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Weekend of May 11-13, 2018


This Is the Moment to Fight': FCC Announces Net Neutrality Will Officially Die on June 11. ... "The FCC thinks it can close the book on net neutrality on June 11. Show them they're wrong—let's ramp up the Red Alert call for Congress to preserve the open internet!"  CommonDreams  

Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable.  DemocracyNow  

Binding U.S. law requires prosecutions for those who authorize torture. ... The new Attorney General just said that Bush officials authorized torture. A treaty signed in 1988 by Ronald Reagan compels the U.S. to prosecute those who authorize torture. What’s the way out of that? Salon  

The NRA Helped Promote a Gun from Russia That Can Pierce U.S. Soldiers' Body Armor. .. The organization's moral bankruptcy knows no bound. AlterNet  

The American Deep State. ... An Interview with Peter Dale Scott. Project Censored 

New NRA President Oliver North slanders anti-gun violence protesters as violent thugs. ... Moments later, the former Iran Contra scandal figure complained that he is being slandered by the media.  ThinkProgress 

With Chance to Denounce Torture, Why Have These Democrats Not Said They Are a "No" on Haspel?. ... "What kind of #Resistance refuses to stop an actual torturer chosen by Donald Trump from being promoted to head the most powerful spy agency in the world?"   CommonDreams  

Half a Million Pounds of Taxpayers’ Money Bails Out Criminals Jack Straw and Sir Mark Allen. Craig Murray  

10 Craziest Things in the Senate Report on Torture. ...From 'Rectal Feeding' to mock executions, the most horrifying revelations about how we abused prisoners after 9/11.
 Rolling Stone  

U.S. Hypocrisy Creates Perpetual Enemies and Forever War. TruthDig  

White House won't rule out banning press for 'negative' coverage. ... Press secretary declines to back down from Trump’s threat to strip reporters of credentials if he doesn’t like what they write. Guardian  

May 10, 2018

Stranger than fiction: Deep State, Homeland and post-truth TV. ... With a news cycle that’s increasingly hard to believe the post-9/11 paranoia of ‘shocking’ shows like Homeland and Deep State lose some of their punch. Guardian  

I Was Targeted by Black Cube in Dirty Ops Effort Attacking Supporters of Iran Deal.
  Related: Black Cube  

Trump kills the Iran deal, and we'll regret it.
Chicago Trib

Trump is completely neglecting the agency that enforces sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran. RawStory  

Trump’s Act of American Hubris.... if the US fails to prevent Europe and Asia’s burgeoning trade with Iran – and I think they will fail – this moment will be seen by historians as a key marker in US decline as a world power.  Craig Murray

The U.S. Quietly Released Afghanistan’s “Biggest Drug Kingpin” From Prison. Did He Cut a Deal? Intercept  

De-escalation With North Korea, Escalation With Iran.  CounterPunch  

Why a moron could successfully run Trump’s game plan. WaPo  

Switching Sides: Whitewashing History in the Age of Trump. TruthOut  

Junot Diaz and the Rot That is Bourgeois Culture. CounterPunch  

The NRA Helped Promote a Gun from Russia That Can Pierce U.S. Soldiers' Body Armor. ... The organization's moral bankruptcy knows no bound. AlterNet  

May 9, 2018

Trump Violates the Iran Nuclear Deal — Ignoring U.S. and Israeli Generals Who Support It.

Bibi's Information Warfare Operation Against America. TruthDig  

Karl Marx as Activist. CounterPunch  

The Blurred Line Between War and Business.  TruthDig  

What is the true cost of eating meat? ... As concerns over the huge impact on the environment, human health and animal welfare grow, what future is there for the meat industry, asks Bibi van der Zee. Guardian  

Deep State 101: A Primer and Prescription. CounterPunch  

Trump's Shameful Choice of 'Bloody Gina'

At a range rights gathering, the press was in the crosshairs. ... In the era of social media, far-right activists aim to subvert mainstream journalists.  
High Country News

'They don't belong': police called on Native American teens on college tour. ... A mother on the tour told authorities the young men were ‘creepy’ and ‘really stand out’, causing them to miss the rest of the event.  Guardian  

Ten Journalists Were Just Killed in Afghanistan. Please STFU About the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Intercept  

May 8, 2018

The Danger of Leadership Cults.

