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OCTOBER 2018 POLITICAL ARTICLES

OCTOBER 1 THROUGH 9

OCTOBER 9, 2018

Columbus set the tone that came after -
These five horrifying Christopher Columbus quotes will show you how to celebrate the holiday the right way.  RawStory  

Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Led Far Right Wins a Victory Far More Sweeping and Dangerous Than Anyone Predicted. Its Lessons Are Global.  Intercept  

Kafka as Prophet.  CounterPunch  

Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong. ... Schools continue to perpetrate myths about Columbus.  AlterNet  

These five horrifying Christopher Columbus quotes will show you how to celebrate the holiday the right way.  RawStory  


“The verdict was determined by the first words
that happened to come from the judge’s mouth
in an impulse of rage.” - Kafka

'What Goes Around, Comes Around': Kavanaugh's Snarl Takes on New Meaning Now That He's a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. ... "So no matter how genteelly he forces himself to behave in the future," warns Naomi Klein, "remember that the snarl was the truth - not just about his character but about his true purpose on the bench."  CommonDreams  

“They Did Not Care”: How the GOP Dismissed Assault Accusations & Confirmed Kavanaugh. DemocracyNow!  

Marketing War: the Incessant Drumbeat of Mortal Danger.  CounterPunch  

Robert Reich: There's Only One Way to Contain This Catastrophe. ... Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they’ll vote in the midterms should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump.  TruthDig/Reich  

Critics fear Amazon's minimum wage hike will distract from its other issues. ... The world’s most powerful retailer will pay more, but its impact on the economy may mean more struggles for low-wage workers.  Guardian  

OCTOBER 8, 2018

DOJ Seeking Info on 6,000 People Who ‘Liked’ Anti-Trump Facebook Page.  Law & Crime  
Related:
 DOJ demands Facebook information from 'anti-administration activists'  CNN  

Support the 59 remaining defendants facing 61 years in prison. The arrests were made by use of a “kettle” technique on the corners of 12th and L Streets, after no orders to disperse. 214 of these arrestees were charged under the Federal Riot Statute.  
Disrupt j20  

Noam Chomsky: Facebook and Google Pose a Manifest Danger  TruthDig  

Key Senators Say Disappearance of Washington Post Columnist Should End U.S. “Blank Check” to Saudi Arabia.  Intercept  

Kingdom Crackdown. ... Saudi Women Who Fought for the Right to Drive Are Disappearing and Going Into Exile.  Intercept   Related: Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed Inside Consulate, Turkish Officials Say Khashoggi disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.  HuffPost  

The Coming Kavanaugh Court Doctrine: Democrats Are Unconstitutional. ... Kavanaugh promised, “What goes around comes around.” What does that mean for cases that help Republicans and hurt Democrats at the ballot box?  HuffPost  

America Is on the Road to Becoming a Fascist State. ... In a compelling essay for The New York Review of Books this month, Christopher R. Browning, a leading historian of the Holocaust and Nazism, outlines the frightening parallels between the United States and the Weimar Republic.   TruthDig  

Trump’s pro-coal agenda could get boost if this ‘diehard’ ally of fossil fuel industry is confirmed. ... Bernard McNamee previously worked for the far-right Texas Public Policy Foundation..
 ThinkProgress  

Thousands of anti-coal protesters celebrate German forest's reprieve. ... Court victory halts utility firm RWE’s plan to raze Hambach woodland and expand an opencast mine.  Guardian  

A Fast-Growing Christian Movement Believes Trump's Election Is Part of God's Plan. ... A Trump prophecy movement believes that his election was part of God's plan.  AlterNet  

Here’s why Christians believe in miracles – and other kinds of magic.  RawStory  

Weekend of October 6-7

Weekend Read:
The Public in Peril - Trump and the Menace of American Authoritarianism. By Henry A Giroux
... This is one of the first books to thoroughly critique the rise of Trumpism and its potential impact, nationally and? globally. One of the world’s leading social critics, Giroux offers new critiques of Trump and his early Cabinet choices in the context of longer term trends, including the rise of right-wing populism, the threat of planetary peril, anti-intellectual fervor, the war on youth, a narrowing political discourse, deepening inequality and disposability, Authoritarianism, the crisis of civic culture, the rise of the mass incarceration state, and more.
Amazon

NY TImes: "Forty-seven percent of voters who approve of Mr. Trump say they feel like strangers in their own country, while 44 percent of those who disapprove of him say the same. Nearly half of women feel this way. About 60 percent of African-Americans and Asian-Americans do. A majority of voters say this in West Virginia coal country and in a deeply conservative Kentucky district. But the feeling is also common in the highly educated suburbs of Orange County, Calif."

Historian of Nazism Explains Why GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Is the 'Gravedigger of American Democracy' ... The majority leaders is playing the same role as pre-war Germany's Paul von Hindenburg.  AlterNet  
Related:  A Historian Details Why America Under Trump Is Closer to Civil War Than It Has Been Since the 1850s. ... Trump supporters’ feelings of cultural alienation have actually increased slightly since his election.  AlterNet  

America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone.  Accountability is for the little people, immunity is for the ruling class. If this ethos seems familiar, that is because it has preceded some of the darkest moments in human history.  Guardian  

Professor of History Explains How Trump Becomes a Dictator. ... Unfortunately there’s more than just the rhetoric and actions that have made Trump’s presidency a real possibility.  AlterNet  

Could Brazil Return to a Dictatorship? Glenn Greenwald on Possible Election of Far-Right Demagogue.  DemocracyNow  

It comes as no shock that the powerful hate ‘identity politics’  The right denigrates equal rights campaigns as ‘grievances’ while cornering the market in victimhood.  Guardian  

