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JULY 10, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein, a Billionaire Friend of Presidents Trump & Clinton, Arrested for Sex Trafficking.  DemocracyNow  

War, Memory and Gettysburg. ... By focusing on battlefield exploits we too often blot out the suffering of the soldiers, the families that lost sons, brothers and husbands, and the hundreds of thousands of children left without fathers. We ignore the crippling physical and psychological wounds that plague veterans.  TruthOut/Hedges  

Noam Chomsky: Trump Is History Repeated as Farce.   TruthDig   

Robert Reich: Moderates and Centrists Are No Safe Bet  TruthDig  


‘It’s easy to have great chemistry with like-minded totalitarian despots’ insists Donald Trump.  > Go  

Trump Praises Kim on Immigration: “No One Is Trying to Get Into Your Country”  > Go  

Finished At Last: France Finally Sent The U.S. The Statue Of Liberty’s Husband.  > Go  

'Protesters as terrorists': growing number of states turn anti-pipeline activism into a crime. ... Conservative lawmakers have put forward laws criminalizing protests in at least 18 states since 2017 that civil liberties advocates say are unconstitutional.  Guardian  

Border Patrol Is Using “Virtual Wall” Technology Israel Uses in Palestine.  TruthOut  

Israel Is Disappearing Proof That It's Oppressing Palestinians.  TruthDig  

Defending the Right of Radical Dissent Is the Highest Expression of Patriotism. ... A new book by David Maraniss captures the spirit of the Independence Day far more truly than Trump’s parade. The Nation  

JULY 9, 2019

An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More.  DemocracyNow  

Leak of UK ambassador's US telegrams plays into wider power struggle. ... Mail on Sunday disclosure of Kim Darroch’s criticism of Trump administration spurred calls for his removal.  Guardian  

Robert Reich: Moderates and Centrists Are No Safe Bet  TruthDig  

Nancy Pelosi Has Chosen Her War, and it’s With Her Own Party’s Future.  Intercept  

Border Patrol Is Using “Virtual Wall” Technology Israel Uses in Palestine.  TruthOut  

Where Do You Turn When the Anti-Corruption Crusaders Are Dirty? ... Brazil’s Operation Car Wash was supposed to overthrow the country’s culture of graft and quid pro quo. Instead, it’s brought it into the heart of the state.  NY Times  

Watch Mike Pence pack 2 big lies about the environment into a single 20-second clip. ... Gaslighting in the service of climate denial. Vox

There is no 'right' v 'left': it is Trump and the oligarchs against the rest. ... The president is the puppet master so Americans of all.  Guardian  

High levels of arsenic found in bottled water sold at Walmart, Target and Whole Foods  CBS  

JULY 8, 2019

Trump’s amassed more firepower on the Mall for his Fourth of Me celebration than the total military arsenal of 112 countries, including flyovers by a B-2 stealth bomber to two F-35Cs, two Super Hornet F-18s, four Apache helicopters, two F-22 Raptors, H-60 and H-65 helos, along with the BlueAngels and Air Force One…

Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Consolidating Far-Right Power Globally. ... It is no easy task to make sense of U.S. foreign policy in the current era. Trump is wildly unpredictable and lacks any semblance of a coherent view of world affairs, appearing to believe that all it takes is “the art of the deal” to turn “enemies” into friends. Meanwhile, since Trump’s rise to power, the end of U.S. hegemony has come into sight.  TruthOut  

The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power.  CounterPunch  

Joe Biden, Campaign Finance Reformer, Is Now One Of Big Money’s Favorite Candidates. ... His first push in the Senate was for public financing of elections. Now, he’s holding high-dollar fundraisers from coast to coast.  HuffPost  

Bernie Sanders on target saying 3 richest have as much wealth as bottom half of all Americans.  Politifact  

Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: U.S.-Backed Coup Destabilized My Nation Forcing Migrants to Flee.  DemocracyNow  

As Trump Announces Mass Immigration Raid, Documents Show How ICE Uses Arrest Quotas.  Intercept  

Henry A. Giroux: The Dismantling of Public Education Fuels Fascism. (audio)  TruthOut  

Joe Biden is a Collaborator ... has actively collaborated in the extreme capitalism, racism, nationalism, and police state-ism that enable the oligarchs’ agenda; and while most ably empowered by their instrument, the Republican Party, between times, it is more than adequately carried out by the Democrats.  CounterPunch  

Bernie Sanders on target saying 3 richest have as much wealth as bottom half of all Americans.  Politifact  


Weekend Read:  Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror - by Matt Kennard.   Since the launch of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars ... the US military has struggled to recruit troops. It has responded, as Matt Kennard’s explosive investigative report makes clear, by opening its doors to neo-Nazis, white supremacists, gang members, criminals of all stripes, the overweight, and the mentally ill. Amazon  

