May 2017


End the Greedy Silence – Enough Already!
Why do we tolerate our fellow Americans dying in the tens of thousands each year because they cannot afford health insurance to get diagnosed and treated in time?
by Ralph Nader

The Real News Network
How Insurance Companies and Prisons are Making the Opiate Crisis Worse
A longtime addiction specialist says health insurance companies’ reluctance to treat heroin addiction as an emergency and prison officials’ refusal to allow inmates access to methadone are only making a bad situation worse

Canada’s Political Landscape Undergoing Realignment?
Nora Loreto, author of “From Demonized to Organized,” talks about four important political shifts that took place in Canada in the past week and what this means for Canadian politics

A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (4/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri explains why so many Shia fought for Iraq against Iran during a war that killed more than 1.8 million people; he continues the story of his family, and how from prison, his brother was able to help Sabah escape the country—RAI-with-Sabah-Alnasseri-%2846%29

Advocates See A Brighter Future With Zero-Waste and Renewable Energy
On this episode of The Real Baltimore, United Workers members Greg Sawtell, LaQeisha Greene and Charles Graham say Baltimore could be transformed by eliminating waste, embracing renewable energy and investing in green jobs

Institute for Public Accuracy
Manchester and the British Election’s “Unsayable”

*”Why wasn’t he apprehended and the network around him prevented from planning and executing the atrocity on May 22?”

Of course, a “terror attack” shortly before the election would be presumed to be to the Tories’ advantage.

I’m just sayin’ …

WaPo’s Laziest Columnist Calls Protesters ‘Fascists,’ Equates Them to Manchester Bomber
by Adam Johnson

Democracy Now!
The Intercept: As the U.S. Ramps Up Airstrikes on ISIS, Are Syrian Civilians Paying the Price?

Private Mercenary Firm TigerSwan Compares Anti-DAPL Water Protectors to “Jihadist Insurgency”


To Restrict Abortion Access Even Further, Kansas Says Font Size Matters
Called “simply harassment” by opponent, new law would stipulate that physicians’ disclosure be “on white paper, in a printed format, in black ink, and in 12-point Times New Roman font”
by Common Dreams staff

*Killing abortion access with the death of a thousand paper cuts

Government Austerity Demands That We Die Within Our Means
Most people still don’t fully understand the true scale of the human cost that government imposed austerity has unleashed
by Victoria Cooper and David Whyte

*Living within the mean

The Real News Network
From Libya to Manchester, Western Intervention Endangers Civilians
Max Blumenthal, Senior Editor for Alternet’s Grayzone Project, says the Manchester bombing’s ties to NATO intervention in Libya exemplify how Western policies overseas can help lead to attacks at home

*I think “hint” is the right term for Corbyn’s reference to Western responsibility for these attacks, and while that’s further than any other US or UK politician with any visibility has been willing to go, it’s still couched in rhetoric that accepts the “national security” narrative.

It’s akin to acknowledging the destitution engendered by austerity, without truly confronting the visceral underpinnings of the system that promotes it.

We’ll see whether the hint becomes a holler, but I wouldn’t wager the rent money on it.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Tillerson Present as Exxon Signed Deal with Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit

Postol: NYT Claims on Syria Attack Unsupported

Democracy Now!
Did Trump Campaign Rhetoric Empower the White Extremist Who Killed Two Bystanders on Portland Train?

*I think there are lines to be drawn when it comes to speech. Those lines are hard to draw, but I believe they must be in an instance such as this, or four decades ago in Skokie.

Rights often come into conflict, and simply saying, as the ACLU and others do, that free speech rights trump those of “the others” who would be subjected to such vileness, even under such acute circumstances, evinces an absolutism that diminishes our sense of humanity.

We can’t be cavalier in our restriction of speech, or in our consideration of the effect that speech has on those it targets.


‘Real Men’ Talk: Interviews between Robert Jensen and Barry Doak
by Barry Doak

*As always, Jensen provides much to ponder, but I’d like an elaboration on his comments regarding “transgenderism’s policy demands” and their hindering the goals of radical feminism

And so I’ll ask him, and post whatever I receive in response.


I got a quick reply

“This is the piece I wrote about the bathroom debate.
there are other questions that I discuss in the book, such as use of puberty blockers on children and health consequences.

I’d forgotten that I’d asked him about this earlier. Here’s what I wrote at the time, after reading the piece above

“I understand Jensen’s concerns, but his stance appears to omit consideration of how transgender folks feel about being compelled to use facilities based on their biological sex.

What discomfort, and possible harassment and harm, might someone who identifies as female face if forced to use “Men Only” facilities? How about those who ID as male in a “Female Only” environment?

I asked for his thoughts on that, and was … disappointed … in his reply. If you’re interested, I can pass along the thread if you contact me at the email in the site intro.”

No one did, and I no longer have the thread.

One Hundred Eighth Graders Boycott Paul Ryan Photo Op
“It’s not just a picture,” said one. “It’s being associated with a person who puts his party before his country.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

DAPL Company Hired War on Terror Contractors to Suppress Native Uprising
Leaked docs reveal the collusion between local police forces, pipeline company, and defense contractors as they executed ‘military-style counterterrorism measures’ to suppress the water protectors
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Artist as Prophet
by Chris Hedges

*Art for our sake

Want to Get “Back to the Land?” You’re Not Alone
Each generation has had one common desire: to live a more honest, ethical life of self-sufficiency and oneness with nature
by Nancy Matsumoto

Russia Calls House Bill an “Act of War.” Will the Senate Block H.R. 1644?
by Gar Smith

*So every member of the Congressional “Progressive” Caucus voted for this, or at least none voted against it?

If I said I was shocked

Would you believe me?

Socialist Project
Dump Hydro Privatization, Build Public Power

Hunger strike ends, prisoners declare victory
by Ali Abunimah

Tulsi Gabbard Is Not Your Friend
Tulsi Gabbard is hailed as a progressive champion. But her views on Islam and support for far-right leaders suggest otherwise
by Branko Marcetic

*The “resistance” within the Democratic Party is shot through with “PR progressives” such as Gabbard.

Don’t look for Sanders and his brood to question her contradictions

And don’t expect Marcetic to be invited to appear on “Democracy Now!” to enumerate them.

The Real News Network
Brazil’s Most Important News Outlet Plays Kingmaker
Globo TV withdraws support from President Michel Temer by leaking incriminating recording and issues retraction that implicated former presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff: report from Mike Fox in Brazil

Does NATO Confront Threats, or Create Them?
As President Trump is criticized for declining to endorse NATO’s mutual aid clause, Professor David Gibbs of the University of Arizona argues that the alliance creates threats that previously didn’t exist

Training Makes Killing Civilians Acceptable (1/4)
Josh Stieber, a member of the Army company that came upon the Iraqis murdered by the US helicopter crew, discusses the Wikileaks video and Army training that makes killing civilians acceptable

Canadian Logging Giant Attempts to Silence Critics Using Anti-Mafia Law
Todd Paglia, Executive Director of Stand.Earth, discusses a $300 million lawsuit brought against his environmental organization and Greenpeace by Resolute Forest Products under the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Practices Act

*Money talks

To silence its adversaries

IMF Concedes: No Debt Relief for Greece
Economist Heiner Flassbeck reports that Germany’s “shocking” position on no debt reduction of Greece’s debt prevailed, even though its debt is completely unpayable

A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (3/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict created by the U.S. invasion

*For those (like myself) ignorant of this history, this is highly recommended reading.

