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NOVEMBER 1 THROUGH 9

WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 9-11, 2018

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  
Related:
 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.
 CounterPunch  

GUNS IN AMERICA

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  
YouTube:
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."  
CommonDreams  

CLICK BAIT

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.  
Guardian  

'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  

ENVIRONMENT

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.  
CounterPunch 

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."
CommonDreams
 

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  

WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 2-4, 2018

WEEKEND READ:
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.  
TruthDig  

MILITARY

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.  
Intercept  

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?
 Guardian  

Why a Neoliberal Society Can’t Survive.
CounterPunch
 

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  

CLICK BAIT

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  


 

 

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NOVEMBER 12 THROUGH 21

NOVEMBER 21, 2018

It’s Time for America to Reckon With the Staggering Death Toll of the Post-9/11 Wars. The Intercept  

Trump’s Military Deployment to the US-Mexico Border Is Illegal.  TruthOut  

Big Oil v the planet is the fight of our lives. Democrats must choose a side. ... The industry has political supremacy even in left-leaning states, but immediate action can hold off an environmental state of emergency.  Guardian   
Related:  The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us.  Climate breakdown could be rapid and unpredictable. We can no longer tinker around the edges and hope minor changes will avert collapse.  Guardian  

CLICK BAIT

High School History Textbook Concludes With Little Blurb About Last 40 Years.  Go >>  

New Study Finds Reading Comprehension Down Amongst Dumb Fucks Perusing This Headline  
Go >>
 

Trump Hacks Through Thick Central American Jungle In Search Of Entirely New Ethnic Group To Demonize.   Go >>  

The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins.  TruthOut  

Al Jazeera host corners Trump supporter on president’s lies like few American journalists ever have.
 RawStory  

White evangelicals will never dump Trump — but their power is shrinking as people flee organized religion.  RawStory  

Filipino Reporter Maria Ressa on Duterte’s Targeting of the Press & How Facebook Aids Authoritarians.  DemocracyNow  

Vermont Immigrant Rights Group Sues ICE for Monitoring, Infiltrating & “Hunting Down” Organizers.  DemocracyNow  

This is the everyday mechanical mechanism that could define consciousness. ... It sounds like something hippies might have dreamed up.  AlterNet  
Related:  Navigating our thoughts: Fundamental principles of thinking. ScienceDaily  

NOVEMBER 20, 2018

Are We About to Face Our Gravest Constitutional Crisis? ... “Trump knows once the Democrats control the House, they can subpoena the records of his administration,” ....... “He’s going to want to get this over with, even if it sparks a constitutional crisis, while the Republicans still control the Congress. There’s little doubt this will all come to a head before the Christmas holidays.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Picture This

Pelosi’s Deceptive Plan: Blocking any Tax Rise Could Rule Out Medicare-for-All and Bolstering Social Security.  CounterPunch  

Your Tax Dollars At Work: On the Utterly Lunatic Chimera of "Mission Enhancing Capabilities".  CommonDreams  

AMAZON

Amazon Doesn’t Just Want to Dominate the Market—It Wants to Become the Market. ... The company is a radically new kind of monopoly with ambitions that dwarf those of earlier empires.  
The Nation  
 Related:  The Scam at the Heart of New York’s Amazon Deal. ... New York is struggling with competing housing, education, and transit crises. So why is it giving billions to a voracious mega-monopoly?  The Nation  

Amazon HQ2 Will Cost Taxpayers at Least $4.6 Billion, More Than Twice What the Company Claimed, New Study Shows. The  Intercept  

Amazon headquarters auction another example of corporate welfare. Rabble  

Amazon’s Long Game Is Clearer Than Ever. ... Why bother with these middling steps in between? Let’s just fast-forward to the inevitable Amazon-led oligarchy.  Rolling Stone  

Amazon Deal: New York Taxpayers Fund World Biggest Sex-Toy Retailer.  CounterPunch  

This 2014 interview of Trump’s acting attorney general is beyond belief. ... It's like he just started spouting random phrases he heard at a Federalist Society convention.  ThinkProgress  

Donald Trump and the Counterrevolutionary War.  Intercept  

Save the U.S. Postal Service: Here's the corrupt scheme to privatize a precious American institution — and why we have to stop it. ... It's yet another scheme to tear down government's good works.  AlterNet  

