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ON THE BRINK OF OUR FIRST GENERATIONAL WAR…

August 15th, 2017

There are, in the United States of America, at this very moment, high school students who may, after their graduation, chose to enlist and serve in our nation’s armed forces and become the first generational combatants we have ever raised. This is the legacy of our longest war. Ralph Nader, in The 16 Year War […]

NIXON HAD TAPES, TRUMP HAS TRANSCRIPTS…?

August 4th, 2017

I’m printing out a copy of the transcripts, high-lightening the good bits and keeping them handy for the next person I see wearing a Make America Great Again ht.

FORGET CONQUEST, WAR, FAMINE AND DEATH…

July 27th, 2017

So, if your week hasn’t been gloomy enough with all the brinkmanship in the senate, Ralph Nader serves up four more existential threats. Answering his own rhetorical question in Can the World Defend Itself from Omnicide? Nader writes: Notice how more frequently we hear scientists tell us that we’re “wholly unprepared” for this peril or […]

CORBYN/KLEIN: GETTING THE WORLD WE WANT…

July 18th, 2017

Key moments, for me, in the discussion include Jeremy Corbyn’s examination of root causes and his 15 February 2003 speech before Parliament and his take on the power of Social Media; You can also read the transcript of their discussion at The Intercept.

SOUND ADVICE: TRUST…, DEFEND NOTHING

July 14th, 2017

[Update at 0546 on 15 July: see my inline note to French’s reference to Jonah Goldberg below and my comment this morning.] Starting back in November, The Guardian launched Burst Your Bubble, a weekly collection of items produced by conservative journalists and writers on the administration of President Donald John Trump. Reading these pieces is […]

WHAT SEYMOUR HERSH KNOWS…

July 5th, 2017

I continue to be troubled by the silence following the publication of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s Trump’s Red Line on 25 June. In an interview with The Real News Hersh is very careful to not speculate or share what he thinks happen. Midway through the interview, however, Hersh emphatically says what he does […]

IS TRUMP CREATING HIS OWN GULF OF TONKIN…?

June 27th, 2017

In 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson ramped up our country’s involvement in South East Asia in response to an attack by North Vietnamese naval forces on two American destroyers steaming in the international waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. The attack was pure fiction. This afternoon, on the heels of Seymour Hersh’ in-depth revelation, in […]

SO, I MEAN, WE’LL KEEP TALKING ABOUT IT…

June 21st, 2017

This is one of what Trevor Noah calls his Between The Scenes segments where he talks to the audience during the commercial breaks. As good as Noah is in his scripted bits, I’m finding the honesty and transparency in these segments actually better. As Noah points out, Philando Castile was a legal gun owner with […]

BLOGGER WHIPPED, IMPRISONED FIVE YEARS…

June 16th, 2017

If you want to understand why they hate us, you need look no further than the case of blogger Raif Badawi. There are some stories that I choose to not let go off. Badawi’s is one such story. Phoebe Braithwaite, reporting in Five years on, with no word on imprisoned dissident Raif Badawi, his family […]

THIS IS HOW DEMOCRACY ENDS…

June 7th, 2017

So, this is what I’m readng this morning: …Russian hacking may have penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood. It states unequivocally in its summary statement that it was Russian military intelligence, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate, or GRU, that conducted the cyber attacks… That’s the lede for Top-Secret […]

PRESIDENT SACRIFICES MOTHER EARTH TO HIS EGO…

June 1st, 2017

MAXINE WATERS TWEETS THE FECKIN’ OBVIOUS…

May 27th, 2017

Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) Jared Kushner is under scrutiny in the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. In other news, water is wet. May 26, 2017

WHAT’S IN THE PIPE IS THE PROBLEM, NOT LEAKS…

May 17th, 2017

The increasing cadence of that annoying drip is becoming a pas de charge. Michael Schmidt, reporting in Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation for The New York Times, writes: President Trump asked the FBI director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, […]

BUT, BUT BENGHAZI, WHAT ABOUT BENGHAZI…!

May 16th, 2017

From the newspaper that brought us Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Deep Throat comes Greg Miller, Greg Jaffe and a source-to-be-code-named-later in Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Note that neither in the headline nor the body of the story does The Washington Post uses words like allegedly or reportedly. […]

WHY WE CAN NEVER WIN IN THE MIDDLE EAST…

May 13th, 2017

Leslie Neilson, of all people, in his television role as American Revolutionary war hero Francis Marion make the precise case why no foreign power—from Alexander The Great to the Soviet Union—has ever come out out a winner in Afghanistan. Any leader is insane to believe that this time will be different. Ralph Nader, in The […]

BERNIE AND JIMMY HAVE A CHAT…

May 10th, 2017

Part II Zaid Jilani, reporting in Jimmy Carter and Bernie Sanders Explain How Inequality Breeds Authoritarianism for The Intercept, writes: On Monday night, one day after the far-right Marine Le Pen lost France’s presidential election but garnered a record number of votes for her political party, Bernie Sanders and Jimmy Carter sat down together to […]

CRUISE MISSILES STRIKE SYRIAN AIRFIELD…

April 7th, 2017

What we know, live… The question for We The People, President Donald John Trump and indeed the World must be: Does the manner of murder of children matter, or are the murders of all children equal?

TRUCE SHORTER THAN A SYRIAN CEASEFIRE…

February 3rd, 2017

David Graham, writing in The Obama-Trump Truce Is Already Over for The Atlantic, explains: Despite Barack Obama’s attempts to build a rapport with Donald Trump during the presidential transition, and despite Trump’s public gratitude, the tradition seems moribund now. Obama had already declared his intention to deviate from tradition “if there are issues that have […]

CHELSEA MANNING TO WALK FREE IN 120 DAYS…

January 18th, 2017

On 17 May will walk free from the United States military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Ed Pilkington, writing in Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence commuted by Barack Obama for The Guardian ledes: Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of […]

DON’T MISTAKE THE DEEP STATE FOR A FRIEND…

January 12th, 2017

[Update @ 0610: The Guardian identifies the anonymous behind the story in Trump dossier: Christopher Steele, ex-MI6 officer, named as author ] [Update @ 0532: I would also like to add a note on the perverted sex acts alleged in the Trump Dossier. The use of the word perverted is a dangerous word because once […]

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