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Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:29:52 UTC

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"Nehru Conspiracy" & Dr. Mookerjee's death

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:29:51 UTC

Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) and precursor to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was killed due to "Nehru Conspiracy" as future Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was to publicly assert in later years. Mookerjee's death anniversary, which falls on Friday, was an exceptional hero of India's freedom struggle.

Blue Star Museums--A Study In Hypocrisy

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:04:59 UTC

A discussion of the conflicting goals of American museums of the natural world and the U.S. military.

Saving Faces...

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:55:55 UTC

A look at the art of taking selfies and how we deal with sometimes making poor choices. A comment on the Right to Choose.

Social Insanity

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:53:44 UTC

In this critical era of human history when wrong decisions could cause catastrophic damage to Earth's environment and throw nations into further turmoil and ruin, it is essential to elect rational and knowledgeable people to government office - not people of doubtful social sanity.

Resist This: The United States Is At War With Syria

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:26:56 UTC

With the U.S. Air Force--under Trump, following Obama's declared policy--shooting down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, the United States is overtly engaged in another aggression against a sovereign country that poses no conceivable, let alone actual or imminent, threat to the nation. This is an act of war.

In a major power shakeup: Saudi king appoints his son Mohammed bin Salman as new crown prince

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:15:27 UTC

Saudi Arabia's king Wednesday (June 21) appointed his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince, replacing his nephew, Mohammed bin Nayef, as first in line to the throne.

Candidate Contracts: A Democratic Renewal

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:13:43 UTC

Here is a video and text explaining how candidate contracts take the guesswork out of voting and set a whole, new standard for electoral integrity in our country. This will answer any questions on why this unprecedented approach is now necessary, and what the ethical and political basis is for making such a proposal.

The Serialization (9) of The 15% Solution: Chap. 5: Anderson v. Board of Education

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:26:24 UTC

"Original Intent," is what we hear about the Supreme Court and its functioning from the Repubs., over and over again. Except when they do not want to hear it, as in "Original Intent" Scalia and "Heller," in which he ignored Supreme Court precedent and also rewrote the 2nd Amendment by hiving off its first clause. In this case, a Repub. Supreme Court recognizes that nowhere in the Constitution is judicial review mentioned.

What's your Monthly Donation Budget For Politicians and Organizations?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:43:26 UTC

You $2 or $3 donations can really make a huge difference. Make a decision that you will fight the system, that you will fight the establishment.

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, "There Will Be Hell to Pay"

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:38:21 UTC

Forgive me for complaining, but recent decades have not been easy ones for my peeps. I am from birth a member of the WHAM tribe, that once proud, but now embattled conglomeration of white, heterosexual American males. We have long been -- there's no denying it -- a privileged group. When the blessings of American freedom get parceled out, WHAMs are accustomed to standing at the head of the line. Those not enjoying the trifecta

Another Step Toward Devastating War

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:34:02 UTC

How many agreements with Russia does Washington have to break before the Russians finally understand that a signed agreement with Washington is meaningless? Will the Russians ever learn? The American Indians never did. There is a famous American T-shirt: "Sure you can trust the government: Just ask an Indian."

FUBAR, FUBAR uber alles: Careening Toward Chaos -- or Conflagration

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:39:47 UTC

Steve Bannon, as he openly declared last year, is using Trump as an "instrument" to push his vision of white nationalist authoritarianism. The ignorant, infantile president, Trump, is not in charge of anything at all beyond the promotion of his own brand and the aggrandizement of his sleazy, crime-ridden family and their cronies.

Fear and loathing on the Afghan Silk Road

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:52:14 UTC

ISIS is already shipping out jihadis in retreat in both Iraq and Syria to the Hindu Kush. At the same time, it is actively enrolling scores of Pashtuns with lots of cash and weapons -- a workforce including tens of thousands of potential suicide bombers.

Why Union Workers and Environmentalists Need to Work Together with Smart Protests

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:14:04 UTC

It's hard to make the case that we're winning much of anything right now. Congress and the White House are now ruled by anti-labor, climate change deniers. We have an environmental lunatic as president. Perhaps it's time to review our organizing strategies.

