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AUGUST 1 THROUGH 9
August 9, 2018

Facebook’s war on free will. ... How technology is making our minds redundant.  Guardian  

Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship. ... The social network is too big and broken to properly function, and these “fixes” will only create more problems.  Rolling Stone  

No One Voted for Facebook and Apple to Deal With Alex Jones. ... Whatever they do with conspiracy theorists, placing the distribution of information in the hands of a few tech companies will remain a very big problem.  Slate  

The Blowup With Canada Is the Latest Saudi Overreach. Will They Ever Pay a Price?  Intercept  

CLICK BAIT

Sessions Vows To Protect All Deeply Held Religious Bigotry.  Go >  

First Amendment Experts Warn Facebook Banning InfoWars Could Set Completely Reasonable Precedent For Free Speech.  Go >  

Americans Finally Recognize Own Country Again After President Does Half-Assed Job Walking Back Humanitarian Crimes  Go >  

Recently Uncovered Passage From Book Of Revelation Shows That Prophet Foresaw ‘Violent Reign Of Red-Headed Boy-King’  Go >  

New Scorecard Shows Only 12 House Democrats Have Fully Embraced Game-Changing Progressive Agenda. ... "In today's tumultuous world, it is important for all Americans to know exactly who in Washington is standing up for our most essential needs: a clean, livable environment, quality universal healthcare, and a more just, equitable society for all.  
CommonDreams  

Green Party Candidates Arrested, Shackled to Chairs For 8 Hours After Trying to Enter Hofstra Debate.  DemocracyNow  

Detaining immigrant children is now a billion-dollar industry for private contractors  Post Gazette  

August 8, 2018

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments.  Intercept    Related:  [()ct 2016] Facebook ‘deliberately targeting’ Palestinian accounts after meeting with Israeli government, rights groups say.  Independent  

Social media giant accused of disabling accounts of activists and journalists following talks with Israeli ministers last month on how to tackle ‘incitement’ on the platform

Meet Ahed Tamimi, 17-Year-Old West Bank Activist Jailed for 8 Months for Slapping Israeli Soldier.  DemocrachNow  

'Poverty Is Criminalized, Wealth Is Immunized': Report Shows Corporate Crime Enforcement Has Plummeted Under Trump. ... "The message to big business couldn't be more clear: Feel free to run roughshod over rules that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat."  CommonDreams  

Netanyahu Cons Druze and Incites Jews to Protect Controversial Nation-state Law. ... For prime minister’s minions, the protest against the controversial law transforms Druze from blood brothers to backstabbing leftists.  Haaretz  

SPLC-named hate group calls students ‘terrorists’ in campus posters.  Trfts Daily  

Police violence, cliques, and secret tattoos: fears rise over LA sheriff 'gangs'. ... Investigation faces skepticism amid concerns that groups, linked to a history of attacks on inmates, are resurgent.  Guardian  

Denouncing 'Centrist, Corporate Democrats,' Cynthia Nixon Declares: 'This Is a Time to Fight'. ... "This is not a time to settle for the way things are," the New York gubernatorial candidate says at progressive conference.  CommonDreams  

In Europe, Hate Speech Laws are Often Used to Suppress and Punish Left-Wing Viewpoints.  
Intercept  

When the far right targets books, it should ring alarm bells for us all. ... The violent attack on my bookshop Bookmarks at the weekend could never have happened without Trump, and Britain’s ‘hostile environment’.  Guardian  

Journalism in the Age of Trump: What’s Missing and What Matters. ... Has the preoccupation with the president pushed aside other urgent stories?  
The Nation  

August 7, 2018

In great empires the people who live in the capital, and in the provinces remote from the scene of action, feel, many of them, scarce any inconveniency from the war; but enjoy, at their ease, the amusement of reading in the newspapers the exploits of their own fleets and armies. To them this amusement compensates the small difference between the taxes which they pay on account of the war, and those which they had been accustomed to pay in time of peace. They are commonly dissatisfied with the return of peace, which puts an end to their amusement, and to a thousand visionary hopes of conquest and national glory from a longer continuance of the war. - Adam Smith  

Yemen: US allies spin deals with al-Qaida in war on rebels.  AP  

Green Party Candidates Arrested, Shackled to Chairs For 8 Hours After Trying to Enter Hofstra Debate.  DemocracyNow  

The American Sea of Deception. TruthDig
 Related:  Fifty Great United States Lies.  
Paul Street  

A New Wave Of Hardline Anti-BDS Tactics Are Targeting Students, And No One Knows Who’s Behind It.
Forward   Part 2:  Canary Mission’s Threat Grows, From U.S. Campuses To The Israeli Border.  
Forward
 

11 Warning Signs of Gaslighting ... a manipulation tactic used to gain power. And it works too well.  
Psychology Today
 

Police violence, cliques, and secret tattoos: fears rise over LA sheriff 'gangs'. ... Investigation faces skepticism amid concerns that groups, linked to a history of attacks on inmates, are resurgent.  Guardian    Related:  Memphis police accused of using fake accounts to surveil black activists. ... Documents appear to show police kept dossiers on dozens of Memphis-area activists along with lists of their associates.
 Guardian  