NOVEMBER 19, 2018

The War Over Words: Republicans Easily Defeat the Democrats. ... Republicans have been winning the “war over words” for years. First, the hard core political right wingers symbolically claimed the Bible and the American flag, turning them upside down. To them the Bible meant anything but the Golden Rule and compassion for the “poor,” so frequently noted in the Scriptures. They brandished the flag as a patriotic symbol to gag dissent, as a bandanna for waging war crimes, and as a fig leaf to hide the shame of their cruel domestic policies in the US CounterPunch/Nader

JULIAN ASSANGE - WIKILEAKS

The DNC’S Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks Poses a Serious Threat to Press Freedom.  Intercept  

Justice Department Preparing To Prosecute WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: WSJ. ... DOJ expects to soon prosecute Assange, who has been living in London, reports The Wall Street Journal.  HuffPost  

WikiLeaks Lawyer Warns U.S. Charges Against Assange Endanger Press Freedom Worldwide.  DemocracyNow  

Snowden Speaks Out for Assange: 'If You Would Deny a Thing to Your Enemy, It Is Not a Right'. ... "You cannot support the prosecution of a publisher for publishing without narrowing the basic rights every newspaper relies on," says NSA whistleblower.   CommonDreams  

The Dangerous Rush to Judgment Against Julian Assange.  TruthDig  

(2011) Wiki war: 3500 unpublished leaks destroyed forever as Assange hits out.  The Age  

NYT Investigation: How Facebook Used a Republican Firm to Attack Critics & Spread Disinformation.  DemocracyNow  

The ‘Pelosi Problem’ Runs Deep.  TruthDig  

The Adelsons gave $100 million to the GOP; now Miriam Adelson is getting the Medal of Freedom,  Daily Kos     Related:  Trump’s blatantly political use of pardons and Medals of Freedom  WaPo  

Brexit Chaos: With Tory Government in Shambles, Jeremy Corbyn Demands Theresa May Withdraw 'Half-Baked' Brexit Deal. ... Labour leader warns Prime Minister's deal "risks leaving the country in an indefinite halfway house without a real say."
CommonDreams
 

Weekend of November 16-18, 2018

WEEKEND READ -
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking review – God, space, AI, Brexit.  ... This absorbing posthumous book draws on essays, lectures, speeches and the questions the physicist was so often asked. Guardian  
Available at $12.09 - Book Depository  

Justice Department Says It’s Preparing To Prosecute WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange: WSJ. ... DOJ expects to soon prosecute Assange, who has been living in London, reports The Wall Street Journal.  HuffPost  

To beat Trump, House Democrats need to fight on policy, not just scandals. ... Trump’s weakness is policy. Can Democrats exploit it?   Vox  

The Threat to Nancy Pelosi’s Speakership Is Suddenly Serious. ... Her antagonists have her full attention.  Slate  

To Help Democrats With 'Stiffening Their Spines,' New Indivisible Guide Details How Trump Resistance Can Switch From Defense to Offense. ... "We can set the legislative agenda with a bold progressive vision rooted in inclusion, fairness, and justice. But none of this is automatic—we have to demand it of Congress."  CommonDreams  

ON FASICISM

Signs of Creeping Fascism Are All Around Us. TruthDig/Street  

The Midterms Did Not Stop the March of Fascism, But We Can.  TruthOut  

As hate crimes rise, a bill to combat the problem languishes in Congress. ... The bill could help improve how much we know about the state of hate crimes in America.  ThinkProgress  

Republicans Used a Bill About Wolves to Avoid a Vote on Yemen War.  ... Republican leaders in the House of Representatives undercut a bipartisan effort to end U.S. involvement in Yemen by sneaking a measure that would kill an anti-war resolution into a vote about wolves.  Intercept    Related:  By Blocking Yemen Resolution, House GOP Is Abdicating Its Duty to Decide War & Peace.  DemocracyNow   

In the Wake of the Blue Wave: the Midterms, Recounts, and the Future of Progressive Politics.  
CounterPunch  

Here’s why you aren’t hearing about the civilians the U.S. is killing in Yemen. ... Under the Trump administration an increasing number of civilians are being killed by U.S. drone strikes.  ThinkProgress

NOVEMBER 15, 2018

Amazon's Billion-Dollar Shakedown of America's Cities.  TruthDig      Related:  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Right about Amazon’s Corporate Welfare.  National Review   And  As Jeff Bezos Earns $191K Per Minute, Why Are NY & VA Giving Amazon $3 Billion in Corporate Welfare?  DemocracyNow  

