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Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:18:24 UTC

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John McCain slams Fox News reporter: Why would you say something that stupid? (VIDEO)

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:18:24 UTC

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) thought the Fox News reporter's question was dumb and he insulted him for it. But, was the question that 'stupid?'

Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, and THE Prince of Wales, Part 2

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:59:38 UTC

This column is Part 2 of my ruminations about the historical similarities between Great Britain's Prince-of-Wales, Edward-VIII, Duke-of-Windsor and Donald J. Trump

Did He Really "Know What He Signed Up For"?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:56:44 UTC

The idea of giving your life in a country where the people hate you and see you as part of imperial occupation is disturbing to say the least, and when most Americans are oblivious to the fact of what you're doing, is like dying for nothing. Most generals and politicians don't even bother to look at the names of the people who have died fighting in the military. To them, their lives are just collateral damage.

Why Girls in the Boy Scouts Feels Weird

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:34:18 UTC

The idea of girl Boy Scouts is novel -- and it required a smooth rollout preceded by careful explanation of the pros and cons for all kids and for both organizations. Instead, a big change was dropped on our laps without any preparation or the cooperation of the girls' organization. The end result comes off as unwarranted, motivated by ill will and just plain silly.

NAFTA Talks Falter, Time To Increase Pressure

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:14:15 UTC

NAFTA was the start of a long line of disastrous trade deals that put the interests of large corporations ahead of the necessities of people and planet. Now that people see the results of this model of trade such as a race to the bottom in wages and worker's rights, environmental destruction and an erosion of democracy, there is widespread opposition to "free trade."

Jeff Sessions Keeps Lying to the Senate

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:31:51 UTC

Jeff Sessions has proven himself to be unfit for office. He has, with deceptive responses to questions from senators, and with his involvement in the Comey firing, committed what the founders understood as "high crimes and misdemeanors." He should now be held to account, using the tool that the Constitution affords members of Congress to impose accountability on officials who lie in official settings: impeachment.

Breitbart, Palin spread fake news story blaming California fires on an immigrant man

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:51:40 UTC

A collection of right-wing websites teamed up with half-term nitwit Sarah Palin to spread a fake news story that appeared to pin the Northern California wildfires that have tragically killed at least 40 people, onto an immigrant man who was arrested at a park in Sonoma, California. Jesus Fabian Gonzales -- who "often sleeps in the park and is well-known to law enforcement."

Return to South Korea: "Getting Around, and around---"

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:15:01 UTC

I had a live Korean who was willing to talk politics. I pressed him politely. What did he think of the new President Moon---

Why Trump Has Gone Nuclear on Iran

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:46:50 UTC

Iran will continue to do solid business with the rest of Asia -- especially Japan and South Korea. Iran and Qatar may eventually become natural gas providers to Europe in the next decade. And Iran will continue to be -- alongside Russia and China -- at the forefront of bypassing the US dollar in energy trade.

Congress: Don't Tamper With The Iran Deal, Build On It

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:11:04 UTC

Although the deal was limited to Iran's pursuit of a weaponized nuclear program, it offers opportunities to build on it in the search for solutions to the regional conflicts, especially Iran's continuing transgressions. Trump's reckless decision will take away any incentive that could entice Iran to be a positive regional player.

Harvey Weinstein and the politics of Hollywood

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:29:46 UTC

The Weinstein story perfectly illustrates how politically disempowering identity politics can be. It should hardly surprise us that a rich man who had the ability to give desperate young women a shot at stardom preyed on them. The Hollywood employment system is capitalism in microcosm, at its rawest and most naked.

Did an Obsolete, Poorly Maintained Power Grid Spark California Fires?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:51:28 UTC

There's widespread speculation that this entire catastrophe might have been sparked by an obsolete pole-and-wires grid that is owned and badly maintained by Pacific Gas & Electric, the region's dominant utility, according to The (San Jose) Mercury News.

Tomgram: Robert Lipsyte, Trump Tackles the NFL

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:38:29 UTC

One long-time national sports conscience, Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, declared that Sunday, September 24th, was "the most important sports day since [Muhammad] Ali decided not to fight in Vietnam." From it, he foresaw the possibility of a civic conversation emerging that would create "unity in our communities."