August 6, 2018

CLIMATE NEWS

Climate Scientist: California Wildfires Are Faster, Stronger, Deadlier & Will Continue to Intensify.  DemocracyNow  

Another Year, Another Warning The Earth Is Screwed. ... The planet bombed its “annual physical” with another year of record heat and rising seas.  
HuffPost 

Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature”  Intercept  

“Losing Earth”: How Humanity Came to Understand Climate Change & Failed to Act in Time.  DemocracyNow  

Extreme Weather Is Exploding Around the World. Why Isn’t the Media Talking About Climate Change?  DemocracyNow  

'An Insult to Our National Wildlife': Trump Reverses Ban on GMOs and Bee-Killing Pesticides in Refuges. ... "Industrial agriculture has no place on public lands dedicated to conservation of biological diversity and the protection of our most vulnerable species."  CommonDreams  

NYT columnist warns ‘cruel bigot’ President Pence would be worse than Trump: ‘From a kleptocracy to a theocracy’  RawStory  

Denouncing 'Centrist, Corporate Democrats,' Cynthia Nixon Declares: 'This Is a Time to Fight'. ... "This is not a time to settle for the way things are," the New York gubernatorial candidate says at progressive conference.  CommonDreams  

Revealed: Ice teams up with Nicaragua even as US decries Ortega’s crackdown. ... White House condemns Daniel Ortega’s ‘indiscriminate violence’ while countries join forces to deport Nicaraguans from US.  
Guardian  

Chomsky on Regime Change in Nicaragua.  CounterPunch  

A Threat to Global Democracy: How Facebook & Surveillance Capitalism Empower Authoritarianism.  DemocracyNow  

'Revolting': Betsy DeVos Unveils Proposal to Make It Harder for Students Defrauded by Predatory Schools to Get Loan Relief. ... Plan slammed as looking "more like a roadmap for institutions seeking to abuse students and avoid accountability and transparency rather than a plan to protect students and taxpayers."  CommonDreams  

“Bring the War Home”: The Long History of White Power and Paramilitary Violence in the United States.  DemocracyNow  

Weekend of August 3-5, 2018

Weekend Read: Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five - by Miko Peled. ... In July 2004, federal agents raided the homes of five Palestinian-American families, arresting the five dads. The first trial of the “Holy Land Foundation Five” ended in a hung jury. The second, marked by highly questionable procedures, resulted in very lengthy sentences—for “supporting terrorism” by donating to charities that the U.S. government itself and other respected international agencies had long worked with.  Amazon 

Neoliberal Fascism and the Echoes of History. ... The nightmares that have shaped the past and await return slightly just below the surface of American society are poised to wreak havoc on us again. America has reached a distinctive crossroads in which the principles and practices of a fascist past and neoliberal present have merged to produce what Philip Roth once called “the terror of the unforeseen.”  TruthDig/Giroux  

Former Obama Officials Help Silicon Valley Pitch the Pentagon for Lucrative Defense Contracts.  
Intercept
 

Trump’s Two Largest Creditors?—?Ladder Capital Finance & Deutsche Bank. ... The mainstream media has reported on Deutsche Bank, but has barely covered Ladder Capital Finance, so below is a chart and article with some key highlights on the company that holds a substantial amount of Trump debt.  Medium  

Worker wages remain stagnant as wealthy executives are rolling in cash. ... CEOs are using corporate share buybacks to enrich themselves.   ThinkProgress  

Over 400,000 people living in 'modern slavery' in US, report finds. ... The report, by the Global Slavery Index, also estimates most victims live in Asia, with North Korea the highest globally. Guardian  

Russiagate Can’t End Well for the Left.  Jacobin 

Amazon Promises “Unwavering” Commitment to Police, Military Clients Using AI Technology.  
Intercept  

Twitter Rains Hell On Jeff Sessions’ New Religious Liberty Task Force. ... From the same administration that brought you the Muslim travel ban, the attorney general wants the Justice Department to look to heaven.  HuffPost  

Koch-backed study finds ‘Medicare for All’ would save U.S. trillions. ... An estimated cost of $32.6 trillion over 10 years is less than the US would spend over the next 10 years under the current system.  
ThinkProgress 

As Death Toll Rises in Flint, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha on Her Fight to Expose Lead Poisoning in City.  DemocracyNow  

Advocates: Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law Constitutionally Enshrines Racism Against Palestinians.  DemocracyNow  

Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship. ... The social network is too big and broken to properly function, and these “fixes” will only create more problems.  Rolling Stone  

August 2, 2018

The Permanent Lie, Our Deadliest Threat. ... The most ominous danger we face comes from the arginalization and destruction of institutions, including the courts, academia, legislative bodies, cultural organizations and the press, that once ensured that civil discourse was rooted in reality and fact, helped us distinguish lies from truth and facilitated justice.  TruthDig  