Democrats Want to Lose the 2020 Election

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:31:33 UTC

espite leading the party to defeat, the centrist-Third-Way-DLC-Hillary Clinton wing of the party still runs the DNC and the state apparatuses. They've never made nice with Bernie Sanders or his leftist-progressives -- the party's base and its most committed ideologues -- after repeatedly insulting and marginalizing them during the campaign.

We're Slowly Replacing Politicians With Something Scarier

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:28:56 UTC

Neither party represents my interests anymore. And a new kind of creature now occupies the White House. A non-political enigma who "walks and acts like a duck but isn't."

The Case for Obstruction of Justice Against Trump

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:16:00 UTC

A decision to support an "inquiry of impeachment" resolution in the House -- to start an impeachment investigation -- doesn't depend on sufficient evidence to convict a person of obstruction of justice, but simply probable cause to believe a president may have obstructed justice. There's already more than enough evidence of probable cause to begin that impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.

Ossoff- Handel GA6 Hackable Election Results Defy Common Sense

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:58:55 UTC

we must decide that either every single poll was wrong or that the hackable voting results are wrong. Was the GA6 election hacked

Jim Crow GOP Steals Another Election As Brain Dead Democrats & Media Say Nothing

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:09:27 UTC

The Jim Crow GOP has stolen yet another Congressional election, this time in Georgia. As always, the media and Democrats are saying nothing about it. And now the US Supreme Court will allow secretaries of state to completely trash the ballots of anyone they choose.

In Guantanamo, Cuba, International Peacemakers Say No to Foreign Military Bases

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:52:06 UTC

The symposium included a trip to the village of Caimanera which is located on the fence-line of the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay. It has been in existence for 117 years and, since the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the U.S. has issued a check each year for $4,085 for annual payment for the base -- checks which the Cuban government has not cashed.

An anti-war vet in Trumpland: Guns and Religion in a Small Town on Memorial Day

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:40:23 UTC

A Memorial Day veterans gathering in a small town in Maine demonstrates the grip militarism has on those who served in the nation's wars, writes Vietnam combat veteran Michael Uhl in

Assessing Ossoff's Loss

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:06:50 UTC

I attempt to dissect the election from the perspective Republicans, Establishment Democrats and Progressives

Finding the Greater Fool -- The Elite Logic Behind "Going Over the Climate Cliff"

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:32:47 UTC

The "Seneca Cliff" is the point at which a system that grew large slowly, starts to collapse rapidly. This is the way the 1929 stock market and 2008 banking assets collapsed (image source). Any complex system can go over the Seneca Cliff, says climate scientist Ugo Bardi. (Can you guess why he's studying it?)

A New Writing Style With Dreams of Flying, Dad, Death And The Future

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:24:25 UTC

Explore my memories, dreams and fantasies which are wrapped around and inside a new concept of telling a story.

Closing Democracy's Doors Until the People Open Them

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:38:50 UTC

In 2006 a book was published called Losing Our Democracy by civic leader, Mark Green.

Ways to Restore the Syrian Economy

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:33:49 UTC

Despite the ongoing fighting in Syria, the country's economy moves on. When eliminating sources of instability, terror and the break-up of the state, a number of countries can really help Syria economically.

Attention Evangelicals: Donald Trump Is Screwing You!

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:16:28 UTC

It's time for evangelicals to take stock of their political positions. Do they want to be on the side of Trump or on the side of human rights and religious freedom? Maybe it's time for them to ask themselves an important question: Who would Jesus deport?

Mere Anarchy: The Center Cannot Hold

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:23:34 UTC

One side effect of the Industrial Revolution was centralization. Production moved from home workshops into factories. The fragmented political and economic power of small feudal fiefdoms was consolidated into the hands of national political classes and central planners. Three quarters of a century into the Information Revolution, its ramifications are finally becoming clear. We're decentralizing.

America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:33:11 UTC

"USA Kills Yemeni People," screams graffiti plastered on walls in Yemen's capital Sana'a. The Yemeni people who have been on the receiving end of US bombs dropped by Saudi pilots know all too well that the United States is complicit in their suffering.

Aging Miraculously: Life's too Short to Give Up on Faith & Activism!

