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Impeach Trump Now


“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


Don’t Ban Equality


10 U.S. Code § 904. Art. 104. Aiding the enemy


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.


ProPublica: Documenting Hate


Frontline: Documenting Hate


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


6/13/19


Democracy-NOW: The US Government’s Crusade Against Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning


Sludge: These Corporations and Public Charities Funded the State Abortion Bans


MoJo: “Beyond My Paygrade”: When Pete Buttigieg Had a Chance to Stand Firm on Abortion Rights, He Dodged - Guess what else is beyond his paygrade.


Onion: Pence Visits Conversion Therapist For Routine Gay-Preventative Checkup


6/11/19


Reuters: Jon Stewart Assails Congress for Ignoring 9/11 First Responders Fund - In 2001, George Bush and EPA Chief Christine Todd Whitman swore the air was safe to breath. Later she apologized but took no responsibility. There was never any accountability.


6/10/19


Reuters: Age Matters More Than Sexual Orientation to US Presidential Voters - That eliminates about half the field in this race. As mentioned here back on 4/25: It’s amazing to think that prior to Trump the oldest person ever to take the office was Ronald Reagan at age 69. Here is a list of the oldest candidates currently running and their ages as of when they would take office, 1/20/21. B. Sanders 79, J. Biden 78, D. Trump 74, H. Clinton 73 (not currently running but you never know), E. Warren 71.


6/9/19


Intercept: As SF DA, Kamala Harris Stopped Cooperating With Abuse Victims of Catholic Church Child Abuse


6/7/19


CBS News: Some Progressives Worry Puerto Rico is Being Left Behind on 2020 Campaign Trail - For the full context on Puerto Rico, see Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, New England Journal of Medicine estimates death toll at 4,645, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here.


6/6/19


Democracy-NOW: “Massacre” in Sudan: Military Kills Over 100 Protestors for Civilian Rule


Salon: ‘Pro-Choice’ Susan Collins Has Voted to Confirm 32 Anti-Abortion Trump Judges


FAIR: WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn’t Do Anything ‘Inappropriate’ - Despite Record of Torture and Coverup


Vanity Fair: After Failing to “Shut Out” Puerto Rico, Trump Declares Himself Its Savior


6/5/19


Black Agenda Report: Elizabeth Warren Wants Green Bombs, Not a Green New Deal - The US military drops a bomb on a foreign country once every 12 minutes. No corporate cable news ever mentions this or the other astounding statistics in this article.


Intercept: Joe Biden’s Opposition to the ACA’s Coverage for Contraception - A review of his previous positions, just as he flip-flops on the Hyde Amendment. Nobody really knows what he believes, because just like Hillary, he is constantly changing depending on perceived public opinion. It’s a mark of someone with no real moral compass.


6/4/19


Salon: American Taxpayers to Pay Millions in Luxury Hotel Costs From Trump’s London Visit


6/3/19


Socialist Alternative: Democratic Establishment Pushes Biden for 2020, Continuing the Failed Strategy to Defeat Trump - The conformist Democratic rank and file will vote for the guy who championed: NAFTA, the 1994 Crime Bill which led to mass incarceration, Repeal of Glass-Steagall which led to the 2008 economic meltdown, the Iraq War, China PNTR, the Patriot Act which led to universal warrant-less surveillance, Welfare Reform which threw millions into abject poverty, Bankruptcy Reform, Wall St. Bailout, and the Defense of Marriage Act. But nobody else will. By making this choice, the Democratic Establishment will essentially re-elect Trump.


6/2/19


Diane Ravitch: Worrisome News About Elizabeth Warren


News & Guts: Ten Easy Pieces: Translating Robert Mueller’s Legalese - “5. Anyone saying I found “no obstruction” is lying.”


6/1/19


Guardian: London Mayor: Donald Trump Is Like a 20th Century Fascist - “Like a”? Tenets of Fascism


Onion: ‘No Way to Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens - Mulvaney says it’s too soon to talk politics.


5/31/19


Rewire: The Escalation of Anti-Abortion Violence 10 Years After the Murder of Dr. George Tiller


Democracy-NOW: UN Special Rapporteur Calls For Assange to be Freed, Citing “Psychological Torture”


5/30/19


Public Citizen: Revolving Congress: The Revolving Door Class of 2019 Flocks to K Street - “Nearly Two Thirds of Former Members of 115th Congress Working Outside Politics and Government Have Picked Up Lobbying or Strategic Consulting Jobs.”


Reuters: As Trump Rewrites Public Health Rules, Pence Sees Conservative Agenda Born Again - Not only are Rethugs intent on outlawing abortion, they also want to eliminate contraception. We are moving towards a theocracy little different from Saudi Arabia and Iran.


This isabout the elimination of women – particularly poor women – as a threat to the social order; it is a measure designed to ensure that poor people stay poor, and women stay home.”


5/29/19


Tulsi Gabbard: “While politicians cry crocodile tears over lives already lost, they make plans to sacrifice more lives on the alter of regime change and the new cold war.” Wars that will only profit the execs and directors of defense contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, etc.


The Nation: Robert Mueller Just Told Congress to Do Its Damn Job


McClatchy: ‘The Dam Has Burst’: Liberals Warn Democrats Risk Backlash by Not Impeaching Trump


New York Magazine: Study: Trump Tax Cuts Failed to Do Anything But Give Rich People More Money - Here’s the study.


5/28/19


Popular Resistance: The Frontline Documentary on Gaza That PBS Pulled


5/24/19


Intercept: Sanders, Warren and Wyden Slam Assange Indictment - A good summarization of why this case is so important.


5/16/19


Onion: New York Times Rehires Judith Miller to Cover Escalating Iran Tensions


Guardian: Alabama’s Abortion Ban Is About Keeping Poor Women Down - “An abortion ban as radical as the one voted for in Alabama is about the elimination of women – particularly poor women – as a threat to the social order; it is a measure designed to ensure that poor people stay poor, and women stay home.”


Onion: Abused 12-Year-Old Alabama Girl Doesn’t Think She Can Handle Being A Mom On Top of Everything Else - This is not funny, it’s sad. But it is the best piece - using irony as a mechanism to make a very serious point - I’ve seen outlining one of the many problems of this Neanderthal law. It is also an explanation that all Anti-Choice, Forced Birth hypocrites in the entire country should be called on. All Republicans in the US Senate - including 6 women - voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, as did one Democrat. They should all be called to account.


5/15/19


FAIR: Media Stenography Turns Beheaded Saudi Protesters Into ‘Terrorists’


5/14/19


Guardian: These 25 White Men - All Republicans - Just Voted to Ban Abortion in Alabama


5/13/19


Guardian: Google Has Given $150,000 in Free Ads to Deceptive Anti-abortion Group


Guardian: Monsanto Must Pay Couple $2Bn in Largest Verdict Yet Over Cancer Claims - 5 things to know about Bayer.


5/9/19


Guardian: Georgia’s Six-Week Abortion Ban Reveals the Cruelty of the Anti-Choice Movement - Here’s what’s already happening to women. “All this is justified by a moralizing, misogynistic and medically arbitrary logic based on a fantasy that wants to equate the movement of cells with personhood...The new slew of six-week abortion bans is a direct result of the appointment of the multiply accused sexual assault perpetrator Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court, where anti-choice conservatives now hold a five-four majority and can dismantle or strike down Roe v Wade at any time...with Kavanaugh on the court, the door is wide open for misogynist laws to make legal, clinic-based abortion access a thing of the past in large swaths of the United States.”


