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October 10, 2017

Elites ‘Have No Credibility Left’: Interview With Journalist Chris Hedges. TruthDig/Hedges
Related: The Silencing of Dissent TruthDig

I've got your American carnage for you right here.

Vladimir Putin: Computer Genius? TruthDig

World-Renowned Artist Ai Weiwei on His Childhood in a Labor Camp, Art, Activism, Prison & Freedom.

5 of the Worst Things We Know Were Emphatically confirmed Again This Week ... It is deja vu again.

3 Horrendous U.S. Mass Shootings Far Worse Than Vegas. ... Several mass shootings from the past have killed many more. AlterNet

Faces of Pain, Faces of Hope TruthDig/Hedges

Distract, Distort, Isolate: Trump and the Authoritarian Style in US Politics ... "Ideas matter -- but they don't matter enough, if you don't have the institutions to propagate them. If you don't have schools, if you don't have public spheres, if you don't have places where dialogue can take place, and people can come together and question and analyze -- those ideas begin to evaporate. In the US, most of the pedagogical institutions, from schools to the media, are dominated by a corporate elite -- these are not public spheres anymore, these are toxic spheres that align themselves with market-driven values that cultivate an ideology in which people don't know how to deal with democracy and what its demands and responsibilities might look like.": An Interview With Henry A. Giroux . TruthOut

Threat of nuclear catastrophe 'at highest level since Cold War' ... At an annual conference designed to prevent nuclear disaster, speakers express concerns over the US President's stance on Iran and North Korea. Independent

WPP companies lobbied for NRA - as ad firm claimed to oppose gun violence .. UK multinational has been one of US pro-gun group’s key political advocates, its firms collecting $1.46m in fees since 2007.

October 9. 2017

Henry A. Giroux | Donald Trump's Passion for Cruelty TruthOut/Giroux

Worried About Trump’s Mental Stability? The Worst Is Yet to Come. The Intercept  

The Madness of Donald Trump ... The pressures of the presidency have pushed Trump to the edge, but is he crazy enough to be removed from office?
Rolling Stone

Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream .. A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.” BuzzFeed

President Trump has no idea what’s happening in Puerto Rico, ... His sunny self-praise about hurricane relief is a sign of a much deeper problem. WaPo

Making Sense of the Alt-Right - Book by George Hawley. Comunbia Univ. Press

Why referendums – like with Brexit, Kurdistan and Catalonia – are always doomed to fail ... Referendums make public opinion easy to manipulate because what voters are being asked to assent to is most often wishful thinking and what they are opposing is a rag-bag of unrelated grievances. Independent

Related: I Am Obliged to Reconsider My Support for the European Union. Craig Murray

Universities in India Are Criminalizing Student Protests. ... Female students and professors speak out against violence on campus—but face huge obstacles. AlterNet

5 of the Most Regressive and Weird Laws Still in Practice in the South ... In some states, progress is clearly not the most important priority AlterNet 

Weekend of October 7-8. 2017

Russian Journalist Masha Gessen on Trump & Putin’s Autocracy and Media’s Refusal to Call Out Lies. DemocracyNow

Suspending the Catalan Parliament, Spain Destroys the EU’s “Rule of Law” Figleaf.
Craig Murray  

The violent side of Spain has resurfaced. We Catalans must cut loose ... For many years I had forgotten about independence for Catalonia, thinking that Spain was modernising. The recent crackdown has changed everything. The Guardian  

Israel’s Dystopic Prison Initiative.

The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms. The Intercept

Setting the Stage to Commit a Massacre in Gaza. TruthOut  

America's Plutocrats Are Running for Political Office Across the Country: Can Our Democracy Survive It? ... The future of our democracy is on the ballot in the Illinois governor's race. AlterNet  

How the NRA and the far-right are quietly mobilizing to kill gun safety reform after Vegas. ... If you're talking about bump stocks, you don't have to talk about assault rifles. ThinkProgress  

Betsy DeVos' Vision Goes Way Beyond Privatizing Education. ... and She Is Alarmingly Close To Realizing It .. Critics wrote DeVos off as a nitwit. But she's playing a long game, and winning. AlterNet

(The New Normal):
‘Make Daycare Great Again’: Parents send racist letter to childcare center after they hire a ‘too dark’ black woman. RawStory  

October 6, 2017

Masha Gessen: Trump Doing “Incredible Damage” to Democracy While Media is Obsessed with Russia Probe. DemocracyNow

A New McCarthyism Is Taking Hold in America. TruthDig

House GOP Passes Budget That 'Should Not Be Allowed in a Humane Society'. ... By passing their budget blueprint, Republicans have taken "the first step toward an immoral tax scheme that will hand trillions of dollars to millionaires and corporations." CommonDreams

How Venezuela Ended Up Becoming an “Extraordinary Security Threat” and Got Sanctioned For It. CounterPunch

Why Catalans Want Independence From Spain. CounterPunch  

The FBI’s Hunt for Two Missing Piglets Reveals the Federal Cover-Up of Barbaric Factory Farms. ... FBI agents are devoting substantial resources to a multistate hunt for two baby piglets that the bureau believes are named Lucy and Ethel. The two piglets were removed over the summer from the Circle Four Farm in Utah by animal rights activists who had entered the Smithfield Foods-owned factory farm to film the brutal, torturous conditions in which the pigs are bred in order to be slaughtered.

