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Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:51:51 UTC

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Science, Religion, or Both?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:51:51 UTC

Science tells us one story and religion another. Neither is complete. Neither offers absolutes. Together they offer profound new questions. In union, they can give us a depth of understanding that leads to a new level of comfort and assurance.

A Deeper Look at the Black Bloc: Did Trump's People Fund these Anarchists?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:50:51 UTC

The black bloc, a group of anarchists who infiltrate protests and wreak havoc, might be paid by financiers close to Trump, some say. Their violence of property would provide a convenient excuse for Trump to, say, outlaw all public demonstrations in D.C.

Selectivity in Trashing Trump

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:48:53 UTC

Around the United States, massive demonstrations have protested the inauguration of Donald Trump, but there is a danger that the anti-Trump forces could block the positive elements of his message, writes Robert Parry

GOP Senator Calls for Investigating What FBI Did About Russia-Trump Intelligence

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:23:52 UTC

The night before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, the New York Times dropped a bombshell: intelligence and law enforcement agencies have been examining intercepted communications and financial transactions in an investigation of possible contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials.

Trump's fascistic diatribe: On the road to World War III

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:44:06 UTC

Any conception that once he actually assumed office a "presidential" Trump would emerge was quickly dispelled by the tenor of his remarks. He glared, he ranted. He had only one tone of voice: an angry shout. The speech gave a jolt, signaling to the world that the new American president is an out-of-control megalomaniac.

Trump's Nominees Putting Us All at Risk by Ignoring Ethics Laws

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:41:17 UTC

The problem starts at the top. The president-elect has thrown out decades of precedent by refusing to release his tax returns or disentangle himself from his business connections. Now his Republican allies in Congress seem content to permit Cabinet nominees to do the same.

The Life of the Party: 7 Truths for Democrats

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:25:01 UTC

The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party continues to divide Democrats. It's urgent Democrats stop squabbling. The future is bleak unless the Party radically reforms itself. If Republicans do well in the 2018 midterms, they'll control Congress and the Supreme Court for years. If they continue to hold most statehouses, they could entrench themselves for a generation.

Trump's Threat to Farmworkers

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:54:17 UTC

The Age of Trump is an unsettling time for undocumented farmworkers whose labor has helped make California's "wine country" rich but are now facing threats of draconian arrests and deportations, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Women's Marches-- around the World Open Thread

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:00:51 UTC

There are sister marches all over the world. Share your observations, thoughts, photos, whether you are there or not.

Don't be Fooled Again! Are You a Progressive or a Neo Liberal?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:56:00 UTC

"We can speculate that some of these progressive elements view Trump with disdain for all the same reasons those outside the Deep State disdain him, but their decision tree is simple: if you want to rid America's Deep State of toxic neocon-neo liberalism before it destroys the nation, you hold your nose and go with Trump because he's the only hope we have".

Womens March Hypocrisy and My Refusal to Go Along With It

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:53:58 UTC

A protest against womens rights activists who callously disregard the victims of Obama and Hillary's human rights atrocities throughout the world.

The Inaugural Address and Enduring Question of Real Change in America

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:52:00 UTC

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, on at least two separate occasions, Sen. Bernie Sanders called Donald Trump "A very strange man." I don't believe that he was saying this in the sense that many on the left would assume, i.e. that Trump is simply a narcissistic, self-promoting con man and buffoon.

Losers and Killers Inauguration Day January 20, 2017

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:50:07 UTC

One person's epitaph for democracy who was raised in an America better than this and where government was respected and continuously improved not targeted for destruction from the inside.

A Gay Man for Trump

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:45:29 UTC

An American president has become a cartoon hero or villain. Like Obama, Trump is an inconsequential yet lurid target for worshippers and detractors to unload emotions. As we rejoice or rage at this figurehead, the Military Banking Complex will continue to serve the elites at our expense.

