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Weekend of March 9-11, 2018

New Mexico Republicans Want Catholic Church Official Punished for Calling Them Racist. ... Allen Sanchez told the truth and the GOP can't handle it.  AlterNet  

The Current Onset of Climate Tipping Points.  CounterPunch  

The Arctic Is Melting Down as the Antarctic Food Chain Is Breaking  TruthOut  

Are You Listening, America?  TruthDig  

Ben Carson Removes Anti-Discrimination Language From HUD Mission Statement
It will no longer reference “inclusive” communities “free from discrimination.”  HuffPost  

Oil and Gas Industry's 2017 Suing Spree Could Set Speech-Chilling Precedents. Desmog  

Is MSNBC Now the Most Dangerous Warmonger Network?  TruthDig  

Schumer Denounced for 'Absolutely Disgusting' AIPAC Speech. ... "At AIPAC, Democrats try to outdo Trump in their devotion to Israel's oppression of Palestinians."  CommonDreams  

Congress Celebrates 10th Anniversary of the Financial Crash by Moving to Roll Back Financial Regulations. Medium  

Congress is getting ready to demolish Dodd-Frank banking regulations. ... Thirteen Democrats are on board with the maneuver.  ThinkProgress  

Dems Team Up with GOP to Weaken Bank Rules, Which Critics Say May Lead to More Bailouts & Misconduct. DemocracyNow  

'The Charade Is Over': CBO Reveals Democrat-Backed Bill Really Just Big Gift to Wall Street. ... "The Wall Street crash of 2008 showed the American people how fraudulent many of these large banks are. The last thing we should be doing is deregulating them." CommonDreams  


This Is The Daily Stormer’s Playbook
A leaked style guide reveals they’re Nazis about grammar (and about Jews  HuffPost

Watch: Florida Republican tells colleagues that ‘thoughts and prayers’ are the only defense against evil. RawStory  

California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections. TruthDig  

The Making of an American Nazi. ... How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?  The Atlantic  

The Moneyman Behind the Alt Right. ... He Spent Almost 20 Years Funding The Racist Right. It Finally Paid Off. BuzzFeed  

Birth of a White Supremacist. ... Mike Enoch’s transformation from leftist contrarian to nationalist shock jock. The New Yorker  

Alt-White - How the Breitbart Machine Laundered Racist Hate. ... Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream.  BuzzFeed  

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof.  GQ  

March 8, 2018
Political Tribalism: Why the Right is So Successful. CounterPunch  

The New Blacklist. ... Russiagate may have been aimed at Trump to start, but it's become a way of targeting all dissent. RollingStone  

Republicans vote to block resolutions on Trump's tax returns. The Hill  

Lawmakers Seek Investigation Of Al Jazeera Amid Israel Documentary Controversy. ... The channel secretly filmed lawmakers and activists in the pro-Israel community for months in 2016 and promised last year that it would release its documentary.

As the Trial of Omar Mateen’s Wife Begins, New Evidence Undermines Beliefs About the Pulse Massacre, Including Motive.  Intercept  

If US unions tumble, the progressive movement could go with them. ...Working people will end up with fewer resources and less collective power if the US supreme court undermines the power of unions with its decision on Janus.  Guardian  

Consumers Are Revolting Against Animal Cruelty — So the Poultry Industry Is Lobbying for Laws to Force Stores to Sell Their Eggs. Intercept 

Rescue at Oakland Slaughterhouse Shows New, Potent Tactics of Growing Animal Rights Movement. Intercept  

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state. ... Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power.

NSA scandal: what data is being monitored and how does it work? ,,, Everything you need to know about data gathering from internet companies by the US National Security Agency.  Guardian  

Trolls and Hackers Find It Easy to Trick Americans Because We Are a Nation of Ignoramuses. ... The only real defense against bots and trolls is an intellectual offense, and we aren’t ready for it.  AlterNet  

Facebook ending News Feed experiment condemned as 'Orwellian'. ... Company announces end to trial in which professional news posts were removed from users’ feeds in six countries.   Guardina  

March 7, 2018
17 Democrats Decried for Sending This Clear Message: "I Work for My Bank Donors, Not My Constituents' ... "Voters have seen this movie before. It didn't work out in 2008 and it's no wiser today. There is simply no excuse for a Democrat to add their name to Wall Street deregulation."  CommonDreams  

Sen. Chris Murphy: The U.S. Is Exporting Violence & Killing Civilians in Illegal War in Yemen. DemocracyNow

Israeli Army’s Lies Can No Longer Salvage Its Image. CounterPunch 

Killing Children in the Age of Disposability: The Parkland Shooting Was About More Than Gun Violence.  TruthOut/Giroux  

