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Even the FBI Thinks Police Have Links to White Supremacists — but Don’t Tell the New York Times. ... The problem is that the framing of the New York Times Magazine piece ignores the deep and historic links between policing and racism.  Intercept  
 U.S. Law Enforcement
Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It. ... For two decades, domestic counterterrorism strategy has ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism. In the atmosphere of willful indifference, a virulent movement has grown and metastasized. NY Times  

The Awful Reason Police Don’t Go After Right-Wing Extremists.  CounterPunch  

The unsettling connection between the military and white supremacy.  The Daily Dot  

The new acting attorney general wrote an op-ed slamming Robert Mueller. ... So much for the rule of law. ThinkProgress  

Trump Following the Hungarian Model in Demonizing Refugees and Jews.  CounterPunch  

Hate Speech at Homeland Security.


America's gun culture in 10 charts.  BBC  

How US gun culture compares with the world in five charts.  CNN  

What's the Solution to Gun Violence in America? ... Parsing the robust (if seemingly gridlocked) debate. The Atlantic  

House Progressives Will Have to Fight Like Hell Against the Establishment.  TruthDig  

Democrats’ win of the House creates a dam that can block Trump's agenda. ... Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate, but the Democrats’ win means they can provide a legislative check on Trump’s presidency for the first time.   Guardian  

Here are the 5 ways Democrats could manage not to screw this all up -- and win big in 2020.  RawStory

Attorney General has repeatedly refused to rule out prosecuting or jailing journalists.
 Press Freedom Tracker  

NOVEMBER 8, 2018

ACLU comment on Sessions resignation: “Jeff Sessions was the worst attorney general in modern American history."

Make Trump Great Again: Pelosi on Democra ts now running the House next year 'must stand our ground' but will seek compromise with Trump.

Chris Hedges on Elections, “Christian Fascists,” and the Rot Within the American System.  Intercept 

Has America Gone Insane?  ... What does United States of America stand for nowadays if political division is at an all time high? Is it still the land of the free if America has the highest rate of incarceration in the world? Are we still the home of the brave if we refuse to stand up to injustice, because it would compromise our pocketbook? This disconnection from reality is the definition of psychosis. TruthDig  Related:  American Psychosis  

The Midterm Results Gave Everybody Just Enough to Keep Fighting. ... The failure to deliver a knockout blow to Donald Trump will exacerbate tensions within the Democratic Party, torn between its progressive and centrist wings.  Intercept  

Noam Chomsky on Midterms: Republican Party Is the “Most Dangerous Organization in Human History”  DemocracyNow/Chomsky  

The Complete Collapse of Congress as a Democratic Institution.  TruthDig  

The CIA Democrats:
Part One  -  Part Two  -  Part Three 

Someone Paid Thousands Of Foreigners 20 Cents Each To Hide HuffPost’s Negative Coverage Of A Democratic PAC. ... HuffPost’s story about End Citizens United dropped to the second page of Google search results from right near the top.  HuffPost  

Watch the film the Israel Lobby didn't want you t o see.  Electronic Intifada  
Banned Documentary part 1-2 of 4
Banded Document ary part 3-4 of 4

(2007) Fascist America, in 10 easy steps ... From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all    Guardian  

NOVEMBER 7, 2018

Georgia Voters File Last-Minute Lawsuit to Stop Republican Brian Kemp From Counting Ballots in His Own Race ... "It would be improper, unfair, and contrary to the due process of law for Kemp to have the power to certify the winners of the 2018 elections."  CommonDreams  

The Election Is Only Half the Battle: Challenges of Progressive Governance.  TruthOut  

The Other Murderous Gulf. ... The disastrous regional adventurism and ruthless despotism of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has averted Washington’s gaze from the UAE’s own responsibility for the carnage that is roiling the region.  Carnegie Endowment  

US rebuffs Europeans over ensuring Iran sanctions exempt food and medicine. ... British, French and German ambassadors jointly tried to persuade US to outline how humanitarian supplies could be guaranteed.  Guardian  

The only thing Trump seems to fear is running out of fear itself. ...  The economy is booming but it is less Morning in America, more Recurring Nightmare. Truly, this is a Fox News election,  Guardian  

The U.S. Military’s Empire of Secrecy.  TruthDig  

U.K. Scientists Risk Prison to Urge Climate Action.  TruthDig  

WATCH: Ahead of Midterms, 'Rigged' Exposes GOP's 10-Year Effort To Sabotage Democracy by Undermining Voting Rights. ... "The suppression of American voters is something we thought our country had moved past, and yet here we are in the 21st century still engaged in this battle over fundamental rights."  


