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How Democrats Put Trump in the White House - This is a case where parody is the best way to the truth. Hilarious and well worth the 7 minute watch.


Portia Bulgher is Pissed! And we need to Listen! - I only listened to the first 5 minutes or so, but it was priceless.


Sourcewatch: Citizens for Self-Governance - This is the Koch Bros./ALEC funded group that is trying to stage, through its “Convention of States” project, a Constitutional convention in order to severely restrict federal power. It’s basically a “states rights” group, although it uses the phrase “local control”, that wants to get rid of child-labor and worker protections and eliminate the federal agency - such as EPA, Interior Dept., etc. - authority. If they can get Koch surrogate politicians in 34 states to call for a convention, and then get 38 states to ratify whatever resolutions they come up with, they can effectively re-write the Constitution.


Obama Deported More (By Far) Than Any Other President


Trump’s Cabinet and Actions


Jill Stein FAQ


Dr. Margaret Flowers: The Democrats want to create the appearance of a divide between themselves and the Republicans because that gives the voters something to fight about and keeps voters distracted. In fact, the two corporate parties work very well together to create illusions that distract the masses and allow the parties to continue to move their corporate agenda forward within the parameters of their limited differences. I do not want to maintain that illusion. That is why I support the Green Party.


Popular Resistance: Electoral politics has become nothing more than a periodic horse race between corporate candidates chosen through a rigged system.


Edward Snowden: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon, and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”


The Thundering Failure of the Democrats - Originally written in May of 2015, this very short article still speaks directly to the point that Dems just don’t get. Spot on. If we don’t hold the psychopaths from both parties to account, then we are totally complicit and just as guilty.


Albert Einstein Institute: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action


EFF Border Search Pocket Guide - How to protect your personal data at the border.


4/21/17


VoterGA: Experts Offer SOS Immediate GA6 Verifiable Election Help - Several apparent voting irregularities cost Ossoff’s totals to drop below 50% late in the evening on voting day. Georgia has had state-wide non-verifiable, non-recountable electronic voting machines since 2002. In that year, in two very close elections (US Senate Saxby Chambliss vs Max Cleland and State Gov. Sonny Perdue vs Roy Barnes), the polls showed that the incumbent Democrat was ahead in both the last pre-election polls and the exit polls, and yet the Rethug challenger was declared the winner. In any 3rd world country that would have been grounds to declare the election invalid. But not in Georgia. And since that time not one single Democrap has been elected to any significant state-wide post. The trend continues.


4/20/17


Democracy-NOW: Kleptocracy? How Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Personally Profit From Their Roles in the White House - And not just the two of them, but a whole army of Trump/Kushner proteges and cronies are openly cashing in on their new roles in the government. There seems to be no opposition party. It’s almost surreal. Violations of the Emoluments clause and other conflicts of interest are everywhere, and Here, Here, Here, and Here. But no Dems are even calling them out on this.


4/19/17


International Business Times: How Billionaire Trump Advisor Evades Ethics Law While Shaping Policies That Make Money For His Wall Street Firm - Stephen Schwarzman and Blackstone Group remember those names. Trump said he would ‘drain the swamp,’ but right now he is up to his ass in Wall St. bankers and the Dems are doing nothing about it.


Black Agenda Report: Maxine Waters Loses Her Mind


Telesur: First DACA Protected, Undocumented Immigrant Deported


4/18/17


Intercept: Trump’s Indonesian Allies In Bed With ISIS Militia Seeking To Oust Elected President


Democracy-NOW: Trump Rejects Calls for Transparency, Vowing to Keep Tax Returns and White House Visitor Logs Secret - This guy really has no business being president.


AP: Ivanka’s Biz Prospers As Politics Mixes With Business - If the Democraps were a true opposition party, none of this would be happening. They should have drawn up impeachment charges on Jan. 21, 2017. These are serious conflicts of interest which Trump is taking full advantage of, and Here


MoJo: I Went Behind the Front Lines With the Far-Right Agitators Who Invaded Berkeley and Democracy-NOW


4/17/17


NYTimes: Trump’s Unreleased Taxes Threaten Yet Another Campaign Promise


New Yorker: The Trump Resistance: A Progress Report - It’s big and growing.


4/16/17


Reuters: Thousands At Rallies Demanding Trump Release Tax Returns


4/15/17


NYTimes: With Trump Appointees, A Raft of Potential Conflicts and ‘No Transparency’ and ProPublica - Over 4,000 lobbyists and consultants now run the agencies they used to try to influence in favor of over 300 of the largest corporations in America. Trump has made White House visitor logs secret. All reporting requirements have been eliminated so that there is no transparency regarding what these ex-lobbyist/consultants are doing. Examples: A lobbyist for several pharmaceutical corporations is now the head of the FDA. The lobbyist who tried to influence the TSA to buy his corporation’s screening device ($500 Million) is now the head of the TSA - but he still tweets under his old Twitter ID and continues to tout the device. Sec. of Health Tom Price has filled his staff with employees and lobbyists of medical device and services corporations.


4/14/17


Counter Punch: Bernie Sanders, The Company Man - From the article: “Russiagate is a losing strategy, even a “conspiracy trap” (Masha Gessen) for progressives, since there’s no real smoking-gun proof and few voters can or will follow the bouncing ball of complex allegations and counters. It directs public attention onto something Trump isn’t, a Kremlin tool, rather than what he really is: an arch-plutocratic pre-fascist racist, sexist, and nativist and a super-militarist enemy of the poor and working-class majority.  It’s given Trump a free pass on numerous policies and actions over which a remotely genuine opposition party would be crucifying him. You might imagine that Bernie would...denounce a failed xenophobic and neo-McCarthyite conspiracy ploy that distracts attention both from Trump’s real threats evils and from the Democrats’ responsibility for putting a dangerously unhinged right-wing uber-narcissist in the White House.” Instead Bernie has joined the conspiracy chorus that claims, with no evidence whatsoever, that the Russians ate our homework.



4/13/17


Reuters: Trump Signs Resolution Allowing States to Block Family Planning Funds - First these ‘small government’ Rethugs want to stop women’s right to abortion - which is what the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is all about, and now they want to take away their access to family planning. Notice they aren’t taking away a man’s right to Viagra, strange no? The whole idea is to take away women’s right to all aspects of their basic health care and by extension their full personhood. Keep them pregnant, silent and in the kitchen. When will women rise in the streets?


4/12/17


Common Dreams: Update For Trump Voters - 13 things he promised during the campaign, then did the opposite once in office.


Politifact: Another Trump ‘Pants on Fire’ Lie: He Contradicts Himself on Whether He Knew Steve Bannon


Think Progress: The Stunning Hypocrisy of Scott Pruitt’s Request for Around-The-Clock Body Guards


Intercept: How to Jam the Trump Brand


4/11/17


Democracy-NOW: Does Trump Stand to Profit Personally Off The Wars He is Escalating?


