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Weekend of September 7-9, 2018

Chris Hedges: America Is Entering Its 'Final Phase' (Video)  TruthDig/Hedges  

Dear Anonymous Trump Official, There Is No Redemption in Your Cowardly Op-Ed. Intercept  
Related:  The Op-Ed - I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration. ... I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. NY Times  

The madness is pouring out of the White House now, for all to see. ... An anonymous New York Times op-ed by a senior Trump administration official and an explosive new book reveal just how bad things are around the US president. Guardian  

The Future of Political Parties in Three Movements. ... Assuming that the current political situation reflects something deeper about our current politics, what will our democracy look like in the future?  
The American Interest  

Corporations Are Waging All-Out Class War. ... America’s political history has been written in the fierce narrative of war. Not our country’s many military clashes with foreign nations, but our own unending war for democracy in the United States.  

The Wildest Things About Trump From Bob Woodward’s New Book, ‘Fear’. ... The veteran journalist’s new book says Trump’s behavior is similar to former President Richard Nixon’s during his final days in office.  HuffPost  

Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases.  DemocracyNow  

Facebook Censorship, Mad Ben Nimmo and the Atlantic Council.  Craig Murray  

As Amazon Hits $1T in Value, Its Warehouse Workers Denounce “Slavery” Conditions.  DemocracyNow  
Related: Exposed: Undercover Reporter at Amazon Warehouse Found Abusive Conditions & No Bathroom Breaks.  DemocracyNow  

If the Troubles Return After Brexit, It Won’t Just be Because of the Irish Border Issue.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Ayanna Pressley Defeats Rep. Michael Capuano In Massachusetts Primary. ... In a major upset, she defeated the 10-term congressman in the Democratic race and is set to become the state’s first black congresswoman.  HuffPost  

The House’s Version of the Farm Bill is Loaded With Anti-Environmental Provisions.  CounterPunch  

September 6, 2018

Neoliberal Fascism and the Twilight of the Social. ... The terrors of 20th century fascism have risen once again in the United States but less as a warning about repeating past mistakes than as a measure of the degree to which the lessons of history become irrelevant.  TruthOut/Giroux   

I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I’d like to pass on ... I’m 93, and, as extremism sweeps across Europe, I fear we are doomed to repeat the mistakes which created the Holocaust.

Bob Woodward’s new book just hit the Trump White House like a bomb — here are the 5 most shocking details.  RawStory  


Trump Disapproval Rating At All-Time High.
 Go >  

White House Releases Moving Statement Honoring Woman Who Called Obama An Arab In 2008.  
Go >

ICE Detains Tim Kaine For Speaking Spanish At Campaign Rally.  Go >

Devastating: Kid Makes The ‘Pull Horn’ Sign But The Trucker Accidentally Pulls The Self Destruct Cord.  Go >  

Police pulled fake ‘Antifa’ list from neo-Nazi site and used it to target random people who’d signed an anti-Trump petition: lawsuit.  RawStory  

Funding Conservation by Killing Animals: An Ironic Partnership.  TruthOut  

American History for Truthdiggers: A Broken Union (1851-1861)  TruthDig  

Imagine if the BBC Were Honest.  Craig Murray  


What you need to know about the ‘stolen email’ allegations against Brett Kavanaugh
But his emails.  TruthDig

Patrick Leahy Points to Email That Suggests Brett Kavanaugh Lied About Receiving Stolen Documents.  Slate  

Democrat Leahy hints at smoking gun to Kavanaugh perjury before the Senate in hidden documents.  DailyKos  

September 5, 2018

TheWildest Things About Trump From Bob Woodward’s New Book, ‘Fear’. ... The veteran journalist’s new book says Trump’s behavior is similar to former President Richard Nixon’s during his final days in office.  HuffPost  

Planning for UK Embassy to Move to Jerusalem Post Brexit.  Craig Murray  

A Vengeful and Shortsighted Act. ... The Trump administration, currying favor with hard-liners in Israel, eliminates funding for the United Nations agency that aids Palestinian refugees.  NY Times  

Thomas, Alito, and Gorsuch tell orphan children to go screw themselves. ... Forcing children to live in orphanages to own the libs.  ThinkPreogress  

The Collapse of the Middle Class and the Rise of a New 'Precariat'  TruthDig/Sheer  

Capitalism Is Not the “Market System”.