House GOP says Las Vegas massacre inspired them to crack down on reproductive rights. ... Instead of gun control, Republicans say the violence prompted a new effort to restrict abortions. ThinkProgress  

Chomsky: Trump's #1 Goal as President.

Miami cop gets promotion in spite of ‘Memorial Day killing’ when he shot unarmed man 8 times.

Mass Shootings: the Military-Entertainment Complex’s Culture of Violence Turns Deadly. CounterPunch

October 5, 2017

Mass murder, shooting sprees and rampage violence: Research roundup.
Journalist's Resource

Congress Quietly Let a Program Insuring 9 Million Children Expire. ... Many states will have to shut down their children's health programs.

I Am Obliged to Reconsider My Support for the European Union. Craig Murray  

Trump’s Pick for EPA Safety Chief Argued Kids Are Less Sensitive to Toxins. Intercept  

Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet? Intercept   

After Las Vegas Massacre, Advocates Look to Australia's Successful Fight to Curb Gun Violence. DemocracyNow

'Obama bros' learn to love Hillary ... By artfully trashing Trump, four ex-White House aides help draw millennials to Clinton. Politico

Internal Emails Show ICE Agents Struggling to Substantiate Trump’s Lies About Immigrants. Intercept  

Revealed: Trump donor intervened to keep Ivanka and Don Jr from being indicted on felony fraud. RawStory

Read the leaked White house talking points crafted in response to the Las Vegas massacre.
Raw Story

SETI: We’ll find intelligent alien life within 20 years. RawStory  

October 4, 2017

Rising Threats to Democracy.

Unfashionable Causes ... Most of the states existing in the world – including pretty well all of Africa bar Ethiopia, much of Asia, and the former Soviet Union – achieved independence in my own lifetime. In virtually every case, it was – almost by definition – illegal at the start of the process for the country to break away. All of the most famous liberation campaigners did jail time. Within the European Union, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia did not obtain Independence by a process negotiated from the start with the Soviet Union. The actions which initiated their Independence were illegal. Craig Murray  

Climate Disruption Could Pose "Existential Threat" by 2050. Truthout  

Humans Have Messed With Earth So Much, Formal 'Anthropocene' Classification Needed: Scientists. ... From climate change to invasive species to changes in the planets fundamental chemical cycles, the markers indicating profound change make clear Holocene is over. CommonDreams  

Trump Threatens Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea. TruthOut  

New Bill Will Show Which Lawmakers Support 'Indiscriminate Bombings of Schools, Marketplaces, Hospitals'. ... Bipartisan resolution calls for U.S. military to stop aiding Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen. CommonDreams  

So Few Americans Understand What the Second Amendment Is Really About—or Its Dark History. ... The Second Amendment is an anachronism that's no longer relevant today. AlterNet  

American Rape of Vietnamese Women was Considered “Standard Operating Procedure” CounterPunch  

October 3, 2017

The End of Empire. ... The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that steadily demand more tax cuts, more deregulation and impunity from prosecution for massive acts of financial fraud, all the while looting trillions from the U.S. treasury in the form of bailouts.

How the Republican Party Has Conned America for Over 30 Years. ... Tax cuts initiate bubble economies, not true growth. AlterNet  

How the FBI's corruption inquiry is undressing the myth of amateurism. ... By criminalizing violations in college sports, the US Department of Justice will make it so that it is not just the NCAA who runs the market but the state as well. The Guardian  

Vulture Capitalists Circle Above Puerto Rico Prey. TruthDig

Activist: U.S. Response to Puerto Rico "Lifts the Veil of Colonialism" & 119 Years of Exploitation. DemocracyNow

Juan González: Puerto Rico's Financial Control Board Worsened Crisis After Hurricane Maria. DemocracyNow

A new shock doctrine: in a world of crisis, morality can still win ... Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and Podemos in Spain have shown that a bold and decent strategy can be a successful one. That truth should embolden the left. The Guardian  

U.S. School Partners With Saudi Security College TruthDig

Donald Trump is no longer the president of the United States: Robert Reich. RawStory