Trump Turns On Fox News And Tells Aides To Make Whatever They’re Saying A Law.  Go >> 

ICE Agent Decides He Wants Kids After Seeing Incredible Love And Devotion Of Parents Begging Him Not To Take Their Child.  Go >>

Report: Students Who Take Latin Have Better Chance Of Summoning Demon Later In Life.  
Go >>

The Supreme Court just agreed to hear a case that could nuke the separation of church and state. ... Get ready for a whole lot more religious icons in government buildings.  ThinkProgress  

Right-Wing Groups Are Recruiting Students to Target Teachers.  When the threatening letters started to arrive, Albert Ponce stopped letting his daughter touch the mail.  TruthDig  

NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Democrats will likely win the House, and *should* win the House, given traditional midterm voting patterns. They will then exploit that to proclaim that they're doing really well, are structurally sound, and no fundamental changes are needed to their collapsing party. - Glen Greenwals

A curious condition of a republic based roughly on the original Roman model is that it cannot allow true political parties to share in government. What then is a true political party: one that is based firmly in the interest of a class be it workers or fox hunters. Officially we have two parties which are in fact wings of a common party of property with two right wings. Corporate wealth finances each. Since the property party controls every aspect of media they have had decades to create a false reality for a citizenry largely uneducated by public schools that teach conformity with an occasional advanced degree in consumerism. - Gore Vidal

Scum vs. Scum. ... One-fourth of Democratic challengers in competitive House districts in this week’s elections have backgrounds in the CIA, the military, the National Security Council or the State Department. Nearly all candidates on the ballots in House races are corporate-sponsored, with a few lonely exceptions such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, members of the Democratic Socialists of America who are running as Democrats    TruthDig/Hedges  

How “centrists” became everything they loathed and ridiculed about the left.  Medium  

The next decade is on the ballot in 2018
To reverse Republican gerrymandering, Democrats must win key races this fall.  Vox  

'Instilling Fear in the 11th Hour': Experts Warn Trump DOJ Poll Monitors Being Sent to Intimidate Voters, Not Protect Them. ... "Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not have his eyes set on voter suppression but is instead exploiting this moment to push a false narrative about voter fraud.".  CommonDreams  

Crisis for American Democracy': It's 2018, in the Richest Nation on Earth, and Voting Machines Still Distorting Elections. ... "Voting machines that flip votes don't need to be hacked by a malicious foreign actor to undermine public confidence in the integrity of our democracy. That's being done for Americans, by Americans."  CommonDreams  

Joseph Stiglitz: 'America should be a warning to other countries'. ... In his lead-up to his Australian visit, the renowned economist warns of the triple threat of rising inequality, the undermining of democracy and climate change.  Guardian  

Socialism and the Ballot.  CounterPunch  

Noam Chomsky Argues the 'Revival of Hate' Fueled by Trump's Rhetoric Extends Back to Ronald Reagan. ... "The roots lie in what has happened to the general population over the past 40 years." AlterNet  

'One of the Biggest Fraud Cases Ever': Trump Biographer David Cay Johnston Uncovers Rudy Giuliani's Alleged Role In Massive $10 Billion Theft. ... The complaint is aimed at uncovering the full details of Russian money flowing to various Trump projects using so-called anonymous wealth companies. AlterNet

Trump wants voters to think the US economy is booming - is it? ... From trade wars to tax breaks, the administration is claiming credit for a booming economy ahead of the midterm elections - could it help him win? --- But what kind of jobs have been added? Wage growth has lagged behind jobs growth since the recession, suggesting that the kinds of jobs the US is adding are lower-waged and that, thanks in part of the decline of unions, employers still have the upper hand in pay negotiations despite the tight labor market.  