'Straight Out of Orwell': While Slashing Climate Regulations, Trump Plans Speech Touting His 'Environmental Leadership'. ... Trump "plans to go on the offensive against criticism of his industry-friendly rollbacks of environment protections" in an address at the White House next week, The Guardian reported.  CommonDreams  

Trump’s Peace Plan Has Been Designed to Fail – Exactly Like its Predecessors.  CounterPunch

When Will Americans Realize We're Not the Good Guys?  TruthDig  

Amnesty International Condemns U.S. Attacks on Border Journalists and Human Rights Defenders.  Intercept  

NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication... The New York Times casually acknowledged that it sends major scoops to the US government before publication, to make sure “national security officials” have “no concerns. 
The Gray Zone

Outcry after reports Brazil plans to investigate Glenn Greenwald. ... Federal police reportedly asked money laundering unit to investigate the ‘financial activities’ of the US journalist. Guardian  

Putting the Warriors on Terror on Trial. TruthDig 

Revealed: rampant deforestation of Amazon driven by global greed for meat. ... Investigation exposes how Brazil’s huge beef sector continues to threaten health of world’s largest rainforest. ... ‘We must not barter the Amazon rainforest for burgers and steaks’  Guardian

The Mass Extinction No One Is Talking About.

‘The coup turned Honduras into hell’: Interview with President Manuel Zelaya on 10th anniversary of overthrow by US. ... Zelaya. ... He discusses the extreme violence, drug trafficking, economic depression, migration crisis, Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH), WikiLeaks, Venezuela, and more.  
The Gray Zone  

EPA Move to Phase Out Animal Experiments Could Mean the End of Toxics Regulations. Intercept  

JULY 4, 2019

Kamala Harris Says She Was a Progressive Prosecutor. Her Record Tells Another Story.  DemocracyNow 

Kamala Harris Is an Oligarch's Dream Politician. ... Harris is everything the US empire’s unelected power establishment wants in a politician: charismatic, commanding, and completely unprincipled. In that sense she’s like Obama, only better.  TruthDig  

Democratic Governor Considering Signing Major GOP Voter Suppression Legislation in Pennsylvania.  Intercept  

The Spot: Behind the scenes at a Colorado GOP training session with Trump supporters.  

A Moment in History ... Sometimes we do not know when small actions could have the most momentous effects.  Craig Murray  

Debate Moderators Don’t Know Much About National Security. ... Candidates are seldom pressed to discuss the biggest foreign-policy challenges a president will actually face.  The Atlantic  

Creating a Climate for War With Iran.  FAIR  

They’re Progressive, Fighting For Social Justice, And Under Scrutiny From Fellow Democrats. ... These charter school teachers are watching from the sidelines as their livelihood faces growing criticism. HuffPost  

It’s not that we’ve failed to rein in Facebook and Google. We’ve not even tried. ... The tech giants use our data not only to predict our behaviour but to change it. But we can resist this attack on democracy.  Guardian/Zuboff  

How To Spot A Twitter Troll.  Craig Murray  

JULY 3, 2019

How to Properly Criticize RussiaGate.

Impeachment Inquiry Should Focus on Trump’s Actual Atrocities, Not a Russia Plot.  

How Lobbyists and Insiders Could Override Voters to Choose the Democratic Presidential Nominee.  Intercept  


OSHA Special Ops Team Raids Local Office After Receiving Intel On Expired Fire Extinguisher.
 > Go

Report: If Earth Continues To Warm At Current Rate Moon Will Be Mostly Underwater By 2400.  > Go  

‘It’s easy to have great chemistry with like-minded totalitarian despots’ insists Donald Trump.  
> Go

Ivanka Comes Out Against Busing: “I Have Never Taken a Bus In My Life—They’re Gross” > Go

NYT Presents Social Security Cuts as ‘Solution’ to Problem of Social Security Cuts.  FAIR  

Trump’s Military Drops a Bomb Every 12 Minutes, and No One Is Talking About It .  TruthDig  

'I could have shot you in front of your fucking kids': how cops dehumanize black people ... Why would anyone treat someone this way? Research gives a grim answer: some police literally think of blacks as subhuman.  Guardian  

Biden and the Obama Admin Are Finally Getting the Reckoning They Deserve. ... From immigration to tax deals, Thursday night’s debate saw the troubling records of both Biden and the Obama administration put on trial. It’s long overdue.  In These Times  

Over One-Tenth of Global Population Could Lack Drinking Water by 2030.  TruthOut  

Why You Can’t Trust Yourself ... Even when you think you know for sure, think again..GetPocket 

The Dilemma of Vladimir Lenin. ... ladimir Lenin has two legacies. One is the brilliant revolutionary tactician. The second is Lenin the New Czar. He was, ironically, Russia’s most fervent champion of the very thing he eradicated—revolutionary anarchy.   TruthDig/Hedges  

Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro's Moral Battle With Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept.  Forbes

On Child Concentration Camps, What’s Needed Is Not an Argument, but Action and Resistance.  