The Gross Dishonesty of the Mainstream Media on Catalonia. Craig Murray

October 2, 2017

Legal or not, Trump’s wall is already being built. ... What you need to know about construction currently happening on the border.
HIgh Country News

The Pledge of Allegiance is Un-American. CounterPunch

The American Flag Ritual Is an Exercise in Mindless Obedience .. Flag idolatry is a pathology that crushes real American values. AlterNet

Provision buried in new Senate budget resolution is a major blow to transparency ... The budget aims to change rules about CBO scoring before votes. ThinkProgress

Puerto Rico Rejects Loan Offers, Accusing Hedge Funds of Trying to Profit Off Hurricanes. ... Puerto Rico has rejected a bondholder group’s offer to issue the territory additional debt as a response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Officials with Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority said the offer was “not viable” and would harm the island’s ability to recover from the storm.
The Intercept

As Wall Street Vultures Circle, Demands for Immediate Puerto Rico Debt Relief ... "Washington must abandon its austerity agenda and support the removal of all manmade obstacles to Puerto Rico's recovery and reconstruction."

Meet your local anti-government extremist groups ,,, With violent rhetoric surging since Trump’s election, it helps to know your neighbors.
High Country News

Trump is a puppet of the rich. He made that clear this week ... The president likes to speak about helping working people. Meanwhile, he is raising taxes and abandoning those in need in Puerto Rico.
The Guardian

Trump Threatens Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea ... Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 19. That threat violates the UN Charter, and indicates an intent to commit genocide, crimes against humanity, the war crime of collective punishment and international humanitarian law. Moreover, a first-strike use of nuclear weapons would violate international law. TruthOut

New Bill Will Show Which Lawmakers Support 'Indiscriminate Bombings of Schools, Marketplaces, Hospitals' ... Bipartisan resolution calls for U.S. military to stop aiding Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen. CommonDreams

Weekend of September 29- October 1, 2017

Weekend Read: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

The NFL, The Military, And The Hijacking of Pat Tillman’s Story. Intercept

Income inequality and offshore tax dodging: The rich are richer than we thought.
Journalist's Resource

With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons. ... One of the most under-discussed yet consequential changes in the American political landscape is the reunion between the Democratic Party and the country’s most extreme and discredited neocons.

The Opposite of Good Is Indifference.
On Being.

Finland's First Female President on Women's Rights, Healthcare & Rise of Far Right in Europe.

French Activist: Emmanuel Macron is "Younger, Prettier" Face of Anti-Worker Reforms & a Police State. DemocracyNow

Could a N. Korea-U.S. War of Words Become a World of War? TruthDig/Moyers

A New McCarthyism Is Taking Hold in America.

Trump Tax "Hoax" Would Blow $5 Trillion Hole In Budget Over Next Decade: Analysis. ... 'The idea that this plan would help average Americans instead of the wealthy and big corporations has been a hoax all along.' CommonDreams

Selling a Bill of Goods on PBS about the Vietnam War. CounterPunch



Weekend of October 20-22, 2017

Weekend Read:
The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade by Alfred W. McCoy ... The first book to prove CIA and U.S. government complicity in global drug trafficking, The Politics of Heroin includes meticulous documentation of dishonesty and dirty dealings at the highest levels from the Cold War until today. Maintaining a global perspective, this groundbreaking study details the mechanics of drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South and Central America. Amazon

Ditch neoliberalism to win again, Jeremy Corbyn tells Europe’s centre-left parties ... The Labour leader was given a hero's welcome in Brussels.

COINTELPRO 2? FBI Targets “Black Identity Extremists” Despite Surge in White Supremacist Violence. DemocracyNow

Top Trump Official John Kelly Ordered ICE to Portray Immigrants as Criminals to Justify Raids.

ICE Head Says He's Ordered Increase of Workplace Raids 'by Four to Five Times'. ... The agency is also going to strongly prosecute employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers.

Blueprint for a Progressive US: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin TruthOut

The Real Reasons Trump is Quitting UNESCO. CounterPunch

Spain is Operating Way Beyond Democratic Legitimacy. ... In imprisoning Catalan leaders for peaceful campaigning for Independence, and in choosing both in rhetoric and in court to treat support for Independence as “sedition”, the Spanish government is acting way beyond the limits of a democratic society.  Craig Murray

Stiffing US Taxpayers on 'Grand Scale,' Fortune 500 Holding $2.6 Trillion Offshore. ... "As Congress considers proposals to institute a near zero percent tax rate on profits booked offshore by multinational corporations, the findings in this report should give policymakers pause." CommonDreams  

Why Trump Has Gone Nuclear on Iran... Just when world public opinion feared the US and North Korea were on the brink of nuclear war, the new axis of evil times (North Korea, Iran, Venezuela) yield a dramatic plot twist; President Trump is adamant the real threat is the Iran nuclear deal.

