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Published: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:17 UTC

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Creating Labor Shortages: The Wall and NAFTA

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:16 UTC

The wall, whose cost varies considerable, will cause Mexico GDP to decline, although it will not bankrupt to country. NAFTA has fostered greater trade between the U.S. and Mexico, but has not led to a convergence of income between the two countries. The wall will create labor shortages and higher wages in the U.S. The U.S. economy is in good shape: its problem is distributional.

Shark Fins: Waste or Resource for Florida Fishing?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:25:14 UTC

Why kill an animal if you are only going to use part of it? If possession of shark fins is banned, but you can legally keep the shark, isn't that the definition of waste?

Trump Tries To Lead America Down A Fox News Rabbit Hole

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:01:55 UTC

Tumbling down a rabbit hole filled with baseless conspiracy theories -- and desperately trying to grab onto any stray root to bolster his case -- Trump has replaced rational discourse with debunked assertions. And he's trying to lead America into the same dark cavern of misinformation where facts are unknowable and the truth represents a constant mirage.

Saving Obamacare Is Not Enough -- We Need Medicare for All

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:28:31 UTC

Medicare for All is an idea whose time has come. Let's make all Americans healthy and wealthy. Let's lift up all of our families, save our homes, and help our businesses and industries. Let's join every other industrialized nation in the world and offer health care to all of our people.

More people will die

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:01:08 UTC

Improving the ACA doesn't mean we should repeal health care for millions of people and run away. And that's exactly what the GOP "Trumpcare" plan does: throw 24 million people off their health insurance by 2024. Fourteen million will lose their health care next year.

The FBI's Conspiracy Theory of a Trump/Putin Collusion Has No Clothes

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:13:34 UTC

How can it be anything other than a death wish for European governments to be egging on conflict with Russia, for women marching not against war but against Trump for wanting to reduce tensions with Russia, for US "intelligence" to be totally committed to orchestrating a "Russian threat" that all but guarantees thermo-nuclear war?

The Crisis of Governance

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:12:41 UTC

we have as president an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego, whose conflicts of financial interest are ubiquitous, and whose presidency is under a "gray cloud" of suspicion. He's advised by his daughter, his son-in-law, and an oddball who once ran a white supremacist fake-news outlet.

Don the Con's Health Care Ignores Deadly Ills

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:41:47 UTC

The health care plan unleashed by President Trump and Paul Ryan ignores deep seated problems in America's health care system.

Our Reluctant Front Rows Seats to History in The Making A modern-day Greek tragedy is playi

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:16:02 UTC

A modern-day Greek tragedy is playing out before our very eyes. It's an epic event, the kind of thing historians centuries from now will study and wonder about, as we do today of tales of mad kings, tyrants and scheming Roman emperors of ancient time.

Uncharted Territory

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:13:49 UTC

Don't make the mistake of believing that yesterday was just another day in Washington. It was anything but. You may think you know who James Comey is or Mike Rogers is, or what the Democrats or Republicans will ultimately do, but it cannot be known at this stage. Normal is off the rails, big time.

Five Localities Pass Resolutions Against Trump Budget: Three of Them Done Well

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:56:36 UTC

New Haven, CT, Charlottesville, VA, and Montgomery County, MD, have passed resolutions opposing the Trump budget's moving of money from everything else to the military, urging that money be moved in the opposite direction.

It's Time to End America's Longest War

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:47:16 UTC

Today, South Korea is twice as populous and 35 times as wealthy (in terms of Gross Domestic Product) as the North, boasting the 11th largest economy in the world (North Korea ranks 113th). In what universe does it make sense for American taxpayers to continue picking up a substantial portion of the check for South Korea's defense from its smaller, poorer, less industrially advanced neighbor?

Chinese Dissident Wei JingSheng Featured at International Human Rights Art Festival in NYC

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:45:47 UTC

At The International Human Rights Art Festival in NYC, activist Wei Jingsheng, who spent 18 years in Chinese, spoke about the connection between art and human rights.

Fear Spreads in Immigrant Communities

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:55:31 UTC

President Trump's roundup of undocumented workers has spread fear though immigrant communities unsure what to expect as federal agents coordinate with local police to hunt people down, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:37:00 UTC

Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society.

