August 2017



Downplaying Risks, Texas Sheriff Says Inhaling Chemical Plume Like ‘Standing Over Campfire’
“Toxicity is a relative thing,” said an Arkema executive
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Note that Gonzalez didn’t deign to expose himself, and the certainty that Rennard or any other Arkema exec doesn’t live anywhere near that plant.

The Sinister Side Effect of Amazing New Cancer Drug: One Dose Costs Nearly $500K
Revolutionary new therapy could “transform medicine” and cure kids battling leukemia… for an incredible price
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*You can’t put a price on your health?

Watch us.

But beyond the gruesome display of greed, why isn’t there a determined effort to vet holistic cancer treatments that don’t involve chemo, radiation and/or surgery, and why isn’t the prevention of cancer by promoting healthy diets and lifestyles, as well as focusing on the environmental causes of it, given the prominence they merit?

I guess that really isn’t beyond the gruesome display of greed, is it?

Left-wing Perspectives on Political Islam: A Mapping Attempt
by Leandros Fischer

*A dense but worthwhile read

Fascism in the United States
by Vijay Prashad

The Real News Network
Climate Change Is Creating A New Urban Crisis
As storms hit the U.S. and South Asia, investigative journalist Christian Parenti says we have the laws and technology to protect humanity from climate disaster, but we need to rip away the veil of the ‘free market’

Warlords of the World Assemble at UK Arms Fair
Defence & Security Equipment International, one of the world’s biggest arms fairs, will showcase cutting-edge military equipment to some of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the world. TRNN speaks to CAAT’s Andrew Smith about the campaign to stop it

*Kudos to the campaign, but I have to wince at Smith’s naïve comments on Saudi “cooperation with the UK on matters of international terrorism”, as neither nation has any interest in ending its threat – only managing it to its own advantage.

Institute for Public Accuracy
* Houston * Confederacy

*Venality and villainy span the centuries

How Media Obscure US/Saudi Responsibility for Killing Yemeni Civilians
by Ben Norton

*I wouldn’t bother waiting for

“Video Shows Swords Beheading Prisoners in Iraq”

Democracy Now!
Surrounded by Oil Refineries, Port Arthur, TX Faces New Environmental Crisis Following Harvey Floods

George Monbiot: We Can’t Be Silent on Climate Change or the Unsustainability of Capitalist System

*Goodman’s term – “climate chaos” – works.

I’d offer “climate corrosion”.

Deandre Harris Was Savagely Beaten by White Supremacists in Virginia. Why Only Two Arrests So Far?


Internal Documents Reveal Right-Wing Plan to Strike Public Unions With ‘Mortal Blow’
The goal: ‘Defund and defang’ unions to kill progressive political efforts nationwide
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Investigation Reveals New Details of US Role in 2009 Honduras Military Coup
US Officials Were More Concerned With Protecting Military Relationship Than Overturning Coup

*Hackneyed, but all too true

“Making the world safe from democracy”

The Real News Network
The Murder of Seven White Helmets in Syria?
US State Department and Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria join in condemning the killing of seven White Helmet aid workers in Idlib province, which Max Blumenthal explains are part of Al Qaeda

*Whitewashing the White Helmets

Mainstream Media Misrepresents Hurricane Harvey’s Climate Change Connection
It’s ‘extremely annoying when all of these extreme events occur, whether it’s a wildfire or an extreme hurricane like this, and there’s no mention of the fact that climate change has actually exacerbated the situation,’ says Dr. Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research

*It’s a foolish remark to make regarding setting aside “the politics” involved, isn’t it?

There’s no “politicizing” of the tragedy

There’s an effort to confront one of its causes while the spotlight’s bright, so that further tragedies might be diminished or avoided.

Why Did U.S. Suspend 300 Million in Aid to Egypt?
The U.S. cites human rights violations for the suspension of aid, but the real reasons are more complex, says Seif Da’na of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside

The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece’s Radical Left (2/3)
Syriza is the culminating expression of the long history of the Greek Left, says Helena Sheehan

Trump Reverses Obama’s Ban on Transfer of Some Military Equipment to Police
Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report explains that the reversal is less significant than it appears because before his ban Obama increased the transfer of military weapons to police by a factor of 24

*Dear Misleader’s feet of clay

Clad in jackboots

North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan: What Happens Next?
The U.N. Security Council will likely try to pass another round of sanctions, but sanctions have done nothing to stop North Korea from advancing its nuclear missile program, and will probably exacerbate an already volatile situation, says Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ

Amazon-Whole Foods Price Cuts Could Have A Short Shelf Life
Food and Water Watch’s Patrick Woodall says that the incredible wave of mega-mergers in recent years shows that “regulators have been asleep at the switch”

*If we can call Walmart “The Low Life Leader” ™

What epithet would capture Amazon’s conspiracismo?

NYT Only the Latest Corporate Media Outlet to Give Free Publicity to Mercenary Profiteer
by Adam Johnson

*All the Prince that’s fit to pimp

Democracy Now!
Environmental Crisis Unfolding in Houston as Oil & Chemical Industry Spew Toxic Pollutants into Air

Texas Prisoners Evacuated as Floodwaters Rise, Houston Jail Keeps Inmates Next to Flooded Bayou

The Red Cross Won’t Save Houston. Texas Residents Are Launching Community Relief Efforts Instead

*Red Double Cross and the folks who do the real deal


As Historic Flooding Grips Texas, Groups Demand Nuclear Plant Be Shut Down
“This storm and flood is absolutely without precedent even before adding the possibility of a nuclear accident that could further imperil millions of people who are already battling for their lives”
by Jon Queally, staff writer
Common Dreams

Stores Accused of Price Gouging in Wake of Hurricane Harvey
“Best Buy doesn’t need to sell water at $43 a case. They don’t need the money.”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*When we need a tug on the heart

We get a turn of the stomach

No Mention of the Victims, But ‘What a Turnout!’ Trump Declares in Texas
“Even one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history is just another campaign rally to Trump”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*And don’t you just adore Melania’s “FLOTUS” chapeau?

Jesus Marion Joseph …

Trump’s Call for More War in Afghanistan Was a Vicious Racist Rant
President’s speech on August 21 promising more war is hate speech, pure and simple
by Brian Terrell

Taking the Fight Against White Supremacy Into Schools
by Adam Sanchez

The Whale Wars Continue
by Paul Watson

The NAFTA Consensus
by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco Arregui

Why Trump’s New Strategy for Afghanistan Is the Disaster You’d Expect It to Be
A battlefield for an endless American war
by Vijay Prashad

The Real News Network
Racial Profiling Policies Israeli Style
Shir Hever examines the privatization of security, which undermines Israel’s racial policies

Trump’s Afghan Military Solution Will Fail
James Dorsey tells Paul Jay that Trump’s plan is to force the Taliban to negotiate, but there is no reason for them to do so

*So why is an “alternative media” outlet discussing how to have a “successful” outcome for the US in Afghanistan, rather than talking about the best way to end its presence there as quickly as possible?

Trump, like his predecessors, doesn’t give a damn about “ending terrorism”. The US largely created the phenomenon in the region, and has used it for its own ends. This includes the need for a “boogeyman” to boost arms sales and Pentagon spending, while scaring the shit out of an intentionally ignorantized American public.

Far from ending, they wish to manage terrorism, and milk its horror for all it’s worth.

For all the useful intel extant in this segment, that Dorsey, and presumably Jay, don’t seem to suss that simple conclusion is a stone mystery to me.

The Rise and Fall of Syriza: Finding a New Way Forward for Greece’s Radical Left (1/2)
Author Helena Sheehan details her experience with Syriza, a Greek coalition of radical leftist groups, from its victory at the polls in 2015 to its surrender to the austerity measures it once promised to stand against

*An object lesson for “#TheResistance” in the US, and one they should take to heart

But I have no faith that that will be the case.

Outrage, Protests After Driver Mows Down, Kills Two Black Men in Long Island
Protests and petitions planned for Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office to take further action after 19 year old Keenen King and 20 year old Anthony Holmes-Garriques were mowed down with a mini-van and killed over a dirt bike

‘Media’s First Instinct Is to Strip Ideology From the Conversation’
CounterSpin interview with Adam Johnson on Charlottesville
by Janine Jackson

*It’s a bit jarring to hear someone who righteously excoriates the corpress for its maliciously misleading choice of terms then soft pedal what was not infrequently pretty goddamn vicious misogyny by “Bernie bros” as being “kind of mean online.”

As Jackson states, “language is so important.”

