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Published: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:39:48 UTC

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Is This the End of Free and Open Internet Access?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:39:48 UTC

It doesn't matter if you're a brand-name corporation or an unknown start-up, a billionaire or a poverty-wage laborer -- you're entitled to equal treatment in sending or getting information on the worldwide web. However, corporate executives never let virtue stand in the way of profit.

Charles Barkley's Wise Words to Democrats on Alabama

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:19:35 UTC

Barkley is right when he says this vote is a "wake-up call" for Democrats. They will not always have the good fortune to run against a candidate who reaches Moore's staggering levels of venality, ineptitude, and moral perversion. Barkley's meaning couldn't have been clearer: Democrats can't take black voters, or poor voters of any race, for granted.

Alabama Saves The Day. But Not Much Else.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:16:49 UTC

It's an odd day when Democrats have Alabama to thank for their better fortune. Winning a U.S. senate seat in the state that gave Donald Trump a 62 percent victory margin, narrowing the Republican-Democratic split in the Senate to one and scoring a victory for minorities, women's dignity and gay rights, in Alabama, is no small thing.

Trump's Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital And The Prospect Of A Two-State Solution

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:29:25 UTC

Even though President Abbas criticized Trump for his declaration, and pronounced the US as being biased and no longer an honest broker, the US (especially Congress and most previous administrations) has in fact always been biased in favor of the Israelis.

Donald Trump's fascist war on youth

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:22:06 UTC

Call it Fascism, American-Style. Donald Trump's embrace of authoritarian ideals has extended to a veritable war on America's youth.

Watch This Republican Economist Squirm as He's Forced to Admit the Truth About the GOP Tax Bill

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:21:28 UTC

Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, noticed Stephen Moore, the conservative economist and tax-cut evangelist, walking past and pinned him down on camera, forcing him to admit that not everyone in the country is in line for a tax cut as the GOP has promised.

Trump's Lethal Decision on Jerusalem

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:27:08 UTC

President Trump has won praise from Christian Zionists and many staunch supporters of Israel for declaring Jerusalem Israel's capital, but critics say it only makes peace a more distant goal, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

The Foundering Russia-gate "Scandal"

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:50:35 UTC

Taking on water from revealed FBI conflicts of interest, the foundering Russia-gate probe -- and its mainstream media promoters -- are resorting to insults against people who note the listing ship, writes Robert Parry.

How Will the New Tax Plan Impact Your Taxes?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:48:16 UTC

The brouhaha surrounding the tax reform bill is a story in and of itself. It's a mess, and if you're not one of the 1 percent (or a multi-million dollar corporation), chances are you're getting a whole lot of nothing. So how does the bill potentially impact you and your taxes?

Fixing One Facebook Problem Serious for Activists; How to Use Facebook Groups to Increase Your OEN Readership

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:47:19 UTC

I share my deep concern about Facebook Jail eroding Freedom of Speech by constraining activists with sharing to groups restrictions, with no clear rules laid down. (Article 1); #2: my best articles over ten years, particularly on protecting consumers worldwide; Article #3 will be on where this once fervent Democracy is going, with the political pendulum swinging to the Left again. Thank you for one million OpEdNews page views

Daily Inspiration --- The Hard Problem

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:20:21 UTC

In the 17th Century, Rene' Descartes was both scientist and Christian philosopher. Elisabeth von der Pfalz was 24-year-old daughter of a Bohemian prince when she wrote to Descartes, challenging his dualism with clear-eyed questions. There followed a seven-year correspondence between the two, in which Descartes faced up to the fact that the question he had taken on deserved the name of Hard Problem.

Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Wider World of War

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:18:12 UTC

"We don't know exactly where we're at in the world, militarily, and what we're doing," said Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, in October. That was in the wake of the combat deaths of four members of the Special Operations forces in the West African nation of Niger.