“An Incredible Victory”: Opponents of Keystone XL Pipeline Praise Judicial Order Blocking Construction.  DemocracyNow  

Psychiatrist Justin Frank on Trump’s “God complex”: He is “erotically attached to violence”
Author of “Trump on the Couch” suggests therapy: Trump struggles against “fear of his inner chaos,” and needs help.  Salon  

There are many new signs that Donald Trump is mentally deteriorating. ... It is hard to avoid the idea that there is a pattern to all of this.  AlterNet  

Israel’s latest strikes on Gaza were deliberate attempts to prolong the suffering of Palestinians – and the world has fallen for it.  Independent  

The midterm results are challenging racism in America in ways you wouldn’t think. ... Many of the decisions made during the midterms were more vital in their effect on people’s lives than the choice of elected representative in Congress.  Independent/Cockburn   Related:  Don't be fooled. The midterms were not a bad night for Trump Republicans lost many races, but they still held on to most of their positions. And Trump will see that as a victory.  Guardian  

Nancy Pelosi Wants to Find “Common Ground” With Donald Trump. But Her Job Right Now Is to Fight Fascism.  Intercept  


You Probably Never Heard About These 500 Missing And Murdered Women. ... Native women and girls disappear in life, data and the media, a new report argues.  HuffPost  

Millions in danger of food insecurity due to severe Caribbean droughts.  Science Daily  

NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Gaza Is Already Unlivable: A Response to Israel’s Deadly Airstrikes Targeting TV Station & Homes.  DemocracyNow  

Veterans Resist: Deploying Art to Oppose Militarism.  TruthOut   Related: Veterans taking action against militarism and endless wars. About Face  

Should We Do Away With Veterans Day Altogether?  TruthDig  

Interior department whistleblower: Ryan Zinke hollowed out the agency. ... At first I kept an open mind about Trump’s interior secretary. But it soon became clear he put the oil, gas and mining industry above our mission.  Guardian  

This neuroscientist details the 14 distinct cognitive flaws that lead people to become hard-core Trump supporters. ... These people would follow Trump off a cliff.  AlterNet  

This Country Is on Track to Be Run by Billionaires' Kids.  TruthDig  

CLICK BAIT

Study Finds Only 20% Of Seminary Graduates Go On To Become God  Go >>

United States Sends Laos Bill For 80 Million Undetonated Bombs Still Left In Country From Vietnam War  Go >>

Conservative Floridian Enjoys Living Under Sharia Law More Than He Thought He Would  Go >>  

Tropical Trump Declares War on Amazonia. ... When it comes to planetary carnage, Trump (Amerika’s president) is facing strong competition. Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro aka “Tropical Trump” will likely outdo Amerika’s destroy the EPA Trump.
CounterPunch  

Top Issues for Voters: Healthcare, Economy, Immigration. (Note: voters still don't consider climate change as critical to survival)  Gallup  

NOVEMBER 13, 2018

Who’s the Real American Psycho?.  NY Times  

Crucifying Julian Assange. TruthDig/Hedges  
Related:  
Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit. ... The murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the case of Julian Assange, and freedom of the press  CommonDreams  

Military “Service” Serves the Ruling Class. ... One cannot serve both the one percent and the 99 percent as their interests are at odds with each other. Although many join for righteous reasons, actions speak louder than intentions. Actions of the U.S. military has always been death, destruction, anguish of the working class, and entitlements for the elites. When the ruling class benefits it’s always at the expense of the poor. CounterPunch  

Badge of Shame: the Government’s War on Military Veterans.   “For soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, coming home is more lethal than being in combat.” - Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston.  CounterPunch  

Israel Denounced for 'Cowardly' Attack After Late-Night Raid and Bombing of Gaza Kills 7 Palestinians. ... "Imagine if Palestinians crossed into Israel and killed Israelis, all hell would break loose but Palestinians are expected to just accept this."  CommonDreams  

American History for Truthdiggers: Tragic Dawn of Overseas Imperialism.  TruthDig  

(2001) Iraq: the great cover-up. John Pilger  

Behind Pentagon Efforts to Rewrite the Vietnam War.  TruthDig  

Evangelical pastor details how he expects Trump’s foreign policy to ‘kick-start the end times’ ... Nate Pyle also tells Newsweek that evangelicals appreciate that Trump seems to prioritize protecting Christians’ religious liberties.  AlterNet  