Inauguration Day: Letter to a Trump Voter

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:28:12 UTC

Even harder times are coming. Trump's administration is planning deep government cuts that will hurt millions of Americans. You may be excited about his victory now, but you're facing some big disappointments in the coming months and years.

Inaugural Eve: Reflections from a Peace Vet

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 04:19:59 UTC

On the eve of the Trump Inauguration, a peace veteran reflects on the militarism of the outgoing Obama Administration, and its acceptance by partisan apologists while the peace movement was being marginalized for eight years.

Here's How the Trump Presidency Will Play Out

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:07:58 UTC

Russia has always wanted peace. But they are not going to play a game with the Masters of the Universe that has Trump as the good guy and the Congress, CIA, etc., as the bad guy as a negotiating ploy. That is how they see it. They do not regard this circus as real.

Trump's Declaration of War

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:27:13 UTC

The entire political edifice in the US has insulated itself from the will, desires, and needs of the people. Now Trump says the politicians will be accountable to the people. This, of course, would mean a big drop in their security in office and in their income and wealth.

Being There

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:39:55 UTC

Trump will be the entertainer-president. The question is: do we really want the most powerful man in the world to be an entertainer? Or an overblown egomaniac? Or a totally self-absorbed narcissist? A man who knows nothing and believes that he can solve everything? This is a dangerous world. From today on, it will be a lot more dangerous.

The Economics of the Affordable Care Act

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:08:53 UTC

Cost cutting would mean reducing the incomes of drug companies, doctors, and insurance companies -- the big winners under the current system. It seems unlikely the Republicans will go this route. They are more likely to restore a version of the pre-ACA situation, in which many more people are uninsured and most workers know that their insurance is only as secure as their job.

Trump, the Democrats and the Logan Act

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:32:06 UTC

It should be obvious that the Logan Act is antithetical to free speech and other vital liberties. The law provides for up to three years in prison for "any citizen of the United States" who -- without authorization from the U.S. government -- "directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government."

Donald Trump Has No Mandate -- Sad!

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:43:02 UTC

Trump and his surrogates constantly claim a "landslide" victory that never happened and tear into critics who note that this emperor has no clothes. There is an ugly, authoritarian tenor to Trump's obsession with mandates and legitimacy. His overreactions are unsettling, even frightening.

Our Ship of State

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:16:02 UTC

Our country is about to leave on a new voyage. It is wartime and the destination is secret.

Trump Will Not Make America Great Again

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:10:01 UTC

There is just one big problem with Trump's plan to make America great again: Big government, which is what brings countries down rather than lift them up. Big government oppresses and suppresses people. It's a gigantic tic sucking the lifeblood out of the private sector. Big government equals little people.

Investigators on the Trump-Russia Beat Should Talk to This Man

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:52:31 UTC

With subpoena-wielding investigators on this beat, here's a suggestion: The gumshoes ought to talk to an American from Belarus named Sergei Millian, who has boasted of close ties to Trump and who has worked with an outfit the FBI suspected of being a Russian intelligence front.

Did Obama Slip & Tell the Truth?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:53:55 UTC

Oops. Did President Barack Obama acknowledge that the extraordinary propaganda campaign to blame Russia for helping President-elect Donald Trump become president has more holes in it than a sieve?

Is Trump Leading a Grassroots Rev-illusion?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:21:23 UTC

The news is full of mis and disinformation regarding the inauguration of D. J. Trump. A report circulating in the Kremlin today says President Putin has just received an emergency personal message from President-elect Donald Trump that, in part, says "I may not live through week," but adds, "If I do, I'll get even with these bastards and everyone will win!"

Government is not a business

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:20:30 UTC

Who should rule the country? Smart men? The Constitution says a person who is natural citizen, age 35, with 14 years of residency can be president. Being a businessman is no more qualifying than being a community organizer. Businesspersons are motivated by profit, but government is about maximizing the general welfare. And being a businessman does not guarantee success in government.