September 4, 2018

The Slaves Rebel. ... The only way to end slavery is to stop being a slave. Hundreds of men and women in prisons in some 17 states are refusing to carry out prison labor, conducting hunger strikes or boycotting for-profit commissaries in an effort to abolish the last redoubt of legalized slavery in America.  TruthDig/Hedges  


Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of judgement, God is calling.
On their knees, the war pigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings, oh lord yeah!

-Black Sabbath, “War Pigs,” 1969


"You’re going to have to shut up or I’ll call the police…Get out of here you low-life scum."

quote John McCain’s statement to peace activists calling for the arrest of epic imperial war criminal Henry Kissinger, January 29. 2015

CounterPunch/Paul Street  

The Truths That Won’t be Told: How Israel Spies on US Citizens.  CounterPunch  

'Apocalyptic threat': dire climate report raises fears for California's future. ... Statewide assessment, which comes amid summer of extreme wildfires, warns of deadly cost if climate change is not stopped.  Guardian  

Trump Eyes $100 Billion Handout to the 1 Percent.  TruthDig  

Trump’s FTC Releases Nearly 500 Pages of Material on Conflicts of Interest — and Redacts It All.  Intercept  

The FBI Tried to Use the #MeToo Moment to Pressure an Environmental Activist Into Becoming an Informant.  Intercept  

Meet the newest country behind fake Facebook accounts: America. ... Turns out plans for Facebook fakes aren't limited to just Russia and Iran.  ThinkProgress  

Emails Link Former Homeland Security Official to White Nationalists. ... The emails show Ian M. Smith, who has resigned his position, to be connected to an incognito social scene that included white-nationalist activists.  The Atlantic  
Related: DHS Hired a Policy Analyst With a Long History of Radical Anti-Immigrant Writings
Ian M. Smith, who also associated with white nationalists, left the Department of Homeland Security on Friday.  Mother Jones  

September 3, 2018

Dark Money: how a documentary became a political thriller. ... In a shocking new film about the influence of corporate finance in US politics, a film-maker and a journalist uncover a nefarious, far-reaching web. Guarduan  

Fifteen Ways the Democrats Can Lose the November Elections.  CounterPunch/Nader  

Most land-based ecosystems worldwide risk 'major transformation' due to climate change.
Science Daily

Now We're Talking - Interview with Glenn Greenwald. HuffPost  

Facebook Censorship, Mad Ben Nimmo and the Atlantic Council. ... Facebook’s plunge into censorship is completely open and admitted.  
Craig Murray  

America’s War Narrative Focuses on Its Heroes and Victims. Afghans and Iraqis Are Brushed Aside.  Intercept  

Cuomo Received $25,000 From Weinstein Lawyer’s Firm as He Suspended Probe. ... New York Governor Andrew Cuomo halted an investigation into the Manhattan DA’s handling of the Harvey Weinstein case just as the law firm representing the Hollywood producer gave Cuomo’s campaign $25,000.  
Capital and Main  

Contrary to the NYT, the Next Financial Crisis is Not Just Around the Corner. CounterPunch  

Politics Is Propping Up Our Capitalist System.  TruthDig  

Trump, Corporate Media Are Both Enemies of the People.  TruthDig  

Weekend of August 31, to September 2, 2018

Weekend Read: Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics.
A critical assessment of the 1984 election analyzes the decay of the Democratic party and the rise of a business-oriented political coalition in the GOP.  by Thomas Ferguson.   Amazon  