Republican Operative Goons Are Trying to Pull Another ‘Brooks Brothers Riot’ in Florida’s Recount—But So Far They Can’t Get Inside the Door. ... Efforts to pursue a complete count of the votes cast continue in south Florida, in spite of GOP panic.  AlterNet  

NOVEMBER 12, 2018

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



 

 

NOVEMBER 22 THROUGH 30

WEEKEND OF NOV.30 to DEC. 2, 2018

Weekend Read:
Brief History of Neoliberalism -
by David Harvey
. ... Neoliberalism - the doctrine that market exchange is an ethic in itself, capable of acting as a guide for all human action - -has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since 1970 or so. Writing for a wide audience, David Harvey, ... tells the political-economic story of where neoliberalization came from and how it proliferated on the world stage. Powell's  

Demands for Trump Labor Secretary to Resign After 'Jaw-Dropping' and 'Enraging' Story About a Sweetheart Deal for Billionaire Pedophile. ... "It is horrifying that Acosta would be a member of good society again, let alone in the line of succession to the presidency."  CommonDreams  
Related:   He was over 50.- They were little girls. - Their stories were almost identical. - The evidence was substantial.  Miami Herald  

Ralph Nader: Congress Belongs to Corporate Autocrats.  TruthDig/Nader  

Fourth National Climate Assessment
Global Change
Download Summary  

To Tackle Climate Crisis, Says Bernie Sanders, US Must 'Be Bold and Aggressive in Standing Up to Greed of Fossil Fuel Industry' ... "We have got to rally the American people. The scientific community has made it 100 percent clear... this is a major crisis facing this country and our planet."  CommonDreams  

New analysis of solar and wind should put the natural gas industry on notice. ... Renewables to capture two-thirds of the $10 trillion the world will invest in new generation through 2040.  ThinkProgress  

Julian Assange Faces Federal Charges. But Let’s Not Forget What We’ve Learned From WikiLeaks.... As the U.S. reportedly closes in on Julian Assange, a look back at WikiLeaks’ biggest stories.
HuffPost
 

Why You Should Care About the Julian Assange Case. ... Forget Jim Acosta. If you’re worried about Trump’s assault on the press, news of a Wikileaks indictment is the real scare story.  
Rolling Stone  

U.K. and Ecuador Conspire to Deliver Julian Assange to U.S. Authorities.  TruthDig  

The Politics of the Viciousness: the US After the Midterms. CounterPunch  

Noam Chomsky: How the US “Politically Vulgarizes” Genocide and War Crimes. ... The US has never used the terms genocide or war crimes to define its own historical and current actions.  TruthOut  

Noam Chomsky Turns 90: How a U.S. Anarchist Has More Than Survived.  CounterPunch  

Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots and undisclosed funders paid Matthew Whitaker $1.2 million.  Washington Post  

Trump has only distributed a fraction of promised bailout funds for farmers hurt by tariffs. ... Less than $900 million of a $12 billion bailout program has actually been given to U.S. producers.  ThinkProgress  

How America’s Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling an Increase in White Supremacist Violence in U.S.  DemocracyNow  

Saudi Arabia accused of torturing women’s rights activists with electric shocks and flogging. ... President Trump did not respond to these developments, but did thank Saudi for lower oil prices.  ThinkProgress  

The Neo-Nazis in Canada’s Military.  
CounterPunch
 

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

Here's how the philosophers of selfishness came to use Christianity as their cover story. ... The gospel of selfishness in American Christianity.  
AlterNet  

Barack von Obamenburg, Herr Donald, and Big Capitalist Hypocrisy: On How Fascism Happens.  CounterPunch  

NOVEMBER 28, 2018

It Is Possible Paul Manafort Visited Julian Assange. If True, There Should Be Ample Video and Other Evidence Showing This. Intercept  

Assange Never Met Manafort. Luke Harding and the Guardian Publish Still More Blatant MI6 Lies.  
Craig Murray  

New Law Could Give U.K. Unconstitutional Access to Americans’ Personal Data, Human Rights Groups Warn.  Intercept  

CIA chief targets WikiLeaks and Julian Assange as ‘hostile,’ vows to take action. McClatchy  

Research predicted this wave of right-wing domestic terrorism. Republicans tanked the report. ... Then-Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) blasted Janet Napolitano for insulting "American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation."  ThinkProgress  

