute for Public Accuracy
Did “Intelligence Community” Take out Flynn?


Democracy Now!
Pipeline Partners: Trudeau & Trump Meet as They Push for Keystone XL & Other Big Oil Projects



Crossing the Northern Border: Immigrants in U.S. Flee into Canada Seeking Refuge from Trump


Clayton Thomas-Muller: Rising Fascism in U.S. Is Emboldening White Supremacists in Canada


FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Face New Attack


Criminalization & Trump’s ICE Raids: Two Immigrant Rights Organizers Facing Deportation Speak Out


9 Important Stretching Exercises for Seniors to Do Every Day
by Yuri Elkaim



From #DayWithoutLatinos to Rapid Response Teams, Deportation Resistance Builds
More than 120 businesses are closed in Wisconsin on Monday to protest Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s immigration crackdown
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Is President Trump Headed for a War with China?
All options are “On the table”
by Rajan Menon


Food & Water Watch
Advocacy Group Mounts Legal Challenge to Nutrient Trading Permit in Pennsylvania


Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
Federal Employee Free Speech Tied in Knots
Ethical Quagmires Line Narrow Path of Federal Workers’ Ability to Speak Out


The Real News Network
50 Years Later, Film on Algerian War of Independence Continues to Inspire Freedom Struggles (1/2)
Sohail Daulatzai, author of “Fifty Years of The Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue,” sits down with former Black Panther Eddie Conway to discuss why the 1966 movie remains highly influential in the age of the war on terrorism and authoritarian capitalism


As Tensions Rise Between Greece and its Creditors, Is Grexit Back on the Table? (3/3)
Former SYRIZA MP Costas Lapavitsas responds to the argument that the costs of transitioning from the Euro to the drachma would outweigh the benefits


As Tensions Rise Between Greece and its Creditors, Is Grexit Back on the Table? (2/3)
Former SYRIZA MP Costas Lapavitsas explains that, so long as Greece remains in the Eurozone, it will not be able to reverse austerity and direct its fiscal policy towards unemployment


Miami May Not Survive Climate-Driven Sea Level Rise
A trillion-dollar coastal property real estate bubble could burst as sea level rise begins to pose an imminent threat, says ClimateProgress.org’s Joseph Romm

*Pardon the godawful pun, but what we need is an extreme “see” level rise


Behind Romania’s Protests, A Struggle Between Unaccountable Judiciary and Corrupt Politicians
CriticAtac co-editor Florin Poenaru says Romania’s political crisis is likely to deepen after the protests begin to recede


How U.S. States and Cities Can Take on Climate Change in Spite of Trump’s Denialism
Daphne Wysham warns that a carbon tax plan proposed by Republican elder statesmen would roll back critically important environmental regulations


How Money Bail Imprisons People For Being Poor – And What Can Be Done About It
Bail reform advocates in Maryland are pushing legislation which will eliminate money bail, a key step they say in broadening movement to eliminate jail time for people who cannot afford to pay

*The rich get bail outs

The poor get bail ins


World Beyond War
To the organizers of the April 29 People’s Climate March
Will you stand for peace?

*You can’t wave the red flag for climate catastrophe

And the red white and blue flag for “our brave men and women defending freedom overseas”

Unless you have an acute case of cognitive dissonance.

(Welcome to “the resistance”, American style)


Institute for Public Accuracy
Amnesty International “Stokes Syrian War”

*If AI is indeed being duplicitous here, it’s yet another example of “Democracy Now!” being considerably less than “the exception to the rulers”.

We’ll see if Sterling or someone else critical of this report is asked on to present their views.

I have my doubts.