What the Moon, and a Fish, has done for my Friend and Me.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:19:29 UTC

The greatest adventure is having a friend. Everything on this Earth has this potential, there are no exceptions. Our senses are wonderfully tuned so we may find another to enhance our lives. Unmistakably there is no better use for your nose, our touch, eyesight, and ears. It takes just one look at this picture and poem.

Best Democracy Money Can Buy - My Review

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:10:41 UTC

Greg Palast proves election 2016 was stolen via CrossCheck. Documentary is must-see for the nation. Our election system is fundamentally broken.

2017 Inauguration Day Open Thread

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:24:35 UTC

Today's the day. I can't help but think of this as a combination of idiocracy, incompetencocracy, clownocracy, buffoonocracy-- let alone to think about the frightening fascist, 1930's Germany echoing patterns.

Militant Hope in the Age of Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:52:49 UTC

Analysis of the Politics of Hope in the Age of Donald Trump The United States stands at the endpoint of a long series of attacks on democracy, and the choices faced by the American public today point to the divide between those who are committed to democracy and those who are not

It's Midnight in America

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:59:56 UTC

33 years ago, Ronald Reagan was elected President in large part because of his TV ad, "It's morning in America." "It's morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better." For many Americans, the inauguration of Donald Trump foretells a period of darkness, "It's midnight in America."

Why Isn't Pharma Paying for the Opioid Addiction Epidemic It Caused?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:11:53 UTC

Pharma marketed opioids for every possible affliction from headaches and lower back pain to non-pain conditions like depression, divorce and boredom, reported Bloomberg. IMMPACT, a Pharma-funded lobbying group even privately met with federal regulators to facilitate new opioid approvals.

Four Takeaways from Trump's Latest Tweet Tantrum

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:07:43 UTC

The huge corporate tax cuts and military buildup Trump is pushing will give congressional Republicans a rationale to cut Medicare and Social Security, in order to avoid bigger budget deficits. All told, Trump's tweet tantrum reveals a great deal about the man who's soon to be president of the United States. None of it inspires confidence.

Peace out, Obama

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:01:06 UTC

A look back at the 8 blood-soaked years of the Obama presidency

Terror Money Trail From Gulf to Pakistan Under Scanner

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:45:01 UTC

The Jan 10 attack in the Afghan city of Kandahar on UAE diplomats has put once again the focus on terror financing and money transfers from the Gulf to the Pak-based militant groups.

The Balancing Act is Over: What Elor Azaria Taught Us about Israel

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:31:40 UTC

Thousands of Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip alone, mostly in the Israeli wars of 2008-9, 2012 and 2014. Although thousands of children and civilians were killed and wounded in Gaza and the rest of the Occupied Territories and, despite international outcries against Israel's violations of international law, there is yet to be a single conviction in Israeli courts.

The Trump Speech That No One Heard

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:48:39 UTC

Washington's plan for Russia is no different than its plan for Syria. Both countries will be chopped up into smaller bite-size enclaves eliminating the possibility of a strong nationalist government rising up and resisting Washington's relentless exploitation and repression. It's divide and conquer writ large.

Using JFK and 9/11 Research To Decode Fake News

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:15:34 UTC

Researchers into the causes of President Kennedy's assassination and the 9/11 attacks hold an advantage over most others in deciphering news about national security intrigues that rely on dubious evidence

How the NYT Plays with History

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:54:35 UTC

By failing to tell the hard truth about Establishment wrongdoing, The New York Times -- along with other mainstream U.S. media outlets -- has destabilized American democracy, reports Robert Parry.

Defending your country?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:08:14 UTC

According to "The Saker" the mission of the Russian armed forces is to defend Russia & "The specific political objective given to the Russian military is quite simple: to deter or repel any attack against Russia". What exactly is the American military's mission? In Iraq the American soldier was told Saddam Hussein had WMD's, the primary reason given for the invasion. None were found. Thus the US military mission was bogus.