How populist uprisings could bring down liberal democracy.  ...  Authoritarians are on the rise, and electorates are seduced by extremes. To fight back, mainstream politicians need to grasp the causes of popular discontent and rebuild democracy’s moral foundations.  Guardian  

Six Ways the 'Resistance' Gave Trump a Dictator’s Toolkit. ... My longtime arch-nemesis, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—which I thought we had vanquished after years of stabbing, kicking and choking it—may now be rising from the dead like a zombie, like a vampire, like a Jeff Sessions. And this is yet another sign that the so-called Democratic “Resistance” is a joke so big it has to buy two airplane seats    TruthDig

'The Charade Is Over': CBO Reveals Democrat-Backed Bill Really Just Big Gift to Wall Street. ... "The Wall Street crash of 2008 showed the American people how fraudulent many of these large banks are. The last thing we should be doing is deregulating them."  CommonDreams  

Face It Progressives, Obama Was a Lousy President. ...  Sometime before the end of June this year the Supreme Court will deal a deathblow to public sector unions, declaring that the mandatory collection of dues violates the First Amendment. When that happens, it will be the latest example of yet another loss to progressive politics that can be attributed to Barack Obama.  CounterPunch  

New Campaign Challenges DCCC's "All-Out War Against Progressives" ... "Stop undermining progressive values," a new petition to the DCCC demands.  CommonDreams  

Democratic group faces backlash after intervening in crowded House primaries.  WaPo

AIPAC conference will feature lots of liberal Democratic speakers. Mondoweiss 

March 6, 2018
Legalizing Tyranny ... Violence is increasingly the only tool left to a discredited corporate state and its bankrupt ideology of unfettered capitalism. What is being done to the poor will soon be done to all of us.

Netanyahu’s Corruption: How Israeli Journalists Project Israel’s Crimes Onto Palestinians. CounterPunch  

N.Y. Senate revives wildly unconstitutional bill barring funding of student organizations involved in ‘hate speech,’ ‘intolerance,’ or promotion of boycotts of Israel or U.S. allies. The Fire  

Trump Organization ousted from Panama luxury tower in ownership dispute: report. RawStory

The West Wing adventures of Ivanka and Jared are coming to end. And none too soon. ... Before Donald Trump can hope to restore credibility to his fumbling administration he has to give marching orders to two more people, however personally awkward that may be for him. Independent  

With A Rod Of Iron: AR-15-Toting So-Called Churchgoers Renew Their Commitment To the Blood-Soaked Lunacy of Our Nation Amen.  CommonDreams  

Stunner: Solar and wind power alone could provide four fifths of U.S. power. ... Study confirms U.S. could have a carbon-free grid in coming decades. ThinkProgress  

Elizabeth Warren Slams Democrats for Helping Gut Financial Regulations. ... The Massachusetts senator refuses to let a "Bank Lobbyist Act" pass without a fight. AlterNet  

“Freakishly Warm” Arctic Weather Has Scientists Reconsidering Worst-Case Scenarios on Climate Change. DemocracyNow  

Scientists Warn: February Melting Near North Pole "Really Extreme"  TruthOut  

March 5, 2018
Thug, Mob, Rogue: Trump Organization’s Own Description of Its Panama Hotel. Empty Wheel  

Blistering column destroys ‘Princess Ivanka’ over ties to mobsters and shady business deals.

'Such a Fortunate Coincidence': Trump Ally Carl Icahn Ditched Steel Stocks Before Tariffs Made Public. ... "Hmmm, is this a coincidence or did Trump confidant Carl Icahn have insider information?"  CommonDreams  

Why a US government agency deleted the words 'nation of immigrants'. ... The US Citizenship and Immigration Services quietly dropped the affirmation of America’s promise as a nation of immigrants. Guardian  

Excessive Force - ICE Shackled 92 Somalis for 40 Hours On a Failed Deportation Flight. That Was Just the Start of the Abuse.  Intercept  

Surprising Words That Trip the E-mail Spam Alarm – Don’t Get Caught in the Trap.  
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The Conservative Supreme Court Majority Was Built To Crush Unions. ... And that’s just what it’ll do.  HuffPost

Since Sandy Hook, More NRA-Backed Gun Legislation Has Passed Than Laws To Restrict Guns. ... Hundreds of new state gun laws have passed in the five years since the Newtown massacre, and most expand access.

Killing Children in the Age of Disposability: The Parkland Shooting Was About More Than Gun Violence.  ...  Trump's proposal to arm teachers suggests that the burden of gun violence and the crimes of the gun industries and politicians should fall on teachers' shoulders.   TruthOut  

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the NRA but were too embarrassed to ask Have a question about the NRA? We've got answers.