Democracy Now!
Secretary of Labor Violations? Opposition Grows to the Nomination of Fast-Food CEO Andy Puzder


Former Carl’s Jr. Worker Recalls Sexual Harassment & Wage Theft at Andrew Puzder’s Restaurant Chain

*Breaking free from their fast food chains


Saru Jayaraman: Trump Labor Nominee Andrew Puzder Does Not Respect Women At All


The Truth About Cholesterol Levels & Cancer Most MDs Don’t Know
by Dr. Jack Wolfson


5 things you should know about high blood pressure
And how to keep yours from climbing
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action


Gut Health Alert: 4 Factors That Put Your Gut Microbiome at Risk
By Ty Bollinger



Fake News is Not New and Huxley, Not Orwell, is the Messenger
Why it’s time to reread Neil Postman
by Jerry Lembcke

*Well, it’s both, innit?

A collusive corpress works velvet hand in iron glove with Big Bro, accepting his nefarious narrative, while creating the cretinous context that allows its insidious infestation.

I imagine Orwell, Huxley and Postman would find much in common in commiserate on.


“I’ve Never Been So Ashamed To Be an American.” Really?
These are shameful times, but the current ugliness did not start simply with Donald Trump
by Christian Christensen

*All too terribly true, but isn’t leapfrogging over the “good war” in Afghanistan reflective of the same historical denial that Christensen so righteously condemns?

Aren’t those lost lives as precious as those of Iraqis?


Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Voting Advocates Announce a Settlement of “Exact Match” Lawsuit in Georgia
Minor Typos and Data Entry Errors will No Longer Deny Eligible Georgians the Right to Register and Vote


Institute for Public Accuracy
Price at HHS: Is Trump Undermining Medicare and Medicaid?

*An invidious quack attack


Democracy Now!
Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Muslim Ban, Says “No Evidence” of Attacks from 7 Listed Countries


Trump Launches “Blue Lives Matter Regime” with Three New Executive Orders on Law Enforcement

*I’m weary of saying it, but needs must

A police state of mind


ICE Raids Speed into Overdrive: Advocates Say Obama’s Deportations Reaching “100 MPH” Under Trump


In Real Bowling Green Massacre, a White Supremacist Planned Attack Against African Americans & Jews

*Notice how many of these murderers and would be killers have been in the military, that hallowed bastion of “duty and honor”.


See the Signs of Terror: Journalists Call on Trump to Condemn White Supremacist-Led Attacks & Plots

*From malign neglect to malefic inspiration


Do These 9 Exercises to Strengthen Weak Knees
by Yuri Elkaim



Eight Countries Join Global Fight Against Trump’s Anti-Abortion Move
Belgium, Canada, Cape Verde, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden join Netherlands’ effort, launched in response to “global gag rule”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams


‘Traitor’: West Virginia Democrat Manchin Under Fire for Pro-Sessions Vote
“Manchin, by voting Sessions, voted for race-based voter suppression. He’s a traitor to his voters and the party.”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”[A] traitor to his … party”?

That would be the party of Dixiecrats, spooking of the civil rights movement and “welfare reform”?


In the Trump Era, The Enemies of Our Enemy Are Not Our Friends
by Rebecca Gordon


The Mass Grave We Call Collateral Damage
by Robert C. Koehler

*Out of the mouths of baby killers


The Real News Network
Attempts to Silence Elizabeth Warren Backfire on GOP
Warren’s reading of Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter shed light on Jeff Session’s prosecution of voting rights activists and highlighted the need for massive opposition against the future Attorney General, says attorney Kamau Franklin


Cruz’s Plan to End State Regulation of Health Insurers Would Nationalize Worst Market Practices
Responding to the Sanders-Cruz debate, CEPR’s Dean Baker says the Republican’s plan would deprive sick people of their ability to afford healthcare care

*I’m no expert, but let me suggest in response to Baker’s last comments about insurance company profits, that while the ACA may not have been a “bonanza” for them, or all of them, they supported it because they saw it as staving off pressure for the creation of a true universal system.

Better half a loaf (or considerably more) than none.


