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DECEMBER 11, 2018

The Heresy of White Christianity.  ... There are, as Cornel West has pointed out, only two African-Americans who rose from dirt-poor poverty to the highest levels of American intellectual life—the writer Richard Wright and the radical theologian James H. Cone. TruthDig/Hedges  

Here's why Americans know so much about sports but so little about world affairs. ... The way the system is set up, there is virtually nothing people can do anyway to influence the real world.  AlterNet/Chomsky  


EPA Withdraws Proposed Safety Rules for In-Situ Uranium Mining. NM Enviromental Law Center

EPA’s New Water Rule Will Gut the Clean Water Act. Intercept  

US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge. ... Move shocks delegates at UN conference as ministers fly in for final week of climate talks. Guardian  

US, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait Launch 'Ludicrous' Effort to 'Sabotage' Support for Key UN Climate Study. ... Politicians, activists, and experts sharply condemned the move, emphasizing that "we are talking about the future of the world."  CommonDreams  

The GOP's Plot to Destroy Our Democracy Is Coming Into View.  TruthDig  

The Bomb that Did Not Detonate: Julian Assange, Manafort and The Guardian. CounterPunch  

Life at Trump Speed Is About Viciousness and Distractions.  TruthOut  

How George H.W. Bush Rode a Fake National Security Scandal to the Top of the CIA.  
The Intercept  

White Supremacy Apologists Are Having a Field Day.  TruthOut  

DECEMBER 10, 2018

As France was ailing economically, President Macron, like in the U.S., decided the fix was was to make France more attractive to investors and investment. So, he cut taxes on the wealthy and reduced labor protections. Sound familiar? (BTW - what happened to all those auto jobs promised after the industry got massive welfare payments?)

How many of our representatives support any of the demands of the "Yellow Jackets" protesting in France?  Yellow Jacket Demands.  

French Police Crack Down on ‘Yellow Vests’ With Tear Gas and Over a Thousand Arrests.  
NY Times  

Republicans are undermining democracy state by state.  As Michigan and Wisconsin pass bills stripping newly elected Democrats of power, we need legislative solutions to show the country it’s not business as usual.  Guardian    

Republicans Around The Country Are Working To Declare Democrats Unconstitutional. ... The lame-duck power grabs in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina are part of a larger effort by Republicans to delegitimize any opponent.  HuffPost  

Wall Street's Corruption Runs Deeper Than You Can Fathom.  TruthDig  

Progressive International: Yanis Varoufakis & Bernie Sanders Launch New Global Mvt Against Far Right.  DemocracyNow  

A Brutal AP Fact Check Exposes Trump's Intellectual Laziness and Hostility Toward the Truth.  

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

The McCain and Bush Death Tours: Establishment Rituals in How to be a Proper Ruler. 

The Deadly Cost of Pipelines in Native Land: Winona LaDuke on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  DemocracyNow  

DECEMBER 7, 2018

Happy 90th Birthday Noam Chomsky!!
"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's really an easy way: Stop participating in it."

Weekend Read:
Deterring Democracy - by Noam Chomsky
. ... From World War II until the 1980s, the United States reigned supreme as both the economic and the military leader of the world. The major shifts in global politics that came about with the dismantling of the Eastern bloc have left the United States unchallenged as the preeminent military power, but American economic might has declined drastically in the face of competition, first from Germany and Japan ad more recently from newly prosperous countries elsewhere. In Deterring Democracy, the impassioned dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky points to the potentially catastrophic consequences of this new imbalance.   Good Reads  
  Wiki Review

Meet the progressives elected after Trump: America’s new political coalition. ... A year after Trump’s victory, Montana elected its first black mayor, New Jersey elected its first Sikh mayor and Charlotte elected its first black female mayor. Guardian  