Matt Taibbi: For White America, It’s ‘Happy Days’ Again


4/10/17


Reuters: World’s Biggest Hackers? NSA and CIA


4/4/17


Intercept: Koch Bros. Operatives Fill Top White House Positions


Black Agenda Report: 50 Years Later, We Must Again Confront and Reject US War Mongering - “...this new movement is even clearer on the connection between state violence and repression and the global war-mongering of the U.S. The pivot to Asia, the rotating of NATO troops on the borders of Russia, the destabilization of the U.S. African Command (AFRICOM), continued support for apartheid Israel, police executions and impunity in the U.S. and mass incarceration are all understood to be part of one oppressive, desperate structure of global white supremacy.”


Intercept: Donald Trump’s Pick to Oversee Big Pharma Is Addicted to Opioid-Industry Cash


ProPublica: Trump Lawyer Confirms President Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants - If the Dems really wanted to impeach Trump, this is the way to do it. But it has become quite clear that they have no intention of doing that.


Intercept: When the Billionaire Koch Bros. Turn to Trump For Favors, They Will See A Lot of Familiar Faces


4/3/17


New Yorker: Martin Luther King, Jr’s Searing Anti-War Speech 50 Years Later - Here’s the speech.


Intercept: White House Meeting With Egypt’s Tyrant Highlights Key Trump Effect: Unmasking US Policy - The hypocrisy of liberal media is highlighted by comparing the coverage of outlets’ such as NYTimes, Paul Krugman and Washington Post when el-Sisi visited with Obama, and now with Trump. Just goes to show that no media owned by one of the 5 corporations that control almost all of US media can be fully trusted. Anything they report must be balanced with other non-corporate sources - such as Intercept and Democracy-NOW. Obama sold more weapons to these repressive regimes than any other president. He tried to roll back human rights restrictions limiting sales of weapons to Egypt, even as el-SiSi’s reign of terror intensified. Entries during the Obama Admin.:


Here’s the TimeLines Politics entry of 1/23/16 for some perspective:


NYTimes: Crackdown by Egypt Draws Attention to an Anniversary It Aimed to Avoid - (and shame on the NYTimes for not giving this article better context) 1/25/11 Arab Spring, Hosni Mubarak - whom Hillary called ‘friends of my family’ - is eventually overthrown, but not before murdering nearly 1,000 demonstrators (later acquitted) with tear gas, guns, bullets and helicopters provided by...you. Following this atrocity, Mubarak was replaced by democratically elected Mohamed Morsi - a human rights offender in his on right. Later (8/2013) Morsi was overthrown by the military - headed by then-Gen. al-Sisi. During the protests of that event, the Rabaa Massacre, and Here and Here occurred. On 6/8/14, serial human rights abuser, and Here al-Sisi essentially traded hats, and through a sham election made himself  el-Presidente. Here’s what happened last year at this same celebration and Here. But no matter who’s in charge, the USA has been happy to overlook all of the human rights abuses, and do the bidding of the murderous war machine corporations and Here, Here, Here, and continue to sow conflict throughout the Middle East - all with one motive: profit. Egypt, like Saudi Arabia, is a good weapons customer and has lots of oil and natural gas.


...and from 8/3/15


Intercept: US Government Celebrates Arming Repressive Egyptian Regime With You Tube Video - Chilling. Courtesy of US taxpayers (that’s you and I), Gen. al-Sisi is possibly the most repressive and brutal leader on the earth today. He couldn’t do it without US armaments. Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have documented mass unlawful killings, arrests and torture by security forces. On August 14, 2013 over 1,000 pro-Morsy demonstrators were murdered by al-Sisi’s troops using US supplied tear gas, guns, tanks and bullets. Spent ammunition all over the ground had ‘made in USA’ stenciled on the shell casings. Over 41,000 people have been arrested without charge since Morsy’s overthrow. These abuses harken back to the days of the repressive regime of Hosni Mubarak, whom Hillary Clinton famously called a close family friend. So the USA’s R and D leaders consistently support repressive regimes all over the world (Honduras, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, China, etc) as long as they promote US economic interests, but roundly condemn others (Russia, ...). See entries of 3/31, 2/3, 1/28/15; 12/3, 12/1, 11/29, 10/2, 8/14/14; 9/23, 8/13, 6/18, and 6/14/12; 11/30, 11/21, and 10/14/11 - or just search Background pages for “Egypt”.


4/2/17


HuffPo: Here’s How Every Senate Democrat Plans to Vote on Neil Gorsuch


3/31/17


Mic: Protest Groups To Unite As “The Majority” For Mass Action Across the Country on May Day


Democracy-NOW: Moscow Sees Hypocrisy In Allegations After US Interfered in Russian Elections in the 1990s


New Yorker: The Keystone Cops In The White House


3/28/17


Black Agenda Report: US Has Interfered in More Elections Than Any Other Nation - Here’s a list of other nations in which the US has either attempted or accomplished ‘regime change’: Vietnam, all of the countries of Central America, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Cuba, Argentina, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela - and that’s just off the top of my head, and mostly in my lifetime.


If there is any evidence that Russia and Donald Trump actually colluded to change the outcome of the election, then of course let’s get it out, quit screwing around with some Congressional committee, and impeach the idiot bastard. Actually a much more productive issue with respect to impeachment would be Trump’s investments in other countries and his refusal to put his assets in a blind trust - like every president at least since Nixon has done. He should already have been impeached for that, and still can be.


But what this whole, apparently baseless, story is really about is to shift the focus away from from the fact that the reason we now have a President Trump in the first place is that the DNC interfered with their own primary process in order to sabotage the only person who could have defeated him. And those same people remain in charge of the Democratic party today.


3/27/17


Socialist Alternative: Democratic Leadership Under Pressure - Which Way Forward For the Left? - Synopsis: Hundreds of thousands of workers and students have become active since the Sanders campaign, both politically and in the street. But Democrats are just as beholden to Wall St. and big corporate donations as Rethugs. What is needed is a true Workers Party for the working people and middle class of America. Forty years ago that would have been the Democrats, but not today.


Reuters: ‘Religious Left’ Emerging As US Political Force in Trump Era


3/24/17


NYTimes: Trump’s First Legislative Effort Fails As GOP Pulls Bill to Repeal Obamacare


3/23/17


Democracy-NOW: Jane Mayer on Robert Mercer & The Dark Money Behind Trump and Bannon


Salon: Why Are Republicans So Cruel To The Poor? - A moderately long, but interesting examination of the psychology behind Republicans’ Darwinian zeal when attacking poor people, the mindset that separates them from those who have more altruistic tendencies, and what we might be able to do to move our country away from that Republican mindset.


Newslogue: Rachel Maddow Just Kicked the Gaslighting Campaign Against Berners Into 5th Gear - A little over the top, but hilarious.


3/22/17


Black Agenda Report: Why Won’t the Black Political Class Denounce Trump’s Militarism? - Referring back to MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, and Here, delivered at Riverside Church in New York city on April 4, 1967, exactly one year to the day prior to his assassination. But whenever the black leadership brings up the name of Martin Luther King, Jr., they never mention this phase of King’s career and beliefs. Why? Because they are totally controlled by the Democratic leadership and that leadership is totally controlled by the war corporations.


“Capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxury to the classes. Call it what you may, call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children.”
Martin Luther King


Democracy-NOW: Neil Gorsuch, Backed by $10 Million In Dark Money, Refuses to Weigh In On Citizens United


NYTimes: ‘Turkish Trump,’ A Hotel Plan and a Tangle of Foreign Ties - Every president since Nixon has put their assets in a blind trust while they serve as president. Trump has refused to do this. This is completely unethical at best. When his corporations receive money from a foreign state, such as China, where Trump has multiple deals, this is an impeachable violation of the Constitution. Here’s an interview with Richard Painter, George Bush’s chief ethics lawyer and Norm Eisen, Obama’s chief ethics lawyer. They both believe that Trump was guilty of impeachable offenses the day he took the oath of office.


3/21/17


Common Dreams: Despite Every Reason to Stop Gorsuch, Are Dems Letting Him Off the Hook - Of course they are. They are the other right-wing corporate party.


Matt Taibbi: Trump SEC Pick Jay Clayton Connected to Mysterious Firm - ...that helps hundreds of thousands of large corporations and high-net-worth-individuals hide their money in the Caymans. Now let’s see which Dems approve Clayton for the SEC.


Washington Post: Questions Linger Over Whether Labor Nominee Acosta Will Stand Up For Workers


3/20/17


Washington Post: This Program Has Fed 40 Million Children In The World’s Poorest Places. Trump Wants to Get Rid Of It


Rolling Stone: Notes From the House Select Intelligence Hearing on Russia - Bottom line: There is still no evidence that “Russia hacked the election.” Again, the DNC server was hacked by someone (or possibly just leaked by a disgruntled employee), after having been warned twice by the FBI that they had no protection, not even a firewall. But after over 4 months of looking, the FBI is still hasn’t found anything. Didn’t happen. The Dems need to look themselves in the mirror and realize that when they quashed Bernie’s campaign, they pooped in their own punchbowl. Too bad, so sad. They’re done.


3/17/17


HuffPo: Watchdog Calls on New York AG to Probe Foreign Funds in Trump Organization


Nation: Don’t Let a Career Wall Street Lawyer Head the SEC - Jay Clayton has worked for Sullivan & Cromwell, Goldman Sachs’  go-to law firm for most of his career.


UK Guardian: Everybody Loves Bernie Sanders Except the Democratic Party - He’s still welcome at the Green Party.


Democracy-NOW: Ralph Nader Denounces Trump Budget


3/16/17


Intercept: Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion - So let’s see, we have just as much evidence for this as we do for Obama tapping the phones at Trump Tower. Interesting to observe the difference in how the media treats these two scandals of silliness. “The principal problem for Democrats is that so many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies — just as right-wing media polemicists did after both Bill Clinton and Obama were elected — that there are now millions of partisan soldiers absolutely convinced of a Trump/Russia conspiracy for which, at least as of now, there is no evidence. And they are all waiting for the day, which they regard as inevitable and imminent, when this theory will be proven and Trump will be removed.” Soon Dems will have to admit that the reason they lost and are a dying party is because of their leadership - the DNC.


Common Dreams: “Morally Obsene” Trump Budget Proposal: How To Make America Cruel Again


Vox: Trump’s Budget is Everything Scientists Have Been Fearing - No money for health, or for human survival on the planet, or for the less fortunate, but plenty of money for war.


3/15/17


Intercept: Donald Trump Isn’t Even Pretending to Oppose Goldman Sachs Anymore - In contrast to his campaign rhetoric, where he ran campaign ads attacking “the global power structure,” Trump continues to add Goldman people to his cabinet. Spokespeople from Goldman (who used to work for Bush, Geithner, Obama) praise Trump’s Goldman picks. What was that about draining the swamp? Dems and Rethugs seem so different when they are campaigning, but once in charge, it’s all the same. No Difference.


Observer: HuffPo Smears Sanders Supporters With Fake News About Russian Trolls


UN Economic and Social Commission: Israeli Practices Towards the Palestinian People And The Question of Apartheid


Newslogue: Why Are Dems Still Targeting the Country That Hillary Wanted to Go to War With? - Lots of allegations. No evidence. No Proof. What’s up with this craziness?


Stephen Colbert: Parody of Maddow’s Trump Tax Flop - If you heard the original, this is hilarious.


3/14/17


NYTimes: James Donovan Is Latest Goldman Sachs Exec to Join Trump Cabinet - Other former Goldman execs on Trump’s cabinet: Senior Advisor Steve Bannon, Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin, Dir. National Economic Council Gary Cohn. When Trump takes up the issue of banking deregulation, I wonder where these guys will stand. ;-)


MRCTV: Twitter Shreds R Maddow Over Trump Tax Return Story - Maddow again makes a fool of herself, but her sycophants didn’t even notice. These were the same 5 year old returns originally released one year ago. The Twitter feed entries in the article are hilarious.


3/13/17


Intercept: Rand Paul is Right: NSA Routinely Monitors Americans’ Communications Without Warrants - Very well documented and complete. It’s been public knowledge since 2006 that the NSA vacuums up all data passing through the internet, with the cooperation of AT&T and other telecommunications companies. The data is stored at its new $2 Billion facility in Utah, capable of storing 20 Terabytes per minute, total storage capacity is in the multi-exabyte range. Also see entries on this page of 3/7, 2/22, 1/11/2017.


NBC News: American Citizens: US Border Agents Can Search Your Cellphone - And don’t even bother telling them about the Constitution or the right to a lawyer. That will just end you up physically abused and in a multi-hour detention nightmare. “The shackles are off.” Here’s what they can get from your mobile device. Abuses have been well documented at the Mexican border since 2012, but now they are coming to La Guardia and LAX.


Democracy-NOW: How To Remove a President Mass Protests Force S. Korean President Out of Office


3/12/17


NYTimes: For Solace and Solidarity In the Trump Age, Liberals Turn the TV Back On - It’s called The Alex Jonesification of the Left ;-)


3/11/17


Politico: Democrats Begin Pre-Blaming Progressives For Their 2018 Losses - Definition: “Ideological purity test”: calling neoliberalism what it is to its face.


3/9/17


Consortium News: Democrats’ McCarthyism Hits Greens - Surveys show that 57% of Americans would like to see a 3rd party on the ballot, and among those 29 years old and younger 91% would like to see a 3rd party. At a time when voters are looking for alternatives, Democratic party operatives are working overtime to discredit any viable threat to their autocratic rule over faux-progressives. Even pro-Libyan-war monger Rachel Maddow gets in on the act. Just like Joe McCarty in the 1950s. These are all symptoms of a party in its last throes. Very Un-Democratic. The strategy is not working. Favorable ratings for Dems have entered the toilet ever since they decided to focus in on the ‘Russian hacking’ canard. People aren’t as stupid as the Dems seem to think. Everything they do seems to backfire on them, whether it’s rigging their own nominating process, or passing debate questions under the table, or rigging their election for a new party leader.