Behind the Scenes of the Investigation of Pocomoke’s 1st Black Police Chief
Recently unsealed court documents reveal defendants in Kelvin Sewell’s discrimination lawsuit worked closely with state prosecutors to produce charges against the former Baltimore homicide supervisor

*The filthy dig for dirt


Army Approves Final Permit for Dakota Access Pipeline Without Assessing Environmental Impact
Nick Tilsen, Executive Director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corp, says the decision reflects the long history of the U.S. government ignoring treaties and environmental protections


Maryland Democrats Spar Over Measure Blocking Baltimore Minimum Wage Hikes
The contentious hearing involving state and local Democrats took place the day after a majority of Baltimore’s city council said it supports raising its minimum wage to $15 by 2022


NYT: Unlike Russian Wars, US Wars ‘Promote Freedom and Democracy’
by Adam Johnson

*A liberal dose of duplicity


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Terrorism

*The black pot in the back of the corpress cupboard


Democracy Now!
Human Slaughterhouse: Amnesty International Says Up to 13,000 Hanged at Syrian Prison

*This is horrific, and that word is insufficient, but recall that the US used to render “terrorist suspects” to Syria to be tortured, so please take any outrage by American officials and politicians with a sea’s worth of salt.


Meet the ACLU Attorney Interrogated by Border Agents About Her Work, Nationality & More


Which Foreign Group Will the Trump Administration Designate as a Terrorist Organization Next?



Sean Spicer: Anyone—and He Means “Anyone”—Who Criticizes Yemen Raid Owes Apology to Dead U.S. Soldier
“That’s my message to anybody who says that, anybody,” Spicer said. “I don’t know how much clearer I can be”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

*”But even Senator John McCain—”

Spare me.

McCain didn’t give a good goddamn about American blood and treasure when it came to Afghanistan, Iraq, et alia (or if it comes to Iran)

And it goes without saying how much he cared about the hell wrought in those wretched lands, other than to cheer it on.


Taking Cues from Trump, UK Quietly ‘Shuts Door’ on Child Refugees
‘Do we really want to be joining Donald Trump in slamming the door on vulnerable refugee children?’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams


Don’t Play Into Trump’s Hands on the Muslim Ban
Even some critiques of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban contain unfortunate stereotypes
by Dina El-Rifai

*Another stereotype of “the good Muslim” in play here is applied to those who assisted US occupiers in their home countries.

Such actions are deemed heroic. After all, we’re the good guys.

Of course, those propagating this meme often don’t portray the US as such, reflecting the undeniable reality.

So, two plus two ends up equaling forty-one. Many who righteously decry imperialism posit those who made common cause with it as somehow virtuous.

There is doubtless a profound hypocrisy in the harm done to these persons on the basis of their religion and nationality after having been promised benefits based on their “service”, and there are a variety of reasons why such “service” was performed, including seeking protection from sectarian violence.

Some could be said to have betrayed their fellow countrypersons, having been in league with an invader who wreaked death and destruction across their land. That’s a topic for another time.

My focus here is on the ease with which some opponents of this vile regime abandon their proclaimed resistance to US militarism in an effort to denigrate it, whether that involves iconizing “those who risked their lives for our troops”, or, as El-Rifai alludes to, joined the military themselves.

We don’t have to forsake our principles to make plain a lack of same.


Protecting Militants: China blocks UN listing of Pakistani as a globally designated terrorist
by James M. Dorsey


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
US: Don’t Target Muslim Brotherhood


The Real News Network
Emmett Till in Israel: How False Allegations of Rape Are Used to Lynch African Refugees and Palestinians
Top officials implicated in sex crime scandals occupy top positions within the Israeli state, says journalist David Sheen


Greece’s Creditors Demand New Austerity Measures As Condition for Next Bailout
By focusing on serving an unsustainable debt rather than addressing high unemployment, Syriza has set the stage for a right-wing victory in future elections, says former parliamentarian Costas Lapavitsas

*Call it a massive reduction in principles


Israel Announces Expansion of West Bank Colonization Amid Rise in Corruption Scandals
Political economist Shir Hever says the consequences of recent legislation will lead to a deterioration in foreign relations and deliver a major blow to the nation’s culture industry


US Public Is Waking Up To Islamophobia, But Will the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Follow?
Dr. Maha Hilal says that Trump’s Muslim ban is another attempt to criminalize followers of Islam and justify further violence against Middle Eastern nations