Weekend of March 2-4, 2018

Weekend Read:   The Know Your Bill of Rights Book: Don't Lose Your Constitutional Rights--Learn Them!  Amazon

Fears grow as rightwing billionaires battle to erode US union rights. ... Supreme court hears arguments in case that could strip unions of major source of income – amid worries that the unions will lose. Guardian

Janus v. AFSCME: Will Supreme Court Side with Koch Brothers in Their War Against Organized Labor?  DemocracyNow  

Labor Poised to Be Hit With a Million-Pound Shit-Hammer. CounterPunch  

Can Renewed Call for Gun Control Spark Anti-Militarism Movement?  Truthdig  

How Lenders Are Turning Low-Level Courts Into Dickensian “Debt Collection Mills”. Intercept  

Filmmaker Raoul Peck on “The Young Karl Marx,” James Baldwin, U.S. Interventions Abroad & More.

Major Corporations Have Spent Just 6% of Tax Cut Windfall on Workers. Guess Where the Other 94% Went. CommonDreams  

Cruel & Unconstitutional: ACLU Denounces SCOTUS Ruling Approving Indefinite Immigrant Detention.

Cruel & Unconstitutional: ACLU Denounces SCOTUS Ruling Approving Indefinite Immigrant Detention.

There Sure Were A Bunch Of White Nationalists At CPAC, Huh? ... Richard Spencer wasn’t allowed inside, but a bunch of other racists, conspiracy theorists and extremists were.  HuffPost 

America’s Democracy Hypocrisy. CounterPunch  

U.S. Supreme Court Smacks Down Gun Rights Activists. ... The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away a constitutional challenge brought by gun rights activists to a California law imposing a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of firearms, intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.
 Ring of Fire  

Ce*sored! China bans letter N (briefly) from internet as Xi Jinping extends grip on power. ... Amid fallout from the decision to allow Xi to be president for life, censors also crack down on letters, phrases and George Orwell’s Animal Farm.  Guardian  

Chris Hedges and Carl Anthony: Architecture as a Form of Oppression.  ... Some architecture may be a marvel to look at, but what lies beneath beautiful construction is often something insidious. Architect and activist Carl Anthony explains how architecture functions as a tool of oppression in a new interview with Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. TruthDig  

March 1, 2018

Disordering the World: the Rise of Neo-Liberalism. ... British historian Eric Hobsbawm states: “The history of the twenty years after 1973 is that of a world which lost its bearings and slid into instability and crisis”. CounterPunch

Capitalism as Obstacle to Equality and Democracy: the US Story. ... The Cold War displaced the legacies of the New Deal. Time and Trump are now displacing Cold War legacies. Where capitalism was questioned and challenged in the 1930s and into the 1940s, doing that became taboo after 1948  CounterPunch  

‘They weren’t buying what he was selling’: Wayne LaPierre stopped speech to ask young conservatives why they weren’t cheering.  RawStory  

Poll: Most Voters Think The NRA Is Bad For America. ... More Americans are also leaning in support of gun law reform. HuffPost  

Can Renewed Call for Gun Control Spark Anti-Militarism Movement? TruthDig  


DCCC Advised Candidates Not To Discuss Gun Control Policy Right After Vegas Shooting. ... The campaign organization said Democrats should focus on offering thoughts and prayers. HuffPost  

DCCC Internal Polling Presented to Members of Congress Panned Single-Payer Health Care. Intercept  

The Democratic party is now publicly attacking progressive candidates. ... A liberal candidate for office is being maligned. The surprising twist? It’s her own party that is funding the ads. Guardian 

Where’s the Beef Stroganoff? Eight Sacrilegious Reflections on Russiagate. ... Please note eight things you will not hear from the Russia-mad Democrats and their many media allies at places like the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, and MSDNC:  CounterPunch  

#Russiagate Skeptics Take a Beating. ... We don't know for sure where the Mueller probe is going, but don't dare say that out loud.  Rolling Stone  

Democratic Congressional Candidate Built Lucrative Career Spying on Left-Wing Activists.  ... Patrick Ryan, a congressional candidate from New York, is leaning on his experience as a small business entrepreneur to establish his readiness for office, but he has curiously failed to mention the business he used to work in: domestic surveillance.






March 20, 2018

Building the Iron Wall. TruthDig/Hedges

American History for Truthdiggers: Were the Colonists Patriots or Insurgents?