5/8/19


NYTimes: Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses


5/7/19


NYTimes: 5 Takeaways From 10 Years of Trump Tax Figures


Bloomberg: Why Mnuchin Doesn’t Want You to See Trump’s Tax Returns - Separation of powers, and checks and balances as outlined in the Constitution are now out the window. As Chris Hedges said just yesterday, tyranny is just around the corner.


NPR: Gov. Kemp Signs ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ Abortion Law - Signed into law by the just-elected governor whose most effective campaign ad had him jumping out of a beat-up pickup with a pump shotgun, cocking it and, in a really sickening country boy accent, chortling: ‘This is just in case I have to round up some of those illegal aliens myself!!” This effectively ends abortion in Georgia, and probably in the end the USA. And they say Alabama and Mississippi are backward.?


Once Trump appointed Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, it was a done deal. This law will be appealed to the Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade will be overturned. We’ll revert to back-alley abortions and women dying in ER’s of sepsis. This is all about male dominance and only about male dominance.


5/6/19


Truthdig: Chris Hedges: Creeping Toward Tyranny


Democracy-NOW: Ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince Makes a Comeback Under Trump - He is the brother of Sec. of Education Betsy DeVoss, brother-in-law of the former CEO of Amway. Essentially kicked out of the country by Obama, he is back in Washington pitching ideas such as a mercenary army for the invasion of Venezuela, or to fight in Afghanistan. He has also joined forces with James O’Keefe and Project Veritas - the group that staged the attempt to ‘expose’ Planned Parenthood, which then failed miserably. Why these folks have joined forces is still a mystery.


5/5/19


Reuters: Trump’s Former Lawyer Goes to ‘Jewish Heaven’


5/4/19


Guardian: Trump Tweets Support For Far-Right Figures Banned on Facebook


5/3/19


Talking Points Memo: This Is An Insanely Big Deal - Giuliani is actually “conducting unofficial diplomacy abroad, apparently mixed with his own private business and investments, in which he offers friendly treatment from the President of the United States in exchange for those governments targeting the President’s political enemies.” What kind of an idiot would do that, and what kind of idiot Democrats would not use that as partial evidence in an impeachment? Mind-boggling.


5/2/19


Reuters: Foreign Government Leases at Trump World Tower Stir More Emoluments Concerns


Black Agenda Report: Black Voters Are Biden’s Polling Bubble. We Need to Bust It.


4/30/19


Slate: Trump Just Gave Democrats Another Reason to Launch an Impeachment Inquiry - But for the second time Nanny Pelosi takes impeachment off the table against a lawless rethuglican.


4/29/19


Guardian: Lies, Damned Lies and Donald Trump: The Pick of the President’s Untruths - 10,000 lies and counting.


4/28/19


FAIR: Comcast-Owned MSNBC In the Tank for Joe Biden’s Presidential Run - From the article: “Comcast, along with other internet service providers (ISPs) like Verizon and AT&T, hold what are essentially regional monopolies, where they very rarely directly compete with one another in a given area. As of 2017, almost 80 percent of US households have access to just a single ISP that offers broadband speeds of over 100 mbps. This has a striking impact on US internet users: The nation has just the 20th fastest average internet speed in the world, and, according to the FCC, US consumers pay more for broadband than most other comparable countries. Of course, ISPs are also famous for their unmatched customer service record–Comcast ranks as one of America’s most hated companies year in and year out, along with many other ISPs.”


4/26/19


Guardian: Joe Biden is the Hillary Clinton of 2020 - And It Won’t End Well This Time Either


In These Times: Biden Says He’s the Workers’ Candidate, But He Has Worked to Cut Medicare and Social Security


Intercept: Texas Federal Court Becomes the Third to Strike Down Pro-Israel Oath as Unconstitutional


4/25/19


Intercept: Joe Biden Launches Presidential Bid With Fundraiser for Corporate Lobbyists and GOP Donors


NPR: Joe Biden Announces for President - He is currently 76 years old. It’s amazing to think that prior to Trump the oldest person ever to take the office was Ronald Reagan at age 69. Here is a list of the oldest candidates currently running and their ages as of when they would take office, 1/20/21. B. Sanders 79, J. Biden 78, D. Trump 74, H. Clinton 73 (not currently running but you never know), E. Warren 71.


Democracy-NOW: From Crime Bill to Iraq War, Biden’s Legislative History Under Close Scrutiny - Biden is about to embark on his ‘Magical Apology Tour.’ He will apologize for: opposing busing, teaming up with Strom Thurmond to create mass incarceration, voting for the bill that did away with Glass-Steagle, abusing Anita Hill, voting for war with Iraq and its subsequent occupation, harassing women on the campaign trail. He’ll just be so sorry, but with no accountability of course. No Joe!!


4/23/19


Intercept: Beto O’Rourke Was Threatening to Run a New Kind of Campaign. Not Anymore. - He was in favor of Medicare-For-All, and said he wouldn’t take money from fossil fuel lobbyists, or do high-dollar fund raisers. Now he’s done a 180 on all of those promises. Just another sell-out former punk rocker.


4/21/19


Guardian: Trump’s Moral Squalor, Not Impeachment, Will Remove Him From Office


4/20/19


Guardian: Trump Tampered With Witnesses. The Senate Voted to Oust Clinton For Doing Just That.


4/18/19


Axios: Mueller Report Lists 10 Episodes of Potential Trump Obstruction


Intercept: Hey Democrats: Mueller Just Handed You a Roadmap for Impeachment. Follow it. - Mueller: “With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,”

“The conclusion that Congress may apply the obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.”


CNN: The Green New Deal Isn’t Socialism. It’s What the Founding Fathers Wanted


4/17/19


BAR: The “Resistance” is Silent on Julian Assange


4/16/19


UK Guardian: Bernie Sanders Flips the Script on Fox News Hosts


NYTimes: ‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum - “From canapé-filled fund-raisers...” indeed.


4/14/19


Medium: The US Government Won’t Care About Your Definition of Journalism After the Assange Precedent Is Set


4/12/19


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky: Assange Arrest “Scandalous”


4/11/19


Reuters: Beto O’Rourke’s Past Support for Charter Schools Scrutinized In 2020 White House Bid - His wife Amy is a former charter school leader and now sits on the board of the business-backed (Bill and Melinda Gates and the Hunt family) Council on Regional Economic Expansion and Educational Development, or CREED, a local education reform group that supports expanding charter schools. CREED has made it clear that it has no interest in getting involved with the public school system and working with administrators and teachers to see how they might help change the direction of these vastly underfunded schools. O’Rourke himself has been silent on this subject.


Never listen to what they say, only watch what they do.


Reuters: US Charges Assange After London Arrest - News reporters in the US have a long history of leaking previously classified information after receiving it from an anonymous source. The source may be guilty of a crime, but the reporters’ right to publish is guaranteed by the First Amendment, and a long line of court precedent. To charge Assange for doing the same thing would violate a precedent with a very long history. One great example had to do with the Pentagon Papers, the Nixon Administration and the New York Times. The only thing that makes Assange different is that his information concerns the military-industrial complex now in power - and determined to remain so. If they can make him toe the line, press freedom will be a thing of the past. This story has a long way to go.


4/10/19


Intercept: Nancy Pelosi and Cheri Bustos Continue Dividing Democatic Party, Take New Swipes at AOC


4/5/19


LA Times: 5 Misconceptions About the US-Mexico Border - Misconception 3: More immigrants are illegally crossing the border. Fact: Illegal crossings have been trending down since 2000 - 1.64 M annually, to about 0.4 million today. The other 4 are just as interesting.


4/4/19


In These Times: Chicago’s Elections Brought A Lot of Good News for Progressives - And Democratic Socialists and Socialist Alternative - At least 5 Democratic Socialists of America were elected.


