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Weekend of October 11-13, 2019

Weekend Read: United States of Distraction: Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It) - By Robert W McChesney.   ... a powerful critique of how manipulation of media gives rise to disinformation, intolerance, and divisiveness, and how we can fight back. The role of news media in a free society is to investigate, inform, and provide a crucial check on political power. But does it do any of these things? It’s no secret that the goal of corporate-owned media is to increase the profits of the few, not to empower the many. As a result, people are increasingly immersed in an information system structured to reinforce their social biases and market to their buying preferences. Purchase from  Project Censored  

Secretary of Defense, Incorporated.  TruthDig  


CIA spied on Julian Assange 24/7 in Ecuadorian embassy. ... The CIA was given 24/7 video and audio surveillance of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange while he lived under asylum at the Ecuador’s embassy in London. A former Ecuadorian diplomat responds to the news.  Gray Zone  

CIA Spying Against Julian Assange Is Latest Revelation In Years-Long Campaign. ShadowProof

Director of Spanish security company that spied on Julian Assange arrested. ... The owner of UC Global, David Morales, was detained in August and has since been released on bail. He is facing offenses related to violating the privacy of the WikiLeaks founder and passing the information on to the United States’ intelligence services.  El Pais   

Journalists Who Visited Julian Assange Targeted By Company Spying On CIA’s Behalf. ShadowProof

Iraq Protests: Death Toll Soars as Militias Target Protesters.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

WaPo Goes After Warren With a Posse of Centrist Sources.  FAIR  

Robert Reich: A Centrist Cannot Win in 2020 TruthDig  

Whistleblower Explains How Cambridge Analytica Helped Fuel U.S. 'Insurgency'  NPR  

Khashoggi’s Murder Should Have Made Saudi Arabia A Pariah. 7 Men Made Sure That Didn’t Happen.  

Justice for Kaysera: Native Teen’s Mysterious Death Highlights Epidemic of Murdered Indigenous Women.  DemocracyNow  

Donald Trump’s Iran Humiliation.  TruthDig  

Joe Biden’s Family Has Been Cashing in on His Career for Decades. Democrats Need to Acknowledge That.  

The Anatomy of MSNBC. ... More than any other media outlet, MSNBC embodies the politics and sensibility of Trump-era liberalism. But the network that many call the “liberal Fox News” wasn’t always liberal.  Jacobin  

Blatant Case of Torture Exposes Israeli Occupation Methods. ... Twenty years after the Israeli High Court ruled against the use of torture, the law allows the secret police to continue to use it. Human rights groups warn that these circumstances are frequently evoked in cases like that of Samer Al-Arbid, who was almost tortured to death.

Workers Stuck 'Paying the Ultimate Price' as GE Freezes Pensions for 20,000 Employees. ... "GE hired a new CEO last year with a pay package worth up to $300 million."  CommonDreams

Trump’s Attacks on the Press Fuel Harassment of Journalists at th Border.  Intercept  

Murdoch-Funded Anti-Gerrymandering Group Hired Lobbyists with a History of Gerrymandering.  Intercept

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October 10, 2019

Any wonder Hunter Biden need a $50K a month "job" where he didn't have to show up. Kathleen Biden filed for divorce saying Hunt er was "spending extravagantly on his own interests including drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs, and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations.”

Cracking Wise: Trump called on China to investigate Hunter Biden’s activities in securing Chinese money for a venture called Bohai Harvest RST Equity Investment Fund Management Co. Go for it. But while they’re at it, Chinese prosecutors might also want to dig into how Ivanka Trump won approval from the Chinese government for 16 new trademarks (including for voting machines) in the midst of her father’s trade war with China. - Jeffrey St. Clair

The ‘Whistleblower’ Probably Isn’t. ... It’s an insult to real whistleblowers to use the term with the Ukrainegate protagonist.  Rolling Stone  

The U.S. Is Now Betraying the Kurds For the Eighth Time.  Intercept 

Betrayal Is American Foreign Policy.  TruthDig  

Customs Agent Allegedly Harassed Journalist With ‘Propaganda’ Questions At Virginia Airport. ... The officer reportedly asked the question four times before handing back the man’s passport.  HuffPost  

We Meddle Too: Trump, Empire, and “The National Interest”  CounterPunch

Israelis were ‘saddened’ to have to kill Gaza protesters, to avert ‘bloodbath’ Mondoweis  

Trump administration detains highest number of immigrants in over 10 years. ... President claims harsh immigration policies would deter migrants from attempting to enter.  Independent  

Federal Appeals Court Issues Mixed Decision on Net Neutrality. ... The DC Circuit Court issued a decision on net neutrality that partly favored the FCC’s effort to abolish net neutrality, but also supported state legislation. TRNN

Elite UK military unit secretly trained by leftist regime-change advocate Gilbert Achcar and other academics
Government documents show scholar Gilbert Achcar and other pro-regime change academics have given training sessions to UK Ministry of Defense soldiers, helping the British military enhance its counter-insurgency tactics.  The Gray Zone  

How the U.S. Military Undermines the American Economy.  CounterPunch  

October 9, 2019

Merging 'Loyalty to the Oil Industry' and 'Grudge Against California,' Trump Opens 725,000 Acres to Fossil Fuel Drilling. ... "Turning over these spectacular wild places to dirty drilling and fracking will sicken Californians, harm endangered species, and fuel climate chaos."  CommonDreams  

Americans Enable Unspeakable Atrocities Every Day.  TruthDig  


Obama Upholds In-Office Tradition By Releasing 2019 Summer Kill List. > Go  

Eric Trump Accuses Don, Jr., of Being Whistle-Blower in Bid to Get Him Cut Out of Will.  > Go  

Disneyland Employee Hastily Ad-Libs Story About How Much Goofy Loves Napping On The Pavement.
> Go 

Pelosi Concerned Outspoken Progressive Flank Of Party Could Harm Democrats’ Reputation As Ineffectual Cowards  < Go  