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 22:31:25 UTC

As community elders, we are products of the hope-filled '60s. We have experience, knowledge, and (hopefully) wisdom unavailable to our children, grandchildren, and to the young in general. It's our vocation and responsibility to share all of that.

Talk Nation Radio: Ray McGovern on Russia and Syria

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:48:59 UTC

Ray McGovern has been studying/analyzing Russia for more than five decades, both in academe and government. A senior analyst at the CIA during the 80s, he also conducted early morning briefings, one-on-one, of the President's Daily Brief for President Reagan's most senior foreign policy advisers.

Tomgram: William Hartung, Trump's Love Affair With the Saudis

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:23:02 UTC

At this point, it's no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the end destabilize the Middle East in ways not seen in our lifetimes (which, given the growing chaos in the region, is no small t

The Supreme Court Takes Up the Question of Whether Gerrymandering Is Unconstitutional

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:35:32 UTC

Because the Electoral College can upset the results of the popular vote for president of the United States, it is possible for a Donald Trump to lose by almost 3 million votes and still end up in the Oval Office. That's unfair and dysfunctional. And that is not the only example of unfairness and dysfunction in American electoral politics.

Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis deepens: Qatar rejects any talks until blockade is lifted

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:00:01 UTC

Qatari Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Monday (June 19) ruled out any talks to resolve the current Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis unless blockade is lifted.

Trump's Infrastructure Plan: A Corporate Con by a Corporate Conman

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:13:50 UTC

Trump's infrastructure plan is a thinly veiled attempt to sell off public commons. It will redistribute more wealth into the pockets of the fabulously wealthy, and increase basic living costs for most Americans, while We the People lose all oversight. It's time to build a Democracy "Infrastructure" Movement!

How Express "curated" Roy's tweet

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:48:37 UTC

Indian Express could barely suppress its glee and smirk when today it front-paged a tweet by Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy which stated that "Hindu-Muslim problem won't be solved without a Civil War." The front-page story was neatly curated. The report omitted that Roy had mentioned "The Great Calcutta Killings' of August 1946 and the "Noakhali Hindu Genocide" of October 1946 as a backgrounder to

Good Cop, Bad Cop: Trump in The Middle East

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:38:30 UTC

Are the recent events with Qatar being ex-communicated from the Good Guys Club, along with the downing of a Syrian bomber by American forces a portent for a wider war in Syria? I look at the recent confusion and try to make some sense of it all.

American Muslims alarmed at killing of worshipers in Virginia and United Kingdom

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:33:30 UTC

The seven-million strong American Muslim Community was alarmed at the killings of worshippers in Virginia and the British capital, London.

Retribution on Otto Warmbier's Passing Must Be Swift and Decisive

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:31:06 UTC

I am normally not outraged by what happens to Americans in other nations, preferring a conciliatory and diplomatic approach, but this nut case psycho North Korean regime deserves the most severe punishment and and the fiercest sanctions and whatever we can muster without using weapons and troops for killing this poor kid who begged forgiveness for his stupid prank....

Klein: Youth-Led Grassroots Progressive Insurgencies Have Pushed Leaders Like Corbyn and Sanders into National Politics

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:37:29 UTC

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is now poised to possibly become the next British prime minister. For more on these insurgent progressive politicians, we speak with best-selling author and journalist Naomi Klein, whose new book is "No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need."

The Syrian Nightmare: No End in Sight

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:30:45 UTC

The fight against ISIS could be over in a matter of months, but that doesn't mean the hostilities will end. No one really knows whether the Turks, the Kurds or the US-backed militias will agree to withdraw from the territories they've captured during the war, but the general consensus seems to be that they won't.

Talking With My Friend About Trump

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:59:52 UTC

"I can't take it any more," my friend Tom said about Trump. "I don't need this. He's a selfish, greedy, narcissistic, fascistic, unhinged, bigot. And to think he's running this great country makes me want to puke."

Democracy Is A Front For Central Bank Rule

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:21:38 UTC

Why is the Fed raising short rates when the long rates are falling? Why do "democratic Western democracies" have central banks that do nothing except protect big banks at the expense of the people? How long will the insouciant peoples of the West continue to conspire in their own demise?