The corporate media ignores the rise of oligarchy. The rest of us shouldn't. ... The rapid rise of oligarchy and wealth and income inequality is the great moral, economic, and political issue of our time. Yet, it gets almost no coverage from the corporate media. Guardian  

Paul Krugman Issues an Ominous Warning in the Wake of Rex Tillerson's Ouster. ... If you won't do the president's bidding, you're fired. AlterNet  

Washington Breaks Out the “Just Following Orders” Nazi Defense for CIA Director-Designate Gina Haspel. Independent  

While Shooting Massacres of Kids Could Not, Dog Killed by Airline Spurs GOP Senator to Act Fast. ... "One dog dies and we get a bill immediately. Over 7,000 children have died in gun related incidents since Sandy Hook and we get 'thoughts and prayers.'"  CommonDreams  

The Russians Did It (Again)

The "official" story::
Russia 'Likely' Poisoned Ex-spy, Should Face 'Serious Consequences,' Tillerson Says. ... Britain's May said earlier it was 'highly likely' Moscow behind attack, ready to take 'much more extensive measures' against Russia than in the past. Haaretz  

Experts beg to differ - In Date sdquence as the story unfolds so far

March 6th - Skripal is no Litvinenko.
Craig Murray  

March 7th - The Elephant In The Room.
 Craig Murray  

March 13th - Russian to Judgement.
Craig Murray

March 14th - The Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam. Craig Murray  

March `15th - Bothered By Midgies.
Craig Murray

March 16th - Of A Type Developed By Liars. Craig Murray  

March 17th - On Not Being Refuted.
Craig Murray

March 18th - Craig Murray Radio 5 Interview on Skripal Attack. Craig Murray  

March 18th - Boris Johnson Issues Completely New Story on “Russian Novichoks”.
Craig Murray

March 18th -
Vladimir Putin: 'nonsense' to think Russia would poison spy in UK. ... Putin, who has won a new presidential term, says Russia does not possess the military nerve agent allegedly used against Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Guardian

March 19th - Portonblimp Down – A Tale By Boris Johnson. Craig Murray  

March 19, 2018
How The New York Times Is Making War With Iran More Likely. The Intercept  

The Syrian war could still be raging in four years' time unless the US and Russia agree to end it. ... The Kurds live in fear of once more being betrayed by their great power allies. But, for good self-interested reasons that have little to do with US gratitude to the Kurds for their role in the defeat of Isis, Washington is unlikely to run away from its alliance with the Kurds. Independent  

Notes on Terminology. CounterPunch 

In Latest 'Alarming' Attack on Science, Pruitt Reportedly Moving to Restrict Use of Research in EPA Policy. ... "This is insane. If EPA rules are not based on science, what are they based on?" CommonDreams  

First Recorded Successful Novichok Synthesis was in 2016 – By Iran, in Cooperation with the OPCW. Craig Murray  

As Haspel Nomination Reopens Dark CIA Chapter, Liz Cheney Leads Pack of Torture Apologists. ... As lawmakers and former intelligence officials defend Trump's CIA pick, civil libertarians argue she "should be in jail."  CommonDreams

The vice president’s trusted chief of staff is young, handsome, talented and rich. He’s also got some skeletons. Swamp Thing. HuffyPost  

Secretive religious charity run by top US housing officials raises questions. ... GJH Global Ministries, which made its website private after inquiries by the Guardian, does not appear to have a clear purpose.

Caveat Emptor: MSNBC and CNN Use CIA Apologists for False Commentary.

Blasting #BankLobbyistAct, Warren Unveils "The Ending Too Big to Jail Act" to Fight Wall Street Greed. ... "Congress should be marking the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis by strengthening rules on banks and bankers so Wall Street can never again get away with cheating Americans and crashing the economy"  CommonDreams  

Progressives Fight Democratic Establishment to Join Bernie Sanders in Senate. TruthOut  

Washington State's Deep Political and Economic Alliance With the Pentagon. TruthOut  

Weekend of March 16-18, 2018

Marc Thiessen: A quick study from his experience with John Yoo, the Daily Show's Jon Stewart was in rare form Tuesday Night as he interviewed former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen. Thiessen was there to peddle his torture-glorifying book.
Daily Kos 

Harvard’s Laurence Tribe Has Become a Deranged Russia Conspiracist: Today Was His Most Humiliating Debacle. Intercept  

Senate Democrats Are Just Openly Antagonizing Their Progressive Base Now. ... A "Bank Lobbyist Act" threatens to tear the party asunder ahead of the 2018 mid-terms. AlterNet  

Politicians Campaign on Free Speech While Voting to Penalize Boycotts of Israel. Intercept

Syria’s War of Ethnic Cleansing.