Pelosi Wants to Prosecute Snowden But Protect Trump Whistleblower.  TruthOut  

We need to talk about Hunter Biden. ... The growing scandal around Ukraine shows that the gamble of a Biden nomination is big - and one Democrats would be foolish to make.  Guardian  

Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out White House Aides Reportedly 'Horrified' by Trump Conduct: 'History Will Judge Them by What They Did. And the Answer Is Nothing'. ... "With respect to the betrayal of our country, it doesn't matter much how these aides felt."  CommonDreams  

Extremist Group Gets a Plug from the President, Right-Wing Media Seeking to Smear AOC  
Right Wing Watch

The New York Times Called a Famous Cartoonist an Anti-Semite. Repeatedly. They Didn’t Ask Him for Comment.  CounterPunch  

Documentary Exposes Wall Street Power Behind Global Gentrification Boom.  TruthOut  

'Unbelievable': Snowden Calls Out Media for Failing to Press US Politicians on Inconsistent Support of Whistleblowers. ... The comment followed a new Justice Department filing that claims a whistleblower engaged in "thievery, not protected speech" when llegedly leaking classified information on the U.S. drone operations.

Impeachment, Brought to You by the CIA.

The Refugee Crisis Unlike You've Ever Seen It Before

Cracking Wise: Right out of Yale Law, Hunter went to work for MBNA, the big Delaware bank his father had long been a senatorial servant of. In fact, Papa Joe was known as “the Senator from MBNA.” MBNA’s most fervent hope was a reform of bankruptcy laws that allowed it to squeeze every last drop of blood from its credit card holders. Biden pushed the bill through the senate in 2005, with son Hunter serving as a lobbyist communicated every demand from the bank. This seems a much more pungent scandal than H Biden’s profiteering in Ukraine. Will Warren and/or Sanders pursue? - Jeffrey St. Clair

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October 8, 2019

Global Rebellion begins October 7

Rebellion Rally Columbia University October 9

Rage Against The War Machine  October 11  

Heading for Extinction October 13

Time to Rebel  TruthDig/Hedges  

Iraq is in Revolt  CounterPunch  

Iraq protests: Death tolls soars as pro-Iran militias accused of shooting protesters. ... 'The Iranians want to militarise the situation so it cease to be a mass movement,' says one commentator.  Independent/Cockburn  

US to let Turkish forces move into Syria, dumping Kurdish allies. ... White House reveals policy shift, which follows conversation between Trump and Erdogan   Guardian  

“A Shakespearean Act of Betrayal”: Trump Agrees to Let Turkey Invade Kurdish-Controlled Syrian Area.  DemocracyNow  

White House: Turkey To Invade Northern Syria. ... Press secretary Stephanie Grisham says U.S. troops “will not support or be involved in the operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area.”   HuffPost  

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The (partical) Master List.  Bill Blum  

Dangerous Detention: Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison.  CounterPunch  

Relaying Views of US’s Top General, Newsweek Sees No Need for Countervailing Facts.  FAIR  

Shame of the Nation: The 1% Rules and the 99% Lets Them. ... There has never been so much but so little for the majority.  CommonDreams  

The Silencing of Kashmir: Arundhati Roy on India, Modi, and Fascism.  Intercept  

The Word Nobody Wanted to Say at the U.N. Climate Action Summit.  TruthDig  

Documentary Exposes Wall Street Power Behind Global Gentrification Boom.  TruthOut  

Merging 'Loyalty to the Oil Industry' and 'Grudge Against California,' Trump Opens 725,000 Acres to Fossil Fuel Drilling. ... "Turning over these spectacular wild places to dirty drilling and fracking will sicken Californians, harm endangered species, and fuel climate chaos."  CommonDreams  

Americans Enable Unspeakable Atrocities Every Day.  TruthDig  

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October 7, 2019

Cracking Wise: Lefties worried about President Pence??? Now Pence has been caught with his pants down, we have the specter of President Pelosi. Chose your poison wisely - if you can.


Trump and Giuliani Connections to Ukraine Corruption Go Back Years. ... The House wants a trove of documents and communications from Sam Kislin, who helped Trump stave off bankruptcy and helped fund Giuliani’s political campaigns.  Daily Beast    

More information on names in the above article can be found here:
Sam Kislin     Pavel Fuks
Oleg Deripaska & Mikhail Chernoy
& Viktor Yanukovych
  Arik Kislin
CNN Pulls Interview

What Mike Pence does next won't just change the impeachment inquiry — it could change American politics for decades. ... The VP and his counterparts in the Democratic Party are at a crossroads. What they do next could make for a huge Democratic victory — or a revered Republican hero.  Independent  

The ‘Whistleblower’ Probably Isn’t. ... It’s an insult to real whistleblowers to use the term with the Ukrainegate protagonist.  RollingStones 

How the U.S. Military Undermines the American Economy.  CounterPunch  

A father's grief and the Made in USA bomb dropped in Yemen. ... Cluster bomb, a type of munition invented by the Nazis to kill as many as possible (are) used in coalition strike in Yemen.   Guardian  

Text Messages Show the Trump-Zelensky Call Had Just One Goal — And It Was Anything but Routine.

The Most Important Article You’ll Never Read? How Western Media Support State Terror, While Millions Die, and How this Article was Killed.  
Project Censored  

'This Is Not What Democracy Looks Like': Outrage as London Police Use Battering Ram to Raid Extinction Rebellion Building. ... "These tactics are very questionable and are arguably infringing on our rights to peaceful protest, and indeed our efforts to preserve people's right to life."  CommonDreams  

Military Keynesianism Marches On. CounterPunch

Neither Democrats Nor Republicans Will Admit the Problem Is Capitalism Itself.  TruthOut  

We Meddle Too: Trump, Empire, and “The National Interest”  CounterPunch  

The Phony Liberalism of Bill Maher.  TruthDig  

Weekend of October 4-6, 2019

Weekend Read:  The Terror of the Unforeseen - by Henry A. Giroux.  In a searing takedown of the populist authoritarian vision of America, The Terror of the Unforeseen tackles the resurgence of fascism in the age of Donald Trump’s presidency. Through the mendacious exchange of facts for “fake news,” Giroux examines the language of hatred that activates neoliberal fascism, complete with state-sanctioned racism, casino capitalism, and fear-mongering at federal and local levels.  Buy at Indie Bound  
Review: To Defeat Fascism, We Must Dismantle Capitalism.  LA Review of Books  

To Impeach or Not to Impeach? Chris Hedges & John Bonifaz Debate What Congress Should Do Next.