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Migrant Women Told To Drink Out Of Toilets At CBP Facility. ...
Democratic lawmakers described appalling” conditions at a migrant detention center they visited in Texas at the U.S.-Mexico border.  HuffPost  

Sanders and Omar’s Plan Would Wipe Out Every Outstanding Student Loan.  TruthOut  

Demanding End to 'AIPAC-Created Status Quo,' Progressive Jewish Group. ... Pressures 2020 Democrats to Take Stand Against Israel's Brutal Occupation.  CommonDreams  

Israeli Court Ruling Could End Up Legalizing 2,000 Settlement Homes. ... Court accepts that construction on private Palestinian land can be legalized retroactively if the land had mistakenly been thought to belong to the state ¦ Ruling to be ultimately considered by the High Court.Haaretz

The Autocrats of the Middle East are No Longer a Global Anomaly.  CounterPunch  

AOC Joins Other Progressives to Vote Against Dems on Funding Bill for DHS, Call for Abolition of ICE,  DemocracyNow  

Under Trump, Manufacturing Job Growth Slows to a Trickle. ...  The average hourly wage for manufacturing workers is, for the first time ever, slightly below the overall average.   TruthOut  

In Haiti, Washington Meddling Missed by Press. ... Tens of thousands marching in the streets nationwide to denounce government corruption, reports of police and gang violence and murder and a downwardly spiraling economy. Calls for the government to step down.   FAIR  

JULY 1, 2019

Sydney Ember’s Secret Sources. ... NYT reporter hides corporate ties of Sanders critics she highlights.  Fair  

Political Ploy by Mitch McConnell Blocks Attempt to Stop War With Iran.  Intercept  


‘Highly mysterious’ China company owned both container ships in Philly Port drug busts.
Mad Cow Productions

Story of 20-ton cocaine seizure on container ship breaks down  Mad Cow Productions

BREAKING: Massive Coverup in 16-Ton Drug Bust in Philadelphia.   Mad Cow Productions  

Supreme Court Hands GOP Big Victory on Gerrymandering, Ensuring “Massive Election Rigging”  DemocracyNow  

Josh Gottheimer Warned Democratic Leaders He Had Votes to Block Bill Mandating Better Conditions for Children in Detention.  Intercept  

The Saudi Crown Prince Has Blood On His Hands, But You Wouldn’t Know It At G-20 .. Mohammed bin Salman shared an impish grin with Putin and Trump praised him as his “friend.”  HuffPost  
Related:  Trump's toadyism to Saudi Arabia: a new moral low.  Guardian  

Dem Candidates All Support Healthcare for Undocumented People, Split on Decriminalizing Immigration.  DemocracyNow  

'Hell No': Ocasio-Cortez Denounces Pelosi-Approved Vote on McConnell's Border Bill Without New Protections for Children. ... "Under no circumstances should the House vote for a McConnell-only bill w/ no negotiation with Democrats," said the Democrat from New York.  CommonDreams  

Trump's toadyism to Saudi Arabia: a new moral low. ... The Saudis are good customers, Trump says – which evidently outweighs the fact they murdered and carved up a Washington Post journalist.Guardian

So Who Is Reporting That Trump Sanctions Have Killed Thousands of Venezuelans?. FAIR  

A Recent Local Controversy Reveals the Theocratic Heart of ‘Project Blitz’ ... The Christian nationalist intentions of Project Blitz have also received much attention, but a remarkable episode in Minnesota this past state legislative session may be a harbinger of a more profoundly theocratic politics on the horizon.  Rewire  





WEEKEND OF JULY 19-21, 2019

Weekend Read:  A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father - David Maraniss.  Defending the Right of Radical Dissent Is the Highest Expression of Patriotism. ... A new book by David Maraniss captures the spirit of the Independence Day far more truly than Trump’s parade.  The Nation  

How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis.  TruthDig  

A Fascist Trump Rally In Greenville, ,,, Scholars say the rally — where Trump supporters chanted “Send her back!” about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar — is an escalation in America’s slide toward fascism.  HuffPost     Related:  Which Side Are House Democrats On? ... The party stands with Ilhan Omar or it stands with Donald Trump.  HuffPost  

Noam Chomsky: “Worship of Markets” Is Threatening Human Civilization"    TruthOut  

'Groundbreaking': Rep. Ilhan Omar Praised for New Resolution Affirming Right to Engage in Boycotts. ... Minnesota Democrat and co-sponsors, says Jewish Voice for Peace, have shown "unwavering support for human rights, free speech, and the fight for social justice - everywhere"  CommonDreams  

The US Is Quietly Opening Shelters for Babies and Young Kids Without Mothers.  TruthOut  

How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis.  TruthDig  

Brazil must reveal investigations into journalist Glenn Greenwald, court says. ... Greenwald’s website, the Intercept Brasil, has published material critical of Jair Bolsonaro’s administration.  Guardian  

Kellyanne Conway’s Irish Ancestors Were the Enemy When Donald Trump’s Dad Was Arrested at a Klan Riot in 1927.  Intercept  

The Media Uses Coal Miners To Attack the Green New Deal—Then Ignores Their Pension Fight. ... In 34 stories about coal miners, the New York Times, Washington Post and Politico did not once cover miners’ pension and healthcare demands.
 In These Times   

JULY 18, 2019

Do We Believe in Asylum? If We Do, We Need to Stop This Rule”: Trump Policy Upends Protections at U.S.-Mexico Border.  Intercept  

“Our Squad Is Big”: Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley Condemn Trump’s Racist Attack.