And this is coming from someone who despises everything Madame Mayhem stands for, but I’d never call her a “heartless bitch”.

“Heartless bastard” works just fine for me.

Democracy Now!
Dr. Robert Bullard: Houston’s “Unrestrained Capitalism” Made Harvey “Catastrophe Waiting to Happen”

Hurricane Harvey: Zip Code & Race Determine Who Will Bear Burden Of Climate Change

Immigrants in Houston Face Triple Threat: Flooding, Racist Texas Law SB4 & Potentially Losing DACA

1,200 Die as “Devastating” Climate Change-Linked Floods Submerge Parts of South Asia

Just Before Harvey, Trump Admin Revoked Rules Requiring New Infrastructure to be Climate Resilient


‘Two-Faced’ Texas GOP Seeking Hurricane Relief After Rejecting Sandy Aid
Ted Cruz, who voted against a relief package for states impacted by Hurricane Sandy, urged President Trump on Friday to quickly deliver aid to Texas
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Reverse NIMBY

Now It’s My Back Yard

Not Without Us – Organizing Our Way to Solve the Climate Crisis
by Mark Decena

*Paris wasn’t a stepping stone

But a brick in the wall

Top 5 Ways Man-Made Climate Change Made Hurricane Harvey Much Worse
by Juan Cole

*Revving and reaping the whirlwinds

Wisconsin’s Foxconn Deal Enriches Billionaires With Taxpayer Cash
by Sam Pizzigati

*Gou, Walker and Trump are the Foxes

No need to name who’s being Conned

The Real News Network
Exxon Mobil Knew and Hid Oil’s Link to Catastrophic Climate Change
Leading expert on the climate denier playbook, Naomi Oreskes, discusses her groundbreaking new study and larger story of disinformation and doubt about climate change that has been promoted in U.S. for almost three decades

Albert Woodfox of the ‘Angola 3’: The US Hasn’t Really Changed
Speaking with Eddie Conway at the Millions for Prisoners March in D.C., Albert Woodfox, a recently released political prisoner held in solitary confinement for over 40 years, says that most of the changes in America have been “superficial”–but the fight goes on

Another Moment in the Long History of White Reconstruction
Executive Producer Eddie Conway speaks with Dylan Rodriguez, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside, about White Reconstruction, the false narrative that the term mass incarceration creates, and more

*Not seeing the diseased forest for the fetid trees

New US Sanctions Against Venezuela to Cause Greater Economic Instability
US sanctions against Venezuela, which VP Pence announced Wednesday, target Venezuelan debt and will make borrowing more expensive, hurting the people Trump claims to help, says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

The Social Cleansing of London
Rapper and artist Potent Whisper discusses how London is being deliberately turned into a ‘playground for the rich’ by dispossessing Londoners from their communities and their roots via a process known as ‘regeneration’

Institute for Public Accuracy
Making Harvey Worse? * Ecology * Biolab

Trump Administration “Rubber Stamps” Amazon-Whole Foods Merger

*If only the actual Amazon had this kind of clout

‘The Confederacy Was Brought About by a Small Class of Wealthy Slaveholders’
CounterSpin interview with Keri Leigh Merritt on Southern history
by Janine Jackson

*Maybe instead of spending money on monuments, we should direct it toward furthering the principles they would stand for.

Democracy Now!
As Catastrophic Flooding Hits Houston, Fears Grow of Pollution from Oil Refineries & Superfund Sites

*The disasters of capitalism

“This Is the New Normal”: How Climate Change Is Fueling Massive Storms like Harvey

A Dilemma for Undocumented in Texas: Wait Out Hurricane Harvey or Seek Help and Risk Deportation?

*Think His Travesty will do a photo op hug with any of these folks?

Almond Milk: Its Unlikely Cancer-Causing Ingredient
By Dr. David Jockers


‘Positively Evil’: Immigrant Checkpoints to Remain Open as Harvey Forces Evacuations
“Safety should be a priority regardless of immigration status.”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

*An utter evacuation of empathy

With Trump in Charge, Heightened Fears of a Hurricane Harvey Petrochemical Nightmare
The president’s aggressive deregulatory push “has increased the risk of environmental disaster without increasing disaster preparation”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*One disaster leads to another

Defunding Clinics, GOP Governor “Throws Women Under the Bus” in South Carolina
Facing a tough primary challenge, Gov. Henry McMaster accused of “political stunt” for banning public funds for state’s abortion clinics
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly Assumes Parliamentary Powers
by Ryan Mallett-Outtrim
Venezuela Analysis

The CIA and Me (Or How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother)
by Alfred W. McCoy

*Will “#TheResistance” that laps up every Russophobic tidbit tossed to them by these bastards, regardless of its veracity, learn a lesson from this?

I could use the easy money a wager on such would realize.

NAFTA, Trumped
Simply because Trump said NAFTA was bad for American workers, doesn’t mean it wasn’t. Just don’t look to him for a fix.
by Jeff Faux

*Knowing full well that it ain’t gonna happen, Trudeau can posture for “some strengthening of worker and human rights language” to his hypocritical little heart’s content, can’t he just?

The Real News Network
UN Report: Saudi Coalition Massacred Hundreds of Children in Yemen
A leaked draft of the United Nations report recommends that the Saudi-led coalition be placed on the U.N.’s list of countries that kill and maim children, but its exclusion from last year’s list shows the power of wealthy Gulf States to blackmail the U.N., says Codepink’s Medea Benjamin

Can Big Money Silence a Free Press?
In a country with a free press but also unrestrained finance, can big money scare media outlets into silence? The question is explored in the new Netflix documentary, “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press”.

*It’s vital to defend the concept of a free press

Because a concept’s pretty much all we actually have

‘Donald Trump of Brazil’ Runs for President
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s bombastic, homophobic, sexist, and dictatorship-defending presidential candidate is rising in the polls. Mike Fox reports from Brazil

Another Way Ending the War on Drugs Could Save Lives and Resources
A new study by a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health professor estimates Baltimore could save millions of dollars with just one safe injection site for heroin users

Institute for Public Accuracy
New Venezuela Sanctions: Trump Trying Regime Change?

Trump ‘Presidential’ Again—for Ramping Up War in Afghanistan
by Ben Norton

*Imperialism and the MSM

The Mother of All Bonds

Democracy Now!
Despite Protest from Johnson & Johnson, Florida Executes Man Using Untested Drug Cocktail

*I suspect that these corps’ objections to their products’ use in executions has a whole hell of a lot more to do with “in corporate terms, in commercial terms, you risk legal liability” – as well as, at least abroad, the negative publicity – than it does with any principled opposition to human suffering.

New DNA Evidence Cited As Missouri Governor Stays Execution of Prisoner Marcellus Williams


The Problem With Shutting Down Abortion Clinics In Rural And Low-Income Areas
Forcing women to travel long distances to access abortions is bad for both the woman and the state
by Jenavieve Hatch

I Was Detained for Protesting Trump. Here’s What the Secret Service Asked Me.
by Melissa Byrne

*When you’re a threat to everyone

Everyone’s a threat

The Real News Network
Social Security A Success Story: Can It Withstand Republican Privatization Attacks?
Republicans continue to launch efforts to privatize and dismantle the very efficient Social Security program, says economist Dean Baker

*We need a program that provides for a dignified life for all who need it, and that would perforce include much of the middle class, wouldn’t it?

The conventional wisdom that it wouldn’t have popular support would seem to be at odds with that reality.

I also wonder why Baker didn’t mention the taxable income cap (currently at $127,200, according to a search), that leaves so much funding off the table.

Democracy Now!
Tariq Ramadan: As Muslims Condemn Spain Attack, Americans Must Denounce U.S. Killings in Syria, Iraq

*I can see why Ramadan says that Muslims have an obligation to denounce violence in the name of Islam, but it’s utter hypocrisy for non Muslims to demand they do, when there is no similar call for other religious groups to do so when proclaimed adherents to their faiths commit such acts.

We all have a duty to decry inhumanity in whatever form, as well as to try to understand its roots – if we truly wish to see it ended.

Trapped in Raqqa: Amnesty Says Civilians Caught in “Deadly Labyrinth” As U.S. Intensifies Airstrikes

*What I’m not hearing here is any condemnation of the policy – only its implementation.

If the US’ presence in Syria is in violation of international law, any action, no matter how well it adheres to “the rules of war”, is illegal, isn’t it?

That’s not to legitimate any other party’s actions – such as Russia’s – in creating this hell, but the GWOT ™ does not give the US license to violate the sovereignty of Syria, even if it weren’t doing so for its own nefarious ends.