Rudy Giuliani: I Provided Documents State Department Watchdog Gave To Congress. ... Trump’s attorney told CNN he had “routed” an “outline” of allegations to Mike Pompeo, who told him they would “investigate it.”

'Be Ready to Fight Like Hell,' Say Internet Defenders as Court Upholds FCC Repeal of Net Neutrality. ... "Big Cable's lobbyists will use this as an excuse to swarm Washington, D.C. The internet must come together once more to beat back corruption and defend our online freedom."  CommonDreams     
 Appalling Disregard for Civilians': Amnesty Investigation Details How US Military Killed Innocent Farmers in Somalia. ... "Three civilian men died agonizing deaths while their families are left questioning why the U.S. military targeted and killed them."CommonDreams

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago. Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down.  Intercept/Risen  

What if the World Treated the U.S. Like a Rougue State? ... Some risky but practical proposals to harness a superpower that has clearly lost control.HuffPost

Civilian Deaths in U.S. Wars Are Skyrocketing Under Trump. It May Not Be Impeachable, but It’s a Crime.  Intercept  

Another “smart weapon” massacre in Afghanistan this where a US drone strike killed 30 civilians working on a pine nut farm. And you wonder why they hate us? I’ll wager Trump got more crap for inviting (and then canceling) the Taliban to Camp David for peace talks, than the Pentagon will ever get in the US press for this war crime.

Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State.  CounterPunch  

Revealed: anti-terror center helped police track environmental activists. ... Observers argue efforts by the Oregon Titan Fusion Center to disseminate information about protesters violates state law.  Guardian  

The Conversations With Foreign Leaders Trump Doesn't Want Us to Hear  TruthDig

In Gaza protests, Israeli troops aim for the legs. AP
Related: WATCH: Israeli undercover agents shoot unarmed youth at point blank range. +972  

Americans Enable Unspeakable Atrocities Every Day  TruthDig  

In Media Newspeak, a ‘Peace Plan’ for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes.  FAIR  

“Impunity & Corruption”: Haiti Protesters Demand President Moïse’s Resignation Amid Failing Economy.  DemocracyNow  

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October 3, 2019

It’s official. By deploying troops and weapons to Saudi Arabia, Trump’s doing more to protect Aramco’s oil fields, than children in US schools…

The Corruption Before Trump. ... How high-minded self-dealing paved the way for our low-minded president.   NYTimes   

Senate Urged to Reject Trump's Pick of Bush-Era Torture Advocate to Be Human Rights Official at State Department. ... "I realize that absolutely no one in the world would expect anything else from Trump, but still...having your human rights guy be a supporter of torture? That's a step beyond."  CommonDreams  

Twitter executive for Middle East is British Army 'psyops' soldier. ... Head of editorial for MENA is part-time officer in the 77th Brigade, an 'information warfare' unit which has worked on 'behavioural change' projects in the region.  Middle East Eye  


Private Contractors Play Key Role in U.S. Intelligence’s “Creeping Authoritarianism”  DemocracyNow

Snowden Reveals How He Secretly Exposed NSA Criminal Wrongdoing Without Getting Arrested. DemocracyNow   

Whistleblower Edward Snowden on Trump, Obama & How He Ended Up in Russia to Avoid U.S. Extradition. DemocracyNow  

“Financial Censorship Is Still Censorship”: Edward Snowden Slams Justice Dept. Lawsuit Against Him.  DemocracyNow  

Snowden in the Labyrinth - Permanent Record book review.  NY Books  

‘The Government Can and Will Just Waive Any Rights That We Have Today’ ... In addition to the border wall, the federal government has set up an entire system of ultra-vigilance which can record and forensically review everything that happens in the border area, presenting serious concerns for members of the Tohono O’odham nation.  TRNN  

Beyond Impeachment: Remove This Regime from Below.  CounterPunch  

The Democratic Party Couldn't Care Less About Whistleblowers  TruthDig  

In Media Newspeak, a ‘Peace Plan’ for Israel/Palestine Is Anything US Proposes,   FAIR  

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October 2, 2019

Why Warren Can’t Win.   CounterPunch  

Bankers "Confirm Warren's Whole Worldview" by Saying They'll Donate to Trump to Defeat Anti-Wall Street Senator in 2020.  "Wall Street continues to make campaign ads for Elizabeth Warren."

The Prospect of an Elizabeth Warren Nomination Should Be Very Worrying.  Current Affairs  

Why Isn’t Congress Impeaching Trump for War Crimes?  TruthOut  

Trump Attacked the Women of Color Who Led the Push for Impeachment. Then CNN Erased Them. 