Meet the 2018 Teacher of the Year Honored by Trump Who the White House Doesn’t Want You to Hear. ... the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children.  

Trump and Netanyahu May Not Want War With Iran, But They May Fall Into One Anyway.
  Related: Bibi's Information Warfare Operation Against America

Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal. ... Israeli agency told to find incriminating material on Obama diplomats who negotiated deal with Tehran. Guardian  

Nearly 90,000 Hondurans May Be Deported to Danger and Poverty as Trump Ends Their Protected Status. DemocracyNow  

In Kurtz’s World. ... Joseph Conrad and the violence of civilization.  The Nation  

Writer Arundhati Roy on Impunity for Rape in India & How Violence Is Used as a Tool of the State. DemocracyNow  

The Cult of Hunting and Its Timely Demise. CounterPunch  

May 7, 2018

“Creating Wealth” Through Debt: the West’s Finance-Capitalist Road. CounterPunch  

Marx's Relevance in Today's World: A Reflection on His 200th Birthday. TruthOut

Making Finance Pay TruthOut  

How The ACORN Scandal Seeded Today’s Nightmare Politics. ... Breitbart led the charge, but Democrats delivered the killing blow. Has anyone really learned?  HuffPost  

Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsburg Discuss the Increasing Threat of Nuclear War -- and the Disturbing Result of the Syria Strikes Corporate Media Is Ignoring. ... 'A chronicle of human madness'  AlterNet  

The CIA has a long history of torture. Gina Haspel will be perfect for the job. ... Gven the CIA’s sordid past, the question is not if Haspel rises to the caliber of the agency but rather if she descends to the dark levels that mark its history. Guardian  

British Neo-Nazis Are on the Rise — and They’re Becoming More Organized and Violent.

Koch-Backed Groups Are Selling Trump’s Tax Cuts Door-to-Door Ahead of the Midterms. ... They’re spending $20 million to convince voters of the benefits of the GOP’s central achievement. Bloomberg  

Weekend of May 4-6, 2018

Weekend Read:
Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America
. ... how the seismic aftershocks of the Vietnam War gave rise to a white power movement whose toxic admixture of violent bigotry, antigovernmental hostility, and racial terrorism helped set the stage for Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, and, yes, the presidency of Donald Trump.” Amazon

New Bipartisan Bill Could Give Any President the Power to Imprison U.S. Citizens in Military Detention Forever. Intercept  

There's An Uncovered Beltway Story Hiding in Plain Sight -- With Trillions of Dollars In Play. ... What you are about to read is not about Russia, the 2016 election, or the latest person to depart from the White House in a storm of tweets. AlterNet  

This bank was under investigation until Trump got elected — and now it’s involved in multiple Kushner deals. RawStory  

"Freedom" and "Liberty" Were Only for Whites in Settler Colonialism.  TruthOut  

May Day 2018: A Rising Tide of Worker Militancy and Creative Uses of Marx. TruthOut  

How to Wrestle Your Data From Data Brokers, Silicon Valley — and Cambridge Analytica. ... It's not easy, but it can be done. AlterNet  

May 3, 2018

Probable Western Responsibility for Skripal Poisoning. Craig Murray.    Related: Where They Tell You Not to Look. Craig Murray

Robert Mercer and the Tax-Evading Hedge Fund Giving Millions to Republicans and Democrats. TruthOut

The Crime of Being Poor and Black.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Border patrol violence: US paid $60m to cover claims against the agency. ... Exclusive: analysis of more than a decade of official data reveals government paid settlements after deaths, alleged assaults and wrongful detention.  Guardian  

An Attack on Immigrant Rights and Press Freedom. TruthDig  

Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel.  DemocracyNow  

Netanyahu: Don’t Look Here, Where We’re Shooting Children—Look at Iran TruthDig  

Proving Eager to 'Get the War Started,' Pompeo Ramps Up Anti-Iran Rhetoric in Israel and Saudi Arabia. ... "Less than three years after Iran signed the Iran Deal and began dramatically cutting back its nuclear program, Israel, Saudi, and the U.S. are fast coordinating a military attack on Iran."  CommonDreams  

Uncle Sam, the Human Rights Hypocrite.