Climate Judases: Three Ways Democrats Betray Humanity

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:55:05 UTC

This is Part 2 of my two-part series "Fighting the McResistance--for Climate's Sake," in which I argue that leaving Democrats' astroturf "McResistance" in charge of the anti-Trump resistance movement will be a CATASTROPHE for our climate. While Part 2 is written to be understood on its own, readers will grasp it even better if acquainted with the "Good Cop as Judas" argument I made in Part 1.

Nobody Wants Trump in Office More Than Democrats

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:23:41 UTC

Ordinary people who identify themselves as Democrats have a variety of mostly noble intentions and desires. Elected Democrats in Washington, D.C., are another matter entirely.

Will New Jim Crow Scam Tip Georgia's Ossoff-Handel Congressional Race?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:20:40 UTC

Who accosted whom is less important than Handel promoting the dangerous new trend of attacking the press, sometimes physically, when questions are uncomfortable or challenging. I want an answer to the question: Who will decide the race in the Sixth -- the voters or Jim Crow?

Again: If Anyone Wants to Defeat ISIS, Here's How

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:36:38 UTC

The simple military solution to defeating ISIS, if any diplomats or Presidents have the brain cells to understand it

Diplomacy has taken a back seat to military operations in U.S. foreign policy. The drone program is a prime example.

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:30:00 UTC

While Pres. Trump has not yet enunciated a policy on the subject of political assassinations, there has so far been no indication that he plans to change the practice of relying on drone killings established by his recent predecessors.

Tomgram: Ira Chernus, The Summer of Love and the Winter of National Insecurity

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:05:30 UTC

It's the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. What better place to celebrate than that fabled era's epicenter, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where the DeYoung Museum has mounted a dazzling exhibition, chock full of rock music, light shows, posters, and fashions from the mind-bending summer of 1967?

How will History Remember Donald Trump and His Sycophants?

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:49:09 UTC

Donald Trump and his sycophants will not be present to spin or rationalize their lies and hypocrisies when their words and actions appear in history books and other texts--and will have to stand on their own. They will not stand well and history will not be kind to Trump and company. The unprecedented magnitude of lies and hypocrisy is likely to cast them as the quintessential buffoons of history.

Why Bernie Sanders is an Imperialist Pig

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:03:19 UTC

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford "War is not a side issue in the United States; it is the central political issue, on which all the others turn." Some think Bernie Sanders should run with the Peoples Party. But, "Sanders is a warmonger, not merely by association, but by virtue of his own positions."

News About Syria You May Not Have Seen, June 2017

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:41:39 UTC

June 2017 Reports from "Inside Syria Media Center"

We Can't Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:32:14 UTC

The inability to see what is in front of our eyes replicates the blindness of all past civilizations that celebrated their eternal glory at moments of precipitous decline. The difference is that life across the whole planet will go down this time. These illusions only tranquilize us at a moment when we should be rising in collective fury against those who are orchestrating our doom.

Fathers, Sons, and Blood Sacrifices

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:11:45 UTC

Why obedience to violence prone authorities has led to so much bloodshed for millennia, and how in particular this is rooted in certain male religious and cultural traditions.

A Charter School Violates Its Student's Privacy to Shame Parents Into Volunteering

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:10:25 UTC

Alliance Charters makes an end-run against the rules prohibiting them from requiring volunteer hours and possibly breaks another law in the process.

Behind the Media Surge Against Bernie Sanders

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:51:37 UTC

It's routine for right-wing outlets like Fox to smear progressive activists under the guise of "news" coverage. But why the New York Times? And why the special venom for Bernie Sanders?

DNC fraud lawsuit attorneys threatened, request order of protection

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:35:28 UTC

Tim Black notes that a disturbing voice-masking call to DNC fraud lawsuit attorneys, the Becks, has a DNC caller ID attached. The Becks have received anonymous death threats as the body count of those involved in the DNC has grown.

Understanding contemporary white supremacy, part 2: How do we deal with this new form of an old phenomenon? -

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:31:23 UTC

Our panel of scholars on what we get wrong about white supremacy, and whether persecuting racists does any good

Summer ' 67- Ignorance is Bliss

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 01:01:56 UTC

Before I allow either of my sons to get drafted and sent to Vietnam, I will personally drive them to Canada and support them until they can come home!"