Carnage in Somalia Was 'Revenge' for Children Killed in US Raid: Report. ... Suggesting blowback, investigators say bomber may have had very personal reason for attack: the killing of civilians by U.S. forces earlier this year. CommonDreams

October 19, 2017

Out of Control: A Brief History of Neoliberal Deregulation in the USA. Neoliberalism makes the lower and middle classes poorer, empowers people like Trump and makes the world less safe. But what is it, and who is responsible? This article is excerpted from President Trump, Inc. TruthOut

Trump Is Restoring the Darkest Elements of Bush's War on Terror. ... The Trump administration just classified its first American prisoner off the battlefields of Syria as an “enemy combatant.” AlterNet

The Real Destabilizer in the Middle East in Not Iran But Trump. ... As President Trump withdraws certification of the nuclear agreement with Iran, commentators across the world struggled for words to adequately convey their outrage and contempt. A favourite term to describe Trump is as “a wrecking ball”, but the phrase suggests a sense of direction and capacity to strike a target which Trump does not possess. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Washington, Not China, is the Biggest Threat to American Power. CounterPunch

Civil War in Venezuela: a US Joint Operation with Colombia? CounterPunch

Napalm Sticks to Kids. ... Bombs Away: The purposeful killing of Vietnamese civilians,
Cambodian civilians, and Laotian civilians. CounterPunch

October 18, 2017

Leaked ICE Guide Offers Unprecedented View of Agency’s Asset Forfeiture Tactics. Intercept

Envisioning an America Free From Police Violence and Control. Intercept

Meet the new class traitors who are coming out as rich ... For many, talking about money, especially their own, is a social taboo. But now wealthy progressives are opening up about a system that is skewed in their favor. The Guardian

FEMA: 'Not Our Job to Deliver Water and Food' to Puerto Ricans. ... On the Rachel Maddow show, officials pass the blame to the San Juan mayor.

Ai Weiwei Explores the “Human Flow” of Refugees and Finds an America That Lost Its Conscience. Intercept

The Republican budget is a gift to billionaires: it's Robin Hood in reverse. ... Donald Trump and Republican leaders claim their plan would provide a ‘big league’ tax cut for the middle class. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The Guradian/Sanders

Iraq seizes Kirkuk from Kurds leaving two US allies locked in conflict and bringing end to move for independence, ,,, Century-old movement for Kurdish independence suffers a calamitous defeat as military reaction to referendum leads to fall of city.

October 17, 2017

Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy the Corporate State TruthDig/Hedges  

The NIMPE Critique of Antifa. ... A new form of demagoguery has emerged in reaction to the burgeoning antifascist movement..

When a Radio Host Interviews a War Criminal, Is It Churlish to Ask About His War Crimes? CounterPunch

What the founding fathers actually meant by the Second Amendment might surprise you.

Harvard, the CIA, and All That. ... After Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government rescinded its invitation to Army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning (whom Obama sprung from the brig by pardoning her), a chorus of protest (led by 19,000 Harvard alumni and 169 professors) ensued. The main issue, according to them and the press, was how the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) caved to deep-state pressure. CounterPunch

Artist Ai Weiwei on the Ingredients for Effective Activism TruthDig

I Went Undercover at a Boot Camp for Young Conservatives - Here's What I Learned.. The Leadership Institute teaches young people how to mobilize for conservative candidates. AlterNet

White Supremacists Flustered by Viking Discovery. TruthDig

October 16, 2017

Puerto Rico Relief Bill Cancels $16 Billion in Debt - But Not for Puerto Rico. Intercept

How the oligarchy wins: lessons from ancient Greece ... Ganesh Sitaraman looks at what two recent books – Classical Greek Oligarchy by Matthew Simonton and Oligarchy by Jeffrey Winters – can teach us about defending democracy from oligarchs. Guardian

US police killings undercounted by half, study using Guardian data finds. ... Harvard study finds over half of deaths wrongly classified, in latest example of databases greatly undercounting police killings. Guardian  

Is Nonviolence—or Fighting Back—the Answer to Far-Right Thuggery? ... As Trump incites violence, the left needs a counter-strategy. The Nation  

The Six ‘Secret’ Tactics of Empire.

I went to school with the Vegas shooter.
Greg Palast  

‘I’m a year ahead of Trump on this’: Indiana Republican wants journalists to register with police. ... A draft bill identical to the state's handgun permit law is the latest controversial move by state Rep. Jim Lucas. ThinkProgress

“No Kin In the Game”: Study Finds Members of Congress Without Draft-Age Sons Were More Hawkish. ... A new study finds that members of Congress who didn’t have draft-age sons were significantly more likely to support hawkish, pro-conscription policies over the course of four major U.S. wars. Intercept

Declassified docs on rumored Ku Klux Klan meeting in CIA headquarters reveal what really happened. RawStory  

Congressional pharmacist reveals lawmakers take Alzheimer’s drugs: ‘They might not even remember yesterday’. RawStory

Weekend of October 13-15, 2017

Weekend Read:
The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World.