UK Tory’s Theresa May Coming Undone at the Seams with ‘Dementia’ Tax
Kam Sandhu of Real Media says ‘strong and stable’ May is showing her incompetencies and polling is beginning to reflect that as UK heads to an election on June 8th

Institute for Public Accuracy
Pro-Democracy Protests in Brazil

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

How the 5:2 diet may prevent diabetes and cognitive decline
Intermittent fasting may strengthen your defenses
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


In Face of TrumpCare ‘Abomination,’ New Jersey Latest State to Join Single Payer Push
‘TrumpCare is not the way forward.’—New Jersey State Assemblyman John Wisniewski
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A 21st century struggle for a 20th century idea

Experts: US Still ‘Needlessly Vulnerable’ to Fukushima-Style Disaster
Nuclear industry pressured regulatory commission into low-balling consequences of meltdown, especially in case of reactor fire, new article says
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

DAPL Photographer Cleared of Charges After Drone Footage Proves His Case
Prosecutors said Aaron Turgeon had put police plane and water protectors in harm’s way when he used a drone to capture footage over pipeline site
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Iraq and Afghanistan: The $6 Trillion Bill for America’s Longest War Is Unpaid
by Linda Bilmes

*No thought given to the cost of just reparations to the nations ravaged by this endless atrocity

Trump’s Latest Disastrous Raid Kills More Civilians in Yemen While U.S. Media Obediently Echoes the Pentagon
A human rights group exposes the bloodbath
by Ben Norton

Yet Another Video Shows U.S.-Funded White Helmets Assisting Public Executions in Rebel-Held Syria
The shocking regime change scandal mainstream media refuses to touch
by Ben Norton and Max Blumenthal

*Buying white hats for the White Helmets

The Manchester Bombing is Blowback from the West’s Disastrous Interventions and Covert Proxy Wars
How the US and UK helped bring jihadists like Salem Abedi to Libya and Syria
by Max Blumenthal

The Real News Network
Chuck Schumer: War Hawk or Progressive?
The Senate Democratic leader has tried to pivot to the left after Donald Trump’s win in November, but how much of the progressive agenda has he adopted?

*The question’s not whether Schumer is “progressive”, but whether “progressives” will call him on his hypocrisy, or remain silent, highlighting their own.

A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq – RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (2/6)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri tells the story of his militant working class family, class struggle in Iraq and the sectarian conflict created by the U.S. invasion

Post Brexit Trade Deals – Who Will be the Winners and Losers?
Trade campaigner Linda Kaucher discusses the dangers that lie ahead for the UK public in post Brexit trade deals. Will banks and corporations win at the expense of the population?—Who-Will-be-the-Winners-and-Losers%3F

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald: Ousting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Empowered Criminality & Corruption

*I wanted to repost this, as Greenwald acknowledges that Rousseff and Lula have “baggage”, which is frequently omitted from “alternative outlet” coverage of the Brazilian crisis.

You don’t have to put anyone on a pedestal to expose the vileness of those determined to topple it.


Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia
by Rebecca Gordon

Socialist Project
Urgent Call On Day 40 of Palestinian Hunger Strike–urgent-call-on-day-40-of-palestinian-hunger-strike

The Real News Network
Manchester Mourns as the Right Attempts to Tie Labour’s Corbyn to Terrorism
Theresa May’s dwindling campaign gets the “terror attack” bump considered necessary for a victory on June 8th, while the right attempts to connect Jeremy Corbyn to the memory of the 1996 IRA Manchester bombing, says Richard Seymour of Salvage

Trump Budget: Foundation for Great American Misery
Every time we move money out of education or building a green economy and move it into the military we are losing jobs for every dollar we spend, says Prof. Emeritus Robert Pollin of the Political Economy Research Institute

‘There’s going to be a lot of people who vote for Theresa May who will deeply regret it’
Tax specialist Richard Murphy describes the looming crash ahead for the UK after GE2017, and the myth of a ‘strong and stable’ conservative government

Color of Change
GEO Group paid Trump off. Now Sessions is filling their prison beds.

Elite Media Need to Recognize Assaults on Reporters as a Pattern–and a Threat
by Janine Jackson

*”One wonders, and worries, what it will take for elite media to change their minds about that.”

Thomas Friedman sucker punched by Peter King?

(Not that he’d ever have reason to)

For USA Today, Healthcare Glass Is 1/24th Full
by Michael Corcoran

*#BREAKING British authorities revise Manchester attack death toll to only 21

Democracy Now!
Jeremy Scahill on Trump’s Embrace of Duterte’s Deadly War on Drugs in the Philippines

Scahill & Greenwald: What If All Victims of War Received the Media Attention of Manchester Victims?

Journalist Desmond Cole on How the Toronto Star Tried to Silence His Activism for Black Liberation

*Writing while black


Brazil’s Political Rupture and the Left’s Opportunity
Fora Temer – eleições diretas já!
“Out with Temer – direct elections now!” Amid meltdown in Brazil, the left calls for democracy, while the right must find ways to deny the people a voice
by Alfredo Saad-Filho

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
DEA Agents Oversaw Notorious 2012 Deadly Force Incident in Ahuas, Honduras, US Government Report Concludes
Quick Review of Report Shows it Contradicts Previous Drug Enforcement Agency Claims of Only a “Supportive” Role in Joint US-Honduran Operation

The Real News Network
Art as a Form of Nonviolent Resistance: Palestine
Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh talks about his art and its importance to him and to the Palestinian people

Another US Housing Bubble?
Economist Michael Hudson explains that even though housing prices are back up at 2008 levels, homeownership is at a much lower level and banks have their loans guaranteed by the US government

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump-DeVos: A Budget that Will “Decimate Public Education”

Deficit Scare Tactics Are What Citizens Should Really Be Afraid Of
by Dean Baker

*Deficit Attention Disorder

Democracy Now!
Tariq Ali: Manchester Bombing is Part of Vicious Cycle, Likely Blowback from Ongoing War on Terror

Tariq Ali on Upcoming U.K. Elections & Why Raising the Threat Level is a Largely Psychological Move


‘You Can’t Make This Up’: Comcast Threatens Legal Action Against Net Neutrality Proponents
If FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s plan “is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like that are critical of their corporate policies”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

School Choice Is a Scam in Segregated Neighborhoods
by Jitu Brown

*A “a robust, rigorous and relevant curriculum” would perforce include an honest examination of the factors that lead to such inequity.