Government spying on immigrants in America is now fair game. What next? Guardian  

Critics of Bayou Bridge Pipeline in Louisiana Decry State & Company Surveillance of Protesters. DemocracyNow  

The Novichok Story Is Indeed Another Iraqi WMD Scam. Craig Murray  

Questions for TSA after reports of laptop and phone searches on domestic flights. ... Exclusive: growing number of reports raises concerns US government may be increasing surveillance and privacy violations at airports. Guardian  

March 15, 2018

Russian to Judgement. ... The same people who assured you that Saddam Hussein had WMD’s now assure you Russian “novochok” nerve agents are being wielded by Vladimir Putin to attack people on British soil. As with the Iraqi WMD dossier, it is essential to comb the evidence very finely.
Craig Murray

Jeremy Scahill: Trump CIA Deputy Director Pick Gina Haspel Ran Secret Torture Black Site.
Related: Trump’s New CIA Nominee, Gina Haspel, Faces Possible Arrest Warrant in Germany over Torture. DemocracyNow
Related:   “She Tortured Just for the Sake of Torture”: CIA Whistleblower on Trump’s New CIA Pick Gina Haspel. DemocracyNow  

Germany: CIA deputy Gina Haspel (new head of CIA) must face arrest on travelling to Europe. ECCHR   

Notes on Terminology. CounterPunch  

Government spying on immigrants in America is now fair game. What next?  Guardian  

Saudi Crown Prince Implicated in a Murder at a Ritz Carlton. TruthDig  

A Footnote Looms Large in the Second Amendment's Future. TruthDig  

Democrats Offer Last-Minute, Pretend Defense of Fair Lending Laws, as They Prepare to Weaken Them. Intercept  

From North Dakota to Puerto Rico, Controversial Security Firm Profits From Oil Protests and Climate Disasters. Intercept  

Black & White - The Dangerous Misconceptions About the Opioid Epidemic and How We Respond.

Noam Chomsky and Danny Glover Condemn U.S. and Canada Over Venezuela Sanctions. ... Chomsky and Glover are among 154 signatories asking the U.S. and Canada to reconsider the sanctions. AlterNet  

March 14, 2018

How populist uprisings could bring down liberal democracy. Guardian  

“Unprecedented & Shocking”: Armed Secret Service Agents Should Not Be Allowed at Polling Sites. DemocracyNow  

'Chilling and Unprecedented': DHS Reauthorization Bill Would Let Trump Send Secret Service to Polling Places. ... "This is an alarming proposal which raises the possibility that armed federal agents will be patrolling neighborhood precincts and vote centers," over a dozen secretaries of state tell Senate leaders. CommonDreams  

Elizabeth Warren Puts the Screws to Corporate Democrats with a Single Question. .. Her party is prepared to pass a "Bank Lobbyist Act." Nevertheless she persisted.  AlterNet  

Democrats Infrastructure Plan Would Roll Back GOP Tax Cuts for Rich, Corporations. ... "Making the rich and corporations pay their fair share means we will be able to rebuild our communities from the ground up."  CommonDreams  

California's Democratic Primary and the Sham of Elections. There are signs of dissent and youthful unrest among Democrats, and not just in California, though anyone hoping to reform that party must first break the death grip of the old guard. TruthDig

Democrats and the Crisis of Legitimacy. ... The American electoral system, and with it what passes for representative democracy, is facing a crisis of legitimacy reflected in continued fallout from the 2016 election. CounterPunch  

Democracy on Life Support. ... It appears that our democracy may not be the best system there is. It does not seem to be working. It is pretty easy to see that America is a little off, a sick country. CounterPunch  

Charterize, Privatize, Christianize: The DeVos-Backed Policies That “Gutted” Michigan Public Schools.  DemocracyNow  

Questions for TSA after reports of laptop and phone searches on domestic flights. ... Exclusive: growing number of reports raises concerns US government may be increasing surveillance and privacy violations at airports.  Guardian  

March 13, 2018
The Empty Piety of the American Press. ... The press, giddy with its newfound sense of mission and purpose, is carrying out a moral crusade against Donald Trump.  CounterPunch   

Overthrow: 100 Years of U.S. Meddling & Regime Change, from Iran to Nicaragua to Hawaii to Cuba.  DemocracyNow  

We Made A Documentary Exposing The ‘Israel Lobby.’ Why Hasn’t It Run? Forward  

Why Won't the U.S. Give Peace a Chance? ... Give peace a chance, the song urges.  But the United States won’t have it.  TruthDig  

Over 1,600 towns, cities worldwide now reversing privatization. BusinessMirror

The University of Nuclear Bombs. The University of California is once again bidding to manage Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab at a time when the threat of nuclear war is rising.  CounterPunch  

