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Weekend of September 8-10, 2017

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
- ... In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the twenty-nine-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency's widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. Amazon

Mattis and Tillerson Aren't Mitigating Trump -- They're on a Path of Destruction. TruthOut

Philly Police Union President Calls Black Lives Matter Activists ‘A Pack Of Rabid Animals’. ... But he has defended an officer who appeared to be sporting a Nazi tattoo. HuffPost

Can the World Defend Itself From Omnicide? CounterPunch/Nader

Elizabeth Warren Co-Sponsors Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-All Bill. TruthDig and
The Intercep

Richard Spencer’s Racist Group Has a New Leader. The Intercept

How Right-Wing Extremists Stalk, Dox, and Harass Their Enemies. ... Chat logs obtained from message boards used by neo-Nazis and other far-right groups show a concerted effort to compile private information on leftist enemies and circulate the data to encourage harassment or violence.
The Intercept

As Scotland Vows 100% Transition to Electric Cars, US Caves to Auto Industry's Dirty Demands. ... While the Scottish government aims to decrease emissions from vehicles, green groups sue Trump's transportation agency for "an unlawful move that hurts efforts to fight global warming".

Study: 83% of Tap Water Around the Globe Tested Positive for Tiny Plastic Fibers. ... Widespread microplastic contamination of drinking water samples has scientists worried about its impact on human health. CommonDreams

Indoor Air Pollution from cooking, Ethiopia. CREDIT: Verena Brinkmann for GIZ, via Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves ... Trump EPA cuts life-saving clean cookstove program because it mentions climate change. ThinkProgress

127 environmental defenders have been killed so far in 2017. The Guardian

September 7, 2017

North Korea is Not an Existential Threat - But Many People Benefit by Saying It Is TRNN

How Sony, Obama, Seth Rogen and the CIA Secretly Planned to Force Regime Change in North Korea. ... The secret backstory to the U.S.-North Korea standoff. AlterNet

Trump Administration and Key House Republicans Push for Aerial Gunning of Grizzly Bears and Wolves. ... Bears and wolves could be gunned down in national wildlife preserves. AlterNet

How Right-Wing Extremists Stalk, Dox, and Harass Their Enemies. The Intercept

Reclaiming Gotham: Juan González on Cities Leading the Revolt Against Trumpism & Neoliberal Policies. Democracy Now

Why Are Progressives Stupid? It’s Not Too Late to Get Smart. CounterPunch

When ‘free speech’ becomes a political weapon.

The Instability of Britain and the US: How Do We Come Back From This?

Responding to Antifa and Riseup: On Revolutionary Politics and Non-Violence. CounterPunch

Newly released footage shows Ohio officer shooting photojournalist without warning, RawStory

New Report Exposes "Big Ag's Gag Agenda". ... Ag-Gag Across America" report from civil liberties groups documents rise of—and ALEC's hand behind—dissent-crushing laws.

Trump’s lies about crime are exposed by the latest data. ... He wants you to believe America is in the throes of a crime wave. Evidence indicates the opposite is true. ThinkProgress

September 6, 2017

North Korea Says It Might Negotiate on Nuclear Weapons. But the Washington Post Isn’t Reporting That.. The Intercept

Deterrence Believers Shoud Cheer the North Korean Bomb. Craig Murray

Petro Metro: A Toxic Tour of Houston from Refineries to Superfund Sites in Wake of Harvey.
Democracy Now

Trump’s infrastructure plan is actually Pence’s.
Raw Story


Ralph Nader: The Democrats Are Unable to Defend the U.S. from the “Most Vicious” Republican Party in History.
The Intercept/Nader

2016 - With Donald Trump Looming, Should Dems Take a Huge Electability Gamble by Nominating Hillary Clinton?
The Intercept

The Daily 202: DACA decision highlights chasm between Trump’s compassionate rhetoric and reality. WaPo

White House press secretary says Trump will now use DREAMers as bargaining chip for border wall. ... "We can't just have one tweak to the immigration system." ThinkProgress

Greenwald: It's bizarre how it's now regarded as immoral to criticize a candidate in a primary. Obama was way harsher in 2008: YouTube

Re: Hillary's new book:
Clinton's attack on Sanders omitted things Dems also gifted us: Vietnam, NAFTA, mass incarceration, Libya, repeal of Glass–Steagall. ... sale of cluster bombs and F15 Strike Eagles to Saudi Arabia for their war crimes in Yemen. Hillary is using her book to assign blame for Trump's win, the real "cause" was her winning the nomination. Level of denial, dishonesty and viciousness would be shocking if this weren't written by Hillary Clinton.