That’s from a legal perspective

The moral view should be literally bloody obvious.


Is Trump Planning Permanent Occupation of Afghanistan?
What will 4,000 more US troops do that 100,000 troops couldn’t do before?
by Reese Erlich

*Opposition to imperialism shouldn’t be based on its inefficacy

But on its iniquity

Will Nothing Rid Us of President WTF?
by Andrew Levine

The Real News Network
Why Plutocrats Like Carl Icahn Are Almost Never Held Accountable
Former financial regulator Bill Black says Trump promised to “drain the swamp” but instead filled his administration with Washington insiders and elite billionaires like Carl Icahn

*I’m glad to see Black make the point about ethanol greenwashing. There’s this knee jerk positive reaction to any sort of “renewable energy”, but even supposedly certifiably “pure” sources such as wind have facets that mitigate against their benefits.

That’s not to place them in the same category as ethanol, but to remain aware of their flaws, and assiduously strive to reduce them.

Beyond that, of course, is the question of just who will control them. No matter how “green” they may be, if they’re simply another money maker for corporatismo, our “green” will continue to be sucked up into their corruptible coffers.

Litigation Stops ‘Potentially Devastating’ Fracking Gas Pipeline in New York State
Moneen Nasmith, attorney for Earthjustice, talks about the importance of stopping the Constitution Pipeline, which would have transported fracking gas from Pennsylvania and affected 251 waterways, along with many other environmental impacts

Israel Demolishes Bedouin Village to Build Jewish-Only Town
Despite protests, the Israeli government will displace the Bedouin population of Umm al-Hiran to a temporary area until a new neighborhood is built for them nearby. However, residents won’t be welcome to return to the new Jewish-only city of Hiran

Luis was defending his mom
18-year-old high school football player has been charged with murder
by Monique Santiago

Reporting on Trump’s Afghan Escalation Omits Dead Afghan Civilians
by Adam Johnson

*”The White House’s Burden”

Man …

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s War Presidency: * Pakistan and Geopolitics * Ellsberg’s “Stalemate Machine”

Democracy Now!
Thousands Protest in AZ as Trump Threatens Government Shutdown over Border Wall & Defends Charlottesville Remarks

*In his deplorable element

Arizona Migrant Justice Activist: Pardon the Immigrants Arpaio Criminalized, not the Racist Sheriff


This Pipeline Victory Could Have Major Implications for Climate Fights Ahead
The federal commission charged with analyzing climate impacts of major fossil fuel project didn’t do its job, says appeals court
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

150 Years of ‘Das Kapital’: How Relevant Is Marx Today?
The seminal work of the 19th century economist still provides a framework for understanding contemporary capitalism
by Jayati Ghosh

*Greed is an historical constant

Trump And The Infrastructure Of Fascism
by Gerald Epstein

*Trumpka and ilk are neither fools, nor were they fooled.

They know what the game is, and they willingly play it to their own advantage.

These Democratic and labor “leaders” are responsible for His Travesty’s ascendance, having led their constituencies down the “third way” to nowhere.

Any “principle” on their part is solely for public consumption, determined by what they deem to be politically expedient at the moment.

The Real News Network
Bolivia’s Evo Morales Re-Launches Controversial Forest Reserve Road
NACLA’s Emily Achtenberg explains the background of President Morales’s decision to re-launch the TIPNIS road and how the move is being received among different sectors of Bolivia’s population

How the US Helped Set ‘Ukraine on Fire’
The documentary “Ukraine on Fire” from producer Oliver Stone tells the hidden story of how the ongoing conflict began, including the pivotal US role

*Putin’s a nasty piece of work – though not the devil incarnate – as much as any POTUS, and I’d like that acknowledged in segments such as these that expose just how black is the US’ pot.

This isn’t a sporting event, and you root for one team or the other.

This is about power, and who it harms, and ignoring one side’s flaws to make a legitimate point about the other’s isn’t increasing our understanding of the matter at hand, which is supposedly the goal of journalism.

Trump’s New Afghanistan Strategy: Windfall for the Military-Industrial Complex​
After 16 years and over a trillion dollars’ worth ​of fighting, the U.S. has accomplished none of its stated goals–except the goal of​ enriching the ​flourishing military-industrial complex

*I appreciate Hoh’s analysis, and his passion, but there are reasons beyond MIC engorgement, aren’t there?

Afghanistan is strategically situated, and control of it plays a vital role in US imperial designs, not least due to its being part of “Pipelineistan”, as Pepe Escobar has termed it.

Of course, there’s the mineral wealth, for which, as in every “developing country”, the people pay dearly.

Tens of Thousands Oppose Hatred and Racist Policies Nationwide
Glen Ford says Confederate statues and racist government policies need to be removed

*It’s not the monument

It’s the foundation on which it rests

Institute for Public Accuracy
Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy: Only Good for the Arms Peddlers?

*It’s good to see this attention on Afghanistan, but I have to wonder just how long it will last.

I imagine the people living that hell are similarly curious.

Democracy Now!
State Dept. Official Who Quit in 2009 over U.S. War in Afghanistan Speaks Out on Trump’s Troop Surge

*I’ll never understand how seemingly extremely aware persons can continue to buy into the myths of “Ike” and “JFK”

But we’re not on Vulcan, are we?

With No Timetable for Withdrawal, Trump Expands War in Afghanistan While Threatening Pakistan

Billionaire Carl Icahn Resigns as Trump Adviser After Reaping Millions From His Time in White House


Giving Middle Finger to Appalachian Communities, Trump Kills Study of Mountaintop Removal Health Impacts
Stopping the study “without warning or adequate reason is beyond heartless”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

Demanding Ban on Killer Robots, Tech Experts Warn of Opening “This Pandora’s Box”
“Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” robotics and artificial intelligence experts warn
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Either way, heartlessness is the order of the day

Moms’ Group Sounds Alarm Over Worst GOP Bill “You’ve Never Heard Of”
“From car safety to clean air and water, Congress is threatening these lifesaving standards”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

How (Not) to Challenge Racist Violence
“Protesters are eager to expend extraordinary energy denouncing small-scale racist actors. But what about the large-scale racist actors?”
by Aviva Chomsky

*I feel Chomsky’s dogmatic in her dismissal, but her overarching point is indisputable

No disease was ever cured by merely tending to its symptoms.

The Corruption of the Law
by Chris Hedges

Why the U.S. Resistance Should Support Protests in Okinawa
by Jon Rainwater

The Human Carnage From Billionaires Trying to Carve Up the Planet to Build Their Empires Is Astounding
From Yemen to Haiti and everywhere in between, the poorest citizens are punished for unknown crimes
by Vijay Prashad

*Ensuring the poor will always be with us

Those still alive

Critical questions need to be answered in transgender debate
by Robert Jensen

*Instead of having someone else inform us of what transgender activists assert, I’d like to hear from one or more who have considered Jensen’s critique, and who respond to it in a “coherent” manner.

I’m sure there are such folks.

As for the “predator” argument, I could be mistaken, but I haven’t heard of any incidents caused by allowing transgender biological males access to female facilities, and prospective predators certainly and sadly have many other opportunities to assault females in other circumstances.

To be clear, I feel Jensen raises important issues, and I’d like to see them discussed and debated in a civil fashion.

Paul Ryan Challenger Ironstache Dodges Debate With Primary Opponent
Randy “Ironstache” Bryce has been elevated by establishment organizations and mainstream media pundits as Paul Ryan’s congressional challenger, ignoring the existence of a Democratic Primary he still has to win
by Michael Sainato

*Apparently this faction of “#TheResistance” resists electoral openness when it interferes with their strategy.

Statement By National Low Income Housing Coalition President And CEO Diane Yentel On HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs Report

The Real News Network
Why Urban Policing Cannot be Reformed
The Real News talks to reform advocates, defense attorneys, and former cops who say policing cannot be reformed without fully understanding its underlying imperative

Corporate Lobbyists and Neo-Liberals Love the Idea of President Pence
Increasing calls to Impeach Trump don’t take into account that the same toxic policies that would have to be dealt with under President Mike Pence

*Focus on the bull

Not the turd its turpitude shat out

Bannon Fired from White House
Paul Jay speaks with Political Economy Research Institute’s Gerald Epstein on Steve Bannon’s exit and what’s next for “economic nationalism”

*It’s truly frustrating to have a segment on TRNN, which has trumpeted its commitment to climate change coverage, that ignores the impact it will have on this subject.