History Holds the Antidote to Trump’s Fascist Politics.   TruthDig  

Trump’s Racism Is Not Blundering — It Is Tactically Deliberate. TruthOut  

Trial runs for fascism are in full flow. ... Babies in cages were no ‘mistake’ by Trump but test-marketing for barbarism.  Irish Times  

Cruelty Is the Point: Communities Fight Back as Threat of ICE Raids Terrorize Immigrant Families.  DemocracyNow  

Read: Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism. (Wiki)

Watch Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib Answer Donald Trump’s Racist Lies.  Intercept  

“Who Is the DNC Loyal To?”: Dahr Jamail Questions DNC Veto of Primary Climate Debate.  DemocracyNow  

UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Bachelet’s Gift to the US: Justifying Regime Change in Venezuela.  CounterPunch  

Appeals Court Delivers 'Tremendous Blow to Federal Workers' With Decision to Uphold Trump's Anti-Union Executive Orders  ...  "There must be a check on the president's power to destroy federal employees' union rights."  CommonDreams  

JULY 17, 2019

Most Migrants at Border With Mexico Would Be Denied Asylum Protections Under New Trump Rule.

The Difference Between Liberals and Leftists.  CounterPunch  

Worshipping the Electronic Image. ... Donald Trump, like much of the American public, is entranced by electronic images. He interprets reality through the distortions of digital media. His decisions, opinions, political positions, prejudices and sense of self are reflected back to him on screens. He views himself and the world around him as a vast television show with himself as the star.    TruthDig/Hedges  


Mike Pence Condemns Atheists, Homosexuals, And Feminists For Role In Forcing God To Punish America On 9/11.  > Go  

‘It’s Not So Bad,’ Mike Pence Reports On Conditions Of Detainment Center While Hazmat Suit Disinfected.  > Go  

Pence Visits Conversion Therapist For Routine Gay-Preventative Checkup.  > Go  

Trump Denounced for 'Incitement to Violence' Against Ilhan Omar After Latest Racist Attack on Congresswoman. ... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on representatives to formally condemn Trump's comments.  CommonDreams  

The June Jobs Report and the State of the Economy.  CounterPunch  

EPA Approves Bee-Killing Pesticide After U.S. Quits Tracking Vanishing Hives. ... Environmentalists slam the Trump administration’s “reckless” move as honeybee colonies collapse.  HuffPost  

One giant ... lie? Why so many people still think the moon landings were faked  Guardian  

Skull of Death: Mass Media, Inauthentic Opposition, and Eco-Existential Reality in a Pre-Fascist Age of Appeasementl  CounterPunch

JULY 16, 2019

Voters Don’t Want Democrats to Be Moderates. Pelosi Should Take the Hint..  TruthOut  

Millions in US taxpayers’ money invested in private prison firms. ... At least 20 public worker pension funds have invested in firms profiting from Trump’s immigration policy, including California and New York.  Guardian  

Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost Was a Member of Secret Facebook Group.  Intercept  

Protesters Collect Secret Cash to Oppose Fur Ban Proposed in California, Documents Reveal.

There’s An Environmental Disaster Unfolding In The Gulf of Mexico. A slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water is causing serious damage to Gulf species, and a major storm threatens to make it worse.  HuffPost  

Robert Reich: America Faces a Crisis of Democracy. ... I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved “left” and that some Democratic candidates may be “too far left”.  TruthDig  

Skull of Death: Mass Media, Inauthentic Opposition, and Eco-Existential Reality in a Pre-Fascist Age of Appeasement.  CounterPunch  

How U.S. Tech Giants Are Helping to Build China’s Surveillance State.  Intercept  

How online surveillance is killing private conversations.  Guardican  

Majorities of Both US Veterans and Public Believe Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 'Not Worth Fighting'. ... The polled groups also told the Pew Research Center that the U.S. military campaign in Syria wasn't worthwhile.  CommonDreams  

JULY 15, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein: how US media – with one star exception – whitewashed the story ... The Miami Herald exposed a vast criminal network and a government cover-up – but why the silence elsewhere?  Guardian  

U.N. Report Condemns Torture of Assange ... While it is rare that publishers themselves make headlines, reports about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now probably outnumber articles based on the information he published.  TruthDig  

Joe Biden: Protector of the Deep State.  CounterPunch  

Creating a Climate for War With Iran. ... Media outlets are creating a climate for a US military attack on Iran by hyping the idea that Iran is an imminent threat to peace, by failing to offer evidence that calls the US’s accusations against Iran into question, by amplifying warmongers’ voices and by naturalizing America’s supposed right to spy on every country on earth.