September 5, 2017

Diseases of Despair. ... The opioid crisis, the frequent mass shootings, the rising rates of suicide, especially among middle-aged white males, the morbid obesity, the obsession with gambling, the investment of our emotional and intellectual life in tawdry spectacles and the allure of magical thinking, from the absurd promises of the Christian right to the belief that reality is never an impediment to our desires, are the pathologies of a diseased culture. They have risen from a decayed world where opportunity, which confers status, self-esteem and dignity, has dried up for most Americans. They are expressions of acute desperation and morbidity. TruthDig/Hedges

The Unlikely Jihadi. ... The FBI Pressured a Lonely Young Man Into a Bomb Plot. He Tried to Back Out. Now He’s Serving Life in Prison.
The Intercept

Trump Wants To Put A Former Coal Executive In Charge Of Mine Safety. ... The company the nominee used to run was cited for dangerous practices numerous times.Huffpost

Saving face: Facebook wants access without limits. ... Social network giant lobbies to prevent state limits on facial recognition. CPI

Philly Police Union President Calls Black Lives Matter Activists ‘A Pack Of Rabid Animals’. ... But he has defended an officer who appeared to be sporting a Nazi tattoo. Huffpost

Herr Donald, Sheriff Joe, Hurricane Harvey, and the Fate of the Republic. CounterPunch

New Amazonian species discovered every two days while the rainforest is trashed by 'relentless deforestation'. ... ‘There is a real risk that at the rate at which the Amazon is changing many species may become extinct before we have had a chance to find them’ Independent

Does Trump's Presidency Signal the Beginning of the End for Liberal Democracy?
Even the likes of Francis Fukuyama are beginning to wonder. AlterNet

'The S-word': how young Americans fell in love with socialism. ... Young Americans blame capitalism for crises in housing, healthcare and falling wages. Once demonised, the word ‘socialism’ is back as a new political movement takes root
The Guardian

What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests. CounterPunch

If Hillary Had Won. CounerPunch

Look Around: The Costs of Not Acting on Climate Are Adding Up Fast. CommonDreams

September 4, 2017

Trump names climate science denier to run NASA. ... Republican Congressman had demanded Obama apologize for funding climate change research. ThinkProgress

FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks. ... Confidential documents call the anarchists that seek to counter white supremacists ‘domestic terrorists.’ Politico

Noam Chomsky: Antifa Is a 'Major Gift' to the Right. ... "What they do is often wrong in principle and generally self-destructive." AlterNet

Internal documents reveal right-wing plan to destroy public unions with ‘mortal blow’. RawStory

Trump Furthers War on Workers With Announcement of Slashed Pay Increases. ... The 1.9 percent pay increase is "not enough," says union. CommonDreams

Nobel Prize Winners Name Trump and His 'Ignorance' as Top Threats to World Population. ... Laureates have grave concerns about Trump's anti-science agenda as well as his recent rhetoric on nuclear war. Commondreams

Hell Hath No Fury Like Mother Earth Scorned. Democracy Now and Denis Moynihan

How Donald Trump and Elaine Chao Sold Off Flood-Control Policy to the Highest Bidders. ... In mid-August, the administration moved to gut a necessary initiative to guarantee the flood resilience of infrastructure. Moyers

Charles Blow: Trump Is Building an Army for a Second Civil War. ... The president may be preparing his supporters to revolt if he's ever impeached. AlterNet

REVEALED: Burning Houston chemical plant successfully lobbied Trump to strike down safety rules. RawStory

The New York Times Gives Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Free Advertising. ... It's 'incredible' that the New York Times gave former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince editorial space to suggest letting private mercenaries lead the war in Afghanistan, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson. TRN

Weekend of September 1-3 2017

Weekend Read:
Antifa: the Anti-fascist Handbook – 'What Trump said made the book seem even more urgent' .... Rushed into print after the US president said there were ‘fine people on both sides’ of the Charlottesville clashes, Mark Bray’s guide provides tactics for those hoping to ‘defeat the resurgent far right’

