Further Info and Links

Bernie’s Tax Plan

Commodity.Com: Real-Time World Debt Clock - Scary!

Impeach Trump Now

SPLC: Stephen Miller: The Breitbart Emails

Kenan Thompson Explains the Whole Impeachment Process in One Succinct Phrase

“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.


Intercept: Inside the Influential Evangelical Group Mobilizing to Re-elect Trump - Trump has effectively promised this group to remake America into a right-wing theocracy similar to the one portrayed in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”


Reuters: Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade Said She Was Paid to Switch Sides - The perp, Rev. Robert Schenck, confesses and apologizes. The anti-abortion crowd will stoop to any low to push their sick propaganda. An excellent program. Be sure to watch AKA Jane Roe.


Guardian: Republicans Devote $20M and 50,000 People to Efforts to Restrict Voting - ...despite the fact that there is no evidence to support the claim that voter fraud exists.


NYTimes: EPA Opts Against Limits on Chemical Tied to Fetal Brain Damage - ...setting a precedent for future regulation of other chemicals


NYTimes How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies - Points up some examples where it is better to use Federal government bureaucrats than members of the private sector.


Guardian: No Leadership, No Plan: Is Trump About to Fail the US on Coronavirus Testing?

Guardian: Benefit of the Doubt? Joe Biden - and Allies - Face Key Questions Over Sexual Assault Claim


Visual Capitalist: The New Energy Era: The Impact of Critical Minerals on National Security


NBC News: ‘Blow to American Democracy’: Sanders’ Campaign Blasts Cancellation of NY Primary


Guardian: Trump Attack on Biden Highlights President’s Own Financial Dealings With China - It’s called emoluments. Why did the Democrats not use this during the impeachment hearings? Trump has been in clear violation of this clause since the moment he took office. Also see Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, and Here.


Guardian: South Carolina’s Republicans Gutted Public Healthcare. Then the Pandemic hit.

BBC: Disinfectant Firm Issues Warning After Trump Comments - To all Trump supporters: Ignore the lame-stream media. Do exactly what Trump says, right now before you vote!


NYTimes: Home Alone at the White House: A Sour President, With TV His Constant Companion

Media Matters: Sean Hannity Praises Mitch McConnell’s Plan to Let States Go Bankrupt Rather Than Providing Relief - Salt of the earth rural America. The people who most strongly supported Trump in 2016.

Guardian: “It’s Overhyped”: Trump Mega-Donor Pushes to End Wisconsin’s Stay-at-Home Order


Onion: Shaggy, Curly-Nailed Georgia Governor Urges Salons to Reopen


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky: Gangster in the White House


Democracy-NOW: Trump Cuts Funds forWorld Health Org as Oxfam Warns Pandemic Could Push Half a Billion Into Poverty - Condemned by almost every world leader. Profoundly hard-hearted. And he claims to be a Christian.


Truthout: Trump Says His “Authority is Total”


CNN: Reporter Grills Trump: What Did You Do For an Entire Month? - Priceless. The reporter asks a simple question. Trump begins gaslighting because he has no intention of answering the question. The reporter stays on topic, no matter what the gas-lighter does to change the focus of the discussion. Text book on how to handle a gas-lighter.

Dissent: The Nationalist Roots of White Evangelical Politics - Partly behind a pay-wall. Still has some good points: “The problem with today’s evangelicals, said Galli in response to the negative reception of his editorial, is their “widespread ignorance” and “ethical naïveté.”

Evangelical historian Thomas Kidd has even questioned their religious credentials: “I suspect that large numbers of these people who identify as ‘evangelicals’ are really just whites who watch Fox News and consider themselves religious.

The faithful...avoid extremes when they attend church regularly and adhere to orthodox theology. When these practices break down, chaos and crisis await.

White evangelicals, according to this perspective, have substituted the real truth of the gospels for an exclusionary religious nationalism. The absence of a deeper theological and spiritual foundation contributes to a sense of grievance and resentment.”


Guardian: Robert Reich: America’s Billionaires Are Giving to Charity - But Most of it is Self-Serving - Per the article: Bezos recently gave 11 days income ($100 m) to food banks, but still drives his warehouse employees like slaves. Walmart just hired 100,000 workers, but still provides no Covid-19 protection for them, and several have died. E. Musk rejects sheltering as a strategy. All the billionaires’ contributions combined are a small percentage of the trillions that the federal government has already spent.