Commemorating the Watergate break in on June 17, 1972

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:38:24 UTC

On Friday, June 16, 2017, ABC broadcast 20/20 with Sam Donaldson to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of the Watergate break in early in the morning of June 17, 1972. In 1972, President Richard M. Nixon won re-election in a landslide victory by appealing to certain white people's resentments. Similarly, Donald J. Trump, the Republican Party's presidential candidate, appealed to certain white people's resentments.

Israel versus the UN -- the Nikki Haley doctrine

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:17:14 UTC

When Haley speaks about Israel, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along with Haley, the rightwing Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu is moving fast to cultivate the unique opportunity of dismissing the UN, and thus, any attempt at criticizing the Israeli occupation.

The New Wave -- Unique

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 21:38:26 UTC

As a character, Trump is indeed unique. It is extremely difficult to imagine any other Western country electing somebody like that as its supreme leader. But beyond his particular personality, is Trump unique? Trump is a Rightist. A very rightist Rightist. Between him and the right wall there is nothing, except, perhaps, his Vice. (Vice in both meanings of the word.)

America risks one-party rule if gerrymandering isn't stopped

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:36:09 UTC

Over the past several years, a ground war has been conducted against our democratic legitimacy at the state level by state political parties intent on minimizing the power of certain voters. Their goal: near permanent one-party rule. This is destroying our democracy. Rather than voters choosing their representatives, representatives choose their voters.

Voter Emotions Matter

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:49:19 UTC

Discussions about voting often become overly technical, accidentally treating voters as machines that will perform in predictable ways. Here we argue by example that this can be very misleading.

The Baseball Lies We Tell Ourselves about Congress

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 19:40:39 UTC

We cannot hold others accountable until we face the truth of our own hypocrisy

The Georgia Special Election is Make or Break for Democrats

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:55:30 UTC

By all rights Georgia Democratic congressional candidate, Jon Ossoff, shouldn't even be in the Georgia special election congressional race. He should be in Congress. The Georgia congressional special election was a race that could and should have been won by him the first go around. The district seemed ripe for the Democrats to finally beat a Republican somewhere.

The Unifying Force of War Abolition

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:07:22 UTC

Remarks at United National Antiwar Coalition in Richmond, Virginia, on June 18, 2017.

Untrump the World -- It Won't Self-Impeach

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 03:04:30 UTC

Remarks at United National Antiwar Coalition in Richmond, Virginia, June 17, 2017

Trump, Celebrity Culture And The Politics Of Lying

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 02:24:43 UTC

"Those are lies, plain and simple," Comey said, referring to Trump's description of his firing.

Trump comments deepen conflict with Department of Justice

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 00:08:24 UTC

Senior congressional Republicans, alarmed that Trump might touch off a new political firestorm, have warned him against firing Mueller. These included House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Republican senators John Thune, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins.

Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis explained: Saudi Arabia in talks with Israel to establish economic ties

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 22:59:25 UTC

The British newspaper Times reported Saturday (June 17) that in a dramatic move Saudi Arabia and Israel are in talks to establish economic ties that perhaps explain why Saudi Arabia and its allies have imposed a sweeping blockade on Qatar, in an effort to force the Gulf state to drop its support for Hamas, who control Gaza.

Grenfell is a Monument to Tory Britain

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 20:02:35 UTC

The hollowing out of the state, deregulation, the near free rein accorded to property developers and private landlords, all at the expense of people's well-being and safety, is tantamount to a crime committed by the rich people who govern us in the interests of other rich people. Don't politicize the Grenfell Fire, they tell us. Are they serious? Are they having a laugh? This event is verily dripping in politics.

Government Of, By, and For Trump

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:14:19 UTC

The horrifying reality is that in Trumpworld, there is no real "public" role. It's all about protecting and benefiting Trump. When loyalty trumps integrity, we no longer have a government of laws. We have a government by and for Trump.

Family Planning: Trump's Trollish Housing Pick Part of Dystopian Plan

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:54:19 UTC

The far-right radicalism has been gathering power for years. Now it's breaking upon us with tremendous force. And there is no guarantee that the structures of our government and civil society -- already rotted by years of bipartisan corruption, warmongering, soulless neoliberalism and plutocratic rapine -- can survive the blow.