In “25 or 30 years” who the hell knows what the world will be like? What’s certain is that the cumulative effect of climate change will have enormous economic consequences.

The destruction wrought by the lust for profit and power has to be factored into every discussion of the future.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Afghanistan and Korea: Exploding the Myths

*If Moon was a “peace candidate”, what’s he doing to confront the South Korean military’s collaboration with US strategy?


ACLU Shifts Position on Defending Armed Demonstrations After Charlottesville
In wake of violence at white supremacist rally in Virginia, legal group revises policy for demonstrators who insist on carrying weapons
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*This raises an interesting question

Will the ACLU decline to defend the right to protest when armed antifa are present for protection?

Hopefully they can discern apples from oranges …

Don’t Believe the Alarmist Propaganda About North Korea
by Andrew Cockburn

Mercy for Animals
Netherlands Kills 300,000 Hens After Eggs Found Contaminated

The Real News Network
Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay live on firing of Steve Bannon
Max Blumenthal and Paul Jay talk about the forces that backed Bannon and what his firing from the White House means for far right politics in the US

US Begins Korea War Games, Not Peace Talks
As top Trump officials give conflicting statements on North Korea and the US begins war games on the peninsula, veteran journalist Tim Shorrock says the confusion and bellicosity helps bury the peaceful solutions that have long been on the table

*I’d be interested to know the dynamics between Moon and the South Korean military, and how that relates to his silence, as far as I’m aware, on the war games.

Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters
The Israeli government is compiling a list of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists who are not allowed to travel to Israel. Asa Winstanly of the Electronic Intifada talks about the effort to expose this secret list

Nearly 8 Million Face Starvation in Congo as Kabila Clings to Power
Maurice Carney says Congo’s crisis can be traced to its mineral wealth, long exploited by the west, and the country’s elites who refuse to let go of their power

*Where “green” is anything but clean

Brexit and the Single Market
Professor emeritus of economics, John Weeks, goes through the labyrinth of misconceptions around the EU, single market, and the customs union all within the context of Brexit

Alt-Right and Ultra-Zionist Alliance against National Security Advisor McMaster
Pro-Israeli groups are pushing the White House to transition from neoconservativism to Alt-Right, says Shir Hever

CIA Torture Architects Settle With Victims to Avoid Trial
Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIA’s torture program, have reached a historic settlement in the case of three victims. John Kiriakou, the former CIA analyst who went to prison for exposing the torture program, says the duo settled to avoid accountability.

*I’m sure Kiriakou will be sorely disappointed in his hope that these bastards will “not ever carry anything out like this again”

Because they’re still doing it – if not directly, by proxy in many countries, aren’t they?

How can any human being conceive of these horrors, much less implement them?

I guess that’s my answer, isn’t it?

They aren’t human – or their actions aren’t

Or maybe they’re too human.

US Government Wants Online Data of Anti-Trump Protesters
In an unprecedented act, the Justice Department is seeking the personal internet information of 1.3 million visitors to, an anti-Trump website that organized Inauguration Day protests

*Kettling the net

ACTION ALERT: NYT Claims US Opposed Honduran Coup It Actually Supported
by Janine Jackson

*History is written by the winners’ scribes

Net Neutrality Reduced to Mogul vs. Mogul in Corporate Media’s Shallow Coverage
by John O’Day

*Nothing neutral about corpress coverage of corporate concerns

Democracy Now!
Nephew of Fascist Who Marched in Charlottesville & Former Neo-Nazi on Confronting Racists


In Support of Eight Arrested for Toppling Durham Statue, Hundreds Turn Themselves In
“The people will continue to keep making the right choices until every Confederate statue is gone, until white supremacy is gone”
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

After Charlottesville, Republicans Defend Bills to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters
Despite Heather Heyer’s death, GOP still standing by controversial proposals
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Driving while black hearted

Court Lets Exxon Off Hook for Pipeline Spill in Arkansas Neighborhood
by Georgina Gustin
Inside Climate News

The Alt-Right and the 1%
When President Trump equated white supremacists with anti-racism protesters, he was sending a message to the thugs in the streets and to some in executive suites
by Sarah Anderson

*The rabble is his cudgel

The rich his clique

When Will the United States Transcend White Supremacy?
The unfortunate, but likely answer: Never
by Robert Jensen

*It’s never happened in human history, that I’m aware of

Which is why only active struggle, by any means necessary (and I understand the fearsome implications of that), is the only path to justice.

Transformation, not reformation, is the only route to transcedence of a system based on exploitation.

Easy words to say, I realize, but none the less true for their facileness, are they?

In any event, that’s the conclusion this white boy who grew up in apartheid Miss’ssippi has come to after a half century of keeping his eyes and – I believe – heart, open.

The Real News Network
Fighting Rahm Emanuel’s Privatization of Chicago’s Schools – RAI with LaRaviere (3/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, Troy LaRaviere, says there’s no evidence that giving corporations tax breaks or putting schools in competition with each other makes for better education; in fact, the evidence says the opposite

*”Am I making sense here”?

No question

But how LaRaviere ever conceived of Emanuel as “as appealing an option as anyone else” is truly baffling, and his reasoning equally so.

Hopefully that level of naïveté and just plain messed up thinking has long since dissipated.—RAI-with-LaRaviere-%2834%29

Intellectual Property Rights Protect Massive Profits of Corporations
We need to debate and revise the intellectual property rights regime, which is not only dysfunctional for us, but especially for developing countries, says Dean Baker, co-director of CEPR

Ending Legalized Slavery in the US Once and for All
In this episode of Rattling the Bars, Eddie Conway speaks with Krystal Roundtree, the lead organizer for the Millions for Prisoners March in D.C. It is a national day of action which seeks to abolish the Thirteenth Amendment in the U.S. constitution

‘The Fight Doesn’t End Until We Stop It at the Source’
CounterSpin interview with Kandi Mossett on No DAPL update
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Life After Hate: Trump Admin Stops Funding Former Neo-Nazis Who Now Fight White Supremacy

*I appreciate Picciolini’s journey, and the work his group’s doing, but unfortunately we’re not going to be able to “reach out” to all the haters, and we need to make it clear that we have a right, indeed a duty, to defend ourselves and others from their violence, by any means necessary.

Let them know that a hand is extended

But it will close into a fist if it’s rejected.

“Vile, Hateful & Racist”: A Fargo Family Disowns White Supremacist Relative After Charlottesville


New Drone Footage Exposes the Scale of Factory Animal Farming Like Never Before
by Mark Devries

The Real News Network
Ecuador: President Moreno In Battle with Former President Correa
Ecuador’s former president Rafael Correa is accusing recently elected president Lenin Moreno of moving the country to the right, using corruption accusations against Vice-President and Correa friend Jorge Glas as cover

Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues After Activists Gave City Ultimatium
Baltimore became the latest city to remove Confederate statues after neo-Nazis in Charlottesville killed one and injured dozens

Witnessing the Terror in Charlottesville
At the scene of Saturday’s car attack on anti-racist protesters, Michael Payne of the Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America walks us through what he witnessed

*Law endorsement

Real Media: ‘This is all a lie’ – William Hawk Birdshead at the British Museum
This film records the reactions of William Hawk Birdshead, a DAPL water protector from the Oglala Nakota tribe, as he visits the JP Morgan Chase-sponsored North American gallery at the British Museum

*”Preservation” porn—William-Hawk-Birdshead-at-the-British-Museum

Centrist Pundits Paved Way for Trump’s ‘Alt-Left’ False Equivalence
by Adam Johnson


Trumpism doesn’t threaten the DNCistas and allied elites, at least in the short term.

An authentic left, if it’s doing its job


(Whether Sandersismo constitutes same is … um … arguable.)

‘This Is a Company That Is Essentially Producing Trump TV’
CounterSpin interview with Craig Aaron on Sinclair merger
by Janine Jackson

*Even without monopoly control, which certainly must be countered, local stations defer to local power in their coverage, so let’s not make them out to be something they’re not.

As for other right wing outlets being concerned about Sinclair’s grab, as Aaron later remarks, they’ll be looking to join it if they can’t beat it, won’t they? There’s no principle involved

Only profit.

Lastly, Aaron doesn’t address Jackson’s query regarding “where does dissent get air”, and we desperately have to get down to the business of figuring that out, so that not only “dissent”, but an inspiring alternative vision can be presented to the public.

Democracy Now!
Meet the College Student Who Pulled Down a Confederate Statue in Durham & Defied White Supremacy

*Why shouldn’t every statue that ignores and distorts history come down

But beyond that, should there be any statues of anyone?