Trump Aides Investigating Whistleblower Struggling To Identify Single Person In CIA With Moral Principles.  > Go  

Global leaders announce plans to hope climate catastrophe sorts itself out. > Go  

Pentagon Awards Oscar Mayer $102 Million Contract For New Military-Grade Hot Dog With All The Fixings  > Go  

American History for Truthdiggers: A Once, Always and Future Empire.  TruthDig  

(2008) Operation Two-Fold.  CounterPunch  

Trespass near a pipeline, go to prison for 6 years? It could happen in Wisconsin.  Grist  

How a Mega-Development Threatens the Last Free-Flowing River in the Southwest. ... It is the last major, undammed desert river in the American Southwest, and it is of major ecological importance as it hosts two-thirds of the avian diversity in the United States, including 100 species of breeding birds and almost 300 species of migrating birds.  CounterPunch  

The Million Dollar Hoods Project  MDHP   Related: City of Inmates - Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965  
UNC Press

October 1, 2019

‘Ukraingate’ Teaches Us More About Ourselves Than Trump Or Biden.  Popular Resistance  

To Joe Biden, Trump’s Potential Successor Mike Pence “Is a Decent Guy”  CounterPunch  


Spanish security firm spied on Julian Assange for CIA ... The London Ecuadorian Embassy's security firm has been accused of spying on Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of the CIA. The report by newspaper El Pais triggered an investigation by Spain's Supreme Court. DW    

Julian Assange ‘subjected to every kind of torment’ in Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition. ... ‘The intensity of his treatment has increased over the past year’, his father says.  Independent  

Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange in London for the United States
Spain’s High Court is investigating the director of UC Global S. L. and the activities of his company, which had been hired to protect the Ecuadorian embassy in the English capital. El Pais 

There Is Only One Superpower Left, and It’s Not the U.S.  TruthDig/Scheer  

Impeach All the Presidents  TruthDig  

Just as Iraq Begins to Find Peace, It Once Again Becomes the Battleground for an American Proxy War.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Trump Has Committed a Laundry List of Impeachable Offenses.  TruthDig  

Oil Lobbyists Attempt to Influence Pipeline Safety Legislation to Further Criminalize Pipeline Protests.  Intercept  

US military suicides surge to record high among active duty troops. ... The army, navy and marines all saw the rate of suicides go up this year, with only the air force showing a decrease.  Guardian  

As Climate Crisis Threatens to Put More Homes 'Literally Underwater,' Study Warns Big Banks Offloading Risky Mortgages Onto Taxpayers. ...  "This is insane," commented one climate campaigner. CommonDreams  

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October 23, 2019

Myopic Morality: The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush.  CounterPunch  

Everyone Is a Russian Asset. ... America laughed at Hillary Clinton’s remarks about Tulsi Gabbard, but her ideas fit perfectly in the intellectual mainstream.  RollingStone  

(Feb 2019) NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party.  Intercept  

Progressives reject Klobuchar’s salute to Israel as ‘beacon of democracy’  Mondoweiss  


Trump Offers Freed ISIS Fighters a Group Rate at Trump Doral Resort > Go  

Inclusive New Texas Bill Prevents Gun Sellers From Discriminating On Basis Of Background Check.  
> Go  

Hunter Biden Admits It Was Poor Judgment To Be Involved With Corrupt Biden Family > Go  

What was Robert Mueller even doing?  
Palmer Report

The US has backed 21 of the 28 ‘crazy’ militias leading Turkey’s brutal invasion of northern Syria. ... Former and current US officials have slammed the Turkish mercenary force of “Arab militias” for executing and beheading Kurds in northern Syria. New data from Turkey reveals that almost all of these militias were armed and trained in the past by the CIA and Pentagon.  Gray Zone  

Peter Handke’s Nobel Is a Celebration of Violence. ... One of Sweden’s most important authors on how the Swedish Academy abuses its platform—and the intelligentsia lets it happen.  The Nation  

Trump’s Border Wall Is a Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Handout. TruthOut  

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October 22, 2019

A federal judge has ruled that Alan Dershowitz must face one of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers in a defamation suit filed by Virginia Guiffre, who says she was forced to have sex with Dershowitz when she was under the legal age of consent.

Pity the Kurds.  TruthDig/Hedges  

Julian Assange extradition judge refuses request for delay ... WikiLeaks founder’s legal team wanted an extra month to submit evidence.  Guardian  

No Inquest for Dawn Sturgess.  Craig Murphy   Related: Wiki

Chinese Censorship of US Media: New Spin on an Old Tactic.  FAIR  


Ukraine crisis is about Great Power oil, gas pipeline rivalry. ... Resource scarcity, competition to dominate Eurasian energy corridors, are behind Russian militarism and US interference.  

What Hunter Biden did on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma (besides collect $83K/month fee).  Reuters  

Chinese Fund Backed by Hunter Biden Invested in Technology Used to Surveil Muslims. Intercept

DC’s Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden’s corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father.  ... The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma – the gas company at the center of the ‘Ukrainegate’ scandal – is just one dubious deal out of many at a DC think tank that has become a clearinghouse for legal corruption.  
Gray Zone

Who's the threat? ... Hundreds of special ed students ID’d as potential threats.  Serarchlight NM  

“There Should Only Be Two Front-Runners Right Now: Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren”.  DemocracyNow  

The Creepy Way Facebook And Amazon Profit Off Our Private Data. ... how tech companies harvest our thoughts, preferences and behaviors.  HuffPost  

Jill Stein Challenges Hillary Clinton to Debate After 'Russian Asset' Smear. ... "It's past time to give the American people the real debate they deserved in 2016."  CommonDreams  

Tech Companies Are Destroying Democracy and the Free Press. ... Ad revenue that used to support journalism is now captured by Google and Facebook, and some of that money supports and spreads fake news.  NYTimes/Stoller  

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October 21, 2019

According to the Pentagon’s annual suicide report, the number of suicides by veterans exceeded 6,000 each year from 2008 to 2017 and last year the rate of active duty suicides hit an all time record, 24.8 suicide per 100,000, a sharp increase from previous five years, where the active duty suicide rate was 18.5 per 100,000 troops.