'Lobbyists Are Here. Goldman Sachs Is Here. Where's Labor? Activists?' Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez Pull Back Curtain on Corporate-Sponsored Freshman Orientation. ... "One of the best parts of Ocasio-Cortez's arrival in D.C. as a new leader is that she notices, and is revolted by, the corrupt, corporatist rituals that are so embedded in D.C. culture that most politicians and journalists barely notice them." CommonDreams  

Brain scans reveal why Trump supporters are easily manipulated by his fear mongering.  RawStory 

The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology.  Aeon  

U.S. Military Says It Has a “Light Footprint” in Africa. These Documents Show a Vast Network of Bases.  Intercept  

“The Silence of Others”: New Film Warns Against Spain’s Fascist History Repeating Itself.  DemocracyNow  

All eyes are on Mueller but here is the list of crimes we already know Donald Trump has committed.

How Brian Kemp Illegally STOLE The Georgia Election. ... Brian Kemp purged half a million voters in 2017 ahead of his race for the governor’s office against the Democratic Party’s candidate, Stacey Abrams. He said they left the state. (There must have been moving vans everywhere!) Our experts went through the list name by name and found at least 340,134 voters had never moved. You’re talking a third of a million voters who were canned — with no notice.  GregPalast  
 Related:  North Carolina election still undecided amid absentee ballot fraud inquiry.... The state board of elections has refused to certify the Republican candidate’s narrow victory in the ninth congressional district.  Guardian  

These companies claimed the GOP tax bill would ‘boost jobs.’ Now they’re laying off employees. ... The businesses who led the charge for a massive cut in the corporate tax rate still claim it is working great.  ThinkProgress  

DECEMBER 6, 2018


“What really is being demanded is that we all submit to historical revisionism -- hat a false narrative about history and politics be permitted to be erected without challenge or dissent.” - Glenn Greenwald

George H.W. Bush (1924-2018), American War Criminal  Intercept  

(2014) The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies.  Moyers  

George H.W. Bush Empowered Atrocity Abroad and Fascists at Home.  TruthOut  

How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush’s War on Iraq.  DemocracyNow  

Air Cocaine: Poppy Bush, the Contras and a Secret Airbase in the Backwoods of Arkansas.  CounterPunch  

America Is Headed for Military Defeat in Afghanistan.  TruthDig   Related:  All That's Left for the U.S. to Do in Afghanistan Is Lose. TruthDig  

Every wonder why one of the most brutal and oppressive reigms is also one of the largest donors to the Center for American Progress, a major Democratic Party "think tank"? and PAC.  Hint: United Arab Emerats. Why is that?  Clinton donor list.

Nationalisation Without Compensation.  ... When slavery was abolished in the British Empire, taxpayers paid huge sums in compensation to slave owners for the loss of their “property”. No compensation was ever paid to the slaves for the loss of their freedom.  
Craig Murray

Can you put a dollar value on nature?  WeForum

Yemen ceasefire resolution blocked at UN after Saudi and UAE 'blackmail'. ... Britain had drafted resolution to avert famine... Security council threatened with boycott of Stockholm talks.  CommonDreams  

'It Is Time for Progressives of the World to Unite': Sanders-Varoufakis Issue Open Call for New Global Movement. ... "Our Progressive International will reclaim our communities, our cities, our countries, and our planet with a bold International New Deal that we will work, together, to deliver."  CommonDreams  

DECEMBER 5, 2018

The national interest is to the government what the public interest is to the police; mealy mouthed and meaningless words trotted out when there is a cover-up taking place.

George H.W. Bush: The Inconvenient Truth. ... The Intercept’s co-founder Glenn Greenwald joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the difference between hagiography and journalism — and to produce a more accurate and fair obituary of the late former-president George H.W. Bush.  The Intercept  

How Poppy Bush’s Brother, “Uncle Bucky,” Made a Killing Off the Iraq Wars. CounterPunch  

'Donald Trump isn’t an aberration': Paul Krugman reveals how the GOP's 'moral rot' laid the groundwork for Trumpism. ... He's the embodiment of the worst parts of the party.  AlterNet  


Sessions: ‘I Am Proud To Have Served White America’  Go >>  

White House Security Officials Relieved Ivanka Trump’s Computer Just Cardboard Box With Mirror On It.  Go >>

Jim Acosta Immediately Decks White House Intern After Being Let Back Into Press Pool.  
Go >>  

How the rich are normalizing narcissism — and destroying civilization. ... Documentarian and photographer Lauren Greenfield has been documenting this profound shift in culture.