Daniel Ellsberg on Dismantling the Doomsday Machine. Truthdig  

The NRA's Real Mission. TruthDig

A Locked and Loaded Covenant: The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture.  
Religion Dispatches  

Here are the religious roots linking Christianity and America’s deadly gun culture.  RawStory  

The War on Terror as the Launching of an American Religious Crusade. ... Using religion as an excuse for destabilizing world order. AlterNet  

Stop Idolizing Christian Celebrities. ... Christians would never say Billy Graham, John Piper, Joel Osteen or their own church pastors and worship leaders are God. Yet, the influence of charismatic leaders like these is producing a spiritual climate where, instead of following Jesus, some Christians settle for a leader’s personal brand of Christ, valuing the preacher more than the Word itself.  

Christian Dominionists Meet at Trump's Washington Hotel to Answer the "Divine Call to War"  
Related:  God Wills It! The War on Terror as the Launching of an American Crusade  TruthOut

'Hollowed out' White House: Trump is on a dangerous path toward no advisers.  Guardian

Massive Protest in British Columbia as Thousands March to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
Related: Oil and Gas Industry's 2017 Suing Spree Could Set Speech-Chilling Precedents.
And:  Ahead of Major Protest to Stop Kinder Morgan Pipeline, Company Files Injunction Against Water Protectors. ... "Kinder Morgan is intimidating environmentalists who are standing up for B.C. against a dirty tar sands pipeline."  CommonDreams  

U.K. Rolls Out Red Carpet for Saudi Prince on Anniversary of U.S.-Saudi-U.K. Car Bombing That Killed 83 Civilians. Intercept    Related: Mohammed Bin Salman: The Truth Behind The Reformist Facade. Craig Murray  

Warren Leads Probe into Half a Billion in Suspect Loans to Kushner Companies. ... "Federal ethics laws prohibit federal employees from profiting from their government service, and Mr. Kushner's refusal to fully divest from his financial holdings raises questions."  CommonDreams 

UN Calls for Psychiatric Evaluation After Duterte Puts Top Human Rights Expert on 'Hit List'. ... President of Philippines decried for 600-person "terrorist list" which includes the UN special rapporteur on indigenous human rights.  CommonDreams  

Trump meeting Kim Jong-un is a half-baked idea – and a dangerous one. Guardian  

U.S. To Move Its Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem In May. ... The controversial relocation will come much faster than initially expected.  HuffPost  

Third Netanyahu confidant turns state's witness in graft probes.  CNN  

Meet Donald Trump’s twin: Benjamin Netanyahu. Guardian 

Senate Claims to Fix Its Wall Street Bill, but a Look at the Text Says It’s Still a Giveaway.

America’s ‘Liberalism’ & Other Inhumane Styles of Governance at Home and Internationally. CounterPunch  





Weekend of March 30 - April 2, 2018

Weekend Read: Humanity: The World Before Religion, War, and Inequality by Barry Brown. Amazon    Related essay: - Quitting the hominid fight club: The evidence is flimsy for innate chimpanzee--let alone human--warfare.
Scientific American

Journalist Ari Berman: If Trump Is Allowed to Rig the Census, Then All of U.S. Democracy Is Rigged. DemocracyNow  

The Left’s Embrace of Empire. ... The history of the left in the United States is a history of betrayal.
The Nation

When the DCCC Calls, Hang Up the Phone. ... After the committee savaged candidate Laura Moser in Houston, it’s clear progressives are better off supporting other organizations. The Nation  

The Trump-Daniels Timeline. CounterPunch  

How Noor Salman Became The Scapegoat Of The Pulse Massacre. ... Prosecutors say she helped her husband’s terror attack. Her supporters say she’s innocent and the case is “rooted in gendered Islamophobia.”.  HuffPost  

Lying Is a Fundamental Part of American Police Culture. ... Cops lie under oath so often they even have a nickname for the practice.  AlterNet  

How Prosecutors Punish Undeserving People With Plea Deals.  Intercept  

March 28, 2018

Time is Running Out: Who Will Protect Our Wrecked Democracy from the American Oligarchy?

Army Corps faces questions about vetting Nebraska startup given $11M border wall contract.
Chicago Trubune

Egged On by Industry Lobbyists, Interior Department Weakens Bird Protections. Truth-Out  

How Trump Is Preparing for War.TruthDig  

Corruption Perceptions Index 2017.  
Transparency International 

Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades' Guardian 

To Curb Corporate Abuse of Stock Buyback 'Bamboozle,' Baldwin Bill Would Bolster Worker Power. ... "It's just wrong for big corporations to pocket massive, permanent tax breaks and reward the wealth of top executives with more stock buybacks, while closing facilities and laying off workers." CommonDreams  

March 28, 2018

How rightwingers have attacked Parkland students with lies, hoaxes and smears. ... As of this weekend, this group of idealistic young people have officially become the right’s leading hate figures.

