Republicans demand the impossible in a healthcare bill

Republicans demand a healthcare bill (or medical system) that will simultaneously (and without sacrificing quality of healthcare) reduce their total expenses on medical care—including their insurance premiums and their out-of-pocket costs—and that will also be more free-market (with less government involvement and regulations) than in existing U.S. healthcare policy (both before and after Obamacare began); they want more free-market, and less cost, and also no sacrifice on quality. Continue reading

No, Paul, it wasn’t because of ‘growing pains’

House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” Continue reading

Lost privacy rights in America

America is a total surveillance society. Big Brother is no longer fiction. Continue reading

‘Decolonizing the mind’: Using Hollywood celebrities to validate Islam

When Terry Holdbrooks Jr. converted to Islam in 2003, he was inundated with death threats and labeled a ‘race traitor.’ Continue reading

A couple of things about Jimmy Breslin

Last Wednesday, I sat down to write a piece about the late Jimmy Breslin, the newspaper columnist whose blunt yet eloquent and crafted prose captured New York and its environs as no one has since Damon Runyon. Continue reading

Master spider David Rockefeller passes

On March 20, billionaire predatory banker David Rockefeller died in his sleep at age 101. Continue reading

In an era of fake news, fake security threats

Fake air travel security threats have joined the current fake news fad. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration, as well as their British counterparts, have announced a ban on laptop computers, tablets, cameras, Kindles and other e-readers, DVD players, and game consoles in carry-on baggage on the flights of certain airlines originating from or destined to a series of predominantly Muslim nations. Passengers flying from the designated airports are required to pack laptops and tablets in their check luggage. The decision has resulted in criticism from technical experts in the fields of communications, information technology, and improvised explosive devices or IEDs. Unlike the American ban, the British ban on carry-on items includes certain types of cell phones. Continue reading

Stealing from the citizenry: How government goons use civil asset forfeiture to rob us blind

In jolly old England, Robin Hood stole from the rich to give to the poor. Continue reading

Integrating Karl Marx and Abraham Maslow

The most important lesson that Karl Marx taught us is his surplus theory of value, which essentially says that if workers create wealth for a company, then it is only right that they should share in the increased profits. Richard Wolff is probably the most prominent Marxist economist today. Do a YouTube search of his name and you will find entertaining and educational videos of his Marxist message. Richard Wolff argues that when technology doubles the profits, it would be possible to have workers work half of the time instead of laying off half of them. What still happens is that the extra profits go to CEOs and corporate shareholders, not the workers. Continue reading

Postcard from the End of America: Atlanta, Georgia

Knowing you can’t run from their jokes, bus drivers will crack a few, so on the endless leg from Washington to Atlanta, the driver intoned, “I don’t believe in Lost and Found, ladies and gentlemen, only eBay. If you forget something on this bus, you can find it on eBay.” Later, he chastised us all because someone had pissed on the toilet’s floor. Continue reading

Trump unleashes American vermin, war declared on US society

Jefferson held that a little revolution now and then in a democratic republic was a necessary evil, not unlike severe seasonal storms that come each year. Those storms can cause extensive damage to life and property but communities rally and rebuild. Often they develop improved protocols to deal with storms ranging from disaster response to revised building codes that might withstand the next big storm. Continue reading

Trumpcare down but not out?

On Friday, one of Trump’s signature domestic programs was defeated, at least for now. Continue reading

Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until we know the person who picked him is cleared of wrongdoing

Neil Gorsuch shouldn’t be confirmed until Trump comes clean. Continue reading

Let’s call it the democracy movement

At first I thought they were trying to kill me. I’d come home to find a bullet hole through my front window. Immediately I guessed who it was. Continue reading

‘There’s a smell of treason in the air’

Last Monday’s hearing of the House Intelligence Committee was proof positive of the absolute need for both a special prosecutor and an independent, bipartisan commission with subpoena power to conduct a full investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian intelligence—as well as Russia’s multipronged attack on our elections and Trump’s business connections with that country’s oligarchs. Continue reading

Taking a break

Intrepid Report will resume publishing Monday, March 27. Continue reading

Trumpcare/Ryancare dead on arrival: Can we please now try single payer?

The new American Health Care Act has been unveiled, and it has been pronounced an even greater disaster than Obamacare. Dubbed “Ryancare” or “Trumpcare” (over the objection of White House staff), the Republican health care bill is under attack from all sides, with even conservative leaders calling it “Obamacare Lite,” “bad policy,” a “warmed-over substitute,” and “dead on arrival.” Continue reading

An orgy of unnecessary cruelty

The theme that unites all of Trump’s initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: When America interfered in a Russian election

There is still no evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 election. What substitutes for proof is nothing but an endless loop of corporate media repetition. The Democratic Party has plenty of reason to whip up hysteria in an effort to divert attention from its endless electoral debacles. Continue reading

How the system got broken, and why it can’t be fixed

Whatever happened to the separation of powers?