21st Century American Slaves

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:25:55 UTC

In the time before abolition, slave owners would cut the hamstrings of slaves so they couldn't run away. In a way, American workers who are in jobs they hate, that they are forced to stay in to keep their health insurance, are also hamstrung. They can't run away either.

Trump's Chaos: He Taunts the Public, Holds Programs Hostage and Forces Others to Clean Up His Mess

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:53:56 UTC

Trump's proposed tax cuts would raise annual wages by several thousand dollars -- a figure that has been disputed as a long-term projection and over-ambitious. But Trump ending Obamacare subsidies would cause health care premiums to immediately jump by thousands of dollars in 2018 -- and still could, if Congress doesn't act on the Senate HELP proposal.

Hillary Clinton: Cold Creepiness with a Side of Corruption

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:41:13 UTC

Was Hillary Clinton's latest lunge at Julian Assange and WikiLeaks a preemptive strike? An attempt, perhaps, to get ahead of extreme ugliness in the coming news cycle?

Daily Inspiration --- Diwali

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:10:33 UTC

Today begins Diwali, festival of light. A story from the Upanishads tells how young Nachiketa learned eternal truth from Death.

Petition asks Charlottesville to keep weapons out of rallies

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:12:33 UTC

A new petition, signed by over 8,000 people and just sent to Charlottesville's City Council, asks Charlottesville to keep weapons out of rallies. The petition reads: "Make clear that in permits for any rallies in public spaces in Charlottesville, guns, knives, and sticks shall not be allowed."

Being Fearless: Action In a Time of Disruption

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:22:23 UTC

Omega Institute live streamed a politically visionary, on-campus event, Being Fearless: Action In a Time of Disruption, from October 13-15. The inspiring content is also available on-demand through Dec 14.

MSNBC, Racism and Misogyny Aren't RW "Identity Politics!"

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:36:22 UTC

For the second time, with a second host, MSNBC has inexplicably allowed the irresponsible equation of Trump's brand of tribalism with so-called "identity politics on the left." Why these otherwise admirable hosts remained silent in both cases, is a mystery.

Actually, No, Bob Corker and John McCain Are Doing Nothing to Hold Trump Accountable

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:10 UTC

Corker is correct in his concern. But being correct is not enough. The senator needs to do more than simply issue warnings about a president who is in need of "adult day care." He has a duty to join the members of Congress who are seeking to place limits on Trump's ability to steer the world toward a planet-obliterating World War III.

Blaming Russia for the Internet "Sewer"

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:24:08 UTC

As the Russia-gate hysteria spirals down from the implausible to the absurd, almost every bad thing is blamed on the Russians, even how they turned the previously pristine Internet into a "sewer," reports Robert Parry.

Kirkuk redux was a bloodless offensive. Here's why

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:41:38 UTC

What we have just witnessed is the near breakout of warfare between two alleged US "clients" in Southwest Asia. And yet civil war -- along with the balkanization of Iraq -- was prevented. The facts on the ground speak for themselves.

Humor Cartoon--Wishful Thinking About Trump

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:27:18 UTC

Overheard in a bar after a news cast about Ford this week. Apparently wishful thinking

How to Profit from the Coming Trump Apocalypse

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:49:21 UTC

Trump, unstable as he is, is not an aberration in today's political system. He's a reflection of it. Our political process was broken before he came along. It will still be broken after he's gone, unless something is done to change it. Trump must be opposed, just as Ryan, McConnell, and Vice President Mike Pence must be opposed. But so must the system that gave them power.

Weinstein as Symptom: Notes From Hollywood

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:38:10 UTC

Lost in what has now become a feeding frenzy of condemnation -- to the point where it is hard to escape the whiff of opportunism on the part of those who've jumped on a bandwagon that has reached warp speed -- is that Weinstein's contemptible abuse of women, far from the exception or an aberration has long been the norm in Tinsel Town.

Trump's Tax Plan: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:36:57 UTC

President Trump is in the process of attempting to get yet another of his programs put in place. This time it is his tax plan. It has some good, some bad, and some ugly.


Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:16:26 UTC

But whatever stunning new hell dominates the telescreens on a given day, the outrage we should feel is dulled like the lethal opioids Trump vowed to his zealous voters he, and only He, would destroy. It should be the number one news story each day. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of 50,000 Americans just last year.