NRA Takes Aim At ‘March For Our Lives’ Rally, Mocks Gun Violence Survivors. ... “Gun-hating billionaires and Hollywood elites are manipulating and exploiting children,” the gun group said of the Saturday march. Guardian

Education as a Weapon of Struggle: Rethinking the Parkland Uprising in the Age of Mass Violence. CounterPunch 

A Steady Diet of War Hawks, Spies and Liars. TruthDig  

How They Sold the Iraq War. CounterPunch  

Why Mark Anthony Conditt – a white Christian – isn't called a terrorist. Guardian  

Read Karl Marx! A Conversation With Immanuel Wallerstein. TruthOut  

Billy Graham and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity. Religion Dispatches  

“The Battle for Paradise”: Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism & the Fight for Puerto Rico’s Future. DemocracyNow

Public lands are being sold in secret on the internet. ... A mysterious company known as Ayers Energy LLC just leased more than 20,000 acres of sensitive public land. It's not an anomaly. ThinkProgress

March 27, 2018

The Gig Economy' Is the New Term for Serfdom. TruthDig/Hedges  

Facebook censors Palestinian news outlet. Electronic Intifada  

Ahed Tamimi: Palestinian teenager who slapped Israeli soldiers sentenced to eight months in prison under plea bargain. ... She was was 16 at the time of the offence.  Independent  

Israel Jails Ahed Tamimi’s Mother for Facebook Live Video of Palestinian Teen Slapping Soldier.

Academic Black Shirts Brutally Assault Students in France. CounterPunch  

In 'Affront to Freedom of the Press,' Canadian Journalist Faces Criminal Charges for Covering Protest. ... "Regardless of whether or not I'm convicted in the end, the chill effect is huge."  CommonDreams  

Corporations Use This Cheap Trick to Avoid Paying Employees a Living Wage. ... They'd rather have workers compete for concert tickets and gift certificates.  AlterNet

This one simple idea is the catalyst at the heart of the right wing Death Star.  RawStory  

Italy, Germany and the EU’s Future. ... More than a quarter of a century ago, much of the European center-left made a course change, edging away from its working class base, accommodating itself to the globalization of capital, and handing over the post World War II social contract to private industry.  CounterPunch  

March 26, 2018
Reformer or War Criminal? Saudi Crown Prince Welcomed in U.S. as Trump Touts Weapons Deals. DemocracyNow  

Trump, the Crown Prince and the Whole Ugly Big Picture. ... The (U.S.) State Department routinely, matter of factly, reports widespread human rights abuses in the country. International human rights organizations use Saudi Arabia as the poster child of egregious violations CounterPunch  

This one simple idea is the catalyst at the heart of the right wing Death Star.  RawStory  

Italy, Germany and the EU’s Future. ... More than a quarter of a century ago, much of the European center-left made a course change, edging away from its working class base, accommodating itself to the globalization of capital, and handing over the post World War II social contract to private industry.  CounterPunch  

Why Mark Anthony Conditt – a white Christian – isn't called a terrorist. Guardian  

Read Karl Marx! A Conversation With Immanuel Wallerstein. TruthOut  


One of the Trump Organization's India partners is accused of swindling investors out of $150 million. Business Insider    Related: Miami Herald

Political Corruption and the Art of the Deal. ... How Trump's business partnerships in India are creating conflicts of interest in the White House and corrupting the presidency. New Republic

Simple Rules of Capitalism. Collaborative Fund

Major New Investigation into Trump Real Estate Deals in India Reveals Corruption, Lawsuits, Fraud. DemocracyNow

Weekend of March 23-25, 2018
Weekend Read: Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment . ... "If anyone at all really wants to 'get to the root causes of gun violence in America,' they will need to start by coming to terms with even a fraction of what Loaded proposes." - Los Angeles Review of Books   Amazon  

The Athenians to Melos: “the powerful do what they wish and the weak suffer what they must

What Mark Zuckerberg Said Years Ago About Facebook Could Haunt Him Amid the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. ... The leaked instant messages show a darker side of Zuckerberg. AlterNet  

Facebook: is it time we all deleted our accounts? ... The Cambridge Analytica revelations may be the final nudge we need to turn away from the social network. And it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to big tech harvesting private information. Guardian  

The CBS Interview With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman Was a Crime Against Journalism. Intercept  

Saudi Prince Is Cashing In on Media Hype.