A Civilization in Collapse, the Dawn of a New Order? CounterPunch  

May 2, 2018

Why dumb people think they know everything. Illawarra Mercury  

“You Really Should Resign:” Lawmakers Slam EPA’s Scott Pruitt over Mounting Ethics Scandals.  DemocracyNow  

Mueller Has Dozens of Inquiries for Trump in Broad Quest on Russia Ties and Obstruction.

Why Do So Many Denounce Authoritarianism From Trump and Putin -but Not Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu?  Intercept  

Nuclear deal: Netanyahu accuses Iran of cheating on agreement. ... Israeli prime minister claims ‘new and conclusive proof’ shows Iran hid nuclear weapons, though evidence had been seen by UN watchdog. Guardian    
Related: De-escalation With North Korea, Escalation With Iran. CounterPunch  

Proving Eager to 'Get the War Started,' Pompeo Ramps Up Anti-Iran Rhetoric in Israel and Saudi Arabia. ... "Less than three years after Iran signed the Iran Deal and began dramatically cutting back its nuclear program, Israel, Saudi, and the U.S. are fast coordinating a military attack on Iran."  CommonDreams  

Many Americans Prefer A ‘Higher Power’ To The God Of The Bible, Study Finds. ... But only 10 percent say they don’t believe in any spiritual force.

Here is how right-wing religious nationalists plan to create a new Christian America. RawStory  

May 1, 2018

We’re Gonna Take Everyone” — Border Patrol Targets Prominent Humanitarian Group as Criminal Organization. Intercept  

Is the U.S. Government Evil? You Decide. CounterPunch  

'Terrible Day for Journalists All Over the World': Dozens Killed as Coordinated Attack Targets Reporters in Kabul. ... Second explosion targets journalists who came to cover first blast; Islamic State claims responsibility. CommonDreams
 Related: DOJ Quietly Removes References to Press Freedom and Gerrymandering From Policy Manual. While many in the political media rushed to the defense of the White House after Michelle Wolf's WHCA monologue, the Trump administration indicated once again that it has no intention of defending journalists. CommonDreams

Jeff Sessions Wants To Make The Justice Department More Like ICE. ... But the attorney general’s plans come at a cost. HuffPost  

The Double Russia Conspiracy Trap.

Unfashionable Fascism: Mainstream Politicians Switching Sides Under Trump’s Regime of Barbarism. CounterPunch/Giroux  

Private Prison Company Made Detainees Work For Toilet Paper, Lawsuit Alleges ... CoreCivic, the nation’s largest private prison company, is being accused of human trafficking. The Daily Beast  

A Warning Likely to Be Unheeded: A Review of Norman Pollack’s Final Book. ...White America was never revolutionary. This fact was ensured when its founders based their idea of freedom on the sacredness of property ownership. The United States was born a capitalist nation and enshrined the rights of property in its constitution. CounterPunch  






Weekend of May 18-20, 2018

Weekend Read:
Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want Paperback - by Frances Moore Lappe. ... An optimistic book for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump’s victory, What do we do now? The answer: We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy.  Amazon  

The Importance of Being Trump
A Play in Four Acts

Act 1 - Scene 1 - Trump Tower - June 9, 2016

Act 2 - Scene 1 - Mid-June, 2016, Wiki-leaks releases, 20,000 e-mails from the DNC

Act 3 - Scene 1 - 22 July 2016 - Wiki-leaks releases another 60,000+ e-mails from the DNC, Hillary Clinton, etc. Download the play  

The Definitive Story Of How Trump’s Team Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign. ... On the day of the third Republican presidential debate, Trump personally signed the letter of intent. BuzzFeed  