The Matrix of Master and Slave

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:31:23 UTC

Lord Acton's Rule, Hegel's Master and Slave and The Matrix of 4 of Politics

Iran Doesn't Have a Nuclear Weapons Program. Why Do Media Keep Saying It Does?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:14:44 UTC

Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. It has a civilian nuclear energy program, but not one designed to build weapons. Over 30 countries have civilian nuclear programs; only a handful -- including, of course, the US and Israel -- have nuclear weapons programs. One is used to power cities, one is used to level them.

Saudi Petrodollars to Moscow for not being a Loser in Yemen Crisis

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:10:43 UTC

Saudi Arabia calls for Russia to pull it out of the Yemen war mire.

What About the Los Angeles Times' Conflict of Interest?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:05:51 UTC

The Los Angeles Times is finally covering the Ref Rodriguez campaign - two and a half years after the voters went to the polls.

Tear Down The Great Firewall Of China

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:04:57 UTC

As China's Communist Party begins its once-every-five-years meeting in Beijing, most of the world will look the other way while China's one-party dictatorship continues its appalling human-rights abuses, which include slave labor, torture of prisoners, and forcible surgical removal of their organs. One way to abolish this evil authoritarian system is by taking down The Great Firewall Of China which blocks internet freedom.

Turkey And Jabhat al-Nusra Are the Best Friends Again

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:55:23 UTC

The Turkish side has its own plan how to gain control over the northern part of Syria. Despite the agreement with Iran and Russia, Ankara once again took a decision to collude with the terrorists and hinder the successful advance of the Syrian troops towards Idlib.

The Cosmic Story: Libra New Moon 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:23:50 UTC

How do we bring a chaotic world back into balance? By balancing ourselves and our relationships. That's Libra's message on this interesting and surprising New Moon. It's up to us to create the balance.

What is the difference between President Donald Trump and Theodore Roosevelt?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:57:37 UTC

The U.S. President Donald Trump's foreign policies so far are Big talk ideology, big talk diplomacy, or big talk policy instead of the Big stick ideology, big stick diplomacy, or big stick policy, which it refers to the U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's foreign policy: 'speak softly, and carry a big stick.'

Organized Chaos and Confusion as Political Control

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:36:38 UTC

The ways the public is controlled by confusing and contradictory news releases from the government and mainstream media.

Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's 3rd Muslim travel ban

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:35:58 UTC

A federal judge in Hawaii on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump's third Muslim travel ban, just hours before it was set to take effect on Wednesday October 18. Trump issued a proclamation on September 24 restricting travel to the US from nationals of eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela.

New UN Report as Rohingya Horror Continues and Aung San Suu Kyi Fails to Act

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:35:36 UTC

The Rohingya genocide continues as horror details again repeated in a new UN Report. Ms. Aung San continues to be stripped of honors while the Nobel committee remains mute. Bob Geldof in an angry speech branded her "one of the great ethnic cleansers of our time."

Lebanon's economy is in crisis. Granting Palestinians the right to work will help fix it

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:39:51 UTC

The growing list of US sanctions targeting Iran's Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is only part of a broader American, Israeli and Western strategy of roll-back of Iran's activities in the Northern Middle East than one seeking direct military confrontation. Although the latter may be one of the unintended consequences as Iran begins to retaliate.

Daily Inspiration --- World Travel==> World Peace

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:00:02 UTC

An increase in global interconnectedness has been paralleled with the creation of a more peaceful world. The more we interact with each other, the more we'll care about each other, and the less we're inclined to hurt one another. It makes sense that these adventurous travelers have an immense potential for creating good in the world just by visiting new places and building cultural bridges that increase understanding.

Return to South Korea: "Ambivalence"

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:08:09 UTC

While flying my thoughts turned to ambivalence. Am I really doing the right thing; is this what I really want? As an anti-war activist is it contradictory to attend a military event, and will it end up just being a bunch of 'war stories'?

The Real Reason behind Trump's Angry Diplomacy in North Korea

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:25:47 UTC

It is ironic that, while the US threatens to "totally destroy North Korea," it is the Chinese government that is using sensible language, calling for de-escalation and citing international law. Not only did fortunes change, but roles as well. China, which for many years was depicted as a rogue state, now seems like the cornerstone of stability in Asia.

This Is How Tyranny Rises and Freedom Falls: The Experiment in Freedom Is Failing

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:29:05 UTC

Donald Trump may be the smartest move yet by the powers-that-be to keep the citizenry divided and at each other's throats, because as long as we're busy fighting each other, we'll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny in any form. The facts speak for themselves.