The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About. (Hint, because he is white)

Desensitised to Tragedy. Craig Murray

The 2nd Amendment Says a Lot More Than the 'Right to Bear Arms'—And the True History of It Will Blow Right-Wing Minds ... The Founding Fathers weren't advocating for mass shootings.

The Rifle on the Wall: a Left Argument for Gun Rights. CounterPunch  

How the Military-Industrial Complex Preys on the Troops. TruthDig

Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire’ NYTimes

Chomsky clarifies position on the cultural boycott of Israel. Artists for Palenstine

'Determined to Make America as Dumb as Him,' Trump Ditches UNESCO. Commondreams

How a growing Christian movement is seeking to take control of the top sectors of American society. RawStory

The Vital Role of Education in Authoritarian Times. ... Real education must incorporate the themes of resistance and hope at every step. It is inseparable from the project of social change. So, what does critical pedagogy look like? How can we put it into play so as to make lasting connections between learning, critical thought, agency and social responsibility? TruthOut/Giroux

ACLU Free Speech Case Challenges Law Aimed at Anti-Israel Boycotts. .. Kansas Law Requires Contractors to Sign Document Promising Not to Boycott Israel. ACLU

“You Have the Way Out” ... Recordings Capture Brutal FBI Tactics to Recruit a Potential Informant. Intercept

Greg Palast and Zach Roberts | Charlottesville Victim of Neo-Nazi Beating Charged With Assault.


Power Corrupts: a Culture of Compliance Breeds Despots and Predators. ... All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible.- Frank Herbert. CounterPunch

The Six ‘Secret’ Tactics of Empire.

Confident. Incorrigible. Bully: Little Donny was a lot like candidate Donald Trump. WaPo

Revolution Not Reform: Moral Courage, Redefining Progress and the Myth of Social Democracy. CounterPunch

Catalan vote for independence: Carles Puigdemont Turns the Tables on Rajoy. Craig Murray

October 12, 2017

Weeks After Hurricane, Puerto Rico Lacks Water, Working Hospitals, Electricity & Considers Solar. Democracy Now

How to Survive the End of the World TruthDig

Distract, Distort, Isolate: Trump and the Authoritarian Style in US Politics: Interview With Henry A. Giroux - TruthOut

Did Trump Just Have His Benghazi Without the Mainstream Media Even Noticing? ... Four U.S. soldiers are ambushed in Niger, and the political press shrugs. AlterNet (Agadez)

Confident. Incorrigible. Bully: Little Donny was a lot like candidate Donald Trump. WaPo and

Trump melts down over critical NBC article, issues threat against press freedom ... The president is explicitly threatening to suppress coverage he doesn't like. ThinkProgress

Free Trade Agreements, Tariffs and Tax Reductions: “Squeezing the Lemon Dry” on Behalf of Giant Corporations ... Big capital has constantly decreased its contribution to the state – creating a gap in the state’s coffers which is then filled by more and varied taxes on ordinary people – ultimately shrinking the very market big capital needs to sell its increased production of goods. Artist Notes

October 11, 2017

Columbus Day Is the Most Important Day of Every Year. The Intercept

The Tragic Failure of Ken Burns’s “The Vietnam War” ... Its tragic failure is its inability to hold anyone responsible for their actions.a

Facebook looks to partner with right-wing outlet to fact check stories. ... Questions about fake news and ad targeting have put Facebook in the spotlight since the election. ThinkProgress

Is Nonviolence—or Fighting Back—the Answer to Far-Right Thuggery? ... As Trump incites violence, the left needs a counter-strategy. The Nation

Basic Issues on Santolina Unsettled.
Abq Journal

Basic Issues on Santolina Unsettled
Abq Journal

Ofcom dismisses complaints about Al Jazeera's The Lobby. ... Broadcasting regulator throws out allegations against investigation which revealed the Israel lobby's inner workings. Aljazeera

Normalising Russia ... here has been surprisingly little coverage of almost three hundred arrests yesterday of protestors across Russia demonstrating against Putin on his birthday. While the evidence so far is that demonstrations were not suppressed with the same level of brutal thuggery as witnessed in Spain, many more arrests were made which will have long term consequences for protestors. Craig Murray

The corporate assault on science. ... The fact that science is the foundation for civilization and democracy should be self-evident. Regrettably, that connection seems often to escape our collective consciousness.