Regardless of how well endowed a school may be, what are the odds of that aspect being extant?

Why Care About Other People’s Children
by Steven Singer

*Giving a shit

So we don’t become it

Tom Perez Bombs Speech, California Dem Chair Tells Protesters ‘Shut the Fuck Up’
DNC Chair offers same meaningless rhetoric that incited protests and criticisms of his ability to lead
by Michael Sainato

*I have deep misgivings about the sincerity of Turner and her faction, as far as walking the walk to the end of the road, but there’s no doubt about Perez and the DNC’s double dealership.

Would you buy an overused bromide from this man?

The Real News Network
Manchester Mourns as the Right Attempts to Tie Labour’s Corbyn to Terrorism
Theresa May’s dwindling campaign gets the “terror attack” bump considered necessary for a victory on June 8th, while the right attempts to connect Jeremy Corbyn to the memory of the 1996 IRA Manchester bombing

*So, given that the corpress won’t, will Corbyn make plain the literally bleeding obvious hypocrisy of the Tories regarding “terrorism”?

John Pilger: Julian Assange is Cleared of Rape Charges, but Far From Free
Filmmaker and journalist John Pilger says Swedish authorities should be ’embarrassed’ for pursuing what he called trumped up accusations against Assange, and also speaks about how journalists are increasingly targeted as enemies of the state

Trump’s Mideast ‘Peace Opportunity’ Ignores Palestinian Rights & Threatens Iran
On a visit to Israel, President Donald Trump claims to see “a rare opportunity for peace” in the Middle East, but Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Trump is only offering more U.S. support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinians and hostility towards Iran

Trudeau’s Carbon Reduction Plan Inadequate
Dimitri Lascaris says Trudeau’s pricing scheme is defective and not even close to what is necessary to enforce reductions

Petition update
Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety
New York Attorney General caves in, allows car dealers to sell unsafe recalled used cars

Institute for Public Accuracy
Roots of Terror: Is Trump Enabling ISIS?

Democracy Now!
As Last Confederate Statue Is Removed in New Orleans, Will School Names & Street Signs Follow?

U.S. Extends Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, But Will Mass Deportations Follow in 6 Months?

NYC Councilmember Defends Puerto Rican Day Parade Honoring Oscar López Rivera


Trump Official Praises Autocratic Rule: ‘Not a Single Hint of a Protester’ in Saudi Arabia
No ‘bad placards’ in nation where such political dissent is punishable by death
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*The silence of the slaughtered lambs

Moving by Stealth or Blatantly, Texas Advances Discriminatory Bills
‘The Texas lawmakers of the 85th legislative session are on the wrong side of history’
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Don’t Let Trump Drama Distract You While Congress Dismantles Medicaid
I’m obsessed with what this Congress is doing to the funding for health care, especially Medicaid, which insures 62.3 million Americans
by Mark Trahant

The Death of the Republic
by Chris Hedges

There Is No Getting Around the Fact That Restricting Abortion Access Has Economic Consequences for Women
by Jennifer Dalven

MST Leader Joao Pedro Stedile: ‘We need direct elections now and an emergency plan for the people’
After Temer falls, we need to stay on the streets, Stedile says
by Joana Tavares

*Why hasn’t a presidential candidate with fewer contradictions than Lula emerged after all these years?

Regardless, any movement capable of making the changes necessary can’t be based on the political capital of one personage, and must hold that person to account to work for justice for the exploited in Brazil.

I have a penchant for stating the eminently obvious.

Iran’s presidential election: the cynical moderate versus the representative of the deep state
As the incumbent moderate president faces off the Islamic Republic’s deep state, potential variations and the shadow of previous disputed elections looms menacingly
by Ehsan Abdoh-Tabrizi

Legitimation Crises
by Andrew Levine

The Real Aim of Trump’s Trip to Saudi Arabia
by Robert Fisk

Center for Food Safety
Landmark Report Shows Bee-killing Seed Coatings Aren’t Worth the Harm
Farmer and environmental friendly alternatives should replace toxic neonic seed coatings

The Real News Network
Israel Siphoning Natural Gas from Gaza Says Dutch Report
US and Israeli companies are working with Israeli approval to siphon natural gas from Gaza’s territorial waters, even though this is illegal according to international law, says TRNN’s Shir Hever

Collusion is the Focus, But Trump Finances May Have More Answers
Economist and attorney James Henry analyzes the latest developments in the Russiagate probe, and the unanswered questions surrounding Donald Trump’s business dealings abroad

*Perhaps the US corpress doesn’t want to deal with the financial finagling because those they serve don’t wish them to?

Who profits from a narrative of treachery with the Russkies?

Who profits from one that shines light on the dark dealings of global capital?

Brazil’s Spiraling Corruption Scandal Deepens with Temer at the Centre
A political earthquake hits Brazil again as the highly unpopular president Michel Temer is implicated in new corruption allegations and the calls for immediate elections grow stronger, reports Mike Fox from Brazil

Laotian Victim of Sex Tourism Awarded Almost $1 Million in US Court
In an unprecedented judgement, a woman raped as a teen by an American visiting Laos was awarded $950,000 by a federal jury. Her lawyers, Linda Miller and Patrick Arenz, spoke with TRNN about this groundbreaking outcome

UK’s Conservative Party Manifesto Amounts to a Heist (2/2)
In Part II with Real Media’s Kam Sandhu, she explains how the Conservative Party’s manifesto promotes fracking and robs the elderly of their pension and care–%2822%29

UK Conservative Party Presents its Austerity Election Program (1/2)
The Conservative Party presents itself as a good economic manager, but its austerity policies have so far only increased Britain’s debt, explains Real Media’s Kam Sandhu

Can Europe Stop the Far Right if It Doesn’t Stop Neoliberal Austerity?
As a second German soldier is arrested in an alleged plot to frame Syrian refugees for a shooting attack, Liz Fekete of the Institute of Race Relations in London says Europe’s far-right movements are fueled in part by the impacts of neoliberal austerity

FBI Investigations Are Conducted at the Discretion of its Director
White collar criminologist Bill Black explains the history and dynamics of FBI investigations, which show that they are not as unstoppable or unimpeachable as they are being made out to be

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump Pretends Horrific Saudi Attack on Yemen Helps Security

Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For
by Adam Johnson

*Fairy tales for the Black Magic Kingdom


Global Study Shows Americans Dying from Preventable Causes at Shocking Rates
‘Having a strong economy does not guarantee good healthcare’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

GOP Proposes ‘Draconian’ Bills to Criminalize Millions of Immigrants
The legislation would “turn millions of Americans into criminals overnight,” says Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.)
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Real News Network
Is Russia the “Adversary” of the United States?
Moscow based journalist Jeffrey Taylor and Paul Jay challenge the underlying assumption of the furor in Washington, that Russia is the enemy of the American people

How I Met Roger Ailes, Political and Sexual Predator
Media critic Jeff Cohen and Paul Jay discuss the critical role Roger Ailes played in creating Fox News and Presidents Bush and Trump; Ailes died today at age 77

*Any wagers on the likelihood that “the liberal media” will be oh so circumspect in their retrospectives of his repugnant reign?