Accusing Adam Schiff of 'Criminalizing Routine Reporting,' Groups Call for Stripping CIA-Backed Provision From Intelligence Legislation. ... "Schiff is clearly the resistance to the resistance, and he should drop this provision from his bill." CommonDreams

Pro-Israel Democrats Coach Presidential Candidates On Handling Left-Leaning Activists. ... Some in the party are spooked by efforts to get the candidates to commit to pressuring Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian lands..  HuffPost  

Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: The 2009 U.S.-Backed Coup Helped Cause Today’s Migrant Crisis.  DemocracyNow  

As Border Crisis Deepens, Nancy Pelosi Asks for Prayer to Heal Democratic Rifts.  Intercept  

'We Welcome Their Hatred': Sanders Unveils Anti-Endorsement List of Billionaire CEOs and Wall Street Bankers. ... "I am proud to announce the modern-day oligarchs who oppose our movement."  CommonDreams  

Weekend of July 12-14, 2019

Weekend Read: Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border - John Carlos Frey.  A damning portrait of the U.S.-Mexico border, where militaristic fantasies are unleashed, violent technologies are tested, and immigrants are targeted.
Author  Interview  

... Tucker Carlson described Omar as “living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country” and “a living fire alarm”. He also accused her of having “undisguised contempt for the United States and for its people”.

Omar: “Not gonna lie, it’s kinda fun watching a racist fool like this weeping about my presence in Congress,” the Minnesota congresswoman write. “No lies will stamp out my love for this country or my resolve to make our union more perfect. They will just have to get used to calling me congresswoman!”

Oldie Goldie from 2016:
Air Cocaine: the Wild, True Story of Drug-Running, Arms Smuggling and Contras at a Backwoods Airstrip in the Clintons’ Arkansas.  CounterPunch  

Trump acted like a ‘total beast’ at cocaine-fueled parties with girls as young as 15 years old: report. RawStory

The Guardian publishes, then censors Jewish open letter defending smeared pro-Corbyn Labour MP Chris Williamson. ... Britain’s leading newspaper, which has relentlessly attacked Corbyn and his leftist allies, published but then quickly removed an open letter signed by Noam Chomsky defending Labour MP Chris Williamson from “anti-Semitism” smears.  
The Gray Zone    


The Inhumane Treatment of Migrants Is Not New. It’s a Key Part of a Decades-Old Bipartisan Policy.  DemocracyNow  

'Only the Tip of the Iceberg': Outrage Over Border Abuses Grows Amid Reports of Sexual Assault and Retaliation by CBP Agents. ... "This is trauma that will forever impact their lives." CommonDreams

How the Climate Crisis Is Pushing Central Americans Out of Their Homes Toward the U.S.

“Unconscionable & Unacceptable”: Rep. Barragán Decries Detention of Migrant Children in Prison Cells.  DemocracyNow  

Kamala Harris Has a Distinguished Career of Serving Injustice.  TruthOut  

The Seizure of an Iranian Tanker and the Lethal Toll of Sanctions.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

'Completely Terrifying': Study Warns Carbon-Saturated Oceans Headed Toward Tipping Point That Could Unleash Mass Extinction Event. ... "Once we're over the're dealing with how the Earth works, and it goes on its own ride."  CommonDreams  

Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War.  TruthOut  

“This Is Not a Surprise”: U.S. Sanctions and Saber Rattling Led to Iran’s Renewed Uranium Enrichment.  DemocracyNow  

Hacked Border Surveillance Firm Wants To Profile Drivers, Passengers, and Their “Likely Trip Purpose” In New York City.  Intercept   

Trump labor secretary who cut Epstein deal plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims. ... Democrats condemn as ‘amoral’ Alex Acosta’s proposed 80% funding cut for US agency that combats child sex trafficking. 

Ilhan Omar Responds to Tucker Carlson's Xenophobic Tirade: 'Kinda Fun Watching a Racist Fool Like This Weeping About My Presence in Congress' ... "No lies will stamp out my love for this country or my resolve to make our union more perfect," said the Minnesota congresswoman.  CommonDreams  

Will Corporate Democrats Team Up to Block Warren and Sanders?  TruthDig  

I hope Jeffrey Epstein sings like a bird. And if some Democrats go down, so be it.  ...  Holding people accountable for abusing girls should be nonpartisan. Sadly, in the Trump era of lowered expectations, we can’t count on that   Guardian  

JULY 11, 2019

Doubling Down: The Military, Big Bankers and Big Oil Are Not In Climate Denial, They Are in Control and Plan to Keep It That Way.  CounterPunch  

‘There is a strategy’: Noam Chomsky dismantles the Trump-McConnell Republican party ‘con game’  RawStory 

