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Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:13:19 CDT

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Derivative Contraband Ruling Saves Luke

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:13:19 CDT

For a long time animals were not protected by law, but, thanks to organizations like In Defense of Animals, animals are now getting their just due. But for them and a compassionate assistant prosecutor, Luke, an abused puppy, would have been returned to an abuser.

Halloween Is Coming, Vladimir Putin Isn't

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:49:11 CDT

There are Putin Halloween masks for sale in U.S. stores. Time magazine has Putin on the cover accusing him of trying to damage U.S. elections. A Google search for "Hitler Putin" brings back 11 million results. This demonization of a foreign leader should frighten us more than that leader himself.

"All The News That's Fit To Print", Not

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:47:42 CDT

America once had a free press. In the early 1970's the Washington Post exposed the Nixon Watergate conspiracy unraveling the affair that got Nixon to resign in disgrace. That's ancient history. The Post has since become a neo-con propaganda rag & regime change booster. It's not just the Post. The entire MSM in America has become an "unofficial" organ of the state masquerading as a free press and a handmaiden of the state.

How Original Is Donald Trump?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:32:41 CDT

Sensing defeat, Trump has already declared his belief in a grand conspiracy involving the Clintons, bankers, feminists and the media, who have conspired to cheat him out of the presidency. That he could be the source of his own troubles seems not an allowable possibility to him, given the extreme narcissistic nature of his character.

Part 5, Democratic Network Money: Commons Money that Works for Us, Instead of Us Working for It

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:17:41 CDT

Natural capital and human capital are not directly a part of the money system, but they are a significant part of what money is used to value, so they need to be considered in the discussion of money.

BLAH! Theater For The Politically Challenged

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:11:27 CDT

It is difficult to satirize this election... what comes to mind is how the questions NOT being asked are much more important than the ones that are being asked.

Trump is right about critical issues to the Left, and he is winning!

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:44:00 CDT

I describe the significant issues on which Trump is aligned with the left. I also point out that he is winning, according to the poll with the best accuracy record.

Should Psychiatrists Render Opinions on Political Candidates' Mental Fitness?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:40:25 CDT

American psychiatrists are not supposed to offer psychiatric diagnoses of public figures whom they have not formally evaluated. Fortunately, we voters do not need the psychiatrists' help in judging whether a public figure has a personality disorder.

Risking Small Boat Migration to Europe: Why Egyptian Teens Risk Their Lives

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:38:42 CDT

Egypt needs the education and skills to better the lives of its young people, and make the dangerous decision to try and flee less appealing. The truth is, Middle Eastern nations need to spend some of their money from billions of dollars in military aid and use it instead for education and training of their young people.

How to Steal an Election (Again)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:37:53 CDT

If you want to steal an election, own an electronic voting machine company and insert an uncertified software patch into it. Allow 2 minutes.

Eating Well is a Revolutionary Act

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:35:35 CDT

We have to act in ways that will inevitably change the US political system if we want to eat well and stay healthy. This article describes this revolution.

"Silent Thunder": John Oliver & Jill Stein's Absence from the Third Debate

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:22:35 CDT

Liberal funnyman, John Oliver, recently endorsed Jill Stein's exclusion from the third presidential debate in a strained, barely-comic monologue. It merits comment not only because of its shallowness, but because it discouraged expanding the narrow parameters of current political awareness.

Syria Up-date from Our Inside Syria Contact:

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:40:30 CDT

For the past two years, OEN has been publishing reports from a dual US/Syrian citizen who follows events from her home, This recent thread gives readers a feel for what is happening on the ground in a war instigated and pursued for unpublicized reasons by the US.

Plutocrats Brag: We Win Because You Fail to Vote

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 01:55:52 CDT

The New Democrats and their Republican counterparts' economic policies have created a rigged system of crony capitalism. Crony capitalism produces devastating epidemics of elite fraud that have shrunk the overall economic "pie" and distributed the "pie" overwhelmingly in favor of corrupt corporate elites like Donald Trump and their political cronies like the Clintons.

The Atlantic's 3rd Endorsement in 156 Years

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:20:56 CDT

Trump has already signaled that he will not accept the election results. It appears almost certain now that he is laying plans for what would be a cult he will build around himself. His son is already talking about developing an independent Trump television network. Hillary Clinton's victory will not be a mandate; it will be a rejection of Trumpism

Today Is One of the Heaviest Days of My Life

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:57:21 CDT

"Every night I am afraid from the next morning's news from my family. My daughter asked me by phone last week 'Dad, when can we live together again. I am now 14 years and you have been away so long.' She broke my heart."