Israel is Building Another 1,000 Homes on Palestinian land. Where’s the Outrage?  CounterPunch  
Related: Benjamin Netanyahu Is Fine With Anti-Semites - as Long as They Support Israel’s Occupation. Intercept  
Related: Even Israeli Officials Are Warning That Trump’s Moves Against Palestinians May Backfire.  Intercept  

Publicly Subsidized Climate Change Insurance for Big Oil.  CounterPunch 

Noam Chomsky: Hopes and Anxieties in the Age of Trump.  TruthOut  

Some Call It Forest Management, I Call It Racketeering.  CounterPunch  

How Donald Trump Became A Buffoon
The fatal flaw in the Donald tragedy is that this person actually believed his own propaganda.  HuffPost  

Corporate Democrats Prepare Midterm Battle Against Socialist Candidates.  TruthOut  

#WhipTheVote: Progressives Launch Campaign to Pressure 24 Democrats Who Still Haven't Vowed to Oppose Kavanaugh. ... "Every Democratic senator must announce their opposition to Kavanaugh's confirmation immediately. Find out where your senator stands, then tell them you want them to unite to #StopKavanaugh."  CommonDreams  







Weekend of September 21-23, 2018

Weekend Read:
America: The Farewell Tour - by Chris Hedges

A profound and provocative examination of America in crisis, where unemployment, deindustrialization, and a bitter hopelessness and malaise have resulted in an epidemic of diseases of despair—drug abuse, gambling, suicide, magical thinking, xenophobia, and a culture of sadism and hate.  Simon&Schuster  

Want to Defend Democracy? Start With Your Public Library. ... Public libraries are critical within the public sphere and, when fully supported, represent the best of government at work.. The Nation  

Trump-Russia investigationThe key questions answered. ... Everything you need to know about the inquiry into Russian hacking, alleged collusion and Donald Trump, plus the latest news.  Guardian  

50-state strategy for Dems? How about 15 instead?
 The Hill  

Federal Agency Says It Lost Track Of 1,488 Migrant Children. ... The Health and Human Services Department first disclosed that it had lost track of 1,475 children late last year, as it came under fire at a Senate hearing in April  HuffPost  

Is the “deep state” trying to undermine Corbyn? ... The denial to me of Commons security clearance and a raft of hostile stories suggests the intelligence services may be working to block the election of a Labour government.  NewStatesman  
Related:  Jeremy Corbyn and the Crisis of Anti-Semitism
A vicious feud has engulfed the Labour Party-why can't its leader defuse it?  The Nation  

'Treating protest as terrorism': US plans crackdown on Keystone XL activists. ... Documents suggest an aggressive response to possible protests against the oil pipeline amid fears of another Standing Rock.  

The 1 Percent Has a Dark Plot to Replace American Democracy With an Elite Plutocracy -- And It's Working. ... How will American democracy resist their twisted goal of one-dollar, one-vote plutocracy?  AlterNet  

Paul Ehrlich: 'Collapse of civilisation is a near certainty within decades' ... Fiftyntroversial book The years after the publication of his co Population Bomb, biologist Paul Ehrlich warns overpopulation and overconsumption are driving us over the edge. Guardian  

Government Can Spy on Journalists in the U.S. Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process.  Intercept  

Seymour Hersh: a Life of Adversarial Democracy at Work.  CounterPunch  

The Adults in the White House Trying to Save the US From Trump Are Just as Dangerous as He Is.  CounterPunch/P. Cockburn 

Hurricane Colonialism: The Economic, Political, and Environmental War on Puerto Rico.  Intercept  

Ten Years Since Economic Collapse Sparked Occupy Wall Street, the Cooperative Movement Is Surging,  DemocracyNow  

Trump Lights the Fuse on a Deadly Methane Bomb.  TruthOut  

As the Biosphere Dies, So Do We: Using the Power of Nature to Heal the Planet.  TruthOut  

Is Donald Trump’s Downfall Hidden in His Tax Returns? ... The president might just be a one-man version of that once-renowned company, Enron.  The Nation  