Yes, the sexual predation will receive mention, but the fact that he fucked with the lives of billions … ?

I know what my money’s on.

Bernie Sanders Supporters Are Suing the DNC for Fraud
In an overlooked class-action case, Bernie Sanders supporters are suing the Democratic National Committee for fraud over revelations party officials sought to help Hillary Clinton defeat Sanders in the primary. Elizabeth Lee Beck, the plaintiffs’ co-counsel, reports

Trump Pushed Conspiracy Theories, Now Liberal Detractors Do Too
Donald Trump’s path to the White House was paved by his embrace of conspiracy theories, most notably the “birther” lie. Sarah Jones of the New Republic warns that an alarming number of Trump’s liberal detractors are following suit

*The bastard’s killing people.

That’s what presidents do.

Focus on that.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Syria Bombing Impeachable

At CNN, Imagining an Absurd Iranian/ISIS Alliance
by Jim Naureckas

*A 360 degree turn of the facts

Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison
by Janine Jackson

‘Puerto Rico Is Emblematic of the Excesses of These Financial Systems’
Counterspin interview with Ed Morales on Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Human Rights Lawyer: Sweden Dropping Investigation of WikiLeaks’ Assange is “Long Overdue Decision”


The Establishment Remains Hostage to the ‘Rules of Espionage’
But that doesn’t mean we should participate
by Robert C. Koehler

*Sound and fury

And the stultifying significance of nothing

The post-Trump era?
by Doug Henwood

*There’ll be celebrating in the streets

While Pence and party pop the champagne

The Real News Network
Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign Has Deep Ties to the Deep State
Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley says former FBI head Robert Mueller, now appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, participated in covering up the pre 9/11 role of the U.S. intelligence agencies and the Bush Administration, helped create the post 9/11 national security/surveillance state, and helped facilitate the pre-Iraq war propaganda machine

CO2 Emissions Decline in India and China
Climate scientist Bill Hare says that China’s and India’s moves towards renewable energy could counter the negative effects of the Trump administration’s climate policies

*I’d like to share in Hare’s optimism, but without massive public pressure to force truly transformative change – a factor he doesn’t speak to – gummints will always place political considerations before climate necessity, no matter how “rational” he deems their policies to be.

“Progress” is meaningless if it simply means a slower descent into the abyss.

UK Corruption, the Election, and Austerity
David Whyte of Liverpool University explains how the Conservatives’ election slogans are bound to deliver the opposite of what they are promising

Chelsea Manning is Free, and Her Impact is Worldwide
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is free after serving seven years behind bars. Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof and Nathan Fuller of the Courage Campaign have remained deeply involved in her case, discuss Manning’s freedom and her global impact

*There aren’t that many mensches in the world

Manning’s one of them, by any measure.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
Sign to support Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians in the U.S.

Institute for Public Accuracy
The Israeli-ISIS Accommodation and Other Inconvenient Realities

Democracy Now!
Saying “No to Silence”: Hear Murdered Mexican Journalist Javier Valdez in His Own Words

Anabel Hernández on the Death of Javier Valdez & Mexican Journalists Confronting a Surge in Violence


If China Can Fund Infrastructure with Its Own Credit, So Can We
by Ellen Brown

*Own to rent

Is Trump’s Infrastructure Plan an Attack on Democracy?
by John Buell

Ignored By Western Media, Syrians Describe the Nightmare the Armed Opposition Brought Them
Trapped between a police state and Al Qaeda, average Syrians explain why they fear regime change
by Rania Khalek

*The simplistic rarely leads to the solution–ignored-by-western-media-syrians-describe-the-nightmare-the-armed-opposition-brought-them

ACLU Files Lawsuit Challenging Pensacola Panhandling Ordinance
Lawsuit on behalf of local citizens and charity organization argues law set to go into effect tomorrow violates free speech and due process

The Real News Network
Tired of Tax Breaks for Wealthy Developers, Baltimore Activists Offer Affordable Housing Solution
A broad coalition of Baltimore housing advocacy groups are proposing a dedicated trust fund managed by community members to finance fixing vacant homes and build more affordable housing

Advocates Want Zero Waste Without Incineration
Local and national advocates praise Baltimore moving towards zero-waste but warn of the dangers of further contamination by trash incinerators

Upcoming Presidential Vote in Iran Tight Race Between Conservative and Moderate Incumbent
The sluggish Iranian economy is the main issue for President Rouhani’s reelection, says Trita Parsi, author of “Losing an Enemy”

Donald Trump is a Classic Corporatist
Radical anthropologist David Graeber analyzes how Trump fits into US history, who represents real estate interests above all else

Why Did the FBI Leak the Comey Memo?
Prof. Robert English, who worked for the U. S. Department of Defense, tells Paul Jay that a deep Russophobia and the interests of the military industrial complex are driving the permanent state to exaggerate the significance of Trump’s transgressions so they can torpedo a more rational approach to U.S. Russia relations; that said, Trump and friends’ financial corruption involving Russian oligarchs may emerge as the real story

*This “Russia to judgment” is transparently hypocritical and self serving, but the question I have is whether we really want the US and Russia “cooperating” in Syria and other areas.

It’s one thing to avoid antagonism with another nuclear power, and another to “forge a strategic relationship” at the expense of the rights and lives of the people living in those “areas of cooperation”, don’t you think?

White hats are in short supply at the geopolitical warehouse.

‘Many More People Would Die if Republicans Are Successful’
CounterSpin interview with Margarida Jorge on GOP attack on ACA and Medicaid
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Whistleblower Manning Appeals as Trump Escalates Threats to Journalism

Democracy Now!
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Probe U.S. Border Patrol over Killing of Mexican Father

Border Angels Resist Trump’s Immigration Crackdown with Services and Water for Border-Crossing Migrants

Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach


To Fight ‘Surveillance Culture,’ Activists Release Kid-Focused Privacy Toolkit
“You shouldn’t need a PhD or law degree to ensure that your child’s sensitive student data isn’t shared with commercial entities”
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

FCC Anti-Net Neutrality Plan Sparks All Out Comment War, Bots Included
Chairman Ajit Pai slammed for one-sided portrayal of debate, painting net neutrality proponents as racist trolls
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Ruthless Coal CEO, Blamed for 29 Deaths, Asks Trump Not to ‘Punish’ Executives
Coal executive responsible for deadly mine explosion tells President Donald Trump in letter that “coal supervisors are not criminals”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

*A heart as black as coal

The Real News Network
Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers’ Incomes
Documentary filmmaker Lia Tarachansky explains that the income garnishing measure targets African refugees and is intended to discourage asylum in Israel

Corbyn’s New Labour Manifesto Fires Up Base, Angers UK Elites
Thomas Barlow of UK’s Real Media says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s new “For the Many, Not the Few” manifesto puts sweeping progressive change on the table, much to the chagrin of the British political and media establishment

Trump Heads to Saudi Arabia – Target Iran and Iraq?
Sabah Alnasseri and Paul Jay discuss the Trump/Saudi plan for an anti-Iran Arab alliance and to use ISIS as justification for increasing American troop levels – with Iraq’s oil as the prize

*Climaxing Cheney’s wet dream?