Successfully Urging a City to Oppose Trump Budget

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:15:07 UTC

Watch this video of Charlottesville residents making their case to their city council.

Gorsuch's Gory Expansion of Corporate Personhood

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:06:16 UTC

Corporations were designed to be subordinate to We the People. SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch didn't invent "corporate personhood," but he did expand it in his Hobby Lobby ruling. His nomination must be defeated. Corporate personhood has been normalized for too long -- with disastrous legal, political, economic, social and environmental consequences. It's not legitimate, democratic or human. It's "fake constitutional law."

I Want the Right to Stop Living, Even If I Decline to Use It

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:42:12 UTC

Reflections on how my mother chose not to go on living but did not commit suicide, and what it might mean to a new Supreme Court nominee

Identity Purge: The Search for the Jew in Jesus in Renaissance Art

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:13:48 UTC

Throughout the vast archives of Medieval and Renaissance paintings and other artworks picturing Jesus, there is no visual evidence that Jesus was Jewish -- or had any connection to Judaism. A new film tells the story of this identity purge and its impact on historical anti-Semitism.

My Visit to Trump's Washington

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:51:59 UTC

Republicans (and their patrons in big business) no longer believe Trump will give them cover to do what they want to do. They're becoming afraid Trump is genuinely nuts, and he'll pull the party down with him.

The Duality of Polarity of Aum Mani Padme Hum Mantra

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:48:21 UTC

The Philosophy of The Duality of Polarity is embedded into the mantra of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, possibly the most celebrated mantra of all the world, Aum Mani Padme Hum

Syrian Armed opposition militants to leave Homs

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:17:14 UTC

Against the background of the Syrian army success, armed opposition field commanders find it difficult to cope with the panic in their ranks. The number of the militants who are continuing to lay down weaponry and surrender to the government forces is daily increasing. Perhaps, their motive is to save life not only of themselves, but also of their relatives.

Boston Globe Op-Ed: Neil Gorsuch does not belong on the Supreme Court

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:28 UTC

Big companies and rich right-wing billionaires are spending top dollar to help a judge like Gorsuch get over the finish line. But that's not how our court system is supposed to work. Our courts are supposed to be neutral arbiters, dispensing justice based on the facts and the law -- not the party with the most money or political power.

Muslim Ban 3.0: Laptops, tablets banned on Middle East-US flights

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:58:18 UTC

The United States has banned laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games, and portable DVD players on flights from eight Muslim countries. Passengers on flights originating in eight Muslim countries are prohibited from carrying any electronic device bigger than a mobile phone, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Five Reasons Moderate Democrats Should Oppose Neil Gorsuch

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:37 UTC

If Gorsuch is approved, the Supreme Court will rule in favor of corporations and against working people. It will continue to lift restrictions on the high-dollar campaign contributions that are killing democracy and stifling the voices of ordinary voters. It will obstruct individual freedoms and endanger our environment.

Trump's Quiet Steps Down the Path of Empire

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:04:46 UTC

The latest phase in the decline of empire: when the military nudges aside the establishment.

Unsubstantiated allegations aplenty, verifiable facts zero. Basically it's trust us

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:43:43 UTC

Yesterday FBI Dir. Comey & NSA Dir. Rogers testified as witnesses before the House Intel Committee on "Russia's active interference waged against our 2016 pres. election. Unsubstantiated allegations aplenty; verifiable facts zero. Specifics are classified & issues can't be discussed. Basically it's trust us. This from an NSA that lies as a given & conducts illegal electronic surveillance of everyone including all Americans.

The Karamazov Question: From Iraq to a World in Hell

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:34:40 UTC

To mark the anniversary of the onset of the launching of the horrific war crime against Iraq, I'm reprinting a piece I wrote a month after the invasion. The question examined here is still being asked of our leaders; and regardless of party or ideology -- or even Nobel Peace Prizes -- they all keep giving the same answer.

Whither Art Thou, Bernie? He shills for Russiaphobia, ignoring actual fraud

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:07:44 UTC

The very dangerous act of blaming on Russia, without a shred of evidence, may be our final ending. To see Bernie Sanders on this bandwagon, with all the money he took from We the People, does not make me a happy camper, to put it mildly. I cannot escape the reality pointed out here, that Sanders IS lying to us, in a most dangerous way.