Democracy Now!
ACLU: We’re in a Dangerous Situation as Gov’t Claims That Courts Have No Role Reviewing Muslim Ban


Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations as Army Plans to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline



Landfill Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Community Activists, Agrees to Environmental Protections
ACLU Represents Residents of Low-Income, Majority Black Alabama Town in Settlement Victory

*SLAPPing back


The Real News Network
Why Trump’s Threat to Defund the Palestinian Authority Worries Israel
Neither Israel, Saudi Arabia, or Jordan want to see the emergence of a grassroots liberation struggle in the Palestinian territories, says TRNN correspondent Shir Hever


Will Correa’s Party Survive Past Ecuadorian General Election?
President Rafael Correa has not built a movement in Ecuador capable of mobilizing in support of his chosen successor and current vice president Lenin Moreno, says TRNN correspondent Greg Wilpert


‘Geriatric Gulags’: Most Sentences of Life With Parole Mean ‘Die in Prison’
Incarceration rates remain high in the United States because people are kept behind bars there for far longer than any other country in the world, says The Black Agenda Report’s Glen Ford


New Republican Strategy: Acknowledge Climate Change, Obscure Human Role
Professor Chris Williams says the definition of climate denial should not be limited to Republican’s rejection of scientific fact; it should include the refusal to take the necessary course of action, as exemplified by the Obama presidency

*The dismal difference between doing nothing

And doing nothing of note


On Iran, SPLC’s ‘Extremist’ Is NPR’s ‘Expert’
by Adam Johnson

*You might think DDT would want to increase NPR’s funding off of reportage like this, rather than seeking to gut it.

And you might think that could be the reason for it.

Just a thought …


Institute for Public Accuracy
Billionaire DeVos “Ignorant of the Most Basic Federal Programs”


Democracy Now!
Iranian Student Blocked from Entering U.S.: Trump Remarks on Muslim Ban Remind Me of the Nazis



How to Help Immigrant and Muslim Neighbors
People are turning their frustrations with the Trump administration into finding ways to make a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable citizens
by Lornet Turnbull


Make America Ungovernable
by Chris Hedges

*I understand Hedges’ rationale for nonviolence, but I can’t accept that we don’t have a right to defend ourselves and others with the use of force, if necessary.

That right has to be exercised with principle and discipline, and its use has to be assessed strategically and tactically in every instance, but it is one we can’t forfeit in the uncertain hope that our forebearance will be rewarded with support from the general population.

That doesn’t “transform [us] into the monsters we seek to defeat”, any more than armed freedom fighters throughout history could be deemed such.

I don’t mean to romanticize. Violent force is a fearsome tool, and can easily lead to dehumanization, if we don’t hold fast to those principles and evince the discipline they require to avoid such a fate.

But I don’t believe it is a tool we can afford to foreswear, given the menace we face.


Field of Fright: The Terror Inside Trump’s White House
by Ira Chernus


Research Finds Hope in Slowing Arctic’s Climate-Warming Black Carbon
With rare data from the Siberian Arctic, scientists find a way to pinpoint the source of pollution, a known accelerator of global warming
by Sabrina Shankman


Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Saudi Arabia: Intensified Repression of Writers, Activists


The Real News Network
Rattling the Bars: The Case of the Omaha Two
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with freelance journalist Kietryn Zychal about political prisoners Ed Poindexter and David Rice


California Struggles with Groundwater Depletion Following End of Drought
Climate change will result in more rainfall and less snowfall, leading to flooding in the winter and shortages in the summer, says Pacific Institute’s Heather Cooley


Natural Gas Fuels Cyprus Reunification Efforts (1/2)
Reunification of the Island is being marketed as a solution to its economic crisis along with the development of natural gas infrastructure enabled by better relations with Turkey, says political scientist Leandros Fischer


Why Rolling Back Dodd-Frank Won’t Benefit Small Businesses
Wall Street is sitting on billions – instead of giving loans to those who need it, the banks use it for speculation and CEO bonuses, says PERI co-director Gerald Epstein