Where Is The Left-Wing When A Country Needs One?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:35:30 UTC

It is disappointing to see the left-of-center crowd performing as if on cue as faithful servants of the ruling elite. If a country ever needed a real left-wing, the US surely does. The easiest way for a president to "lead" is to accommodate the agendas of the powerful interest groups. Is this what the left wants Trump to do?

From Truman to Trump (Extra War, Hold the Peace)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:33:31 UTC

Seventy years ago president Harry Truman signed the National Security Act into law, a decision even he came to regret. We could say the rest is history, except that it is decidedly not. With a new White House occupant in place, Aussie writer Greg Maybury explores herein why this isn't the case.

The Desire Not To Know

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:32:54 UTC

The bulk of the American public wallows in the myth of "exceptionalism" as the world looks on.

Stories: Playing God

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:31:09 UTC

As changemakers, the maxim we operate from is: how can we generate the most amount of good with the resources we have? And by good we normally mean things like ending suffering, and helping others have better lives. To do this we are looking for tipping points. Variables that we can influence, that will have further positive effects. But in doing this, we risk changing the very nature of that culture.

What could have been: Imagining a Sanders Presidency Beginning on Jan. 20

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:27:33 UTC

Imagine if Sanders had taken up Green presidential candidate Jill Stein's offer to step aside and let him run for president on the Green ticket. He'd have won handily and today would be an entirely different scene, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff in this little fantasy from an alternate universe somewhere.

The Shortcomings Of The International Conference For Peace

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:35:00 UTC

As long as the Israeli and the Palestinian publics are led by leaders who do not promote the peace process along these lines and have different political agendas not necessarily consistent with a two-state solution, the public will remain in the dark and to a great extent become complacent.

Remember Don Siegelman

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:10:13 UTC

More than 100 Democratic and Republican former attorneys general and officials condemned the prosecution of Siegelman as politically-inspired prosecutorial misconduct. Yet Obama did nothing. By doing nothing for Siegelman, Obama demonstrated to every Democrat that they were on their own if they won elections in Republican political strongholds.

The American State of Mind: Apprehension, Frustration, Distrust, Fear

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:05:11 UTC

Many Americans find themselves caught up in a troubled state of mind, possessing a great degree of uncertainty as to what is going to happen when this next administration and its leaders takes charge of this government; and how their lives are going to be affected.

India's Man-Made Disaster: How Many Will Die Due to Modi's Demonetization?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:52:30 UTC

India is still reeling from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's sudden, arbitrary removal of 86% of all cash in circulation on Nov. 8, 2016. While this "demonetization" scheme has disrupted lives and businesses across all classes, the rural and semirural population has been hardest hit. Reports of developing famine have emerged. India's opposition parties are weak, corrupt, and impotent to stop this colossal man-made disaster.

Tomgram: William deBuys, How to Hijack an Election

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:43:14 UTC

Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor.

Who Created more Debt: Bush or Obama? How will the King of Debt do?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:41:41 UTC

I eamine the evidence for the rise in debt under Bush and Obama.

Time's running out: As his Last Act in Office, Obama Should Right a Terrible Wrong and Free Leonard Peltier

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:41:09 UTC

Obama's 'Justice' Dept. last night rejected Leonard Peltier's clemency petition. All justice-minded people should petition Obama to act on this last possible day to reverse that decision and do the right thing, freeing this Native American activist, whose own prosecutor is calling for his release. ACT NOW!

Yemen war death toll reaches 10,000

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:36:06 UTC

The UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has said that the death toll in the Yemeni war had reached 10,000, up from the previous figure of 7,000. The UN envoy's statement came after his talks in Aden with the Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Hadi who rejected the UN peace plan.