Our Long National Debate Nightmare is Over

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:53:30 CDT

A media circus was inevitable once Trump became the Republican nominee, and many people will be glad to see this campaign draw to a close. Donald Trump will probably never grace a national debate stage again, so there's that. But national campaigns, and the media's coverage of them, have been shortchanging voters for a long time. That's not likely to change.

BRICS continues its advance, one step at a time

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:55:23 CDT

The annual BRICS meeting held this past weekend in India. Apparently there's not much that meets the eye. Yet President Putin once again stressed the context; this is a long-term project, a "key element" in the embryonic multipolar world, driven by nations that don't accept "power pressure" and attempted "targeting of sovereignty" by the usual suspects.

The FBI Isn't Done With Me

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:47:36 CDT

I've come to the conclusion, over many years of working with, working against, and watching the FBI, that the only way they make their cases is to entrap people. Remember, they can only get promoted if they make arrests and if the arrests stick. If that means entrapment or trumped-up charges, so be it.

If the US hacks Russia for revenge, that could lead to cyberwar

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:34:10 CDT

NBC News reported late last week that the CIA is working up blueprints for an "unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia," and it sounds a lot like they're planning on leaking documents on Vladimir Putin, just as the Russians are accused of doing to the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.

Donald Trump and the Repubs. Abandoning Ship

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:06:55 CDT

Regardless of what happens to the Repubs. in this election, assuming that HRC wins it, what the Repubs. in Congress -- whether or not they have control of the Senate or only the filibuster -- will do to and with Clinton will make the obstructionism towards Obama with began with that planning meeting on January 21, 2009, seem mild by comparison.

Hillary's War Crime

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:04:24 CDT

All sorts of lies were told about Gaddafi and Libya, just as lies were told about Saddam Hussein and are told today about Syria and Russia. A British Parliamentary Report concluded unambiguously that the Western peoples were fed lies by their governments in order to gain acceptance for the destruction of Libya, and that Libya was destroyed because Gaddafi was regarded as an obstacle to Western hegemony.

Real Reason Trump's Being Treated Like He's Crazy for Refusing to Accept Election Results

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:59:58 CDT

The mainstream media and the duopoly corporate parties-- both Republican and Democratic-- have gone into full force attack on Donald Trump for his refusal to accept the election results, which he has repeatedly said are rigged. It's time a candidate who has been the victim of a rigged election speaks up.

White Tears from Israel

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:34:53 CDT

In a Brandeis survey of Jewish students: One-quarter of undergraduate respondents describe hostility toward Israel on campus by their peers as a "fairly" or "very" big problem and nearly 15% perceive this same level of hostility toward Jews. The study reaches the no-brainer conclusion: Connection to Israel is the strongest predictor of perceiving a hostile environment toward Israel and Jews on campus.

Poet's Notebook: My poem, "So long -- A cautionary tale" and brief comments

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:33:38 CDT

We are living in dark times. In this poem I am revisiting one of the darker times in American history when the darkness wasn't just an existential reality, but palpable.

US-led sanctions targeting Syria risk adjudication as War Crimes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:32:53 CDT

The clear effects of the US-led sanctions targeting the civilian population of Syria which are being studied today in Syria by this observer and others, as well as noted in the OCHA) study noted above, are increasingly seen as constituting War Crimes requiring indictment.

The President Missteps into the Election

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:26:53 CDT

As officially President of all the American people, Obama should not personally intrude in the citizens' choice of his successor.

Haiti's Cholera Spreading, Money Grubbing, United Nations Plague

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:20:11 CDT

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced a gift to Haiti of one million doses of oral cholera vaccine one week after Hurricane Matthew. This represents, not sincere concern or generosity, but a payoff from the United Nations to big pharma for a useless vaccine.

The Polarization Option Pt 3

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:10:34 CDT

What we've been doing--and not--matters. It matters today and its unchecked continuance will matter much more in the days ahead as the divide widens and problems become more intractable and unsolvable. Is that the fallback position? We might want to consider how that approach plays out in the years to come.

Dennis Kucinich: War or Peace? - World Beyond War . . .