3/8/17


Democracy-NOW: Women in More Than 50 Countries Strike on International Women’s Day


ProPublica: Meet Hundreds of Officials That Trump Has Quietly Installed Across Government and Democracy-NOW - Lobbyists, Breitbart contributors, Boy Scouts, wackos, you name it, etc.


CBS News Scott Pelley: Another totally contrived and farcical MSM interview where Pelley feigns his best professorial attitude (note how he uses those eyeglasses as a prop to enhance the contrivance), using the world’s biggest butt-kissing, paper-shuffling, yes man Leon Panetta, also as a prop, to question Trump’s sanity. There’s no question as to Trump’s insanity, but what I really loved about this interview is how Pelley frames the question in true Shakespearian style. After the question is posed, there’s really no doubt about the answer. Whoever wrote the script for Pelley is a true master. It’s actually pretty comical. I just couldn’t pass it up. The comedic part is contained in the 27 seconds from 0:28 - 0:55:


“In the last few weeks, the President has told his military that there are terrorist attacks no one knows about because the press covers them up, he’s described the news media as the enemy of the American people, he has likened his own intelligence agencies to Nazis, and now we have the wiretapping charge against President Obama. Is it appropriate to ask whether the President is having trouble with rationality?”


Duh!


3/7/17


NYTimes: WikiLeaks Releases Trove of Alleged CIA Hacking Documents - I’m glad to see any news outlet publicize how all Americans are being spied upon by CIA, NSA and FBI. They also share data with many large US corporations, thus using taxpayer funds to help these companies profit - a clear sign of fascism. But really, this is not new news. They’ve been able to ‘obtain, store and listen’ to one billion cell phone calls a day, for quite some time now. And they can bypass Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram. Android phones are the easiest to hack. Truly 9/11 was a gift that keeps on giving to our spy agencies and war corporations.


One has to remember how, in March of 2013, ex-Dir. of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress, falsely (under oath) stating that the NSA does not collect “any type of data at all” on hundreds of millions of US citizens.


Thanks to Edward Snowden, we’ve known since June, 2013 that the NSA’s Prism program sweeps up “emails, telephone calls, video chats, websites, bank transactions and more.” It takes powerful computers to decrypt, store and analyze all this information, but the information is all there, zipping by at the speed of light.


Then in March, 2014, Clapper sent a letter to Congress attempting to justify the collection of data other than “meta-data,” using Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act as an excuse, and Here. So all of this has been out in the open for anyone paying attention.


And now, in addition to XKEYSCORE and Prism, these agencies have Palantir, which makes it much easier to take huge volumes of data from diverse sources and use predictive algorithms to target innocent civilians. It was apparently OK when there was a smooth-talking Democrat in the White House, but now look who’s got it. Also see entry of 2/22 below.


New Yorker: Ben Carson Says People Pushed Out of Windows Get Unique Opportunity To Fly Through the Air - ) It’s definitely on my bucket list.


3/6/17


Reuters: Schools Close Wednesday As Result of Work Stoppages Related to International Women’s Day


New York Review: Russia: The Conspiracy Trap - A delineation of how the unsubstantiated connections between the Trump administration and Russia first got started in the American press and has grown in the public mind. “The backbone of the rapidly yet endlessly developing Trump-Putin story is leaks from intelligence agencies, and this is its most troublesome aspect. Virtually none of the information can be independently corroborated. The context, sequence, and timing of the leaks is determined by people unknown to the public, which is expected to accept anonymous stories on faith.” The conclusion of the article is that focusing on this pure conspiracy theory by most of the American press is giving Trump the space he needs to do his real dirty work: “beginning the real work of dismantling every part of the federal government that exists for any purpose other than waging war.”


New Yorker: Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War - Three very experienced, reputable, investigative reporters attempt to assess, with respect to Trump/Putin, where we are, how we got here and what comes next. It’s a long article, but the part that interested me enough to include it here is the ‘how we got here’ part.


They specifically attempt to address the two most important questions:

  1. 1.What is the specific evidence that backs up the case that ‘Russia hacked the election?’

and

  1. 2.What specific acts accomplished the actual ‘hack.’


Answers:

  1. 1.No specific evidence has been revealed yet, but ongoing investigations may yet reveal the answer.


  1. 2. From the article: “The operation involved hacking Democrats’ e-mails, publicizing the stolen contents through WikiLeaks, and manipulating social media to spread “fake news” and pro-Trump messages...


The White House watched for signs that Russian intelligence was crossing what a senior national-security official called “the line between covert influence and adversely affecting the vote count”—and found no evidence that it had done so...


Another Administration official said that, during the transfer of power, classified intelligence had shown multiple contacts between Trump associates and Russian representatives, but nothing that rose to the level of aiding or coördinating the interference with the election. “We had no clear information—that I was aware of—of collusion,” the official said.”


There’s the answer.

As to the evidence, all we have is anonymous sources claiming they have evidence which cannot be revealed.


As to specific acts, someone hacked (or possibly even just leaked from within) DNC emails which showed the collusion within the Democratic party to boost the candidate who polled the worst against Trump and obstruct the candidate who polled the best against Trump. The ‘hack’ occurred after the FBI had warned the Democratic Party twice that its email servers were at risk, because they had no security protection, not even a firewall.


As of right now, that is all of the information we have as to how “Russia hacked the election.” See entry for New York Review above for how this fixation on a non-issue is leaving Trump free to destroy every part of the federal government which is not directly related to waging war.


3/5/17


NYTimes: In First 6 Weeks, Trump Alters More Than 90 Regulations


NBC News: Former DNI James Clapper: ‘I Can Deny’ Wiretap of Trump Tower - In this interview he also denies (in paragraph 9) any evidence of collusion between Trump and the Russians to affect the outcome of the election.


3/2/17


Common Dreams: Is Recusal Necessary? - Under oath, to Congress, Sessions said: "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians." But he met with the Russian ambassador twice during the campaign. He lied and committed perjury before Congress. Despite what all of the TV talking heads say, this is not complicated. How blatant can it get, but apparently the spineless Dems are going to let him slide. What next?


ProPublica: 5 Trump Cabinet Members Who Lied To Congress - Sessions (AG), Pruitt (EPA), DeVoss (Education), Mnuchin (Treasury), Price (Health and Human Services).


Democracy-NOW: Billionaire Wilber Ross Confirmed as Sec. of Commerce Despite Ties to Russian Oligarchs


3/1/17


MoJo: Jeff Sessions Met Twice with Russian Ambassador During Campaign and Then Denied It During Confirmation Hearings - He’s got to go.


