Are we sliding toward absolute rule by fascists?

Smearing and censorship in the name of ‘fake news’

I had a sobering thought as I watched a video I’d rented recently, to wit, we may now be sliding toward rule by totalitarian fascists. Continue reading

Trump wants flag burners punished

On November 29, Donald Trump tweeted, “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag—if they do, there must be consequence—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail.” Continue reading

Journalists denounce WaPo fake news blacklist as red scare redux

The Washington Post’s promotion of a new, “McCarthyistic” so-called black list has journalists aghast over what appears to be a red scare redux, as independent news outlets critical of U.S. foreign policy are being smeared as “Russian propaganda.” Continue reading

When it comes to fake news, the U.S. government is the biggest culprit

Let’s talk about fake news stories, shall we? Continue reading

Merkel facing anti-migrant rebellion by Bavarian leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the architect of Europe’s devastating open-door migrant policy, is facing a challenger from within the ranks of her own increasingly tenuous governing coalition of her own Christian Democrats, the Social Democrats, and a Christian Democratic sister party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union. Merkel, who announced plans to run for a fourth term a chancellor next year, may not last long as German head of government if Bavaria’s Christian Social Union Prime Minister Horst Seehofer has his way. Continue reading

Reflections on the ‘Dispossessed’

After centuries of hard-fought but limited progress, human society seems to be reverting to the law of the jungle. For many of our international neighbors, this means leading lives defined by aerial bombardment, guerrilla warfare, militia rule and displacement as refugees. Continue reading

Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan

Lincoln had a bolder solution

In Donald Trump’s victory speech after the presidential election, he vowed, “We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals. We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none. And we will put millions of our people to work as we rebuild it.” Continue reading

Fight back or go under

The presidency of Donald Trump is going to be a slap in the face of American workers that will wake us up to the reality of social class. The Big T’s pedal-to-the-metal policies will show us clearly that we are one class, the ruling elite are another class, and our interests are diametrically opposed. Our declining standard of living is essential for maintaining their wealth, and they will do whatever is necessary to continue that. They will jail us, deport us, kill us, anything to crush resistance. Continue reading

Britain down the drain

Did you know that Great Britain is going down the drain because the citizens want to remain British? Continue reading

Are cloned animals on the U.S dinner table?

It has been six years since the BBC, while reporting on a cloned cattle herd in Britain, said cloned products have been in the U.S. food supply for two years. Margaret Wittenberg, global vice-president of Whole Foods Market at the time agreed. Continue reading

The Trump ploy

Universally, Trump was depicted as an anti-establishment candidate. Washington and Wall Street hated him, and the media were deployed to vilify him endlessly. If they could not discredit Trump enough, surely they would steal the election from him. Some even suggested Trump would be assassinated. Continue reading

The tyranny at Standing Rock: The government’s divide-and-conquer strategy is working

Divide and conquer. Continue reading

Third parties of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!

There have been many thought-provoking articles in the alternative news lately. Robert Reich says all current members of the Democratic National Committee should resign so that we can have a new democratic party. Noam Chomsky says, “Trump’s win puts government in the hands of the most dangerous organization in world history.” Bill Gates has argued that we need socialism to save the planet. Robert Scheer says this [the election result] is “the revenge of the deplorables.” Chris Hedges exclaims in an article, entitled “It’s Worse Than You Think,+++++” that “Widespread social unrest will ignite when Donald Trump’s base realizes it has been betrayed.” Continue reading

What should Palestinians expect—can Trump be any worse

Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as US President-elect Donald Trump is considering for his cabinet people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world, as well. Continue reading

The gift of words

Things, possessions, life on the installment plan. This is the season to buy, to accumulate more folderols, to give things to one’s children and each other, which, we like to believe, will bring joy. It’s make-believe, of course, an adult lie conjured up out of guilt and fear that our lives, the stories we live and the stories we dream, are insufficiently meaningful to bring our children and ourselves the joy we say we seek. Continue reading

‘Fake news stories’ eclipse ‘conspiracy theories’ in globalist/Sorosite lexicon

The corporate news media, allied with “media watchdog” groups, many financed with global billionaire troublemaker George Soros, have trotted out a new dog whistle to attack their opponents: “fake news stories.” The issue of “fake news stories” was even raised by outgoing President Barack Obama in a news conference in Berlin with German chancellor Angela Merkel. Both leaders cited “fake news stories” as something that threatens international stability. Continue reading