Schumer on the march

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:41:04 UTC

The election of Jones creates a seminal and defining moment for the Senate. McConnell and Ryan should step back, think carefully, negotiate with Democrats, rewrite the tax bill, do it right, and avoid the economic disaster the bill could create for the nation and the political disaster it will cause for Republicans.

GOP tax cuts will trigger sequestration

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:14:32 UTC

The Tax Bill is a reverse Robin Hood cloaked in the fake objectivity of sequestration. The plan all along appears to be to reduce taxes, boosting the deficit, then allowing sequestration to do more damage to the budget. Sure some of the Republicans' spending priorities might suffer--but not as much as those that the Democrats tend to defend.

The Horror of Sexual Abuse Must Stop... The Upsurge Against It Is Just. Are We at a Turning | Revolution Books forum

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:11:20 UTC

Film of a forum held at Revolution Books, NYC on the upsurge against sexual abuse and the big questions it raises. Speakers were Fran Luck, founder and executive producer of "Joy of Resistance: Multicultural Feminist Radio (WBAI)," and Sunsara Taylor, co-initiator of; a leader on the frontlines of the movement to end pornography and patriarchy; advocate for Bob Avakian's new communism. Moderator: Andy Zee.

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:33:33 UTC

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of --vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. It's also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

Why Can't Alabama Republicans Admit Doug Jones Won Fair and Square?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:53:47 UTC

Roy Moore cannot get a recount under state law, a growing chorus of legal scholars said Wednesday, despite what the state's top election official and the Senate candidate himself might have you believe. (Moore told rallygoers Tuesday night that the race is "not over," and that it will "take some time.")

Scientists Warnings and What Humans, Bees and Koalas Have in Common?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:39:56 UTC

The article delineates scientists' warnings to humanity. Unheeded there is an ever-growing disaster including the demise of some lovable, some necessary species.

GUN LOVERS : JOIN NOW !!! (only slightly satirical...)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:36:07 UTC

A slightly tongue-in-cheek look at the sick love affair some have with their guns

Democrats abandon the resist Trump movement when it comes to Jerusalem

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:17:54 UTC

One would think Democrats would be be jumping at the chance to hammer Trump for his reckless plans and their consequences, pitting us, once again, against the rest of the world and obliterating our credibility to be an honest broker. Instead, most have been, silent or, worse yet, taking credit themselves for Trump actions.

Greenbacks and Scams

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:48:59 UTC

Time for a true progressive movement in the Democratic party to bring back liberal values to our struggling plutocracy.

Republicans and Democrats are the problem: Stupidity and Blindness Have Destroyed Whatever Democracy the US Ever Had

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:42:33 UTC

Between genuinely ignorant or science-denying Republicans and blinder-wearing Democrats, the US seems doomed to blunder into either climate catastrophe or a world war, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff

Daily Inspiration --- that spirit can redeem mankind

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:27:56 UTC

Virtue Will, to her efforts, tolerate no bounds / That are not lofty as her rights; aspiring By impulse of her own ethereal zeal. / That spirit only can redeem mankind.

Trump, His Generals, and the Road to Authoritarianism

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:09:40 UTC

The one power center that could challenge Trump is the military-industrial complex: America's fourth branch of government. Yet by hiring so many of its generals and by praising it while passing loads of moola its way, Trump has co-opted its authority and power, attaching it to himself in his role as commander-in-chief.

Trump's FCC Wants to Kill a Free and Open Internet

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:09:32 UTC

Ending net neutrality will squelch competition, innovation and small internet startups, and limit freedom of expression, independent voices and diverse viewpoints. More than ever, Big Business, like Big Brother, will control what you read, see and hear and limit your own ability to speak up and share your opinions, your creativity, your life.

The Meaning of Doug Jones's Upset Victory

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:35:45 UTC

Today Alabama demonstrated that America is better than Trump, and better than House and Senate Republicans who have jumped into the swamp Trump has created. Congratulations, Doug Jones. Congratulations, Alabama. Congratulations, America.