Warnings of More 'War and Unilateral Aggression' as Pompeo and Bolton Launch Joint Attack on Global Cooperation. ... After ditching a treaty with Iran to rebuff an ICJ sanctions ruling, Bolton announces review of international agreements to prevent future court decisions.  CommonDreams  

US plan to genetically alter crops via insects feared to be biological war plan. ... Program says it will use virus-carrying insects to engineer crops, but some worry it’s a way to develop biological agents.  Guardian  

Is Donald Trump Mentally Fit to Be President? Dr. Bandy Lee Questions Trump’s Capacity to Govern.  DemocracyNow  

Trump’s latest rule rollback makes natural gas as dirty as coal.  Grist  

The Trump administration knows the planet is going to boil. It doesn't care. ... Trump’s team used last week to sneak in disastrous, linked policies on climate change and child refugee camps.  
Guardian
 

Climate Change Is a Major Midterm Issue. Corporate Media Are Ignoring It.  TruthOut  

Direct Action and the British State.
 Craig Murray  

OCTOBER 5, 2018

NYT Exposé: “Self-Made Billionaire” Donald Trump Built Empire on Father’s Money, Tax Dodging & Fraud.  DemocracyNow  

Trump Faces Probe into Tax Fraud After NYT Exposes How He Helped Parents Scam Millions from Gov’t.  DemocracyNow  

US begins denying visas for same-sex domestic partners of diplomats. ... Memo to UN headquarters staff said under the new policy, which took effect Monday, couples must be married to qualify for visas.  Guardian  

The Link Between Human Trafficking and Dirty Energy in Minnesota. TruthOut  

Why Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 Is a Win for Big Oil — But a Huge Loss for Workers and the Environment. ... While oil companies would reap benefits from the deal, workers at home and abroad would suffer. AlterNet  

Weaponized Communication at the UN: Talking With Richard Falk.  CounterPunch  

Why Wilderness? It’s Irreplaceable.
 CounterPunch  

Charter schools are big business. Who's making money off public education?  ... The Arizona Republic reveals what charter schools don't tell parents. See the ongoing investigation here.
AZ Central  

How Feedback Loops Are Driving Runaway Climate Change.  TruthOut  

'Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist': Sanders Introduces Bill to Break Up Nation's Largest Wall Street Banks.  CommonDreams  

OCTOBER 4, 2018

American Dissident: Noam Chomsky on the State of the Empire.  Intercept  

Global Image of US Plummets as 70% of People Worldwide Have 'No Confidence' in Trump Leadership. .. Only 50 percent of the world currently has a favorable opinion of the U.S., according to Pew, compared with 64 percent of those surveyed at the end of Obama's presidency.  
CommonDreams  

'The Drums of War Are Beating': ICJ Ruled US Sanctions Violate Treaty With Iran, So Pompeo Just Ditched It. ... NIAC leader Trita Parsi says the Secretary of State "walking out of it signals that he wants to make sure that disputes with Iran are NOT resolved peacefully."  CommonDreams  
Related: Warnings of More 'War and Unilateral Aggression' as Pompeo and Bolton Launch Joint Attack on Global Cooperation. ... After ditching a treaty with Iran to rebuff an ICJ sanctions ruling, Bolton announces review of international agreements to prevent future court decisions.
 CommonDreams  

I Just Visited Lula, the World’s Most Prominent Political Prisoner. A “Soft Coup” in Brazil’s Election Will Have Global Consequences.  Intercept  

Tortured Solutions: Ecuador, the UK and Julian Assange’s Fate.  CounterPunch  

CLICK BAIT

Trump Boys Leave $5 Bill, Candy Bar Under Propped-Up Laundry Basket In Effort To Catch Op-Ed Writer.  Go >

Senate Republicans Seek To Delay Kavanaugh Vote Until Accuser Properly Smeared.  Go >

Paper Towels On Amazon Surge To $2,000 A Roll After Crippling Cost Increase Of Paying Workers A Living Wage.  Go >

Trump Is the Laughingstock of the World - Literally. TruthDig  

Pentagon Stands by Cameroon - Despite Forensic Analysis Showing Its Soldiers Executed Women and Children.  Intercept  

Capitalism Is Not the “Market System”.  
TruthOut  

OCTOBER 3, 2018

DARK MONEY, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
 Watch it on PBS  

Danny Glover on Why Democracy is Under Threat in Brazil.  YouTube  

What Does Trump’s “New NAFTA” Trade Deal Signal for Workers, Corporate Power & the Environment?.  DemocracyNow

Taibbi: Censorship Does Not End Well ... How America learned to stop worrying and put Mark Zuckerberg in charge of everything.  RollingStone  

With ISIS Defeated, Trump Targets Iran.  CounterPunch/Cockburn    

Robert Reich: America Has Become a Nation of Bullies.  TruthDig/Reich  

How America Came to Have the World's Biggest Prison Population.  TruthDig  

Ten Items Corroborate Dr. Blasey Ford’s Allegation Kavanaugh Tried to Rape Her.  CounterPunch  

Everyone Washes Their Hands as Gaza’s Economy Goes into Freefall.  CounterPunch  

OCTOBER 2, 2018

Yesterday, Israel snipers killed 5 Palestinians demanding their freedom, including 2 kids. For 27 straight weeks protestors have been gunned down by the Israeli army without the international community batting an eye.

