Intrepid Report will resume publishing Monday, May 6

Once again, I am taking a break to spend time with visiting family. Continue reading

America’s ‘hole-in-the-head’ nuke suicide pact gets court approval

The Supreme Court has just now certified the deadliest and most economically destructive scam of the entire Trump catastrophe. Continue reading

War versus peace: Israel has decided and so should we

So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? Continue reading

From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: when dissidents become enemies of the state

When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals. Continue reading

The triumph of evil

Wednesday, I heard a NPR “news” report that described the democratically elected president of Venezuela as “the Venezuelan dictator Maduro.” By repeating over and over that a democratically elected president is a dictator, the presstitutes create that image of Maduro in the minds of vast numbers of peoples who know nothing about Venezuela and had never heard of Maduro until he is dropped on them as “dictator.” Continue reading

Between yes and no, heaven and earth with Albert Camus on a spring morning

For a writer to fight injustice to the exclusion of creating beauty and living passionately contradicts the deepest desires of the human heart. Albert Camus taught us this. The love of life must inform the rebel’s resistance to injustice. “It seems to me that the writer must be fully aware of the dramas of his time,”he writes, “and that he must take sides every time he can and knows how to do so. “But his refusal, his no, does not imply a renunciation but an affirmation, a yes, to the joy and grandeur of life that is everyone’s birthright. Continue reading

Trump vetoes measure to end US involvement in Yemen war

Trump is the latest in a long line of US warrior presidents—supporting endless wars of aggression and other hostile actions against sovereign states threatening no one. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: The ‘Resistance’ is silent on Julian Assange

Liberals are just as much true believers in imperialism as the right wing they claim to oppose. Continue reading

Diseased capitalist culture blamed on subcultures

Ignorant but often understandable fearful reactions by individuals to retail murders committed by driven lunatics and manic revenge seekers that have taken the lives of many innocent souls is conveniently labeled “Islamophobic”, while the systemic mass murdering destruction of major parts of the Middle East and wholesale inhumanity that slaughters hundreds of thousands, reduces millions to refugees while destroying nations and governments and is the root of retaliatory terrorism is, um, enlightened globalized love of Islam? Continue reading

The 12 biggest myths about raising taxes on the rich

Some politicians are calling for higher taxes on the rich. Naturally, these proposals have unleashed a torrent of opposition—mostly from…the rich. Below are the 12 biggest myths they’re propounding. Continue reading

Frederick Douglass: America’s REAL Captain Marvel

“You absolutely must go visit Frederick Douglass’s house while you’re here,” said the friend I was staying with in Washington DC. “They’ve turned it into a museum. It’s totally amazing.” Continue reading

A $350 billion Defense Department would keep us safer than a a $700 billion war machine

The U.S. Congress has begun debate on the FY2020 military budget. The FY2019 budget for the U.S. Department of Defense is $695 billion dollars. President Trump’s budget request for FY 2020 would increase it to $718 billion. Continue reading

Michael Copps thinks Trump is trying to put FCC out of business

Former commissioner says there’s no democracy without honest news and an open Internet

Michael Copps is a former FCC commissioner who at one point served as acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission. A former deputy assistant and assistant secretary of commerce, he holds a PhD in United States history, is one of our most articulate public interest advocates and currently leads the Media and Democracy Reform Initiative at Common Cause. Continue reading

What makes the EU so rabidly hypocritical

Unlike America under Donald Trump, who is proudly psychopathic and went so far as to blurt out that his followers would accept his leadership even if he were to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, the European Union is so rabidly hypocritical (Trump would probably call it “politically correct”) that its leaders routinely moralize about ‘human rights and democracy’ even while their governments indiscriminately rob and slaughter people in foreign lands (as will be documented here). Continue reading

AIPAC and the Federal Election Commission

Reviewing AIPAC’s history since its 1963 creation reveals a consistently well organized campaign of manipulation and evasion of the US election law as one necessary ingredient to its invincible image on Capitol Hill. The American Israel Political Affairs Committee has long claimed it is not a political action committee, that it does not endorse candidates nor provide financial donations to political campaigns. As with all things involving AIPAC, there is another side to the story. Continue reading