Despite Death Threats, Glenn Greenwald Speaks Out About Exposing Large Corruption Scandal in Brazil.  Intercept  

Israel Is Disappearing the Proof That It Oppresses Palestinians.  TruthDig  

Kim Darroch – the Simple Explanation.  
Craig Murray  

Rainforest on Fire. ... On the Front Lines of Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon, Brazil’s Forest Communities Fight Against Climate Catastrophe.  Intercept  

Climate Change Is Producing a Harrowing New Phenomenon.  TruthDig  

Study Warns Melting of 'One of the World's Most Dangerous Glaciers' Could Cause 20-Inch Sea Level Rise. ... New NASA-funded research warns that because of human-caused global heating, West Antarctica's massive Thwaites Glacier is at risk of reaching a tipping point that could raise the global sea level by about 20 inches.  CommonDreams

Nestlé, the world’s largest bottled water company, continues to take millions of gallons of free water from the San Bernardino National Forest two hours east of Los Angeles, 17 months after California regulators told them they had no right to much of what they'd taken in the past. And federal officials are helping them do it, despite concluding Nestlé is drying up springs and streams and damaging a watershed.  Desert Sun  

With Record Numbers of Displaced People, Deterrence Policies to Stop Their Movement Are Mass Murder.  Intercept  

'Time to Act for the Future of Our Planet': Other Lawmakers Urged to Join Fight as Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Unveil Climate Emergency Declaration.  CommonDreams  


JULY 31, 2019

Tidbit: Trump keeps saying Congress “handed Puerto Rico $92 billion.” Not even close. The estimate of what PR needs is $92 billion, certainly an underestimate. Congress authorized as much as $42.5 billion, but FEMA is only obligated to spend $20.6 billion. So far PR has received a little more than $13.6 billion…

19 Questions They Should Ask Democrats at the Second Presidential Debate. intercept   

The Coming Savings Writedowns CounterPunch

This London Firm Helps the Wealthy Hide Assets – or Steal Them. Luckily We Have 15 Years of Their Client Communications.  CounterPunch  

Robert Reich: The Real Reason We Need to Impeach Trump Immediately.  TruthDig  

Presidential Debates Reflect All That Is Wrong With Dominant Media.  TruthOut  


Mike Pence Assures Detained Children That They Will Have Safe, Sanitary Conditions In Heaven.  > Go  

Nation Not Sure How Many Ex-Trump Staffers It Can Safely Reabsorb.  > Go  

Trump Furious That Mar-a-Lago Is Left with No Employees After ICE Raid.  > Go  

Earliest Ever 'Earth Overshoot Day' Shows Humanity's Consumption of Planet's Natural Resources Raging Unabated. ... "Systemic change isn't radical, it's what we need to survive," says Sunrise Movement.  CommonDreams  

John Oliver Uncovers the Key to Understanding Boris Johnson (Video). TruthDig  

Mike Pompeo Is Donald Trump’s De Facto Intelligence Czar.  Intercept   

How Biden’s Secret 2002 Meetings Led to War in Iraq.  TruthOut  

JULY 30, 2019

Tidbit:  In one of the most explosive leaks since the Panama Papers, Barrett Brown and Emma Best have unloaded 85 gigabytes of leaked emails, phone calls, faxes, and other documents from a outfit called Formations House, where over 2K companies hid assets and money. Over the next few weeks, journalists from CounterPunch, and a few other carefully selected outlets, will be drilling through the strata of documents in search of the dirt that is surely buried there. Be sure to read Brown’s preview of this trove of corruption and villainy.

Noam Chomsky: Life Expectancy in the US Is Declining for a Reason. TruthOut  

Progressives to Democrats: We Are Watching the Way You Mistreat “the Squad”  CounterPunch  

MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Is Getting Truly Ridiculous  TruthDig  


The Great Flood.... Civilizations over the past 6,000 years have unfailingly squandered their futures through acts of colossal stupidity and hubris.  TruthDig/Hedges  

'People are dying': how the climate crisis has sparked an exodus to the US  Guardian

Amazon deforestation accelerating towards unrecoverable 'tipping point'. ... Data confirms fears that Jair Bolsonaro’s policy encourages illegal logging in Brazil.  Guardian  

How NAFTA Killed the Green New Deal.  CounterPunch  

How Joe Biden’s privatization plans helped doom Latin America and fuel the migration crisis. ... On the campaign trail, Joe Biden has boasted of his role in transforming Colombia and Central America through ambitious economic and security programs. Colombians and Hondurans tell The Grayzone about the damage his plans did to their societies.  The Gray Zone  

“The Risk Is Well Paid lol” ... Brazilian Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Gave Secret Talk to Bankers and Took Money From a Company He Was Investigating.  Intercept  

America Has Passed a Point of No Return  

JULY 29, 2019

Tidbit:  Tulsi Gabbard has missed 25% of the votes in the House this year, including two crucial votes to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia. But her friends the Adelsons will surely be proud of Gabbard for showing up to cast a stout “yes” vote on the anti-BDS resolution, once again demonstrating her loyalty to the Zionist project