Lynching the Past.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Trump Administration Quietly Moves 1,600 Migrant Children To Texas Tent City: Report ... The children have been relocated ... mostly in the middle of the night without warning - from shelters and private foster care to Tornillo in the Texas desert.  HuffPost  

Ex-Senate Aide: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Every Time He Has Testified Under Oath.
 DemocracyNow  

LOOTERS PARADISE

New “Dark Money” Documentary Shines Light Into the Shadows Cast by the Super-Rich.
Intercept

The Collapse of the Middle Class and the Rise of a New 'Precariat'  TruthDig  
'Preecariat' - Wiki  

With Nation Transfixed By Kavanaugh Monstrosity, House GOP Votes to Give Rich Another $3 Trillion in Tax Cuts. ... "This is yet another shameful tax law that would swindle working families and siphon even more funding from the programs that help our communities thrive."  CommonDreams  

False Profits: Reviving the Corporation’s Public Purpose.  UCLA Law Review  

Ralph Nader: Kavanaugh Is a Corporation Masquerading as a Judge.  TruthDig  

Our Hidden History of Corporations in the United States.  Reclaim Democracy 

To Appease the Rich, the U.S. Will Go to Staggering Lengths.  TruthDig  

Vatican magazine tells Catholic church to stop using nuns as cheap labour. ... Nuns who take vow of poverty receive no pay while they cook, clean and wait on cardinals, bishops and priests.  
Guardian  

Welcome to Our Dying Empire.  TruthDig  

Hypocrites Lindsey Graham and Brett Kavanaugh Represent the Smoldering Ruins of American Democracy. ... Lindsey Graham's outburst during the Kavanaugh hearings hinted at deeper truth.  
AlterNet  

Schumer Cuts Deal With McConnell to Fast-Track Seven Trump Judges.  TruthDig  

OCTOBER 1, 2018

How D.C. Prep School Culture Builds Men Like Brett Kavanaugh.  TruthDig    

Kavanaugh’s High School, Georgetown Prep, Warned Parents in 1990 of “Sexual or Violent Behavior” at Parties.  Intercept  

Catholic Magazine Revokes Endorsement Of Brett Kavanaugh After Hearing. ... “If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman’s report of an assault,” America Magazine  

Lindsey Graham Consistently Disregards Violence Toward Women - And His State Is a Women's Murder Capital. ... Graham’s tone deafness to rape victims is nothing new. He has consistently voted against the Violence against Women Act.  
AlterNet  

'This Is a Farce, Not an Investigation': Trump Accused of Rigging FBI's Kavanaugh Probe By Imposing 'Outrageous' Limits. ... "It insults the intelligence of the Senate and the country and is an act of profound disrespect toward Dr. Blasey Ford and all survivors of sexual violence."  CommonDreams  

Why are Republicans ramming Brett Kavanaugh on to the supreme court? ... Mitch McConnell has made it clear: Dr Christine Blasey Ford does not matter. This is about shaping the judiciary for years to come.  Guardian  

'Lying to Congress Is a Federal Crime': Sanders Demands FBI Investigate Whether Kavanaugh Committed Perjury. ... "This goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court," the Vermont senator wrote in a letter on Saturday.  CommonDreams  


 

 

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OCTOBER 10 THROUGH 21

WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 19-21, 2018

Weekend Read:
The Rats Revolt ...There is no American who has fought with more tenacity, courage and integrity to expose the crimes of corporate power and to thwart the corporate coup d’état that has destroyed our democracy than Ralph Nader. Not one.  TruthDig/Hedges   
Related:  Book website here  

How to make a can - YouTube

What the Mainstream Media Aren't Telling You About Jamal Khashoggi.  TruthDig  

Saudi Arabia Financed the Killers of American Troops I Commanded.  TruthDig  

At the Heart of Global Woes, 157 of World's 200 Richest Entities Are Now Corporations, Not Governments. ... From massive inequality to the climate crisis, these powerful corporations "are able to demand that governments do their bidding"  CommonDreams  

Democratic Autopsy: One Year Later. ... Progressive momentum could lead to historic breakthroughs in the midterms and beyond. Realizing such potential will require transforming and energizing the Democratic Party.  The Nation   

Robert Reich: The Economy Is in Much Worse Shape Than It Looks.  TruthDig  

As Trump Vows "A Lot of Cutting" After Midterms, Americans Urged to Protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid at the Voting Booth. ... With Trump's support, the GOP "has spent the last two years doing everything they can to reach onto our pockets, steal our money, and give it to their pay masters on Wall Street."  CommonDreams  

The Giant Corporations Behind Your Burgers And Milk Have A Terrifying Climate Secret. ,,, Together, five companies have a climate footprint bigger than Exxon, Shell or BP, but we don’t talk about it.  HuffPost  

Anti-Terrorism Laws Increasingly Used to Target Indigenous Activists.  TruthOut  

As Facebook Shows Off Its "Election War Room," A Massive WhatsApp Scandal Hits Brazil. ... The timing of Facebook's announcement throws into question how serious the company is about actually fighting misinformation in Brazil's election.  BuzzFeed  

As FBI Whistleblower Terry Albury Faces Sentencing, His Lawyers Say He Was Motivated by Racism and Abuses at the Bureau.  Intercept  

OCTOBER 18, 2018

SAUDI MURDER CONTINUED

The Trail of Clues in the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.  NY Times  

Jamal Elshayyal: Response to Khashoggi’s Death Will Determine Future of Saudi Arabia & Middle East.  DemocracyNow  

Washington Post told lobbyist: Quit working for Saudis or stop writing for us.  Politico  

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- This summer, Saudi Arabia promised the Trump administration $100 million for American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the Islamic State.  ...  That money landed in American accounts on Tuesday, the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for discussions with the kingdom’s leaders about the fate of a missing Saudi dissident. ... Rest of the story here:  Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance: What We Know and Don’t Know. NY Times  

Saudi Arabia Delivers $100 Million Pledged to U.S. as Pompeo Lands in Riyadh.  NY Times  

The Trump era is full of cruelty without consequence.  Washington Post  

Jamal Khashoggi Wasn’t the First — Saudi Arabia Has Been Going After Dissidents Abroad for Decades.  Intercept  

MBS’s rampaging anger will not silence questions about Jamal Khashoggi.  Washington Post  

When Saudi Arabia’s Credibility is Damaged, So is America’s.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Investigation: As U.S.-Backed War in Yemen Raged, UAE Hired U.S. Mercenaries to Kill Yemeni Leaders.  DemocracyNow  