China and India sail into choppy waters in New Great Game

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:21:36 UTC

This is a heady vortex churning with power projections, spheres of influence, security and commerce. In the end, the only certainty is this shadow play involving China, India, Iran and Pakistan, with the US as an active third party, is at the heart of the New Great Game in Eurasia.

Birth Control Pills Linked to Breast Cancer--How Could That Happen?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:18:23 UTC

While Pharma, the FDA and the medical establishment collectively plead "Who Knew"-- they knew. Almost 50 years ago the breast cancer risks of hormonal birth control pills were exposed by Barbara Seaman in The Doctor's Case Against the Pill and reiterated in her follow-up book The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women.

America, plutocracy not a democracy

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:46:19 UTC

We don't have a democracy in the US. We have a plutocracy, gov't of, by, and for the rich & big corporate interests. There is no real difference between the Democrat & Republican parties. Both are beholden to the big moneyed interests. Is it any wonder the laws, regulations, oversight & enforcement benefit those interests? Our entire electoral system is irredeemable, beyond reform & needs to be scrapped.

It Is All in Your Head

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:33:07 UTC

In this book, the author, Dr. O'Sullivan, shares her long-term experience with some of her patients who thought they were suffering from serious diseases. She explains, however, how medical tests showed they had no serious disease but only illness, in how they respond to emotional situations.

Mick Mulvaney and the Bad Actors Club

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:40:47 UTC

Mick Mulvaney openly holds the CFPB in contempt. When he was still in the House of Representatives he referred to it as a "joke." Mulvaney has made it clear that he would be happier if the CFPB did not exist. Appointing him as acting director is a bit like selecting a hard--core atheist as the next pope.

U.S. Government Deports U.S. Military Veterans And Lowers Standards for Recruits

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:11:47 UTC

The newest chapter of Veterans for Peace is composed of U.S. military veterans recruited from 30 other countries. These U.S. military veterans did not attain U.S. citizenship that was promised when they were recruited for U.S. military service. After their service in the U.S. military they ran afoul of law enforcement in some manner and were deported despite their willingness to die for this country.

We are Heading Down a Dangerous Path

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:45:16 UTC

We are Heading Down a Dangerous Path What President Trump stands for is not "America First", but unbridled capitalism, growing inequality, increasing racism, white supremacy, hatred of women, protectionism and constant provocation. He is purposely creating a crisis, as Trump's administration thrives by chaos. One man's loss is, after all, another man's gain.

Bad Moon Rising

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:20:55 UTC

What is wrong about the whole Trump team is that they all seem to believe that you can go around the world kicking the sh*t out of everyone without there being any consequences. And they all hate Iran for reasons that continue to be obscure but may be connected to their relationships with -- you guessed it -- the neoconservatives and the Israeli Lobby!

Jones Victory Sends Message to Democrats, Ignore the Black Vote and Lose

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:44:39 UTC

Democratic party officials set up a huge table outside a voting precinct in Helena in Shelby County just south of Birmingham. They didn't try to hide who they were making their vote pitch to at the table.

Alabama Stunner: Democrat Doug Jones Defeats Right-Wing Extremist Roy Moore in Photo Finish U.S. Senate Race

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:13:29 UTC

Moore did not concede defeat, however. In brief remarks to his supporters, Moore's campaign manager said that ballots from overseas military personnel had not yet been counted. (The state will not conduct a recount unless the victory margin is under 0.5 percent; however, that does not stop a candidate from paying for a recount.)

Mika Brzezinski Roasts Trump over Gillibrand Tweet

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:14:58 UTC

Trump's demeaning tweet about NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand brought Mika Brzezinski to angry tears on Morning Joe. She says she is so upset she is literally shaking in anger, calls Trumps tweet "one of the worst things I have seen in this presidency." Mika angrily calls for Huckabee-Sanders and other women on staff in the White House to stop covering for presidential bullying.