Trump Appoints Voter Suppression Expert as “Voter Integrity” Director
Investigative reporter Greg Palast explains how Kris Kobach has used voter registration databases to purge millions of legitimate voters and now he is in charge of “voter integrity”

*There is vote fraud

These malevolent maneuvers by the Republicans

And the pretense that the DNC gives a shit, while blaming the Russians for everything.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Mnuchin and Congress Plotting Tax Cuts for Wealthy Opposed by Majority


Fate of LA’s Public Schools Hangs in Balance in Major Trump-Era Election
If two industry-supported candidates unseat public education advocates on school board, they will ‘squash democratic control of public schools’
by Nadia Prupis, staff writer
Common Dreams

Trying to Explain the Disdain for Poor Americans
by Paul Buchheit

*#4 Possible Reason for the Disdain — Simple Sociopathy

Wealth is based on exploitation, directly or indirectly, and those addicted to it simply don’t care about the consequences for the exploited. How else to explain the hell inflicted on indigenous populations and others in the name of corporate profit, to take one example?

The contempt doesn’t lead to the crime

It justifies it.

(Actually, I’d place that as #1.)

We Are on Cusp of ‘Deepest, Most Consequential Disruption of Transportation in History’
by Andy Rowell

Cornucopia Institute
Massive Fraud in Organic Grain Imports Uncovered
Industry Watchdog Reinforces Call for New Leadership at USDA National Organic Program

*The only thing organic is the utter duplicity

The Real News Network
Britain’s Plans to Fight Air Pollution is “Weak and Incoherent”
James Thornton of Client Earth explains that Britain has one of the worst records in air pollution in Europe and the government’s plan of “malign neglect” will do nothing to reverse this

*I could’ve done without the pimping for California’s pollution policies, which have numerous contradictions and look good only in comparison to the criminal neglect and active promotion of climate catastrophe practiced in so many other places.

As for the driving restrictions, without truly efficient and affordable public transit, there is a very regressive element to such a scheme, don’t you think?

Given the Tories’ zeal to privatize that area among innumerable others, the prospects don’t appear promising.

Trump Expanding War From Syria to Afghanistan As Media Focuses on Comey
VJ Prashad and Paul Jay: while the media continues its frenzy over Comey’s firing and the “Russia connection”, Trump is readying his “global war against Islamic Fascism” to be fought “without restraint”

*Wouldn’t you have liked to have heard something about the economic and geostrategic reasons the US remains in Afghanistan – something about “Pipelineistan”, to employ Pepe Escobar’s phrase?

It’s a common omission in pieces about this war, innit?

(And wouldn’t like to read a decipherable transcript? I have any number of criticisms of “Democracy Now!”, but they consistently produce accurate transcripts in a timely manner.

It’s a matter of priorities, and I guess TRNN doesn’t consider providing its audience with information they can actually understand a mission to place at the top of their list.)

Trump Reiterates Support for a New Glass-Steagall Act, But It Will it Pass Congress?
Trump administration support for reinstating Glass-Steagall Act is an effort to appeal to Trump’s base, but won’t go anywhere. It would be beneficial, though, if it doesn’t mean also deregulating the finance sector, says Gerald Epstein of PERI

Canada’s Housing Bubble is Larger than that of the US Before 2008
In most of Canada fewer and fewer people can afford housing because of a massive housing bubble, explains white collar criminologist Bill Black

Is Hannity, the Last of the Longtime Fox Stars, Looking for the Door?
by Eoin Higgins

How much sodium do we salt our foods with at home?
Not as much as you may think
by David Schardt
Nutrition Action


The Real News Network
Venezuelan Government’s Call for a Constitutional Assembly is a “Mixed Bag”
Steve Ellner considers the government’s call for a constitutional assembly a positive step for breaking the political deadlock, but it still won’t solve the country’s most pressing problems

Can UK Labour Woo the Young and the Restless on June 8th?
Thomas Barlow of Real Media says the large number of young people that are registering to vote in this general election could mean unexpected results

Why are British Columbians Voting Liberal, Against Their Own Interest?
British Columbia is giving away lumber at a half cent an acre and the Green Party holds the balance of power at a tipping point on energy policy, says Michael Hudson

Rattling the Bars: MIT Students Demand Divestment From Prison Profiteering Corporations
Eddie Conway speaks with two graduate student organizers who are working with the Ordinary People’s Society to take on Aramark, a company that has faced many human rights complaints in prisons

Conservatives Are Getting Closer to the first Constitutional Convention since 1787
Max Parthas and Eddie Conway discuss the danger of corporate forces controlling a process of rewriting the constitution and the importance of education and mobilization of the grassroots to counter it

UK: Progressive or Regressive on Tax?
Most people think the UK has a progressive tax system, but huge cuts to the corporation tax since 2010 alongside rises in VAT mean the system is becoming more regressive

Trump Fires Comey for Actions He Once Praised
President Trump says he fired FBI Director Comey over his handling of the Clinton email investigation, which Trump previously praised. Roll Call columnist Jonathan Allen says
Trump may be trying to weaken FBI probe of his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia

Witnessing the Horrors of the War on Drugs Made this Physician an Outspoken Opponent
Maryland Delegate Dan Morhaim says ending the drug war is the first step to addressing the root causes of addiction

Media Are Literally Copy-and-Pasting ICE Press Releases
by Adam Johnson

*”C&P” has another connotation

“Collude and propagate”

Big Media Need to Fight for the Right to Protest
by Janine Jackson

*The thing is, these protesters aren’t opposing a disfavored gummint in Venezuela, so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the corpress to come to their defense.

Democracy Now!
Donald Trump Orders “Election Integrity” Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression

Jailed Reporter Barrett Brown on Press Freedom, FBI Crimes & Why He Wouldn’t Do Anything Differently

On Black Mama’s Bail Out Day, “Goal is to Free Our People from These Cages” Before Mother’s Day


‘Huge Victory’ in Seneca Lake: After Years of Protest, Gas Storage Project Abandoned
“Don’t think people can’t make a difference. People can prevail.”
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

What I Learned from Susan Burton, a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman
Reading her life story will change the way you view the world
by Michelle Alexander

*It is often those with little reason to hope that give us reason to

The Corruption of a Dream
by Oupa Lehulere

*South Africa’s treasonous tragedy

The Palestinian Hunger Strike Continues as Trump Prepares for His Israel Visit
The ugly face of the occupation is on display as 1,500 prisoners refuse to eat
by Vijay Prashad

Fight for $15
McDonald’s, STOP stealing from employees

*If the food don’t make you sick

The fraud will

Russia Prosecutor General, investigate mass murder and torture of LGBT people in Chechnya
by Игорь Я.