What Happened to the 99 Immigrant Children Who Were Sent to Chicago?  TruthOut  

Revealed: The Justice Dept's secret rules for targeting journalists with FISA court orders.  Freedom of Press Foundation  

Beautiful Country Burn Again review: Trump, 2016 and America's 'long con'  Guardian  

Septermber 19, 2018

This is how the GOP rigged Congress: The secret plan that handcuffed Obama’s presidency, but backfired in Donald Trump. ... GOP stole the House with old trick in a brilliant modern form. A new book by Salon’s editor lays out every detail.  Salon  

Made in America - Shrapnel found in Yemen ties US bombs to string of civilian deaths over course of bloody civil war.  CNN  

From NIKE to Anonymous: the Fantasy of Resistance.  CounterPunch  

Billionaires Are the Lethal Monkey on the Back of the American Public.  TruthDig  

Ahed Tamimi: ‘Any Palestinian starts resisting Israeli occupation from birth’  France24  

Same Old Obama: The First Black Presidential Library and Gentrification on Chicago’s South Side.  
Paul Street


Mike Pence Struggling To Reckon With Vision Of Prophet Muhammad Revealing That VP Destined To Become Next President.  Go ->

Christ Sues Catholic Church For Unlicensed Use Of His Image  Go ->

Trump Deathwatch  Go ->

LA City Council approves drafting ordinance to ban fur sales.  ABC  

What Happened to the 99 Immigrant Children Who Were Sent to Chicago?. TruthOut  

American Fascism.  From Whence "We" Came. CounterPunch  

Septermber 18, 2018

The Culture of Hate. ... This is an excerpt from the chapter titled “Hate” in Chris Hedges’ new book, “America: The Farewell Tour,” published by Simon & Schuster.  TruthDig  

U.S. Border Patrol supervisor confesses to executing four women. ... He is the second Border Patrol agent from the Laredo sector to be accused of mass murders this year.  ThinkProgress  

Trump administration announces it’s slashing refugee admissions to a record low. ... The new cap would be the lowest since the program began in 1980.  ThinkProgress  

The Trump Administration Is Detaining a Record Number of Immigrant Children.  TruthDig  

“Climate Capitalism Is Killing Our Communities”: Protesters Disrupt Gov. Brown’s SF Climate Summit.  DemocracyNow  

A new authoritarian axis demands an international progressive front.  Guardian  

Two Long-Standing American Traditions: Committing War Crimes & Ignoring International Law.  

Massachusetts police tweet lets slip scale of leftwing surveillance. ... An image of a police computer screen posted during Thursday’s gas emergency showed bookmarks for several activist groups. Guradian  

Facebook Censors a ThinkProgress Story on Kavanaugh After a Conservative Site Calls It “Fake News”  DemoracyNow!  

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers.  Intercept  

A Group of Democrats Joined Republicans to Give Them Power in New York. On Election Day, New Yorkers Wiped Them Out.  Intercept  

Septermber 17, 2018

Justice Department Attempts to Suppress Evidence That the Border Patrol Targeted Humanitarian Volunteers.  Intercept  

Trump and 'collusion': what we know so far about Mueller's Russia investigation. ...The special counsel has secured multiple indictments, and an agreement with Paul Manafort that could pose a threat to Trump. Guardian  

John Bolton Escalates Blackmail to Shield US War Criminals.  TruthOut  


Facebook Suppressed a Story About Brett Kavanaugh’s Opposition to Roe v. Wade. We’re Republishing It.  Intercept  

Related: Facebook Condemned for Empowering Right-Wing Magazine to "Drive Liberal News Outlets Into the Ground" ... What do you achieve when you let the Weekly Standard operate as a fact-checker for one of the internet's most powerful platforms? "You achieve bullshit."  CommonDreams  

Facebook Dostoevsky Postman and the Demise of Deliberative Democracy. CounterPunch   

Billionaires Are the Lethal Monkey on the Back of the American Public.  TruthDig  

Where is the Democrats’ Contract with America 2018?. CounterPunch/Nader  

The Underground Caliphate. ... ISIS Has Not Vanished. It Is Fighting a Guerrilla War Against the Iraqi State.  Intercept  

Weekend of September 14-16, 2018

Weekend Read:
Fear: Trump in the White House - by Bob Woodward.
With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence....
Fear is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office. Amazon  Notes

A New Form of Slavery? Meet Incarcerated Firefighters Battling California’s Wildfires for $1 an Hour.