A Victory for a Night, a Loss for the Future

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:27:08 UTC

Doug Jones' win over the odious Roy Moore is good news, yes, but the particulars of the race bode ill for the health of our two-party system.

Thank You Alabama!

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:26:36 UTC

Let's all pause for a moment and give the good people of Alabama a huge thank you for doing the right thing.

Daily Inspiration --- Vita activa & Vita contemplativa

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:27:18 UTC

Every kind of activity, even the process of mere thought, must culminate in the absolute quiet of contemplation. Every movement, the movements of body and soul as well as of speech and reasoning, must cease before truth. Truth, be it the ancient truth of Being or the Christian truth of the living God, can reveal itself only in complete human stillness.

Crown Chakra Mandala

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:20:38 UTC

One in a series of stylized mandala designs representing the 7 chakras. The Crown Chakra is the seventh chakra, symbolized by the color white. Located at the top of the head, it is the Divinity center, associated with the mystical experience of oneness with the divine.

It's Duesday...

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:44:46 UTC

Perhaps caving to some of the pressure from his own sexual harassment/assault accusers, Trump today took to Twitter to call New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a whore. Well, not exactly. But he said she "begged" him for money and "would do anything" for contributions... wink-wink.

Here Comes the Next "Defense" Shakedown

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:51:04 UTC

Is Trump truly under the mistaken impression that US military might is ailing? Or is he mindlessly aping Ronald Reagan and hoping it brings in the re-election votes? Or perhaps something else entirely? The NDAA budgets nearly $700 billion for the US military next year. Despite its name, there's precious little "defense" involved.

A Christian Christmas? The West Supported Al Qaeda Terrorists Who Killed Christians in Syria

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:45:02 UTC

Soon Americans and Canadians will be going to Christian churches to celebrate Christmas

Israel-Palestine: Trumped, Part 1: Why the Israeli Right Will Never Negotiate

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:14:22 UTC

Trump's Jerusalem decision has put Israel-Palestinian peace talks on hold indefinitely. But that suits the Israeli Right, led now by Netanyahu and Likud, just fine. And it always has.

Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:13:07 UTC

Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women's Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations. This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference Monday in New York, demanding that Congress take action.

Tell The FCC Not To End Net Neutrality!

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:33:14 UTC

Since its creation, the internet has been an open exchange of ideas and information, free from corporate control and influence. But corporations could soon have tremendous power over what we can access and share online, ending the internet as we know it.

Taking Care of The Flood of Humanity in Bangladesh -- 622,000 Rohingya Arrive in Three Months

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:48:47 UTC

Bangladesh deals with annual disastrous typhoons from the Bay of Bengal and the massive floods that routinely submerge large parts of the small country. The latest flood in Bangladesh is not of water, but of humanity.

The Game of Politics

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:53:20 UTC

We have parasites eating away at our national parks and monuments, further insulting already mortally injured Native American tribes, an escalating food fight between two enfants terrible over their nuclear toys, and a pseudo American political party dedicated to using phony "tax reform" in a determined effort to restore their beloved feudal system to their favorite donor oligarchs...

The Deep State's Christmas Present to America: Surveillance That Never Ends

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:44:02 UTC

Just in time for Christmas, the Deep State wants to give America the gift that keeps on giving: never-ending mass surveillance.

Nixon 18 minutes -- Trump 18 Days -- Moore 14 to 16

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:39:10 UTC

If we elect a child molester to consolidate political power, isn't it easy to pardon colluding with a foreign power and rekindling Moore's good ol' days?

Ann Jones, Out With Monstrous Men

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:54:12 UTC

As I read now of women he preyed upon year after year, I feel the rage that's bubbled in the back of my brain for decades reaching the boiling point. I should be elated that Toback has been exposed again as the loathsome predator he's been for half a century. But I'm stuck on the fact of elapsed time, all these decades that male predators roamed at large, efficiently sidelining and silencing women.