2/28/17


Vox: 22 Promises Trump Made In His Speech to Congress


2/26/17


Newslogue: The Cheaters At the DNC Just Chose Divorce Over Marriage Counseling


CNBC: Trump Has Lowest Approval Ratings of Any New President...Ever


2/25/17


Intercept: Keith Ellison Loses DNC Race After Heated Campaign Targeting His Views on Palestine - Democrats have knee-capped themselves and many progressive Dems who have tried to be loyal are heading for the exits. They are all welcome at the Green Party.


AJC: Memo To Democrats - Here’s some good advice. I’ll bet they don’t take it.


2/24/17


Intercept: Why Did the White House Recruit Perez to Run Against Ellison? - It goes to the heart of why the Dem party is self-destructing. If anybody really cares.


Credo: Why Is Chuck Schumer Letting Joe Manchin Lead Senate Democrats? - Manchin was the only Democrat to vote to confirm Jeff Sessions for AG, Steve Mnuchin for Sec. of Treasury and voted to defund Planned Parenthood. Why? Because he and the rest of them are all conservative extremists. Schumer, Warren, and Here, and all the rest. Do not listen to what they say. Pay attention only to what they do.


Reuters: One Month In, Anti-Trump Movement Shows Signs of Sustained Momentum - #NotEnuff2DumpTrump


Reuters: Israel Bans Human Rights Watch Worker, Accuses Group of Peddling Pro-Palestinian Line


2/23/17


CNN: Sam Ronan: DNC Always Has Been an “Insiders Game” - And the same people who ran the DNC when they rigged the nominating process to boost Clinton (who polled even or below Trump every time), and obstruct Sanders (who polled 10 to 15 points better than Trump every time), still run it and Tom Perez is just more of the same. It will never change. Ever.


Democracy-NOW: Trump Admin Rolls Back Protections For Transgender Students


TimeLine: An Entire Black Manhattan Village Destroyed to Create Central Park - Seneca Village, a stop on the Underground Railroad, named after Seneca’s Morals. The white city fathers obviously hadn’t read it.


2/22/17


Intercept: Peter Thiel’s Palantir Is Helping the NSA Spy On The World - It turns out that completely ignoring the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, and giving the NSA universal permission to read your email, look at your internet browsing history, listen to your cell phone calls (with your relatives, friends, business associates, doctors, lawyers, etc.), monitor your purchase history, watch your geographical location and movement history, look at your photos and documents, social media activity, Skype traffic, usernames/passwords and then store all of that information for future use, just because a smooth talking Democrat was in the White House was a seriously bad idea. Now look who’s got it. And it also turns out that Peter Thiel has taken the Prism, and XKEYSCORE programs that Edward Snowden first told us about and put them on steroids.


ProPublica: CIA Cables Detail Its New Deputy Director’s Role in Torture - ...and here’s what she did...


2/21/17


Real News: Malcolm X’s Birthday: A Look At His Final Years


2/19/17


Fresh Air: Ethics Lawyers Call Trump’s Business Conflicts ‘Nakedly Unconstitutional’ - Synopsis: Trump has not placed his assets in a blind trust as every other president since Nixon has done. He has not released his tax returns as every other candidate has done. And although he claims to be a billionaire, he hasn’t released his financial statement.


Since we know that some of his assets in foreign countries have received large loans from government banks - such as in China and Qatar - and some have received large loans from quasi-government banks - such as Deutche Bank - he is in a dependency relationship with those governments. They could refuse to renew these loans at any time and ruin those investments. Based just on this, he has been in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution since the day he took office.


He has also tweeted that he owns large positions in many government war contractors. When he starts escalating wars such as he did on 4/4/17 in Syria, those escalations will cause increases in both revenues and stock prices for those war contractors. Who is to say that he is not doing that in order to increase the value of his assets?


Excerpts: “So many people in the heartland of the country rightly are angry that their lives have been devastated by economic and trade developments of recent years and also many of them have themselves or sent their kids abroad to fight America's wars. With Donald Trump receiving these enormous sums from foreign governments and having strong property interests and relationships in many foreign governments, when he makes his decisions on domestic and economic policy, how will we know that he is not using the White House to do deals for himself at the expense of the people who voted for him?


And when he makes his decisions to use America's military force or threaten it abroad, how will we know he's not putting ordinary Americans' lives at risk in order to protect his properties and his pocket and his wallet rather than in the best interests of our country?

...his hotel, for example, in Washington has become a giant emoluments vortex sucking in all of the government - foreign government business from all of Washington, D.C., with the diplomats and foreign government officials stumbling all over each other to utilize that property sometimes for very big-ticket events...I'd love to see the first person in the Rust Belt, the first Trump voter who thought his job was going to be saved who loses his job because Trump is getting a large cash payment from China or what have you against the Constitution, and that individual says, hey, he's doing deals to line his own pockets, not to benefit me and takes him to court.“

The Trump International Hotel is located in the Old Post Office building in Washington, D. C. It is owned by the federal government and is leased to Donald Trump for 60 years. But there is a clause in the lease that states that it cannot be leased to an elected official.

And then there are the security questions where we will have US armed forces troops providing security and risking their lives, and the American taxpayer footing the bill to protect buildings, golf courses, etc. that have the Trump label all over them in countries where the main religion is one that Trump has openly disparaged. Tax dollars spent to provide this security “...could be better spent helping the American people deal with the economic impacts that in particular his core voters felt. So this is coming out of all of our pockets.” It is quite possible that the US could get into serious conflicts in the event of an attack on one of these properties.

This is Trump’s true achilles tendon. Why have no Democrats or plaintiffs been found to go after that?

2/18/17


Truthdig: Lawmakers Feel The Heat As Resistance Ignites In Town Hall Meeting


Popular Resistance: Being Prepared to Turn Crisis to Our Advantage - Naomi Klein demonstrated repeatedly in her book, “Shock Doctrine,” that whenever the duopoly system feels threatened by an awakening of the people it creates a crisis and uses that as an excuse to shut down their voices. As more and more people begin to march in the street in anti-Trump demonstrations, the climate for a duopoly induced crisis becomes ripe. The crisis will be some sort of ‘national emergency’ such as economic collapse like the meltdown of 2008, or a large-scale terrorist attack - contrived or otherwise. The corporate controlled national media will call for us all to unite behind our president as it did after 9/11, resulting in the invasion of Iraq. It will never point out that the originating conditions for the crisis are created by unregulated capitalism. The resistance movement must be prepared to counter by persistently pointing out that it is pointless to be anti-Trump without recognizing that he is just a symptom of underlying weaknesses of our current neo-liberal system.


2/17/17


UK Independent: Former NSA Analyst: US Intel Community Ready to ‘Go Nuclear’ On Trump - We can only hope.


2/16/17


Matt Taibbi: Trump’s Repeal of Bipartisan Anti-Corruption Regulation Proves He’s A Fake - Trump has said he’s going to get rid of all of the useless regulations that hamper business. But the second one he removes, after raising the cost of borrowing for middle class homebuyers and increasing the profits to bank lenders on his first day in office, is a bipartisan effort to prevent large oil companies from bribing the dictators of oil rich 3rd world countries, and to make sure the money goes to their people, instead of an endless collection of yachts, mansions, sports cars and Michael Jackson memorabilia.