'Straight-Up Racist Incitement': Trump Campaign Ads, Warn Critics, Easily Mistaken as Neo-Nazi Propaganda. ... "This could be a video tweeted out from a far-right, neo-Nazi group," tweeted journalist Mehdi Hasan. "But it was tweeted out by the president of the United States."  CommonDreams  

NOVEMBER 5, 2018

Noam Chomsky Explains How 'Criminally Insane' Republicans Quietly Filed 'The Most Evil Document In History' ... The Republican philosophy seems to be "let’s rob while the planet burns, putting poor Nero in the shadows."  AlterNet  

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s caravan rhetoric – it’s much more profitable to incarcerate migrants than to stop them at the border. ... The multibillion dollar private immigration detention industry has spent millions lobbying the president and congress to make sure that the government doesn’t invest in more efficient, effective and humane measures.  Independent  

What Debate? Some Strategic Electoral Considerations.  CounterPunch/Street  

Noam Chomsky: Members of Migrant Caravan Are Fleeing from Misery & Horrors Created by the U.S.  DemocracyNow  

Energy Transfer: New Name, Same Oil Spills and Violence Against Protesters.  TruthOut  

Religious Freedom May Now Include Discrimination Against Jews and Muslims. ... South Carolina governor Henry McMaster moved to protect Miracle Hill and other agencies that want to to discriminate against Jews and others and continue to receive government funding.  ReWire News  

Can ICE Legally Force Immigrants to Cheer for Donald Trump?  Intercept  


Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN ... The world has two years to secure a deal for nature to halt a ‘silent killer’ as dangerous as climate change, says biodiversity chief.  Guardian  

'We've never seen this': massive Canadian glaciers shrinking rapidly. ... Glaciers in the Yukon territory are retreating even faster than expected in a warming climate, scientists warn.  Guardian  

Collapsing Rainforest Ecosystems.  

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds. ... The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilization, say the world’s leading scientists.  Guardian  

How Capitalism Stokes the Far Right and Climate Catastrophe.  TruthOut  

'We Have Less Time Than We Thought': Alarming New Study Shows Oceans Have Retained Far More Heat Than Previously Believed. ... "The planet warmed more than we thought. It was hidden from us just because we didn't sample it right. But it was there. It was in the ocean already."

New UN Report Warns of Impending Catastrophe as World Warms, Glaciers Melt.  TruthOut  

Trump’s EPA concludes communities don’t have the right to know about potentially toxic emissions. ... Industry supporters describe potentially toxic emissions as "normal odors" from animal waste.  ThinkProgress  

Praising Openly Fascist Bolsonaro as 'Like-Minded,' John Bolton Hails Brazilian Strongman as Welcome Ally in Crushing Latin American Left. ... "This is frankly terrifying. A wave of fascism is sweeping the globe, led by Trump and his malevolent, unhinged cronies."  CommonDreams     Related::  Bolsonaro: a Monster Engineered by Our Media, CounterPunch

China is committing ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang – it's time for the world to stand up.  ...  Beijing needs to be held to account. On Tuesday, a UN meeting provides other nations with that chance  Guardian  


Writers Under Surveillance - The FBI Files.  Writers are dangerous. They have ideas. The proclivity of writers for ideas drove the FBI to investigate many of them—to watch them, follow them, start files on them. Writers under Surveillance gathers some of these files, giving readers a surveillance-state perspective on writers including Hannah Arendt, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag, and Hunter S. Thompson.  MIT Press    

Trump’s Endless Mendacity and the Dawn of American Fascism .  TruthDig/Street  

Global Internet Freedom Plummets as Governments Use Censorship and Surveillance to Quash Dissent. ... New Freedom House analysis warns that the rising popularity of China's model of controlling information online threatens democracy worldwide  CommonDreams  

(2016) How Obama’s Normalization of the Brazil Coup Prefigured Trumpism. ... The terms he has used to describe the impending Trump presidency are pretty much the same ones his State Department used to condone Brazil’s putsch.  The Nation  

Republicans have their advertising strategy for 2018 locked down: Racism and sexism.  Daily Kos  

The Trump Economy Is Not What It Appears.  