Let’s build monuments to flawless principles, not flawed persons, no matter how much they may merit our respect by their actions.

Antifa: A Look at the Antifascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets

*I’d like to see Greenwald or someone from the ACLU respond to Bray’s critique, because I’m pingponging on this, with my heart firmly with the Antifa, but my mind able to see to some degree the validity of the defense put forth for defending the fascists’ ability to spew their bile.

DN! loves their debates, don’t they? This issue cries out for one.

Part 2 || Antifa: A Look at the Anti-Fascist Movement Confronting White Supremacists in the Streets

*Sobering thoughts, and imperative that we ponder them now

Video: Full Remarks of Heather Heyer’s Mother at Charlottesville Memorial Service

*You know it took a lot of strength and love for Bro to do this

And you know Heather’s goddamn proud of her mom.

Probiotics 101
What probiotics are, what they do (and don’t do), and what we’re still learning
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action


‘This Is Sick’: Unscripted and Unhinged Trump Reverts to Defending Neo-Nazis
David Duke among white supremacists thanking president for standing up for “the truth” on Charlottesville
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Playing the base on a nauseating number

White Supremacist Chaos In Charlottesville Is Just the Beginning
I was in Charlottesville when the Nazis moved in. Here’s what to expect if they come to your town.
by Adele M. Stan

*Valuable reportage, even if Stan can’t resist dissing armed resistance in the face of a violent threat.

Force is a fearsome choice, but we have a right to defend ourselves and others with it, in a principled and disciplined fashion.

I realize that’s a bit too neat, but I think the fundamental proposition holds.

I didn’t know that the ACLU had opposed the moving of the rally. I thought that their involvement was solely on the grounds of the prospect of it being disallowed.

As such, I don’t feel their stance can be justified, given the probability of mayhem at the original downtown location, with its problematic layout.

Of course, violence would have erupted at McIntire Park, as well, and “law enforcement” would have still done shit all to mitigate it.

But the ostensible reason for moving the rally was to decrease the exacerbating physical conditions at Emancipation Park, and why the ACLU would have felt that these bastards’ “free speech rights” trumped that aim eludes me.

The Real News Network
White-on-Black Killings 8 Times More Likely to Be Cleared
A new report from the Marshall Project finds that when a white person kills a black man in the U.S., the killer often faces no legal consequences. We speak to reporters Daniel Lathrop and Anna Flag

*The color of clemency

Despite Protests, Baltimore Turns Back the Clock on Criminal Justice Reform
A bill that would impose mandatory minimums on gun possession cleared a key legislative hurdle, as activists urge the council to seek more humane solutions to violence

*Demoratcy in action

Taking on Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Democratic Party Machine – RAI with LaRaviere (2/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay, Troy LaRaviere says growing up in poverty prepared him for a fight to defend public education in Chicago, even when it threatened his own job as a school principal

*After hearing his story, I think anyone with a sense of humanity would have tremendous respect for LaRaviere, but I hope he realizes that there will be great pressure to compromise his principles once he enters the political realm, and I don’t mean just from the status quo.

The “Resistance” has its own deep flaws, and if he’s to remain true to his mission, he’ll have to confront those.

How and if he does so is a tale I hope TRNN will tell, with objectivity and insight, eschewing the Berniecrat cheerleading it’s prone to.—RAI-with-LaRaviere-%2824%29

The Nina Turner Show: Hygiene as a Human Right with Dr. Javad Aghaloo
At the 2017 People’s Summit, rural dentist Javad Aghaloo speaks about the need to include dental hygiene in calls for Medicare for All

*No hypocrisy in Aghaloo’s fealty to the Hippocratic Oath

My current ACA plan doesn’t cover dental (big surprise), and I get teeth cleanings and X-rays at the local community college for $35 a pop. If there’s anything further that needs to be done, I’m on my own, as the list for free or low cost dental work is as long as His Travesty’s Pinnochio nose.


Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville
State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters
by A.C. Thompson and Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Karim Hajj, special to ProPublica

*From Colorado to Charlottesville

White faces keep cops in their places

The Misguided Attacks on ACLU for Defending Neo-Nazis’ Free Speech Rights in Charlottesville
by Glenn Greenwald

*Greenwald makes a compelling case, and my problem isn’t so much the defense of the rights of the morally indefensible, but the defense of the defense.

There’s this air of moral superiority and condescension often emanating from responses to criticism of the ACLU, which minimizes the very real anger and anguish felt by those who are the targets of their clients.

Who with any sense of humanity couldn’t empathize with Holocaust survivors in Skokie enduring the spectacle of Nazis marching in their town, or students whose fees are used to facilitate the appearance of someone who advocates for their subjugation to “the master race”?

Make the case, as Greenwald does effectively here, for your actions

But don’t denigrate the reactions of those for whom these issues lie at the heart of their very existence.

Minority Rule in Trump’s America
by Andrew Levine

Time to Reassess the Roles Played by Guccifer 2.0 and Russia in the DNC ‘Hack’
by Scott Ritter

*Where’s the borscht?

The Real News Network
Secret Safe Injection Site Responds to US Drug Crisis
As President Trump calls the opioid crisis an emergency, it’s emerged that a US social services agency has secretly run supervised drug injections at an undisclosed location. We speak to Maia Szalavitz, author of “Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction”.

*There’s no argument that there shouldn’t be any legal consequences for drug users and abusers, but drug addiction and abuse – whether of alcohol or heroin – is a function of the need to escape the pain of the negative aspects of one’s life.

In doing so, the abuser and addict simply compound the damage, so I have to take issue with Szalavitz’ seeming unconcern for that dynamic.

It goes without saying that the struggle for a more just and humane society is integral to the diminution of that damage.

States Prepare to Fight Back Against Jeff Sessions’ Absurd War on Pot
Letters sent by the current Attorney General hint of upcoming federal action against state’s that have already legalized it, but a marijuana policy expert says Sessions may face resistance on multiple fronts

Media Downplays Wells Fargo’s Latest Scandals
Bill Black says the real scandal isn’t just the 20,000 people who wrongfully lost their cars, but that fraudulent financial products are allowed to be sold in the first place

Empire Files: The Roots of the Philippines Trafficking Epidemic
In this sequel to The Empire Files’ report on trafficked Filipina domestic workers, Damayan’s Linda Oalican provides a deeper context to the epidemic of human trafficking by guiding us through the history of colonialism, resistance and US domination of the islands

Endangered Species Act Under Attack As Extinction Crisis Hits U.S.
William Snape III of the Center for Biological Diversity says “special interests” are pushing Republicans to roll back regulations that have been successful at protecting wildlife and natural habitat

*From dominion to dissolution

30,000 Mexicans Have Disappeared in Past 10 Years
Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy says that as thousands disappear the Mexican government has turned a blind eye instead of investigating and preventing disappearances

Economic Development for Transformative Structural Change (Part 4/4)
Change comes when enough people in a society realize what’s going on doesn’t work, says co-editor of “The Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development” in emphasizing that this landmark volume shows comprehensive alternatives exist but barely get any media coverage

Gabor Mate on the Opioid Crisis
As President Trump says he’ll declare opioid overdoses a national emergency, physician and author Dr. Gabor Mate says an effective response would address the emotional pain and adverse conditions at the root of addiction

*Is there an effective treatment for the addiction to greed and power?

Israel Is Arresting Palestinians At Highest Rate in Years
TRNN’s Shir Hever discusses the reasons for the rapid rise in Palestinian incarceration, including hundreds of children

For Media, Driving Into a Crowd of Protesters Is a ‘Clash’
by Adam Johnson

*Note also how the deaths of the two officers in the copter accident receives equal weight to the murderous mayhem visited on the protesters.

Anything to diminish a reality the corpress refuses to acknowledge.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Misconceptions about Charlottesville

*A monumentally malicious mangling of history

Democracy Now!
Survivor of White Supremacist Attack in Charlottesville: There’s No Question, This was Terrorism

*No question that the pathetic pols should be taken to task, and while Glenn Greenwald’s defense of the ACLU has much merit, the organization has an absolute responsibility to explain its rationale, and to do so without engaging in any holier than thou rhetoric.

We’ll see if they feel compelled to do so.

Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis

UVA Prof on UVA’s Historical Ties to KKK & White Nationalist Alums Richard Spencer & Jason Kessler

Part 2: Charlottesville Black Lives Matter Activist on Racist Threats, City’s Confederate History

*I don’t want Trump to condemn a goddamn thing

I want anyone with an ounce of humanity to condemn him

Lee Fang on How a Little-Known U.S. Libertarian Think Tank Is Remaking Latin American Politics

*Fang spoke of “outmaneuver[ing] the left”

It certainly helps when exposés such as this don’t get much exposure themselves.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, as they say, and posting this as a “Web Exclusive”, which many listeners and viewers will be unaware of, doesn’t do too terribly good of a job of letting the sunshine in.

And how many other “alternative outlets” will give this the attention it deserves?

Beyond that, what about labor unions and other targets of this subterfuge, as well as “progressive” politicians?

A lot of people need to hear this tree make a very loud sound.


As US Bombs Kill More Afghan Women and Kids, McCain’s Plan? More War
“Ordinary Afghans—who are always left out of the calculations of American experts—are the first to suffer and the last to be included in war plans.”
by Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Common Dreams

*McCain will never have to worry about a heart attack, will he?

Little Kids, Big Fears: How to Talk About Nuclear War and Donald Trump with 2nd-Graders
We aren’t protecting children by not engaging them in conversation around tough topics
by Rethinking Schools Editorial

Betsy DeVos’s ‘School Choice’ Looks More Like Crony Capitalism
by Jeff Bryant

*Lessons in larceny

Inequality: A Tale of Two One Percents, the High and the Low
by Ben Leet

The Real News Network
The History of Guam
Guam is a virtual US colony, whose residents have been denied the rights afforded to other Americans, says professor David Vine

*The basest of behavior

As Trump Threatens North Korea, US Preps War Games Next Door
President Trump has doubled down on his “fire and fury” threat to North Korea, saying maybe it “wasn’t tough enough.” Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ says that despite dangerous bluster from both sides — and upcoming US-South Korea war games — peaceful solutions are still within reach

Federal Court Nixes Environmental Law Trump Actually Supports
William Snape III, of The Center for Biological Diversity, discusses US Court of Appeals overturning of EPA ban on hydrofluorocarbons, which are thousands of times more powerful greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide

Economic Development for Transformative Structural Change (pt.2/4)
1947 was a year of political ambition, says a panelist for the book launch of The Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development in posing the question, “Do we have that same level of ambition in the current crop of international leaders?”


Analysis Shows Trump/GOP Sabotage to Blame for Coming Insurance Premium Hikes
Republicans’ healthcare efforts have rattled insurers, meaning millions of Americans will likely see insurance costs increase
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

Terrorism for Profit
by Robert C. Koehler

*The bottom line at the bottom of the pile of bodies

Saudis Are Killing Their Own People, With Help from the US and Canada
by Brienne Kordis

The Real News Network
72 Years After Bombing Nagasaki, US Threatens Another Nuclear War
TRNN examines the myth that using nuclear weapons on civilian populations was necessary to force Japan to surrender

*”This was barbarism. I wasn’t taught to kill children and women.”


The Nauseating Racial Discrimination of Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Public Schools – RAI with LaRaviere (1/4)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay talks to the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, Troy LaRaviere, about his new report that found systemic racial discrimination in the way Chicago Public Schools receive special education funding

Netanyahu’s Billionaire Backer May Help Bring Him Down
The growing corruption scandal threatening Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future now includes casino mogul Sheldon Adelson

Stock Market Boom is Bad News for Wages
The record-setting stock market is likely rooted in forecasts that corporate profits will grow at the expense of workers’ wages, says economist and “Rigged” author Dean Baker

Economic Development for Transformative Structural Change: Lack of Alternatives Is Not the Problem (pt 1/4)
Historically all major thinkers about the economy were development economists as they saw the economy going through transformative structural changes, and that is what they studied, says co-editor of The Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development

‘Access Is About Knowing How to Get the Future Right’
CounterSpin interview with Heather Ann Thompson on prison access
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Why Is U.S. Threatening War with North Korea Instead of Pushing for Negotiations?


Critics Slam Trump’s ‘Substance-Free’ Plan to Address Opioid Crisis
The crisis killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 and is responsible for 142 deaths per day
by Julia Conley, staff writer
Common Dreams

Pence’s Indiana ‘Cautionary Tale’ for Privatizing Infrastructure Projects
White House plan touts partnerships with private sector while Indiana residents navigate aftermath of roadway privatization approved by Pence, their former governor
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams


P illaging the P ublic P urse

Canada Builds Border Camp for Asylum Seekers Fleeing US
Hundreds of Haitians, fearful of deportation under President Donald Trump, have crossed the border to seek refugee status in Quebec
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

An Inconvenient Sequel Doesn’t Talk About Animal Agriculture—and That’s Absurd
by Rachel Krantz

*Gore has a penchant for ignoring “inconvenient truths”, doesn’t he?

Hanging chads, and carnivoric homo sapiens, among others.

Economic Policy Institute
The Persuader Rule Would Have Shined a Spotlight on the Union-Avoidance Industry – but the Trump Administration is Rescinding It

The Real News Network
Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea?
As President Trump threatens North Korea “with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen,” the need for diplomacy is as urgent as ever, says veteran journalist Tim Shorrock

UN Human Rights Report on Venezuela Ignores Opposition Violence
Prof. George Ciccariello-Maher of Drexel University analyzes the latest developments in Venezuela, including a new UN human rights report, US sanctions, and the begrudging admission by President Maduro’s foes that he still has popular support

The Fight over the FBI’s Ugly History of Surveilling and Infiltrating Dissent
Documentary filmmaker Nina Gilden Seavey talks about her battle with the FBI to obtain documents that recount new revelations about the notorious COINTELPRO program and government efforts to monitor anti-war activists at Washington University in the 60s and 70s

Native American Tribes Continue Fight to Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline
EarthJustice Attorney Jan Hasselman, an attorney representing the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, discusses a brief filed this week to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline’s operation
by Michael Sainato

Empire Files: Buying a Slave – The Hidden World of US-Philippines Trafficking
The Philippines is one of the largest labor exporters in the world. Tricked by placement agencies, thousands end up living as virtual slaves. Abby Martin speaks to several members of the anti-trafficking organization Damayan about how this exodus of women has devastated a generation of families, and how they are fighting back

*Forced to clean “the shining city on the hill”—The-Hidden-World-of-US-Philippines-Trafficking

Democracy Now!
Forget Russia. Is Provoking a Nuclear War with North Korea Grounds for Impeachment?

*Nairn’s comments on the corpress are spot on, and its deference to presidential power presents a clear and present danger not only to any part of our political system that could arguably be considered democratic, but to our ability to survive what many call “#NotNormal”

But which I believe should be viewed as “#NormalonSteroids”.

Journalist Allan Nairn on Trump Administration’s Revolutionary Dismantling of U.S. Government

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Urges Trump to Privatize Afghan War & Install Viceroy to Run Nation

A Rightist Revolution: Allan Nairn on Trump Admin’s Radical Agenda to Roll Back Social Progress

*If the mainstream media did its job, there’d be no need for an alternative one, for all its flaws, would there?

Of course, you could say the corpress actually do their intended job, can’t you?


Blackwater Founder’s ‘Disturbing’ Plan to Privatize Afghan War Gains Ground
“There’s a bad record of contractors and human rights abuses”
by Jake Johnson, staff writer
Common Dreams

Liberals Strike Back… Against Single Payer
In the name of political reality, some liberal pundits, politicians and policy wonks are scolding progressives to give up on Medicare for All. They are dead wrong.
by Michael Lighty

*”Political pragmatism” isn’t the acknowledgment of what can’t be done

But the attempt to ensure it isn’t

The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen
by Paul Street

Pressure Mounts for Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Testify Over Latest Scandal
One of her former aides tried to flee the country to Pakistan
by Michael Sainato

*It’s not “political poison for Democrats”

It’s political poison by Democrats

Wasserman Schultz is the embodiment of Demoratismo, second only to Her Travesty herself, and finally ridding themselves of her baggage doesn’t change their spots, does it?

ACLU and SPLC Sue to End Racketeering Scheme that Forced People Awaiting Trial to Pay Fees to Private Company for Freedom
Thousands of Dollars Extorted from Pretrial Detainees After Bail Was Paid

The Real News Network
A New Generation of Paramilitary Groups is Killing Social Activists in Colombia (pt. 2/2)
On July 30th, 2017 armed gunmen went looking for Bladimir Sanchez Espitia at a relative’s house in Bogota, Colombia, and forced their way into the building, terrorizing the housekeeper and some neighbors. Sanchez was not there, because he is hiding, sleeping in a different house every night

*Very confusing remarks about the relationship of the FARC to mining toward the end.