4/1/19


NBC: Senate Democrats Will Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Abolish Electoral College


4/3/19


Sludge/MapLight: As It Works to Stifle Primary Challengers, DCCC Takes More Money from Corporate Lobbyists


3/30/19


Intercept: Cory Booker and AIPAC


3/29/19


MoJo: Beto’s Wealthy Father-In-Law Helped Launch His Career. He’s Haunted it Ever Since.


3/27/19


Intercept: Beto O’Rourke’s Free Ride on Charter Schools Won’t Last Long


3/25/19


Intercept: Debate: The Media and Political Humiliation From the Mueller Report - “In sum, Rachel Maddow is the Judy Miller of the Trump/Russia story, except that unlike Miller – who was scapegoated for behavior that many of her male colleagues also engaged in to the point where her career and reputation was destroyed – Maddow, who makes $10 million a year from NBC, is too valuable a corporate brand and too much of a liberal celebrity for any consequences or accountability to be permitted. Another difference is that Maddow was so far more frequently off the deep end – way off the deep end, in another universe totally devoid of basically rationality – than Miller ever was.”


AFP: ‘Reckoning’ Looms for News Media As Russia Probe Clears Trump - For most liberal news sources, this was just a circus to divert attention from the fact that the DNC made a series of boneheaded decisions during the 2016 nominating campaign to promote the candidate that never really polled ahead of Trump, and to take down the candidate that consistently, throughout the entire campaign, polled 10-15 points ahead of Trump. See entries of 6/9/18, 4/30 and 1/23/17 and 10/21/16.


Glenn Greenwald: “"Check every MSNBC personality, CNN law 'expert,' liberal-centrist outlets and #Resistance scam artist and see if you see even an iota of self-reflection, humility or admission of massive error," Greenwald said on Twitter.

"If there's no media reckoning for what they did, don't ever complain again when people attack the media as 'Fake News.'"

The DNC diverted attention from their 2016 boneheaded decisions in this way, and so avoided having to answer for those decisions - and the inevitable house cleaning at the top as a result, just long enough to stay in power and pick the next boneheaded nominee (probably Kamala Harris or Beto O’Rourke), which inevitably will yield the same end result as 2016. There are no longer two parties in this country.

3/23/19


Matt Taibbi: It’s Official: Russiagate is This Generation’s WMD - “The Iraq war faceplant damaged the reputation of the press. Russiagate just destroyed it.” A very detailed article covering every Russiagate story hyped by the media, which later was shown to be false - they all were.


Intercept: Terrorism’s Double Standard: Violent Far-Right Extremists Are Rarely Prosecuted as Terrorists


Intercept: Glenn Greenwald Eviscerates The Atlantic’s False Article Attempting to Shame Bernie and His Speech Writer - There is no limit to the depths that corporate Dems will stoop to wound the Sanders campaign with outright lies.


3/22/19


Credo: Women Shame Male Senators For Advancing Forced Pregnancy Bill in GA


3/20/19


Onion: Biden Pulls Off Dusty Tarp Covering Old Campaign Motorcycle - Sorry, couldn’t help it. Hilarious.


3/19/19


Democracy-NOW: Trump Bars ICC Officials Investigating War Crimes - an action previously reserved for tin-pot, 3rd world despots...It’s clear that the last 3 presidents have routinely engaged in war crimes, and Here. All 3 should be living in the Hague along with Ratko.


3/15/19


McClatchy: Why Sanders is the Only Candidate Going Directly After Trump


3/13/19


Intercept: Kamala Harris Celebrates Her Role In the Mortgage Crisis Settlement. The Reality is Quite Different. - She participated in helping the banks. A detailed recap of all that’s happened and Harris’ bit part in the whole drama. She should be apologizing, not celebrating herself.


Democracy-NOW: A Look at the Legacy of Joe Biden - An opponent of busing in the 70’s, he constantly pushed for harsher sentences for all crimes in the 80’s and 90s, even teaming up with Strom Thurmond at one stage. In 1991 he played a pivotal role, by virtue of his scornful questioning of Anita Hill, in the nomination of Clarence Thomas, the most right wing justice of the current Supreme Court. He also recently stated the famous words of the 2016 Clintonites: “Anybody can beat Donald Trump.”


3/12/19


Vox: Trump Said He Wouldn’t Cut Medicaid, Social Security or Medicare. His 2020 Budget Cuts All Three


3/8/19


Democracy-NOW: Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words - “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country. I want to ask: Why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA, of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policy? “ For that the old guard democraps call her anti-semitic. That’s how strong the grip of AIPAC is on them.


3/6/19


BAR: Russiagate and Democratic Defeat


Salon: The Real Motivation Behind the Anti-Abortion Movement


3/5/19


Intercept: GOP and Democrat Politicians Are Gaslighting Us About Ilhan Omar’s Anti-Semitism - A compilation of incidents of true anti-semitism from her accusers.


Vox: T-Mobile Admits It Spent $195,000 At Trump Hotel While Merger Awaits Government Approval - Unlike any president before him, Trump blatantly uses his office for personal gain, because he knows he can get away with it.


3/4/19


NYTimes: Disputed NSA Phone Program is Shut Down, Aide Says - Don’t you believe it.


3/2/19


New Yorker: Why Measles is a Quintessential Political Issue of Our Time - The British gastroenterologist who proposed the now long-ago debunked hypothesis that preservatives in the MMR vaccine cause autism, has lost his license to practice medicine, but the theory persists. Why?


2/28/19


NYTimes: How AOC Won the Cohen Hearing - “I know what Mr. Trump is. He is a racist. He is a con man. He is a cheat


FB: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Masterfully Exposes Trump’s Tax Fraud


RayMcGovern.com: Sorry Russia-gaters; Wikileaks Got the DNC Emails From An Insider, Not Russia - McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years. For the last 10 years of that time he chaired the National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President’s Daily Brief, and received the Intelligence Commendation Medal at his retirement, which he returned in 2006. In 2003, he confronted Donald Rumsfeld in a news conference about his lies regarding weapons of mass destruction during the build up to the Iraq war. So he’s got creds. No matter what your position on this question, his article is valuable for its links regarding the evidence for who actually leaked the DNC emails to Wikileaks.


UN: Gaza Probe Finds ‘Reasonable Grounds’ Israel Committed Violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and Democracy-NOW


2/24/19


UK Guardian: ‘You’re Fired!’ America Has Already Terminated Trump - Lots of great factoids in this short article. One it missed: The Republican tax cut, which will add $2T to the US deficit, but gives most people a zero to tiny, temporary cut, will give Trump a $23 Million permanent cut.


2/22/19


Robert Reich: While Millions of Americans See Their Refunds Shrink, Large Corporations Are Filing for Massive Refunds - US Steel $303M, GM $104M, Amazon $129M, Goodyear $15M. Socialism for the rich.


2/21/19


NYTimes: China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Enterprise - This is why people who don’t care that we now have universal surveillance because they don’t have anything to hide, are wrong. In this case, under the guise of rooting out terrorists, China is targeting at least one political group for persecution and incarceration. Think it can’t happen here?


2/15/19


Jamaica Global: Kamala Harris’ Father Slams Her for Perpetuating False Jamaican Stereotypes


2/12/19


NBC News: Senate Has Uncovered No Direct Evidence of Conspiracy Between Trump Campaign and Russia


2/11/19


Onion: Ilhan Omar Thankful For Colleagues Educating Her on Painful History AIPAC Lobbyists Have Had to Endure


2/10/19


NYTimes: Majority of French People Support the Yellow Vest Movement


2/8/19


Science: Controversial Experiments That Could Make Bird Flu More Risky Poised to Resume


2/7/19


BAR: HR 1’s Purpose: Cut Funding for Any 3rd Party and Sic HRS onto True Investigative Journalism


2/6/19


Intercept: Trump Headlines a Benefit Concert for Imperialism - ...and Democrats in Congress cheer him on. As the media goes crazy over the raid on Roger Stone, whistleblower Reality Winner remains incarcerated.