‘Chevron Was Just Fabricating a Lie to Get Out of Paying for a Cleanup’
Counterspin interview with Paul Paz y Miño on Chevron’s oil spill in Ecuador
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Historian of Fascism: Why Trump Firing FBI Director Comey Amid Russia Probe is So Worrisome

*I think Ben-Ghiat, as with so many others, is overplaying the “Russian puppet” meme, but she makes some salient points about his authoritarian tendencies, the testing of limits, and the litmus test of loyalty über alles.

Kshama Sawant: Don’t Wait for Authoritarian Trump to Be Impeached, This is the Moment to Revolt

*At some point, folks like Sawant – if they’re serious about deep dish change – are going to have to acknowledge the contradictions that make plain that Sanders and “progressive Democrats” aren’t committed to it.

The only “unity tour” we should be on is the one that takes us to a destination beyond yet another cycle of “reform” of the unreformable, wasting the most precious time in our species’ existence.

Human Rights Lawyers Are Fighting a Justice Department Order to Stop Legal Aid for Immigrants

Workers Fear Radiation Exposure After Nuclear Waste Storage Tunnels Collapse in Washington

*Call it “glowback”


Graduates Turn Their #BackstoBetsy DeVos at HBCU Commencement Speech
Education secretary’s selection described as “very tone deaf, not only to the students of the university and its supporters, but to African-Americans”
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Public Citizen
Groups Call on Facebook to Disclose and Explain Its Collection of Psychological Insights About Its Youngest Users
Facebook Told Marketers It Can Detect Teens Feeling ‘Insecure’ and ‘Worthless’; Data Could Be Used to Drive Products Based on Mood and Using Manipulation

*An emoji hasn’t yet been created that adequately expresses my reaction to this.

The Real News Network
Comey Affair Sign of a Fractured American State
Historian Gerald Horne and Paul Jay dig deeper into Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the forces driving great divisions in the elites, the political class and the state apparatus

Assassination of 41 Activists in Colombia Threatens Peace Process
The Colombian government’s peace agreement with the FARC rebels requires the government to protect activists and former FARC fighters, but the government is not living up to this requirement, says Prof. Mario Murillo

Hunger Strike to Get King’s College to Divest from Fossil Fuels
Roger Hallam’s 8-week civil disobedience and hunger strike at King’s College London, finally resulted in fossil fuel divestment

*We can put our ass on the line

Or we can kiss it goodbye

Institute for Public Accuracy
Comey Firing

‘The New York Times Wants to Have a Very Circumscribed Discussion’
CounterSpin interview with Jim Naureckas on Bret Stephens
by Janine Jackson

*All the “nuance” that’s printed to fit

Action Alert: Asking Questions of Government Figures Is Not a Crime
by Jim Naureckas

*Ask me no questions, so I can tell you more lies

Democracy Now!
Glenn Greenwald on Trump’s “Shocking” Firing of FBI Chief James Comey Amid Russian Probe

Glenn Greenwald: Independent Probe Needed to Uncover Truth Behind Russia’s Role in 2016 Election

Greenwald: Hillary is to Blame for Losing 2016 Election, Not James Comey

*No “viable alternative” to this regime can have any place for the Democratic Party, if I understand the meaning of “viable”.

Could Firing of James Comey Mark the Beginning of the End for Trump Presidency?

Greenwald: Supporting U.S.-Russia Relations Should Be Encouraged, Not Viewed as Sign of Treason

*Does Greenwald view how Bush and Obama (aka Dear Leader and Dear Misleader) used Big Brotherismo as “responsible”?

And I don’t want to see the US and Russia “somehow working together” in Syria, if it means anything other than trying to end the horror that engulfs its people, which neither have shown any sincere inclination toward, have they?

Glenn Greenwald Unveils New Project to Build Animal Shelter in Brazil Staffed by Homeless People


Wisconsin ID Law Kept 200,000 Voters From Polls—And Trump Won by Just 22,748 Votes
‘The lost voters skewed more African-American and more Democrat’
by Nika Knight, staff writer
Common Dreams

GOP Rep Finds Himself in Hot Seat Even After Abruptly Cutting Off Interview
‘You voted for this bill in a rush. There were no committee hearings. This is my life,’ one constituent said to Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) on Monday night
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

*I have to wonder who allowed this bastard to use those black kids as props for his abortive dog doo and pony poop show.

ISIS Gains Power and Innocents Die as Syria Retreats From Peace
Trump’s failed leadership is only making the sectarian violence worse
by Vijay Prashad–isis-gains-power-and-innocents-die-as-syria-retreats-from-peace

The Real News Network
5 Types of Bullsh*t Jobs with David Graeber
David Graeber talks bullshit jobs and the concept of work under capitalism with Real Media and the Real News Network

U.S. Deepens Support for Saudi War on Yemen Even as Al-Qaeda Benefits
In Part Two of our interview, Professor Sheila Carapico of the University of Richmond says that while the U.S.-backed Saudi-led war on Yemen has caused a humanitarian crisis for civilians, two beneficiaries include the U.S. weapons industry and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Democrats Are Out of Step with Their Base on Israel-Palestine
Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada says Democratic politicians, even progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, are out of touch with their supporters when it comes to defending Palestinian rights

*Anyone with a ounce of understanding of how politics is played in these here United States shouldn’t be surprised in the least by any contradiction on the part of any politician

Including Saint Bernard.

French President Elect: Unveiling The Golden Boy Emmanuel Macron
Macron takes 90% of the vote in bourgeois Paris but Le Pen got 56% of the workers across France, says Serge Halimi of Le Monde Diplomatique

The US Middle Class is Shrinking and Moving Towards a “Dual Economy”
MIT Economist Peter Temin, the author of “The Vanishing Middle Class,” explains how the US is moving towards two economies, one for the lower 80% and one for the upper 20%

*Our most pressing educational imperative is a widespread understanding of the how the exploitocracy exerts its power, and how we can stand against it.

Prime Minister Theresa May Accuses EU of Interfering in UK Elections
Kam Sandhu of Real Media explains that May is adopting far-right UKIP discourse towards EU in an effort to win votes and a better Brexit deal

Third Mysterious Death of a Black Ferguson Activist
Edward Crawford is the third mysterious death of a young Black activist man in Ferguson over the past three years. Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report argues that this cannot be a coincidence

*Ford’s speaking to self defense, which is never the province of the oppressed.

NPR Can’t Help Hyping North Korean Threat
by Glen Frieden

*N ationalistic
P ropaganda
R egurgitation

Democracy Now!
Show Me Your Papers, Texas-Style: Lawmakers Condemn SB4 as Greatest Legislative Threat to Immigrants


What Would It Look Like to Build a Politics That’s Open to People But Closed to Big Money?
For the left to work out where it is headed, and how it can dismantle its true enemy of unfettered finance while defending vulnerable people, it needs to be able to have serious debate
by Christine Berry

Weaponized Philanthropy: Document Trove Details Bradley Foundation’s Efforts to Build Right-Wing “Infrastructure” Nationwide
by Mary Bottari

*Even with all this money and maneuvering, if the Democratic Party and labor “leadership” had an ounce of political acumen – leaving aside political integrity – these efforts would have been for naught.