In a Triumph for Feminism Police say a Mistletoe Kiss without Consent is Rape

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:44:58 UTC

If the world is to survive America, and if America is to survive as a country in which citizens are permitted free thought, free speech, to make their own decisions, to raise their own children and otherwise to be a free people, Americans will have to get angry at those who are destroying them and reply to the everyday violence that they experience in many different forms with violence of their own.

Anaconda 2018 exercise in Poland is a preparation for war

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:52:32 UTC

Biggest-ever joint military exercise dubbed Anakonda 2018 will be held in Poland in summer 2018. These maneuvers promise to become the most ambitious since the end of the Cold War. Since 2006 Anaconda is conducted on the territory of Poland every two years under the direction of operational command of the Polish Armed Forces.

Legal victory stops steal in 'Bama! But...

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 01:22:05 UTC

There's one certain way to stop these vote-suppression games. One candidate, named Barack Obama, told our team: You can't steal all the votes all the time. Turn out so massively, they just can't steal it. We will see if enough Alabama citizens will cross that bridge tomorrow to overcome the trickery and flim-flam that Alabama calls an election.

Russia-gate's Litany of Corrections

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:06:17 UTC

As much as the U.S. mainstream media insists that the Russia-gate scandal is growing, what is undeniably growing is the list of major corrections that news outlets have been forced to issue, reports Robert Parry.

How Does the U.S. Senate Expel, Censure, or Refuse to Seat any New Member?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:25 UTC

Regardless of the Alabama outcome, we are compelled to research the history of Senate Expulsion and Censure; at this late date, we hold out the lofty and long range chance that the Democrat Doug Jones and the sane Alabamians will prevail, particularly those who care about morality and ethics in elected officials from all states and nations. The Committee hearings would be an internationally observed PR bloodbath for the GOP

National Democrats Resist Reforms

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:54:08 UTC

Still refusing to face why Donald Trump and the Republicans won in 2016, the national Democratic Party rebuffs proposals from progressives to make the party more democratic and less corporate-dominated, writes Norman Solomon.

Magical Thinking Is Stopping Us From Taking to the Streets

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:21:36 UTC

The archplutocratic tax cut Washington politicians are working on this holiday season ought to be a call to arms for the United States' populace. The nation's economy is already so savagely unequal that the top 10th of its upper 1 percent owns as much wealth as its bottom 90 percent. Its corporations are raking in record profits. Revolution, anyone?

Why the documentary must not be allowed to die

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:39:29 UTC

Early British film-makers believed that the documentary should speak from below, not from above: it should be the medium of people, not authority. In other words, it was the blood, sweat and tears of ordinary people that gave us the documentary. In survey after survey, when people are asked what they would like more of on television, they say documentaries.

While America Focuses on Tax Bill, Congress Quietly Tries to Open Arctic Refuge to Oil Drilling

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:34:44 UTC

The U.S. Senate has passed a Republican tax-reform package that contains a provision to authorize oil drilling on the coastal plain of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, placing the biological heart of one of our last pristine, untouched places in severe peril.

Andrew Bacevich, A Country Addicted to War

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:34:16 UTC

What makes a Harvey Weinstein moment? The now-disgraced Hollywood mogul is hardly the first powerful man to stand accused of having abused women. The Harveys who preceded Harvey himself are legion, their prominence matching or exceeding his own and the misdeeds with which they were charged at least as reprehensible.

Don't Blame Black Voters for a Moore Win

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:00:00 UTC

There are two great dangers in the Alabama Senate race. The first is obvious. An alleged pedophile, pro-slavery sentiment voicing, anti-Constitutional protections, voting rights, and avowed anti-gay rights baiter, will win the race. Polls with an occasional swing here and there have been consistent in predicting that former Judge Roy Moore will win the Alabama Senate race.