*Goldman Sachs and Pillages

(It’s too easy, I admit … )


Trump Administration Covers Up Saudi War Crimes in Yemen, Exaggerates Iran’s Role
Ben Norton tells Paul Jay that the U.S. and Saudis are overwhelmingly responsible for the atrocities committed in Yemen


Industry-Funded Regulatory Agency Set to Vote on Approving Gas Pipeline and Terminal in Earthquake Zone
Policy advisor Ted Gleichman says the billions spent on the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and Jordan Cove Energy Project in Oregon should be used for creating jobs in renewables instead of a project that will worsen climate-related disasters


Baltimore Whistleblower Teacher Says ‘All Systems Down’ in City Schools
Longtime educator gives an inside view of deplorable conditions and a poor learning environment as city officials prepare to layoff nearly 1000 employees to address budget deficit crisis

*Starving the fever


Help Me Make it Easier to Visit Loved Ones In Jail
by Maya Schenwar


How Corporate Media Paved the Way for Trump’s Muslim Ban
by Adam Johnson


A Lesson Media Missed About the Dangers of Scapegoating
by Jim Naureckas

*The devil you sow


Institute for Public Accuracy
DeVos’ Education Agenda: “Privatize, Monetize, Weaponize”


Democracy Now!
Trump Reportedly Scraps Anti-LGBT Executive Order, But Vows to Give Churches More Political Power

*The bully pimps for the pulpit


7 Things Every Mother Needs to Tell Her Daughter About Breast Cancer Prevention
by Marnie Clark


Why U.S. Cancer Doctors Are Forced into Giving Chemo, Radiation, and Surgery to Their Patients
by Dr. Bradford Weeks


Prescription drugs or arsenic in your drinking water?
Should you be concerned?
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action

*I’d question just how much confidence we should have in the Consumer Confidence Report

And how exactly is “a compromise between what’s safe and what’s practical” arrived at, and who’s at the table to determine that?


Do You Have Low Iodine?: The Link Between Iodine Deficiency & Cancer
by Elyn Jacobs


5 of the Most Effective Natural UTI Remedies
by Yuri Elkaim



Analyzing the Mindset of President Trump: Does Antisocial Personality Disorder Fit?
by Katherine Van Wormer

*Many of these traits can be said to apply to the socioeconomic system that allowed someone like DDT to rise within it, don’t you think?


The Real News Network
Lies Promote Trump’s Economic War Against Iran
Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s accusation that Iran’s ballistic missile test violated a UN resolution is not backed by any evidence, and Press Secretary Spicer’s allegation of an Iranian attack on a U.S. ship is a complete fabrication – Paul Jay interviews Ben Norton

*The vulture becomes the hawk


Greenland Ice Sheet Melting 600 Percent Faster Than Predicted by Current Models
The climate is very capable of changing to another stable state unfavorable to the human species, and this is a real danger of our global experiment with unmitigated greenhouse gas emissions, says Arctic ice specialist David Barber

*I’ll need someone to explain to me, as it was ignored here, how, given what was just presented, “transitioning to more greenhouse gas-friendly types of hydrocarbons” will do anything other than slow our approach to the cliff from a dead sprint to a brisk run, if that.

The only transition we should be working toward is to renewables.

How fast?

How about yesterday …


Raising Medicare Eligibility to 67 Would Leave Nearly 2 Million Uninsured
If the ACA is also repealed, nearly 4 million seniors will lose their health insurance, says PERI’s Peter Arno


Discontent with Politics of the Extreme Center Underlies French Presidential Race
Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon could face a very popular right-wing candidate in Marine Le Pen; if victorious, Melenchon would find himself surrounded by hostile actors like Syriza did when they took power in Greece, says Renaud Lambert


Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Calls for Major Escalation in Syria


30 Washington Post Articles on Gorsuch’s Nomination–Not a Single One Opposed
by Adam Johnson

*Court of corporate opinion


Democracy Now!
Yemen: Jeremy Scahill & Advocates Question “Success” of Trump Raid That Killed 24 Civilians

*Does it matter to the victims whether the terrorist is a Peace Prize “winner”, or a certifiable sociopath?