“Today's Republican an insurgent outlier. It has become ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition, all but declaring war on the government. The Democratic Party, while no paragon of civic virtue, is more ideologically centered and diverse, protective of the government's role as it developed over the course of the last century, open to incremental changes in policy fashioned through bargaining with the Republicans, and less disposed to or adept at take-no-prisoners conflict between the parties. This asymmetry between the parties, which journalists and scholars often brush aside or whitewash in a quest for "balance," constitutes a huge obstacle to effective governance.” Thomas E. Mann  


A Brief History of Jews in Jerusalem. TruthDig  

Collectivizing Threat: An Analysis of Israel’s Legal Claims for Resort to Force on the Gaza Border.  Just Security  

The Iraqi elections and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem will illuminate the damage Trump has really done to the Middle East. ... As one commentator put it, there are more unpredictable ‘moving parts’ than ever before in the different crises, parts which may break loose at any moment. Independent  

Palestinians Mark 70th Anniversary of Nakba After Israel Kills 61 & Wounds 2,700 Protesters in Gaza. DemocracyNow  

Netanyahu Announces Day Of Mourning For Fence Damaged In Yesterday’s Conflict. The Onion  

“The Disaster of My Life”: Nakba Survivor on the Day Israelis Bombed & Invaded His Village in 1948.  DemocracyNow  

In Gaza Strip protests, the anger has many targets. LA Times  

When Is a Massacre Not a Massacre?
Craig Murray

'They See Glory': Trump’s Evangelical Base Sees Doomsday Prophecy in Gaza Violence — and They’re Thrilled. ... For Trump’s most fanatical supporters, this is all part of the struggle against the Antichrist.  AlterNet  

May 17, 2018

Exclusive: how rightwing groups wield secret 'toolkit' to plot against US unions. ... Internal documents obtained by the Guardian reveal a nationwide drive to persuade union members to quit and stop paying dues. Guardian    
:  Koch Brothers-Backed Effort to Sabotage Unions Uses Secret “Tool Kit” to Encourage Members to Quit . DemocracyNow  

These Members of Congress Are Trying to Visit Gaza—Israel Should Let Them Do So
Representatives Mark Pocan, Dan Kildee, and Hank Johnson Jr. were denied the opportunity to witness conditions on the ground firsthand.  The Nation  

IDF Soldier Recounts Harrowing, Heroic War Story Of Killing 8-Month-Old Child.  The Onion  

Revealed: Ecuador spent millions on spy operation for Julian Assange. ... Exclusive: Files show at least $5m went on activities including spying on guests at London embassy. Guardian    
 The Guardian Rejoices in the Silencing of Assange.  Craig Murray  
 Related:  Ecuador’s Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as “Torture. Intercept  

Liars Club: Ollie North and General Kelly.  CounterPunch  

Big Primary Wins for Socialists and Progressives Who Ran on 'Popular Demands That Were Deemed Impossible'. ... "Welcome to the political revolution."  CommonDreams  

A Wake-Up Call for Dems? 4 Women Running on Socialist Platforms Unseat Male Incumbents in PA Primary. DemocracyNow  

'See You in Court': With China Funding New Trump Resort Project, President in Clear Violation of Constitution. ... "This is a violation of the Emoluments Clause. A big one."  

May 16, 2018

Trump Withdrew from Iran Nuclear Deal. Now Israel May Be Trying to Provoke War.