As Florence Threatens 'Catastrophic' Destruction, A Reminder That North Carolina Passed Law Mandating Climate Warnings Be Ignored. ... State legislators passed an anti-science law after a 2010 report warned global warming would cause devastating sea-level rise. Now, as a hurricane makes landfall, local experts demand policy change and urgent action.  CommonDreams  

Wall Street Is the Definition of a Ponzi Scheme (Literally) TruthDig  

The Strange Russian Alibi.  Craig Murray  

States Allow For-Profit Pipeline Companies to Seize Private Property.  TruthOut  

Facebook’s idea of ‘fact-checking’: Censoring ThinkProgress because conservative site told them to. ... A perfect example of how Facebook is catering to conservatives.  ThinkProgress  

Immigrant children held for months to more than 1 year in Chicago detention facility. ... “We are starting to see signs that there could be long-term effects.”.  ThinkProgress 

Navajo activists converge on New York City to send anti-coal message to billionaire investor
Groups want investment in renewables, not dirty coal on Navajo Nation.  ThinkProgress  

GOP Tax Plan Features Retirement Accounts That Favor the Wealthiest.  TruthOut  

Trump Administration Rushes To Lease Federal Lands. ... The Department of Interior is quietly preparing to offer hundreds of thousands of acres of public land for leasing to energy companies.  HuffPost  

Septermber 13, 2018

Watch: Noam Chomsky on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Growing Split in Democratic Party. ... The Republican Party itself has drifted so far to the right that they’re almost off the spectrum. But the split within the Democratic Party is significant, and it’s showing up in primary after primary.  AlterNet  

America: Farewell Tour - Chris Hedges YouTube   and Book Notes  


With Hundreds of Children Still Detained, Sessions Instructs Judges to Show Less 'Sympathy' for Immigrants. ... One immigration judge denounced the attorney general's comments as a "political statement which does not articulate a legal concept that judges are required to be aware of and follow"

With Hurricane Florence Barreling Toward US, Document Shows Trump Moved $10 Million From FEMA to ICE.  TruthOut   

'They were laughing at us': immigrants tell of cruelty, illness and filth in US detention. ... Here, in a freezing immigration detention facility somewhere in the Rio Grande valley of south Texas, adults and children alike were fainting from dehydration and lack of food. ... Sleep was almost impossible; the lights were left on, they had just a thin metallic sheet to protect against the cold and there was nothing to lie down on but the hard floor.   

Mention of Climate Change Scrubbed From National Parks Report.  TruthDig   

Trump Admin Punishes PLO for Trying to Prosecute Alleged Israeli War Crimes in International Court.  DemocracyNow  

Nonprofit Run by Trump Strategists Promotes Right-Wing Ideals With Secret Money.  TruthOut  


Does Brett Kavanaugh’s 1996 Legal Essay ‘Donald Trump Should Be Allowed To Commit Crimes If He Becomes President’ Disqualify Him From The Supreme Court?  Go>  

Trump Deathwatch. ... The latest “Trump Deathwatch” began on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. It began in a courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, when Paul Manafort, sleazebag beltway operator and former chairman of Trump’s campaign, was pronounced guilty by a jury of his peers on ten counts of various types of fraud.  Go>  

Trump’s Treasonous Traitor Summit or: How Liberals Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New McCarthyism.  Go>  

Septermber 12, 2018


Elections and the Illusion of Political Control ... Economic austerity, the mantra and clarified butter of the national Democrats, is the claim that the only legitimate expenditures by the Federal government are for unnecessary wars, Wall Street bailouts and prisons. Other Expenditures - for housing, education, health care, food and retirement, are burdens on our children and grandchildren. If this reads like the program of the radical right, you might be on to something. And if you don’t understand the implications for bottom-up political reform, please read.  CounterPunch  