Socialism on the Rise as Americans Seek Out Bold, Humane Alternatives to the Brutality of Trump and Capitalism. ... "Socialism is no longer a dirty word in the U.S."  CommonDreams  

'Putin's War on America' Is Nothing Compared With America's War on Democracy.  TruithDig  

CLICK BAIT

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Preventing Themselves From Stopping Trump.  Go >  

Picky Refugee Just Expects To Be Reunited With Exact Same Family As Before.  Go >  

Taking Responsibility: Mark Zuckerberg Has Announced That Any Articles Posted On Facebook Will Now Go Through Strict Vetting To Make Sure They Align With The Company’s Tireless Commitment To Generating Massive Amounts Of Revenue.  Go >

Confession of a Putin-Nazi Denialist.  Go >  

ICE: The Making of an American Gestapo.  
TruthOut  

“Quiet Skies”? Boston Globe Exposé Reveals TSA Is Secretly Surveilling Thousands of U.S. Travelers.  DemocracyNow  

Trump-endorsed radio show has promoted ex-CIA agent’s call for right-wing rebellion.  RawStory  

‘A second chance before the end times’: Evangelical Christians struggle to defend ‘sinner Trump’ in stunning interviews.  RawStory  

Corporate Democrats Plan “Counterrevolution” in the Midst of Progressive Success.  TruthOut  

August 1, 2018

NEOCON AND KOCH NETWORK INFLUENCE ON THE DNC

The Koch Network Finally Has GOP-Controlled Government. They’re Not Satisfied. ... They want to do more than own the libs.  HuffPost   

Trump turns against 'total joke' Koch brothers after North Dakota snub. ... Conservative billionaires won’t back Republican in Senate race. ... President: ‘I made them richer. Their network is overrated’    Guardian   

The Next Act of the Neocons. NY Times  

With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons. Intercept  

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Noam Chomsky: U.S. Must Improve Relations with Russia and Challenge the Expansion of NATO.  DemocracyNow    Related: Noam Chomsky on RussiaGate. YouTube  

The Silence of the Whores. Craig Murray  

Almost 80% of US workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Here's why. ... America doesn’t have a jobs crisis. It has a ‘good jobs’ crisis – where too much employment is insecure, and poorly paid. 
Guardian
 

RNC Chair complains about internet bias on Fox News after Republicans killed net neutrality. ... Ronna Romney McDaniel needs to go back and read her party's platform.  ThinkProgress  

Noam Chomsky: Survival of Organized Human Life is at Risk Due to Climate Change & Nuclear Weapons. DemocracyNow  

Ripping 'Greedy Wall Street Vulture Funds' Profiting From Misery, Warren and Sanders Introduce Bill to Cancel Puerto Rico's Debt. ... "It is time to end Wall Street's stranglehold on Puerto Rico's future, return control of the island to the people of Puerto Rico, and give the territory the debt relief it so desperately needs to rebuild with dignity."  CommonDreams  

MSNBC Has Done 455 Stormy Daniels Segments in the Last Year -But None on US War in Yemen. ... Why is the supposed network of the anti-Trump #resistance totally ignoring the president’s most devastating war?  AlterNet  

Mar 7, 2018 Special Interview Noam Chomsky.  
YouTube
 

Franklin Graham Tells Evangelicals to Lay Off President Trump or God Won’t Be Happy. ... The right-wing Christian leader's hypocrisy is stunning.  
AlterNet
 

 


 

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AUGUST 10 THROUGH 20

August 20, 2018

ICE agents set ‘trap’ for immigrants seeking legal residency. ... "...It’s our job to locate and arrest them."  ThinkProgress  

Military Cover-Up? 100s of Migrants Feared Dead in Mass Grave at AZ’s Barry Goldwater Bombing Range.  DemocracyNow  

US supplied bomb that killed 40 children on Yemen school bus. ... Eleven adults also died and 79 people were wounded ... Bomb sold to Saudi Arabia was made by Lockheed Martin.  Guardian

AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda.  DemocracyNow  

Forgotten Women: The conversation of murdered and missing native women is not one North America wants to have - but it must. ... In the fifth in our series on the lives of ordinary women behind extraordinary stories, this month's Forgotten Women examines how terrifyingly deep the international crisis of violence against indigenous women runs.  Independent  

Elizabeth Warren unveils bold new plan to reshape American capitalism. ... Accountable Capitalism Act would bring about ‘fundamental change’, redistribute wealth and give more power to workers.
 Guardian  

Earth to Planet Catholic: Francis Papacy is no Picnic.  Religion Dispatches  

“This Church Is a Criminal Enterprise”: Former Priest & Survivor Speak Out on PA Catholic Sex abuse. 
 DemocracyNow  

Would the American people be better served by a Movement for a People's Party?  YouTube

The Coming Collapse of the American Economic System with Richard Wolff.   YouTube  

This mafia style of government makes Trump a role model for all autocrats. ... Punishing critics like John Brennan is part of the US president’s ongoing abuse of power – and normalisation of autocracy.
 Guardian