Democracy-NOW: Brett Kavanaugh’s Presence on SOTU Represents Failure of US Democracy


1/30/19


AJC: Firm’s Close Ties to Georgia Stir Concerns About Voting System Purchase


1/24/19


Matt Taibbi: The Annual ‘Misremembering Dr. King’ Editorials Roll In - They all leave out the fact that he said  the US government was “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” He spoke out repeatedly against extreme materialism. That never gets mentioned on MLK day.


1/23/19


Democracy-NOW: LA School Teachers Return to Work With New Contract Essentially Meeting All of Their Original Demands


1/22/19


The Onion: Kamala Harris Assembles Campaign Staff of Unpaid California Prison Workers - ...whom she originally convicted as CA AG.


1/19/19


NYTimes: Time to Break the Silence on Palestine - In honor of MLK Day.


1/18/19


USA Today: Mueller Disputes BuzzFeed Story About Trump Directing Cohen’s False Testimony


1/17/19


The Ghion Journal: The Diversity Hustle - One of the most insightful articles I’ve read in a very long time. We’re all getting hustled. It’s easy to see when it’s the other side. But we are simultaneously falling for the same gag, just in a different outfit. Also, some great links in this article.


Identity politics is nothing but a diversity hustle, For the record, it’s not only Democrats who use this scam to get elected, Republicans deploy the same game of grievance and feigned concern to wield power and dupe their constituents. After all, Trump got elected President by treading on the hopes and frustrations of his supporters the same way that Barack Obama hoodwinked his believers.”


“Sadly, this dubious ruse keeps working every election cycle. The first black president ended up being nothing more than a puppet of banks and Wall Street, the first woman Secretary of State ended up being another warmongering maniac, the first Muslim Congressman did nothing to ameliorate the plight of the poor and oppressed, the first transsexual representative will just fall in line and be another reliable vote of neoliberalism. Establishment voices use identity to hide the insidious policies that are being pushed by both parties, amazingly countless Americans keep falling for this bullshit.


Victims of US imperialism ought to consider it a privilege to be starved/attacked/bombed by the most diverse group of women in Congress. #IntersectionalImperialism https://t.co/uXm47RecJr

— S. Khan (@SameeraKhan) January 4, 2019



1/16/19


BAR: Kamala Harris Destroyed Black Lives


1/14/19


Matt Taibbi: Return of the Neocons


UK Daily Mail: US Amasses Wikileaks Data in Preparation of Arresting Julian Assange - This is pay-back for the release of DNC emails. Banishing The Truth


1/13/19


CREDO: Why Bob Barr Should Not Be Attorney General - An interesting list of links at the bottom.


1/11/19


Ballot Access: Stein Campaign Wins Court Ruling on Whether, After Examining Wisconsin Voting Software, She Is Free to Criticize It - ES&S (formerly Diebold) attempted to gag all criticism of its faulty machines. They failed. Georgia uses the same DRE (direct-recording electronic) machines and software as Wisconsin.


The Atlantic: Kamala Harris’s Political Memoir is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era - Poor title, great article. Harris has great twitter skills, but little else. She keeps repeating the same politically correct anecdotes, but her very aggressive ‘prison for profit’ prosecutorial record as the AG of California does not, match her current rhetoric.

From the article:

“Under District Attorney Kamala Harris, the overall felony-conviction rate in San Francisco rose from 52 percent in 2003 to 67 percent in 2006, the highest seen in a decade. Many of the convictions accounting for that increase stemmed from drug-related prosecutions, which also soared, from 56 percent in 2003 to 74 percent in 2006. As California’s attorney general, Harris pushed a punitive initiative that treated truancy among elementary schoolers as a crime for which parents could be jailed. In 2014, she attempted to block the release of nonviolent second-strike offenders from overcrowded state prisons on the grounds that their paroling would result in prisons losing an important labor pool.

The following year, she defended the California state prosecutor Robert Murray after he falsified a defendant’s confession that was used to threaten a sentence of life in prison, and sided with state prison leaders in contesting a transgender inmate’s bid for gender-confirmation surgery. Twice in 2016, she brought criminal charges related to human trafficking against Backpage.com, an online classified website frequently used by sex workers, and later, as a senator, she co-sponsored federal bills that led to the site’s seizure, a move that sex workers and activists said threatens their survival.”

Her ‘prison for profit’ record as AG does not square with her current rhetoric advocating for Black Lives Matter and against mass incarceration. And while now she is a big advocate for marijuana legalization, she “literally laughed it off in 2014.”

1/10/19


BAR: Ocasio-Cortez, Socialism, War and Austerity - “The truth is, what passes for socialism, thanks to Bernie Sanders and others, is actually New Deal liberalism, programs designed to save capitalism from itself by distributing some benefits and services to the masses. But the Lords of Capital decades ago threw down the gauntlet and swept the crumbs for the masses off the table, decreeing austerity forever and allocating ever-higher proportions of the federal budget to the military.”



1/9/19


Democracy-NOW: Sanders Debunks Trump Lies -

Trump still says Mexico will pay for the wall. Fact: American taxpayers will pay for the wall.

Trump says thousands of terrorists are coming across the southern border. Fact: Per Trump’s State Dept. “there is no credible evidence that international terrorist groups have sent operatives via Mexico into the United States.”

Trump says ex-Presidents have told him that they should have built the wall. Fact: All four living Presidents have stated that is not so.

Trump said that we need the wall to prevent heroin, fentanyl, and other legal drugs from entering the country. Fact: Trump’s DEA has said that the most common method that drug cartels send illegal drugs into the US is through legal ports of entry using passenger cars.

Trump simply wants to create crisis, chaos and fear, and then use that chaos to impose measures that he favors, the Bush Doctrine all over again and the same techniques used by dictators around the world for centuries.


Naomi Klein wrote in her book The Shock Doctrine about a recurrent metaphor of shock, and she claimed in an interview that the Bush administration continued to exploit a "window of opportunity that opens up in a state of shock", followed by a comforting rationale for the public, as a form of social control.”


1/5/19


NYTimes: AOC and the Economics of Soaking the Rich - Krugman lost all credibility with his “Whitewater Down” column, in which he stated that “the NSA stuff is just a policy dispute.” But here he objectively argues for higher taxes on the rich from a strictly economics point of view.


American Herald Tribune: Clinton Crony Says Bernie Supporters Must be Silenced for 2020


Intercept: US Senate’s First Bill of 2019 Is A Bipartisan Defense of the Israeli Government From Boycotts - ...thus ignoring the First Amendment of the US Constitution.


NYTimes: Middle-Class Shame Will Decide Where America is Headed


1/3/19


The Hill: Top Finance Dem Reintroduces Bill That Would Require Trump to Release His Tax Returns


1/2/19


BAR: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World - Haiti (repeatedly for over 200 years), the Philippines, Russia (1996), Honduras (repeatedly, especially 2009), Guatemala (1954), Democratic Republic of the Congo (1960), Vietnam, Brazil (1964), Chile (1973), Nicaragua,  are just some of the countries in which the USA has intervened. Truly, we live in a rogue state. Puts the ‘Russiagate’ think is perspective.