Syria -- ISIS Is Defeated -- The U.S. Is Next In Line

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:04:13 UTC

According to reports, Russia has confirmed that Iran will stay in Syria as long as Syrian President Assad, who insists on liberating all of Syria without exception for the Americans, decides. Washington's plan to occupy a corner of Syria and revive ISIS is dead in the water, as will be all US troops sacrificed to this purpose.

Charlottesville Finally Gets A Peace Monument

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:13:41 UTC

Well, we tried a petition, and I tried a TED talk (in fact two of em), and the Daily Progress daily newspaper, and Channel 19 four times: one, two, three, four, and Channel 29 too. No opposition whatsoever has been voiced to the idea of putting up a peace monument in Charlottesville, a town famously full of war monuments, including several for a war that has fallen out of favor.

Refuting the Biggest Lies About Communism, Lie #4: Communism is a form of totalitarianism...

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:13:13 UTC

Refuting the Biggest Lies About Communism, Lie #4: Communism as totalitarianism. The theory of "totalitarianism" equates communism with fascism"...the dictatorship of the proletariat with fascist rule"...and Stalin with Hitler. This is a grotesque misrepresentation of reality. The Soviet Union when it was socialist (from 1917 until the mid-1950s) and Nazi Germany (1932-45) were polar opposites in all key aspects of society.

The collapse of major media

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:12:40 UTC

The commercials are playing to the older crowd, while the faces of the news are supposedly attracting younger viewers. It's a mess. The news execs and programmers really have no idea what they're doing. They're basically hoping their game somehow lasts until they can retire.

Israel Palestine: For whom the bell tolls?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:11:04 UTC

In 2008, John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt published "The Lobby and U.S. foreign policy" in which they reminded the reader that no two countries share the same vital interests. This obvious truth was ignored.

What's (Medically) Wrong With Trump?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:07:52 UTC

Let's play one of my favorite games -- what in the world is wrong with President Trump? No, I don't mean his policies, his opinions or his tasteless tweeting habits. I mean medically -- what in the world is wrong with him? There are so many theories about his instability that they range from the sad -- dementia -- to the conspiratorial -- he's being poisoned by his hair loss medication.

What do Psychopaths, Sociopaths and Narcissists Think About Trump

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:04:26 UTC

I'd expect them to love Trump. He's setting new precedents making it okay to do the kinds of things that psycho/sociopaths do, such as:

The Rise of Progressivism

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:29:21 UTC

In the west where the rise of the far right-wing forces are dominating the headlines in the media, side by side there is a silent rise of a far-left ideology, progressivism. The rise of the progressives is not just a challenge to the far right but also the replacement of the outdated liberals, who for a long time have dominated left-wing politics.

Dear Doug Jones, all our rights depend on our right to vote and have our vote counted as cast

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:33:19 UTC

Hope you win /w lanslide. I try very hard not 2 do worst case scenarios. So I will mention this briefly. If it comes to your losing in such a close election, do not concede, please. It could be a chapter. Kerry did not learn from Gore. Did we get anything good with both of their concessions? Demand a recount. A hand-counted paper ballot recount, publicly observed and w/ security of chain of custody ballots and memory cards.

Looking Back on 40 Years of Occupation

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:33:18 UTC

It is not in Israel's interest -- or our own -- to continue to fuel increased Palestinian strife and rising militancy. Economic sanctions and an arms ban against Israel are our last hope. A new regional conflict with Israel could spell the end of the Zionist experiment in the Middle East. It may be quixotic, perhaps even impossible, but it is the last measure left to save Israel from itself.

Why Not Make the Rich Compete?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:56:38 UTC

The Right has managed to use its control of the rule-setting process to engineer an enormous upward redistribution of income. The process involved the leadership of both political parties, so it's certainly not a story in which right-wing Republicans exclusively can be seen as the villains.