Is Nonviolence—or Fighting Back—the Answer to Far-Right Thuggery? ... As Trump incites violence, the left needs a counter-strategy. The Nation  

Julian Assange on Roger Stone & Accusations About WikiLeaks and Trump Campaign Ties to Russia. DemocracyNow



October 31, 2017

Holloween Special:
A Night at the Garden (1939)

GOP Rep. once held a 10-inch knife to John Boehner’s throat during an argument. ... Boehner told Politico’s Tim Alberta that Young held a 10-inch knife to his throat during a heated debate about earmarks. Boehner said that he responded to Young by looking him in the eye and saying, “F*ck you,” at which point Young released him. RawStory

American Psychosis. ... Reality is under assault. Verbal confusion reigns. Truth and illusion have merged. Mental chaos makes it hard to fathom what is happening. We feel trapped in a hall of mirrors. Exposed lies are answered with other lies. The rational is countered with the irrational. Cognitive dissonance prevails. ... TruthDig//Hedges

Donald Trump as the Bully-in Chief: Weaponizing the politics of Humiliation... Donald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics has made visible a scourge of oppressive stupidity, manufactured deceptions, a corrupt political system, and a contempt for reason that has been decades in the making;

Trump Admin Continues Threats & Provocations Against North Korea, Laying Groundwork for Nuclear War. DemocracyNow

Robert Scheer Discusses the Silencing of the Left (Video). TruthDig

Neo-Nazis Target College Campuses in Recruitment Drive ... The messages are not subtle: "Make America White Again"; "Imagine a Muslim-Free America"; "Are You Sick of Anti-White Propaganda in College? You Are Not Alone. Take Your Country Back."

Special Report: What the Jewish Federations Do With Your Money. ... Research by Haaretz into Jewish charity in North America has found a powerful but opaque machine that turns over billions, but can be vague as to how the money is used, for instance on salaries, and supporting the settlements in Israel. Haaretz

Robert Reich: Trump's Gang Is Plotting the Biggest Heist in American History ... The GOP's $5.8 trillion tax cut would almost exclusively benefit the 1 percent. AlterNet

'Twas on the Good Ship Venus' ... Submarines don’t have much rigging, which somewhat spoils the chorus, but I am delighted to hear that sailors on board Britain’s nuclear deterrent are heavily into sex and drugs. Craig Murray  

GOP chair of nuclear safety agency secretly urges Trump to abolish it. ... Proposal follows radiation mishaps and exposures; Dems oppose the move.

Study Shows American High Schoolers Are Lashing Out in the Increasingly Racist, Anti-Immigrant Atmosphere Trump Has Created Trump's fanning of the flames of division has reached our education system. AlterNet

October 30, 2017

To Escape Indictment, Netanyahu and His Hired Guns Assault the Law ... Like Trump, Netanyahu tries to undermine his investigators and, like Berlusconi, to hide behind proposed immunity. Haaretz

Erwin Chemerinsky: What Students Don't Understand About Free Speech TruthDig

Trump’s IRS Chief Snuck Through With a Unanimous Vote in a Private Room Just off the Senate Floor. Intercept

Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance. DemocracyNow

Chomsky: Imagine a World Without Neoliberals Privatizing Everything in Sight ... A proposal for a progressive social and economic order for the United States. AlterNet

Nick Turse: From Niger to Somalia, U.S. Military Expansion in Africa Helps Terror Groups Recruit. DemocracyNow (Note: the main reason given by Benladen for the 9/11 attack was American troops in Saudia Arabia, and around holy sites)

Congressmen push Jeff Sessions to call environmentalists terrorists. ... Four Democrats join 80 Republicans on letter asking the Attorney General to treat pipeline sabotage as domestic terrorism. ThinkProgress .Just as bad - rescue a nearly dead piglet and see what happens. Intercept
Trump order won’t make cops safer, but might make it a felony to yell at them “Contempt of cop” is a big enough problem already. The president seems determined to make it worse. ThinkProgress

How the U.K. Prosecuted a Student on Terrorism Charges for Downloading a Book Intercept  

New Investigative Website Fights Rich and Powerful "Who Call the Shots" TruthOut

Airline Racism Against Black and Muslim Passengers Is Out of Hand ... An NAACP travel advisory warning African Americans about flying American is just the tip of the iceberg. AlterNet

Weekend of October 27-29, 2017

Weekend read:
Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy
. ... Global Discontents is a compelling set of interviews with Noam Chomsky, who identifies the “dry kindling” of discontent around the world that could soon catch fire. ... In wide-ranging interviews with David Barsamian, his longtime interlocutor, Noam Chomsky asks us to consider “the world we are leaving to our grandchildren”: one imperiled by the escalation of climate change and the growing potential for nuclear war. If the current system is incapable of dealing with these threats, he argues, it’s up to us to radically change it. Amazon  