12/29/18


UK Guardian: ‘The World is Diminished by the Death of Amos Oz, It Has Narrowed Down’


12/24/18


Truthdig: Chris Hedges: Banishing Truth - “The Obama administration charged eight people under the Espionage Act of leaking to the media—Thomas Drake, Shamai Leibowitz, Stephen Kim, Chelsea Manning, Donald Sachtleben, Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou and Edward Snowden—effectively ending the vital connection between investigative reporters and sources inside the government.


This government persecution has, by default, left the exposure of government lies, fraud and crimes to hackers. And this is the reason hackers, and those who publish their material such as Julian Assange at WikiLeaks, are relentlessly persecuted. The goal of the corporate state is to hermetically seal their activities, especially those that violate the law, from outside oversight or observation. And this goal is very far advanced.


There is a species of reporter you can see on most cable news programs and on the floor of the newsrooms at papers such as The New York Times who make their living as courtiers to the powerful. They will, at times, critique the excesses of power but never the virtues of the systems of power, including corporate capitalism or the motivations of the ruling elites. They detest reporters, like Hersh, whose reporting exposes their collusion.”


Hedges calls them hackers. The word whistleblowers is more appropriate. Hackers are not out to expose the truth, but to cause damage and hurt others. Whistleblowers expose the truth and help people understand what is really going on in their world.


12/22/18


Intercept: Keep Your Eyes on the Narcissist: Trump’s Antics Are Driven by Fear of Mueller


12/21/18


Robert Reich: Trump’s End


12/20/18


The Atlantic: Text of James Mattis’s Letter of Resignation


UK Guardian: Beto O’Rourke’s Congressional Voting Record Totally in Alignment With...Republicans - He’s a member of the pro-business New Democrat Coalition. He is backed by Neera Tanden.

From the article:

O’Rourke has voted for GOP bills that his fellow Democratic lawmakers said reinforced Republicans’ anti-tax ideology, chipped away at the Affordable Care Act (ACA), weakened Wall Street regulations, boosted the fossil fuel industry and bolstered Donald Trump’s immigration policy.


Consumer, environmental, public health and civil rights organizations have cast legislation backed by O’Rourke as aiding big banks, undermining the fight against climate change and supporting Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. During the previous administration, Barack Obama’s White House issued statements slamming two GOP bills backed by the 46-year-old Democratic legislator.”


12/19/18


Intercept: Critics Say Bernie Sanders Is Too....Whatever to Run for President in 2020. We’ll See


12/17/18


Intercept: School Contractor in Texas Refuses to Sign Israeli Loyalty Oath, Loses Job


Intercept: Joe Biden on Donald Trump: “I Think Anybody Can Beat Him” - Does this not sound even remotely familiar to the idiots running the Democrapic party? I can now confidently predict that Trump will serve until 2024. The Democratic leadership is completely delusional.


12/16/18


Truthdig: A Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ - For the record, Here’s where the term and the concept originated.


12/15/18


NPR: Russia Investigations: A Case Still Unproven


12/10/18


Paste Magazine: Scrutinizing Beto O’Rourke’s Positions A Little More Closely - Turns out, he’s no more progressive than HRC. He’s has received the 2nd largest share of petrochemical industry donations in Congress. He admits that climate change is real and proposes that we go back to the nowhere-near-adequate Paris Climate Talks goals. He advocates for tweaking the ACA to get more people covered, lower premiums and lower drug costs, but see Health Reform for why that is totally inadequate and plays into the hands of the insurance industry. No mention at all about taking on the banking and finance industry. Don’t think so Beto.


12/7/18


BAR: The BAR Obituary of George H.W. Bush


12/5/18


Intercept: George H.W. Bush, American War Criminal - In addition to all this, no one has mentioned the babies on respirators story which GHWB concocted to embellish Gulf War I propaganda. What a ‘great and noble’ man.


12/4/18


Counterpunch: Imperialist in Chief: A Critical History of George H.W. Bush’s War On Iraq


12/2/18


American Herald Tribune: Mass Murder Is GHWB’s Defining Legacy - Why is the media apparently unified in one unending, mass stream of adulation for this man? Because they all did their part to promote it, and continue to do so to this day.


12/1/18


Intercept: The Ignored Legacy of George H. W. Bush - As the multitudes of talking heads all universally praise GHWB, this is the stuff they have conveniently forgotten. One of the best examples in a long time of fascist state propaganda carried out by a totally compliant media. Disgusting.


11/29/18


BAR: Jill Stein Lawsuit Forces Adoption of Paper Ballots and Election Audits in Pennsylvania - Slowly breaking free from faith-based voting machines.


11/28/18


BAR: Bernie Sanders Puts Forward a Program That Could Split the Democratic Party


11/27/18


American Herald Tribune: Pierre Omidyar: A Dangerous Billionaire-Backer of the “Resistance” - “Real progressives and radicals stand for universal healthcare, peace, jobs, and against war, mass incarceration, and mass surveillance. These are the political issues of our time that the entire ruling class stands against.” As the primary backer of “The Resistance”, Omidyar is just another pro-austerity, neo-liberal attempting to lure progressive voters into the same old Democrap ‘big-tent’ so that the empire can be stabilized while they continue to reap their $Billions and keep the working poor fighting their wars, under surveillance and stuck in their meager existence.


11/26/18


Democracy-NOW: Rev. Barber: MS Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith Jokes About Hangings. Her Policies Will Strangle the Poor. - Friday article in the Jackson Free Press and here’s more


11/23/18


Democracy-NOW: Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara


11/16/18


Intercept: As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange For Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom - “From the Pentagon Papers to the Panama Papers to the Snowden disclosures to publication of Trump’s tax returns to the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, some of the most important journalism over the last several decades has occurred because it is legal and constitutional to publish secret documents even if the sources of those documents obtained them through illicit or even illegal means.”


Democrats who support prosecution of Assange are...”willing to create a precedent that will criminalize the core function of investigative journalism because – even as they spent two years shrilly denouncing that most trivial “attacks on press freedom” – they don’t actually care about that value at all. They want to protect only the journalism that advances their political interests, while putting people behind bars who publish information that undermines their political interests. It is this authoritarian, noxious mentality that has united the worst elements of the Trump administration and the Democratic Party that pretends to find tyrannical actions objectionable but is often the leaders in defending them.”


WSWS: Ocasio-Cortez Holds Climate Change Stunt to Boost Pelosi - AOC: “One of the things that I admire so much about Leader Pelosi, is that she comes from a place of activism and organizing and she really appreciates civic engagement.”


She went on to say that should “Leader Pelosi” become the next Speaker of the House, “We need to tell her that we’ve got her back in showing and pursuing the most progressive energy agenda that this country has ever seen.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s adoration of Pelosi did not stop there. Later that day, after the photo-op with the students, Cortez tweeted at Pelosi to thank her. She commended Pelosi’s quick response to the event: “I have spoken with @NancyPelosi about how our commitments to climate change should take shape in the 116th Congress. Her office has responded quickly, and she has recommended the reinstatement of the Select Committee on Climate Change.”

In other words, a more concise accounting of the event would be as follows: Pelosi praises the protesters, Ocasio-Cortez praises Pelosi, Jacobin praises Ocasio-Cortez and concludes that the day of exchanging pleasantries in Washington represents a “qualitatively different type of leftist politics.”