How will US Jerusalem move affect Israel's far right?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:12:24 UTC

Few have factored in the likely effect of Trump's new Jerusalem policy on the Israeli public, which has been shifting steadily to the right for most of the past two decades. The city and its contested holy sites have gained an increasingly powerful religious and national symbolism for many Israeli Jews.

The Consciousness Underground

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:01:40 UTC

A silent but powerful transformation is taking place right now -- and it's happening on a global scale. There's evidence to support the belief that humanity is entering a new phase of evolutionary development. This underground movement is the most significant social, political and spiritual phenomenon of our time.

The Sickeningly Narrow Focus of Our Outrage

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:51:44 UTC

Sexual abuse, harassment and violence are deeply embedded in our institutions of power; indeed, they are deeply embedded in our culture. If "we" keep this up, and "we" almost certainly will, this culture will finally be dead for good. And not a moment too soon.

What Trump Has Done: The Entire US-Middle East Political Framework Just Collapsed

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:13:46 UTC

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said in Washington on Wednesday. The embattled president has done what many had asked him not to do. But the truth is, US foreign policy has been bankrupt for years. It was never fair, nor did it ever intend to be so.

SLAPP Lawsuits: The Biggest Threat To The Resistance You Never Heard Of

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:28:00 UTC

Winning isn't necessarily the goal of SLAPP suits. Just by filing the suits, Energy Transfer Partners and Resolute are trying to drain environmental groups of time, energy, and resources they need, so they can't continue to fight to protect the environment. If the goal is to silence public-interest groups, the rest of us must speak out. Wealthy corporations must know they can't SLAPP the public into silence.

Barack Obama's Parting Gift to Donald Trump Was Mike Flynn

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:41:40 UTC

After Flynn had proven himself a thorn in the collective sides of Obama and Ashton Carter, then Secretary of Defense, he jumped into the Trump campaign with both feet, famously leading a chant of "Lock her up!" in reference to Hillary Clinton, at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Living On The Outside

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:22:15 UTC

ANGER and HATE will not solve ANYTHING - even if it is directed at those which seem to 'deserve' it. Start with the ME and LOVE that outwards and see what can happen, for the ease of hate these days is unbearable and I cannot bear the thought of passing this forward to future generations.

The President Who Stole Christmas

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:48:39 UTC

I can tell you this... we will celebrate Christmas this year, because Christmas is obviously more than the trees and lights and music... but it won't be a merry one. President Trump stole our Christmas in Palestine right along with our capital, our history and our rights.

The New Democratic Party Strategy: 'Dumb and Dumber'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:21:24 UTC

Democrats have demonstrated that they don't know how to fight and are unable to learn. The campaign mantra of "when they go low we go high" cost Democrats the election. And they are doing it again in seeking a mythical high ground by persuading Al Franken to resign. What Democrats are adept at is playing into the con man's play book.

Voters in Roy Moore - Doug Jones Race Sue to Prevent Election Officials from Destroying Evidence of Hacking

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:18:49 UTC

An Alabama Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, and a minister have filed a lawsuit asking a Montgomery circuit court to order Alabama election officials to not destroy an audit trail generated by most Alabama vote-counting machines in next week's contest between Judge Roy Moore and attorney Doug Jones.

Sun Tzu: The Ass of War

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:04:46 UTC

Sun Tzu, whose book, The Art of War, was written some 2,500 years ago during a period of constant war, and popularized in the West some 100 years ago (just in time for industrialized warfare), is the leading example of what's wrong with digging up ancient platitudes as guides for action today in the areas of war and peace.

Blacks, War and the Phony "Resistance"

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:03:47 UTC

Democratic Party "resistance" to Donald Trump is a sham that has succeeded only in increasing the likelihood of nuclear war and the certainty of massive impoverishment. The two corporate political parties have, in reality, forged an even deeper alliance since the 2016 election, guaranteeing an epochal transfer of wealth to the rich.