Infighting Is Good for the Democratic Party

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:03:17 UTC

The populist revolt that is roiling politics here and abroad isn't going away. The Sanders-Warren wing of the party has energy and passion. They are armed with a narrative of what went wrong, a bold agenda for change, and a growing grassroots organizing and funding capacity. The debate within the party isn't a diversion or a liability. It is a necessary step to recovery.

Resistance in a Time of Gunfire

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 16:27:16 UTC

The country's leaders understandably tend to call for unity after acts of political violence. But unity doesn't mean silence. There are sharp political differences in this country. Important issues like health care and gun violence need debate, and lives are at stake.

Naomi Klein: No Is Not Enough

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:24:30 UTC

"The narrative has emerged that he's this bumbling idiot, that it's all chaos," Klein said. "And meanwhile, behind the scenes, getting very little media attention is a methodical, very organized redistribution of wealth from lower and middle incomes to the one percent of the one percent."

Why Isn't Big Pharma Paying for the Harm It Caused like Big Tobacco?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:20:18 UTC

Taxpayers are stuck paying for the opioid crisis which Big Pharma created for no other reason than to make more money.

Running an economy without "social and recurring costs" requires the implementation of the Concept of Zero Cost Economic

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:41:55 UTC

The solution to the rising "social costs" and "recurring costs" of all kinds is the implementation of the Concept of Zero Cost Economics that focuses on freezing, reducing, and even eliminating these two groups of costs. Because prosperous people enjoying economic security is the best guarantee for businesses to a lasting prosperity!

The Grenfell Horror: What's a Life Worth?

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 14:16:39 UTC

The article discusses the London fire and why it grew so rapidly. The reason turned out to be cheaper insulation behind new cladding. It raises the question of regard for human life?

It Doesn't Take a Russian to Hack an American Election

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:59:41 UTC

Attorney-General Jeff Sessions has confirmed the Russians hacked into as many as 39 state data bases, and did all they could to affect the electronic vote count that put Donald Trump in the White House. But Americans could have done it much easier. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach set in motion a Jim Crow/Crosscheck purge of hundreds of thousands of mostly black, Hispanic and Asian-Amrican citizens prior to the election

A Better Human Story #4-- Humankind's Perilous Step into Terra Incognita: The Rise of Civilization

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:49:07 UTC

If we look back at history, we take civilization for granted, and we -- mistakenly -- conclude that the history of civilization represents human nature writ large. But if we look at the rise of civilization in the perspective of the almost 4 billion year evolution of life on earth, we see that humankind stumbled into an unprecedented and impossible situation we did not choose and could not avoid, dictating our destiny.

The Big Rip OFF: exposing the myth that Big Business opposes Big Government: the Big Lie behind Corporate Fascism

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:00:01 UTC

I merge political philosophy and analysis to expose the myth that conservatives, on behalf of the private sector, oppose Big Government. In exposing this myth, the reality of corporate fascism emerges as a program of Big Business to both create a Big Government to serve their interests and to blame for failure when their reckless profit=seeking fails. On the other side of the Big Lie, the alternative of a democratic state.

"Global Order" Is An Euphemism for Washington's Hegemony

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:36:05 UTC

The orchestrated image of America as the great upholder of truth, justice, democracy, and human rights conveniently overlooks Washington's "meddling in foreign elections; coups and assassination plots in Iran [Washington's 1953 overthrow of the first elected Iranian government], Guatemala, the Congo, Cuba, South Vietnam, Chile, Nicaragua, and elsewhere."

Britain's Gambling Tories Now Risk Irish Peace

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:43:52 UTC

Like a crazed gambler who bet the house -- and lost -- Theresa May's Conservative (Tory) government is now doubling down to risk peace in Ireland so that she might cling on to power. May is gambling with peace in Ireland to recoup her disastrous losses.

The Plastic Menace Revitalized

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:25:41 UTC

The Trumpsters are pushing the Defense Department to increase our forces in Afghanistan in order to divert attention from Trump's maladministration, regardless of the costs and lives to be wasted.