Godawful gubernatorial candidates like Barrett and Burke, and the funneling of the energy unleashed at the Capitol into the recall, rather than building an aggressive grassroots movement against all that Walker represented, ensured Bradley’s and its allies’ successes.

The fact that the Democratic coalition has raised nary a peep regarding voter suppression and outright election theft illustrates just how removed it is from any commonly understood definition of “resistance”.

ACLU Challenges Madison County Sheriff’s Department’s Systematic Targeting of Black Residents for Unconstitutional, and Often Violent, Searches and Seizures
Madison County Deputies Routinely Subject Black Residents to Suspicionless Stops, Searches, and Seizures, Using Show-ID Checkpoints, Roadblocks, “Jump Outs,” and Home Invasions

The Real News Network
French Presidential Elections: Choice of Lesser Evil Between a White Supremacist or Ultra Neoliberalist
Yasser Louati, says French voters face an impossible choice of an openly racist candidate or an uberneoliberal former investment banker that will implement policies that will fuel, ignite and spark even more competitive hatred among French

It’s Destroying Communities, and Tearing Apart Families
Youth advocate Bobby Marvin Holmes describes the trauma inflicted on Baltimore by the ongoing Drug War

Is Venezuela’s Withdrawal from the OAS Justified?
Mark Weisbrot of CEPR argues that the Organization of American States is not a true multilateral body because the US largely controls it, often against the interests of individual member states

The Working Poor Will Lose Health Insurance Under GOP Health Plan
Patty Eakins of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses explains that hospitals that serve the working poor would suffer especially and could close under GOP plan

New Conflicts of Interest Uncovered for Trump’s Son-In-Law Jared Kushner
TRNN’s Shir Hever analyzes the financial ties that Jared Kushner has to the Steinmetz family, whose members have been accused of corruption in Africa

The War on Drugs Failed by Not Addressing Root Causes of Addiction
Renowned Canadian physician and author Gabor Maté says programs like Vancouver’s safe injection sites have proved to be widely successful alternatives to criminalizing addiction

*It’s not a “War on Drugs”

It’s a war on some drug users, based on class and race, as a method of control, and thus will never be based on what works

Because it does work, for that purpose.

Greece Passes New Austerity for New Loans
Bond holders, banks, and the IMF bear responsibility for having made irresponsible loans to Greece, so it is not right for them to force yet more austerity on Greece, says Michael Hudson


“We can’t do anything

(Because we won’t do anything)”

Turks Challenge Erdogan’s Referendum Result Amid Ongoing Repression
Erdogan’s narrow win in the constitutional reform referendum means he feels insecure and therefore continues his crackdown on opponents, says journalist Guney Isikara

Color of Change
Eventbrite: Stop sponsoring hate groups!

Institute for Public Accuracy
Drone Killings: “Making Children Afraid of Sunny Days”

Lockheed Martin-Funded Experts Agree: South Korea Needs More Lockheed Martin Missiles
by Adam Johnson

Trump Uses Power of FCC to Pay Back Friends at Sinclair Broadcasting
by Michael Cocoran

*A multitude of megaphonies

Democracy Now!
Neoliberal Investment Banker Macron Defeats Openly Xenophobic & Racist Le Pen in French Election

Puerto Rico’s Financial Future Now in the Hands of a Single Judge Overseeing Massive Bankruptcy

Exclusive: Meet the Arkansas Judge Who Faces Impeachment for Protesting Against the Death Penalty


In Face of Government Apathy, Activists Launch Wave of Global Divestment Actions
‘The movement is stepping up at a time when governments are failing their people and climate impacts are taking us into uncharted territory’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

It’s Not Too Late To Save Net Neutrality From a Captured FCC
The current Trump-appointed FCC chairman, has ushered in a virulent strain of market libertarianism. He can and must be stopped.
by Victor Pickard

How Public Participation Saved Canada’s Internet (Or: What Happens When Decision-Makers Actually Listen)
Net Neutrality is on everyone’s mind, and for good reason: Last week FCC Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled a plan to hand over the internet to companies like Comcast by eliminating Title II protections
by Cynthia Khoo

Center for International Environmental Law
EU Supports Toxic Regulations, Immediately Creates Loopholes to Undermine Them

ACLU-TN Statement on Passage of “LGBT Erasure” Legislation

The Real News Network
GOP Attack on Obamacare Won’t Slow Calls for Dems to Back Single-Payer
Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, says the Republican vote to repeal Obamacare won’t deter the movement pressuring Democrats to back Medicare-for-All

*We can work to keep a piece of shit from becoming a pile of it, or we can flush ’em both and take this out of the toilet altogether.

Hunger Strike by Palestinian Prisoners Reaches Day 18
Abby Martin and Paul Jay discuss the significance of the resistance by over 1,000 prisoners in Israeli jails

*Palestinians aren’t feeling the Bern.

Well, actually I suppose they are.

Code Pink Activists Convicted for Disrupting Jeff Sessions Hearing
Desiree Fairooz and Lenny Bianchi of the activist group Code Pink tell about their protest and the verdict, which they say was unjustifed

Institute for Public Accuracy
As Saudis Threaten Port, Yemen Famine Leaves Refugee Chief “Shocked to the Bones”

‘It Comes Down to Monopoly Control of the Aftermarket’
CounterSpin interview with Kyle Wiens on copyright overreaching
by Janine Jackson

Declining to Label Lies, NPR Picks Diplomacy Over Reality
by Adam Johnson

*Can we call this a “lie”?

Democracy Now!
Protests Erupt After House Republicans Pass Healthcare Bill That Could Hike Premiums for Millions

French Voters Face Presidential Election Between Xenophobic Candidate & Centrist Investment Banker

NAACP Calls on Louisiana to Charge Police Officers Who Shot & Killed Alton Sterling in Viral Video

NAACP Renews Demands for Police Reform After Police Shooting of Black Teen Jordan Edwards in Dallas


Killer Drones in the Empire State
by Norman Solomon

*One might ask Bernie these same questions about building the F-35 in Vermont

And “one” is being optimistic, isn’t it?

The Real News Network
Hamas Party Moves Towards Practical Politics
Imad Al-Soos discusses the new Hamas declaration of principles, and how it differs from the old Hamas charter of 1988

Palestinian Leader Abbas Meets with Trump, Praising Him
Abbas flattered Trump in an effort to gain favor with him, but the US president offered nothing new in terms of US policy towards Palestinians, says Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada

Donald Trump & Theresa May Spell Climate Disaster say UK Protesters
UK protesters demand a million climate jobs, a halt to fracking and divestment from fossil fuels

Justice for Port Drivers
Working Class Hero

Institute for Public Accuracy
Horizon on Healthcare: Single Payer?