Trump's Counterterrorism Deputy Is an Avowed Neo-Nazi

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:34:06 UTC

Have we become so desensitized to scandal that we're now willing to have an avowed neo-Nazi in charge of American counter-terrorist operations? Are we so politicized in this country that one side cries foul when the other side points out that the likes of Gorka shouldn't have a seat in the White House Situation Room? What has become of our country? We can't blame everything on 9/11.

Neocons as a Figment of Imagination

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:50:52 UTC

Possibly there is a largely Jewish cabal within that Deep State, call it what you will, that works very hard behind the scenes to favor Israel while also pushing for a state of perpetual war, from which it benefits personally. I know that thinking that we Americans are on the receiving end of a vast and very effective conspiracy makes many uneasy, but history has taught us that sometimes our worst nightmares are actually true.

National Health Care: How Americans Avoid Good Health

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:28:57 UTC

Yet, as their bodies break down, deteriorate and suffer pain, Americans drink, smoke, ingest billions of pain relievers and visit doctors to solve their problems.

Europe's Elections and The Barbarians

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:03:27 UTC

There were some lessons from the Dutch elections, though not the simplistic one that the "populist" barbarians lost to the "reasonable" center. What it mainly demonstrated is that voters are unhappy with the current situation, they are looking for answers, and parties on the left and center left should think carefully about joining governments that think it "reasonable" to impoverish their own people.

There Won't Be Another Jimmy Breslin, But We Need More Like Him in the Mainstream Media

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:02:47 UTC

Most obits for columnist Jimmy Breslin say he's the last of a dying breed of hard-hitting columnists, but it's not true. There are plenty of us out there trying to emulate Breslin, but the increasingly homogonized, conglomerized corporate media won't publish that kind of journalism or journalist anymore, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff. You have to go online and it's not the same.

Snow, Death and the Bewildered Herd

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:36:22 UTC

This is a an exploration of why so many people today are addicted to endless flows of electronic information that prevents them from thinking calmly and clearly about what is going on in the world and in themselves.

Fascism? First Two Months in Power: Hitler vs, Trump

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:33:20 UTC

Comparing Trump to Hitler shows that the label of Trump fascism is liberal hysteria.

How Did We Ever Get Here?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:25:20 UTC

How did we ever get to where we are? Political views aside, one thing seems certain. We have a political neophyte in the White House who has surrounded himself with billionaire cabinet members, some brilliant business minds, but not one adept at or even experienced in the art of governing...

EU-Turkey rift escalates as Germany says Gulen was not behind anti-Erdogan abortive coup

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:16:21 UTC

The rift between the European Union and Turkey is escalating as President Erdogan has accused the EU countries of persecuting Muslims like Jews were during World War II while the spirit of fascism was running wild on the streets of Europe.

The Conspiracy Against President Trump

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:43:11 UTC

Americans need to understand that the political competition between the Democrats and Republicans is over which party gets to collect the money for being the prostitute for the One Percent. Traditionally, the party in the White House gets most of the money, so that is where both parties want to be.

Russia Conspiracists Claim to Possess Reality

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:03:48 UTC

An Associated Press story on Tuesday came with this headline: "Analysis: Reality catching up with Trump on Russia," and began:

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Words Not to Die For

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:53:22 UTC

By way of explaining his eight failed marriages, the American bandleader Artie Shaw once remarked, "I am an incurable optimist." In reality, Artie was an incurable narcissist. Utterly devoid of self-awareness, he never looked back, only forward. So, too, with the incurable optimists who manage present-day American wars.

What We Lose in the Fire, We Find in the Ashes?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:13:18 UTC

Denying Climate Change is futile; Starving a child's brain power is murderous; Ignoring our Seniors to death puts us in lock-step with all that is treacherous and unholy.

Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Mythical "Middle Ground"

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:27:13 UTC

The Democratic Party will always be part of this country's Ruling Duopoly. But that does not mean that they have to give way to the Republicans on every single issue for which there is no middle ground.

City of Charlottesville Passes Resolution Asking Congress to Fund Human and Environmental Needs, Not Military Expansion

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:12:10 UTC

Charlottesville, Va., City Council Monday evening, March 20, 2017, passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump's budget proposal, which shifts funding to the military from many other programs.