A History of Crushing Dissent: Before Khashoggi, Saudis Targeted Feminists Demanding Right to Drive. DemocracyNow  

Why Israel’s - and America’s - Legal Justifications for Assassinations Don’t Add Up. ... The expansion of legal rules around targeted killings by the United States is one of the most consequential legacies of the post-9/11 era. Under both the Bush and Obama administrations, the U.S. government arrogated itself broad rights to kill individuals far from any battlefield.  Intercept  

Groups To Sue Department Of Education For Information On Issue Of Arming Teachers
They want to know if the NRA had a hand in the agency’s decision to allow schools to use federal funds to buy guns. HuffPost  

CLICK BAIT

Trump Administration Urges Saudis To Stick To Killing Random Yemeni Civilians. Go >

Saudis Admit Journalist Khashoggi Died During Botched Assassination Attempt.  Go >

ICE Agent Terrified After Becoming Separated From Team During Immigrant Raid.  Go >  

America Is Authoritarian by Design.  
TruthDig/Street  

OCTOBER 17, 2018

Political Violence Surges in Brazil as Far-Right Strongman Jair Bolsonaro Inches Closer to the Presidency.  Intercept  

Brazil: the First Republic under threat.
Thomas Piketty
 

The Washington Post, as it Shames Others, Continues to Pay and Publish Undisclosed Saudi Lobbyists and Other Regime Propagandists. Intercept  

'You Couldn't Make This Up': A Bunch of Mops, Cleaners, and Trash Bags Delivered to Saudi Consulate Ahead of Khashoggi Murder Probe. ... As one reporter joked, "the way to preserve the integrity of a possible crime scene and bolster confidence in the investigation is to bring in a bunch of cleaners through the front door before the detectives arrive."  CommonDreams  

Former Saudi Political Prisoner: Khashoggi’s Disappearance Is Sending a Gruesome Message to Critics.  DemocracyNow  

Facebook Meddles in the 2018 Midterm Elections.  CounterPunch  

Facebook Accused of 'Full-Frontal Suppression of Dissent' After Independent Media Swept Up in Mass Purge. ... The massive shutdown affected many progressive sites devoted to covering war, police brutality, and other issues neglected by the corporate media.  CommonDreams  

Nation Warned That Trump's "Horrifying" Medicaid Pick Hired With "Express Purpose to Dismember" Program. ... Mary Mayhew "destroyed Medicaid in Maine now she will destroy it in the whole country."  CommonDreams    Related:  Former Maine DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew Appointed As Federal Medicaid Director.  Maine Public  

Mitch McConnell Eyes Entitlements After Tax Cuts Failed to Pay for Themselves. ... Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the budget deficit "disturbing."  AlterNet  

OCTOBER 16, 2018

American History for Truthdiggers: Lies We Tell Ourselves About the Old West. ... “They [the Sioux Indians] are to be treated as maniacs or wild beasts and by no means as people.” —Gen. John Pope, in instructions to his officers during an Indian war in Minnesota (1862).  TruthDig  

Israel Is Captive to Its 'Destructive Process' .  TruthDig/Hedges  

The Saudi Atrocities in Yemen are a Worse Story Than the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

GOP Lawmaker Rips Mic From Democratic Candidate’s Hands During Debate. ... When he was done talking, Rep. Duane Quam just tossed the mic in front of her.  HuffPost  

Republican Official Caught Purging Tens of Thousands of Black Voters from His Own Election for Governor. ... Running for governor against a black woman, Brian Kemp has instituted a new voter verification system that just happens to flag a lot of black voters.  AlterNet  

Calves in Confinement. ... Gruesome Footage of Dairy Calves Exposes a Gaping Loophole in California’s Landmark Animal Welfare Law.  
Intercept  

Trump’s Aggressive Plans to Stifle Democracy.  Trump's administration is aggressively pushing measures to restrict public protest and citizen participation.  
TruthOut  

Military Officials Aren’t Supposed to Associate With Hate Groups. So Why Are These Generals Speaking at Frank Gaffney’s Confab?  Intercept   

Nearly Every Member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Still Takes Corporate PAC Money.
Intercept
 

Seed, Pesticide and Banking Monopolies — Not Immigrants — Are Destroying Farm Country. An Iowa Insurgent Hopes That Message Can Dethrone Steve King.  Intercept  

OCTOBER 15, 2018

When following the news on the Main Stream Media (MSM), or better described as Lame Stream Media (LSM), always keep in mind those talking head "experts", "consultants", or "analyst" are probably not what they seem.

All MSM/LSM news outlets bring on paid consultants to explain the story of the day. Some are x-government officials, associated with one political party or the other, corporate shills or military water-boys.

For example: The Washington Post has writers on staff who write news articles, OpEd, and opinions and may even appear on TV as experts on particular issues. Their job is to control the conversation on behalf of their clients

In the case of WaPo, two of those paid staff members are Ed Rogers and Carter Eskew who do work for the Saudi government.

Eskew is Founder and Managing director of probably the biggest Saudi lobbyist firm, Glover Park. Glover Park was founded by Clinton aides, Joe Lockhart, Carter Eskew and others. Glover Park firm is all about steering   "... the conversation where our client needs it to go.

Ed Rogers is a paid registered agent of the Saudi government. He works for the BGR Group. Rogers has a new contract worth $80,000/month.