As a Team Owner, I Demand the Green Bay Packers Hire Colin Kaepernick

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:23:52 UTC

Kaepernick's pathbreaking "take a knee" before the national anthem guarantees him an historic place in the civil rights hall of fame. Begun last year, it is a carefully considered,well-timed, and very public call to pay attention to ongoing police brutality toward black people in this country.

The America I Knew Has Almost Disappeared

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:02:36 UTC

There's really very little democracy left in our democracy. Our votes are handled in secret by private, unaccountable for-profit corporations. Our laws are written, more often than not, by corporate lawyers/lobbyists or representatives of billionaire-level wealth. And our media is owned by the same class of investors/stockholders, so it's a stretch to expect them to do much critical reporting.

King Salman thwarted US sanctions regime

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:00:29 UTC

King Salman and Putin deals leave the US out in the cold

2 or 3 Things I Know About Capitalism (with apologies to Jean-Luc Godard)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:49:32 UTC

"Superficial explanations for today's social anxiety and political discontent miss the underlying reality: the crisis of late-stage capitalism in its frantic death throes, explains poet Phil Rockstroh" -- Robert Parry, publisher and editor of Consortium News

The Las Vegas Killer's Motive: Sometimes the answer is....

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:48:29 UTC

While all sources claim to still not know what caused Mr. Paddock to behave in such a manner we sometimes forget the obvious link and look for any exotic possibility for relief. From ISIS to gambling and everything in between has been suggested. How about this one:

More Carcinogenic Lies from the FDA about Aspartame as Neurotoxin, Carcinogen, and Cause of Birth Defects

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:44:24 UTC

Aspartame has been reconfigured as Advantame and Neotame; because this is so much sweeter and takes less vs. aspartame, it doesn't have to be labeled! FDA in the late 70's determined it to cause birth defects and cancer but now tell push lies about how harmless they want it to appear to be. Birth Defects and Cancer are what the California Carcinogen Identification Committee is considering as part of coming mandatory labeling

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Nixon's Children

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:06:53 UTC

"[Petraeus] hooked his thumbs into his flak vest and adjusted the weight on his shoulders. 'Tell me how this ends,' he said. 'Eight years and eight divisions?' The allusion was to advice supposedly given the White House in the early 1950s by a senior Army strategist upon being asked what it would take to prop up French forces in South Vietnam. Petraeus's grin suggested the comment was more droll quip than historical assertion.

A State For The Kurds?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:37:20 UTC

The Kurds are now closer to independent status than at any time since the near-miss days of World War I. Their best strategy is to make the best (if not the most) of that status within a confederated Iraq and end their interaction with Israel. This has to be better than a near-genocidal war in which they would be the victims.

Daily Inspiration --- Stepping Outside Scientific Logic

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:35:01 UTC

The only possible true adventure...lies outside perimeters of all systems of thought and this is what we shall seek. Something else--which, for the lack of a better name, I will call Direct Experience --takes over.

The Standoff Continues: GHCHS Doubles Down on Non-Compliance

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:22:16 UTC

The country's largest charter high school continues to ask for documentation during the enrollment process that is not allowed by its own charter.

MSM Fake News Monitor: Express on Akhlaq accused

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:15:41 UTC

Indian Express claims that National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has contracted a juvenile accused in the murder of Akhlaq, two years ago. NTPC denies having done so.

Mohammed bin Salman to become the Saudi King and his brother the Crown Prince

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:11:04 UTC

Head of Eurasia Group's Middle East and North Africa research team, Ayham Kamel, claims that based on the leaked parts of King Salman's will, Mohammed bin Salman and Khalid bin Salman will be the King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, respectively.

Double Jeopardy: How Paul Kraus Survived the Holocaust and Mesothelioma

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:08:03 UTC

Paul Kraus survived the Holocaust during World War II and mesothelioma recently.

Are we too apathetic to survive?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:00:08 UTC

Are we apathetic in the face of deplorable policies of the elite today? Or are we uninformed about how consequential their effects will be for all citizens, not just those of color?

Washington Is Destroying American Power

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:58:27 UTC

China and Russia are disassociating from the dollar system, because Washington, in its abuse of the world currency role, uses the dollar payments mechanism to impose sanctions on other countries and to threaten them with exclusion from the payments clearing system.