NYTimes: ‘There Will Be Losses’: How A Captain’s Plea Exposed a Rift in the Military - A couple more years of Trump and the USA will have no way to defend itself. I’m sure the Chinese and the Russians are watching this with glee.


Guardian: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Coronavirus: Women - It’s hard to argue with reality.


Medium: Prepare for the Ultimate Gaslighting - Extremely thought-provoking.

Guardian: Trump’s Poll Numbers Dip Over Handling of Coronavirus Pandemic


Guardian: In Shadow of Pandemic, Trump Seizes Opportunity to Push Through His Agenda

Common Dreams: A Mother in ICE Detention Pleads for Her Life


Guardian: Bernie Sanders: We Can’t Rely on Trump. Congress Must Lead the Way In This Unprecedented Crisis


Reuters: Trump Removes Top Coronavirus Watchdog, Widens Attack on Inspectors General


Guardian: Coronavirus is Revealing How Broken America’s Economy Really Is


Guardian: ‘Trump is Killing His Own Supporters’ - Even White House Insiders Know It


NBC News: Trump Administration’s Lack of Coherent Strategy Will Cost Lives

DSA: We Demand a Covid-19 Response That Puts People Over Profits


NBC News: America’s Stunning Unemployment Surge, Visualized


Socialist Alternative: Stimulus Package: Corporate Robbery Disguised as Coronavirus Relief

NYTimes: Problems in FBI Wiretap Applications Go Beyond Trump Aide Surveillance, Review Finds - “systemic incompetence”, “systematic sloppiness” An audit last year brought out many of these issues, and the FBI promised to do better. The FBI spokesman in the current case promised to do better as well. What is this, high school after class detention?


George Conway (Kellyanne’s husband): For Trump Supporters Let Me Make One Thing VERY Clear - Priceless!


CNN: Fact Check: Trump Makes Another Round of Misstatements During Coronavirus Briefing - State of Washington NPR station refuses to air briefings because they are so full of c**p.


Democracy-Now: Democrats Roll Over as Congress Passes $2 Trillion Pandemic Bill That Could Become a $10 Trillion Corporate Coup


Socialist Alternative: World Recession Marks the Beginning of a New Era - The capitalist system continues to stagger from wild boom to incapacitating bust, like a drunk sailor staggering down Main St. This is what happens when good people stay silent.

CleanTechnica: Nature is Trying To Tell Us Something. Is Anybody Listening?


W. Post: Smartphone Data Reveal Which Americans Are Social Distancing Or Not - Data is collected from “games, shopping and utility apps and marketers...Google also collects where we go”, as well as Facebook’s Instagram.


Intercept: Sen. Richard Burr Sold Off Stocks After Coronavirus Briefing, Just as He Did Right After 9/11 Briefing on Un-Constitutional Domestic Spying - Four other Senators in that briefing did so as well: Dianne Feinstein, James Inhofe, David Perdue, and Kelly Loeffler - in a direct violation of the Stock Act, and numerous insider trading laws. Pre-Trump they would all have had to step down from the Senate, and face prosecution. “Only suckers follow the rules.”


Like the Dew: Seniors - Vote Your True Interests - Short article with a very interesting graph at the end regarding the federal debt between 2004 - projected 2030.


Intercept: Silicon Valley Super PAC Fueled Elizabeth Warren With $14 Million - ...and what was all that about EW’s opposition to super-PAC donations?

Washington Post: US Intelligence Reports From January and February Warned About a Likely Pandemic - Trump ignored them.

Dissent: It Doesn’t Have to Be a War -

The Penn Central bailout of 1970 and Nixon’s 1971 price and wage controls are two of the central events of modern U.S. economic history, and they were both carried out through the provisions of legislation originally intended to build industrial capacity for Cold War rearmament.

In this closed loop, any domestic economic policy can be interpreted as a defense measure, and any defense measure can be thought of as economic policy.

Pentagon officials and bipartisan members of the defense establishment in Washington are only interested in perpetuating their own power.

Instead of indulging in rationalizations, it is time to motivate our economic planning in terms of solidarity and compassion, not defense against shadowy enemies. Worth noting: Obama Defense Secretary Ash Carter, proudly shared the 2016 Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award with Dick Cheney

The alternative we need today might look more like the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which began in 1935, outside of a war context, as part of the New Deal. In its eight years of existence, the WPA employed 8.5 million workers on useful public works.

We can also look to a more radical current of New Deal thought, characterized by the slogan “production for use.” In these proposals, the government would put unemployed people and industrial plants to work to produce consumer goods, which would then be provided cheaply or for free to those in need. The production of canned food was a poignant example in the 1930s, when fields of crops lay rotting while unemployed and hungry workers stood by idly.”