But wait, there's more: -
Here is the 10-person lobbying team Saudi Arabia hired at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. This crew costs $125,000/month - it includes former top aids to Senators & Congressman of both parties, ambassadors, & even a former RNC head:

  • 1 - Zach Pflster, former senior staffer for Representative Larry Kissell (D-NC), Representative Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), & for Senator Evan Bayh
  • 2 - Elizabeth Gore, former chief of staff for Senator Byron Dorgan, North Dakota
  • 3 - Alfred E. Mottur, Hilary Clinton fundraisers, former Senior Staffer to Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-SC)
  • 4 - Greta Joynes, former deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
  • 5 - Milan Dalal, former senior economic advisor to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • 6 - David Cohen, former chief of staff at the US Customs Service
  • 7 - Kenneth Khachigian, former National Senior Adviser to John McCain, former chief Speechwriter and Senior White House Advisor to President Reagan
  • 8 - Robert James Nicholson, former Chairman of the RNC, former Ambassador to the Vatican, and former Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • 9 - Marc S. Lampkin, former senior advisor to House Speaker John A. Boehner
  • 10 - Martha Ann Burke, former assistant to the Saudi Ambassador to the US

WaPo's Carter Eskew Bonus point: Eskew just wrote a piece in the WaPo about how  'medicare for all'  is not feasible while representing healthcare giants -like CVS Health- through the Glover Park Group. The relation between Eskew, GPG and the healthcare industry were undisclosed, of course.

“He May Be A SOB But He's Our SOB” - FDR

OUR SAUDI S.O.B.

Saudi Arabia Wants Trump And Congress To Forget Jamal Khashoggi. Here’s Its Likely Playbook. ... Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, implicated in the journalist’s potential murder, could blunt criticism using the most sprawling foreign influence campaign in the U.S. today.  HuffPost   Update:  Saudi Arabia Rejects Trump Comments, Threatens Retaliation For Any Punishment ... The comments come the day after Trump warned of “severe punishment.”  HuffPost  

The NSA’s New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia’s Brutal State Police. Intercept  

The New Arab Winter - The U.S. has helped nurture a new generation of Mideast dictators, and Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance is just the latest result.  Slate  

Tom Friedman Reaps What He Sows: the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.
CounterPunch
 

Memo to Trump: Beware Saudi Arabia's reckless crown prince.  Washington Post  

Trump Says He Doesn’t ‘Like’ Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance, Won’t Stop Saudi Arms Sales. ... The president also told “Fox & Friends” that U.S.-Saudi relations are “excellent.”  HuffPost   

Watch: The Stunning Rise of Brazil’s Far Right and What It Shows About Western Democracies.
 Intercept  

'Flowering of hate': bitter election brings wave of political violence to Brazil. ... Supporters of presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is leading i

Trump ‘poses the single greatest threat’ to our climate, bombshell UN report makes clear
Trump team approves landmark climate report -- and then rejects it.  ThinkProgress  

At Largest ICE Detention Center in the Country, Guards Called Attempted Suicides “Failures”
 Intercept  

The Deceptive Contrast Between Trump and Kavanaugh. ... Last week, the impetuous President and the thoughtful Supreme Court nominee seemed very different, but they share an agenda for the country.
New Yorker  

How Trump Voters View the President Now.
TruthDig  

Trump hints that he plans to seriously obstruct justice after the midterms. ... "I want to get the elections over with, we'll see what happens."  ThinkProgress  

Dianne Feinstein Finally Agrees to “Debate” Senate Challenger, While Ensuring Almost No One Watches It.  Intercept  

Women aren't united against Kavanaugh. That's a dangerous myth.  ...  Women aren’t a singular demographic. There are myriad differences between us – and ignoring that is harmful for our politics.  
Guardian    Related:  ‘Vile hatred, hero worship': Christine Blasey Ford faces an unsettling future. ... Ford has faced aggression and ridicule, as well as support and admiration, and the glare of unwanted notoriety is unlikely to fade anytime soon.  
Guardian  

Weekend of October 12-14, 2018

Weekend Read:
Thoughtful Pause: A Political Philosophy
- by Michael G. Who could have ever envisioned this 67 page book full of laser-beam wisdom and insights by a former college baseball player, U.S. army careerist, former CIA officer in the Far East, and corporate development executive? Niccolo Machiavelli, Mark Twain, Thomas Paine, and Will Rogers would have wanted to review these hundreds of memorable observations - so timely in today’s world.

Even in the darkest of times we have the right to some illumination. —Hannah Arendt

Trump, Kavanaugh and the Path to Neoliberal Fascism.  TruthOut/Giroux  

Author Jason Stanley on Trump and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe. TruthOut/DN!  

The Democrats and “Socialism” CounterPunch

Rashid Khalidi: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump’s “Horrific” U.S. Policies. DemocracyNow  

The most memorable moments of Nikki Haley’s run as UN ambassador. ... She wasn't there for long, but, oh boy, did Ambassador Haley leave an impression.  ThinkProgress   Related:  The Shameless Opportunism of Nikki Haley. TruthDig  

Tom Friedman Reaps What He Sows: the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.
CounterPunch
 

How Trump Voters View the President Now.  
TruthDig  

Dianne Feinstein Finally Agrees to “Debate” Senate Challenger, While Ensuring Almost No One Watches It.  Intercept  

Women aren't united against Kavanaugh. That's a dangerous myth.  ...  Women aren’t a singular demographic. There are myriad differences between us – and ignoring that is harmful for our politics.  
Guardian    Related:  ‘Vile hatred, hero worship': Christine Blasey Ford faces an unsettling future. ... Ford has faced aggression and ridicule, as well as support and admiration, and the glare of unwanted notoriety is unlikely to fade anytime soon.
 Guardian  

GOP Lawmaker Rips Mic From Democratic Candidate’s Hands During Debate. ... When he was done talking, Rep. Duane Quam just tossed the mic in front of her.  HuffPost  

Watch: The Stunning Rise of Brazil’s Far Right and What It Shows About Western Democracies.  Intercept  

Republican Official Caught Purging Tens of Thousands of Black Voters from His Own Election for Governor. ... Running for governor against a black woman, Brian Kemp has instituted a new voter verification system that just happens to flag a lot of black voters.  AlterNet  