Were the rebels profiting off mining in some way, and agreed to end that, or were they opposed to it, and acceded to allowing it in the areas they controlled?

That would seem to be a subject in dire need of clarification, don’t you think?

Beyond that, it’s literally bloody obvious that Santos’ Nobel turns a more crimson hue with each passing day.

Why Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Really a War on Workers
Trump’s proposal to cut legal immigration by half as well as the targeting of undocumented immigrants who have filed wage disputes will drive down wages for all workers, says Garment Worker Center’s Mariela Martinez

Shifting Battlefield in Syria’s Proxy War
The Trump administration’s halt to a CIA program arming anti-Assad militants makes the Syrian battlefield less complicated, but only the cooperation of outside powers can end the war, says veteran reporter Charles Glass

Nissan Workers Plan to Push Back Following Loss
After an ugly campaign, Nissan workers in Canton, Mississippi, lost an historic union election by a margin to 2244 to 1307 last week. The union immediately pledged to challenge the results at the National Labor Relations Board.

*Canton’s my home town, long removed

And I’m cheering for my home team

Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend Is Just the Beginning
Eze Jackson and Dharna Noor cover Baltimore’s call for a murderless 72-hour weekend


Why on Earth Is Trump Attacking Nation’s Nursing Home Population?
Proposed rule called “disturbing” new direction for federal agency which “should be protecting patients, not making it easier for facilities to harm them and cover it up”
by Common Dreams staff

Even More Evidence the US Is a Kleptocracy, Not a Meritocracy
Data shows inequality is spiraling out of control
by Paul Buchheit

*Horatio Alger does a headstand

The Thawing Arctic Beyond Flags
by Annika Nilsson, Miyase Christensen and Tom Buurman

Is Back-to-School More Expensive This Year? Yes, and Here’s Why
by Jeff Bryant

What is Behind Israel’s Attempt to Ban Al Jazeera?
Does Netanyahu need a smoke screen for his corruption scandal or is there a more sinister reason for banning Al Jazeera?
by Mark LeVine

The Gulf crisis: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup moves into the firing line
by James M. Dorsey

Fight for the Future
BREAKING: former FCC security employee destroys agency’s claims of DDoS Attacks Following John Oliver Net Neutrality Segments
Bombshell story from Gizmodo underscores need for FCC to address serious issues with its public comment process before making any decision on net neutrality. 15,000+ people call on lawmakers to demand that FCC comply with transparency laws

The Real News Network
Does Mueller’s Russia Probe Threaten Trump?
Marcy Wheeler of and TRNN’s Aaron Mate discuss the significance and scope of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which is apparently focusing on Trump’s financial dealings

*I don’t know why Maté said he hopes he’s “wrong in all of this”, when if Wheeler’s right, it could lead to a potentially catastrophic confrontation with a country bristling with nukes.

I agree with him that the election end of this equation is as clear as mud, and that’s what the hawks have hung their hater hats on, so I hope it turns out to be a red herring, and I would think he would, as well.

His Travesty’s as guilty as sin on the RussoMafian ties to his financial finagling, and if that’s what bursts his bullious bubble – well, as the hep cats say

“Solid, Jackson.”

I don’t think Maté is disputing that connection, so again, the comment’s confusing to me.

Of course, if the election interference angle has some meat to it, expose on

But whatever comes from this, reheating the Cold War is to no one’s benefit, aside from the Military Industrial Complex ™ and the aligned political opportunists on both sides of the aisle.

Will The Catastrophic Drought In Kenya Affect Its Presidential Election?
Odenda Lumbumba of Kenya Land Alliance says that Kenya’s drought is not just the result of climate change – it’s also the result of failed public policy

A Rare Pause in Violence as Baltimore Ceasefire Efforts Continue
A silent walk through a labyrinth marked the second full day of citywide efforts by activists to bring a halt to homicides for 72 hours

Democrats Help Trump Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal
US isolation will only deepen if Trump and Congress continue to undermine the Iran nuclear deal, says Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran

GOP and Democrats Push Trump on Tax Reform
Former financial regulator Bill Black says the Democrats’ demands are the result of bad economics and bad politics, while Trump’s vision is “the type of thing that comes from ingesting too much peyote”

*Of course, by invoking deficit concerns, the Demorats can pretend to be for more just policies, but are constrained by “budgetary reality”.

Our enforced ignorance on such matters lets them get away with it.

How Much Will Methane From Thawing Permafrost Speed Up Global Warming?
Methane “seeps” on the tundra may be more problematic than previously thought, according to a new report co-authored by Torsten Sachs, a researcher at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences in Germany

Real Media: The Special Relationship Between UK and Saudi Arabia
Adam Smith of Campaign Against the Arms Trade calls for a judicial review of the UK government’s continued approval of arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Real Media: Northern Ireland, Conservatives & Dark Money (2/2)
Open Democracy editor Adam Ramsay discusses who the Democratic Unionist Party is and what Theresa May’s potential deal will mean for the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Irish politics and the future (Part 2)

Remembering the Gulf of Tonkin, and the Consequences of Wanting to Believe
by Janine Jackson

*There’s nothing “innocent” about ignoring or distorting facts, is there?

Perhaps reporters – at least some of them – are “credulous”, but those who control the corpress know the who, what, when, where and why, and actively collude to obscure that reality.

That’s a function of class interest, which doesn’t require clandestine communication among conspirators

It just needs dark souls in service of domination.

‘You’re in Danger of Ignoring an Entire Section of the Population’
CounterSpin interview with Talia Buford on environmental justice policy
by Janine Jackson

Democracy Now!
Meet Houston’s Latino Police Chief Standing Up to Texas’s Anti-Immigrant “Show Me Your Papers” Law

As Downtown Detroit Gentrifies, Longtime Black Residents Fight Illegal Tax Foreclosures

Green Party’s Jill Stein: Our Voting System is Wide Open for Hacking

*A dark age posing as a “renaissance”

Charlottesville VA Backs “Reparations” Fund for Black Residents & Votes to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue

*This ol’ Southern boy says that the only “appropriate” place for that statue is “the dustbin of history”

*Stein certainly goes beyond Sanders in speaking to the disease that infects our body politic, but neither she nor anyone else with any visibility on the left in the US provides a vision that goes beyond “radical reform” (a contradiction in terms) of the profit system

And that’s the only thing that will save us from apocalypse.

And I’d have liked to have heard her explain why so many Greens would have filled in His Travesty’s soulless black oval.

Again, the vision thing, and what it says about her and other party leadership.

As much as I despise Clintonismo, I could never stomach such an act.

Testosterone and Prostate Cancer: What’s the Connection?
by Ty Bollinger


Court Throws Out Blackwater Guards’ Sentences for 2007 Baghdad Massacre
Three former mercenaries who killed and injured 31 unarmed Iraqis in Nisour Square will be resentenced, and a fourth may be retried
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

New Report Reveals Water Threats Posed by the “Dirty Three’s” Pipeline Routes
Greenpeace analysis found tar sands oil projects could cause multiple significant spills over the next 50 years
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

India’s Authorities Are Drowning 40,000 Families
The Sardar Sarovar Dam in India was already competing to become the world’s most controversial dam. Last month’s decision to forcibly displace another 40,000 families without proper rehabilitation or compensation is both cruel and criminal.
by Nick Meynen

Dear Media: Trump’s “Beautiful, Clean Coal” Is Another Lie. Please Hold Him Accountable.
by Jeff Biggers

Trump is Guilty, of Something
by Andrew Levine

*”[H]onest and determined”

Those are not qualities prized by many in the power structure who have their own dark dealings in the shadows of the Kremlin’s spires to shield from the light, don’t they?