Weekend of August 17-19, 2018

Weekend Read: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America. by Nancy Maclean  MacLean outlines the steps the radical right took to take control of Congress, the courts, state legislatures, governorships, and the White House. Sadly, their sheer energy of purpose and financial resources towers above their liberal/progressive/affluent counterparts. Sobering reading that should galvanize readers who want to see progressive change in the United States.  Amazon  

ICE agents set ‘trap’ for immigrants seeking legal residency. ... "...It’s our job to locate and arrest them."  ThinkProgress  

Military Cover-Up? 100s of Migrants Feared Dead in Mass Grave at AZ’s Barry Goldwater Bombing Range.  DemocracyNow  

AP Investigation: Behind the Scenes in Yemen, U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Is Working with al-Qaeda.  DemocracyNow  

Forgotten Women: The conversation of murdered and missing native women is not one North America wants to have - but it must. ... In the fifth in our series on the lives of ordinary women behind extraordinary stories, this month's Forgotten Women examines how terrifyingly deep the international crisis of violence against indigenous women runs.  Independent  

Earth to Planet Catholic: Francis Papacy is no Picnic.  Religion Dispatches  

“This Church Is a Criminal Enterprise”: Former Priest & Survivor Speak Out on PA Catholic Sex Abuse.  DemocracyNow  

Would the American people be better served by a Movement for a People's Party?  YouTube

The Coming Collapse of the American Economic System with Richard Wolff.   YouTube  

The Corbyn wreath ‘scandal’ is just an exercise in hypocrisy. ... Showing solidarity with Palestinians courts condemnation, while complicity in the Israeli occupation is seen as acceptable.  Guardian  

Trump Administration May Sell Or Transfer Land Cut From Utah Monument. ... The Bureau of Land Management is considering the “disposal” of more than 1,600 acres that Trump stripped from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
 HuffPost  

August 16, 2018

Is There a Cult of Trump?. ... During a recent rally in Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump chose to attack the media, calling us “horrible, horrendous people” and “disgusting.”  TruthOut  

On Taking on the Mobilized Capitalist Class in Elections: an Interview With Noam Chomsky.  CounterPunch  

How Money Won Trump the White House.  It wasn’t Comey or the Russians. Trump prevailed because his campaign carefully targeted key states with late infusions of big money from private equity, casinos, and other far right contributors, a remarkable wave of donations from small donors, and substantial infusions from the candidate himself.   
New Economic Thinking  

Most Americans Desperate for Third Major Political Party in Trump Era.  Newsweek  

(2017) Beyond Inauthentic Opposition.  
CounterPunch
 

Elizabeth Warren unveils bold new plan to reshape American capitalism. ... Accountable Capitalism Act would bring about ‘fundamental change’, redistribute wealth and give more power to workers.  
Guardian
 

Police Unions’ Opposition to Prison Reform Is About More Than Jobs — It’s About Racism.
 Intercept  

CLICK BAIT

Laura Bush Publishes Courageous Op-Ed Calling For Imprisonment Of Whoever Created ICE
 Go >

Omarosa Searches Through Tapes Of Everyone Else In White House Using N-Word For One Of Trump.  Go >  

Shy Congressman Wishes Other Lawmakers Would Include Him In Their Crimes. Go >

Myth Vs. Fact: Homelessness.  Go >  

August 15, 2018

Trump Town (Update) Tracking White House Staffers, Cabinet Members and Political Appointees Across the Government. ProPublica  

“Exhaling a Low Freedom Song”: Jackie Wang on Carceral Capitalism.  TruthOut  

Trump Town. ... Tracking White House Staffers, Cabinet Members and Political Appointees Across the Government.  ProPublica  

(2015) Sheldon Wolin and Inverted Totalitarianism.  TruthDig  

How Monsanto Plants Stories, Suppresses Science & Silences Dissent to Sell a Cancer-Linked Chemical.  DemocracyNow  

Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing. PDF file  

'Deeply Flawed' Report Admits Immigrant Youth Put in Solitary and Restrained With Bags Over Their Heads, But Claims 'No Abuse' Found. ... The treatment teens were subjected to in a Virginia facility "are unacceptable and un-American, whether or not they meet the state's legal threshold for abuse or neglect," says ACLU.  CommonDreams  

ENVIROMENT  UPDATE

Global Temperature Projections Could Double as the World Burns  TruthOut  

Experts: If We Don’t Stop Climate Change, CA Fires “Will Seem Mild In Comparison to What’s Coming”  DemocracyNow  

Earth Could Be Less Than 2 Degrees From Catastrophe, New Study Finds.  TruthOut

Think 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Were Hot? New Study Warns Next Five Years Won't Be Any Better.  ...  "The coming warm period is associated with an increased likelihood of intense to extreme temperatures," researchers observe in an alarming new paper.  CommonDreams  

We Know How to Protect Homes From Wildfires. Logging Isn’t the Way to Do It.  
CounterPunch  