Portland Oregon: City #8 to sue Monsanto over Polychlorinated Biphenyls Cleanup Costs (Like 1990's Tobacco Suits)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:43:59 UTC

These lawsuits are about PCB's "Just the name Monsanto inspires terrifying images of organically mutated super vegetables with a potential for causing sickness and death. It has been a hotbed of debate for the past decade, despite federal government support from various agencies. The giant seemed unstoppable" up til now. This isn't about GMO farming but the legal foundation for accountability could come out of these lawsuits

We Can Beat Back the Reign of Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:19:49 UTC

Trump's entire career as a luxury property developer and brand-name marketer of himself has been built on broken promises to workers, routine scamming of suppliers and partners, blatant self-dealing, crony capitalism and lies. That con game alone tells us who our new president really is: an incorrigible swindler.

From a King's Dream to a Nightmare Every 140 Characters

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:35:02 UTC

Amassing legitimate and understandable resistance to conservative Republicans and Donald Trump and why we should support peaceful assembly.

China: Peace and Stability

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:16:19 UTC

The article explains that china is required to lead a just, peaceful and stable international order.

A Failing Charter Gets a Pass

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:00:50 UTC

Ignoring the recommendations of the Charter School Division, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) renews the View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter Middle School

Snowden Movie Misses Key Purpose of NSA Spying -- Monitoring CIA Covert Operations

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:59:01 UTC

The movie 'Snowden' by Oliver Stone masterfully exposes the NSA's comprehensive gathering of electronic communications all over the world, and in the US. While 'Snowden' is to be commended for the forceful advocacy of civil liberties, & unaccountable national security state encroachments upon these liberties, the movie fails to take into account the deeper layers of the global-control system the NSA is monitoring.

Canada Supports War Crimes: Endorses Terrorism and Destabilization in Syria

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:37:42 UTC

In its publicly announced regime change war against Syria, Canada is a strong supporter of externally supported and orchestrated terrorism and destabilization on the non-belligerent, pluralist country led by President al Assad's secular, democratically elected government.

Trump versus a free press

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:51:57 UTC

Barely a day goes by without Trump attacking, threatening or seeking to delegitimize or intimidate someone in the press. Even the best journalist can get a story wrong but the sheer magnitude and intensity of Trump's attacks against the press are extraordinary and dangerous to democracy.

Chelsea Manning sentence commuted after seven years of brutal imprisonment

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:14:05 UTC

The language of the commutation appears to rule out any future legal proceeding against Manning in either civilian or military courts, since it covers all 20 charges for which she was convicted and sentenced. Neither incoming President Donald Trump nor the Republican-controlled Congress has the legal power to overturn the commutation.


Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:08:13 UTC

An observation of nouns and attributes and how we use them. Especially important on MLK Day.

Chelsea Manning did the right thing. Finally, Barack Obama has too

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:37:29 UTC

The commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence cannot be looked at in a vacuum. President Obama, while commendably showing her mercy, also oversaw a justice department that prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other administrations combined, while casting an unmistakable chill over investigative reporting and press freedom.

The Murky Future for US Health Care

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:27:46 UTC

Republicans vow to repeal Obamacare, but President-elect Trump has injected confusion by claiming that the replacement will provide health insurance for all. But many health experts fear what comes next, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

We Cannot Wait for History to Judge. We Need the Truth About Trump and Russia Now.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:19:56 UTC

Why did the FBI seem to favor pursuing Hillary Clinton's emails over tracking down whatever could be learned about Russia's involvement in our election? why did FBI Director Comey fail to take action when he had in his hands the dossier ex-MI6 intelligence operative Christopher Steele had assembled on rumors that Russia possessed incriminating evidence on Trump's business dealings and private life?

Republican Part-Time Nation: Going Involuntary

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:08:44 UTC

Extending health care insurance to 20 million people was a really big deal and an important driver for the ACA. Arguably an even bigger deal was providing security to people who already had insurance. But providing security to the nation's workers is obviously not the Trump-Ryan agenda.

Trump vs. the CIA

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:07:41 UTC

The CIA serves no American purpose, only the private purposes of the ruling elites, who are the real deplorables who have used corrupt Western governments to solidify all income and wealth in a few greedy hands.