The Game Never Named, the Addendum Never Spoken. CounterPunch  

Here's Why Self-Indulgent Libertarian Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds. ... A window into a tempting tendency in human nature.  AlterNet  

George Soros, Progressive Groups To Spend Millions To Elect Reformist Prosecutors. ... If they succeed, the liberal billionaire and political action committees could change how the law is enforced in America.  HuffPost  

Where Printed Words Transcend Time and Communicate What Can't Be Said.  TruthOut  

Employers are monitoring computers, toilet breaks – even emotions. Is your boss watching you? ... From microchip implants to wristband trackers and sensors that can detect fatigue and depression, new technology is enabling employers to watch staff in more and more intrusive ways. How worried should we be?  Guardian  

Here is the real reason why tech billionaires are prepping for doomsday. RawStory  

Sanders Rips Bolton and Other Washington Hawks Who Push 'War and Militarism' as 'Answer to Everything'. CommonDreams  

"Making America Great Again" Assumes That It Once Was.  TruthOut  

May 15, 2018

Killing Gaza  TruthDigHedges  

Israel Kills Palestinians and Western Liberals Shrug. Their Humanitarianism Is a Sham. Intercept     Related: (2014) U.S. defends supplying Israel ammunition during Gaza conflict.  AP  

Oliver North Worked With Cocaine Traffickers to Arm Terrorists. Now He’ll Be President of the NRA. Intercept  

An Open Letter to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc. CounterPunch/Nader  

The struggle to wrest back control of our democracy with Frances Moore Lappe. RT  

Palestinian “Gandhis” Are Marching Every Day for Freedom from Israeli Apartheid. DemocracyNow  

Ralph Nader to 'Decrepit' Democrats: Stop Scapegoating and Embrace a Bold Agenda. ... Democrats, Nader argues, must "crack down on corporate crime" and fight for a living wage and Medicare for All if they hope to defeat GOP in 2018 and beyond. CommonDreams  

CNN poll: Democrats' 2018 advantage is nearly gone. CNN  

'High-Level Government-Installed Crooks': Ralph Nader Condemns Trump's Corrupt Team for 'Violating Their Oaths of Office'. ... “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.  AlterNet  
Related: The Koch Network and Republican Party Extremism   - and -  Why political scientists should study organized philantrophy  

May 14, 2018

Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What Went Wrong in the 2016 Presidential Election in Brand New Interview. ... "The Sanders campaign, the most remarkable feature of the '16 election by far, broke with the long-standing pattern of reliance on wealth and corporate power."  AlterNet  

Will Congress Authorize Indefinite Detention of Americans? TruthOut  

Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance . ... Exclusive: Rakem Balogun spoke out against police brutality. Now he is believed to be the first prosecuted under a secretive US effort to track so-called ‘black identity extremists’.  Guardian  

(Observation: ... this so-called plan is designed to fail and is more, mere window dressing on a deeply corrupt administration, with more pay-to-play schemes than we can collectively count)

Senator Asks What Novartis Was Seeking From Cohen Deal. ... Senator Ron Wyden asked Novartis AG’s chief executive officer to explain what the Swiss drugmaker was hoping to achieve with its $1.2 million in payments to Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump.   Bloomberg  

Trump promises to ‘derail the gravy train’ and lower drug prices in ‘American Patients First’ plan .... It excludes an idea that Trump has championed in the past and that was most feared by the industry: allowing the government to negotiate drug prices on behalf of the Medicare program. WaPo

The President's Drug-Pricing Scam. ThuthDig  

Bloomberg warns of ‘epidemic of dishonesty’ AP

Rick Perry suggests using ‘national security’ to override opposition to pipelines. ... Energy secretary comes from a state very protective of its sovereignty. ThinkProgress  

Pence says Cohen selling access to the president is none of your business ... "Is that draining the swamp?"  ThinkProgress  





May 31, 2018

The Manchester Bomber was Only Able to Massacre People Because of the Mistakes Made by the British Government. CounterPunch  

Deadlier than Katrina & 9/11: Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll . DemocracyNow  

Republicans Come Out Swinging Against Military Family Education. TruthOut  

In Uganda, Groups Offering Contraception and Family Planning Have Lost Millions in U.S. Aid Thanks to Trump’s Global Gag Rule. Intercept  

Understanding ignorance — and why you don’t have the right to believe whatever you want.