Interior Sec. Zinke Blames “Radical Environmentalists,” Not Climate Change, as 100+ Wildfires Rage.  DemocracyNow    Related: Ryan Zinke Tells California How To Stop Wildfires: Cut Down Trees. ... The interior secretary blamed environmental groups for blocking logging on public land.  HuffPost  

Zinke seeks to explain meeting with Halliburton chairman.  Politico  

Ryan Zinke insists California wildfires have nothing to do with climate change. Experts disagree. ...  Interior secretary accused of using ongoing natural disaster to push Trump's anti-environment agenda.
ThinkProgress  

August 14, 2018

A Palestinian Bedouin Village Braces for Forcible Transfer as Israel Seeks to Split the West Bank in Half.  Intercept   Related:  Secret Israeli Report Reveals Armed Drone Killed Four Boys Playing on Gaza Beach in 2014.  Intercept  

How Media Launders Gaza Massacres by Labeling Them as ‘Clashes’  TruthDig  

Secret Israeli Report Reveals Armed Drone Killed Four Boys Playing on Gaza Beach in 2014.  Intercept  

Peter Beinart: I Was Detained At Ben Gurion Airport Because Of My Beliefs.  Forward  

Here's the Video of Schoolchildren Just Moments Before Being Massacred by U.S.-Backed Saudi Bombing. ... "This blood is on America's hands, as long as we keep sending the bombs that kill so many Yemenis."  CommonDreams  

Saudi Arabia's feud with Canada shows the true colours of its regime. ... The Crown Prince is counting on Trump's support, western silence and world governments turning a blind eye – and when that doesn’t work he tries to bully countries into submission.  Independent    Related:  The bizarre spat with Canada shows Mohammed bin Salman’s true colours. ... The Saudi crown prince has been feted as a moderniser. But his petulant foreign policy should set alarm bells ringing.  Guardian  

Here's Why a Growing Number of Americans Are Ditching Religion. ... They don't all consider themselves atheists.  AlterNet  

August 13, 2018

Senate Democrats, with Few Exceptions, are a Gang of War-Mongers.  CounterPunch  

Democrats Complain About Green Party “Spoilers,” but Few in Congress Back a Solution: Ranked-Choice Voting.  Intercept  

I don't remember voting for U.S. bombs to murder little kids in Yemen, do you? | Will Bunch.
Philly Inquirer  

The growing popularity of socialism is finding expression in down-ballot election campaigns this year, some led by candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  TruthOut  

Freedom of Expression and Propaganda During
World War I: Understanding George Creel and
America's Committee on Public Information. Download  
 Related: 9/11, The Useful Incident and the legacy of the Creel Committee  

Though "Too Late" Now, Cables From Secret CIA Black Site Read Like Gina Haspel's "Torture Journaling" ... Critics say this "detailed account" of the CIA director's role "in horrendous acts of torture" further confirms "that she is totally unfit to lead the agency."  CommonDreams  

The Shadow Rulers of the VA. ... How Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago cronies are secretly shaping the Trump administration’s veterans policies.   ProPublica  

Baltimore is closer to becoming first major U.S. city to ban water privatization. ... Advocates say such a move would be a win for low-income communities and communities of color.  ThinkProgress  

Buried in the Fine Print, Trump Rule Would Give $2.5 Billion Tax Cut to Big Bank Fat Cats. ... "It's never been more clear who the Trump administration is really working for."  CommonDreams  

In Latest 'Shameful Abdication' of Duty to Students, DeVos Moves to 'Unshackle' For-Profit Colleges Peddling Useless Degrees. ... "There is no line Secretary DeVos won't cross to pad the pockets of for-profit colleges."  CommonDreams  

August 10, 2018

(2010) US cluster bombs 'killed 35 women and children' ... Thirty five women and children were killed by an American cruise missile armed with cluster bombs which struck an alleged al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, according to a study.  
Telegraph  

The Blowup With Canada Is the Latest Saudi Overreach. Will They Ever Pay a Price?
 Intercept   Reated: Saudi Arabia's Bin Salman Savagely Lashes Out, From Yemen to Qatar to Canada.  TrughDig   

Justice Sotomayor: ‘We have stopped being a civilized nation and accepted barbarism’. ... The Supreme Court just ruled that a man may be tortured to death.  ThinkProgress  

Terrified by Progressive Enthusiasm Sweeping the Nation, Corporate Democrats Have Begun Planning a 'Counterrevolution'. ... "A reminder that these are the same people who tried to cut Social Security under Obama. Anyone who associates with Third Way is part of a plan to do it under the next president."  CommonDreams  

The “Mulvaney Discount”: Trump’s Consumer Protection Czar Is Shrinking Fines for Law-Breaking Companies.  Intercept   

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook— Serf Labor, Overpriced iPhones, and Wasted Burning Profits. CounterPunch/Nader  

White Fright - In 2015, the community of Islamberg discovered that a Tennessee minister was plotting the deadliest attack on US soil since 9/11 against their village. Why have Americans heard nothing about him, and why has the safety of this community been ignored?  Guardian  