Pruitt Delayed Emergency Rules for Chemical Plants Weeks Before Toxic Fires Erupted in Houston. ... Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently delayed federal rules designed to prevent disastrous chemical accidents, including new provisions requiring the industry to share information with first responders. Now toxic fires rage at a chemical plant damaged by Hurricane Harvey, and thousands of pounds of pollution have been released in Texas' petrochemical corridor. TruthOut

Google Just Proved That Monopolies Imperil Democracy, Not Just The Economy. ... Barry Lynn and his team of anti-monopoly researchers were fired by a think tank after criticizing the search giant. HuffPost

Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There is a Clear Link Between Climate Change & Stronger Hurricanes. Democracy Now

A Sobering National Climate Change Report. ... Embattled climate scientists working in 13 various US government agencies threw down the gauntlet before the Trump administration by releasing an over 600-page report on climate change in the US, the work of several years intended to comply with a Congressional requirement for such a report every four years. CounterPunch

Naomi Klein's Message to the Media Covering Houston: Now is the Time to Talk About Climate Change. Democracy Now

Become a #CitizenSleuth and uncover Trump administration mysteries. ... Center for Public Integrity and Reveal launch major crowdsourcing effort. CPI

Duke Energy nixes nuclear plant, will invest $6 billion in solar and batteries. ... By year end, global solar capacity could equal nuclear; by 2022, solar could double nuclear. ThinkProgress

We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore: the Militarization of Domestic Police. CounterPunch



September 21, 2017

Republican Healthcare Bill Will Get Less Than 2 Minutes Of Debate Time. ... Due to a manipulation of Senate rules, Republicans have created a healthcare bill that will only be open for debate on the Senate floor for about 90 seconds – possibly as long as 2 minutes if things get crazy. This bill could strip more than 30 million of their health insurance coverage and destroy Medicaid, and the best the Republicans are willing to give us is 2 minutes.
Ring of Fire

Hillary Clinton Will Never Understand What Happened. Splinter

Government by Goldman ... Gary Cohn Is Giving Goldman Sachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the Trump Administration. The Intercept

Trump's 'election integrity' group is waging war on the right to vote. Guardian

Trump administration removes links to taxpayer-funded climate data on USGS website ... You paid for U.S. Geological Survey climate data, but the White House is making it disappear. ThinkProgress

Only two countries think Trump is doing a better job than Obama did. RawStory

A handful of ultra-rich dynastic families are bleeding the country dry — and destroying American democracy.

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

Like it or not, the far right is heading for Germany’s Bundestag ... The AfD party has become increasingly nasty – and more popular too. That nationalists will have a voice in the German parliament once again is disturbing. The Guardian

How Netanyahu’s Son Became the Poster Boy for White Supremacists. ... The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. CounterPunch

We Are All Prisoners of the Police State’s Panopticon Village. CounterPunch

Read All About the Biggest Snowden Reveal.

A Sense of Proportion - The Establishment is fast losing its grip on the loyalty of the populace. That decline in the respect of the population for their masters has coincided with the rise of the importance of the internet and social media, and the corresponding decline in consumption of traditional print and broadcast news and current affairs media. Craig Murray

September 20, 2017

House passes spending bill ‘full of giveaways to polluters’ and big cuts to EPA... The bill also cuts a number of programs intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or streamline the transition to clean energy. ThinkProgress

US Says No Money for Social Programs, But '$700 Billion to Kill People? Yeah That We Have' ... "Note 'where will the money come from?' deficit trolls will be silent on this $700 billion defense spending bill." CommonDreams

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarizing Homeland Security in the Climate Change Era. TruthOut

Saudi security forces clamp down on dissent
Academics and clerics held as Riyadh acts to silence criticism. Financial Times

South Carolina teacher suspended after asking 5th graders to come up with reasons for joining the Klan.

The GOP’s on the verge of passing a bill that will phase out Medicaid in its entirety. ThinkProgress

To Make Our Democracy Functional, We Must Confront Economic Inequality. ... The United States is a plutocratic disaster. In this exclusive interview for Truthout, renowned political scientist Larry Bartels, author of the already classic work Unequal Democracy, provides a sweeping look at the state of our dysfunctional society. TruthOut

Robert Reich: A Handful of Ultra-Rich Families Are Bleeding the Country Dry. ... Taxing dynastic wealth is an absolute necessity if we hope to restore our democracy. AlterNet/Reich

St. Louis Cops Taunt Demonstrators with Chilling Chant After Clearing Streets. ... Officers in riot gear were heard bellowing "whose streets, our streets." AlterNet