Stealing from the Citizenry: How Government Goons Use Civil Asset Forfeiture to Rob Us Blind

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:11:24 UTC

In jolly old England, Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. In modern-day America, greedy government goons steal from the innocent to give to the corrupt under court-legislature-sanctioned schemes called civil asset forfeiture.

Congressman Eric Swalwell vs President Trump

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 01:11:52 UTC

I happened to turn on the Congressional hearings with FBI Director Comey when a Congressman from California named Eric Swalwell was questioning the Director. I was quite stunned by not only how many more connections Trump has with Russia than I was previously aware, but also by just how fearless and aggressive this fellow was in hammering Comey.

The Collapse of Trust in the West

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:53:37 UTC

The peoples of the West have allowed themselves to be deceived by lies, misled by orchestrated "threats," and distracted into irrelevant matters. Consequently, they have lost their liberty. And they might lose their lives.

Immigration Crackdown Sparks Silicon Valley Protests

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:56:42 UTC

In Silicon Valley, these tech workers are all too often treated as little more than commodities to exploit and throw away. Now, with a little help from Tech Stands Up and Silicon Valley Rising, this may start to change.

How Republicans Quietly Sabotaged Obamacare Long Before Trump Came into Office

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:10:08 UTC

Donald Trump identified the wrong culprit as the person who poison-pilled Obamacare for 2017. That distinction would go to Marco Rubio (and his Republican helpers in the Senate). Democrats should have been screaming bloody murder for the past two years. Maybe they can start now, every time a reporter or Republican says, "Obamacare is failing..."

Why Bernie Is the Most Popular Politician in America

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:04:20 UTC

To keep the Sanders agenda alive, we should further refine it, turn it into a petition, get 25 million people to sign it and shove it under the noses of every politician in the country. Hard? Yes, but not impossible. We need a common movement that goes beyond our issue silos, interest groups and identities.

NYT's "Tinfoil Hat" Conspiracy Theory

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:13:00 UTC

There is a "tinfoil-hat" quality to The New York Times' pushing its "Donald Trump Is Russia's Manchurian Candidate" conspiracy theory as the newspaper sinks deeper into a New McCarthyism, reports Robert Parry.

Was Comey Working for Putin When He Threw the Election to Trump?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:06:27 UTC

Here's the tortured logic. Trump is a Russian tool. People who support Russian tools are automatically suspect (and subject to smears). Therefore, the Russians may have inspired Comey's actions that supported Trump.

The Serialization of The 15% Solution: How the Repub. Religious Right Took Control of the US: 1981-2022, Preface, Part 2

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:56:05 UTC

This entry, "Author's Preface," Part 2, was written in my voice, in 2013. It continues a description and analysis of where the major Republican Party candidates for the 2012 Repub. nomination stood on certain major issues. The similarity between those positions and those taken by the leading political figures in the book is not coincidental.

CA Health Dept Squelches Cell Phone Warning

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:25:31 UTC

A long-suppressed pamphlet produced by the CA Dept of Public Health was leaked to the public last week. Its recommendations are common sense precautions, but still the telecomm giants held the document up for 7 years. It is still not clear how big a comes with cell phones.

Risk, Reward, Regulation and Space Tourism

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:18:02 UTC

Space is the final frontier and frontier life is dangerous. Just ask those who explored Earth's seas or settled the American west. Despite the dangers, they did those things. Just as, if one of the private space companies asks for volunteers to man an experimental crew capsule tomorrow, the next day they'll find a line of eager applicants several miles long outside their door ...

The neoconservatives' dismal performance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:16:35 UTC

Remember the day the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989: a ray of hope arose in the sky. Two years later, when the Soviet Union collapsed, everyone dreamed of peace and prosperity after forty years of Cold War.

How to Fund Research Universities

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:11:29 UTC

States' legislatures have been cutting way back on their financial support of "state" universities. Research universities have found neither begging nor bragging very effective in turning them around. The link takes you to one political approach that just might work.