'We Are Not Bots': Facebook Censors U.S. Activists After Falsely Claiming They 'Unwittingly' Planned Protest.  Gizmodo  

Here’s what happens when religious teachings become immoral.  RawStory  

8 Children Are Accidentally Shot Every Day With Unsecured Firearms In The Home. ... A new campaign is shining a light on so-called “family fire” shootings and encouraging people to take steps to prevent them.  HuffPost  

 

 

 

 

AUGUST 21 THROUGH 31

Weekend of August 31, to September 2, 2018

Weekend Read: Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics.
A critical assessment of the 1984 election analyzes the decay of the Democratic party and the rise of a business-oriented political coalition in the GOP.  by Thomas Ferguson.   Amazon  

Israel is Building Another 1,000 Homes on Palestinian land. Where’s the Outrage?  CounterPunch  
Related: Benjamin Netanyahu Is Fine With Anti-Semites - as Long as They Support Israel’s Occupation. Intercept  
Related: Even Israeli Officials Are Warning That Trump’s Moves Against Palestinians May Backfire.  Intercept  

Publicly Subsidized Climate Change Insurance for Big Oil.  CounterPunch 

Noam Chomsky: Hopes and Anxieties in the Age of Trump.  TruthOut  

Some Call It Forest Management, I Call It Racketeering.  CounterPunch  

How Donald Trump Became A Buffoon
The fatal flaw in the Donald tragedy is that this person actually believed his own propaganda.  HuffPost  

Corporate Democrats Prepare Midterm Battle Against Socialist Candidates.  TruthOut  

#WhipTheVote: Progressives Launch Campaign to Pressure 24 Democrats Who Still Haven't Vowed to Oppose Kavanaugh. ... "Every Democratic senator must announce their opposition to Kavanaugh's confirmation immediately. Find out where your senator stands, then tell them you want them to unite to #StopKavanaugh."  CommonDreams  

August 30, 2018

Mike Pence: power, religion and America's 'shadow president' ... One new book about the VP is a hagiography, one a hatchet job – neither appreciates what the rise of the former Indiana governor says about faith and the nation. Guardian  

UN Probe Says Repeated Bombing of Yemen Civilians by US-Backed Saudi Coalition Likely Amounts to War Crimes. ... "Despite the severity of the situation we continue to see a complete disregard for the people in Yemen," says co-author of UN's investigative report.  CommonDreams  
Related: Saudi-led Coalition Team to Investigate Civilian Casualties Is “Covering Up War Crimes” in Yemen Intercept  

Corbyn is Being Destroyed, Like Blowing Up a Bridge to Stop an Advancing Army.  CounterPunch  

40 cities in 10 years: Leaked presentation offers more details on new group’s goals to spread charter (and charter-like) schools.  ChalkBeat  
Related: Calif. Legislature Approves McCarty Measure to Ban For-Profit Charter Schools – AB 406.  California NewsWire  

Gaining strength in Europe, the far-right holds brazen rally in Swedish capital. ... Neo-Nazis marched through central Stockholm two weeks shy of the country's parliamentary elections. ThinkProgress  
Related:
A Guide To The Far-Right Power Players Tearing Europe Apart. ... Here’s what happens when the radical right starts vying for power.  HuffPost  
Related: Far-right protests turn violent in eastern Germany. ... Clashes erupt in the city of Chemnitz after a German man is killed, allegedly by an immigrant.  ThinkProgress  

August 29, 2018

50 Years Ago: Antiwar Protesters Brutally Attacked in Police Riots at 1968 Democratic Convention.  DemocracyNow  

UN Probe Says Repeated Bombing of Yemen Civilians by US-Backed Saudi Coalition Likely Amounts to War Crimes. ... "Despite the severity of the situation we continue to see a complete disregard for the people in Yemen," says co-author of UN's investigative report.  CommonDreams  

CLICK BAIT

Trump Accuses Voters Of Meddling In Midterms.  Go >  

Incredible Life Hack: The Wealthy Are Now Buying Spots In Heaven From The Church Before They Die.  Go >  

White House Releases Moving Statement Honoring Woman Who Called Obama An Arab In 2008.  Go >  

“Forget Your Son”: Brazil Is Forcibly Taking Indigenous Children and Putting Them Up for Adoption.  Intercept  

American History for Truthdiggers: The Fraudulent Mexican-American War (1846-48).  TruthDig  

Trump's 'Immoral' Plan to Allow Coal States to Self-Regulate Could Send 365 Million Tons of Carbon Into Atmosphere. ... "Yet another reminder that this administration values polluter profits over Americans' basic right to clean air."  CommonDreams  

Why factory farming is not just cruel – but also a threat to all life on the planet. ... It’s time the world woke up to the real impact of modern, industrial farming, says Philip Lymbery, author of Farmageddon and the Deadzone. Guardian  

How Donald Trump Became A Buffoon. ... The fatal flaw in the Donald tragedy is that this person actually believed his own propaganda.  HuffPost  