Daily Inspiration --- Consensus

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:37:17 UTC

I call myself a scientist, but I'm frightened to realize to what extent my judgment about what is true is shaped by the views of the community around me. Yet more frightening is to realize the extent to which their judgment about what is true is shaped by mine.

Honorable Keith Ellison: Please Run for Minnesota's United States Senate seat! (Gov. Dayton could appoint you as well)

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 03:00:00 UTC

I hope Keith Ellison will enter this race as soon as possible and that as an even stronger political statement, Governor Dayton considers appointing him. Certainly millions of progressive-minded people will help Ellison politically and financially all over this nation. Even more certainly, we would see Bernie Sanders campaigning vigorously for the great move forward represented by United States Senator Keith Ellison!

Toward understanding racism

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:43:43 UTC

Focusing on racism expression such as depicted in this Facebook posting may distract from grasping its true character.

Pavan Varma shows his real self on Gandhi, Nehru & Hindutva

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:41:37 UTC

Varma praises Mahatma Gandhi for his "respect for all religions." Does Varma remember that Gandhi had made the last-ditch proposal to Jinnah to accept Muslim/non-Muslim parity in Parliament, making one Muslim equal to three non-Muslims? (As an aside, how could Gandhi who has "respect for all religions" be praised for his "Catholic spirit"? Too bad, Mr Varma for using a communal brush on your hero.)

Google's AlphaZero is now scary smart

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:33:12 UTC

Google's DeepMind subsidiary has created a computer system, AlphaZero, that uses deep neural networks to train itself at superhuman speed. It recently taught itself to play chess, Shogi and Go at beyond-world-champion levels in less than one day. The implications of artificial intelligences that are far smarter than we are worrisome, and given how fast AI is developing and how fast its creations can learn new skills, urgent.

Let's Hear it for a New Cold War

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:31:07 UTC

People who moan about the new Cold War ought to remember the last one. It was great!

Franken "Trauma" Vs The Real Thing

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:27:00 UTC

Trauma is a real, specific event where there is serious psychic damage. Al Franken's actions have no connection to sexual abuse and any resulting trauma. We have lost our good Senator and our minds here in America.

Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper Sued For Misleading Diet Soda Ads

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:22:44 UTC

Six class-action suits against Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper for misleading diet-soda ads. CDC says one out of three in America is obese. If you want to get fat, aspartame is where it's at.

Daily Inspiration --- Fear of Death is a Cultural Artifact

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:13:49 UTC

Deep within, in the animal part of us, we are not afraid of death. This is something that our culture has imposed on us. Philosophically, we are afraid of annihilation, of becoming nothing, and that concept of death is part of Western "scientific" culture. What surprises me is that so many people I hypnotized -- 80% had within them this mystical, yoga-like attitude, though most were not aware of it. - Helen Wambach

Finally, Evidence of Russian Election Meddling ... Oh, Wait

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 01:09:41 UTC

On December 1, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to the FBI .... Finally! Hard evidence! The Trump campaign really did work with the Russians to fix the election and deprive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of her pre-ordained return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! But there are big problems with that narrative.

Why Making American Corporations More Competitive Doesn't Help Most Americans

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:53:34 UTC

Most American corporations -- especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts -- have no particular allegiance to America. Their only allegiance is to their shareholders. So restoring their "competitive edge" has little or nothing to do with helping American workers.

Apocalypse In Graffiti

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:50:50 UTC

The modern world is an insane asylum run by mad men and can only end in disaster

An epidemic of mental illness

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:49:27 UTC

An epidemic of mental illness and an american health system that is failing society and causing the decline of the civilized world

Progressives and Berniecrats Push Hard to End or Curtail the Superdelegate System

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:57:05 UTC

The commission could reduce the number of superdelegates by not making members of Congress automatic delegates. It could require the superdelegates not endorse any candidate until after the final nominating season contest. With 2018's elections looming, it remains to be seen if the Unity Reform Commission will live up to its name.