Mainstream Media in Total Collapse

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:37:52 UTC

The world of lies that comprises life in the Western world and hides reality from the people has destroyed all justification for the West's long hegemony over humanity. Today the West, corrupt, violent, greedy beyond all measure, evil beyond Satan, is a collection of populations comfortable with the mass murder of millions of Muslims in many countries. When evil can go without challenge, what hope does humanity have?

Democrats and The Resistance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:09:51 UTC

Trump is president and Republicans control just about everything. Meanwhile Democratic Party leaders who paved the way for this Republican resurgence seem to view themselves as natural leaders of the "Resistance." But are they?

Trump a One-Termer Prez? His Dutch Soulmate Loses Badly

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:03:22 UTC

Looks at Dutch election, Trump's foreign visitors and his constant mantra where his success is likely to be limited.

What's wrong with this picture?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:57:09 UTC

Want to make America safe? Want to make America loved and respected throughout the world? Halt the famine that is now developing in Africa and put a permanent end to world hunger. Our nation will no longer be looked at as the propagators of death and destruction but be heralded as saviors and saints.

The dumb, venal, rotten GOP game plan(s)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:56:28 UTC

Since all three GOP game plans are working together for separate goals, they share a mutual interest in fomenting chaos. The media have to decide daily what to focus on: The Russians? The wiretaps? The Wall? The travel ban? The budget? The conflicts of interest? The Trump/Ryan health care plan?

Scott Pruitt's Denial of Climate Change is Out of Touch

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:56:05 UTC

Currently, 70 percent of Americans believe that global warming is happening. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication Opinion Map proves it.

A Last Chance for Resistance

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:57:01 UTC

The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to liberty and justice while obliterating the institutions and laws that make them possible.

The "Birth Pangs" of a New Middle East, Remixed

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:08:17 UTC

Team Trump members might entertain the wishful thinking notion that Moscow will ditch Tehran -- not only in Syria but in terms of Eurasia integration. Not a chance. Yet tell that to the House of Saud. Moscow might be able, with time, to instill some geopolitical sense into Riyadh. Once again, not a chance. Because the House of Saud is now convinced their best ally is President Trump.

Trump Declares Obamacare Dead

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:18:17 UTC

I am worried that Obamacare will be repealed without an adequate replacement. The GOP says Obamacare is redistribution of wealth from the wealthy to the poor. They want the money back. They want to take from the poor and give it back to the rich.

Wake Up, Liberals -- Either We Hang Together or We Fall Apart

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:09:30 UTC

There's one thing people on the left need to get deadly serious about under the Trump administration, either we hang together or we hang apart. Donald Trump and his supporters are deadly serious about harassing, intimidating, villifying and removing all those they consider subversive. And their immigration program is just a start.

Trump's Plan to Eliminate Public Broadcasting Would Hurt Listeners in Trump Country

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:17:22 UTC

The president's first federal budget proposal seeks to eliminate all federal funding for public broadcasting -- zeroing out the $445 million annual allocation to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the not-for-profit entity created by the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 to keep local public radio and television stations on the air.

Trump's Budget Assault on the Environment Packs a Wallop

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:24:18 UTC

The administration's budget cuts $2.4 billion from the EPA's operating funds -- roughly 31 percent -- taking the agency's annual budget from $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion, the smallest since it was formed in 1970. These cuts will cripple regulation of air and water quality, strip oversight of a wide range of land management programs, and loosen restrictions on chemical emissions from industrial facilities.

Trump Sends Hate Group to Represent US at UN Women's Rights Conference

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:58:59 UTC

Earlier this week, the State Department announced that representatives from infamous anti-LGBTQ hate group the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and from the far-right Heritage Foundation will represent the U.S. at a United Nations conference on women's rights later this month.

If the Democrats Cave on Gorsuch They'll Be Terribly Sorry

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 18:18:13 UTC

The day the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Appeals Court Judge and Scalia's nominated replacement, Neil Gorsuch, said he could barely get down a ski run in Colorado because he was so blinded by tears at his death. This was not a private utterance or personal feeling of deep emotion that he shared with friends and family.

Kids Die 1 every 5 sec. for UN Lacking $30 Billion Bill Gates Alone Owns $75 Billion Let Trump Act

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:16:44 UTC

Allowing a child to starve to death or die of malnutrition will bring a charge of homicide, but in this world dominated by Western 'civilization,' allowing millions of children to starve to death will not bring a charge of genocide upon anyone. Reflects a modern adage "Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god." Solutions are pathetically easy yet...