Files will shed light on a JFK shooting conspiracy – but not the one you think ... The National Archives are releasing tens of thousands of documents linked to Kennedy’s assassination – expect evidence of institutions covering their backs. Guardian

Cowardly New World: Alternative Media Under Attack by Algorithms. ... An insidious assault is underway against alternative media on the internet. Leftist and progressive websites have been suffering significant declines in traffic. Some have had online income sources cut. Many others have been publicly defamed. CounerPunch

FCC Enables Faster Media Consolidation as Pro-Trump Sinclair Group Seizes Even More Local Stations. DemocracyNow

These wealthy institutions are quietly financing white nationalism. ... Organizations that claim to serve the public good are enriching Robert Mercer. ThinkProgress  

A Nonviolent Strategy to End Violence.

In “Wet Kiss” for Wall Street, Congress Overturns Rules Allowing People to Sue Banks for Misconduct. DemocracyNow

Los Angeles Police Are Arresting People For Speaking 20 Seconds Over Their Allotted Time at City Meetings. ... The ACLU is fighting an ordinance that would make it easier for the city to shut down criticism. AlterNet

Hundreds Face Conspiracy Charges For Actions Of A Few During Inauguration Day Protests. ... When Texas photojournalist Alexei Wood goes to court in Washington, D.C., on November 15, he’ll be one of the first people to face charges stemming from protests around the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Wood and five others are being charged for their alleged involvement in what prosecutors are describing as a riot on the morning of January 20, hours before Trump was sworn in at on the Capitol steps. All nine defendants face up to 70 years in prison.
Intercept and BoingBoing

How the oligarchy wins: lessons from ancient Greece. ... Ganesh Sitaraman looks at what two recent books – Classical Greek Oligarchy by Matthew Simonton and Oligarchy by Jeffrey Winters – can teach us about defending democracy from oligarchs. Guardian  

British army creates team of Facebook warriors. ... Soldiers familiar with social media sought for 77th Brigade, which will be responsible for ‘non-lethal warfare’. Guardian

Should black Americans boycott American Airlines? ... The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has issued a travel advisory warning African-American travels against the airline. What now? Guardian

Singapore now the worlds most powerful passport, as power of U.S. paper falls. ... A new ranking of world passports by website Passport Index found that citizens of Singapore can travel to the highest number of countries visa-free.. Indpendent  

The US, Africa and a New Century of War

Executive Branch at War: Treasury Department Launches Attack on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Intercept

Trump’s Proposed Tax Overhaul Would Give Billions to Trump & Cabinet While Sparking Global “Tax War”. DemocracyNow

A Response to “Responsible Encryption” ... On October 10, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy about encryption. I have a lot to say about his remarks, ... CyberLaw-Standord

Elián González: Saved by Angels and Dolphin to Condemn Imperialism at the World Festival of Youth and Students. CounterPunch

October 26, 2017

Imagining Our Way Beyond Neoliberalism: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin.
 - (Part one here)

The Details About the CIA's Deal With Amazon. ... A $600 million computing cloud built by an outside company is a "radical departure" for the risk-averse intelligence community. The Atlantic  

NPR, the CIA and Corporatism. CounterPunch

The Vegas shooter, general aviation, & CIA planespotting. MadCow

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan Speaks Against War & Iraq Invasion: “Look at the Cost of That Mistake” DemocracyNow

'The FBI’s Forgotten Criminal History ... the FBI has a long record of both deceit and incompetence. Five years ago, Americans learned that the FBI was teaching its agents that “the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.” This has practically been the Bureau’s motif since its creation in 1908. CounterPunch  

CIA in Afghanistan: Operation Phoenix Redux? CounterPunch  

7 Reasons Why Betsy DeVos' Latest Hire May Be Her Scariest Yet ... Conservative attorney Hans Bader exemplifies the love affair between extreme right-wing ideology and corporate influence in the Trump administration. AlterNet

October 25, 2017

Blatant Censorship': Trump EPA Abruptly Muzzles Its Own Climate Scientists. ... EPA's move to cancel researchers' presentations at upcoming conference slammed as "abuse of power" CommonDreams

EPA chief: ‘True environmentalism is using natural resources that God has blessed us with’ ... Another day, another attempt by Trump officials to silence scientists. ThinkProgress

E.P.A. Cancels Talk on Climate Change by Agency Scientists. NY Times  

Texas City Tells People No Hurricane Harvey Aid Unless They Promise Not to Boycott Israel.