Gnosticism: knowing from the inside.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:41:20 UTC

Now something completely different, less political, more spiritual, although everything is connected, also politic and spirituality should be more connected with each other. It is important to know, it has to do with the other and everything is interconnected. I try to translate as good as possible because knowledge evolved.

Sister Marches: Saturday Across the US & Around the World

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:24:44 UTC

Following in the tradition of the multitudes of women who have passionately worked for equal rights, Saturday's Women's March on Washington and her sister events around the US and the world promise to add voices to the ancient song. Find a march near you.

Global helmsman Xi Jinping steps up with charm offensive

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:49:28 UTC

In a wide-ranging speech that went from global angst to China's new normal, Chinese President Xi Jinping sounded all the right notes that global capital needed to hear; protectionism is like "locking oneself in a dark room," and "no one is a winner in a trade war." He delved into the necessity of peace in Syria, and the perverse effects of the absence of financial regulation.

Knee Deep And Starting To Rain: Will Trump Be Able To Weather His Problems? Only His Alternate Reality Knows For Sure.

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:17:27 UTC

Trump's problems are just the beginning. How many will have to be dumped in favor of his alternate reality?

Chelsea Morning

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 02:09:51 UTC

Compare Chelsea Manning's treatment with General Petreaus, who leaked top secret information so his mistress could write his biography. Petreaus didn't spend a second behind bars. Manning was a whistle-blower who acted to inform the public about the dirty underbelly of US diplomacy and suspect military actions.

Nothing Is Real: When Reality TV Programming Masquerades as Politics

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:38:26 UTC

Much like the fabricated universe in Peter Weir's 1998 film The Truman Show, in which a man's life is the basis for an elaborately staged television show aimed at selling products and procuring ratings, the political scene in the United States has devolved over the years into a carefully calibrated exercise in how to manipulate, polarize, propagandize and control a population.

Infrastructure Build-Up Using Sovereign Money

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:37:19 UTC

Further confirmation that Treasury money can be used to build our infrastructure under current regulations

Computer fraud in the 2015 election in Israel? Shin-Bet Head Nadav Argaman is asked to clarify

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:26:02 UTC

False and misleading FOIA response by the Central Election Committee states that the Shin-Bet examined and certified "Democracy" - the Committee's IT system. Successive State Ombudsman's reports documented critical security failures in "Democracy"" Shin-Bet Head Nadav Argaman is asked to confirm or refute the Committee's claims regarding Shin-Bet certification of "Democracy""

Infinite Jest: Liberals Laughing All the Way to Hell

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:59:38 UTC

I find few encouraging signs among the generations now in ascendance -- but I do see a fire and an openness to genuine change in some of the younger generations, including my children. If we can hold on until it's their time, if we can shore up enough fragments against the ruins until they can shape the world, there might be hope. We owe them that.

I Have Come to the Conclusion the Country Does Not Need a CIA

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:30:12 UTC

When a majority of CIA officers are sitting fat and happy in Langley, Virginia, there's a problem. They are doing the American taxpayer a disservice. The top leadership has to go. Employees who don't respect U.S. and international law have to go. The purge should start on January 20.

Chelsea Manning Sentence Commuted Open Thread

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:04:03 UTC

President Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence, so she will be released May 17, after serving about seven years in jail. I found out from an email announcement and instantly, tears welled in my eyes.

Lessons Liberals Learned

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:36:30 UTC

It's been over two months since the devastating presidential election; time enough for liberals to ask each other, "What lessons did we learn?" Four come to mind.

The European Union and the Left

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:08:42 UTC

The barbarians at the EU's gate did not just appear out of Europe's dark forests like the Goths and Vandals of old. They were raised up by the profoundly flawed way that the Union was established in the first place, flaws that did not reveal themselves until an economic crisis took center stage.

A Demand for Russian "Hacking" Proof

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:54:01 UTC

More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans are calling on President Obama to release the evidence backing up allegations that Russia aided the Trump campaign -- or admit that the proof is lacking.