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:45:54 CDT

Dennis Kucinich: War or Peace? - World Beyond War . . .

Social Security checks to rise just 0.3% in 2017: Screwing With and Screwing the Elderly and Disabled

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:44:18 CDT

Congress -- Dems and Republicans -- have been screwing Social Security recipients for years by using the wrong CPI to calculate cost of living adjustments for the next year, writes TCBH! journalist Dave Lindorff. We must demand an honest research project and a specific CPI for the elderly.

Funding California Schools: Proposition 51 Versus a State-owned Bank

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:22:15 CDT

School districts are notoriously short of funding -- so short that some California districts have succumbed to Capital Appreciation Bonds that will cost taxpayers as much is 10 to 15 times principal. By comparison, California's Prop. 51 looks like a good deal.However, there is a much cheaper way to fund this $9 billion school debt. By borrowing from its own state-chartered, state-owned bank, the state could save over $10 B.

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Perpetual Killing Field

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:16:29 CDT

Today's TomDispatch post is a monumental piece of reporting from "the worst place on Earth" and, on a planet where, from Cambodia to Rwanda, people remember the grim slaughter grounds of our recent history, the least noticed "killing fields" around.

Syria, Ready to Explode; yet the U.S. Media Remains Fixated on Trump's Sexual Encounters and Conquests

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:13:44 CDT

There is something terribly wrong when the U.S government is deeply involved in a highly volatile situation in Syria that could, at any time, erupt into a shooting war with Russia; and, at the same time, a large portion of the American people have little to no understanding of what is really taking place in that country.

Yes, Virginia, there is a candidate to vote for...

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:03:09 CDT

...without throwing up on the ballot. Dr. Jill Stein reliably advocates for policies that address the needs of American citizens, ending foreign wars and reviving our own economy and the world's. Below is an outline of her policy positions. No, the fat lady has not sung yet. And I have not given up hope for a November surprise.

Debate 3: Smackdown at the HRC Corral

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:33:23 CDT

The third presidential debate had the elements of a classic Hollywood western. A robber-baron, Donald Trump, tries to takeover the town; the inhabitants turn, incongruously, to the local "schoolmarm", Hillary Clinton. They meet in an epic "battle" and the good woman forces the bad guy into mistake after mistake. At the end, Hillary walked into the audience, smiling, while Trump remained on stage, petrified.

Will the Election be Rigged?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:24:04 CDT

The big news of the debate last night is that Trump may not accept the results of the election. It sounded like sore loserism, since presumably he won't challenge the election if he wins. But Trump was right to question the possible results of the election.

Elizabeth Warren: Trump didn't invent the "rigged election" myth. Republicans did.

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:50:34 CDT

GOP leaders have served up such a steady diet of stories about imaginary cheating that an Economist-YouGov poll shows that 45 percent of Republican voters believe voter fraud is a 'very serious problem,' and 46 percent have little or no confidence that ballots will be counted accurately. They hold these views even though there is literally no evidence that widespread voter fraud is a factor in modern American elections."

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:49:25 CDT

Hillary [i]s a horribly dishonest, corrupt, opportunistic, manipulative scam artist devoid of any moral scruples, or in a word a Neocon. Not only does she hold those trying to protect the earth in contempt, but she is happy to play with nuclear apocalypse through her antagonization of Russia (and Iran and Syria)... I do think [both candidates] are both below the level of anyone whom one could conscionably vote for.

Hillary is running against locker room talk and the Russians

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:23:15 CDT

Would you rather face a situation in which a few women were groped, or be vaporized in nuclear war? If you don't know the correct answer, you are too stupid to be alive. Are the American women really going to elect Hillary as a rebuff to Trump's lewd talk? If so, they will confirm that it was a mistake to give women the vote, although there will be no one left alive to record the mistake in the history books.

The Democrats' Joe McCarthy Moment

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:47:31 CDT

To shield Hillary Clinton from criticism of her Wall Street speeches, the Democrats are engaging in a new McCarthyism for the New Cold War, suggesting that Donald Trump is in league with the Russians, writes Robert Parry.

A First Person Account of How The Healthcare Industry is Failing the Disabled and Those Who Cannot Speak for Themselves

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:54:35 CDT

A first-person account of how the healthcare system fails in its care of disabled patients, based on eye-witness accounts of things I have witnessed during my time sitting in hospitals--much of it at the bedside of my own brain-injured sister.