Donald Trump starts first UN speech by promoting one of his buildings just across the street . ... Several people with connections to the former Soviet Union own condos in the building. Independent

A Major Jewish Philanthropist Just Published A Plan To Ethnically Cleanse Palestinians. ... A far-right faction within Israel’s Likud-led governing coalition has endorsed a plan for Israel to annex the entire West Bank and encourage the Palestinian residents to emigrate to neighboring Arab countries. Forward

Donald Trump’s lawyers fail at basic lawyering: Privacy. ... Rule 1 of law: Don't discuss private matters in public, right in front of a New York Times. Salon

September 19, 2017

Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma.
Democracy Now/Naomi Klein

The Silencing of Dissent. ... The ruling elites, who grasp that the reigning ideology of global corporate capitalism and imperial expansion no longer has moral or intellectual credibility, have mounted a campaign to shut down the platforms given to their critics. The attacks within this campaign include blacklisting, censorship and slandering dissidents as foreign agents for Russia and purveyors of “fake news.” TruthDig/Hedges

Shadows of Secrecy Spread Across Federal Government. ... There are cracks in the curtains President Donald Trump tried to draw around the government early in his presidency, but the slivers of light aren’t making it easier to hold federal officials accountable for their actions. TruthDig

Sean Spicer Is Honored Because, As Bush Officials Showed, D.C. Elites Always Thrive.
The Intercept

The Growing Danger of Dynastic Wealth,

After Failing to Prosecute Bankers, Obama Cashes In With Wall Street Speeches. ... The former president is reportedly raking in $400,000 per speech to massive financial firms. CommonDreams

Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires. ... A number of politicians have promised to weaken environmental laws and increase logging, supposedly to stop forest fires. Here’s what they aren’t telling you.

'Red Alert' Sounded: Trumpcare Is Back, More Brutal and Deadly Than Ever. .. Sen. Bernie Sanders called the new Obamacare repeal plan "yet another disastrous Republican proposal to throw millions of people off health insurance. CommonDreams

September 18, 2017

The GOP Is Plowing Ahead with an Audacious Effort to Hijack the Vote and Rig Elections. ... From Trump’s “election integrity” commission to Mitch McConnell, the GOP targets the levers of power.

How JPMorgan Chase Is Cashing in on Private Prisons. ... For its stance on human rights to have real meaning, Chase must divest from the private prison system. AlterNet

Government by Goldman - Gary Cohn Is Giving Goldman Sachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the Trump Administration. The Intercept

Destructive Stock Buybacks–That You Pay For.

The Forgotten Americans: Why Did U.S. Media Ignore U.S. Virgin Islands Devastated by Irma?
Democracy Now

The Genocide of the Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy and False Prophets. CounterPunch

Barack Obama 'rang with reassurance for May' on election night. ... Former president said Labour was expecting losses and Andrew Marr told Tories results of exit poll early, book claims. The Guardian

Race v. Class? More Brilliant Bourgeois Bullshit from Ta-Nehesi Coates. CounterPunch

Anthony Lamar Smith: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.

Israel Security Forces Are Training American Cops Despite History of Rights Abuses. The Intercept

Shaun King on Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick, and White Supremacy. ... Since the beginning of the Trump presidency, white-supremacist groups, including self-described neo-Nazis, have increasingly and boldly appeared in public. They have killed counterprotesters, beaten people, and fired guns into crowds.
The Intercept

Lawsuit’s FBI evidence suggests Saudi Arabia funded 9/11 ‘dry run’: report. RawStory

'Will the 9/11 Case Finally Go to Trial?': Andrew Cockburn on New Evidence Linking Saudis to Attacks. ... Saudi Arabia is already trying to change the law so that they can’t be sued.
Democracy Now

Coca-Cola Sucks Wells Dry in Chiapas, Forcing Residents to Buy Water. TruthOut

The Forgotten Americans: Why Did U.S. Media Ignore U.S. Virgin Islands Devastated by Irma?
Democracy Now

Has The New York Times Gone Collectively Mad? ... For those of us who have taught journalism or worked as editors, a sign that an article is the product of sloppy or dishonest journalism is that a key point will be declared as flat fact when it is unproven or a point in serious dispute—and it then becomes the foundation for other claims, building a story like a high-rise constructed on sand. TruthDig

Weekend of September 15-17, 2017

Endless War Continues as Senate Kills Effort to Repeal 2001 Authorization. ... "No one with an ounce of intellectual honesty believes these authorizations allow current wars we fight in seven countries," Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said. CommonDreams

Myanmar: new footage reveals scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya. ... Government accused of systematic strategy in Rakhine state as Rohingya claim soldiers torched their homes and fired on them after urging them to leave. The Guardian

For America’s Generals, Failure Is the New Success.