11/11/18


UK Guardian: “It Hasn’t Benefited Us a Dime”: Georgia Steelworkers Verdict on Trump Tariffs


11/10/18


Intercept: Democrats Should Remember Al Gore Won in 2000 - But Lost the Presidency With a Preemptive Surrender


11/4/18


Intercept: Fox News is Poisoning America - “All it took was a few years of fierce, reckless, chauvinist, intolerant, expansionist, war-mongering propaganda to create enough hate to start the fighting among people who had lived together peacefully...for years”


Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, Ann Coulter, and on and on, along with former employees Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes,...without Fox News, in concert with Premier Networks, ultimately owned by Bain Capital (Mitt Romney’s old firm), we would never have heard any of these names.


extremist talking points may get workshopped on fringe sites, but they’re platformed on and reach the most dupes on Fox News. Never forget that Sean Hannity was literally tying Hillary Clinton to actual Satanism three days before the 2016 election.”


UK Guardian: Joseph Stiglitz: “America Should Be a Warning to Other Countries”


Intercept: Weapons Makers Rushing Campaign Cash to Democrat - The wheels of the perpetual war machine roll on, undisturbed by party affiliation. No difference.


11/3/18


UK Guardian: Trump Emoluments Case Ruling Opens Way to Financial Records - Wonder how working-class Trump voters will feel if they ever find out that the Trump tax cuts permanently saved him $20+ Million per year, while they only got tiny, temporary cuts.


11/1/18


BAR: How Thirsty and Stupid Do Stacey Abrams, Lucy McBath and Most Progressive Democrat Congressional Candidates Think We Are? - I agree with most, but not everything, that Bruce Dixon says. He always has some interesting insights.

Per Dixon:

“An even bigger problem with Lucy McBath is that like many 2018 so-called progressive Democrat congressional candidates this year, McBath is running for US Congress without a single word to say about foreign policy, except a vow of support for the apartheid state of Israel. She’s a candidate for US Congress without a word to say about the four or five countries we’re bombing or the dozens of other countries we’re deploying US special forces in or flying drones over.


Almost-a-congresswoman Lucy won’t talk to us at all about the 800 US military bases around the world which cost us about a trillion dollars a year, more than what the next nine or ten nations spend put together, and reporters don’t ask. The Republicans don’t bring it up either, a sure sign that this is something they pretty much agree on.”


She also has not a single word to say about Improved Medicare For All - preferring to stick with a passing mention of a Public Option, which would in this context add an additional layer to our current dysfunctional system, and would become a de-facto high risk pool to which all of the insurance companies would effectively dump their high cost patients. She also won’t mention free public education, a Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, an end to the war on drugs, addressing the disparity in income and wealth, getting money out of politics. Come on, a “progressive” candidate who won’t address any of these issues? Seriously?


Also, Here’s a funny segment of Trevor Noah along the same lines. Brian Kemp’s now iconic ‘round up some aliens myself’ ad starts at 3:20. Now that he is not totally pandering to old, white S. GA peanut farmers, his campaign staff won’t allow it on the air. But very funny. Hopefully that ad will never be lost.


Dixon on the 2nd amendment:

“In the real world, the Second Amendment to the US Constitution was written to guarantee that every able bodied white man was armed and ready to take part in slave patrols or Indian killing and land stealing militias. When chattel slavery mostly ended and the theft of the continent was complete, the gun industry had to find other markets and other reasons for existing, and some of what they came up with included the myths about civilians with pistols being able to hold the government accountable and more.

Similar to his statement back in March:

“...the “well regulated militia” the Second Amendment referred to was the universally armed white male population, deployed to murder and steal land from Native Americans and police the enslaved Africans.”


10/29/18


Media Matters: These Are Fox News’ Leading Advertisers


Democracy-NOW: Uncle of Trump Adviser: Synagogue Shooting is What Happens When Hate is Legitimized


10/25/18


Reuters: Chinese Spies Listen In On Trump’s Cell Phone


New Yorker: How the Media Normalizes Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric - “Trump does not have a moral or legal leg to stand on when he talks about deterring the Central American asylum seekers. But most of the media, across the political spectrum, is standing right there with him.”


10/20/18


Alternet: Saudi-Loving Corporate Media (Thomas Friedman) Run For Cover In the Wake of the Khashoggi Outrage


10/18/18


Democracy-NOW: Native Americans React to E. Warren’s DNA Test: ‘Stop Making Native People Your Political Fodder’ - Her claim may not have helped her career, but it probably did keep native American women and women of color from their opportunities in their careers.


UK Guardian: DOJ Opens Investigation Into Catholic Church in PA - Apparently over 1,000 children molested by 300+ priests. Any other organization with anything like the Catholic church’s ongoing record would be permanently banned from all society.


10/16/18


New Yorker: Elizabeth Warren Falls for Trump’s Trap - and Promotes Insidious Ideas About Race and DNA -

Per an essay by indigenous activist Rebecca Nagle: “Warren is positioning herself as a representative of people whose experience she does not share or understand. Warren has been criticized for failing to meet with Native American leaders, and she has garnered no praise from them for her legislative work. Her visibility as an ostensible Native American exacerbates the invisibility of people who have grown up and live as Native Americans. As contemporary Native Americans, we live in the space between Donald Trump and Elizabeth Warren, between the stereotypes that were created to excuse the wholesale slaughter of our people and the stereotypes that were created to excuse the wholesale appropriation of our identity and cultures. The Trumps and Warrens of the world leave very little space for us to exist—which, when you understand the history of the United States, makes perfect sense.”


This is also an excellent discussion of just how flawed the entire concept of DNA testing really is: “Warren ended up providing one of the clearest examples yet of how Trumpian rhetoric shifts the political conversation. The woman who is hoping to become the most progressive Democratic nominee in generations is not merely letting herself get jerked around by a Trumpian taunt. She is also reinforcing one of the most insidious ways in which Americans talk about race: as though it were a measurable biological category, one that, in some cases, can be determined by a single drop of blood. Genetic-test evidence is circular: if everyone who claims to be X has a particular genetic marker, then everyone with the marker is likely to be X. This would be flawed reasoning in any area, but what makes it bad science is that it reinforces the belief in the existence of X—in this case, race as a biological category. Warren’s video will hardly convince a Trump voter, who will see only a woman who feels that she has to prove something. Trump himself has already walked back his promise of a million-dollar charity donation. Warren, meanwhile, has allowed herself to be dragged into a conversation based on an outdated, harmful concept of racial blood—one that promotes the pernicious idea of biological differences among people—and she has pulled her supporters right along with her.”


What’s next, a resurgence of eugenics? Maybe Warren will volunteer to have her skull measured to disprove the next Trumpian taunt.


10/15/18


Market Watch: US Budget Deficit Balloons to $779 Billion for Fiscal Year 2018 - Per Bernie Sanders, 4 Rethuglican policies are the reason: Bush tax cuts for wealthy $488 Billion, Trump tax cuts for the wealthy $164 Billion, Wars in Iraq/Afghanistan $127 Billion, Defense increases instituted since 9/11, $156 Billion.


CNN: Elizabeth Warren Releases DNA Test With ‘Strong Evidence’ of Native American Ancestry - That’s CNN spinning the story as best it could, for a 1/64th (2%) or less portion of her ancestry. The Cherokee Nation calls the entire flap “inappropriate and wrong.” Once again, comfortable white people using them for short term advantage, but forgetting the very real needs of all Native Americans. Amir on twitter nailed it: “I don’t think I’d be trying to cash in on my Native DNA if I had been the US Senator who did absolutely NOTHING but hide when water protectors at Standing Rock were risking their lives protecting their holy land/water from being destroyed.

But you do you, Elizabeth Warren.”


10/12/18


Reuters: Georgia Lawsuit is Latest Blow in US Fight Over Voting Rights - This is just one more case of the old, white, male minority desperately attempting to illegally maintain their control over a diverse society for as long as possible. This is what leads to Brett Kavanaughs on the Whore Court.


