We are taking a break

If all goes according to plan, Intrepid Report will resume publishing on or about the first full week of October. Continue reading

Journalists, hypocrisy, and Obama’s de facto 21st century U.S. fascism

The ill-gotten wealth of the filthy national and global rich—power elite—’one percent’ is a systemic cancer that is consuming the life-blood of humankind of all colors in this nation and throughout Mother Earth. Continue reading

Keynes is dead; long live Marx

Many liberal economists envisioned a new dawn of Keynesianism in the 2008 financial meltdown. Nearly six years later, it is clear that the much-hoped-for Keynesian prescriptions are completely ignored. Why? Keynesian economists’ answer: “neoliberal ideology,” which they trace back to President Reagan. Continue reading

Media spies put all journalists in danger

The increasing tendency of the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies to disregard previous prohibitions against the use of journalists as agents puts every legitimate reporter around the world in jeopardy. Continue reading

The suicide of Robin Williams: Why we need a grand jury inquest to investigate it

On July 2, 1961, an American icon, Earnest Hemingway, committed suicide at his beloved vacation home in Ketchum, Idaho. He had just flown to Ketchum after being discharged from Mayo Clinic’s psychiatric ward where he had received a series of electroshock “treatments” for a depression that had started after he had experienced the horrors of World War I as an ambulance driver. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Van Jones and Charles Blow absolve white America

Few people outside of the St. Louis, Missouri, area had heard of the town of Ferguson before August 9, 2014. On that day 18-year old Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was shot six times, and after he was killed the police left his uncovered body to lie in the street for four hours. Continue reading

Steven Salaita’s academic lynching

Criticizing Israel is the third rail in American politics, the major media and academia. Continue reading

Like it or not, the present is always rooted in the past

Monday, August 25, 2014, we found ourselves waking up in an America which is neither in peace with much of the world and, most definitely, far from being in peace with itself. A predicament that philosopher George Santayana warned us about a century ago in a much-quoted, but seldom-heeded warning: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” And condemned we are in America . . . for being blind, deaf and mute in acknowledging our past! Continue reading

DA won’t prosecute fake TSA agent who groped women

Remember the guy who dressed up in a blue shirt, khaki pants, and blue gloves and impersonated a TSA agent in San Francisco last month? He succeeded in leading two victims into a curtained booth and groped at least one of them. Well, we don’t know exactly what he did, since he was hidden. We only know that he got away with it, and that if he had been an actual TSA clerk, whatever he did, including sexual molestation, would’ve been legal. Continue reading

Colonization by bankruptcy: The high-stakes chess match for Argentina

Argentina is playing hardball with the vulture funds which have been trying to force it into an involuntary bankruptcy. The vultures are demanding what amounts to a 600% return on bonds bought for pennies on the dollar, defeating a 2005 settlement in which 92% of creditors agreed to accept a 70% haircut on their bonds. A US court has backed the vulture funds; but last week, Argentina sidestepped its jurisdiction by transferring the trustee for payment from Bank of New York Mellon to its own central bank. That play, if approved by the Argentine Congress, will allow the country to continue making payments under its 2005 settlement, avoiding default on the majority of its bonds. Continue reading

More questions than answers in Brazilian plane crash

(WMR)—The August 13 crash of the Cessna 560XLS Citation aircraft, tail number PR-AFA, in Santos, Brazil, which killed pro-business Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, his aides, and the crew, has raised more questions among Brazilian investigators and the general public. Since its introduction in 1996, the plane has enjoyed a perfect safety record. The sudden death of Campos upended the Brazilian presidential election campaign in a manner that may benefit the United States and the Central Intelligence Agency’s long-range agenda for Latin America. Continue reading

Victim of Chicago killer John Gacy becomes anti-bullying activist

CHICAGO—About 45 people gathered on a hot August night at a Chicago LBGT community center to hear a chapter in Chicago history that is often forgotten—how John Gacy prowled the streets of Chicago’s northside from 1972 through 1978, picking up young men and murdering at least 33 of them. Gacy, one of the most vicious mass murderers in U.S. history, was found guilty of the murders, sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois on May 10, 1994. Continue reading

The final nail in the coffin: The death of freedom in our schools

No matter what your perspective on the showdown between locals and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, there can be no disputing the fact that “local” police should not be looking or acting like branches of the military. Continue reading

Fascism grips Israel

Zeev Sternhell is an Israeli historian, political scientist and outspoken critic of emerging Israeli fascism. Continue reading

Burger King’s last straw

Not content with Ferris Wheel-sized tax evasion loopholes that have given top corporations profit extravagance while American workers—the actual creators of our societal wealth—are stuck with part-time jobs providing lousy pay and no benefits, Fat Cat profiteers scheme to grow fatter still. Continue reading

Post racist America?

I’m assuming that most of you know the name Michael Brown. He is the 18 year old African-American who was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Continue reading

Who leaked hostage rescue mission to ISIL?