Depoliticization Is a Deadly Weapon of Neoliberal Fascism.  TruthOut/Giroux     Related:  The Supreme Court Could Spell the End of American Democracy  TruthDig

Israel Prepares to Turn Bedouin Citizens into Refugees in Their Own Country.  CounterPunch  

The Pro-Trump Super PAC at the Center of the Ukraine Scandal Has Faced Multiple Campaign Finance Complaints. ... Randy Perkins donated $500,000 to America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC, a day after his company won federal money as part of a contract. The same PAC was dubbed “Committee 1” in a federal indictment alleging illegal donations from two Rudy Giuliani associates.  CommonDreams

Democrats Decry Trump’s Syria Policy But Fail to Address Palestine, Yemen, China & Other Issues.  DemocracyNow  

Israel’s Occupation Inspired the Brutal Security Regime at the US-Mexico Border.  TruthOut  

Hillary Clinton suggests Putin has kompromat on Trump, Russia will back Tulsi Gabbard third-party bid.  WaPo  

Trump Is Making a Dangerous Profession Even Deadlier.   TruthDig/Goodman  

A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange. CounterPunch  

The Creepy Way Facebook And Amazon Profit Off Our Private Data. ... Shoshana Zuboff, the author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” discusses how tech companies harvest our thoughts, preferences and behaviors.  HuffPost  

One Man Against the Monster: John Lennon vs. the Deep State.  CounterPunch   

When It Comes to U.S. Militarism, Elizabeth Warren Is No Progressive. ... There’s one important issue on which Warren has not veered far from the Democratic establishment.  In These Times  

DC’s Atlantic Council raked in funding from Hunter Biden’s corruption-stained employer while courting his VP father. ... The shady arrangement between the Atlantic Council and Burisma – the gas company at the center of the ‘Ukrainegate’ scandal – is just one dubious deal out of many at a DC think tank that has become a clearinghouse for legal corruption.  
The Gray Zone  

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Weekend of October 18-20, 2019

Weekend Read: In Defense of Julian Assange - Edited by Tariq Ali and Margaret Kunstler. After being forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy, Assange is now in a high security prison in London where he faces extradition to the U.S. and imprisonment for the rest of his life. ... The charges Assange faces are a major threat to press freedom. James Goodale, who represented the NY Times in the Pentagon Papers case, commented: “The charge against Assange for ‘conspiring’ with a source is the most dangerous I can think of with respect to the First Amendment in all my years representing media organizations.” OR Books  

US Nuclear Weapons Deployment in Turkey.  
DESA   Related:  Turkey ‘effectively holding 50 US nuclear bombs hostage’ at air base amid Syria invasion. ... White House officials scrambling to retrieve weapons of mass destruction, reports say.  Independent  


Weep for Catalonia, Weep for Liberalism in Europe. Craig Murray   

Europe should condemn Catalan convictions. ... Spain’s decision to jail political opponents is undemocratic.  Politico  

Third night of violence in Barcelona after jailing of Catalan separatists. ... Protesters set cars alight and attack police after sentencing of nine pro-independence leaders.  Guardian  

An Absolute Joke': Debate Moderators Condemned for Asking About Ellen and George Bush After Completely Ignoring Climate Crisis. ... "CNN thought it was more important to use Ellen hanging out with a war criminal as a jumping off point to ask about bipartisan friendships than ask about the largest existential threat facing humanity."  CommonDreams  

State Department Slammed After Website Gets ‘Christian Leader’ Makeover. ... The official government page was updated to tout Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech on his faith.  HuffPost  

Documents Reveal Hospital Industry Is Leading Fight Against Medicare for All.  Intercept  

Just 100 Companies Will Sign Humanity’s Death Sentence  TruthDig    Related:  Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says. A relatively small number of fossil fuel producers and their investors could hold the key to tackling climate change.  Guardian  

France says Isis resurgence 'inevitable' after Trump decision to allow Turkish offensive. ... Edouard Philippe says says decision is 'devastating' for security.  Independent  

Acting 'On Behalf of Life,' Extinction Rebellion Defies Blanket Ban on Climate Protests in London. ... "They take these actions to protect an establishment that is criminally negligent in its inaction on ecological and climate breakdown. We rebel against a broken system."  CommonDreams    Related: Extinction Rebellion to fight ban on protesting in London in court. ... Group threatens legal action against police and says ban ‘a chilling assault’ on civil rights.  Guardian  

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny condemns mass raids. ... Searches appears to be attempt to disrupt work of Kremlin’s most prominent critic.  Guardian  

Trump Admin Moves To Greenlight Logging In America’s Largest National Forest. ... The plan would roll back protections for 9.2 million acres of Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. HuffPost  

Presidential Contenders Still Not Disclosing Bundlers.  TruthOut  

October 17, 2019

Trump’s abandonment of Kurds will change balance of power in Middle East – to America’s ultimate loss.  Independent  

How Turkey’s Invasion of Syria Backfired on Erdogan. CounterPunch  

Donald Trump Is Copying Richard Nixon’s Reelection Misdeeds. ... Nixon’s dirty tricks helped take out his most feared rival Ed Muskie. Trump is trying the same with Joe Biden.  HuffPost  

Britain Isn't the Only Empire Headed for the Dustbin of History.  TruthDig  

Bad faith Negotiation.  Craig Murray  

Jerry Falwell, Wally Hilliard, & Transnational Organized Crime. ... AG l Barr, who enabled cocaine trafficking through Mena, AR during the 1980’s, was delivering a speech at Notre Dame blaming “the decline of religion” and the “destruction of moral order” in the U.S. for the drug abuse he helped create. MadCow  

White House Moves to Strip Free School Lunches From 500,000 Kids.  TruthOut  

Homewreckers: How Wall Street, Banks & Trump’s Inner Circle Used the 2008 Housing Crash to Get Rich.  DemocracyNow  

(2015) The New China Syndrome - American business meets its new master. Harpers

“The CIA, As Organized Crime”, Douglas Valentine’s CIA vs. Donald Trump’s CIA.  Global Research  

How Neo-Liberals Profit off of Poverty. ... The story of how a millionaire CEO's critique of Squeegee kids led to monetizing their suffering and points to a process that makes neoliberalism an engine for inequality.  TRNN

Dear Ellen: The Problem With George W. Bush Is Not His Beliefs — It’s His War Crimes   Intercept    Related:  Ellen DeGeneres and the American Psychopath  TruthDig  