Pushing Politics to Extract Campaign Payments

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:40:19 CDT

The presidential candidates are using surveys not to learn anything but to get campaign funds.

Why is the Truth on Syria Difficult to Decipher?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:37:59 CDT

The problem is not entirely that of media manipulation of facts, videos and images. The war in Syria has polarized the discourse like never before, and most of those who are invested in that conflict find themselves forced to take sides, thus, at times abandoning any reason or common sense. The truth on Syria is that, regardless of how the war ends, Syria has been destroyed and its future is bloody and bleak.

Take Back The Senate!

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:08:55 CDT

Many Democrats on the ballot this year are progressives who have been fighting to raise the minimum wage, expand Social Security, provide paid sick leave and paid parental leave. Win five of these races and we'd have a chance for a Supreme Court that would prioritize the rights and needs of average Americans rather than big corporations and overturn Citizens United!

Golly Gee, Thank You, Mr. Snowden!

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:23:45 CDT

Snowden has enhanced and bolstered the existing Security State, which has steadily grown in pervasiveness and reach ever since Snowden first broke into the headlines. How can we thank him properly for sharing with us--but only in bits and pieces, strung out over an extended period of time, carefully selected and redacted by equally radiant and responsible journalists--information that the State would prefer we not possess?

The Republican Tempest

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:02:01 CDT

The survivors of this political storm will stand on the shore of their island and look out on the shipwreck that was once the Grand Old Party. As the sky clears, the survivors will come to realize that the man responsible for sinking the Republican ship is still here; Donald Trump will not go away.

Libya: Five years after Gaddafi's brutal murder

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:58:22 CDT

Five years after the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's overthrow and brutal murder (on October 20, 2011), the situation is now far worse than it was five years ago as rival militias fight for control.

The Saudis and 9/11 -- Confirmation of the Larger Truth

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:50:24 CDT

The truth is pregnant. The official myths are spouting holes. For the first time, in September, Congress overrode an Obama veto, and it's all about exposing the government of Saudi Arabia to liability in U.S. courts for facilitating the attacks of 9-11. Exposing Saudi Arabia exposes the American-made part of the 9-11 operation -- hence the cover-up by Bush and Obama.

Peak Oil: Start With Reality Pt 7

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:41:49 CDT

Statements continue to be offered by those beholden to the oil industry that their view of reality is that oil will continue to be the primary energy source for decades to come. That's the problem, not the rebuttal! It is not that difficult to understand that a finite resource depleting by the day is a resource that cannot maintain an affordable pace endlessly.

Rigged -- Totally Rigged

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:29:38 CDT

The 2016 Republican presidential primary was rigged. It wasn't rigged by the Republicans, the Democrats, Russians, space aliens, or voters. It was rigged by the owners of television networks who believed that giving one candidate far more coverage than others was good for their ratings. The CEO of CBS Leslie Moonves said of this decision:

Trump Unchained

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:20:29 CDT

Do people know that there has never been a war that Hillary didn't support, a job-killing "free trade" bill she didn't back, or a civil liberties-eviscerating piece of legislation (Clinton voted for the original USA PATRIOT Act in 2001, as well as the revised version in 2006.) she wasn't eager to sign?

As Trump Wages War On The Press, News Outlets Refuse To Fight Back

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:50:36 CDT

Trump has shifted his all-encompassing war on the media onto more dangerous terrain this month. Graduating from his previous claims that reporters are "disgusting" and "horrible people," Trump now insists they're all part of the "rigged" infrastructure this election cycle that's conspiring against the former beauty pageant owner.

Dear All Our Governors - I Am Asking Your Help to Save Planet Earth Now

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:29:05 CDT

All governors of all states, especially you in the CoaIition, I am asking you to call for clean energy now AND for acting now for: the immediate closing of all nuclear power plants in your state and the country and leaving all fossil fuels in the ground - which includes stopping all fracking in your state, closing all pipelines in your state, and the permanent halting of all pipeline construction in your state.

The Last Debate: How Low Will It Go?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:26:55 CDT

Trump's vulgarity and demagoguery, together with the media's insatiable appetite for ratings, have made this campaign a race to the bottom. The night's biggest question won't be asked by the moderator. The question is: How low can this race go before it's over? We're about to find out.