CLICK BAIT

The Hitlergate Hearings.  Go >>  

Facebook Just Filled With Crazy Idiots Now.
Go >>  

Jimmy Kimmel Tricks Trump Fans Into Believing He’s Deporting Statue Of Liberty.  Go >>  

After Visiting Brazil’s Lula in Prison, Noam Chomsky Warns Against “Disaster” Under Jair Bolsonaro.  DemocracyNow  

Brazil's new foreign minister believes climate change is a Marxist plot. ... Ernesto Araújo has called climate science ‘dogma’ and bemoaned the ‘criminalisation’ of red meat, oil and heterosexual sex.  Guardian  

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Gala Raises Record $60 Million for Soldiers.  Variety  

The Counterinsurgency Paradigm: How U.S. Politics Have Become Paramilitarized.  Intercept  

End Times for American Liberalism. 
CounterPunch

The Destruction of Higher Education Today.  CounterPunch  

Romanticism’s Revenge: From Vegetarianism to Nazi Animal Rights.  CounterPunch  

There's no such thing as humane meat or eggs. Stop kidding yourself.  Guardian  

NOVEMBER 27, 2018

Neoliberalism's Dark Path to Fascism . ... Neoliberalism as economic theory was always an absurdity. It had as much validity as past ruling ideologies such as the divine right of kings and fascism’s belief in the Übermensch. None of its vaunted promises were even remotely possible.  TruthDig  

The Counterinsurgency Paradigm: How U.S. Politics Have Become Paramilitarized.
 Intercept  

Noam Chomsky: The Future of Organized Human Life Is At Risk Thanks to GOP’s Climate Change Denial.  DemocracyNow  

Business as Usual: Washington’s Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela.  CounterPunch  

Noam Chomsky destroys ‘criminally insane’ Trump administration. ... “It’s as if we’re kind of like the proverbial lemmings just happily marching off the cliff."  AlterNet  

Georgia Senator Nikema Williams: Black, Female and Under Arrest.  Greg Palast  

Heil Trump': Members of the Alt-Right Are Looking Forward to a Whiter America. ... The alt-right's premiere think tank held a conference over the weekend to hose some of the most famous white supremacists in the world. This is what they said.  Vice  

Nationalism, Religion and Sports Have Captivated the Working Class. Why Hasn’t Socialism?  
CounterPunch
 

Shooting Pepper Spray at Children Okay, Former CBP Deputy Chief Tells Fox News, Because 'You Could Actually Put It on Your Nachos and Eat It'. ... "The layers of racism encapsulated in this short clip is extraordinary."   CommonDreams   

The Price for Criticizing Israel.
 Consortium News  

UK PARLIAMENT "MOTION"

That this House is alarmed by the election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil's president; notes his support for the former dictatorship in Brazil and his remarks that it should have killed tens of thousands of more people; further notes his statements in favour of torture and extrajudicial police killings; expresses its deep concern over his recent remarks for a purge of political rivals in a cleansing the likes of which has never been seen in Brazilian history; rejects his threatening remarks against working class organisations, women, Brazil's large black population, homeless people, the LGBT community and non-governmental organisations; notes that the former President Lula was favourite to win the presidential election until he was jailed and barred from standing in a move condemned by the UN Human Rights Committee; notes that Judge Moro who carried out that investigation into Lula has, since the election, accepted appointment by Bolsonaro to be Brazil's Minister of Justice; calls for Lula's release; and expresses its support with Brazilians defending democracy, human rights and social progress


NOVEMBER 26, 2018

WAR - IS WHAT DEFINES US

A March to Disaster: Noam Chomsky Condemns Trump for Pulling Out of Landmark Nuclear Arms Treaty.  DemocracyNow  

The US military prepares for global combat — while still trapped in a Middle Eastern quagmire of its own creation. ... "It is often said that, in an Orwellian sense, every nation needs an enemy to unite and discipline its population."
 AlterNet  

Costs of War: 17 Years After 9/11, Nearly Half a Million People Have Died in Global “War on Terror”  DemocracyNow  

Daniel Ellsberg: The Cold War Was Based on a Lie.  TruthDig  

How America’s Perpetual Warfare Abroad Is Fueling an Increase in White Supremacist Violence in U.S.  DemocracyNow  