Senate hands Saudi Arabia key victory, hours after crown prince met with Trump. ... This timing is impeccable. ThinkProgress  

Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket”   Intercept  

'Blood of Thousands on Their Hands': 55 Senators Vote To Continue US-Backed Carnage in Yemen. ... "The U.S. must stop literally fueling the deliberate killing and starvation of countless civilians in Yemen, and support a peaceful solution to end this crisis." CommonDreams

American History 101

Part 1 - Original Sin  - The first permanent colony was in Virginia, at Jamestown, beginning in 1607. Why, then, do our young students dress in black buckle-top hats and re-create Thanksgiving each year? Where is the commemoration of Jamestown and our earliest American forebears? The omission itself tells a story, that of a chosen, comforting narrative (the legend of the Pilgrims), and the whitewashing of a murkier past along the James River.

Part 2 - Roots in Religious Zealotry - It is the image Americans are comfortable with. The first Thanksgiving. Struggling Pilgrims—our blessed forebears—saved by the generosity of kindly Native Americans. Two societies coexisting in harmony. If Colonial Virginia was a mess, well, certainly matters were better in Massachusetts. Here are origins all can be proud of.

Part 3 - hose Empire? ...(The Seven Years War) ..the savage Indians and their deceitful French allies were beaten back along the wooded frontier, allowing pacific English - soon to be American - farmers to live in peace.

Part 4 - Were the Colonists Patriots or Insurgents?   “Who shall write the history of the American Revolution?” John Adams once asked. “Who can write it? Who will ever be able to write it?” ... “Nobody,” Thomas Jefferson replied. “The life and soul of history must forever remain unknown.”

March 22, 2018
15 Years After Invasion, Many Americans Still Fail To Recognize Unending Scale of the Crime. ... "Have we learned nothing?" CommonDreams  

Just as U.S. Media Does With MLK, Brazil’s Media Is Trying to Whitewash and Exploit Marielle Franco’s Political Radicalism.  Intercept  

Edward Snowden: "Poisoning people who are long out of their service is contemptible" Republica  

Massive Attack on This Blog. ... We are experiencing a Denial of Service Attack on a massive scale. Our extremely experienced tech team - who are serious professionals who come from major IT players - have never defended an attack this big on which someone is spending real resources. The attack is not over, but our various levels of defence and diversion are currently holding. Craig Murray  

Trump Is Moving Into a New and More Dangerous Phase. TruthDig  

A Private Mercenary Firm Is Making Millions Off Tragedy in Houston, Puerto Rico and Standing Rock. The company has bullied protesters and profited off recent hurricanes. AlterNet  

Illegal Wars: The New American Way. TruthDig  

Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive? Guardian  

March 21, 2018
Trump, McCabe and Our Permanent Constitutional Crisis. TruthDig  

US Smooths Israel’s Path to Annexing West Bank. CounterPunch  

The Fall of Afrin and the Next Phase of the Syrian War. CounterPunch  

How The New York Times Is Making War With Iran More Likely. Intercept  

Juan González Talks Roots of Fascism, Rise of Authoritarian Movements on the Intercepted Podcast.  DemocracyNow  

FBI Tracked an Activist Involved With Black Lives Matter as They Travelled Across the U.S., Documents Show. Intercept  

White evangelical Christians really only care about one thing — and everything else is a sham.


What is Cambridge Analytica? The firm at the centre of Facebook's data breach. ... A closer look at the company that has hit the headlines after it was revealed that 50m Facebook profiles were harvested. Guardian  

Data scandal is huge blow for Facebook – and efforts to study its impact on society. ... Tech firm will be even more reluctant to share with legitimate researchers who want to learn more about how it affects our lives. Guardian

Staff claim Cambridge Analytica ignored US ban on foreigners working on elections. ... In the 2014 midterm elections and the Trump campaign, firm was staffed mainly by young Britons and Canadians. Guardian

The web can be weaponised – and we can't count on big tech to stop it. ... It’s dangerous having a handful of companies control how ideas and opinions are shared. A regulator may be needed. Guardian  

The tyranny of algorithms is part of our lives: soon they could rate everything we do. ... Credit scores already control our finances. With personal data being increasingly trawled, our politics and our friendships will be next. Guardian

Trump-linked analytics firm Cambridge Analytica used stolen data, ex-employee says. ABC  

Cambridge Analytica's Facebook game in politics was just the beginning, the enterprise was next. ...The controversial data company's product lead spoke to TechRepublic to clarify the firm's role on the Trump campaign and outline a vision for the future of enterprise analytics.  TechRepublic  

You Can't Handle the Truth ... Psy-ops propaganda goes mainstream. Slate