Are Flat Earthers Just Stupid?? No.KnowledgeOrb

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October 16, 2019

Assange: Enema of the State ... Hillary once said - even before the 2016 election - “Can’t we just drone him?”  CounterPunch   Related: (CIA's) Duane Clarridge Defends the Empire. YouTube

Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground.  Guardian/Snowden  

Drone Warfare - Tracking US drone strikes and other covert actions in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. The Bureau’s comprehensive reporting on civilian deaths helped lead to greater official transparency on targeted killing, and we will continue to provide the data needed to hold the White House to account BIJ


Childproof lock added to White House nuclear launch button. > Go  

Study: Millions of Taxpayer Dollars Could Be Saved by Impeaching Pence at Same Time.  > Go  

We wanted to help out in Normandy but we had bone spurs, explain Kurds.  > Go  

Civil Rights Are on the Chopping Block in New Supreme Court Term.  ... his term, will decide whether people can be fired for being transgender or LGBQ, if people brought to the US as children can be deported, whether states can impose restrictions on abortion that disproportionately harm poor women, how firm the separation between church and state is, the scope of the 2nd Amendment and whether criminal defendants can be convicted by less-than-unanimous juries.

MSNBC and Daily Beast Feature UAE Lobbyist David Rothkopf With No Disclosure: a Scandalous Media-Wide Practice.  Intercept  

Britain’s Pro-Brexit Press: When in Doubt, Blame the Irish.  FAIR  

We're in a permanent coup - Americans might soon wish they just waited to vote their way out of the Trump era.  Taibbi/Substack  

Google gave ‘substantial’ amounts of money to climate change deniers. ... Despite outward pledges to combat climate crisis, tech giant supports organisations campaigning against climate legislation.

The Rise and Fall of Andrew Mellon - He was America’s most powerful businessman and the Treasury secretary throughout the 1920s. His corruption would lead to an impeachment inquiry.  Prospect  

(2007) Pirates of The Caribbean - MadCow  

A New Satire of FBI Terrorism Stings Draws Its Characters From Real Cases.  Intercept  

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October 15, 2019

The Age of Radical Evil ... rendered vast numbers of people superfluous. They possessed no value at all. They were, once they could not be utilized by the powerful, discarded as human refuse.

As Turkey Prepares to Slice Through Syria, the US has Cleared a New Breeding Ground for Isis. ... “Never get into a well with an American rope” goes the saying spreading across the Middle East, as the US abandons its Kurdish allies in Syria to a Turkish invasion force.  CounterPunch/Cockburn  

Sanders Distinguishes Himself From Warren by Noting That She Has Said 'I Am a Capitalist to My Bones'.  CommonDreams  

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire On Her Request To Visit Julian Assange.  
Nobel Peace Summit

Twitter Tips the Scale Toward Incumbents by Refusing to Verify Primary Challengers.  Intercept  

The Foreign Office Must Be Challenged Over Sacoolas’ Immunity.  Craig Murray  

'Tip of the Iceberg': Prosecutors Allege Vast Criminal Conspiracy by Giuliani Associates to Funnel Foreign Cash to Trump and GOP. ... "To a prosecutor's eye, this really looks increasingly like one big scheme, overseen by Trump and Giuliani, to obtain illegal assistance from Ukraine in the 2020 election."  CommonDreams  

Tulsi Gabbard: “The DNC and Corporate Media Are Rigging the Election Again”  Global Research  

'This Is Truly Terrifying': Scientists Studying Underwater Permafrost Thaw Find Area of the Arctic Ocean 'Boiling With Methane Bubbles'.  CommonDreams  

In Iowa, Politicians Protect the Meat Industry by Making Animal Rights Activists Criminals.

Documentary Exposes Wall Street Power Behind Global Gentrification Boom.  TruthOut  

MI6 accused of thwarting effort to solve 1961 killing of UN chief. ... Files on Dag Hammarskjöld plane crash are being withheld, says inquiry.  Guardian  

October 14, 2019

Goodbye Columbus, Hello Indigenous Peoples Day.  DemocracyNow  

Henry A. Giroux on Neoliberal Ideology and the Road to Fascism.  TruthOut/Giroux  

The U.S. Is Now Betraying the Kurds for the Eighth Time.  Intercept  

The Espionage Act Is Again Deployed Against a Government Official Leaking to the Media.

The truth behind the physical discipline Albuquerque schools say they don’t use  Guardian  

The Impeachment of Trump Is a Deep-Democratic Coup Against Elizabeth Warren.  CounterPunch  

How the DCCC’s “Blacklist” Could Blow Up in the Democratic Establishment’s Face. ... The attacks on the party’s left flank might be backfiring. Just look at Marie Newman’s primary challenge to Dan Lipinski.  
In These Times

Tulsi Gabbard: “The DNC and Corporate Media Are Rigging the Election Again”  Global Research  

The American Villain Who Gave Us Donald Trump.

Iraqi Blood Is on All of Our Hands.  TruthDig  

ICE Moved 700 Women Out Of A Detention Center And Won’t Tell Lawyers Where They Are. ... Some of the women have serious medical issues, and lawyers worry they could die in detention.  HuffPost  

How a Tech Firm Helped Power One of the Largest Workplace Raids in ICE History.  TruthOut  

Poisoned state. ... Groundwater contamination devastates a New Mexico dairy – and threatens public health.  Searchlight NM  

“You Are to Stand Down”: Ronan Farrow’s Producer on How NBC Killed Its Weinstein Story.  Vanity Fair  

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October 31, 2019

Ben Rhodes’ False Atonement for the Yemen War. ... Our failure to reckon with Obama-era atrocities—and why it matters.  ITT  

With Biden Floundering, Democratic Establishment Considers Clinton and Kerry.  TruthOut  

Assange Lawyers Issue Stark Warning to Journalists Around the World.  TruthDig  


(2018) Billionaire Republican Donors Helped Elect Rising Centrist Democrats.  Intercept  