From the article:

On Oct. 13 of last year, Trump gave his “crossroads of history” speech. In it he said: "For those who control the levers of power in Washington, and for the global special interests they partner with, our campaign represents an existential threat,...It's a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class ... and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities." Trump released a 100-day "action plan" that supposedly targeted "special interest corruption."

Among the measures proposed: new restrictions on lobbying, including a five-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists after leaving office.

Months later, with the self-proclaimed "existential threat" to special interests in office, the "establishment" has it better than ever. Not only has the money-over-principle dynamic not changed inside the Beltway, it's ascendant.


Reuters: Next Up for National Security...No Thanks


2/15/17


Reuters: Trump Assails US Intel Agencies Amid Questions Over Russia - Hey Donald, you don’t want to tic off the CIA dude.


Democracy-NOW: Rep. Ted Lieu to Introduce Bill Requiring a Psychiatrist in the White House - Love the picture at the top of this link.


2/14/17


CNN: Dissident BOZO Rethugs Have the Knives Out for Trump - They are using Flynn’s lies, the ever-nebulous “Russian interference in the US elections”, and Trump’s cozy relationship with Putin as a way to go after (and hopefully impeach) Trump. McCain and Graham have been on this track from day one and now are joined by John Cornyn, Peter King, Roy Blunt, and Mark Warner. Cat Fight!!! Should be fun.


CNN: Trump Aides Were in Constant Contact With Senior Russian Officials During Campaign


2/13/17


Socialist Alternative: The Resistance Escalates - Next up: March 8 International Women’s Day; April 22 Earth Day; May 1 May Day.


2/12/17


NYTimes: Turmoil At The National Security Council - Trump can sure pick’em.


2/9/17


Intercept: Tom Perez Apologizes for Telling the Truth, Exemplifying The Flaw that Democrats Need to Address - All self-identifying Dems should carefully read this entire article. The life of their party depends upon it.


2/7/16


Black Agenda Report: Resist Trump, Resist Democrats - “Any “resistance” to Trump that allies itself with Democrats, is futile. The Democrats are “unprincipled scoundrels” who “have no desire to move away from their corporate sugar daddies.” If the same people that now declare themselves foes of Trumpism “spend time wondering if they should back Cory ‘the hooker’ Booker or Elizabeth Warren in 2020, or ponder who should run the Democratic National Committee, they aren’t resisting anything.”


2/6/17


Newslogue: Why It’s Important for True Progressives To Speak Out - We all hate the anti-refugee policy of Trump, but why was everyone silent when Obama saturated Syria with the weapons that caused them to be refugees in the first place? Or hate the deportation policies of Trump when Obama deported more people than any president in history? Or hate the wall when Hillary voted in favor of a 700-mile security barrier?


2/5/17


Salon: Fearing Protest, Donald Trump Cancels Trip To Wisconsin Fearing Protests - “Donald Trump is a real tough guy when it comes to locking up a scared five-year-old boy trying to find his mother,” DNC senior adviser Zac Petkansas said in response to the canceled visit. “But as soon as he has to face the American people to defend his illegal anti-Muslim ban he chickens out.”


2/3/17


Democracy-NOW: Does Donald Trump Think That Frederick Douglass Is Still Alive? His Great-Great-Great Grandson Clarifies


BBC: Sweden’s PM Causes a Stir - She is simply signing a law surrounded by her all woman cabinet. Some of the tweets quoted in the story are hilarious.


CNN: Trump Approval Rating All-Time Lowest, Disapproval Rating All-Time Highest for Any Incoming President Ever - Usually new presidents get a short ‘honey-moon’ period from the American public. But not this guy. I think that’s just Bigly Terrific!


2/2/17


NYTimes: Democrats Get A Spine


2/1/17


Ballot Access News: Green and Constitution Parties Win Georgia Ballot Access Case in Eleventh Circuit - What does it say when the Alabama presidential ballot, along with 45 other states, included the Green Party, but the Georgia ballot did not. 


CNN: Trump Urges GOP to Trigger Nuclear Option For His Supreme Court Nominee


NYTimes: Israel Approves Yet Another 3,000 Illegal West Bank Occupation Homes - In addition to the additional 2,500 units approved last week.


1/31/17


Intercept: Hidden Loopholes Allow FBI to Infiltrate Political And Religious Groups - This has been standard practice ever since J. Edgar Hoover took over. Remember COINTELPRO?


Black Agenda Report: Democrats Manipulate the Movement That Should Leave Them Behind - “...it’s the role of the Democratic Party and the non-profit sector, at this point in time, to masquerade as the left. They want to pretend that they are the left and that there is no left solution outside the universe of Democratic Party, where you write your Congressman, where you rant on social media, and where you wait for the next big permitted march...The immigration machinery, the surveillance machinery, and the policing machinery is all inherited from the Obama Administration.” If we depend on non-profit organizations that are funded by rich donors and the Democratic party, then we are just “warming up the crowds for the next Cory Booker or Michele Obama,” not moving in a real progressive direction.


Democracy-NOW: Watergate Veterans: Just Like Nixon, Trump Believes He Is Above the Law


UK Guardian: Anti-Trump Resistance Will Fail If We Don’t Ditch Establishment Democrats


1/30/17


Intercept: Mnuchin Again Lies About Robo-Signing - After serving as CIO at Goldman Sachs, he was CEO at OneWest, where they made ‘robo-signing’ foreclosure documents a standard practice to illegally foreclose on families that had been lured into liar’s loans, some of whom where not even in arrears. Of course, all of the big banks plead guilty to all of these practices, but all Obama’s Justice Dept. gave them was a slap on the wrist and a get-out-of-jail-free cards.


1/27/17


Democracy-NOW: Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition To Impeach Trump For Violating Constitution Over Biz Interests - Trump has promised to resign from his companies, but there’s no evidence that he’s done so.


Newslogue: Corporate Media Planning Non-Stop Trump Alarmism Until 2020 So A Corporate Dem Can Replace Him


1/26/17


In These Times: Bernie Sanders Speaks Out: Corporate Media Threatens Our Democracy - A 10-minute must read. And at the end he states the root cause. This brings to mind the quote from CBS president, and the fact that CNN spent more airtime showing an empty podium waiting for Trump to appear than all of the airtime it devoted to Sanders, and Here and Here. See also PBS entry of 1/20/17, and HuffPo entry of 5/7/16 below.


CBS News: The Darling of Progressives, Elizabeth Warren Votes to Recommend Ben Carson for HUD - The pseudo-firebrand shows her true colors.


ProPublica: How to Protect Your Digital Privacy in the Era of Public Shaming - 9 pretty good tips.


1/25/17


Intercept: Seymour Hersh Blasts Media For Uncritically Promoting Russian Hacking Story -  This is the reporter who broke the story of the My Lai massacre, Abu Ghraib torture, the illegal spying by the CIA on domestic anti-war groups in the 70s, and details of the Bush-Cheney assassination program.