Glenn Greenwald: Why Did ABC Ignore Roseanne Barr’s Hateful Tweets Against Arabs & Palestinians?  DemocracyNow  

How Identity Politics Has Divided the Left: An Interview With Asad Haider. Intercept  

With Tax Cuts in Hand, CEOs Admit They Won't Invest Record Profits in Worker Wage Hikes. TruthOut  

Israel’s Premature Celebration: Gazans Have Crossed the Fear Barrier. CounterPunch  

The U.S. and Israel: a Match Made in Hell. CounterPunch  

May 30, 2018

Hidden Horrors of “Zero Tolerance” — Mass Trials and Children Taken From Their Parents.

Breaking a Promise, Tom Perez Puts His Thumb on the Scale for Andrew Cuomo. ... By abandoning a commitment to strict neutrality and endorsing in a key race, the DNC chair undermines confidence in the Democratic Party. The Nation  

How Iran Will Respond to Trump.  

131 House Dems Help GOP Pass Massive Pentagon Budget That Includes Billions for Expanded Nuclear Arsenal. ... "Instead of a blueprint for peace and security, this NDAA continues the practice of endless war with no input or oversight from our congressional leaders," lamented Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).
Common Dreams

The United States Is a Force for Chaos Across the Planet. TruthOut  

How Two House Democrats Defended Helping the GOP Weaken Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations. Intercept  

Donald Trump Jr: revered by the right, and building his own political base. ... Trump Jr’s fanbase sees him as an authentic political figure, but many conservatives are waiting for the next shoe to drop. Guardian  

How Identity Politics Has Divided the Left: An Interview With Asad Haider. Intercept  

Yulia Skripal and the Salisbury WUT.
Craig Murray

May 29, 2018

Whether Armenia, the Nazis or Isis – if you're going to commit genocide, you can’t do it without the help of local people. ... This is not something new – but it is something we too often forget.

Edward Snowden on Privacy in the Age of Trump and Facebook.  Intercept  

Hightower: Democracy Is Dying in America — We're Now Under the Rule of Trump's Cronies
Something unconscionable is at work here.

A Major Win for Trump’s War Cabinet. CounterPunch  

More than 100 million Americans’ drinking water could be contaminated by harmful chemicals
EPA chief Scott Pruitt calls for labeling chemicals in drinking water as “hazardous.”
: Journalists barred from EPA summit on harmful water contaminants. ... The Associated Press, CNN and the environmental-focused news organization E&E were barred by the EPA from Scott Pruitt’s event. Guardian  

Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal. ... Israeli agency told to find incriminating material on Obama diplomats who negotiated deal with Tehran. Guardian  

May 28, 2018

So which specific Trump aides hired Black Cube... Jarvanka? John Barron?  Daily Kos  

Concerned by Trump, Some Republicans Quietly Align With Democrats.  NY Times  

The whole Democratic Party is now a smoking pile of rubble. ... The down-ballot party has withered, and Obama’s policy legacy will be largely repealed. Vox  

Neo-Nazis Are Infiltrating the US Armed Forces. ... It's unclear what steps the military is taking to keep white supremacists out of its ranks. AlterNet  

Israeli Supreme Court rejects challenge to open-fire rules. AP   Related:  Israel considering law to ban photographing or filming of IDF soldiers. ... Bill aims to 'silence criticism of the army', critics say. Independent  

U.S. Law Cutting Aid to Palestinians Punishes Any and All Resistance to Israeli Occupation.

ACLU Report: Detained Immigrant Children Subjected To Widespread Abuse By Officials. NPR  (Note: these abuses were 2009-2014 - under the Obama adminstration - not Trump. And did not include ICE)


War on Dissent. Go>  

How to generate and manage the appearance of free and fair elections in developed markets. Go >  

Welcome to “Reality,” Kids. Go >  

Weekend of May 25-27, 2018

Weekend Read: The Doomsday Machine - Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. ... From the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the dangers of America's Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that continues to this day. Bloomsbury  

The US is the only country to have gone so far as to veto a Security Council resolution calling on all states to observe international law. ... an interview with Noam Chomsky  

Democrats fear Russia probe blowback. ... 'We need to talk about what people think about when they wake up in the morning, and it’s not Russia,' said one strategist. Politico  

Climate Change On Track To Cause Major Insect Wipeout, Scientists Warn. ... Insects are vital to ecosystems but will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections. HuffPost  

Pompeo Threatens Iran With Strongest Sanctions in History, Speeding U.S. March Toward War.  DemocracyNow  

Understanding 'The Full Extent Of America's Child Marriage Problem'. WBUR  

“Killing Gaza” with Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen.  TruthDig  

Democratic divide: Texas runoff sets up battle between progressives and moderates.