Silent and Deadly: Industry Eyes a Sneaky and Dangerous New Revenue Stream. ... Republicans hide a rollback on the regulation of gun silencers inside an otherwise innocuous federal lands bill.

Why Are US Universities Arming Themselves With Grenade Launchers? TruthOut

‘We send a report every morning to ICE’: Motel 6 reportedly outing guests to immigration officials. .. "Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE."

Welfare for Wall Street: Fees on Retirement Accounts. TruthOut

"The Occupation of the American Mind": Documentary Looks at Israel's PR War in the United States.

Sloppy U.S. Spies Misused a Covert Network for Personal Shopping — and Other Stories from Internal NSA Documents. The Intercept

The Genocide of the Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy and False Prophets. CounterPunch
Roger Waters Criticizes Senate Bill Criminalizing BDS & Radiohead's Recent Concert in Tel Aviv. Democracy Now
Pink Floyd Founder Roger Waters: BDS is One of "Most Admirable" Displays of Resistance in the World.
Democracy Now

September 14, 2017

"Will the 9/11 Case Finally Go to Trial?": Andrew Cockburn on New Evidence Linking Saudis to Attacks. DemocracyNow/Cockburn

Senate Intel slips sentence into bill that could lead to spying on US citizens. McClatchy

FBI gets Sputnik emails, critics see 'red line for media' crossed in Russia probe.
Washington Examiner

The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors.

Background Checks for Voting?: Inside the Trump Election Commission's Contentious Second Meeting. DemocracyNow

Coca-Cola Sucks Wells Dry in Chiapas, Forcing Residents to Buy Water. TruthOut

White Christians Are Now a Minority—But They're Getting More Isolated and Less Tolerant. ... Religious homophobia is driving away young people, but evangelical leaders double down on anti-LGBT bigotry. AlterNet


‘Whip you like the slave you are’: Trump fan sent threats before execution-style killing of black man. RawStory

6 Cruel Moves Made by Local Governments Against the Poor. ... Republicans in the federal government aren't the only ones who punish people for being poor. AlterNet

Nashville woman shot homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche — then left him to die: police. RawStory

‘You should see pictures of her’: Lawyer argues 13-year-old rape victim to blame for being a ‘temptress’. RawStory

September 13, 2017

The Great Flood. ... How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming? At what point, surveying the devastation and knowing more is inevitable, will we walk away, leaving behind vast coastal dead zones? Will we retreat even further into magical thinking to cope with the fury we have unleashed from the natural world? Or will we respond rationally and radically alter our relationship to this earth that gives us life?

The Hodor Effect that Paralyzes the US. ... Could you briefly explain the events that took place in Charlottesville and help put them in context?

Documenting Hate. ... Hate crimes and bias incidents are a national problem, but there’s no reliable data on the nature or prevalence of the violence. We’re collecting and verifying reports to create a national database for use by journalists, researchers and civil-rights organizations..

Don’t assume the militias at the Charlottesville rally were white supremacists. This is what they believe now. WaPo

New Mexico in Depth - White Supremacists. ... Many belong to new organizations like Vanguard America, Identity Evropa, the Traditionalist Workers Party and True Cascadia, which have seen their numbers expand dramatically in the past year. Most of these groups view themselves as part of a broader “alt-right” movement that represents the extreme edge of right-wing politics in the U.S.
NM Indepth

Berkeley Republicans Hope More Left-Wing Riots Will Create “Pedestal” For Conservative Movement.
The Intercept

The Pentagon's New Wonder Weapons for World Dominion. TruthOut

Scientists: Climate Change May Wipe Out a Third of World's Parasites, with Disastrous Ripple Effects. DemocracyNow