Exelon Ditches U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Over Climate Denial. ... The US Chamber of Commerce is the largest lobbying force in the nation, promoting a right-wing agenda as the “voice of business.” ... claims that federal regulations to limit global warming pollution would “strangle the economy” and has even called for a “Scopes monkey trial” on the science of global warming.  ThinkProgress  

Centrist Democrats, Led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, to Fundraise With Corporate Lobby Group Seeking to Defeat Democratic Agenda.  Intercept  

Exclusive: Steve Bannon’s $1 million deal linked to a Chinese billionaire.  Axios  

Biden to Host High-Dollar Fundraiser With Pittsburgh-Area Real Estate Moguls.  Intercept

The Revolution Isn’t Being Televised
Media uninterested in protest movements around the world.  FAIR  

The stunning history of William Barr’s crusade to bury evidence to protect Republican presidents.RawStory

More Educators Are Fighting to Bring Arts Education Back Into Schools.  TruthOut  

984 and today - Glenna Jane Galarion Mrs Johnston AP... “Never again will you be capable of ordinary human feeling. Everything will be dead inside you. Course Hero  

(2016) What’s Behind Barack Obama’s Ongoing Accommodation of Vladimir Putin?  Intercept  

Zucked: Early Facebook Investor Roger McNamee on How the Company Became a Threat to Democracy.  DemocracyNow   

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October 30, 2019

This Outlaw Power.  Journal-neo  

Ending Endless War: Andrew Bacevich on How Reckless Use of U.S. Military Power Caused Today’s Crisis.  DemocracyNow  

Depoliticization Is a Deadly Weapon of Neoliberal Fascism.  TruthDig/Giroux/  


‘What About All The Good Times?’ Says Cornered President Calling On Nation To Remember Covfefe And The Saudi Arabia Orb.  > Go  

White House Urges Federal Agencies To Cancel ‘New York Times,’ ‘Washington Post’ Subscriptions > Go  

Everywhere -- Claiming that they just couldn’t stand this bullshit anymore, Americans across the country confirmed Friday that someone, anyone needs to please, just make it stop.  > Go  

Trump gives $4.5 million to the White Helmets, which partnered with jihadists and joined Turkey’s ethnic cleansing. ... This group has been at the heart of the regime change war on the country, partnering with jihadists and joining Turkey’s brutal invasion.  
 Gray Zone  

Everyone Is Denouncing the Syrian Rebels Now Slaughtering Kurds. But Didn’t the U.S. Once Support Some of Them?  Intercept  

Before Trump, Cambridge Analytica’s parent built weapons for war. ... How the parent company of Trump’s campaign firm plied its skills on the battlefield and in elections, while working for the U.S., the U.K., and NATO.  Fast Company 

Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings. ... A new Senate bill would give a federally mandated boost to America’s growing school surveillance industry.  Guardian  

The Uncomfortable Truth About Tulsi Gabbard.  
TruthDig    Related:  Russia Accusations a Distraction From Gabbard’s Actual Troubling Ties. 

Terrorized, Traumatized and Killed: The Police State’s Deadly Toll on America’s Children.  CounterPunch  

Religious Corporations Are Interfering in Doctor-Patient Relationships.  TruthOut  

October 29, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Sam. ... war is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of soldiers and Marines and others by politicians and of idealists by cynics.  TruthDig/Hedges  

John Pilger: Did This Happen in the Home of the Magna Carta? ... The worst moment was one of a number of ‘worst’ moments. I have sat in many courtrooms and seen judges abuse their positions, This judge, Vanessa Baraitser -- actually she isn’t a judge at all; she’s a magistrate -- shocked all of us who were there.   Consortium News  

Case Mismanagement in London: Julian Assange, Political Offences and Surveillance.  CounterPunch 

Trump's Glorification of ISIS Leader's Gory Death Panned by Critics. ... "Trump relishes describing ghastly violence."  CommonDreams  


“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?... Has it ever occurred to you ... that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?... The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking -- not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness. ” - 1984 - Book 1, Chapter 5

Recommended Reading for Beginners:  
1984 - George Orwell. IndieBound   
The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World - Douglas Valentine    IndieBound  

The Mysterious Israeli Startup That Boasts Its Technology Can Predict Behavior. ... Infibond has raised tens of millions of dollars, but the company — which reveals little about itself — doesn’t seem to have a product or customers  Haaretz  

Trump busted running ‘illegal covert psy-op on the American people’: Ex-FBI agent calls it ’black propaganda.  RawStory   

Example of Psy-ops at home:   The killing of Osama bin Laden: how the White House changed its story ... (This article is more than 8 years old)
Bin Laden not armed and did not use woman as human shield, US admits; Barack Obama's spokesman blames 'fog of war'  Guardian  

The Rise of America’s Secret Government: The Deadly Legacy of Ex-CIA Director Allen Dulles. (2015)  YouTube  

The FBI Has a Long History of Treating Political Dissent as Terrorism.  Intercept  

Media Ignore Unmasking of Twitter Exec as British Psyops Officer. ... Government penetration and control over media of little interest to those who are subject to it  FAIR

Joe Biden’s Super PAC Is Being Organized by Corporate Lobbyists for Health Care Industry, Weapons Makers, Finance.  Intercept  

What’s Really Behind the Media’s Deepfake Panic.  TruthDig    Related:  Trump Pressed Ukraine’s President to Act Out a Fake News Script, Live on CNN. Intercept  

Rethinking the Looming Threat of Neoliberal Fascism.  CounterPunch/Giroux  

(Australia) Media companies use Scott Morrison's words to argue against criminalising journalism. ... Media organisations write to all federal MPs to protest against laws penalising whistleblowers.  Guardian  

US troops are staying in Syria to ‘keep the oil’ -- and have already killed hundreds over it. American soldiers are remaining in Syria to occupy its oil reserves and block the Syrian government from revenue needed for reconstruction. Trump said openly, “We want to keep the oil.”  