Tanker Seizures and the Threat to the Global Economy from Resurgent Imperialism.  
Craig Murray

Liberals, it's time to forget the Mueller-fuelled impeachment fantasies. ... The Democratic obsession with Mueller is symptomatic of a party that’s lost touch with the real concerns of working people.  Guardian  

WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Decoding the National Security Commentariat.CounterPunch

Biden, Harris, Buttigieg, and Booker Emerge as 'Clear Favorites' of Wall Street as Bankers Open Checkbooks for 2020. ... Wealthy executives have said they oppose Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and now they are making their 2020 preferences clear.   CommonDreams  

Snakes, stupidity and sycophants: the horror of the Johnson cabinet. ... Difficult to know which is more distressing - Priti Patel as home secretary or Dominic Raab as foreign secretary. None of it gets any better from there.  Guardian  

MSDNC (oops) MSNBC’s Anti-Sanders Bias Makes It Forget How to Do Math.  FAIR    

Britain’s New Prime Minister Is Nationalist, Racist and Vain. Sound Familiar?  TruthOut  

Joe Biden’s New Foreign Policy Adviser Supported Iraq War and Dubbed Edward Snowden a “Traitor”.  Intercept  

The Top 5 Ways to Defeat ICE Agents,.TruthDig

In Crisis of Democracy, We Must All Become Julian Assange. CounterPunch  

Progressives to Democrats: We Are Watching the Way You Mistreat “the Squad”  CounterPunch

WEEKEND OF JULY 26-28, 2019

Weekend Read: One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps.  by Andrea Pitzer. "This is a wide-ranging (to put it mildly) look at the history of concentration camps. Pitzer opens with "Butcher" Wyler in Cuba and takes us to present day iterations (Guantanamo Bay). In between, she offers incredibly lucid looks at camps in Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, as expected, but also in China, Chile, Argentina, and The United States. She is up-to-date, even discussing the Rohingya situation. Discussion of these horrors are driven home Pitzer focus on one or two individuals in each chapter - how they were treated and managed to survive against all odds."  Amazon  

Tidbit: Ilhan Omar has been a US citizen six years longer than Melania Trump, who worked illegally in the US for 5 years before obtaining her “Einstein Visa” for modeling.

Johnson’s Westminster Cabinet is Far to the Right of Thatcher.  Craig Murray  

Noam Chomsky: To Make the US a Democracy, the Constitution Itself Must Change.  ... The Constitution was framed to thwart the democratic aspirations of most of the public, says Chomsky. Between Trump's White House and the Republican-controlled Senate and Judiciary, we are now witnessing the impacts of that imbalance in voting power.

The Ten Suggestions by Paul Krassnetr.  CounterPunch  

America Has Passed a Point of No Return.  

This London Firm Helps the Wealthy Hide Assets – or Steal Them. Luckily We Have 15 Years of Their Client Communications.  Counter Punch  

Ryan Grim: Tom Perez Was Elected Head of DNC Thanks to a “Silent Coup” in Puerto Rico in 2017.  DemocracyNow  

Climate Change Is Impacting Every Aspect of Modern Life, But the Press Fails to “Connect the Dots”  DemocracyNow  

How the Border Patrol Began Its Investigation Into No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren.  

Pelosi Blasted for Deal That Enables GOP to Thwart Progressive Plan.  TruthDig  

'The Great Hack' Shows How Facebook Got Your Number.  TruthDig   Related: The Great Hack review – searing exposé of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.  Guardian  

JULY 25, 2019

Tidbit:  Charlotte Delbo: “Mothers keep a tight hold on their children — trembling at the thought they might be taken away — because the children are hungry and thirsty and disheveled by lack of sleep after crossing so many countries.”
(Auschwitz and After).

American History for Truthdiggers: Bill Clinton, the 'New Democrat'  TruthDig  

As Puerto Rico Erupts in Protests, “La Junta” Eyes More Power.  Intercept  

These Questions for Mueller Show Why Russiagate Was Never the Answer ... The former special counsel still has a lot he can clarify.
 The Nation  

Elizabeth Warren Introduces Bill To Cancel $640 Billion In Student Loan Debt. ... The 2020 presidential candidate laid out the proposal along with Democratic House Whip James Clyburn.  HuffPost  

Think Republicans are disconnected from reality? It's even worse among liberals. ... A new survey found Democrats live with less political diversity despite being more tolerant of it – with startling results.  Guardian  

How John Bolton Bamboozled the Brits Into Conflict With Iran.  TruthDig  

Assange and His Wiki Wicked leaks

An American Tragedy: Empire at Home and Abroad.  TruthDig  

Pelosi Blasted for Deal That Enables GOP to Thwart Progressive Plan.  TruthDig  

Google Continues Investments in Military and Police AI Technology Through Venture Capital Arm.  Intercept