Business Insider: US Downgraded to “Flawed Democracy” - It wasn’t because of Donald Trump, although his election is an effect. Underlying causes are all related to income/wealth inequality. Unregulated capitalism does seem to bring out the worst in people.


Black Agenda Report: Cory Booker, Corporate Hooker: The Perfect Establishment Opposition to Donald Trump


1/24/17


Democracy-NOW: “Women Will Die Because of This”: Planned Parenthood on Trump Signing Anti-Abortion Gag Rule


Intercept: Naomi Klein: Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism - By the author of “This Changes Everything” and “The Shock Doctrine.” Trump’s strategy becomes clear, and is explained in the first paragraph: remove regulations which promote safety, then when tragedies occur, double down and hand out contracts to political cronies. Rinse and repeat. The largest corporations get $Billions, the people affected get nothing.


Real Clear Politics: Cenk Uygur Launches A “New Wing” of Democratic Party: Justice Democrats


1/23/17


Observer: DNC Chair Candidates Defy Reality Claiming the Primary Process Was Fair - A good summary of why it wasn’t. If the Democratic party continues to deny reality, it will cease to be relevant, leaving the American people to the whims of deranged Rethugs.


Truthout: The Trump Cabinet: Strangest Show on Earth - A good short summary.


Democracy-NOW: Women’s March on Washington At Least 3 X Larger Than Trump’s...(whatever, you know)


1/22/17


Truthdig: 7 Truths for Democrats - Face it, the party is toast. Obama spoke all the truths that needed to be heard in 2008. The problem was he never really meant any of it. It was just a ploy to turn over the government to Wall St. The next one (Cory Booker?) will simply do the same. Can’t be trusted. We need a real movement, not make believe.


Reuters: Women Lead Unprecedented Worldwide Mass Protests Against Trump - The numbers are astounding, over 5 million worldwide.


Intercept: CIA Nominee Pompeo Leaves Door Open for Waterboarding


1/21/17


Popular Resistance: Activists Tell Democrats To Reflect on What They Have Created


NBC News: Michael Moore: The Old Guard of the Democratic Party Has To Go - What I’ve been saying for a long time now. Else the Democratic party itself will go. Nobody’s buying the “Russians hacked the election” bullshit. Sorry. Evolve or die.


Truthdig: Women’s March: Millions Demonstrate in Over 600 Rallies in 20 Countries Across the World


NYTimes: “We’re Not Going Away”: Huge Crowds for March Against Trump


UPI: National Park Service Apologizes For Tweets Showing Poor Inaugural Turnout - It apologizes for showing the truth. In his first act of ‘truth control,’ Trump shuts them down. Press secretary calls the truth ‘false reporting.’ Orwellian.


1/20/17


Engadget: Trump Taps Net Neutrality Foe Ajit Pai To Head FCC - Pai was originally nominated for the FCC commission by Obama.


Intercept: On His First Day in Office, Trump Raises Taxes on Middle-Class Homebuyers - The cancellation of a scheduled rate cut in FHA mortgages is an effective tax on the middle-class. It also makes bank loans more competitive putting more money in the pockets of Wall St. bankers and removing it from the pockets of many first time home buyers. About 1 million Americans will be adversely affected by this measure. Hey Trump voters, your man just screwed you over and it’s only the first day. Get ready for lots more.


ProPublica: Trump Promised to Resign From His Companies - But There’s No Evidence He’s Done So


PBS Independent Lens: Today Only 5 Corporations Own Most News Media - Down from 6 in 2012. When you start hearing a chorus of media all chanting the same phrase (such as ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ or ‘fake news,’ or ‘hacked the election,’ or ‘civil rights icon’), it’s called neuro-linguistic programming. MSM uses this technique all the time.


1/19/17


Fresh Air: Ethics Lawyers Call Trump’s Business Conflicts ‘Nakedly Unconstitutional’


Shadow Proof: Obama’s Legacy: Refining System of Secrecy, Cracking Down on Leaks


ProPublica: When A Study Cast Doubt on a Heart Pill, The Drug Company Turned to Tom Price


Shadow Proof: Clinton Democrats in No Position To Call Themselves ‘The Resistance’ - Any hopes that the DNC would reform itself after the disastrous decisions it made to boost Clinton and obstruct Sanders, and to ignore warnings from the FBI that its mail server was vulnerable to hacking are dashed.


1/17/17


CNBC: Elizabeth Warren No Longer Darling of the Left - When it came time for her to stand up for the most progressive candidate to run since FDR, she dodged. Sanders lost her state, Massachusetts, by only 2 points. She could have changed the course of the primary process if she had campaigned for him. Later she passionately campaigned for Clinton - the antithesis of all she has claimed to stand for.


“Furthermore, Warren—along with the corporate media—was inexplicably MIA during the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying nothing as thousands of unarmed, peaceful Native Americans and environmental activists were illegally arrested and shot at with tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, freezing water, and grenades by de facto oil police in North Dakota.


Like her decision to conveniently endorse Clinton when Sanders was mathematically eliminated, Warren finally chose to speak out against DAPL on the same day the Army Corps of Engineers denied a crucial permit for the pipeline's completion. This kind of calculated, Johnny-Come-Lately progressivism doesn't cut it for the millions of progressives looking to rally behind a leader as the road to 2020 narrows.”


She is also a proponent of the perpetual War on Terrorism (c), and unlimited illegal Israeli settlements in occupied territories. When it comes to grandstanding, verbal finger wagging attacks on nonchalant bankers in the Senate chambers, she’s a one-trick pony.


But a true progressive? Hardly.



Black Agenda Report: Mocking, Marching, Stopping the Hate and Dumping Trump Are Not Enough - If Hillary Clinton were going to be sworn in tomorrow instead of the Big Cheeto, we would still have a mass surveillance state, our drone wars would still be murdering thousands of innocent black and brown people from the Mediterranean to the Pacific...


we’d still be spending half the nation’s wealth yearly on a murderous global military empire with over a thousand overseas bases. We’d still be bombing seven countries and operating networks of global torture, kidnapping and secret prisons...


the black unemployment rate would be about the same as it’s been the last half century, about double the white rate.


If a Democrat were in the White House hundreds of thousands with full time jobs would still be homeless and millions more an arbitrary paycheck from it...


we’d still have 2 million plus people in prisons and jails, mostly black and brown, and gentrification of inner cities and privatization of public education and public resources would continue...


the banksters who targeted millions of low income families with predatory loans and were rewarded with bailouts while the homeowners got millions of evictions – the thieves would still be too big to fail or jail...


95% of all the jobs created in the Obama era wold still be part time and/or without benefits...


we’d still have a health care system that is a blanket full of holes that offered skimpy expensive insurance NOT health care to only half the uninsured and fat subsidies to Big Insurance and Big Pharma...


we’d still have Democrat stooges, especially black ones like John Lewis and Donna Brazile, who claim without need of any proof, that the Russians hacked the presidential election to install the Donald.