Meet Lewis Wallace: Trans Reporter Fired for Writing About Journalistic Integrity in Trump Era

*How do you cover evil without speaking it?


Trans Reporter Lewis Wallace: In Trump Era, Journalists Urgently Need to Know What We Stand For



Trump Seeks to Take Wrecking Ball to Division Between Church and State
Draft executive order ‘reads like the administration was challenged to see how many violations of the Bill of Rights can be contained in one policy change’
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A new and nefarious meaning to “the bully pulpit”


The Great American “Welcoming” Break-Out: What’s Not to Like?
Why we should not forget the role our endless wars over the last sixteen years have played in creating the refugee crisis we now so earnestly decry
by Jerry Lembcke

*Never let historical contradictions get in the American Way of a comforting and comfortable national myth


The Real News Network
Dozens Arrested at Standing Rock as Veterans Vow to Block Completion of Dakota Access Pipeline
Michael Wood, a leader of Veterans for Standing Rock, says his commitment to opposing the $3.8 billion dollar pipeline is rooted in his experience as a former Baltimore police sergeant and Marine Corps veteran


Republicans Launch Federal Battle to Undermine Trade Unions
Bill Fletcher Jr. says the right to work legislation is aimed at keeping down the living standard of workers


Private Sector Will Make a Killing Off of Infrastructure Bank
Democrats and Republicans appear willing to offer public-private partnerships and tax credits to the benefit of Wall Street, says former financial regulator Bill Black


Trump Administration Looms Over Consent Decree Hearing in Baltimore
A federal judge citing shifting politics in Washington DC sought details from the city and the DOJ on how they plan implement a major overhaul of the police department


Brazil’s Corrupt Politicians, Media and the Courts in Cahoots
Officials close to President Temer could face indictment in the Car Wash Scandal, says Joao Feres Jr.


Judge Presiding Over Car Wash Investigations Dies in Plane Crash
Plane crash occurred just as the judge was about to accept the testimonies of Odebrecht employees, says Joao Feres Jr.


Trump Nominates ‘Scalia Clone’ Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Vacancy
The Atlanta Black Star’s Kamau Franklin says if confirmed, Gorsuch will mirror Scalia’s reactionary rulings affecting blacks, women, the LGBT community and workers


Media Need to Treat Presidential Lawbreaking as a Matter of Fact
by Jim Naureckas

*A grasp of reality (not to mention a sense of decency)

Stuck in neutral


Democracy Now!
Meet the Attorney Suing Trump for Barring Children from Entering U.S. to See Their Parents


Lizzy Ratner: “Nobody Wanted to Take Us In: The Story of Jared Kushner’s Family, and Mine”

*Alluded to here is the reality that the Zionists in Palestine weren’t the saviors of European Jews, which gives the lie to their claim of Israel being created as a “haven against persecution”.

Little wonder that today the Israeli government has no qualms about a US administration laced with anti-Semites and apologists for same, and celebrated by neofascists the world over, as long as it champions its apartheid and occupation even more than previous regimes of both major parties.


Nightshade Vegetables: Do You Need to Avoid Them?
by Yuri Elkaim



Taking Iraq’s Oil… The Trump Edition
by Edward Hunt


The Real News Network
British Trident Missile Test Misfired Near Florida
David Webb of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament says the Houses of Parliament debated renewing its nuclear weapons system without any knowledge of the dangerous malfunction


Trump Set to Rollback Financial Regulation Passed After the 2008 Crisis
By refusing to challenge Clinton and Bush-era deregulation and also explain the causes of the financial crisis to the public, the Democrats failed to build a defense against what the new administration is about to do, says former financial regulator Bill Black


A Mickey Mouse Reason to Support the TPP
by Dean Baker

*Sometimes rats protect mice


After the Apocalypse: Trying to Describe Reality in Unreal Times
by Sarah Jaffe


Democracy Now!
Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court Pick, Has History of Ruling Against Workers, Women & Regulation



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