Big Banks Are Divesting From Private Prisons, Thanks to Anti-ICE Activism.  TruthOut  

JULY 24, 2019

Why Boris Johnson is Even More Dangerous Than Trump.  CounterPunch  


NRA Insists That Most Recent Mass Shooting Does Not Accurately Reflect Potential Deadliness Of Firearm.  > Go  

ICE Sends Agents Home With Sacks Of Flour To Practice What It Like Detaining Real Baby  
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Legal Experts Note Uproar Over Epstein Scandal May Lead To Legislators Outlawing Pedophilia.
> Go  

American History for Truthdiggers: Bill Clinton, the 'New Democrat'  TruthDig  

Will Any Disgusted Republicans Challenge Trump in the Primaries?  CounterPunch  

Why an “AI Race” Between the U.S. and China Is a Terrible, Terrible Idea  Intercept  

‘Canada Adopts America First Foreign Policy,’ US State Dept boasted in 2017, with appointment of FM Chrystia Freeland ... The US embassy in Ottawa boasted in a March 2017 memo, “Canada Adopts ‘America First’ Foreign Policy,” just after PM Trudeau appointed hard-line hawk Chrystia Freeland as foreign minister. The Gray Zone  

U.S. Economic Warfare and Likely Foreign Defenses.  CounterPunch  

If Left Unchecked, Trump Will Obliterate the Right to Asylum.  TruthOut  

Media Just Can’t Stop Presenting Horrifying Stories as ‘Uplifting’ Perseverance Porn.   ... “THIS IS AWESOME!” That’s how Fox 5 DC described its story (5/28/19) about Logan Moore of Cedartown, GA, a disabled two-year-old whose parents were unable to afford to buy him a walker, so employees at Home Depot fashioned one together themselves for him.  FAIR  

Calling Trump Claim 'Delusional,' Iran Says US May Have Shot Down Its Own Drone by Mistake. ... "All drones belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz have returned to their bases," said a spokesman for the Iranian armed forces.  CommonDreams  

“Religious Freedom” Laws Are Unraveling Civil Rights as We Know It.  TruthOut  

‘Burst of freedom’: Sam Brownback hopes to launch global religious rights movement.McClatchyDC

JULY 23, 2019

U.S. Troops Back in Saudi Arabia: What Could Go Wrong?  CounterPunch  


Foreign Secretary under pressure to back plan for Gulf force as Iran digs in. ... Tehran signals it will not release British-flagged tanker until UK frees one of its vessels.  Guardian  

(June 2018) Scapegoating Iran. ... Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Noam Chomsky: Trump Is Trying to Exploit Tension With Iran for 2020.  TruthOut   

“Fossil Fuel Stooges” Pence & Trump Deny Climate Crisis as Deadly Rains Slam Louisiana & South Asia.  DemocracyNow  

Trump Is All But Provoking al-Qaeda With His Latest Move.  TruthDig  

A Trump Plan to Throw 50,000 Kids Out of Their Schools.  CounterPunch  

Trump Reverses Again, Says Crowd Chanting ‘Send Her Back’ Are ‘Patriots’. ... Trump returned to a familiar pattern: ignite a firestorm, backtrack, then strongly reaffirm his original, inflammatory position.  HuffPost  

‘The Antithesis of Bolsonaro’: A Gay Couple Roils Brazil’s Far Right.  NYTimes  

US-trained troops shoot Honduran students protesting privatization.  Gray Zone  

JULY 22, 2019

Tidbit: The Park Service lost $11M in entrance fees during Trump’s shutdown. Then he diverted $2.5M from the Park Service budget to fund his Fourth of Me party. Meanwhile, Park rangers have been diverted to the Border to help CBP strip children from their aunts and grandmothers and put them in cages Making America Great Again. .

As Far-Right Violence Surges, Ted Cruz Seeks To Brand Antifa A Terrorist Organization
Last year was the fourth-deadliest in the nation for right-wing extremist violence, according to data from the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism..  HuffPost  

In 2003, This U.K. Whistleblower Almost Stopped the Iraq Invasion. A New Film Tells Her Story.  DemocracyNow  

Dwight Eisenhower's Worst Nightmare Has Come True. TruthDig  

Spying on Julian Assange. ... History’s scope for the absurd and tragic is infinite. Like Sisyphus engaged in permanent labours pushing a boulder up a slope, the effort of making sense of such scope is likewise, absurdly infinite.  CounterPunch  

Trump Praises Supporters Who Want to Deport Ilhan Omar as “People That Love Our Country”  Intercept  

Biden Mimics GOP Fear-Mongering In His Attacks On ‘Medicare For All’. ... “All the Medicare you have is gone,” the former vice president told an AARP audience of what would happen under a “Medicare for All” plan.  HuffPost  

Anti-Racist Historian: Attacks on Rep. Omar Rooted in Belief “America is for White People”  DemocracyNow  

Waste Only ... How the Plastics Industry is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World. Intercept