September 12, 2017

How Donald Trump Is Trying To Blow Up The Iran Nuclear Deal. The Intercept

Lords of Misrule. ... How the legal profession became Wall Street’s helpmeet. ... In 1937, future Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson gave a toast at the New York State Bar Association on the civic responsibilities of the legal profession. “No other people have submitted so generally to lawyer leadership,” he said. Yet, he argued, “There is no constitutional protection for our lawyer monopoly.”  Jackson was referring, in a tone of populist outrage, to the new wave of big law firms that were then vehemently opposing Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and its crackdown on Wall Street in the wake of the 1929 crash. “We must rely solely on the record of a trust well fulfilled to perpetuate lawyer control.". TheBaffler

The West might hardly believe it, but it now seems the Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor. ... While we’re all waiting for Trump to start World War Three, we’ve not spotted that the military map of the Middle East has substantially, bloodily changed. It will be years before Syria and Iraq (and Yemen) are rebuilt – and the Israelis may have to go to Putin to clear up the mess they’re now in.

Why Verrit, a pro-Clinton media platform, is doomed to fail. ... The website has been blasted for its unsubtle propaganda. There is a reason it works for Republicans and not Democrats.
The Guardian

Complaining About Hillary's Campaign Book Is a Huge Waste of the Progressive Movement's Time. ... Why aren't they focusing on the anti-democratic practices that split the Democratic Party?

I’ve Seen the Reality of What Happens After Disasters Like Irma. CounterPunch

How Monsanto Is Devastating Thousands of Farms Across 20 States. ... Monsanto's GE cotton and soybeans were made to be resistant to an herbicide that drifts to nearby crops. AlterNet

Cultural Imperialism and the Seeds of Catastrophe in India. ... Foreign capital is dictating the prevailing development agenda in India. The aim is to replace current structures with a system of industrial agriculture suited to the needs of Western agribusiness, food processing and retail concerns (see this). The plan is for a fraction of the population left in farming working on contracts for large suppliers and large chain supermarkets offering a diet of highly processed, denutrified, genetically altered food based on crops soaked with chemicals and grown in increasingly degraded soils according to an unsustainable model of agriculture that is less climate/drought resistant, less diverse and unable to achieve food security. CounterPunch

Spaceport America, 10 years on. NM Indepth

SANTA Fe: 12 Arrested Protesting Conquistador Celebration on Stolen Pueblo Land.

September 11, 2017

Lawsuit’s FBI evidence suggests Saudi Arabia funded 9/11 ‘dry run’: report. RawStory

I’ve seen the reality of what happens after disasters like Hurricane Irma – it’s different to what you’ve been told. ... Because of an over-focus on empty gestures and a queasiness about money, the response to natural disasters in the US is all too often inadequate. The army and the National Guard are on standby in South Florida – but if Hurricane Andrew taught us anything, it’s that they aren’t as much use as you’d think. Independent

The Violence of the ’60s Is Nothing Like What We Are about to Face. ... The late ‘60s and early ‘70s were crazy, but we’re looking wilder.

‘These people need to be protected’: Police won’t release info on lynching of 8-year-old biracial boy.

Straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale’: Insiders claim CIA director Pompeo is turning agency into a Christian hotbed. ... According to an investigation by Foreign Policy into changes in the intelligence community under President Donald Trump, the CIA has set aside plans to diversify and has become more white and more Christian under new director Mike Pompeo. RawStory

A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump. ... From Paul Ryan to John McCain, Sarah Ellison takes a look at the men—and the motives—that are propping up a Donald Trump presidency.. Vanity Fair

The case for Trump-Russia collusion: We’re getting very, very close. WaPo

GOP operative soliciting Russian hackers was bagman for ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’. ... The GOP operative leading a team looking for Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails—the same ones Donald Trump had publicly implored Russia to find—was active as a Republican bagman in what Hillary Clinton famously called the “vast right-wing conspiracy” during the Bill Clinton-era Troopergate sex scandals. MadCow

Your Worst Fears About Fox News Are Confirmed By New Study. ... Everyone knows the news outlet serves as a virtual propaganda tool, but new research shows just how effective they are at it.



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

September 28, 2017

Yemenis Suffer "Silent Deaths" as Saudi Arabia Refuses Human Rights Probe in Deadly U.S.-Backed War. DemocracyNow

Important Lessons From George Orwell and Winston Churchill for Resisting Authoritarian Rule in Trump's America ... Thomas Ricks' book is the latest offering history's lessons in our dangerous time.

The Preacher and Vietnam: When Billy Graham Urged Nixon to Kill One Million People.