Truthdig: These Are the 51 GOP Senators Who Voted Against Paid Sick Leave to Protect Americans


Guardian: How Trump Changed His Tune On Coronavirus Again, Again...and Again


Guardian: ‘We Have a Responsibility’: Fox News Declares Coronavirus a Crisis in Abrupt U-Turn


Guardian: Russian-Led Troll Network Based in West Africa Uncovered - Facebook again


AJC: 560,000 Purged From Voter Registration Rolls in GA - #VoterSuppression


Democracy-NOW: Biden Wins, Sanders Lags: Naomi Klein & Alicia Garza on Calls to Shut Down Primaries and Debates - Joe Biden “is associated with all of the neoliberal baggage of the Democratic Party, a candidate who has lied repeatedly, who is confused repeatedly.” The DNC is doing everything it can to keep Joe Biden away from a microphone.

The Intercept: Democratic Voters Played Pundit in Picking Joe Biden. History Suggests They Are Really Bad At That - A review of all of the times rank and file Democrats have ignored their hearts, and picked the candidate they were told was ‘electable.’ “The real risk of a Biden nomination might not be that he could lose to Trump — though that is certainly plausible — but that he will beat Trump, fail to deliver, and open the door for a fascist who actually knows what he’s doing. Playing it safe is going to get us all killed.”


Intercept: We Need to Talk About Joe - Biden’s handlers were very careful to minimize his time in front of the camera during the primaries, but now that he’s up against Trump, Biden is not going to fare well.

Reuters: Biden Snaps At Michigan Auto Worker Over Guns, Curses Him - The more Biden gets in front of a microphone, the worse he sounds.


Current Affairs: Democrats, You Really Do Not Want to Nominate Joe Biden - Written just before Sanders suspended his campaign. Sirota on Biden

NYTimes: Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups


Intercept: Warren Should Endorse Sanders If She is to Be True to Her Self-Proclaimed Mission

Media Matters: Finally Asked About Firing Pandemic Leadership, Trump Rambles Meaninglessly


Guardian: California and Texas Voters Faced Hours, Long Lines on Super Tuesday - Odd, the two states where Bernie was supposed to well. #VoterSuppression

Mother Jones: Bernie Sanders’ Revolution Sputtered On Super Tuesday. His Supporters Think They Know Why.

Onion: Biden Says Incredible Comeback Proves He Can Beat Progressive Democrat In the General Election


Reuters: Sanders Asks Court to Keep Los Angeles County Polls Open After Voting Delays - #VoterSuppression


Guardian: Texas Closes Hundreds of Polling Sites, Making it Harder for Minorities to Vote - #VoterSuppression

Intercept: Democrats Craving a Brokered Convention - Including Elizabeth Warren - Should Remember the Lessons of 1968 - “The Democratic establishment is rapidly snapping into line behind Biden like the sheep that they are, falling all over themselves to endorse him now that he won his first state in 30 years of running for president.”

“Those are, instead, the actions of party establishment apparatchiks who far prefer to lose to Trump and endure four more years of his presidency than lose their monopoly over the apparatus of an out-of-power Democratic Party and all the consulting contracts, funding opportunities, and lobbyist openings that go along with it.”

Must read.


Clamoring For Change: America is Overdue for a Revolution

Fair: Media Stoop to ‘Russian Assistance’ to Explain Sanders’ Rise - some great links here


Socialist Alternative: The (un)Democratic Party: Why We Need A New Working Class Party


NYTimes: Democrapic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders... despite the fact that we now have empirical evidence about what happens when the Democraps continually opt to be the ‘lesser of two evils’: Donald Trump. I’m beginning to think this headline in the Onion might be right on the mark, or possibly that winning the 2020 race for president is not really all that important to the DNC.

ISA: The (un)Democratic Party. Why We Need a New Working Class Party


Intercept: Everything We Were Told About Bernie Sanders Was Wrong


Yes Magazine: We’ve Got a Better World in Mind


FAIR: Factchecking NPR’s Attempted Takedown of Bernie Sanders - Apparently Mara Liasson and Mary Louise Kelly are gaslighting for Trump. Who knew?

Guardian: Bloomberg Plunges Into New Controversy As Race and Gender Comments Surface


Intercept: NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Submits Clemency Petition With 4,000 Letters of Support


CBS Sunday Morning Editorial: Charlotte Adler on Young Voters and “Socialism” - She completely explains the appeal and rationale of Democratic Socialism in 2 min 36 sec.