BBC’s Paul Wood: There Are Four Sources For Claims of Possible Trump-Russia Blackmail. Mother Jones  

Trump’s Gag Rule Would Pressure Medical Providers to Withhold Information on Abortion and Birth Control. Intercept  

May 24, 2018

The Supreme Court Just Made It A Lot Harder For You To Sue Your Employer. ... A new ruling allows employers to force workers into class-action waivers. As one justice put it, the case cuts to “the entire heart of the New Deal.”  HuffPost  

Decades in Prison for Protesting Trump? CounterPunch  

“We Are Lurching Toward Plutocracy”: Rep. Ellison on Rollback of Key Dodd-Frank Banking Regulations. DemocracyNow  

Drumpf’s Complicity In Israel’s Brutal Attacks On Palestinians Is Yet Another Example Of The GOP Taking Credit For Obama’s Hard Work.  ResistanceHole  

After Santa Fe HS Shooting, Texas Lawmakers Have “Focused on Anything But Guns”.  DemocracyNow  

An Extreme Climate Forces Extreme Measures as Worst-Case Predictions Are Realized.

The Farm Bill Could Be A Huge Blow To Animals
An amendment threatens farm animal protections, food safety laws and rules on invasive species.  HuffPost  

'I felt exposed online': how to disappear from the internet. ... Worried about what’s out there about you? You’re not alone. But is it even possible to become a digital ghost?  Guardian  

NRA - Share the Safety  Share the Savety  

May 23, 2018
Who Voted for Trump and Why. Abstract: Abstract
Recently released data from the 2016 American National Election Study allow us to offer a multifaceted profile of white voters who voted for Donald J. Trump in the 2016 presidential election. We find that Trump’s supporters voted for him mainly because they share his prejudices, not because they’re financially stressed. It’s true, as exit polls showed, that voters without four-year college degrees were likelier than average to support Trump. But millions of these voters—who are often stereotyped as “the white working class”—opposed Trump because they oppose his prejudices. These prejudices, meanwhile, have a definite structure, which we argue should be called authoritarian: negatively, they target minorities and women; and positively, they favor domineering and intolerant leaders who are uninhibited about their biases. Multivariate logistic regression shows that, once we take these biases into account, demographic factors (age, education, etc.) lose their explanatory power. The electorate, in short, is deeply divided. Nearly 75% of Trump supporters count themselves among his enthusiastic supporters, and even “mild” Trump voters are much closer in their attitudes to Trump’s enthusiasts than they are to nonTrump voters. Polarization is profound, and may be growing. Full Report  

The U.S. Role in Removing a Revolutionary and in Restoring War to Colombia. CounterPunch  

The Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion (That's Not a Typo).  TruthDig  

Sanders Among Few US Lawmakers to Condemn 'Horrific' Israeli Attacks on Unarmed Gaza Protesters. ... "Over 50 killed in Gaza today and 2,000 wounded, on top of the 41 killed and more than 9,000 wounded over the past weeks. This is a staggering toll."  CommonDreams  

“Project Blitz” Seeks to Do for Christian Nationalism What ALEC Does for Big Business.
Religion Dispatches

Trump administration preparing to take migrant children from families at border and detain them in military bases. ... 'Additional properties with existing infrastructure are routinely being identified and evaluated by federal agencies as potential locations for temporary sheltering'.