Fake News, "Left"And Right

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:01:15 UTC

Using NPR's recent program on CIA, I demonstrate how the mainstream media , complicit with the right, inundates communication channels with fake news.

Interview With a White Hat (Good Guy) Hacker Who Helps Make Websites and Companies More Secure

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:00:01 UTC

Jake Murphy is a hacker. But he's a good guy. He helps protect companies and organizations from vulnerabilities in their websites and software. He's ranked by one organization as among the top 150 out of 60,000.

An Angry Meeting with Our Congressional Representative

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 03:54:06 UTC

The crowd's jeers showed it was clearly anxious to have its own voice heard. The representative and others from the audience had to repeatedly remind interrupters that they were only prolonging the congressman's painful monologue, and needed to allow him to finish.

Trump's Budget Is A Deeply Radical Scheme -- The Press Should Say So

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:22:26 UTC

Some of the coverage has been accompanied with a bit of a shoulder shrug because lots of journalists assume Trump's proposed budget can't pass through Congress. Therefore, the pitched eviscerations don't really matter because they won't be enacted. But they do matter and they shouldn't be soft peddled. They matter because the deeply destructive cuts represent who Trump is and what his spiteful agenda stands for.

A Battle for the Common Good: Join the May Day General Strike

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:01:24 UTC

This article is actually a call to action for the May Day strike. I did check the time sensitivity box below.

Trump: Don't Blame Me When I Quote Fox News

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:27:47 UTC

At a short press conference with German leader Angela Merkel, Trump indicated that he believed there was nothing to apologize for. Asked by a German reporter about the wiretapping allegation, he made a reference to "fake news" without addressing the matter. When a second German reporter pressed Trump on the issue, Trump first made a joke that he had something in common with Merkel. (The NSA had listened in on her cellphone.)

Trump budget to fund wider wars by slashing domestic spending

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 20:33:14 UTC

This is a budget that promotes death and destroys life. It pours billions into the Pentagon killing machine, at the cost of programs that provide food, shelter, heating, health care and other vital services for the population of the United States.The biggest percentage cut, 31 percent, is in the Environmental Protection Agency, where 3,200 jobs and 50 programs would be eliminated, including all pollution cleanup operations.

What We're Up Against [by Debbie Lusignan, intro by Geery]

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:59:13 UTC

I know there are also many Russiaphobes here and particularly in the MSM, to which I can only say, "Please answer Debbie's question on this in her 45 minute video"--yes, that's longer than anyone has time for, but "jump through" at least. I find it amazing what you take away from doing so, in most videos.

Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:39:03 UTC

In the long term, change may be coming for Democrats whether they like it or not. Sanders loyalists are quietly attempting to take over many local Democratic party positions around the country. Sanders' supporters are already organizing primary challenges to incumbent Democrats who aren't sufficiently opposing Trump. One thing's for sure: Democrats who refuse to change do so at their peril.

Why does America Intend to Send Additional 1000 Servicemen to Syria?

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:34:44 UTC

According to the Washington Post, the Pentagon has drawn up a plan to send additional 1000 ground troops on the eve of the attack on Raqqa, which is considered as the capital of Islamic State terrorists in Syria.

Trump Administration Ousts UN Official to Protect Israel From Criticism

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:06:39 UTC

Ehud Barak, Israel's former Prime Minister and its most decorated soldier, explicitly warned that Israel was on a path to what he called a permanent "apartheid" state. As he put it: "As long as in this territory west of the Jordan river there is only one political entity called Israel it is going to be either non-Jewish, or non-democratic. If this bloc of millions of Palestinians cannot vote, that will be an apartheid state."

McCain versus Paul: The New Red Scare Masks US Foreign Policy Insanity

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:28:04 UTC

Lest we forget, the Balkans are known for producing wars both small and large. Montenegro borders Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia. Is there any particular reason the US should commit itself by treaty to intervene in the military spats that break out in that region at the drop of a hat (or the assassination of an Archduke)?