The real reasons Trump is quitting Unesco

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:26:41 UTC

Unesco's responsibility is not to safeguard the occupation or bolster Israel's efforts at Judaization. It is there to uphold international law and prevent Palestinians from being disappeared by Israel. The US is not an "honest broker" of a Middle East peace. Rather it is the biggest obstacle to its realization.

Microsoft Corp. v. United States: Jeff Sessions Wants Open Borders, But Only for Police

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:34:31 UTC

Hopefully the court will uphold the Second Circuit's decision and make it clear to Jeff Sessions that the whole border/sovereignty thing goes in both directions. But the tech sector and individuals who value their privacy shouldn't just sit still and hope for the best.

Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, Gitmo's Living Legacy in the Trump Era

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:45:11 UTC

Eight years ago, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guanta'namo's First 100 Days, I assumed that Gitmo would prove a grim anomaly in our history. Today, it seems as if that "detention facility" will have a far longer life than I ever imagined and that it, and everything it represents, will become a true, if grim, legacy of twenty-first-century America.

Trump insults Mitch McConnell at press conference for taking lobbyists' money (VIDEO)

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:45:06 UTC

Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell appeared at the White House for a press conference after they had lunch. Trump took the opportunity to insult Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he aggrandized himself.

Return to South Korea: "Anticipation".

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:32:05 UTC

With the events of the past few months and the threat of another war in Korea, I have been studying the history of the Korean War of 1950 to 1953. As I dug into it I became fascinated with how much I did not know and how much there is to learn.

The Deep State Did Not Cause My Motorcycle Accident, But It Does Exist

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:30:58 UTC

I still think it was an accident. But when the Attorney General of the United States tells a U.S. senator, with a completely straight face in an open Congressional hearing, that the president can have an American citizen assassinated on U.S. soil without benefit of a trial, it gives one pause. I didn't want to acknowledge it, but maybe there was something more to this than I was willing to admit to myself.

Daily Inspiration --- Embracing ambiguity

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:00:56 UTC

I shall speak of ... how melancholy and utopia preclude one another. How they fertilize one another ... Of the revulsion that follows one insight and precedes the next " Of superabundance and surfeit. Of stasis and progress. And of myself, for whom melancholy and utopia are heads and tails of the same coin.

Donald Trump's Lies About the Iran Deal Reveal He Is Dangerously Out of Touch with Reality

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:36:43 UTC

In his televised speech to the nation Friday, the president said he wanted Congress to set new benchmarks that Iran would be required to meet in order to avoid nuclear-related sanctions. He bluntly declared that the deal "will be terminated" if no plan is reached to radically alter the agreement.

Why U.S. Billionaires Could Destroy the Israel Lobby, But Don't

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:32:26 UTC

This articled refutes the notion that the non-Jewish rulers of the United States are forced against their will by the Israel lobby to have a pro-Israel foreign policy. It shows that the entire U.S. ruling plutocracy has its own very rational (though immoral) reason for supporting Israel.

Their action even today prevents Trump from using nukes: Two Soviet Spies Who Deserve a Posthumous Nobel Peace Prize

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:12:05 UTC

We have two soviet atomic spies, Klaus Fuchs and Theodore Hall, to thank for preventing the US from littering the world with nukes after the end of WWII. By critically helping the USSR develop its own bomb, they prevented the US from having a monopoly on it at a time it was seeking, as today, global dominance, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff

The Republican budget is a gift to billionaires: it's Robin Hood in reverse

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:33:25 UTC

Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back. Now, they are pushing one of the most destructive and unfair budget and tax proposals in the modern history of our country -- a plan that would do incalculable harm to tens of millions of working families, our kids, the sick, the elderly and the poor.

Trump's speech on Iran deal is an orgy for Israel and its US friends

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:40:56 UTC

Trump's decertification of the Iran deal is sad news of course, though there are some silver linings. Nothing may come of it. The Congress might woof a lot but leave it alone. Germany, France, and Britain have already slapped the president down -- they "stand committed" to the deal. It is clear as ever who is against the deal. Israel and its lobby.

Behind the opioid crisis: Republicans and Obama cleared the way for corporate murder

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:00:29 UTC

The protection of the giant drug distribution companies -- amid a nationwide epidemic of drug overdose deaths caused by the products they were distributing -- was a bipartisan affair. Congressional Democrats cosponsored the legislation, and a former top Clinton administration official, Jamie Gorelick, was a lead attorney and lobbyist for the distributors.