The system wasn’t supposed to work this way. The Founding Fathers deliberately devised a structure in which someone like Donald Trump—a vain, self-centered, mendacious demagogue—could never become chief executive, and in which the legislature could never be captured by a reckless, ideologically obsessed minority bent on overriding the majority interests of Americans. Those Founders labored to create an independent judiciary that was not captive to any single ideology or party. They carefully crafted a set of checks and balances in which no single branch of government could overpower another, and in which each held its own prerogatives dearly. In doing so, they thought they had provided posterity with a wise, cautious and magnanimous governmental operation that would serve the larger public weal rather than advantage any particular group or party, and that could withstand the gusts of any given historical moment. Continue reading

‘Web of weirdness’: US’s and Israeli codependent relationship is not just about money

“We must look back twenty-five years to realize how far Israel has fallen in world support,” wrote famed Jewish scholar, Harvard sociologist, Nathan Glazer in 1976. Continue reading

Truth, lies and democracy: Journalism in the age of Trump

Lies do more than debase political debate. Lies are the termites in the house of democracy.

In June 1972, a story about gang of American burglars caught red-handed with their pockets stuffed with hundred-dollar bills made journalistic history. Continue reading

The Republican healthcare bill is very free-market, libertarian

The Republican House proposed healthcare legislation is a substantially more free-market approach to health care than exists in any industrialized nation. It would greatly reduce regulation of health care in America, and also considerably increase the choices that consumers would have in their health care. Another way of putting this is: it would considerably decrease the requirements that are placed upon health care insurers and providers. It would be as close to extreme free-market health care as can be achieved except for a system in which anyone can legally sell anything and call it “health insurance” or call it “medical care.” In other words, it would be more like anarchy in these fields. Continue reading

The silent war

The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the successful Russian Revolution. In commemoration of that important event, I would like to attend to the continuous class warfare and attacks that the working class of this country have been forced to absorb for decades, if not centuries. Continue reading

Trump’s bonkers budget

Donald Trump ran for president as a man of the people, who was going to fight for those who were left behind—but everything we’re hearing about his forthcoming federal budget says exactly the opposite: Spending that’s a great deal for big corporations that have hired armies of lobbyists, and great for the wealthiest few like himself. But leaving everyone else a lot worse off. Continue reading

Postcard from the End of America: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Say Ann Arbor and people will think of Michigan football, with the second biggest stadium in the entire world, behind only North Korea’s Rungrado May Day Stadium. The annual marijuana rally, Hash Bash, may also come to mind. Continue reading

Trump, the CIA, and those still secret JFK records

This Thursday, March 16, at 1 p.m., the Justice Integrity Project is hosting a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that will feature U.S. District Judge John Tunheim and other speakers. Continue reading

Harvard’s fake guide to fake news sites

Is this what parents pay $63,000 annually for tuition, room, board and fees, so their children can be ill-served and ill-taught? Continue reading

Saudis on buying spree for islands. Why?

An Egyptian Constitutional Court case and protests in Egypt and Maldives are the results of a Saudi Arabian initiative to acquire islands near and far from the radical Wahhabist-ruled kingdom. Last year, the Egyptian government agreed to transfer to the Saudis sovereignty over the Egyptian islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. The move came after an official visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud to Cairo. Observers believe the deal was a result of a large infusion of Saudi cash—estimated to be billions of dollars—into Egypt in order to bolster a sagging economy. Continue reading

Rule by thieves: One week in the life of the American kleptocracy

The American kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves) continues to suck the American people down a rabbit hole into a parallel universe in which the Constitution is meaningless, the government is all-powerful, and the citizenry is powerless to defend itself against government agents who steal, spy, lie, plunder, kill, abuse and generally inflict mayhem and sow madness on everyone and everything in their sphere. Continue reading

Where free speech ends, ignorance begins

At the risk of sounding like a geezer complaining about “these kids today,” back in my college days, when it came to points of view we were unhesitatingly exposed to literature, teachers and on-campus speakers covering the ideological waterfront. Continue reading

Unaffordable healthcare in America

Healthcare in America costs double what consumers in other developed countries pay. Proper coverage is increasingly unaffordable for millions. Continue reading