Banks Are Becoming Obsolete in China—Could the U.S. Be Next?  TruthDig  

The Battle Over History and Howard Zinn.  
CounterPunch
 

The Militarization of Sports and the Redefinition of Patriotism  TruthDig  

August 28, 2018

We need a new national charter. The Constutution was drafted 231 years ago by wealthy slaveowners, opulent merchant capitalists, and their dutiful servants with the explicit purpose of keeping democracy – the Framers’ ultimate nightmare - at bay. It’s working.  Paul Street  CounterPunch  Related: This a Freak Show, Not a Democracy (Thanks, Founders). CounterPuncch/Street  

Becoming Serfs.  TruthDig/Hedges   

The #Resistance Has a New Grift, and Liberals Are the Perfect Mark.  TruthDig  

The whole Democratic Party is now a smoking pile of rubble. ... The down-ballot party has withered, and Obama’s policy legacy will be largely repealed.  Vox  

DROPPING A DIME ON McCAIN

Are Journalists Allowed to Criticize John McCain? ... Not as far as I can tell. Politico

One Dead McCain, 2.5 Million Dead Iraqis.  CounterPunch  

Obit Omit: What the Media Leaves Out of John McCain’s Record of Misogyny and Militarism  DemocracyNow   

The Horrors of John McCain: War Hero or War Criminal?  CounterPunch  

This Pious Crap From A George W. Bush Flunky Is A Perfect Tribute To John McCain. .. In joining the harrumphing over the White House flag, Matthew Dowd accidentally told the truth.
 Huff Post  

McCain Was Never a Moderate: Here Are 8 Right-Wing Republicans Who Were Labeled ‘RINOs’ Because They Weren’t Insane Enough for the Far Right. ... The fact that McCain inspired so much contempt from Lahren and AM talk radio host Rush Limbaugh speaks volumes about the far-right’s authoritarian mindset.
AlterNet  

Less Than 24 Hours After Senate Rejected Effort to Curb Slaughter, 26 More Children Killed by US-Backed Bombing in Yemen. ... "These deaths are on our hands, and many more children will die in Yemen as long as the U.S. supports the Saudi-led war."  CommonDreams  

Bad Chicago Cops Spread Their Misconduct Like a Disease.  Intercept  

When They Decide to Get You,  Craig Murray  

Julian Assange and the Fate of Journalism.  CounterPunch  

Recent Arrests Under New Anti-Protest Law Spotlight Risks That Off-Duty Cops Pose to Pipeline Opponents.  Intercept  

August 27, 2018

Investigating John McCain's Tragedy at Sea.
TruthDig
   Related:  The Contradictions of John McCain. TruthDig Related: Despite What the Press Says, “Maverick” McCain Has a Long and Distinguished Record of Horribleness. Intercept  

To Force Billionaires Off Welfare, Sanders Tax Would Make Corporations Fund 100% of Public Assistance Their Low-Paid Workers Receive. ... "I don't believe that ordinary Americans should be subsidizing the wealthiest person in the world because you pay your employees inadequate wages."  
CommonDreams  

Why Does Wells Fargo Still Exist? ... The bank isn’t just “too big to fail.” It’s too big to fix. HuffPost

Trump’s base may not like him, but they’re not about to ditch him. ... Even after his tumultuous week with Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, the president’s popularity has held.  Guardian  

Israel Won Big by Backing Trump's Election, Says Palestinian Journalist Zeiad Abbas.  TruthDig  

How Many British MPs are Working for Israel?  
Information Clearing House  

Israel Buys the US Congress: Sabotaging the US-Iran Peace Negotiations.  Global Research  

Why Has Israeli Spy Shai Masot Not Been Expelled? (From UK)  Craig Murray  

Gaza Without Cancer Medicine as Haley Blames Arabs for Washington’s Sins.  CounterPunch  

Weekend of August 24-26, 2018

Weekend Read: "Manafort's conviction is a violation of the unwritten rules that protect the wealthy & connected from prosecution". In 2011, I wrote a book on those rules.The questions: why are those rules being violated now? And will they be violated beyond Trump cronies? With Liberty and Justice for Some by Greenwald.  Amazon  

Meet the most insidious #Resistance grifters.
 The Out Line  

Elizabeth Warren's Anti-Corruption Stance Shifts When Foreign Policy Is Raised .  TruthDig   Related: The Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion (That's Not a Typo)  TruthDig  

Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History.  Intercept  

White Nationalism in the White House: Administration Faces New Revelations About Ties to Far Right.  DemocracyNow  

The Battle Over History and Howard Zinn.  CounterPunch  

Recent Arrests Under New Anti-Protest Law Spotlight Risks That Off-Duty Cops Pose to Pipeline Opponents.  Intercept  

The Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion (That's Not a Typo). TruthDig  

That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry - It’s a Reality.  TruthDig  

COHEN - MANAFORT - TRUMP

Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, pleads guilty in New York court. ... Former fixer admits fraud and campaign finance charges and says hush money payments to women were directed by Trump.  Guardian  