Meet Tarek Loubani, the Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Forces Monday While Treating Gaza’s Wounded. DemocracyNow  

Norman Finkelstein: Palestinians Have the Right to Break Free of the “Unlivable” Cage That Is Gaza. DemocracyNow  

War Crimes and Collective Punishment: Gina Haspel, Torture, and the Massacre in Gaza. Intercept  

With Medal of Honor, SEAL Team 6 Rewards a Culture of War Crimes. Intercept  

Robert Scheer: CIA 'Gangster Element' Is a Stain on America.   TruthDig  

May 22, 2018

The Coming Collapse. ... All I can say is get ready.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Some history on how we got here: The Powell Memo/Manifesto. (2013) Republican Successful Assault On The American Fabric Started With Him. Egberto Willies   
 Related: The Actual 1971 Memo  

These Should Be the End Times for American Patriotism. ... It is time to start treating American patriotism – the most deadly form of identity politics – as a question, not an answer.  AlterNet  

What Happens When pro-Trump Christians Weaponize the Bible. ... U.S. 'pro-Israel' evangelicals who declare the president enacted God's will, by moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, may want to consider the terrible historical cost of a selective and literalist use of the Bible.  Haaretz   Related: Trump Choosing a 'Jews Are Going to Hell' Evangelical to Pray at the Jerusalem Embassy Is Offensive. But It's No Accident. ... Pastor Robert Jeffress also thinks Islam is evil, Mormons belong to a cult, Catholicism is a product of Satan's genius and 'gay is not OK.' But what's a bit of bigotry and theological anti-Semitism between pro-Israel friends?  Haaretz  

As CO2 Levels Soar Past 'Troubling' 410 ppm Threshold, Trump Kills NASA Carbon Monitoring Program. ... What worries one scientist most is that humanity is "continuing full speed ahead with an unprecedented experiment with our planet, the only home we have."  CommonDreams  

Here is the real reason why tech billionaires are prepping for doomsday. RawStory  

Corrupt Guatemalan officials find help from an unlikely source: Marco Rubio. ... The Florida senator has suspended US funding for a United Nations commission that has had dramatic success in tackling corruption in the Central American country. Guardian  

Big Primary Wins for Socialists and Progressives Who Ran on 'Popular Demands That Were Deemed Impossible'. ... "Welcome to the political revolution."  CommonDreams  

Chomsky: Bernie is an "honest and committed New Dealer"  Reddit  

Trump's Moves on Iran Are From the Iraq War Playbook. TruthDig  

An Empire of Nothing? The U.S. Military Takes Us Through the Gates of Hell. ... The costs of America’s wars, still spreading in the Trump era, are incalculable. AlterNet  

May 21, 2018
The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election.
Intercept    Related:  NY Times drops another bombshell about FBI ‘informant’ in Trump campaign. Now we know his identity. TheBlaze  

Here's the #1 Factor Experts Say Accounts for High Number of Mass Shootings in the US. ... Welcome to the world of environmental criminology.

Donald Trump's threat to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi. ... Asked about ‘Libya model’, Trump says: ‘That model … was total decimation. That model would take place if we don’t make a deal’  Guardian  

The Evolution of Koch Core Political Organizations. Shifting Terrain  

Big Primary Wins for Socialists and Progressives Who Ran on Popular Demands. TruthOut  

Hacked Emails Show UAE Building Close Relationship With D.C. Think Tanks That Push Its Agenda. Intercept  

The McCain Cult.  CounterPunch  

43 Percent of American Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs. TruthDig  

Worker Co-Ops Are Wildly Successful But U.S. Media Ignores. Richard Wolff  

Socialism Is on a Winning Streak
Four candidates backed by Democratic Socialists of America won Pennsylvania primaries Tuesday, and come November they could all be legislators. The Nation  

A Wake-Up Call for Dems? 4 Women With Socialist Platforms Win PA Primary to Replace Male Incumbents. DemocracyNow  

‘Hearts without God’: Santa Fe shooting leaves reformers facing a religious wall. Guardian    Related:  Will evangelicals come out for Trump's Republican party in November? ... The unusual bond between a scandal-ridden president and the white Christian voters will be tested in the midterms.  Guardian