10/11/18


Intercept: Mental Health Professionals Denounce CNN and Don Lemon’s Show for Mocking and Stigmatizing Kanye West’s Hospitalization


Sojourners: The System is Rigged - ...and what to do about it.


NYTimes: The Gloom Encroaching on Trump’s Stock Boom - Making uncertainty great again.


CBS News: Trump Reluctant to Halt Arms Sales to Saudis Over Alleged Assassination - The imperialist, neo-liberal nations, and Here, with the US in the lead, are up to their necks in the blood of Yemenis and Saudi repression. What’s one more murder? Trump simply carries on the tradition of American presidents for decades.


10/10/18


Democracy-NOW: From Iran to Palestine, Nikki Haley Put a Nice Face on Trump’s “Horrific” Policies


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


10/6/18


NYTimes: How Every Senator Voted on Kavanaugh’s Confirmation - Women who voted for him: Susan Collins (R, ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R, WV), Joni Ernst (R, IO), Deb Fischer (R, NE), Cindy Hyde Smith (R, MS), Lisa Murkowski (R, AK). Dems who voted for him: Joe Manchin (D, WV).


10/3/18


Democracy-NOW: Mental Health Experts Demand Psychological Assessment of Kavanaugh for Drinking, Instability - Yes, and while they’re at it, maybe they could take a look at Donald Trump and Lindsay Graham. Maybe get a volume discount?


10/2/18


Truthout: In Destroying Social Security, GOP Has No Plans for Elderly Americans - And as usual, main line Democrats are silent.


NYTimes: 11 Takeaways From the Time’s Investigation Into Trump’s Wealth and Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father - What a sleezeball yeg!


9/28/18


UK Guardian: Bile and Tribalism Put America’s State of Disunion in Stark Relief - “Christine Blasey Ford displayed the calm temperament of a judge, while the Supreme Court nominee lashed out.”


Disobedient Media: The Critical Difference Between Tim Canova and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Democrats have coordinated a media blitz for 2+ years pushing the Russia-ate-our-votes narrative, and yet they ignore the evidence that they engaged in vote rigging, and Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here, in New York, and Here, and Here, California, Nevada, and Arizona. Why? Hint: It’s not real Democracy that they care about. It is their rich donors.


From the article: “What we gain at minimum from Tim Canova’s tireless work is the concrete knowledge that corrupt politicians, rigged elections and the maintenance of a pro-plutocratic neoliberal status-quo will be the future of the Democratic Party. Rule by the corrupt will no longer be considered an aberration: it will have clearly become the norm.”


9/27/18


Democracy-NOW: Yale Law Students Protest Alum Brett Kavanaugh


9/26/18


Intercept: American Dissident: Noam Chomsky on the State of the Empire - “Trump may come off as a buffoon, but his global agenda is consistent with the bipartisan empire machine that runs the United States. This week on Intercepted: Famed dissident Noam Chomsky breaks down the Trump presidency; the defeat of the U.S. in Afghanistan; what he believes is a just position on Syria’s civil war; and the agenda of Vladimir Putin and Russia. He also discusses the impact of big social media companies”


UK Guardian: EU, China, Russia in Move to Sidestep US Iran Sanctions - As other countries of the world sidestep the US and the dollar, making us a weaker country overall, American corporate media continues to sell Trump’s next war with Iran. We are becoming a pariah state.


UK Guardian: Trump Mocked At UN


9/22/18


Socialist Alternative: After the Salazar Victory in New York


9/18/18


McClatchy: Ted Cruz Sides With GOP Leaders on Big Spending Bill - “Cruz’s office did not provide a comment about his support for a bill that the conservative Club for Growth, which is running ads for his re-election, said “completely ignores the trillion dollar annual and perpetual deficits that are fast approaching.

Kind of ironic for a politician who has spent his entire career crusading for a balanced budget - even going so far as shutting down the government in 2013 via his famous 21 hour filibuster.


9/11/18


Intercept: Cuomo Keeps Hiring Republicans


9/10/18


Democracy-NOW: Rise For Climate: 100’s of Thousands of Protesters in 90 Countries Rise


9/9/18


Think Progress: Brett Kavanaugh Said He Would Kill Roe v Wade and Almost No One Noticed


9/8/18


Intercept: Sean Patrick Maloney Calls Zephyr Teachout “Unhinged” For Accurately Describing His Voting Record


9/7/18


New Yorker: Trump Demands to Know Who Put “Entering Crazytown” Sign on Oval Office Door


9/5/18


Reuters: Pressley’s Win Shows Rise of Minority Candidates Among Democrats


BBC: Why the Woodward Effect Damages Trump


NYTimes: Trump Lashes Out After Reports of ‘Quiet Resistance’ By Staff - The Rethugs - with plenty of help from Blue Dog Dems - have done everything they can to make this a third world country - including appointing many ex-military to cabinet and staff positions. Can a military coup be far behind?


9/4/18


Medium: Psychic Nikki Haley: If There is A Future Weapons Attack, Assad Did It


9/3/18


Reuters: Burmese Court Jails Reuters Reporters for 7 Years - This was in retaliation for their reporting on a massacre of Rohingya people by the Burmese military. The ‘evidence’ was planted on the reporters by one group of soldiers, and they were immediately arrested by another group.


Buzzfeed: Jeff Sessions Has Kept 100,000 Pages of Kavanaugh’s Record Secret and Democracy-NOW


8/31/18


In These Times: Meet Mariah Parker, One of the Young, Radical Women of Color Rescuing the Democratic Party - Right On!


8/30/18


BAR: The Real John McCain - and Here


8/27/18


Reuters: UN: Burmese Generals Had ‘Genocidal Intent’ Against Rohingya Must Face Justice


Democracy-NOW: Setting the Record Straight on John McCain and CounterPunch


8/24/18


Democracy-Now: Reality Winner’s Reality Winner’s Sentence A Miscarriage of Justice - She was sentenced to 5 years on one count, an order of magnitude greater than any other person sentenced under the Espionage Act. The information she revealed is the same that James Mueller included in the indictment of the Russian military operatives, and also was revealed in the report issued by the Director of National Intelligence on 1/6/17, 5 months earlier than Winner passed her document to the press.


8/23/18


Democracy-NOW: White Racists Populate the White House


8/20/18


Socialist Alternative: Democratic Socialist Wave - Very short. Presents an interesting viewpoint.


UK Guardian: Trump Dares ‘Worst CIA Director’ To Sue As Security Row Deepens - On the one hand Trump is guilty of treason, and should suffer the full penalty of the law. But Brennan has a history of deceiving the American public, and Here, Here, and of supporting extraordinary rendition, torture, and Here, Here, and Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and universal surveillance, under both Bush and Obama. Later he admitted that US terror policy could create more terrorism.


Of course, what Brennen is really concerned about is loosing his gig at NBC. War mongering talking heads have a monopoly on corporate media news when it comes to US foreign policy, and Here.


I don’t know which is worse, an NYC common yegg or a war criminal who supports torture, murder and once even said that there has never been a civilian casualty as a result of US drone strikes, and Here, Here.


New Yorker: Putin Reportedly Close to Firing Giuliani - Just want to see if you’re paying attention.


8/16/18


Philadelphia Inquirer: In Defense of Third Party Candidates: Blame Those Who Didn’t Vote, Not Those Who Chose to Run - A new Pew Research study points out that 40% of eligible voters failed to cast a ballot in 2016, far higher than the percentage that voted for either Trump or Clinton.


8/14/18


NYTimes: Catholic Church Covered Up Sexual Abuse of More Than 1,000 Children in PA For Over 70 Years - Words fail.


Reuters: Boy, 11, Hacks Into Replica US Vote Website in 10 Minutes At Convention - All 35 children, ages 6 to 17, who tried, eventually hacked in. And neolibs are all in our face about the Russians.