Strange Inconsistency Between WTO Rules and US Politicians' Proclamations on Single Payer Raises Dark Questions.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:45:39 UTC

It appears that WTO rules directly conflict with expansion of any public services not carved out from their rules in writing, especially single payer healthcare, raising questions as to whether there is a cover up going on by politicians and the insurance and drug industries, creating a false impression that the changes taking place are reversible by voting. Soon they wont be.

Why Good Women Vs. Bad Men No Longer Cuts the Mustard

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:39:14 UTC

This article makes the case that, while identity politics has its place, used in the wrong way it can distract people from the more basic issue, which is class.

La Pared: The Wall

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:38:31 UTC

Real life is complicated. It cannot be contained in a tweet.

Talk Nation Radio: Antonia Juhasz on Tillerson, Trump, and Oil

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:26:52 UTC

Antonia Juhasz is an energy analyst, author, and investigative reporter. She recently wrote a profile of Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for In These Times magazine. We discuss Tillerson and the oil spill he floated in on.

Social Inventions in Moscow

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:38:26 UTC

The power of social inventions, or new ways of bringing people together, was illustrated by a meeting in Moscow not many years before the end of the Cold War, a meeting transformed by a single question

ISRAEL: [Video] Arrested for singing in the rain...

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:30:44 UTC

PM Netanyahu,wife, son are under a string of criminal corruption investigations. His hand-picked Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit does anything possible to undermine the investigations. Police and the Shin-Bet have been going out of their way in recent weeks to prevent protests. Here - a single person's protest, singing in the rain on Saturday night on the side-walk opposite the home of the Attorney General led t

Trump Team Bids to Delegitimize the Press

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:28:20 UTC

In light of the fact that Trump is not just politically incorrect but morally unbalanced, he and his team's bid to delegitimize critical press is as transparent as it is dangerous.

Pity the Poor, Whining Billionaires!

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:21:43 UTC

Governments are NOT run like businesses, and rich people tend to be ignorant whiners.

The GOP's Strategy for Obamacare? Repeal and Run.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:15:06 UTC

The GOP is about to control the White House, Senate, and House. The number one priority for congressional Republicans is repealing the Affordable Care Act and breaking up our health care system while offering zero solutions. Their strategy? Repeal and run.

Throw the Bums Out Vote Ushers in New World Order!

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:07:39 UTC

It is now time for the globalist to hear a "Great Sucking Sound" in reverse in memory of Ross Perot's truth in reality.

The Pencil Points in our Reality

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:04:18 UTC

The intrusions into our reality are often the golden moment of learning and new awareness.

Three Fundamental Principles of Science

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:56:53 UTC

Every educated American must assimilate these foundational concepts as a basis for understanding the way the world works.

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Twenty-First-Century Armageddons

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:39:19 UTC

Within months of taking office, President Donald Trump is likely to face one or more major international crises, possibly entailing a risk of nuclear escalation.

Indict Clinton For the Russian DNC Hack

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:54:28 UTC

Hillary Clinton and the DNC should be indicted by the Department of Justice and investigated by a Grand Jury given the facts when they are laid bare. This isn't about party politics. This is about criminal actions. All the threads of the national security threat revolve around and lead back them.

The issue is not Trump. It is us.

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:17:30 UTC

The obsession with Trump is a cover for many of those calling themselves "left/liberal," as if to claim political decency. They are not "left," neither are they especially "liberal." when will a genuine movement of opposition arise? Angry, eloquent, all-for-one-and-one-for all. Until real politics return to people's lives, the enemy is not Trump, it is ourselves.

Trump's Plan to Neuter the White House Press Corps, and Neuter Our Democracy

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 23:03:04 UTC

The incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White House and moving them -- and news conferences -- to a conference center or to the Old Executive Office Building. The Trump administration is intent on neutering the White House press corps. If it happens it will be another step toward neutering our democracy.