How McConnell is killing the Senate

Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn’t want. Continue reading

Pompeo’s rage to eliminate Venezuela’s social democracy

Sovereign independent democracies stand in the way of US aims for unchallenged global dominance. Bipartisan hardliners in Washington want them eliminated everywhere. Continue reading

The Assange stitch-up is done and dusted

Ecuador’s ex-president, Correa, is furious with successor for allowing UK police into embassy

The United States and its vassal-state type allies the UK and Sweden have seemingly conspired to punish the WikiLeaks founder for exposing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dragged out of his embassy sanctuary ostensibly for jumping bail after seven long years of self-imposed isolation, Julian Assange is now incarcerated in Britain’s high-security Belmarsh prison. Continue reading

Trump’s international financial policy: ‘What’s yours is mine.’

With former Bear Stearns executive David Malpass heading up the World Bank and one-time Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury, Donald Trump and his coterie of grifters are in prime positions to plunder the wealth and natural resources of countries around the world. Both Malpass and Mnuchin are hedge fund managers. Exploitation of faltering national economies and buying up state-owned resources are a major specialty of hedge funds. Continue reading

Dimon in the rough

In his annual letter to shareholders, distributed last week, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took aim at socialism, warning it would be “a disaster for our country,” because it produces “stagnation, corruption and often worse.” Continue reading

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): Will you cave to Big Pharma?

Most people realize how Big Pharma’s greedy drug pricing raises our health care costs. Fewer are aware of how the greedy drug pricing also raise our taxes. Continue reading

The age of injustice

April 11, 2019, brought us a new word for Judas: Moreno—the puppet president of Ecuador who sold Julian Assange to Washington for his 30 pieces of silver. Continue reading

The Assange arrest is a warning from history

That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for “democratic” societies, writes John Pilger.

The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. Continue reading

Corruption, mismanagement at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service put consumers at risk, whistleblower says

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which operates under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and employs more than 10,000 people, is tasked with ensuring the safety and proper labeling of U.S. meat, poultry and eggs. Continue reading

‘How will you pay for it?’ Bernie Sanders tackles key question on Medicare for All

‘Under every single one of these options the average American family will save thousands of dollars a year because it will no longer be writing large checks to private health insurance companies.’

Sen. Bernie Sanders is not ducking the key question constantly posed to Medicare for All supporters by journalists, fellow members of Congress, and critics: “How will you pay for it?” In a white paper (pdf) released last Wednesday, alongside the 2020 contender’s updated and improved Medicare for All legislation, Sanders’ office outlined a number of possible funding mechanisms for the comprehensive bill and detailed the enormous savings the U.S. would reap by transitioning to single-payer. Continue reading

Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the rest

“We renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump said recently. Continue reading

Assange arrest: The turning point is here—don’t let them win

Will we wait until they come for us because our homes are built atop resources they wish to plunder, because we shared information online they found objectionable, because we dared to question why madmen are in control of our country and much of the world?

LONDON—Yesterday morning, the London-based branch of Empire made good on its threat and boldly moved to begin dismantling the vestiges of democracy and press freedom that still remain, vestiges that have allowed people throughout the Western world to pretend that their government and politicians still respect their rights and the rule of law. Continue reading

The dementia of Donald Trump

More and more informed observers in Washington, DC are beginning to take note of Donald Trump’s often inane comments. On two recent separate occasions, the 72-year-old Trump insisted that his father was born in Germany, which is not true according to New York state birth records. Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was born in The Bronx in 1905. Continue reading

Consumer drug ads: 20 years of pushing expensive meds and diseases people probably don’t have

In 2015, the U.S.’ American Medical Association (AMA) called for a ban on direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising. The ads make patients demand expensive treatments from their doctors, said the AMA, when less costly drugs are often more effective. The AMA’s efforts were unsuccessful. Continue reading

Financial tyranny: America has become a pay-to-play exercise in fascism

We’re not living the American Dream. We’re in the grip of a financial nightmare. Continue reading

The unfinished Gaza war: What Netanyahu hopes to gain from attacking Palestinian prisoners

The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel’s Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan declared that the “party is over.” Continue reading

UN official fears for Assange if he is expelled from Ecuador’s London embassy

Concerned about reports of Julian Assange’s expulsion from Ecuador’s London embassy, UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer expressed alarm, intending to get involved in what’s going on. Continue reading