Conjuring Up the Next Depression. ... During the financial crisis of 2008, the world’s central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks and corporations, loaned by banks at predatory interest rates, used to service interest on unpayable debt or spent buying back stock, providing millions in compensation for elites.   TruthDig/Hedges  

Robert Reich Exposes One of the Right's Favorite Cons. ... Trump and his appointees are on a binge of deregulation that masks another kind of trickle-down economics, in which the gains go to the top and the rest of us bear the risks and losses.

Trump's Economy Is on a Path to a Bust. Whose interests are being promoted by macroeconomic policies in the United States? Is Donald Trump good for the economy? Is he responsible for the current economic indicators, which seem to be healthy? Are his tariff policies good for workers here and abroad? And how does his approach to economics differ from Obamas? TruthOut  

Yes, let's wipe out Trump. But take neoliberal Democrats with him, too ... A new wave of left-leaning Democrats are waging a war on the party’s corporate wing.  Guardian  

(2017) The Great Flood. ... How many times will we rebuild Florida’s cities, Houston, coastal New Jersey, New Orleans and other population centers ravaged by storms lethally intensified by global warming?  TruthDig/Hedges  

The Unholy Alliance Between Trump, Kavanaugh and the Evangelicals. ... Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a gift to evangelical Christians. It was their ardent hope the president would pick a justice friendly to their cause that drove many evangelicals to vote for Trump in the first place.  

Trump opens up popular Minnesota wilderness area to mining. ... Critics say the USDA broke its promise to do a full environmental impact statement.  

Trump Administration Discussed Coup Plans With Rebel Venezuelan Officers.  NY Times  

I thought democracy in Chile was safe. Now I see America falling into the same trap. ... The rights we take for granted are fragile and revocable, and only the resistance of ordinary citizens will save them.

'It's God's Will': Conservative George Will Lays Out Mike Pence's Twisted Religious Justification for Serving Trump ... "What do they got in common, these two guys?"  AlterNet  

John Bolton Threatens International Criminal Court Judges for Probing U.S. Torture in Afghanistan.  DemocracyNow  

Septermber 11, 2018

John Bolton threatens war crimes court with sanctions in virulent attack. ... US national security adviser calls ICC illegitimate and says ‘we will let it die on its own’.  Guardian  

Wholesale Crimes. ... In their 1979 book The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, Noam Chomsky and the late Edward S. Herman drew a distinction between retail and wholesale acts of terrorism. Retail acts were those carried out by individuals or small groups; wholesale, those committed by vast national military forces.  CounterPunch  

Trump suggests curtailing two constitutional freedoms in 24 hours. ... "I think it’s embarrassing for the country to allow protesters. You don’t even know what side the protesters are on."  

'Gitmo for Children': Trump Administration Reveals Plan to Imprison Families With Kids Indefinitely. ... "Locking up children indefinitely is cruel and heartless, even for the Trump administration. It is nothing less than an assault on child safety and fundamental human dignity."  CommonDreams  
Related: As 400+ Children Remain Separated From Parents, Trump Admin Wants to Detain Kids Indefinitely. DemocracyNow  
Related: The Trump Administration Plans To Detain More Children And For Longer. ... The government plans to withdraw from a settlement that protects immigrant children from inhumane detention.  HuffPost  

The US spends more on education than other countries. Why is it falling behind? ... Spending per student exceeds the OECD average but the likes of Finland and South Korea get better results. What are they doing right and what can the US learn from them?  