A Tale of Two Islands

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:25:19 UTC

Changes in the world's climate, scientists suggest, have made these Atlantic cyclones much more powerful than before. Warming waters increases the ability of the storms to draw in water vapour and to engorge themselves with more energy. These devastatingly formidable storms then drag the rising waters to produce dangerous storm surges that beat against coastlines and produce large-scale flooding.

Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy the Corporate State

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:45:01 UTC

While refusing to be baited into violent confrontations with the radical right, we must also be vigorous in using militant, nonviolent tactics to block hate speech. All propaganda and all organizations based on ideas or theories of racial or ethnic superiority should be illegal.

Facebook Bernie Supporters React to MSN Article Democratic Strategist Says Trump Has 'Clear Path To Winning Reelection'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:04:53 UTC

I posted this article with my request for comments on a variety of Bernie Facebook Groups, hoping for vigorous and specific responses; this was my introductory salvo: "Strategists and advisers for Bernie in 2020! Please comment in detail on this! We must go into a higher gear to counter this!" Please take the time to read this and report your own insights and conclusions as useful and applicable strategic suggestions

"WE ARE AT WAR!" Oh, Really? Some Questions

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:26:33 UTC

As the American media pumps up its Russophobic rhretoric, escalating the status of the Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation from "rival" to "adversary" to "enemy, " and the crisis from "rivalry" to "The equivalent of war," finally to (unqualified) "war," numerous urgent questions arise. These questions are, for the most part, ignored by our mainstream media.

Get Ready to Eat Chinese Chickens

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:29:07 UTC

Imported food regulation has many loopholes. By the FDA's own audit, six out of eight of its shrimp certifiers did not even know what drugs and chemicals were approved in U.S. exports.

What's wrong with the Kurds?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:30:43 UTC

The current Kurdish leaders are mostly without knowledge about enemies and friend of Kurds. But they are making decisions randomly like third-world country's doctors.

The Distressed State of the U.S. and its Consequences

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:24:36 UTC

The article looks at recent happenings: the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, the Iran deal, the sex scandals and shootings, the military actions and consequences.

Stephen King's IT: A Halloween Parable about America and Its Orange-Haired Clown

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 01:19:43 UTC

I didn't find "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" scary at all. The truly terrifying characters were the adults in the film. Like most Americans, they were all in denial about the terrible danger threatening their children.

Trump's Media Furore... US Democracy On Thin Ice

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:11:26 UTC

Just because the US government does not like unflattering coverage does not legitimize its opprobrium of "fake news." The latter charge is brazenly being used as a pretext to censor discomfiting information. This is an audacious attack on American democratic rights of free media and freedom of speech, as supposedly enshrined in the US Constitution's First Amendment.

Rethinking Higher Education in a Time of Tyranny

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:45:20 UTC

One of Martin Luther King's great insights was his recognition that education provided a bulwark against both ignorance and indifference in the face of injustice. Like Gandhi, he warned people over and over again not to remain silent in the face of racism, militarism and extreme materialism, and argued that "he who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

SBA Failure to Reign in Predatory Lending Could Lead to Second Banking Crisis

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:43:09 UTC

If regulators don't pivot from their reliance on lending institution self-reporting toward a more consumer centrist view of their regulatory role the nation risks being blindsided by another crash. One with a far heavier price to pay for the American economy.

How Netanyahu Pulls Trump's Strings

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 16:42:21 UTC

It turns out that Hillary Clinton was partly correct: President Trump is a "puppet," but his puppet master isn't Russian President Putin but Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, reports Robert Parry.

Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump's Strategy on Iran

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:36:58 UTC

Mordechai Vanunu took extraordinary risks and endured incredible suffering to rescue the human species from the foolhardiness of building and maintaining nuclear arsenals. I wonder if people worldwide can rise to a level of courage and seriousness needed to simply recognize, and then, where possible, act in response to the world's real threats.

White Dog Whistles And The NFL Protests

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:58:47 UTC

I can't shake the feeling that all of this is part of a bigger game plan to win re-election.