OCTOBER 11, 2018

The Link Between Human Trafficking and Dirty Energy in Minnesota.  TruthOut  

How Donald Trump weaponizes confusion: Now he wants to blame Russia scandal on Obama
Lacking any convincing explanation, the president veers between claiming “hoax” and false claims about Obama.  Salon  

Russia’s New Missile Defense System in Syria May Change Balance of Power in Middle East.  CounterPuinch/Cockburn

Corporate Media Is Beating the Drum of War With Iran.  TruthDig  

Homeless America.  TruthDig/Hedges   

Bikini Girls and Cyberwars. Craig Murray  

Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Led Far Right Wins a Victory Far More Sweeping and Dangerous Than Anyone Predicted. Its Lessons Are Global.  Intercept  

Greenwald: International finance markets and neoliberal monsters like the WSJ Editorial Page & CNBC are coalescing behind (Brazil president hopeful) Bolsonaro because - as they proved over and over - they've always been willing to sacrifice huge numbers of Latin American lives for marginally increased profits.

U.S. Student Detained in Israel for Alleged Boycott Support.  TruthDig  

These Men Staged A Peaceful Protest Against Fracking. The U.K. Jailed Them. ... “It’s a strange society that massively rewards the fossil fuel companies responsible for causing more climate change while jailing the campaigners trying to stop it.”  HuffPost  
Related: (Oct 3, 2018) Direct Action and the British State.  Craig Murray  

CLICK BAIT

ExxonMobil CEO Depressed After Realizing Earth Could End Before They Finish Extracting All The Oil.  Go >

Returning Jesus Christ Downed By U.S. Missile Defense 30,000 Feet Before Making Landfall  Go >

I May Not Agree With Everything Trump Says, But It’s My Duty As An American To Repeat All Of His Talking Points Basically Verbatim.  Go >

OCTOBER 10, 2018

“It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds,” ... “Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice.”  .... ‘Equal Justice Before the Law,’ have always been a sham.” - Howard Zinn

Historian Howard Zinn Warned Us About the Supreme Court.  TruthDig  

Hide the women

Brazil’s Bolsonaro-Led Far Right Wins a Victory Far More Sweeping and Dangerous Than Anyone Predicted. Its Lessons Are Global.  Intercept  

Brazil’s Eroding Democracy: Rise of Far-Right Demagogue Follows Ouster of Dilma & Jailing of Lula.  DemocracyNow  

Alleged Saudi Murder of Washington Post Columnist Prompts Calls to Halt U.S. Relations with Regime. DemocracyNow  

Cracks in the House of Saud.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN. ... Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC. Guardian  

New UN Climate Report Dims Hope For Averting Catastrophic Global Warming. ... Keeping temperatures from rising beyond the Paris agreement’s ambitious target will require unprecedented social changes. HuffPost  

 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 22 THROUGH 31

OCTOBER 31, 2018

Bolsonaro’s party launches campaign against ‘indoctrinator teachers’. ... It comes a week after Brazilian police launched raids against universities.  ThinkProgress  

Did This Pro-Israel Superstar Work As A Secret Agent On College Campuses?  Forward  

Israeli Human Rights Group Slams Country’s New “Zero Tolerance” Policy at UN.  TruthOut  

The Middle East, Not Russia, Will Prove Trump’s Downfall.  CounterPunch/Cockburn 

How Frats, Teams, and Gangs Divide, Conquer, and Now Judge America.  CounterPunch  

Looking for the Next Crisis: the Not Very Scary World of CLOs.  CounterPunch  

Is America ready for a wave of Bernie Sanders-inspired socialists?  Guardian  

The U.S. Helped Destabilize Honduras. Now Honduran Migrants Are Fleeing Political & Economic Crisis.  DemocracyNow  

The War on Terror is the Reign of Terror.  
CounterPunch
 

Facebook and Google are run by today's robber barons. Break them up. ... Regulation is needed to make the tech industry act in line with the public good and not just its CEOs’ stock options.  Guardian  

Is Facebook Systematically Censoring Alternative Media?  TruthDig  

With politicians on its side, pipeline company ratchets up intimidation campaign. ... New Greenpeace report highlights extreme measures taken by pipeline company.  ThinkProgress  

OCTOBER 30, 2018

The Cult of Trump.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Jair Bolsonaro Is Elected President of Brazil. Read His Extremist, Far-Right Positions in His Own Words.  Intercept  

Bolsonaro threatens the world, not just Brazil’s fledgling democracy. ... Women and LGBT activists, human rights defenders, environmentalists and indigenous peoples are all at risk from the far-right candidate.  Guardian  

Bolsonaro backers wage war on the rainforest.  ... Most in Brazil’s heavily-deforested western border support Jair Bolsonaro and his promises of progress instead of protection.  Guradian

Brazil, Fascism and the Left Wing of Neoliberalism.  CounterPunch  

The Death Toll in Yemen is Five Times Higher Than We Think…How Much Longer Will We Shrug Off Responsibility?  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Killing Journalists Is Wrong When the Saudis Do It — and When the United States Does It, Too  Inercept  

How the numbers can lie: Paul Krugman explains why European social democracies are so much better off than the US.  RawStory 

American History for Truthdiggers: Wealth, Squalor in the Progressive Era.  TruthDig  

Making a Killing. ...A murder in Istanbul, a war in Yemen — how the Washington establishment, saturated with Middle East cash, has enabled the mayhem from Saudi Arabia and the UAE.  
Intercept  

Trump’s NLRB Just Quietly Ruled to Make Union Pickets Illegal. TruthOut  

As GOP Moves to Cut Medicare and Social Security, 60% of Americans Say Repeal Trump Tax Scam Instead. ... "Working families shouldn't have to pay for the GOP tax bill. The rich and big corporations must pay their fair share of taxes!"  CommonDreams  