Teachers Leave For-Profit Charter Schools at Alarming Rates, Report Says.  TruthOut  

Mad Dog Impunity: From Washington and Riyadh to Chicago.  CounterPunch/Street  

Septermber 10, 2018

Climate of Class Rule: Common(s)er Revolt or Common Ruin. CounterPunch/Street  

What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza. CounterPunch  

Billionaires v teachers: the Koch brothers' plan to starve public education.  Guardian  

If Donald Trump Targets Journalists, Thank Obama. NY Times  

Neoliberal Fascism and the Twilight of the Social  TruthDig/Giroux  

Creeping Fascism No Problem for Trump’s Durable Base. TruthDig  

Nancy Pelosi Promises That Democrats Will Handcuff the Democratic Agenda If They Retake the House.  Intercept  

The US Military Sees Endless War as a “Victory”.  TruthOut  

The major uprising in Basra and southern Iraq is what the world should be worrying about in the Middle East right now. ... Iraq has once again fallen off the media map at the very moment when it is being engulfed by a crisis that could destabilise the whole country.  Independent  

Strong-Arm Governments Are Taking Over the Global Economy.  Bloomberg  







Weekend of September 28-30, 2018

Weekend Read:
Carceral Capitalism. By Jackie Want.
... Essays on the contemporary continuum of incarceration: the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, and algorithmic policing.  MIT Press  

Trump’s U.N. Speech. - Fact Check ... The president made misleading boasts about his record on the economy and foreign issues.  FactCheck  

American Dissident: Noam Chomsky on the State of the Empire.  Intercept  

Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” Aims Not at Trump But at Those Who Created the Conditions That Led to His Rise.  Intercept  
Related: Glenn Greenwald Makes the Case for Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9'  TruthDig  


Brace for Impact, as the Climate “End Game” Has Arrived.  TruthOut  

An Unforeseen Climate Beast Awakens!.  CounterPunch  

World 'nowhere near on track' to avoid warming beyond 1.5C target. ... Exclusive: Author of key UN climate report says limiting temperature rise would require enormous, immediate transformation in human activity.  Guardian  

Littwin: In the nation’s latest #MeToo moment, Trump comes clean. He says it’s all a con job.  Colorado Independent  

David Glosser: “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle”.  DemocracyNow  

Why Not Socialism?.  CounterPunch  

How the Koch brothers built the most powerful rightwing group you've never heard of. .. Americans for Prosperity is a little-known, billionaire-funded organization that has pushed US politics to the right. How did it happen?  Guardian  

America's super rich: six things to know. ... Our new series, Big Money, is investigating the social and political clout of the super-rich. ... America is less a bastion of representative democracy than a nation trammeled by the desires of the hyper-wealthy.  Guardian  

What Brett Kavanaugh Really Learned in High School: Make the Rules, Break the Rules and Prosper.  CounterPunch  

September 27 2018

World Audibly Laughs After Trump Claims His Administration Among Most Accomplished in US History During UN Address. ... "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country," Trump declared before laughter broke out in the hall.  CommonDreams  

Visionary Report Demands 'New Social Contract' to Curb Threats Tech Giants Pose to Democracy. ... "The companies that control this market are among the most powerful and valuable the world has ever seen. We cannot expect them to regulate themselves."  CommonDreams  

Keystone Pipeline gets green light from State Department. ... The controversial pipeline lurches that much closer to construction.

After meeting Bedouins whose homes are being destroyed, I can't see how a Palestinian state can ever happen. ... The European parliament has been much exercised about Khan al-Ahmar, warning that the Israelis would be committing a war crime if they demolished the herding village.  Independent  

Pro-Israeli Terror Threat at Labour Conference Covered Up By MSM.  Craig Murray  

Facebook Brushed Off the U.N. Five Separate Times Over Calls for Murder of Human Rights Worker.  