Meet Roy Moore, Alabama’s ‘Truly Unhinged’ Senate Candidate ... He thinks 9/11 was punishment for godlessness. HuffPost

Trump Pushes US Closer to War ... Bombastic and self-absorbed narcissists throughout history have meant what they said. And yes, they have gotten many millions killed. CommonDreams

Sessions offers impassioned defense of free speech on Fox, totally contradicts himself seconds later ... Freedom apparently doesn't apply to NFL players. ThinkProgress

Watch: America's Mobster President—New Evidence in Dutch Public TV Documentary of Trump's International Money Laundering Circles. ... The follow-the-money film reveals connections between Trump associates and an alleged multibillion-dollar fraud. AlterNet

U.S. Has A Long History Of Abuse And Neglect Towards Puerto Rico. The Ring of Fire

September 27, 2017

Activist Found Guilty of Terror-Related Crime for Refusing to Disclose Passwords to U.K. Police. ... A judge in a London court on Monday found activist Muhammad Rabbani guilty of a terrorism offense because he refused to turn over his passwords to police during a border search. Intercept

Chelsea Manning Denied Entry to Canada, With Government Citing Treason Law. ... In a letter Manning posted to Twitter, the Canadian government told her she is barred from entering the country. The letter states that Manning is “inadmissible on grounds of serious criminality for having been convicted of an offense outside Canada.” Intercept

Good Blacks, Bad Blacks: From Washington and DuBois to Morgan Freeman and Colin Kaepernick. CounterPunch

The Senate’s Military Spending Increase Alone Is Enough to Make Public College Free. Intercept

Facebook Is Now The Federal Election Commission, But With More Secrets
Congratulations, Mark Zuckerberg, your private empire gets to regulate election spending. HuffPost
Related: Social Media: When Does “Actively Working With the Government” Become Censorship?

MSNBC Goes Full Dr. Strangelove. ...Donald Trump, that sunlamped mediocrity, his stomach bloated with the flesh of half-digested extinct species, his third-rate combover hardened to a bomb-resistant sheen with seven layers of biohazard compounds—you know, Donald Trump–lumbers onto the rostrum of the United Nations, in one of those god-damn too-long neckties he wears down to crotch level because some cute stylist in 1983 told him it was “slimming,” and in front of God and mankind he openly threatens to commit genocide against twenty-five million innocent people.

Capitalism: The Nightmare ... The neoliberal, arch-capitalist era we inhabit is chock-full of statistics and stories that ought to send chills down the spines of any caring, morally sentient human. Nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of the world’s population is poor, living on $10 a day or less, and 11 percent (767 million people, including 385 million children) live in what the World Bank calls “extreme poverty” (less than a $1.90 a day). Meanwhile, Oxfam reliably reports that, surreal as it sounds, the world’s eight richest people possess among themselves as much wealth as the poorest half of the entire human race.

September 26, 2017

Islamophobic U.S. Mega-Donor Fuels German Far-Right Party With Viral Fake News. Intercept

The Abuses of History ... Historians, like journalists, are in the business of manipulating facts. Some use facts to tell truths, however unpleasant. But many more omit, highlight and at times distort them in ways that sustain national myths and buttress dominant narratives. TruthDig/Hedges  

What the stunning success of AfD means for Germany and Europe .... The radical right party profited from the fact immigration was the number one election issue. But can its breakthrough last?

Hillary Clinton’s Link to a Nasty Piece of Work in Honduras. TruthDig

Profiting Off Mass Incarceration: Detroit Pistons Owner Buys Private Prison Phone Company.

Kap, Cops and Confederate Statues: a Better World Without Double Standards. CounterPunch

Why the Kurds Are Seeking Independence From Iraq.

Wildfires Don’t Destroy Forests, Logging Does.

The US Military Faces Its Collapsing Hegemony. ... The situations we are seeing today in the Middle East are the theater of the collapse of the United States as a global military hegemon, according to a new report from the United States Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute. But a weakened US can still wield nearly uncontested power in shaping the policies of global financial and political institutions, say scholars and activists. TruthOut

President Abbas's Rebuke to Theresa May of Pales tine ... President Abbas of Palestine delivered a stunning rebuke to Theresa May in his speech to the UN General Assembly, which differed from his prepared and released script. Craig Murray

September 25, 2017

German election 2017: polls open amid fears over surge of far-right AfD ... The chancellor is on course for a fourth term but the emergence of the anti-immigrant party promises a bittersweet outcome. Guardian

The Slow Death of Europe's Social Democrats ... Across Europe, social democratic parties are in crisis and on Sunday, the German SPD could slide to its worst result since World War II. What has happened to the once-glorious center-left parties on the Continent? And how can they recover?