A School District Turns A Blind Eye as Charters Cherry-Pick Their Students

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:22:37 UTC

Los Angeles Unified School District's Charter School Division's Director provides false information to school board during questioning as he claims proper oversight is provided.

Sam Adonis, El Santo and Donald Trump

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:56:15 UTC

Though American politicians are phonies, and American elections are farcically rigged, Americans continue to rabidly support their favorite political puppet, whether Obama, Hillary, Sanders, Trump or whoever. Going berserk over each cartoon savior or villain, most Americans don't even know they're being force-fed lucha libre.

A Progressive Electoral Wave Is Sweeping the Country

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:51:07 UTC

A new resistance-and-renewal politics is sending a signal to conservative Republicans and cautious Democrats alike about the ability of bold progressive populists to win in every part of the country. That's why it is so worrisome that these electoral shock waves have been crashing against the wall of ignorance and indifference that surrounds a Trump-obsessed Washington media.

Trump's 2018 GOP curse

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:46:39 UTC

As Americans endure the highly unpopular one-party rule of a Republican Congress, led by highly unpopular GOP leaders who tightly embrace a historically unpopular Republican president, the Trump curse will plague Republicans in the 2018 midterms.

Contemplating a Jobless Society: I For One Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:55:15 UTC

Will the current era of automation culminate in the opposite of historical results -- mass unemployment, a dramatic increase in the wealth and power gap separating rich and poor? Or are we at the doorway to a "post-scarcity" era, a product of what Ray Kurzweil calls the Law of Accelerating Returns, in which work as we know it becomes highly optional?

Corbyn Teaches to Embrace Change We Need

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:47:18 UTC

Corbyn teaches that we should embrace the radical transformational change that is needed, whether in elections or as a movement, to inspire people to take action and shift the realm of the possible. The people thirst for change as their economic situation becomes more insecure. There needs to be a movement that addresses that insecurity through a human rights lens, or insecurity will be channeled towards hatred and violence.

A government in a state of paralysis; no plan, no vision for the future, no capability to solve this country's problems

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:26:17 UTC

What could not be more obvious and very troubling is the fact that those in control of this government are caught up in a state of paralysis, one of their own making; going from day to day just reacting to conditions that suddenly emerge around them. They have absolutely no vision of the direction that this country should take going into the future.

Feed the Hungry, Treat the Sick: A Crucial Training

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:59:57 UTC

We should, individually and collectively, do all that we can to prohibit U.S. supported Saudi-led coalition onslaughts against Yemeni civilians, encourage a silencing of all the guns, insist on lifting the blockade, and staunchly uphold humanitarian concerns.

The Collapsing Social Contract

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:44:56 UTC

When the social contract breaks from above, it breaks from below as well. Until elites stand down and stop the brutal squeeze, expect more after painful more of this. It's what happens when societies come apart. Unless elites (of both parties) stop the push for "profit before people," policies that dominate the whole of the Neoliberal Era, there are only two outcomes for a nation on this track, each worse than the other.

When Will Trump Lose His Base?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:14:09 UTC

After the Trump White House careened through another terrible week, Washington insiders wonder how long Trump can survive. The answer is: as long as he holds his base. Trump and his voters are locked in a deadly embrace: his base desperately wants to believe he will address their grievances and Trump is willing to lie to keep their support.

"This Meddlesome Priest" Troubles Trump

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:10:01 UTC

If Mueller decides to pursue an obstruction of justice case against Trump, testimony from Comey and other officials, the Post writes, "could become central pieces of evidence." As the Mueller investigation continues, Comey is expected to return to the national spotlight. Who is this man with his calm demeanor and towering 6 foot 8 inch frame?

Is Freedom of Speech Disappearing?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 02:18:00 UTC

An odd Father's Day for some? For some kids this Father's Day is going to be very confusing!

Journalism, History and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:27:06 UTC

When Israel and its allies say "Palestinians are not a people," they essentially say that Palestinians have no identity, no legitimate demands, thus deserve no voice. When the media silences the voice of the people, they relegate their rights, demands for freedom, change and democracy.

Can the Peace Movement Survive?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:02:17 UTC

The US peace movement will not succeed unless it grows. Peace activists must reach out to any groups that are antiwar even if they do not agree with us on all issues, such as abortion.