After Actively Making Life Worse for Millions Worldwide, Trump Tells Refugees to Suck It Up and Stay in 'Their Own Countries'. ... "The President of the United States has just rejected the idea of migration writ-large."  CommonDreams  

History Distorted: Sam Wineberg’s Critique of Howard Zinn.  CounterPunch  

September 26, 2018

Trump’s Tariffs on Chinese Imports Are Actually a Tax on the US Middle Class.  TruthOut  

Israel’s Anti-Semitism Smear Campaign.  CounterPunch  

The Establishment’s ‘Fear’ Is Different From Yours.  TruthDig  

Importing Jihadi Terror to the UK – Cui Bono?
 Craig Murray  

Hiding in Plain Sight: Why We Cannot See the System Destroying Us.  CounterPunch  

Here's How Your Unique Behavioral Psychological Profile Is Being Used to Manipulate You. ... Emmy Award-winning director and activist Josh Fox traces the arc of propaganda from 9/11 to Trump.  


Calling all Resistance Members!   We Must Protect Heroic Ex-Russian Whistleblower Yakov Smirnoff  Who Is Exposing The Disgusting Horrors of Daily Life In Evil Russia. Go >

Han Solo Met Chewbacca After Clubbing Chewie’s Parents To Death And Stealing Him As A Cub: Everything You Need To Know About ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Go >  

This Looks Bad: The President Of The National Dairy Council Threw Up And Resigned At A Press Conference After A Reporter Told Him Where Milk Comes From. Go >  

A Prime Minister, a Drug Pilot, an Oligarch, & RussiaGate.  MadCow Productions  

The Incredible Case of Boshirov and Petrov’s Visas.  Craig Murray  

September 25, 2018

American Anomie. ... Mr. Fish / TruthdigThe French sociologist Emile Durkheim in his classic book “On Suicide” examined the disintegration of social bonds that drive individuals and societies to personal and collective acts of self-destruction.... TruthDig/Hedges

Lessons from Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9: Establishment Democrats Sold Out the Voters
Moore’s film is as much about how the left and the media have failed us as it is about the dangers of Trump.  AlterNet  

'Evil': Worst Fears Realized as ICE Arrests Dozens of Family or Guardians Attempting to Retrieve Children From Detention. ... "If they can't separate families, then lock them up, gut asylum standards, and, now, arrest family members who come forward to sponsor loved ones."  CommonDreams  

We May Have Unlocked the Mystery of Trump’s Orange Skin. ... Does it have something to do with an Indiana tanning mogul?  Mother Jones  

Top 10 Climate Deniers.  Before The Flood  

Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK . ... Tentative plot to whisk fugitive from London embassy on Christmas Eve was considered too risky.  Guardian  

Trump Tax Plan 2.0 Cements the Worst Economic Policy in a Generation.  TruthOut  

The key players in the push to purge Americans from voter rolls. ... A slew of rightwing groups are trying to prevent large numbers of people from voting. We run down the chief architects.   

September 24, 2018

Trump’s Lies vs. Your Brain. ... Unfortunately, it’s no contest. Here’s what psychology tells us about life under a leader totally indifferent to the truth.  Politico  

Extraordinary and Deliberate Lies from the Guardian.  ... denounce a quite extraordinary set of deliberate lies published in the Guardian about a Russian plot to spring Julian Assange last December.  Craig Murray  

State Department Team Led by Former Raytheon Lobbyist Pushed Mike Pompeo to Support Yemen War Because of Arms Sales.  Intercept  

US Now Supporting Starvation on 'Unprecedented Scale' as Yemen Famine Threatens Five Million Children. ... "This war," warns Save the Children International, "risks killing an entire generation of Yemen's children who face multiple threats, from bombs to hunger to preventable diseases like cholera."  CommonDreams  

Hold the Front Page, the Reporters are Missing.  CounterPunch  

The Liberal Rehabilitation of George W. Bush Is Complete.  TruthDig  

New findings expose the depths of one of Europe’s largest money laundering scandals. ... With tens of billions of dollars ID'd in suspicious transactions, the Danske Bank scandal is only just beginning.  ThinkProgress   

The key players in the push to purge Americans from voter rolls. ... A slew of rightwing groups are trying to prevent large numbers of people from voting. We run down the chief architects.  

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be deposed about plan to rig 2020 census
A federal judge said Friday that "his intent and credibility are directly at issue."  

Love of Trump covers a multitude of sins for Christian conservatives.  Guardian