October 28, 2019

The Democrats Helped Cultivate the Barbarism of ISIS. CounterPunch  

Hillary Clinton Spoils the Party.   TruthDig  

The DNC Versus Democracy   CounterPunch  

Ways and Means Chair Richard Neal Sides With Pharma and GOP Against Amendments to Strengthen Drug-Pricing Bill. Intercept  

She Was Sex Trafficked At 14 --Then Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison. ... Lici’s story of abandonment, coercion and exploitation shows the reality of sex trafficking in America.  HuffPost  

Bernie Sanders Pledges to End Practice of Prosecuting Whistleblowers Under the Espionage Act. Intercept

Under digital surveillance: how American schools spy on millions of kids. ... Fueled by fears of school shootings, the market has grown rapidly for technologies that monitor students through official school emails and chats.  Guardian  

Dr. Justin Frank on Trump's whistleblower panic: "He is a frightened child" driven by envy and fear. ... Author of "Trump on the Couch" on the president's deepest fears, and how his traumatic childhood endangers us all.  

Stephen Miller blamed impeachment on Deep State --Bannon says that’s for ‘nut cases’. ... The former White House strategist, and a leading voice of the alt-right, was once key in the propagation of the conspiracy theory.  Guardian     Related:  Steve Bannon – a Profile of a US Apparatchik. From China to the Pope.

Ambassador William Taylor Ties Ukraine Aid Holdup Directly To Trump.  NPR  

Hillary Clinton called me a 'Russian asset'. The establishment is losing its grip. ... The McCarthyist smear against the Green party shows the lengths to which Clinton will go to blame others for her 2016 defeat.  Guardian  

Book Makes Explosive Claim About Trump and a Seedy Times Square Threesome. ... A new book levels 43 allegations of inappropriate behavior by President Trump—including a controversial one from the early 1980s that has never before been aired. Daily Beast

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Weekend of October 25-27, 2019

Masters of war: ( partial list ) architects of modern conflicts say cheese for the camera.

Caratacus: if they “choose to lord it over the world, does it follow that the world is to accept slavery?”

Moment of Truth on Military Spending in the NY Times.  CounterPunch   Related:  Military Spending’s Out of Control While Slashing It Could Easily Fund Medicare for All.  CounterPunch  


Assange in Court. Craig Murray  

Julian Assange Westminster Court appearance 21st October 2019. .... Craig Murray and John Pilger Outside court. Shocked at Julian’s condition  YouTube  

Julian Assange teary and confused in court as he is dealt another blow in extradition battle.  
New Daily

WikiLeaks founder Assange struggles to recall his name and age at London court hearing. CNBC

(October 2019) Director of Spanish security company that spied on Julian Assange arrested. ... The owner of UC Global, David Morales, was detained in August and has since been released on bail. He is facing offenses related to violating the privacy of the WikiLeaks founder and passing the information on to the United States’ intelligence services. El Pais  

(July 2019) Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange’s meetings with lawyers. El Pais has had access to video, audio and written reports showing that the WikiLeaks founder was the target of a surveillance operation while living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.  El Pais  

The Proper Way to Welcome the People Destroying the World.  Jacobin  

Informant Reveals FBI’s Already Vast Powers to Investigate Right-Wing Extremists. Intercept  

How Democrats Became the Party of Monopoly and Corruption. ... This wasn't an accident..  Vice  

Why Won't the UN End the Massacre of the Kurds?  TruthDig  

These countries donated to the Clinton's Foundation and have weapons deals
Saudi Arabia $10-$25M -- Kuwait $5-$10M
Norway $10-$25M -- UK dept Int'l Dev. $1-$5M
Arab Emirates $1-$5M -- Oman $1-$5M
Rep. of Ireland $5-$10M -- Italy $100-$500K
Foreign Affairs, Trade & Dev Canada $250-$500K
Bahrain $50K-$100K -- Algeria $250K-$500K
Qatar $1-5M -- Australia $10-$25M
Netherlands $5-$10M -- Morocco $1-$5M
Taiwan $500K-$1M -- Germany $100K-$250K

Race for Profit: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on How Banks & Real Estate Biz Undermined Black Homeowners.  DemocracyNow  

Barr and Pompeo Speeches Show Why Evangelical Warriors Won’t Abandon the President. 
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October 24, 2019

The Far Right Is Winning the Global Battle for Hearts and Minds.  TruthDig  

Global Millionaires -- Just 0.9% of Population -- Now Own Nearly Half of World's $361 Trillion in Wealth.  CommonDreams  


Trump’s corruption - The definitive list. (As of a year ago.)   BDNews24  

Trump is Leading the Most Corrupt Administration in U.S. History, One of First-Class Kleptocrats.  Newsweek  

Trump Has Figured Out How to Corrupt the Entire Government.  NY Magazine  

Businessmen Accused of Conspiring With Giuliani Associates Plead Not Guilty
David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin charged with one count each in federal campaign-finance case.WSJ

Trump Didn’t Bribe Ukraine. It’s Actually Worse Than That. ... Mislabeling what the president has done could make impeachment more difficult to achieve.

Lawsuit Alleges ‘Brutal Conditions’ in US Immigration Detention Centers. ... U.S. authorities have subjected immigrants to “horrific, inhumane, punitive, and unlawful conditions,” including extended and unwarranted isolation in solitary confinement cells.  ICIJ

Erasing the Dead. ... Seeking to Deport Haitians, the Trump Administration Is Counting Deaths in Displacement Camps as “Progress”.   Intercept  

'We Should Be Worried': Study Confirms Fear That Intense Ocean Acidification Portends Ecological Collapse. ... "We have been warned."

Is War on the Ballot in the 2020 Elections? TruthDig

“Unprecedented” Protests Rage Across Lebanon as People Demand PM’s Resignation and End to Austerity.  DemocracyNow  

Leaked Audio Reveals How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts.  Intercept  

'We Should Be Worried': Study Confirms Fear That Intense Ocean Acidification Portends Ecological Collapse. ... "We have been warned." 

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