What is the Utility of Pan-Africanism in the Age of White Nationalism

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:22:58 UTC

Panel Discussion on Pan-Africanism in the Age of Global White Reactionary Nationalism

"Wire Tapping Trump Towers" Clarified

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:20:42 UTC

Is there one scintilla of truth that supports any of the Trump claims of phone tapping of his Towers during the presidential campaign?

[Video] The remedy for Israeli judicial corruption is repression of social protest

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:15:01 UTC

Two activists and two attorneys are detained in relationship to protest of the unbearable ease with which Israeli authorities take children from their biological parents, particularly the poor. In a bizarre, inexplicable twist, Legal Counsel of the Administration of Courts is under house detention...

All the News that's Fit to Fake

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:31:07 UTC

The brouhaha over fake news, alleged interference in U.S elections is further evidence the MSM is irretrievably beholden to the amorphous Deep State. That it was ever thus has been obvious for decades to all but the most deluded aficionados of liberty, democracy, privacy, freedom, and the rule of law. With this in mind, it's time to take a deep breath for an even deeper dive into the cesspool that is the collective press-pool.

When, Where, and How Imam Musa Sadr was Assassinated

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:36:19 UTC

A brief excerpt from a soon to be published Manuscript which details the results of a several year investigation in four countries into the fate of "Vanished Imam," Musa Sadr and his colleagues Sheikh Mohammad Yaacoub and journalist Abbas Badreddine.

Reefer Madness vs. Fantasia

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:33:33 UTC

A?re there enough movies about weed to fill out the schedule for a film festival

The Trump/Obama "Leak War"

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 01:39:29 UTC

"Leaks" can be whistleblowers exposing government wrongdoing, but many actually are government agencies manipulating the public or punishing enemies, as is playing out in today's Trump/Obama "leak war," says Rick Sterling.

"America First" Budget Is Unworthy of Our Nation

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:51:35 UTC

This is a "shock and awe" budget, designed to dazzle and confuse Trump's political enemies and the general public. When Republicans on Capitol Hill dial back a few of its more extreme cuts, as is almost inevitable, the public will be expected to sigh with relief. That would be a mistake, since the result will almost certainly remain draconian.

The U.S. Actions in Syria and Iraq Lead to the death of Civilians

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 23:35:53 UTC

The U.S. and the world community show indifferent to the fate of Syrians and Iraqi civilians, who yearn for peace.

The Most Moral Army

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:40:07 UTC

Armies are immoral by their very nature. Armies are there to make war, and war is basically immoral. One might wonder how war has survived all these millennia. Humanity has made enormous progress in all fields of endeavor, yet war has endured. It seems that it is too deeply entrenched in human nature and human society.

Yellen's Effed up Attack on Working People, Sad

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:40:06 UTC

The idea that the Fed is an impartial referee that serves the public by setting interest rates and regulating the financial system, is the nuttiest of all the conspiracy theories. The Fed is not only a creature of the banks, it is also the most destructive institution in the country today. Isn't it true that Donald Trump wouldn't be president today if it wasn't for the Fed? Think about it.

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Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:40:01 UTC

Thoughts on the reason the GOP is finding it so difficult to "Broaden its Base", since everything they propose is contrary to most enlightened political and human thought.

The Hardening of Society and the Rise of Cultures of Cruelty in Neo-Fascist America

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 20:10:12 UTC

There is more at work here than getting rid of Trump, there is a need to eliminate a system in which democracy is equated with capitalism, a system driven almost exclusively by financial interests, and beholden to two political parties that are hard-wired into neoliberal savagery.

Is the Goldwater Rule Obsolete? Should Psychiatrists and Psychologists Comment on the President's Mental Health?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:07:06 UTC

Despite the Goldwater rule, that restricts psychiatrists from commenting on people they have not personally examined, many mental health experts are violating the rule by offering mental status evaluations of Donald Trump. Should they face disciplinary action? Or, is the Goldwater Rule obsolete--upended by vast changes in technology and the media since it was invoked over a half-century ago in 1964?

To All Patrons Of OpEdNews-Part 3, A Call To Action

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:03:31 UTC

A plan of action for all patrons of OpEdNews. If you have had enough talk and want to become part of the solution, read on ...

Trump's Wall? They really Wanna Go Home -- The Story of Mexican Migration

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:02:55 UTC

Describes history of Mexican migration showing a wall is not the best idea.