The Pentagon's Cunning Plot to Militarize the Economy.  TruthDig    
 Related:   America’s Military-Industrial Base Is at Risk - And here’s what the White House is going to do about it.  
NY Times

The Insidious Myth of the Magical American Soldier.  TruthDig  

The Military’s Justification for Sending Thousands of Troops to the Border Is the Opposite of the Truth.  Intercept  

The Sinister Reason the U.S. Persists in Waging Losing Wars.  TruthDig  

A Glimpse Into the U.S. Warfare State Abyss  TruthDig  

Warning Trump Making US Soldiers Props in Racist Border 'Stunt,' Veterans Call on Active-Duty Troops to Refuse Orders to Deploy. ... "These extremely poor and vulnerable people are desperate for peace. Who among us would walk a thousand miles with only the clothes on our back without great cause?"  CommonDreams  

Trump’s Love Affair With Violence in the Age of Fascist Nihilism. TruthOut/Giroux  

NOVEMBER 1, 2018

The Lessons for Western Democracies From the Stunning Victory of Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.  

As Bolsonaro Threatens to Criminalize Protests, a New Resistance Movement Is Emerging in Brazil.  DemocracyNow  

As Handful of Billionaire Families Grab Nation's Wealth for Themselves, New Report Details How Dynasties Rig US Economy. ... "Today's extreme wealth inequality is perhaps greater than any time in American history. This is largely the result of rapidly growing wealth dynasties and a rigged economy."  CommonDreams  

Bombshell lawsuit depicts Trump family as ‘a racketeering enterprise that defrauded thousands of people’: NYT.  RawStory  

Has Mueller Subpoenaed the President? ... A careful reading of court filings suggests the special counsel hasn’t been quiet. Far from it.  Politico  

Tax Havens and Other Dirty Tricks Let U.S. Corporations Steal $180 Billion From the Rest of the World Every Year.  Intercept  

Neoliberalism is dead. Now let’s repair our democratic institutions. ... It’s never been a more exciting time to support a bigger role for government. So, what to nationalise? Or should we think even bigger?

Why a Neoliberal Society Can’t Survive.

What billionaires want: the secret influence of America’s 100 richest ... A new study reveals how the wealthy engage in ‘stealth politics’: quietly advancing unpopular, inequality-exacerbating, highly conservative policies.  Guardian

Billionaires Made More Money in 2017 Than Any Other Year in History.  TruthOut  


Trump Turns On Fox News And Tells Aides To Make Whatever They’re Saying A Law.  Go >> 

ICE Agent Decides He Wants Kids After Seeing Incredible Love And Devotion Of Parents Begging Him Not To Take Their Child.  Go >>

Report: Students Who Take Latin Have Better Chance Of Summoning Demon Later In Life.  Go >>

I live among the neo-Nazis in eastern Germany. And it’s terrifying. ... Chemnitz is the tip of an iceberg. Media equivocation and a failure to prosecute hate crimes has made the far right stronger. Guardian  







NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Chris Hedges on Elections, “Christian Fascists,” and the Rot Within the American System.  Intercept  
Feinstein amendment doubles down on NDAA's assault on constitutional rights ... While US government lawyers persist in defending the menacing Section 1021 in court, a Senate initiative makes matters worse.  Guardian  
and  Feinstein-Lee NDAA Amendment Passes,
But Is It Enough? New American  
Posse Comitatus  Wiki  

Why Democrats Are So Okay With Losing.  CounterPunch  

Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? Some 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election – the real story of white women voters is both more grim and more complex than the figure reveals  Guradian  

Half Million Killed by America's Global War on Terror 'Just Scratches the Surface' of Human Destruction. ... "This new body count signals that, far from diminishing, the war is only intensifying."  CommonDreams  

Most of the World Does Not Like U.S. Foreign Policy. ... But disregard for world opinion - as well as the opinion of the U.S. citizenry - defines the U.S. government.  AlterNet  

Marine Veteran Trains White Supremacists in Military Tactics. ... Patriot Front formed after Charlottesville, and leaked messages reveal members are getting trained like they’re in boot camp.  Daily Beast  

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: We Need to Confront Trump’s Creeping Authoritarianism.  DemocracyNow  

In 'Loud and Clear' Rebuke of Factory Farming, California Passes World's 'Strongest Animal Welfare Law'. ... While some animal rights advocates argue Proposition 12 won't prevent routine cruelty, its passage "clearly shows pro-animal-rights voter sentiment."  CommonDreams