Controversial wind of change in Lithuania

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:19:43 CDT

On October 23, 2016 Lithuania will hold the second round of parliamentary elections. Sixty-eight constituencies will again vote for a new parliament. Nevertheless as the results came from the first round of elections, it became clear that the situation in the country will change completely.

American Psycho: Sex, Lies and Politics Add Up to a Terrifying Election Season

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:30:59 CDT

When it comes to sexual predators, there should be no political bright line test to determine who gets a free pass and who goes to jail based on which candidate is better suited for office.

Has Trump's Guardian Angel Protected Him From Prosecution?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:07:33 CDT

Article discusses how Donald Trump may have benefited from having a sister who is a sitting United States federal judge.

Trump's not a Loser. So the Election must be Rigged!

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:58:55 CDT

Trump playing a game as only he can in which he can't lose because he will blame Hillary, the Democratic and Republican Parties, the Media, cry that the election was rigged and change direction to focus on the development of a Third Party and Trump TV as the vehicle to keep him before the public.

How Israel seeks to erase the region's history

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:11:52 CDT

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been drafting a basic law defining Israel as belonging to a globalized "Jewish nation," not the country's citizens. And he insists that peace talks take place only once the Palestinians under occupation recognize Israel as such a Jewish state -- a condition that, once viewed as risible, has now been adopted by Washington.

The Gutter Duo: Julian Assange And Donald Trump

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:09:14 CDT

Assangehe has abandoned any pretense or attempt at behaving as the folk hero fighting institutional corruption and governmental wrongdoings as he's now completely genuflected to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

Good Deaths in Mosul, Bad Deaths in Aleppo

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:25:49 CDT

As the U.S.-backed offensive in Mosul, Iraq, begins, the mainstream U.S. media readies the American people to blame the terrorists for civilian casualties but the opposite rules apply to Syria's Aleppo, reports Robert Parry.

The Old Debt And Entitlement Charade

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:35:52 CDT

The use of the term "entitlements." While this has a clear meaning to policy wonks, it is likely that most viewers won't immediately know that "entitlements" means the Social Security and Medicare their parents receive. It's a lot easier for politicians to talk about cutting wasteful "entitlements" than taking away seniors' Social Security and Medicare.

The 4 Things Hillary Could Do To Close the Deal Against Trump

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:50:45 CDT

Hillary Clinton, probably like you and definitely like me, can't do anything about her personality. At 68, that stuff is baked in. Still, there's a lot she could do to close the deal against Donald Trump -- to widen her within-the-margin-of-statistical-error lead to a chasm, the insurmountable landslide that her institutional and other advantages would have guaranteed a better candidate.

The Danger With Trump's "Election Rigging" Talk

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:14:07 CDT

The real problem with Trump's rigged election talk is that it will give Republican legislatures all across the country a new justification to ramp up their war on young people, people of color and older people voting. The base will want it because Trump will have primed them for it, and so will the party establishment, because they've always worked to suppress the vote.

Mike Pence and the Future of the Republican Party

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:34:58 CDT

Pence had thought about running for the current Repub. nomination in 2015. After that didn't pan out for him he was actually an early Cruz supporter, who then switched to Trump when the former dropped out. As far as I can tell, he has not yet been openly labeled as a Dominionist, but his policies clearly place him in that camp.

Bemoaning the Loss of Innocence. What Have We Wrought?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:43:10 CDT

How did we get from a time of innocence to the current election antics being played on the national stage? The theater of the absurd started some years back.

"Rigged Election" Rhetoric: A Dangerous Two-Way Street

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:57:27 CDT

Trump is preemptively positioning himself to claim that a victorious Clinton and her party rigged the election. That could lead to fireworks. Clinton is preemptively positioning herself to accuse a foreign power of rigging -- or at least unduly influencing -- the outcome to her loss. That could lead to fireworks of a nuclear variety.

Pakistan's Gwadar Port is now operational as first Chinese ship docks

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:53:06 CDT

First Chinese ship, named Tianfu, finally docked on Sunday (Oct 16) at Pakistan's Gwadar port that is center of $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project between Beijing and Islamabad

This Isn't Kafkaesque. It's the Moment Americans Created

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:49:42 CDT

Commentary on the 2016 Presidential November 2016 Elections

Tomgram: Sandy Tolan, The Death of the Two-State Solution

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:43:41 CDT

The Obama administration just agreed to a 10-year military aid deal that will give Israel $38 billion dollars in, among other things, America's most advanced weapons systems. The White House terms it "the largest single pledge of military assistance in U.S. history."