What the targeting of Trump critics reveals about America's rotting core. ... The bomb scares involving Obama, the Clintons and other critics of Trump reflect a pernicious and deep rot in our system.  Guardian  

Some of Our Biggest Cheerleaders for War Are Not Who You Think.  TruthDig  

Trump’s Air Pollution Adviser Denies Link Between Dirty Air and Health Problems.  TruthDig  

OCTOBER 29, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro Is Elected President of Brazil. Read His Extremist, Far-Right Positions in His Own Words.  Intercept  

Voter Suppression Likely Cost Democrats the Supreme Court — And It Could Cost the Country Much More Going Forward, ,,, Most American voters generally don’t like billionaires and corporations running politics, so the GOP is simply not letting them vote.  AlterNet  

France's censorship demands to Twitter are more dangerous than 'hate speech' ... Glenn Greenwald. ... Few ideas have done as much damage throughout history as empowering the government to criminalize opinions it dislikes.  Guardian  

When America Was Great, Savage White Un-Settlers Raped a Continent and Assaulted a Planet.  CounterPunch  

Corporate-Funded Judicial Boot Camp Made Sitting Federal Judges More Conservative.  Intercept

John Roberts Is the Supreme Court’s New Swing Justice.  TruthDig  

(2017) Saudi Arabia's missing princes. ... Between 2015 and 2017, three Saudi princes living in Europe disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government - and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them.  
BBC
 

The UAE’s Powerful Ambassador Is Still Hobnobbing in Washington After Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder. Intercept  

Rula Jebreal: My “Secret Interview” with Jamal Khashoggi Before His Brutal Murder by the Saudis.  DemocracyNow  

How Saudi-Friendly Middle East Dictators Are Handling The Jamal Khashoggi Scandal. ... The United Arab Emirates, the Saudis’ closest partner, and its Washington agents are offering authoritarians a road map to preserving impunity and ties to the West.  HuffPost  

Why White Women Are Leading Defenders of Kavanaugh. ... Central to victim shaming is the narrative that there are fundamentally good men who never cross the line but for the slutty behavior of irresponsible women and girls.  ReWire  

WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 26-28, 2018

Weekend Read:
The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens - .by Bernard Harcourt. ... A distinguished political theorist sounds the alarm about the counterinsurgency strategies used to govern Americans. ...
Militarized police officers with tanks and drones. Pervasive government surveillance and profiling. Social media that distract and track us. All of these, contends Harcourt, are facets of a new and radical governing paradigm in the United States–one rooted in the modes of warfare originally developed to suppress anticolonial revolutions and, more recently, to prosecute the war on terror.  Basic Books   Army Insurgency Manual

Khashoggi, Erdogan and the Truth.  
Craig Murray  

(April 2018) Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince met with everyone from Trump and Mattis to The Rock and Oprah on a crazy US tour.
 Business Insider  

The Mainstream Media's Disgraceful Saudi Revisionism.  TruthDig  

Hitler in Brasilia: The U.S. Evangelicals and Nazi Political Theory Behind Brazil's President-in-waiting. ... Mix up fascist geopolitics, Pat Robertson's LGBT hate, Bannon's nationalism and Putin's shills and you get Jair Bolsonaro, who's nostalgic for the U.S.-backed dictatorship that tortured and killed thousands of leftists - and he's about to come to power.  Haaretz  

Buried in "Hilariously Stupid" White House Attack on Socialism, An Accidentally Strong Argument for Medicare for All. ... Amid hysterical comparisons between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mao Zedong, the White House unwittingly makes a solid case for socialist policies.  CommonDreams  

The socialists are coming! White House sounds alarm at rise of the left. Guardian  

Border Patrol Agents Attend Private Screening of White Nationalist Film. ... "Killing Free Speech" connects Muslims and immigrants to gang rape and glorifies the Proud Boys. The Border Patrol's main union just endorsed it after a private screening.  AlterNet    Related: Nothing to declare: Why U.S. border agency's vast stop and search powers undermine press freedom.  CPJ  

Think Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the same? They aren't. ... Though Warren is an ally of many progressive causes, the best chance we have to reconfigure a generation of American politics lies with Sanders.  Guardian  

Robert Reich: Democrats Can't Fall for Trump's Trap. ... Donald Trump says the midterm elections are a “referendum about me.” Of course they are. Everything is about him.  TruthDig  

OCTOBER 25, 2018

Greg Palast Sues Georgia’s Brian Kemp for Purging 340,000 from Voter Rolls Ahead of Election.  DemocracyNow      
Related: Latino Voter Suppression in Kansas: Dodge City’s Only Polling Site Is Moved Outside City Limits.  
DemocracyNow  

New Study Traces Two-Thirds of Industrial Emissions to Just 90 Institutions,  
Carbon Majors
 

A Psychologist Explains Why So Many Rich People Are Preparing for the End of Days. ... The business elite are preparing for doomsday.
AlterNet
  

How Billionaires Bought Kavanaugh’s Seat on the Supreme Court.  TruthOut  

It’s Too Late to Worry About ‘Normalizing’ Trump. Decades of Policy Did That For Him. ... The current president is just too stupid to be embarrassed about things his predecessors all did, too.  RollingStone  

South Carolina Is Lobbying to Allow Discrimination Against Jewish Parents. Intercept  

Absurdity and Impunity Reign in the Time of Don and Rahm.  CounterPunch  

Technology Access Gap Leaves Millions of Students Struggling to Keep Up.  TruthOut  

CLICK BAIT

This Angry Mob Is Never Going To Grow Until We’re More Welcoming To New Members.
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Nation’s Fact-Checkers Confirm They’ll Probably Wrap Up Evaluating Trump’s Statements By 2050 At Latest.  Go >