George Monbiot: Ending Meat & Dairy Consumption Is Needed to Prevent Worst Impacts of Climate Change.  DemocracyNow  

The Principles of Socialism.  CounterPunch  

DECEMBER 4, 2018

A Killer Dies, a Teacher Lives: George H.W. Bush v. Noam Chomsky.  CounterPunch/Street  

The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice.  Intercept  

Climate report details deep hits to the Southwest. ... Climate change will impact economy, infrastructure and more.  High Country News  

The End of Illusion. ... In the spring of 2017, the carbon dioxide readings at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawai’i cracked 410 parts per million, an all-time record and a frightening one.  CounterPunch  


The Film the Israel Lobby Does Not Want You to See.  TruthDig/Hedges  

In U.S. Media, Israel Is Untouchable. ... You can attack the Palestinians in America uninterrupted, call to expel them and deny their existence. Just don’t dare say a bad word about Israel, the holy of holies.  Haaretz  

Police: Indict Bibi for Bribery. ... Development Prompts Immediate Calls For Netanyahu’s Resignation.  HuffPost  

“It’s Killing the Student Movement”: Canary Mission’s Blacklist of Pro-Palestine Activists Is Taking a Toll.  Intercept  

Bernie Sanders on Ending Yemen War, Medicare for All, Green New Deal & the Stop BEZOS Act.  DemocracyNow  

A Leak or a Hack? A Forum on the VIPS Memo
A letter from dissenting members of VIPS, a reply from VIPS, and the results of our independent review.  The Nation  

CNN Submits to Right-Wing Outrage Mob, Fires Marc Lamont Hill Due to His “Offensive” Defense of Palestinians at the U.N.  The Intercept  

Exclusive: The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed. ... How US military spending keeps rising even as the Pentagon flunks its audit.  The Nation  

DECEMBER 3, 2018

CNN claims in an editorial that George H.W. Bush was the exact political opposite of Donald Trump.  It is interesting how everything at CNN relates to Trump. ... Never-the-less, CNN managed to skip over the time Bush pardoned all his aides who were under criminal investigation by a special counsel so it didn't lead back to him.

The Ignored Legacy of George H.W. Bush: War Crimes, Racism, and Obstruction of Justice.
The Intercept

Bush family hosts Saudi Crown Prince Salman as Riyadh's attempt to toss 9/11 lawsuits fails.  Daily Sabah  

What if Osama bin Laden Had Legitimate Grievances?  TruthDig  

Thirty Afghan civilians killed in U.S. air strike, officials say.  Reuters  

The Military Atrocities We Ignore While We Ring In the Holidays.  TruthDig  

Killing Asylum: How Decades of U.S. Policy Ravaged Central America,  The Intercept  

Craig Murray: the Guardian tells “deliberate lies” about Assange and alleged Russia ties.

Pro-Charter School Democrats, Embattled in the Trump Era, Score a Win With Hakeem Jeffries.  
The Intercept  

Philosopher who studies truth explains why Trump's lying separates him from other politicians — and how it puts us on the road to fascism Trump's relationship with the truth is different.  

Brexit is the equivalent of a major defeat in war. ... Leaving the EU might well be demanded by the victor as a way of ensuring that Britain was permanently weakened.  Independent/Cockburn    

Navigating our thoughts: Fundamental principles of thinking. ... Humans think using their brain's navigation system: Researchers combine individual threads of evidence to form a theory of human thinking.  Science Daily  

This is the everyday mechanical mechanism that could define consciousness. ... It sounds like something hippies might have dreamed up.