Paul Manafort: Trump's ex-campaign chair guilty on eight counts of fraud. ... Jury said it could not agree on 10 other charges, but verdicts represent resounding victory for special counsel Robert Mueller.  Guardian  

Q&A: what is Donald Trump accused of and what happens now?. ... The president now faces potential legal jeopardy following his former campaign chairman’s conviction and ex-lawyer’s plea.  Guardian  

Donald Trump's reckoning has arrived. ... After Michael Cohen’s day in court, the president is in very real legal jeopardy. It’s now conceivable he could be forced to resign. Guardian  

Trump Is Considering Pardoning Convicted Ex-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort: Fox News Host.  AlterNet  

 

August 23, 2018

All Eyes on the Presidency. ...A pair of high-profile convictions implicate Donald Trump—but also serve as a reminder that only some people pay the consequences for systemic corruption in America.
The Atlantic
 

The cruelty behind Trump’s absurd lies about coal to West Virginians. ... Trump gives false hope to miners while his own EPA admits his climate plan can't stop coal's collapse.  ThinkProgress  

The #Resistance Has a New Grift, and Liberals Are the Perfect Mark.  TruthDig  

Zinke caught red-handed trying to sell off public lands. ... His plan included selling part of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  ThinkProgress  

Here is how the Catholic church worked with lawmakers to protect itself from sexual abuse investigations.  RawStory  

CLICK BAIT

Vatican On Sex Abuse Report: ‘Listen, No Normal Person Is Going To Sign Up To Be A Priest’  Go >  

Senate Republicans Promise There Will Be Plenty Of Time To Review Kavanaugh Writings When They Become Law Of Land. Go >

Secretary Of Education Reveals She’s Forced To Use Own Salary On Yacht Supplies.  Go >  

August 22, 2018

A Gangster State.  Craig Murray  

When Will the Democratic Party Get Involved in Local and State Law Enforcement Races?  Intercept  

Big Banks Were Meant to Gain From Bipartisan Deregulation Bill All Along, Senate Letter Reveals.  Intercept  

The key Trump revelations in Omarosa Manigault Newman's new book. ... The ex-White House adviser’s forthcoming memoir says Trump insisted upon being sworn in to the presidency with his own book.  Guardian  

Our Despicable Media Never Once Asked Either Candidate About Yemen.  Medium  

The Militarization of Sports and the Redefinition of Patriotism.  TruthDig  

Noam Chomsky on Mass Media Obsession with Russia & the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era.  DemocracyNow  

Noam Chomsky Slams Israeli Interference in U.S. Politics as Far Greater Than Russian. ... In an interview on Democracy Now, the renowned linguist said that Russian interference in the U.S. elections was minor in comparison to open Israeli interference.  Haaretz  

Horror at TX Detention Center: ICE Guards Separate Fathers & Sons After They Had Just Been Reunited. DemocracyNow  

August 21, 2018

ENVIROMENT

Saying Goodbye to Planet Earth ... Planets have minds of their own. They are super-complex systems. Once you get the ball rolling down the hill. … This is the greatest fear. This is why we don’t want to go past 2 degrees [Celsius] of climate change. We’re scared that once you get past 2 degrees, the planet’s own internal mechanisms kick in. The population comes down like a stone. A complete collapse. You lose the civilization entirely.”
CounterPunch/Hedges  

Sixth Mass Extinction Ushers In Record-Breaking Wildfires and Heat.  TruthOut  

'We Are Climbing Rapidly Out of Humankind's Safe Zone': New Report Warns Dire Climate Warnings Not Dire Enough. ... "Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences."  CommonDreams  

'He Belongs in The Hague': MSNBC Slammed for Handing Erik Prince Megaphone to Sell Trump (Again) on Privatizing Afghan War. ... "What if—hear me out—instead of privatizing the war in Afghanistan, we ended it. Crazy, I know. But, maybe..."  CommonDreams  

Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives.  CounterPunch/Nader  

The Corbyn wreath ‘scandal’ is just an exercise in hypocrisy. ... Showing solidarity with Palestinians courts condemnation, while complicity in the Israeli occupation is seen as acceptable.  Guardian  

Corbyn’s Labour Party is Being Made to Fail –By Design.  CounterPunch  

Trump Administration May Sell Or Transfer Land Cut From Utah Monument. ... The Bureau of Land Management is considering the “disposal” of more than 1,600 acres that Trump stripped from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  
HuffPost  

Tech Companies Promised To Stop Helping Neo-Nazis Raise Money. They Haven’t. ...They cut off Richard Spencer but still do business with the racist websites that publish his work.
 HuffPost   

Julian Assange: UK says it ‘completely rejects’ UN ruling. ... UK government says they will arrest Wikileaks founder if he leaves embassy.  
Irish Times  

Corporate Media: the Enemy of the People.  CounterPunch  

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised. ... It’s not that we’re eating more, that we exercise less, or that we lack willpower. The shaming of overweight people has to stop.  Guardian  

 

 

 
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