The Western war on truth

The “war on terror” has simultaneously been a war on truth. For fifteen years—from 9/11 to Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction” and “al Qaeda connections,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” endless lies about Gadaffi, “Russian invasion of Ukraine”—the governments of the so-called Western democracies have found it essential to align themselves firmly with lies in order to pursue their agendas. Now these Western governments are attempting to discredit the truth-tellers who challenge their lies. Continue reading

A world of difference

I suppose hate is too strong a word, but there are times when it seems the only word that conveys the intensity that I will occasionally feel towards my fellow beings. Continue reading

None of this is normal; all of it is un-American

Hate crimes after Donald Trump's election and his appointment of Steve Bannon to the White House aren't the way to bring America back together.

A friend of mine who has dual Israeli-American citizenship tells the story of entering an elevator in Jerusalem shortly after a bullying right-wing government had taken over the country. Continue reading

It is the system that must be dealt with

That line from a 1960s lyric spoke to a society in the midst of social change totally misunderstood by opinion makers and their employers. The situation now is more serious, the changes needed more radical, and the degree of confused ignorance of the people and criminal immorality of the leadership greater than before. Thus, an election in which the ruling establishment demanded defeat of one of its own, a rich and unruly capitalist, in favor of one of its employees, a more reliable worker in the fields of empire, and they failed. Continue reading

WaPo smears Intrepid Report and 200+ other sites as peddlers of Russian propaganda

Cites anonymous associates of a new, shady website as sources of its report

In his article, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say,” the Washington Post’s so-called reporter Craig Timberg shows how far the corporate media have sunk. Continue reading

Fidel Castro, RIP

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara led a people’s rebellion against Fulgencio Batista, who had established himself as a dictator in a military coup in 1952. In 1959 the Batista regime collapsed. Continue reading

Donald Trump and the dangers of expectation

As the unexpected US president-elect took to the stage, the crowds erupted in jubilation, basking in the historic moment of populist revolution, certain that reform and change had finally come. Continue reading

The non-existent Trump mandate

Within days of the U.S. general election, central elements of the result have already entered into American mythology: the revenge of the “white working class voter”; the unprecedented anti-establishment character of the president-elect; the populist revolution that led to Trump’s victory; and the years in the wilderness now facing Democrats and progressives in America. Continue reading

Stay alert, America: The worst is yet to come

Stay alert, America. Continue reading

Intrepid Report will resume publishing on Monday, November 28

This year’s elections have left yours truly drained.

Yes, Donald Trump, a sexual predator, a misogynist, a racist, a liar, a cheat, a con man extraordinaire, and a narcissist, who has never held public office and may not even be as rich as he claims, will, barring anything unforeseen, become president of the United States on January 20, 2017. Continue reading

What happened in this election?

Brushing away the extreme claims and rhetoric of much election analysis, there are some observations which deserve attention. These unfortunately mostly provide hard lessons and not a lot of encouragement for people who hold to principles of democracy, enlightenment, and progressivity. Continue reading

On Trump’s victory

It occurred to me in recent years that the act of being progressive is not a political position but rather a mental state. Continue reading

Disaffected America strikes back

Why would the American people elect a racist, misogynist, narcissistic, criminal to the presidency of this country? Continue reading

Trump: A people’s ‘new world order’ taking shape?

A populist wave that began with Brexit in June became a tsunami as Trump’s cyclone hit Washington Tuesday night, leaving the capital in a shambles. His is a story straight out of Grimm’s fairytales. the peasants rose up. The phony civility of the neoconservative nightmare that Americans (and the world) have endured for years is cracking. Continue reading

Trump’s election breaks chains of political correctness

One likely winner to come out of the 2016 US presidential election: accuracy in polling. Obviously not past but future polling! Continue reading

Save the Children Norway trialed anti-malaria drug Larium in Mozambique—1993–1994

Roche AG, a Swiss multinational health-care company, needed to trial a new anti-malaria drug, Mefloquine, also known under the brand name Lariam, in malaria-prone areas of Africa. This was despite known serious side effects, including long-term health problems such as depression, hallucinations, anxiety and neurological effects such as poor balance, depression and impaired mental health. Continue reading