American History for Truthdiggers: A Savage 'War to End All Wars,' and a Failed Peace. ... America wasn’t supposed to get in the war. When the country finally did, it was to be a war “to end all wars,” to “make the world safe for democracy,” one in which, for once, the Allies would seek “peace without victory.” How powerful was the romantic and idealistic rhetoric of Woodrow Wilson, America’s historian and political scientist turned president. None of that came to pass, of course. No, just less than three years after the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, the working classes of the United States would join those of Europe in a grinding, gruesome, attritional fight to the finish. In the end, some 116,000 Americans would die alongside about 9 million soldiers from the other belligerent nations.  TruthDig  

Despite Apec drama, China is winning the fight for the Pacific, step by patient step. ... The US and its would-be allies, including Australia, lack a coherent, joined-up plan to counter Beijing’s growing sway.  Guardian  

Will the new House Dems take on the War Lobby?  CounterPunch  

Thieves Like Us: the Violent Theft of Land and Capital is at the Core of the U.S. Experiment.  CounterPunch 

Corporate PACs Took A Beating In The Election. Now They Want More Power. ... Courting Democrats and veteran journalists is part of their strategy.  HuffPost  

WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER 23-25, 2018

sWhere are the voices of indigenous peoples in the Thanksgiving story? ... As we consider history and its place in our schools, it is important to ask: how do state-mandated history standards represent indigenous peoples in social studies education?  AlterNet  

This Thanksgiving, The Trump Administration Is Taking Land From The Tribe That Welcomed The Pilgrims. ... The Pilgrims would have died without the Wampanoag’s help. But Trump and his administration are arguing that the tribe is not Indian enough to keep its reservation status.
 HuffPost  

'Absolute Disgrace': When No One Looking, White House Plans to Dump Major Climate Report on Black Friday. ... The administration just announced Wednesday that the National Climate Assessment Volume II would be released Friday afternoon.  CommonDreams  

With GOP Once More Running Economy Into the Ground, Time to Start Worrying About the Next Crash. ... Ten years after the start of the Great Recession, it’s important to understand that the real root of the collapse wasn’t a banking crisis. It was the growing imbalance between consumer spending and total output – brought on by stagnant wages and widening inequality.  CommonDreams  

The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About.  Truthdig  

Lobbyist Documents Reveal Health Care Industry Battle Plan Against “Medicare for All”.
 Intercept  

Romanticism’s Revenge: From Vegetarianism to Nazi Animal Rights.  CounterPunch  
Related
:   List of famous vegetarians  Wiki 

Break up Facebook (and while we're at it, Google, Apple and Amazon). ... Big tech has ushered in a second Gilded Age. We must relearn the lessons of the first, writes the former US labor secretary.  Guardian  

A Georgia nightmare: This woman was jailed for 4 months for possessing cotton candy. ... Cops said their roadside drug test said it was meth. It’s far from the only time the cops or the test has been wrong.  AlterNet  

NOVEMBER 22, 2018

Noam Chomsky: Moral Depravity Defines US Politics.  TruthOut  

Trump’s Amoral Saudi Statement Is a Pure Expression of Decades-Old “U.S. Values” and Foreign Policy Orthodoxies.  Intercept  

Right on Cue, Saudi Foreign Minister Uses Trump's Remarks to Legitimize Kingdom's Denials About Khashoggi Murder. ... "We have the president of the United States saying the reports of the CIA report are not accurate," said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubier.  CommonDreams  

Saudi Arabia accused of torturing women’s rights activists with electric shocks and flogging. ... President Trump did not respond to these developments, but did thank Saudi for lower oil prices.  ThinkProgress  .

Netanyahu’s Ceasefire is Meant to Keep Gaza Imprisoned.  CounterPunch  

Who's Really Leading the Democratic Rebellion Against Pelosi?  TruthDig  

The Mainstream Media Is Lying About the California Fires.  TruthDig  

The Indictment of Julian Assange Is a Threat to Press Freedom. ... If the First Amendment means anything, it is the right to obtain public-interest information from impure, indeed hopelessly tainted, sources.  The Nation  

Journalist James Risen: Trump Is Attacking Free Press 'In a Way We Haven't Seen in Modern American History'. ... "I think the Acosta incident is... a symbol of an attempt to discredit not only CNN but the entire press corps."  
CommonDreams
 

‘What lane now?’: Internet slams NRA for shooting at Mercy Hospital — after they told doctors to ‘stay in their lane’   RawStory  

Donald Trump’s fascist politics and the language of disappearance. ... Trump’s language seems buffoonish, but he’s no clown. His rhetoric is meant to destroy thought and democracy.  
Salon/Giroux  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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