(WMR)—During the night of July 3, U.S. Special Forces landed at the formerly Syrian government-held Akershi military base at Raqqa in eastern Syria to rescue American journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and other U.S., as well as foreign, hostages reportedly held by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist fighters. ISIL renamed the base the “Martyr Osama bin Laden Camp” and used the base prison to hold its foreign hostages. Continue reading

Author of new book discusses shame and codependency

Codependents often have trouble being open, honest and assertive with intimate partners, says Darlene Lancer, an author and marriage and family therapist. In trying to manage, control and manipulate others, often by “people pleasing” or giving advice, codependents can “turn themselves into pretzels,” says Lancer. Now, in her latest book, “Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You,” Lancer addresses the role of shame and especially childhood shame experiences in codependency. Continue reading

Judicial Watch sues TSA/DHS over sexual abuse complaints

This is what it takes to get answers from the TSA and DHS: you have to sue them. And even then you’ll be stonewalled. Continue reading

Sharing economy’s new success: Adopt a homeless person

Among the most incredible manifestations of the new sharing economy has been the wide acceptance of a program begun by social media activists that has American families adopting homeless humans instead of pets. While it has created some fear in the multi-billion dollar pet market place, it has also provoked the creation of new product lines for the formerly homeless now living in comfortable accommodations. More important, it has offered citizens a new opportunity to perform humanitarian deeds while really sharing their good fortune with those in need. Continue reading

Global Post, the employer of freelancer James Foley, fails to pass smell test

(WMR)—National news media operations based in Boston are almost like musicals that run “off Broadway.” Continue reading

It isn’t Ferguson; it’s the USA

Now that almost all mainstream political and media mind managers have responded, in horror, sympathy or skepticism, to the most recent—as this is written—police killing of an unarmed black man, it is time to consider radical action for social change as opposed to the usual reactionary individual reform. Continue reading

Rights groups react to the murder of journalist James Foley

James Foley was a much stronger journalist than I could ever hope to be. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012, and it appears that he remained stoic right through the last words he spoke on video just before his brutal beheading by an Islamic State terrorist thug. Continue reading

Lost in the funhouse: A president’s words

“They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence,” Barack Obama said in his statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley. Leadership in many countries and citizens in those countries could say the same about the USA. Black Americans could say the same about law enforcement or wannabe police officers like George Zimmerman) in their communities. Continue reading

A baby boomer’s lament: August ’64

Living here in Florida during the dog days of summer invites memories of some 50 years ago . . . in Brooklyn NY. We, our little group of East 24th Street friends, waltzed through the hot summer days so easily. When you’re fourteen, fifteen and sixteen you are immune to stifling August heat attacks. Continue reading

Turning America into a war zone, where ‘we the people’ are the enemy

Life in the American police state is an endless series of don’ts delivered at the end of a loaded gun: don’t talk back to police officers, don’t even think about defending yourself against a SWAT team raid (of which there are 80,000 every year), don’t run when a cop is nearby lest you be mistaken for a fleeing criminal, don’t carry a cane lest it be mistaken for a gun, don’t expect privacy in public, don’t let your kids walk to the playground alone, don’t engage in nonviolent protest near where a government official might pass, don’t try to grow vegetables in your front yard, don’t play music for tips in a metro station, don’t feed whales, and on and on. Continue reading

‘Shock and awe’ comes to America

The United States has employed “shock and awe” techniques—described by Pentagon policy documents as the use of “spectacular displays of force” to intimidate an opponent—against the civilian population of the St. Louis, Missouri, suburb of Ferguson, just a stone’s throw from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The police use of “shock and awe” tactics followed street protests after the police shooting death of an 18-year-old black teen, Michael Brown. Continue reading

Russian humanitarian aid reaches Lugansk

Kiev putschists blocked vitally needed humanitarian aid for days. They did so for spurious reasons. Continue reading

Elanco is the Monsanto of the animal drug industry

Big Biotech, the chilling combo of genetic engineering, Big Chem, seed giants and Big Ag, is forging ahead in its hopes of dominating global agriculture and even patenting food production. Successfully fighting GMO labeling at home, the well-funded makers of Frankenfoods are also desperate to open overseas markets for Biotech which most of the world does not want. Continue reading

Railroad ‘bomb trains’: Speeding to disaster

It’s 3 p.m., and you’re cruising down a rural road, doing about 50 mph. Continue reading

Ferguson’s about Net Neutrality, too

At the end of the classic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Jimmy Stewart, as Senator Jefferson Smith, is in the midst of his filibuster against the corruption of the political machine that sent him to Capitol Hill as their lackey. Now he knows the truth and he’s taken over the floor of the Senate to tell it. Continue reading

Ferguson: No justice in the American police state

There are reports that American police kill 500 or more Americans every year. Few of these murdered Americans posed a threat to police. Police murder Americans for totally implausible reasons. For example, a few days before Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, John Crawford picked up a toy gun from a Walmart shelf in the toy department and was shot and killed on the spot by police goons. Continue reading