Moby: I Asked One of the World's Leading Animal Advocates Why He's Betting Big on Food Technology to End Animal Cruelty .. Clean, plant-based meat has the potential to completely wipe out factory farming. AlterNet

Bank Downgrades Chipotle, Complaining It Pays Workers Too Much. Chipotle Says That’s Bunk.. Intercept  

White Nationalist Richard Spencer Gives Israel as Example of Ethno-state He Wants in U.S. ... Hundreds protest outside with signs, anti-Nazi chants ¦ Speech descends into shouting match with audience ¦ Daily Stormer founder encouraging supporters to target Jewish institutions during speech, ADL says Haaretz

It Didn’t Just Start Now: John Kelly Has Always Been a Hard-Right Bully. Intercept

Half a Million March in Massive Uprising Against Spanish Plan to Overtake Catalonia. ... Catalans poured into the streets of Barcelona Saturday following the Spanish prime minister announcement that he would move to take control of their region. CommonDreams  

Corporate TV Drops the Ball on Climate Change. TruthDig/Goodman/Moynihan  

October 24, 2017

All Trump all the time. CJonline

President Trump is Unstable, Dangerous and Could Start Nuclear War, Doctors Warn.
News Week

Resistance Is NOT Futile: Six Ways Donald Trump Can Be Contained ... We all know the problem: a president who gives aid and comfort to white supremacists and is thoroughly unsuited for the office. The question is what do we do about it.
. The Daily Beast

US 'to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert' for first time since Cold War ... 'The world is a dangerous place and we’ve got folks that are talking openly about use of nuclear weapons... This is yet one more step in ensuring that we’re prepared'  Independent  

Wishing for Trump’s impeachment? Here are 5 reasons why the next president could be even more dangerous. RawStory  

Our Ever-Deadlier Police State ... None of the reforms, increased training, diversity programs, community outreach and gimmicks such as body cameras have blunted America’s deadly police assault, especially against poor people of color. Police forces in the United States—which, according to The Washington Post, have fatally shot 782 people this year... TruthOut/Hedges

Hillary Clinton: Cold Creepiness with a Side of Corruption. ... On October 16, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her public pity party (and not so subtle hopes of somehow magically overturning the 2016 election) abroad, calling out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as “a tool of Russian intelligence. CounterPunch

Extreme Redistricting Sets the Stage for a Huge Republican Stranglehold Victory in the House in 2018. ... A virtual majority of House seats are already deemed to be highly safe for GOP. AlterNet

Trump allies worry that losing the House means impeachment. CNN

As Hopes for Trump Impeachment Persist, New Warnings of a President Pence. ... "Pence is the inside man of the conservative money machine," writes Jane Mayer for The New Yorker. CommonDreams

How big pharma's money – and its politicians – feed the US opioid crisis. ... Tom Marino might have withdrawn from consideration as Trump’s drug czar, but drug money is coursing through the veins of Congress – contributing directly to an epidemic that kills thousands of Americans each year.

Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin. DemocracyNow

Children Are Dying at Alarming Rates in Foster Care, and Nobody Is Bothering to Investigate.

October 23, 2017

JFK Files: What are they and why is Trump releasing them? ... Classified documents were due to be released under law - but timing could prove convenient if they discredit the agencies involved in the Russia investigation. Independent  

The Not-So-Radical “Socialist” From Vermont. ... Working-class and pro-working-class socialists and left anarchists have long fought for shorter working hours (with no reductions in pay) for some very good radically democratic reasons. CounterPunch

Review: Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden’s “Bible Nation: the United States of Hobby Lobby”. ... Remember the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision that permitted “closely held for-profit corporations to be exempt from a regulation its owners religiously object to,” i.e., offering insurance policies (Obamacare) to their employees that cover certain contraceptives the owners find objectionable? CounterPunch

Organized Chaos and Confusion as Political Control ... It’s not supposed to be clear, now or then. If you’re confused by the news you’re hearing, you should be. They want you to be. They try to make you be. But you don’t have to be. CounterPunch

This is the pro-Trump propaganda being quietly broadcast on local stations across the country. ... The MAGA revolution is being televised. ThinkProgress  

These wealthy institutions are quietly financing white nationalism. .. Organizations that claim to serve the public good are enriching Robert Mercer.

Socialism, Land and Banking: 2017 compared to 1917. CounterPunch

Sent to Destroy Bernie's Democratic Socialism, Danish Right-Winger Bolsters It. ... Fellow at Peterson Institute, a regressive-minded think tank, concedes the many benefits of a nation that provides universal access to pre-school, healthcare, and college. CommonDreams  

As Puerto Rico Faces $95 Billion Cleanup, Exposé Reveals Vulture Firms Who Own Its $74 Billion Debt. DemocracyNow

Freed Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera on U.S. Colonialism After Hurricane Maria. DemocracyNow