8/9/18


Intercept: The Koch Bros. Commissioned A Survey of Americans and Found Most Like a $15 Minimum Wage, Free College and Universal Health Care


8/8/18


NYTimes: The Bad Boys Club - Too funny. Short, but read carefully.


8/7/18


Democracy-NOW: New Charlottesville Doc Exposes Neo-Nazi Leaders & Their Ties to the Military and Defense Contractors


8/6/18


The Onion: Trump Claims Eldest Son Would Probably Be Fine Doing 5 to 10 Years In Prison


7/31/18


New York Review: Flynn, Comey, and Mueller: What Trump Knew and When He Knew It


7/27/18


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky On Mass Media Obsession with Russia & the Stories Not Being Covered in the Trump Era - Chomsky nails it. 5 paragraphs.


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Spectacular” Victory & Growing Split in Democratic Party - Summary: Democratic party is in the process of splitting in two groups:


Group 1 Party base: Unapologetic, clearly articulated, New-Deal style platform: Medicare for all, tuition-free public colleges, universities and trade schools, a Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, an end to the war on drugs, addressing the disparity in income and wealth, getting money out of politics. This message is addressed to working-class poor and the working middle class to whom these ideals are significant enough to get them to the polls. Hillary had all the money she needed, but lost because she did not inspire anyone new to go to the polls. No one thought she or Trump offered anything that would directly help them.


Group 2 Donor-oriented, managerial Clintonite Democratic party bosses (essentially middle-of-the-road Rethugs). They are in control and they aren’t letting go. They will eventually destroy this party.


For 40 years, ever since Reagan, the middle class has been in decline. Real wages now are about what they were in the 60’s. There has been a large increase in overall productivity in our economy. None of it went to the middle, or working class poor. “It’s gone into a very few, extremely overstuffed pockets.”


Bureau of Labor Statistics: Real Earnings Summary: “For Production and Non-Supervisory Employees” earnings fell 0.2% over the year ending June 2018. The only workers who suffered no loss in earnings were those who worked more hours.


Bureau of Labor Statistics: The Economics Daily: Consumer Price Index Up 2.8% For Year Ending May 2018.


Conclusion: Average real hourly earnings for most Americans continue the slow, 40-year slide begun during Reagan. There are plenty of jobs out there if you want to flip burgers or wait tables. Otherwise, they’re not hiring. This is why over half of 18 to 29 year-olds reject capitalism.


These people are ripe for the messages of Group 1 candidates. 


7/25/18


Intercept: 2020 Democrats Call for Puerto Rico Debt Cancellation


Black Agenda Report: Shaun King is “All In” With the FBI and CIA - “Intelligence agencies that tell galactic lies about non-existent Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction,” setting the stage for the extermination of millions, or whose top spies brazenly (and feloniously) lie to Congress about spying on the entirety of the U.S. population, become vectors of truth when they offer “assessments” -- but no proof, whatsoever -- that Russia “meddled” in the U.S. electoral process.”


...and btw, who also lied to Congress about the Gulf of Tonkin, who told Congress and the press thousands of lies during the Viet Nam War, who lied about their roles in the 1953 overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran, and all of the democratically elected progressive governments of Central and South America, COINTELPRO, and thousands more.


7/23/18


New Yorker: AOC’s Historic Win and the Future of the Democratic Party - As per 2 separate surveys gathered by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School: 51% of people ages 18 to 29 reject capitalism. 33% support socialism. 51% are “fearful of the future.” 78% of working Americans live paycheck to paycheck - meaning they have essentially no savings. Income inequality is growing and the middle class is falling behind.


In the meantime, wealthy élites insure that their children—through expensive educations and countless other privileges—retain their status. Colossal resentment is the result, and Trump, with his preternatural skills as a TV-trained populist demagogue on the right, was able to build a movement on it...I do think we are in a crisis of late-stage capitalism, where people are working sixty, eighty hours a week and they can’t feed their families,” she said. “There is a lot that is economically dystopic in this country. So that’s why people are open to change.”


New Yorker: Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Kansas - Another crowd, this time over 4,000.


7/22/18


NBC News: Sanders’ Wing of the Party Terrifies Moderate Dems. Here’s How They Plan to Stop It - An invitation only event, sponsored by a multi-million dollar real estate developer. They might as well be Rethugs.


Quote: "I think we need a debate within the party," Delaware Gov. Jack Markell added. "Frankly, it would have been better to start the conversation earlier."


Well, Sanders attempted to start that conversation at the 2016 Dem convention when Clinton promised him that if he would endorse her, some of his suggestions would be included in the final platform. Lie, and Here. Sanders found it “inexplicable”. After Sanders gave his support, the Dem platform committee refused to support a carbon tax or any climate change proposal, and refused to support single-payer, and instead supported fracking, TPP, Israeli occupation. They only grudgingly and after much debate finally did support a minimum wage, but refused to index it to inflation.


This is just one of many examples of the duplicity of these so-called ‘middle-of-the-road’ neocons outlined in this article.


7/21/18


NYTimes: There Is A Revolution On the Left. Democrats Are Bracing. - The revolution has begun.


7/20/18


KCUR: Bernie Sanders Packs the House in Kansas City Rally for Brent Welder - “Several thousand” stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a 100+ degree conference room that had to be modified on the fly to accommodate the crowd. They came to see not only Bernie but also Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. There is a building progressive backlash in the state after Gov. Brownback and the rest of the Rethugs have plundered the state budget for the benefit of the the Koch Bros. and the very rich.


7/19/18


CNN: Israel Passes ‘Nation State’ Bill With No Mention of Equality or Minority Rights


7/18/18


Reuters: Alabama Republican Who Spurned Trump in 2016 Wins Run-off Over Trump Supporter


7/15/18


Truthdig: Farmers Hit Hard by Trade, Immigration, Biofuel Policies


7/13/18


NYTimes: 12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation - Other than naming names, there is no new information in this indictment that was not already revealed in the assessment of the Director of National Intelligence on 1/6/17. It’s a great step, but I sure hope Mueller has more up his sleeve.


7/12/18


Intercept: Andrew Cuomo’s Biggest Donors Rake in Millions From ICE - If you know someone who votes in NY, call them up and ask them who they are voting for.


Democracy-NOW: “The Old Order is Disappearing”: How Progressive Grassroots Movements Are Sweeping the UK & US - “...there is a sweeping grassroots movement which is finally taking the Democratic Party by the lapels and shaking it and saying, “Hey, guys, sticking with neoliberalism, sticking with policies which were scarcely distinguishable from those of the Republicans, is not going to cut it...”


Black Agenda Report: California Leads the Way in Resistance to the Rule of Bankers - Public banks can be a cornerstone issue for progressives because they can be used to resist investment in pipelines, private prisons, immigrant detention centers, a host of environmentally devastating projects for profit, etc. This could be a way for public money to be used for the public good rather than pampering the super-rich.


7/9/18


Democracy-NOW: From CIA-Backed Wars to Cartel Violence: Inside the Roots of the Refugee Crisis in Central America


7/6/18


Intercept: Why is Nancy Pelosi So Afraid of Socialism?


7/2/18


CNN: Americans Want to Keep Rove v. Wade, Poll Finds Ahead of Supreme Court Nomination - 63% of Americans believe in choice.


UK Guardian: Michael Cohen Hints at Flipping and Says ‘First Loyalty is to Family, Not Trump’ - If Cohen flips, then Roger Stone flips. At that point it’s a smorgasbord for Mueller. Will he pounce? We can only hope. Poor Rudi, what a dupe.






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