Is BRICS a crumbling bloc?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:32:20 CDT

The 8th summit of BRICS, a bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, ended in Goa, India on Sunday (October 16) with a lengthy communique' dubbed as Goa Declaration.The 7,000 plus words document covers a range of measures, including establishing a new credit ratings agency, fighting tax evasion and combating terrorism.

Critical Foreign Policy Questions For an Overdue Reset

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:28:50 CDT

The intense hypermasculinity and violence we see in our society and in Trump's rise is mirrored in our global postures of aggression and dominance. It has been presented by a recipe for so-called security, even while demonstrating in almost every situation its failure to meet its goals and to secure human rights.

Command and Control, the Documentary, in Time for Halloween

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:21:43 CDT

The book "Command and Control is reviewed in conjunction with the coincidental timing of the release of the documentary movie of the same title, the presidential campaign and Halloween.

A Tale of 2 British Muslim politicians: Interview with al-Quds

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:20:18 CDT

work to improve relations between Muslim communities and wider British society has meant that he received security threats from both Islamist and far-right activists. As a boy, he encountered racism, which led to him and his brothers taking up boxing.

Rocky De La Fuente, America's Forgotten Candidate

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:11:09 CDT

A feature-length article about Rocky De La Fuente, the third-party presidential candidate few are aware of as they head to the polls on Nov. 8th.

Cypress College's Peter Mathews interview with Stephen Fox on California, eventually labeling aspartame as a carcinogen

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:08:40 CDT

Stephen Fox discusses the colossal regulatory failures inherent in this neurotoxic artificial sweetener still being on the market with Peter Mathews, Professor of Political Science at Cypress College in Southern California, and the need for citizens of all states to write in to Sacramento in support of this labeling of aspartame as the carcinogen it has always been.

How to counter China -- Pakistan -- North Korea nuclear triad

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:01:06 CDT

There is need to think of ways of breaking the China-Pak -- North Korea nuclear nexus by offering Beijing something in return for a visible move away from Islamabad. India should try this though it is not an easy task, and is indeed an uphill task. In the alternative India should seek out a triangular relationship with Japan and South Korea to counter the C-P-N nuclear triad.

Palestine Diary #3

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 08:00:12 CDT

"Five days after Yom Kippur Jews begin the celebration of Succot...While not officially a holiday, the five day period after Yom Kippur leading up to Sukkot are the most dangerous days in the Jewish calendar" [for Palestinians]

A U.K. Bank shuts down Russia Today's Bank Account

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:27:34 CDT

U.K. Bank shuts down RT account, following on other "sanctions" against Russia for supposed war crimes no different than our own, except that they were invited in and we weren't. A bad path gets worse.

It's Rigged!

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 20:24:51 CDT

Saturday Night Live is conspiring against him, too? Did he take an extra dose of paranoid pills before he made that declaration? Geez, he hosted SNL a year ago. Well, when this nightmare is finally over next month, Donald can team up with his psychotic media hero Alex Jones and start the alt-right InfoWars TV network (with Ailes and Hannity, natch).

Donald Trump Isn't the Only Enemy on the Ballot

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:53:50 CDT

Trump is such an idiot that he's easy to spot; it looks as if there will be enough antibodies to protect the body politic from his poison. But forces like the Koch brothers are more insidious. They're what daily, undramatically diminishes our democracy. They're what turn people off to politics, convert them to cynicism (which I suspect is the Kochs' real goal).

Redux: Why I Hate Sheep II

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:51:26 CDT

Open Letter To The Donald And The Trumpites;Trump has infamously hated Rosie O'Donnell because she's an independent, strong-willed, and assertive woman.

Her First 100 Days: A Pledge to Take On Wells Fargo and Wall Street

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:12:19 CDT

Hillary should demonstrate in word and deed what has unfortunately yet to be demonstrated in the nation's capital: that the law will be enforced on Wall Street as well as on Main Street without fear or favor. Whether those crimes consist of investor fraud, consumer fraud, theft, or racial discrimination, no bank executive should ever again believe he or she is above the law.

Pick Your Poison? Presidential Politics and Planetary Prospects

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:21:05 CDT

the seemingly endless quadrennial presidential extravaganza grinds on to the final electoral day with the "mainstream" media focused to an absurd, Aldous Huxlean degree on the silliest and ugliest imaginable matters of candidate personality and character while the two most pressing threats of our or any time -- climate change and nuclear war -- are pushed to the deadly margins of permissible public and political discourse.