The Religious Freedom Strategy of the Christian Right

Democracy Now!
Florida Lawmakers Apologize to Family of “Groveland Four,” Black Men Falsely Accused of Rape in 1949

Marissa Alexander, Jailed for 3 Years, Speaks Out on Intimate Partner Violence & Building Movements


Wanted: 1.5 Billion Immigrants
Surely any country that hoards a planet’s wealth should expect to care for a proportional number of that planet’s people
by Mona Younis

*A fair share of a shared fare
Fossil Fuel-Funded Report Shows Industry Making Its Last Stand

The Real News Network
May Day Protests As Much About Democrats as GOP and Trump
Since the 1990s, Washington, DC has been a sanctuary city for immigrants. Now, Republicans want to dismantle that protection status in cities across the United States and Democrats are doing little to stop them and in some cases are working with them.

Hate Crime Legislation: Does it Work?
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report discusses the spread of hate crime legislation, which he argues tends to cause more problems than it solves

70 Million Africans In Danger of Famine
We tend to believe that famine is primarily the result of natural disaster, but the African countries affected by famine are all ones that have all been severely affected by political instability and war

Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War is Deadlier Than Ever
Matthew Hoh, a military veteran and diplomat who resigned his State Department post in protest of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, says the 16-year Afghan war won’t end until the U.S. drops its strategy of sporadic escalation and insistence on Taliban surrender, with Afghan civilians suffering the worst consequences

May Day: Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate International Workers Day
In the face of different manifestations of social and economic injustice, demonstrators across the world rose up for workers’ rights

NYT’s 100 Day Apologism Shows Danger of ‘Both Sides’ Reporting
by Adam Johnson

*I’m assuming there were no “FAKE NEWS!” Twitter tantrums after this pap was published.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Budget Funds Wall

Democracy Now!
Up to 55,000 Haitians Face Deportation If Trump Refuses to Extend Temporary Protected Status

*Dear Misleader didn’t give a damn about Haiti “recovering”. The US has made certain that its people have lived in misery for many decades.

And fuck Disney, who could care less about anything other than its bottom line.

Full Interview: Anand Gopal on Syria, Iraq, U.S. Policy in Middle East & More

*Certainly Gopal’s assessment of the situation in Syria differs from others I’ve reposted by folks I have respect for.

I’m no expert, it goes without saying, and I’ll take his views, along with the others, and try my best to suss what’s occurring, and remain open to further intel.

NC Lawmakers Side with Factory Farms as Communities of Color Suffer from the Spraying of Hog Manure

Six strategies to help you say no to junk food
Here’s how to navigate around powerful cravings, hunger, and weak satiety cues.
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action


Despite Win in Court, Net Neutrality Facing Battles on Multiple Fronts
Critical open internet protection under attack by FCC and Republicans in Congress
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Common Dreams

Feinstein Hosts Industry Fundraiser Days After Dissing Single Payer
Bucking growing momentum in support of a national single-payer system, as well as a trailblazing effort within her home state, Feinstein told voters recently: “I am not there.”
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

How Much to Buy a Congressional Vote? New Research Seeks Answer
Looking at Democrats who stopped supporting banking rules, authors conclude: ‘Substantial numbers of legislators sell out the public interest in exchange for political money’
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
Common Dreams

The Empire Expands: Not the American One, But Trump’s
by Nomi Prins

Council of Canadians
Back from the Grave — Secret TPP Talks to Resume in Toronto
As Toronto hosts two days of high-level TPP talks in an undisclosed location, civil society groups warn that TPP cannot be the basis for Canada’s future trade relationships

Campaign for Peace and Democracy
“The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left” Book Tour

Institute for Public Accuracy
U.S. Breakthrough on Nuclear First Strike Threatens Stability

*From MAD to madder

Three Reasons Bret Stephens Should Not Be a NYT Columnist–and the Real Reason He Is One
by Jim Naureckas

Democracy Now!
Immigrant Workers Lead Thousands in NYC May Day Protests: “Without Our Labor, the City Cannot Move”

May Day Protests Held at NC State Capitol as GOP Lawmakers Push Bill Defunding “Sanctuary Cities”

ACLU Fight Persists in North Carolina: NCAA Basketball Has Returned, But Anti-Trans HB 2 Remains Law

*NCAA’s flagrant foul

Is North Carolina Still a Democracy? How Unfettered Conservative Rule Reshaped Tar Heel State

*That ain’t tar your heel’s stepping in

Chris Kromm: The South’s Political Clout Is Rising Under Trump

*Southern comfort for soulless scumbags


The Absurd Amount of Entitlements That Go to Rich People
by Paul Buchheit

How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque
by Norman Solomon

Reign of Idiots
Donald Trump. King of the horrifingly dumb and dangerously greedy
by Chris Hedges

*Neo Nero twitters while Home burns

Center for Democracy & Technology
D.C. Circuit Denial of En Banc Review on Net Neutrality Case a Win for Internet Users

The Real News Network
Britain’s Labour Party Leader Undermined by Labour Members of Parliament
Thomas Barlow, the Senior Editor of Real Media, analyzes the electoral panorama for the upcoming June 8 general election in Britain

Iran Can Work With U.S. if Trump Drops the Threats
In Part Two of our interview, former senior Iranian diplomat Seyed Hossein Mousavian discusses the threat of a worsening proxy war in Yemen, Iran’s support for Bashar al-Assad, the upcoming Iranian presidential elections, and the possibility for Tehran-Washington cooperation on Syria and other Middle East issues

*What does “cooperation to fight terrorism” mean?

Whether it’s Iran or Russia, allying with either or both to engage in the type of brutal military action we’ve seen that sacrifices innocents in Syria and Iraq is not something we should wish to see occur, is it?

I realize force is a necessary component of any strategy to effectively confront ISIS and other extremist groups, but we can’t simply make that assertion while ignoring its consequences.

We have an moral obligation to determine how force can be employed with the least harm to civilians. This is not something any of the actors has shown any inclination toward.

It also must be said that these parties oppose “terrorism” only to the degree that it impacts on their geostrategic goals, and indeed some, including the US, have sought to use these groups to advance those interests.

There are no white hats here.

Democracy Now!
Watch the Indigenous Water Ceremony That Opened the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C.

Indigenous Leader Kandi Mossett: “It’s Not OK for Our Women to Die Because We Want to Protect Water”

*Note what Mossett said

“[S]mall-scale-distributed renewable energies”.

If renewables are dominated by corps, the shift to them will be in large measure a hollow victory.

Public control of what we need for life must be a paramount demand.

Berta Cáceres’ Sister Speaks Out About the Ongoing Assassinations of Land Defenders in Honduras

Eat By Date
How long does food last – past its printed date? Information on sell-by, use-by, best-by and other dates and how to calculate the actual shelf life of food.

Are There Toxic Chemicals in Your Yoga Pants?
by Elyn Jacobs

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

Does Running Burn Muscle? (Here’s the Truth)
by Yuri Elkaim


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