Jewish Voice for Peace
Muslim, Christian, Jewish leaders join Quaker farmers’ market campaign for Palestinian human rights

Rainforest Action Network Responds to PepsiCo’s Release of Palm Oil Action Plan Progress Report
Calls it “masterful window dressing” while workers continue to suffer and forests continue to fall

The Real News Network
Portland Pledges To Defend Ban on Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Projects
The City Council votes to appeal overturn of their historic ban of all new fossil fuel infrastructure projects. Nick Caleb, Staff Attorney at the Center for Sustainable Economy, says local governments should be able to protect residents from the dangers of fossil fuels

NAACP Travel Advisory for Missouri
NAACP cites, racism, discrimination, hate crimes, and weakening of legal recourse for the travel warning. Professor Gerald Horne puts the measure in its contemporary and historical context in Missouri

Trump is Turning Against the White Working Class that Elected Him
Rising stock prices is not an indicator of financial health like Trump would have you believe, specially when you examine who is buying that stock, says economist Michael Hudson, the author of “Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy”

UK Court Protects Tony Blair from War Crimes Suit
The UK High Court has blocked a war crimes suit against Tony Blair for the Iraq invasion, but that won’t stop the effort to hold him accountable, says author and activist Chris Nineham

Empire Files: Privacy, Control & the Darknet
Out of the periphery of most online users, there’s a vast, hidden space used by people who want to remain anonymous, which filmmaker Alex Winter explores in his documentary Deep Web. The film focuses on the Silk Road, a black market hosted on the Darknet using bitcoin cryptocurrency, and the trial of Ross Ulbricht, who was given a double life sentence without the possibility of parole for creating and hosting the site.

Real Media: Northern Ireland, Conservatives & Dark Money (1/2)
Adam Ramsay of Open Democracy discusses his investigation into the Democratic Unionist Party and dark money during the Brexit campaign (Part 1)

Democracy Now!
Why Emma Lazarus’s Iconic Poem “The New Colossus” is Under Attack by the Trump Administration

U.S. Ramps Up Border Militarism as Trump Appoints DHS Head General John Kelly to Chief of Staff

Will the U.S. War in Afghanistan Ever End? A Discussion with Kathy Kelly & Jodi Vittori

*Vittori foolishly believes that the rapist should have a role in the rehabilitation of the victim.

Kelly knows better, and I’m glad she was present to present that view.

Setting the record straight on bone health
News reports about the pros and cons of taking calcium and vitamin D and the importance of diet have left many people, including doctors, confused
by Caitlin Dow
Nutrition Action


Asylum Seekers, Fleeing Trump’s Hostility, Overwhelm Quebec’s Refugee Resources
Crossing at remote locations along the border, thousands have left the U.S. for Canada in hopes of attaining refugee status
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

Don’t Lie to Poor Kids About Why They’re Poor
Those at the bottom—and the top—deserve to know why their experiences are so different.
by Josh Hoxie

*In an inherently unjust system that is inherently unjustifiable

“Fairness” is a fool’s errand.

The Real News Network
Bannon and Blackwater Want to Outsource Afghan War
With the Afghan war in a violent stalemate, President Trump and his top advisers have considered proposals to outsource the anti-Taliban fight to private mercenaries

*Outsourcing the empire

Backroom Deal Shutters Baltimore Daycare Center Serving Public Housing Residents
Residents voice concerns after a critical facility serving low-income parents is forced out of a city-owned building on short notice

American Role in Creating Russian Kleptocracy Missing in Financier’s Senate Testimony
Investigative economist James S. Henry and TRNN’s Paul Jay discuss Bill Browder’s accusations of corruption and murder against Vladimir Putin; Henry says Trump’s dubious Russia connections are more about Russian oligarch’s investments and secret loans than election manipulation

*Whatever His Travesty’s done to blunt the investigation around the election could be based on a belief that it could lead to these financial crimes, but if so, I’d say that’s paranoia on his part, because, as has been laid out here, an awful lot of arms from every angle are up to their elbows in this shit.

Institute for Public Accuracy
Russia Sanctions: A Dangerous Political Football

Media’s Grim Addiction to Perseverance Porn
by Adam Johnson

*Somehow, stories of folks walking many miles to highlight the injustice illustrated here don’t merit the same cachet, do they?

And is that really “mindless”?

Democracy Now!
Nikole Hannah-Jones on DOJ’s Attack on Affirmative Action & How School Segregation Never Ended

Trump Considers Prolonging Afghan War to Secure $1 Trillion in Untapped Mineral Deposits


Docs Reveal Monsanto’s Attempts to Influence Reports About Roundup
Law firm releases trove of “secret documents” detailing employees’ messages to writers and scientists
by Jessica Corbett, staff writer
Common Dreams

*Blinding us with bought science

Land Taken From Freed Slave’s Descendants for Amazon Data Center?
by Richard Eskow

The Real News Network
Russians See Sanctions Regime as a Blessing in Disguise
Despite existing sanctions against Russia, German exports to Russia have gone up by twenty percent, and investments are increasing in the domestic economy, says Richard Sakwa, professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent

Pentagon Plan to Arm Ukraine Means Escalation with Russia
As U.S. and Russian relations hit a new low, the Pentagon and State Department have drafted a plan to arm Ukraine’s fight against Russian-backed rebels, a move that would escalate the country’s three-year war

A New Generation of Paramilitary Groups is Killing Social Activists in Colombia
Colombia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for social activists. We speak to Bladimir Sanchez Espitia, a TRNN collaborator who documents cases of human rights violations and has received a “death letter” himself

Hacked Emails Reveal How UAE Buys Influence in D.C.
Hacked emails from the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the US show the Gulf monarchy has strong ties, including financial, to influential and politically connected Washington think-tanks, says The Intercept’s Zaid Jilani

*Patriotism may be the last (or first) refuge of a scoundrel

But mercenarism pays better

DNC TakeBack: DNC Offers Progressives What they Want to Hear
The DNC has a subtle unveiling of a platform aimed at progressives in support of Medicare For All, Basic Universal Income, and a ban on Corporate Lobbyists
by Michael Sainato

*The side was picked a very long time ago, long before neoliberalism was a gleam in Hillary’s and Bill’s beady little eyes.

For decades, the Dems sought to save capitalism from itself, not us from it.

Now they’re content to let it commit the ultimate murder-suicide.

Stand with Nissan workers
by Joel Solow

‘Boycotts to Achieve Political Change Are Forms of Political Speech’
CounterSpin interview with Josh Ruebner on anti-BDS bill
by Janine Jackson

Institute for Public Accuracy
Enough About Russia? U.S. Openly Interfering in Venezuela, Violating OAS Charter

*How black does a pot have to be before you concede its color?

Democracy Now!
Wray Confirmed as FBI Director as Questions Swirl over His Past Record & Close Ties to Big Business

Death at the Border: How CBP Agents Urged Mexican Teen to Drink the Liquid Meth That Killed Him

Explosive Lawsuit: White House & Fox Peddled Seth Rich Conspiracies to Distract from Russia Probe

*One possibility that comes to mind is that His Travesty is deathly afeared of the exposure of his business dealings with the Russian oligarchy, and sees the election hacking narrative as the royal road to his ruin, regardless of its veracity, or, if true, whether it had any measurable impact on it.

Stay tuned …

The Dangers of High Estrogen Levels, Even for Women
by Ty Bollinger


I Am Not A Hero Teacher
by Steven Singer

*Building without bricks

Playing both sides against the middle: Saudi engages with Iraqi Shiites
by James M. Dorsey

Center for Reproductive Rights
Updated Report from the Center for Reproductive Rights, Ibis Reproductive Health: States with Most Abortion Restrictions have the Fewest Supportive Policies for Women, Children

*Pro(scribe) life

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Jordan: Seize Opportunity to End Impunity for Rape

Parliament to Vote on Controversial Penal Code Article
The Real News Network
Biological Annihilation: Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Event is Under Way
Earth is entering its sixth mass extinction event, posing a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization,” says a new study co-authored by Professor Gerardo Ceballos at the University of Mexico Donald

*Godawful transcript, but I think the point comes through regardless

To survive, human beings can no longer be the only species wilfully incapable of reason.

Trump Sanctions Maduro
Over 8 million Venezuelans vote for a National Constituent Assembly. We discuss the implications with author Steve Ellner and historian Miguel Tinker Salas

*Not “fit to print” on the pages of the Times, don’t you reckon?

Dems, GOP Join Hands for Sanctions
President Trump will sign a Congressional measure imposing new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea, showing a bipartisan — and dangerous — preference for confrontation over diplomacy, says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

*Dear Misleader’s “diplomatic successes” should be viewed in the context of US aims, don’t you think?

Paris was a fig leaf for “all of the above”

Cuba was a way to open the door for US corps to “penetrate” the Cuban market, and lead to the end of the beneficial aspects of the revolution

And Iran, while it may have forestalled military aggression, was based on the lie of nefarious nuclear intentions.

There was no “there” there

And I’d submit that these “achievements” share that assessment, regardless of their being arguably “better” in some sense than the status quo.

Democracy Now!
Jill Stein on Trump as a “Grave Danger” & Why She was at 2015 Moscow Dinner with Putin & Flynn


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