Navigating WikiLeaks: A Guide to the Podesta Emails

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:36:56 CDT

A guide to understanding what is in and how to navigate through the WikiLeaks Podesta email archive. With a description of the how the emails are organized, how many there are and what has and what will be released over time.

Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, and the Crisis of American Capitalism

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:31:56 CDT

While the Clinton-Ryan years won't be marked by the same kind of petulant gridlock we've witnessed over the last eight, the ascendance of Ryan and Clinton will mark a win for big business and Wall Street over the strongest anti-establishment surge America has witnessed since Great Depression.

The Promise of Local Currency in Bottom-Up Cultures

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:12:48 CDT

Is our economy truly fair to all? Or is it rigged? Are there other means to get our needs met? This article speaks to this issue by focusing on a general article regarding Local Currencies. My goal is to interview some other resources regarding alternative currencies while also looking at Transition Towns and Permaculture. And, yes, they do relate.

"US media ignores Clinton stealing Democratic nomination, engages in Russia-bashing instead"

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:53:28 CDT

During a news conference at the 2016 BRICS summit for five major emerging economies, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Washington's latest threat to launch a cyber-attack against Russia based on unsubstantiated claims that Russia had somehow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, which is already being called the most scandal-filled contest in American political history

The Real Humanitarian Crisis Is Not Aleppo

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:43:29 CDT

No one has asked why the US is determined to overthrow a democratically elected Syrian government that is supported by the Syrian people. No one has asked why Obama is empowered to remove the president of Syria by siccing US-supplied jihadists, which the presstitutes misrepresent as "moderate rebels," on the Syrian people. Washington, of course, has no acceptable answer to the question, and that is why it is not asked.

Hillary's Hide-and-Seek

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:57:40 CDT

The New York Times provides a fine example of how the mainstream press covers up Hillary Clinton's problems, even when they claim to be reporting on them.

What will it be WWIII or 1929 redux?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:56:03 CDT

With increased tension in Syria, commentators are understandably concerned about a Russian-American nuclear confrontation (Read "It's about World War III", "The warnings of a new world war", "Russia reads US bluster as signs of war", etc. See also "The Russo-American conflict behind Syria"). Yet attention should also be paid to the global economy. Here is why.

Back of the Envelope Calculation for Providing Millions of WPA-like Jobs with Helicopter Greenbacks

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:47:49 CDT

How to reduce income deprivation, or starvation, for some millions of Americans.

A Brief History of Fascism in the United States

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:37:51 CDT

Fascism isn't new to the United States. It's been with us all along, but we failed to recognize it!

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Finding Hope in Dismal Times

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:26:32 CDT

Luckily, not everyone has been glued to the screen, eternally watching The Donald. From Black Lives Matter to the climate change movement, activists have, as TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon points out in a powerful (and powerfully upbeat) new post, never stopped working to make this a better world.

Political Choices... in the cards

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:24:33 CDT

A play on words to look at the big risks this year.

Pt 2."Where's that damn sandaled, marauding platoon Jesus kept training and droning miracles with?"

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:16:41 CDT

Jesus Christ and John Fitzgerald Kennedy had their own recognizable gangs. They came to be known as JC's "Apostles" and JFK's "Peace Corps." In crowded India, where I served as a PCV, they were called "Shanti Senna," or Peace Army. Were JC and JFK trying to show us how to build winning, heavenly armies for all times and that after tines?

Finding America in a Trumped Silver Lining

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:14:14 CDT

Although our 2016 electoral process, is Citizens United infected, voter ID tarnished and machine negotiated, We the People can still vote like visionaries.

Why The People's Summit Failed

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:07:07 CDT

This piece is an attempt to outline in broad terms the critical need for humanity to take control of our future and points out the the dark obstacles we must extinguish with the light we bring to this effort.

Stephen Fox and Peter Mathews of Cypress College California Discuss Labeling of Aspartame as Carcinogenic

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:59:55 CDT

Discussing the ramifications of this potential carcinogenic labeling of all aspartame products on a YouTube television channel, with Stephen Fox of Santa Fe New Mexico, talking with a rising star in Southern Californian progressive politics, Peter Mathews of Cypress College.