NYTimes: Bloomberg’s Billions: How the Candidate Built an Empire of Influence - Bloomberg is worth over $60 Billion, and has spent $400 Million of his own money on this campaign. Interesting the number of so-called liberal institutions (DNC, Center for American Progress, Emily’s List, etc., and plenty of examples in the article) that are willing to completely ignore Bloomberg’s oft spoken contempt for the #MeToo movement, and his extreme right-wing approach to law enforcement and mass incarceration the moment he hands them a $6 Million check.

Common Dreams: UN Publishes List of Companies Profiting From Israel’s Illegal Settlements


Socialist Alternative: What’s the Difference Between Socialist Alternative and DSA? - “Socialism cannot exist without democracy. We don’t believe that top-down authoritarian Stalinist regimes were or are socialist. The current system where the economy is in private hands, and run on the basis of profit as opposed to human need, is the root cause of society’s problems...”As AOC herself has raised, all elected officials who seek to represent working people will come under ferocious pressure from the capitalist class. Therefore it is imperative that left-wing elected officials be democratically accountable to the workers movement. This is one of the reasons we advocate forming a new broad party representing workers interests, a process which DSA could help catalyze. To withstand the pressures of the capitalist political system, a strong counterweight is necessary – no matter how principled an individual socialist may be.”

Democracy-NOW: Corporate Media is Directly Profiting From Mike Bloomberg’s Rise As He Spends Fortune on TV Ads - Reminds me of the ‘Trump is bad for America, but great for CBS’ from 2016. Oligarchs all think alike.

Yahoo: Alabama Lawmaker Responds to Abortion Ban With Mandatory Vasectomy Bill: ‘It Takes Two to Tango’


Democracy-NOW: Bloomberg’s Too Little, Too Late Stop and Frisk Apology Tour

Associated Press: MIT: Hackers Could Alter Ballots in Widely Used Voting App


Democracy-NOW: Journalist Who Exposed Bloomberg’s Racist Defense for Targeting Black & Brown Youth


Guardian: Love the Billionaire Bucks Flooding US 2020 Elections? Thank Charles Koch - The numbers are stunning.


Guardian: Trump Unleashed: What’s Next For a President Who Feels Invincible?


Truthdig: They’re Going to Try to Steal California From Sanders (Again)

Guardian: Taunts, Groans and Walkouts: Trump Stokes Division With Cascade of Lies


Guardian: Smartphone App At Center of Iowa Debacle

Wired: The Iowa Caucus Tech Meltdown Is a Warning - All software has bugs. In this case Iowa’s underlying data had a paper backup, so the results are not in question. It was really just an annoying reporting issue. But many states, including mine, have no paper backup. In those cases there is no verifiability, and no way to do a recount. It’s just ‘trust us, we know what we’re doing.’


Democracy-NOW: As Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Iowa Caucus, DNC Under Fire for Changing Rules to Help Bloomberg

Truthdig: Chris Hedges: America: Land of Make-Believe - Poor people of color can get no justice. Jesus did not tell you that he wants you to be rich, or to annihilate Muslims, or to condemn homosexuality and abortion . One-sided annihilations of women and children in impoverished countries are not great American victories. Wholesale surveillance of Americans, the revocation of due process and having the world’s largest prison population are not signs of liberty, freedom and justice. Having an inept, vulgar con-artist as president is not the sign of a country that is the leader of the free world and a beacon of democracy. Formalizing an apartheid state in Israel is not a peace plan. Having 3 men that control more wealth than the bottom 50% of Americans, is not the sign of a meritocracy or a land of opportunity. Torturing kidnap victims in foreign countries, ripping children from their parents arms and then putting them in foul and putrid warehouses, and gunning down unarmed citizens by militarized police, do not make us examples of human rights.

But our government and its lackey press would have you think so.

“Victory is speaking the truths the ruling elites seek to silence.”

Onion: DNC Mulls Asking Donald Trump to Run As A Democrat In Effort to Stop Sanders


NBC News: John Kerry Overheard Discussing Possible 2020 Bid Amid Concerns of ‘Sanders Taking Down the Democratic Party’

Guardian: Robert Reich: Why Democrats Share the Blame For the Rise of Donald Trump - This is the most correct assessment of our current political climate. So I recommend that you skip the synopsis and read the article.

Synopsis: “The most powerful force in American politics today continues to be anti-establishment fury at a rigged system.