Trade Panel Ruling Gives Trump Authority to Cripple Nation's Solar Industry ... ITC's decision has appearance of a win for two American solar companies—but could harm larger industry.

Tom Price Is Enhancing the Health of the American People By Wasting $60,000 On Private Jets, Trashing Medicaid and Committing Other Crimes Against Humanity. CommonDreams

The God whisperers: The most powerful Trump advisers you’ve probably never heard of. ... Inside the unofficial faith council trying to steer White House policy. ThinkProgress

The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime.

The Censorious Vortex of the “Flash News” Barons. CounterPunch/Nader

Henry Giroux: Donald Trump Is Addicted to Violence. ... The president genuinely believes it's the only viable political response to social ills. AlterNet

'Blank Check to Kill With Impunity': Trump to Quietly Scrap Drone Restrictions ... Human rights groups argue the move could led to an upsurge in civilian casualties, which are already soaring under Trump. CommonDreams

US Provides Military Assistance to 73 Percent of World's Dictatorships. TruthOut

You think Donald Trump is bad? You ain't seen nothing yet ... If Roy Moore wins Tuesday's primary in Alabama it will mark the first major repudiation of Trump. But it won't have come from the ‘resistance’ of the liberal left – it will be from the far right.

ALEC's Corporate Board Leads in Federal Violations

The New Normal

Florida woman and stepmom beat woman unconscious in ‘pure rage’ attack

Woman with Down syndrome files complaint after cops call her a ‘disfigured half-person’ during stop. Rawstory

More Than 1,600 Women Murdered by Men in One Year: Study - The most common weapon used was a gun. AlterNet

Airport Police Demanded an Activist’s Passwords. He Refused. Now He Faces Prison in the U.K. Intercept

Bodycam video shows New Jersey cops assaulted black epileptic man during seizure.

Weekend September 22-24, 2017

Trump Pushes US Closer to War. ... Bombastic and self-absorbed narcissists throughout history have meant what they said. And yes, they have gotten many millions killed. CommonDreams

Who Will Pay for Huge Pentagon Budget Increase?.

We're at the end of white Christian America. What will that mean? ... After accounting for eight out of 10 Americans in 1976, white Christians are now a minority, a study has found. The political implications could be profound. Guardian

Five Basic Differences Between Education and War … and One Similarity. CounterPunch

Intercepted Podcast: ’Merican Psycho. ... Donald Trump appeared before the United Nations General Assembly this week and read a belligerent speech written by his vile little political adviser Stephen Miller

A handful of ultra-rich dynastic families are bleeding the country dry — and destroying American democracy. RawStory/Reich

Senate Republicans Aren't Just Aiming to Destroy Obamacare and Medicaid; They Want to Provide a Death Blow to Any Future Health Care Reform. ... Senator Lindsey Graham says, "Hell no to Berniecare" as his bill takes aim. AlterNet

White People Lack Empathy Across the Socioeconomic Spectrum, New Study Reveals ... We can't keep attributing Trump's rise to economic anxiety. AlterNet

You Are Being Organized by Something: 10 Questions for Kathryn Lofton on Consuming Religion. Religion Dispatches  

What Are ‘Juggalos’ and Why Are They Marching Against the FBI? Lawfare  

A Major Jewish Philanthropist Just Published A Plan To Ethnically Cleanse Palestinians, Forward  

This "Charitable" Foundation Is Waging an Attack on Labor Unions While Funding ALEC. 

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia Is “Not an Ally” and the U.S. Should “Rethink” Its Approach to Iran.

Fight From Below Seen From Above: New Map Details Fossil Fuel Resistance. ... "With the climate-denying Trump administration putting the the health of Big Oil billionaires' bottom lines before anyone else, the time to join your local fight to protect our air, water, and planet is right now."  CommonDreams  

Don't Ask About Sean Spicer's Notebooks or He'll Call "Proper Authorities" On You. ... Axios reporter Mike Allen no longer has permission to ask former White House press secretary questions.

Trump Supporters Quietly Built A Massive List With The Personal Information Of Thousands Of People. ... The list began traveling the dark corners of the internet around April as a scattered collection of names, addresses, phone numbers and social media accounts. It's now a massive organized database of thousands of people.  BuzzFeed