The Unraveling of American/Russian Relations

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:34:46 UTC

The military/security complex has an annual budget of one thousand billion dollars. This sum is larger than the Gross Domestic Products of all but a handful of countries on earth. Such an immense budget conveying such power desperately needs a dangerous enemy for its justification. Russia has been assigned this role.

Daily Inspiration --- Heighten the Senses

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:45:42 UTC

Warm October mornings, moonless before the first light of dawn, a perfect time to walk in the woods. Find the path with your feet. Listen for subtle crunching of leaves and branches if you step to one side or the other. Be aware of your fear or your peace or your anxiety or your wonder. Witness your inner workings as you witness the world outside, from a slight distance, full engagement, no judgment.

My letter to Larry Flynt on Trump Impeachment

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:20:31 UTC

Larry Flynt, Your grounds for impeachment #s 2 through 6 (plus that of the paragraph that follows them) are already documented by overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence. What is required is to recognize that and to remove from the list the impediment of the ground you have placed as #1 which helps create the illusion of requiring more information.

How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico's Debt Without Hurting Bondholders

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:40:03 UTC

During his visit to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump shocked the bond market when he told Geraldo Rivera of Fox News that he was going to wipe out the island's bond debt. How did he plan to pull this off? Here's one possibility.

Mounting political crisis in Washington amidst talk of removal of Trump

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:01:00 UTC

Trump's opponents are openly discussing how to remove him from office, while he suggests that his media critics should be silenced.

Free Will: Why the Ruling Class Wants Us to Think It's an Illusion, and Why It's Not

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 22:53:41 UTC

This article refutes the idea that free will is just an illusion. It also explains why newspapers and magazines (controlled by the ruling class) are promoting the "free will is an illusion" idea. And it shows that the premise underlying the "free will is an illusion" idea has no scientific basis and rests entirely on faith.

Black males get smeared and falsely prosecuted: Harvey Weinstein gets a 30-year cover-up

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 19:35:58 UTC

Black males get smeared, falsely prosecuted.Harvey Weinstein gets 30-year cover up. A comprehensive look how Hollywood works with Deep State glorify profit over people,narratives for cultural imperialism that hide inner depravities like Harvey Weinstein's rapes of young actresses.Pedophilia in Hollywood is open secret.It's not just young white women who are getting exploited for sex.Food for sex (RAPE) in Haiti also w/impunity

Budowsky: War, peace and Congress

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:42:48 UTC

It would be invaluable for the nation to witness lengthy, in-depth, nonpartisan and high visibility hearings during which internationally respected Americans would discuss at length the threats facing the nation and how we should, and should not, address these threats.

The Republican Tax Plan To Slow Growth

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:48:15 UTC

Capital in intellectual property is responsible for a large and rapidly growing share of U.S. corporate profits. Tracking down the real source of these profits would be a herculean task in the best of circumstances and one almost certainly beyond the means of a neutered I.R.S.

The Next Wave of the Tech Revolution Will Wipe Out Millions of Jobs -- Maybe Even Yours

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:43:13 UTC

The mass-scale deployment of robots has already ushered in a whole new world of work. It's a CEO's capitalist paradise, where the workforce doesn't call in sick or take vacations, can't file lawsuits, doesn't organize unions, and is cheap. As a result, robots are rapidly climbing the pay ladder into white-collar and professional positions that millions of college-educated, middle-class employees have wrongly considered safe.

Interview with Brene' Brown about Embracing Our Vulnerability and Imperfections

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:41:06 UTC

As the media dish up perfect people whose appearance, happiness and talent we can never expect to match, it is easy to sink into shame, self-contempt and maladaptive coping like food, alcohol and drug dependence.

What Would the U.S. Look Like If We Built It From Scratch?

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 16:01:32 UTC

It's time to shed the illusion of the U.S. as some cute wet-behind-the-ears nation-come-lately. The frontier has been conquered. Even though 97% of Puerto Ricans want in, there will be no new states. In spirit and by chronology we are old, old as the hills, old like Old Europe, and we've gotten stuck in our ways.

Wild Fires

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:16:51 UTC

The California wild fires, the on-going hurricanes, floods, and other disasters are a wake-up call, prompting us to fundamentally change our political and economic policies to prepare for the future.

Something Wicked This Way Comes - War and Economic Crises

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:08:45 UTC

Much comes together to indicate we we are approaching both war and economic crises. I submit we can stop the next war with the truth of our war history.