There is no longer a left or right. There’s no longer a moderate “center”. There’s either Trump’s authoritarian populism or democratic – small “d” – populism.

Democrats cannot defeat authoritarian populism without an agenda of radical democratic reform, an anti-establishment movement. Democrats must stand squarely on the side of democracy against oligarchy.

They must form a unified coalition of people of all races, genders, sexualities and classes, and band together to unrig the system. Trump is not the cause of our divided nation. He is the symptom of a rigged system that was already dividing us. It’s not enough to defeat him. We must reform the system that got us here in the first place.”

Me: And there is only one Democratic presidential candidate who gets this, but as in 2016, the DNC will do whatever it has to do to prevent him from getting their nomination. As a result, Trump will get 4 more years. Sad.


Guardian: Health Experts: US Underprepared for Coronavirus Due to Trump Cuts


Democracy-NOW: Mehdi Hasan: Trump’s Middle East Plan is a Policy of Apartheid and Settler Colonialism

BAR: Negros For Bloomberg


Democracy-NOW: Trump’s Expansive Claims of Executive Privilege Post “Very Serious Constitutional Crisis” - I have to point out that what Bush did, and Democrats rightly complained about so loudly, in terms of invading and destroying foreign countries without cause, universal, warrant-less surveillance at home and abroad, rendition, and drone murders on foreign soil, was only expanded under Obama. And then Democrats went silent. This has set the stage for Trump. If Bush and Obama had not been permitted by Congress’ inaction, and citizen silence, then this wouldn’t be happening. Don’t listen to what they say. Only watch what they do.

Guardian: Knock Down the House Review


Intercept: Joe Biden Lied About His Record on Social Security

Guardian: ‘I Really Hope She Is the Future’: AOC’s Support for Sanders Fuels 2024 Speculation

Forbes: Kelly and Pompeo: How a Journalist Masterfully Combated Gaslighting


Intercept: Lindsey Graham Is the Most Shameless Man In American Politics

Guardian: Hillary Clinton is Still Trying to Sell Herself As A Feminist Icon


NYTimes: The Saudi Connection: Inside the 9/11 Case That Divided the FBI - fascinating


Intercept: How the Transformative Power of Solidarity Will Beat Trump


ABC: Hillary Clinton on Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Nobody Likes Him’ - In 2016, Bernie took an oath to support the eventual Democratic nominee even if it wasn’t him. When the primaries were over, he endorsed her and actively supported and campaigned for her. He even used some of his leftover campaign funds to help her. In return, Hillary originally promised to put some of his delegates on the platform committee and incorporate some of his views into it. Then she broke her promise and instituted a scorched earth policy. She did not incorporate any of his people or his views and for that reason we now have Donald Trump. I don’t know why anyone even listens to her anymore. Now look what she does. I am sooooo glad I did not vote for this woman. I did vote for a woman, just not that woman.


Sacramento Bee: Devin Nunes’ Ukraine Lies Are a Betrayal. Voters in His District Deserve Better. - Ouch! That’s gotta hurt. Just an example of what Rethugs are facing at home.


BAR: MLK and the Black Misleadership Class - The day after King’s birthday, the Oakland Swat team continues


Jacobin: Social Security and Medicare Are Not Safe With Joe Biden


NYTimes: Buckle Up For Another Facebook Election

Guardian: Kentucky Republicans Push Restrictive Voting Law After Landmark Democratic Win


NYMag: What Will Happen to the Trump Toadies? - Vichy Republicans, very much like Vichy French.

Democracy-NOW: “The Great Hack”: Big Data Firms Helped Sway the 2016 Elections. Could it Happen Again in 2020? - See also this TED talk (first 12:27) and Carol Cadwalladr’s explanatory article. From these articles: A few billionaires have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to find some of the smartest people in the world, pay them to create algorithms that identify the “persuadables” in swing states, and then bombard them with just the right messages to make them click on total propaganda pieces. These few billionaires now effectively control our elections. We have a lot more to worry about from Facebook than ‘the Russians’.


Intercept: Can Bernie Sanders Alter the Course of the Democratic Party?


Socialist Alternative: How Can Bernie Win? Getting Organized to Build the Movement For Socialism - In 2016 Bernie apparently believed Hillary when she said that if he would endorse her, she would incorporate his ideas and supporters into her election campaign. Bernie was “stunned” by the corporate media (read CNN, MSNBC) blackout, and by her when she took his campaign funds, used none of his ideas and Here, and kicked all of his supporters to the side of the road, and Here, and Here. This article presents a better plan for 2020.

Politics 2019