Report Finds More Than 2 Million U.S. Middle Schoolers And High Schoolers Have Vaped Marijuana.  Go >  

Here's How Catholics Have Become the Brain of the Religious Right — Even As Evangelicals Drive the Vote. ... The birth of the modern conservative movement coincided with the postwar growth of Catholic universities.  AlterNet  

Obama’s First National Security Adviser Now Works for the Saudis. ... We know how much Trumpland loves the Saudis. Turns out that some in Obama World are fans of the kingdom’s cash, too.  Daily Beast  

OCTOBER 24, 2018

Mohammed Bin Salman: The Truth Behind The Reformist Facade.  Craig Murray  

Saudi Arabia pays UK firms millions to boost image. ... PR agency Freud’s, the Independent, Vice and Tony Blair Institute for Global Change among those with links.  Guardian  

UPDATED: In Latest Fit of Censorship, Facebook Deletes Video Detailing Brutal Legacy of Christopher Columbus. ... This piece of "journalism was about the airbrushing of history. Therefore, there is a great irony in the fact it has now been airbrushed" from Facebook's platform.  CommonDreams  

'Normalizing Neo-Nazis Again': Internet Rains Hell on New York Times for Fawning Profile of Far-Right 'Proud Boys' Founder. ... The New York Times described Gavin McInnes as "a former Brooklyn hipster turned far-right provocateur."  AlterNet

The Proud Boys Have Revived Far-Right Gang Terror With GOP Support.  TruthOut    
Related: Rudy Giuliani Is Fundraising After The Proud Boys Attack By Blaming The ‘Violent Left’, ,,, He blames the “unhinged” left for “violence” on the same day a far-right gang. HuffPost  

Democratic Consulting Firm Teams Up With Hospital Industry to Battle Nurses Union. 
 Intercept  

MSNBC and Daily Beast Feature UAE Lobbyist David Rothkopf With No Disclosure: a Scandalous Media-Wide Practice.  Intercept  

Democrats Face Ridicule and Ire for Letting GOP Ram Through Six More Right-Wing Judges. ... "The ability of Senate Democrats to keep making the same strategic error over and over again is, in its own way, quite impressive."  CommonDreams

'Are You Kidding Me?' Outrage as Dems Push 'Incremental Steps' Over Bold Agenda Needed to Save Planet.  CommonDreams  

OCTOBER 23, 2018

The Rule of the Uber-Rich Means Either Tyranny or Revolution.  TruthDig  

“Reminiscent of South Africa’s Grand Apartheid”: Israeli Human Rights Group Slams Israel at U.N. DemocracyNow    Related: Haaretz

Why the “Two State Solution” is Apartheid  
Craig Murray  

Netanyahu Attacks Israeli Human Rights Group B’Tselem for Criticizing Israeli Occupation at U.N.  DemocracyNow   Related: B’Tselem 

Related: Neoliberalism in the Age of Pedagogical Terrorism.  CounterPunch/Giroux  

Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro threatens purge of leftwing 'outlaws'. ... Presidential frontrunner says rivals will ‘go overseas, or to jail’ in video address to supporters. Bolsonaro’s pledge to return Brazil to past alarms survivors of dictatorship. Guardian  (the election 28 Oct.)

Two Weeks Before Midterms, Trump Attacks Democracy With 'One of the Most Naked Attempts to Promote Voter Suppression' in Modern Times. ... "This is nothing more than an open and brazen attempt to use the threat of criminal prosecution to intimidate minority voters, an old and familiar tactic that dates back to the Jim Crow era."  CommonDreams  

In Yemen, Trump Is Taking Tolerance for War Crimes to a New Level.  TruthOut  

The Tragic Anniversary in Afghanistan We Dare Not Acknowledge.  TruthDig  

The Disastrous 'War on Terror' Has Come Home.  TruthDig  

PAY TO PROTEST

Pay-to-protest: How Trump reportedly plans to crackdown on White House demonstrations Trump wants to bar demonstrations outside parts of the White House and the National Mall.   Salon  

The Trump administration wants to tax protests. What happened to free speech? Chicago Trubune  

Coalition Letter to National Park Service Opposing Protest Fees in Washington, DC. HRW  

The Trump administration wants to tax protests. What happened to free speech?  WaPo  

‘He’s My Kind Of Guy’: Trump Celebrates Congressman Who Body-Slammed Reporter. ... “He’s a great guy, a tough cookie,” the president said of GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte.. HuffPost  

The New York Times’ Animal Cruelty Fetish.  CounterPunch  

OCTOBER 22, 2018

Have yoiu been purged? Voter Purge list  

Reflections on Chomsky’s Voting Strategy: Why The Democratic Party Can’t Be Saved.  CounterPunch  

Democrats Ahead: Progressives Beware.  CounterPunch  

Mueller report PSA: Prepare for disappointment. ... And be forewarned that the special counsel’s findings may never be made public.  Politico  

US ‘Outrage’ over Slaying of US Residents Depends on the Nation Responsible.
CounterPunch
 

Inside Donald Trump's Survelance Operations.  Buzzfeed  

“Male Energy,” Authoritarian Whiteness and Creeping Fascism in the Age of Trump.  CounterPunch/Street  

“How Fascism Works”: Jason Stanley on Trump, Bolsonaro and the Rise of Fascism Across the Globe.  DemocracyNow  

Thom Hartmann: Billionaire-Funded Fascism Is Rising in America.  TruthDig  

At the Heart of Global Woes, 157 of World's 200 Richest Entities Are Now Corporations, Not Governments. ... From massive inequality to the climate crisis, these powerful corporations "are able to demand that governments do their bidding"  CommonDreams  

Supreme Court halts landmark climate change lawsuit. ... Chief Justice John Roberts gives the Trump administration another win.  
ThinkProgress  

The Pieties of the Liberal Class.  
CounterPunch  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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