We need to educate while we eviscerate. If we can’t do that, we’re just warming up crowds for Corey Booker or the next Democrat.”


#NotEnuff2DumpTrump


Intercept: Notorious Mercenary (Blackwater founder) Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows


NYTimes: Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence - Obama deserves no commendation for this action - which probably stems from some sort of self-pitying guilt on his part. In the overall context of this case, it is just sad. Manning saw evidence of war crimes, waste, fraud and abuse. He went to his superior with this evidence and was told to go back to his desk, sit down and shut up. So he had a choice and he chose the only honorable and effective option - to turn the information over to Wikileaks. He should be a national hero along with Edward Snowden. But instead he was held naked, at low temperature, in solitary confinement at Quantico for 8 months, in a cruel attempt to break his spirit, which it ultimately did - and Here, Here, Here. Amnesty International condemned this treatment as torture and HereNo damage ever came of Manning’s actions, and Here. The Sec. of Defense at the time openly mocked Hillary Clinton’s and Joe Biden’s statements to the contrary. One aspect of the ‘Obama legacy’ will be an end to investigative journalism, in large part a result of actions such as this. This is a sad end to an ugly stain on America, and a good example of where ‘lesser evilism’ ultimately leads.


By way of contrast, the case of Gen. David Petraeus provides an example of the hypocrisy and dual standards that the powerful hold over the rest of us. Petraeus, according to his indictment, gave to the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair eight, black books containing “classified information regarding the identities of covert officers, war strategy, intelligence capabilities and mechanisms, diplomatic discussions, quotes and deliberative discussions from high-level National Security Council meetings … and [his personal] discussions with the president of the United States.”

Much of this was Top Secret, and some was SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) higher than Top Secret – and he admitted in his plea to lying to the FBI about his leaks, knowing that doing so was a crime in itself.” Manning on the other hand gave away nothing above the Secret level, and never lied about this role. Petraeus was given a slap on the wrist, no jail time, and is now a professor at CUNY, on the board of directors of Wall St. investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and is a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Manning, meanwhile, languishes at Ft. Leavenworth, an all-male maximum security prison for convicted service men.


The reason for the discrepancy is that Petraeus is a well connected former 4 star general, while Manning is just a lonely, transgender private with no friends in high places. The height of the double standard for those with clout vs those with none in modern day America.


1/16/17


Intercept: What the “Santa Clausification” of Martin Luther King, Jr. Leaves Out - His opposition the the Vietnam war and his plans to deal head on with racial and economic discrimination in the large Northern cities. He gave his “Beyond Vietnam” speech on 4/4/67 at Riverside Church in NYC and was assassinated one year later to the day.


1/13/17


Intercept: Obama Opens NSA’s Vast Trove of Warrantless Data to Entire Intelligence Community, Just in Time for Trump - Difference?


Real News: The Bizarre Far-Right Billionaire Behind Trump’s Presidency


1/12/17


AP: Trump to Appoint Another Goldman Sachs Exec as Top Adviser - Anthony Scaramucci will join ex-coworkers Steve Mnuchin (Sec. Treasury) and Steve Bannon on the Trump team. Yep, I’m sure they’re gonna be lookin’ out for the little guy.


Intercept: Cory Booker Joins Senate Republicans to Kill Measure to Import Cheaper Medicine from Canada


1/11/17


Black Agenda Report: As the Democrats Press for War, The Left Must Demand Peace and Social Transformation - Instead of pushing for single payer health care, a national minimum wage, nationalization of TBTF Wall St. banks, and an end to the black incarceration state, what passes for the left in American is raging for war with Russia, just as Obama passes on to Trump the power to indefinitely detain without trial or charge any individual designated to be a terrorist, including US citizens on American soil, and gives the US military the authority to carry out military operations on US soil. And just in time for Trump, Obama has opened up the vast trove of warrentless information gathered by the NSA to the entire intelligence community, and has just created a Ministry of Truth and Here, whose purpose is to spread propaganda anywhere this imperial police state feels threatened by objective journalism. By whipping up the fervor for war against Russia, the Democratic party, having become the new War Party, is now driving Trump from the right. No one who follows them can any longer call themselves progressive. Working class progressives are going to have to form a new, grassroots party.


1/10/17


Real News: Democrats Go Soft on Jeff Sessions and Why That Should Concern Us All


Democracy-NOW: ACLU & NAACP: Jeff Sessions Unfit to Defend Civil Rights & Enforce Discrimination Laws


1/6/17


CNN: Trump Asking Congress, Not Mexico, To Pay for Border Wall - But Kelleyanne Conway and Rep. Chris Collins both say Mexico will pay us back. Reminds me of how the Bush neo-cons, especially Paul Wolfowitz, repeatedly stated the Iraq’s oil would pay for the war.


Democracy-NOW: G Greenwald: US Intel Chiefs Alleging Russian Threat Have History of Deceiving the Public - See entries below of 12/10 (Intercept) and 7/29/16 (Credo) for examples of how Comey, Clapper and Brennan, along with NSA, CIA and FBI have consistently lied to the American people for decades. Again, anonymous sources quoting evidence that cannot be revealed proves nothing, ever.


1/5/17


CNN: FBI: DNC Rebuffed Request to Examine Computer Servers - The second biggest mistake that the DNC made. The biggest was when they decided to boost the campaign of the candidate that polled the worst agains Trump and obstruct the campaign of the candidate that consistently outpolled Trump by wide margins.


CNN: Democrats Call for Ethics Probe of Trump HHS Nominee Tom Price


1/4/17


Socialist Alternative: The Growing Push to “Take Back the Democratic Party” - Article explains why this is never going to happen, but other solutions are available.


Next Web: Anti-Surveillance Apparel Hides Your Face From Facial Recognition Software


Intercept: WashPost is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public is Deceived - There was never any attempt by Russia to ‘hack the grid.’ But WashPo published this as a fact and most main stream media picked it up. Those who most loudly rail against Fake News are usually the purveyors of same. This paper is developing a quick and rich history of this behavior after being acquired by Jeff Bezos, and Here.


1/3/17


Black Agenda Report: Ajamu Baraka: Trump’s Neo-Fascism Will Be Built On a Foundation Laid by Obama and the Democratic Party


Truthdig: Barack Obama’s Neoliberal Legacy: Rightward Drift and Donald Trump - 95% of national US income gains went to the top 1% during Obama’s first term.


1/2/17


Real News: Cracking Down on Dissent: The US Government Creates Ministry of Truth - The “Global Engagement Center,” will be within the Dept. of State to be run by possibly the biggest climate change denier of all times.

We’re headed down a very slippery slope, facilitated just as much by the Dems and the Rethugs.


In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.

Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed -- no escape. Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull.

George Orwell


Forbes: ‘Fake News’ and How the Washington Post Rewrote Its Story On Russian Hacking of the Power Grid




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