War with North Korea: No joke

The 20th century Korean War, from 1950–1953, pitting US-led United Nations coalition forces against the North Korean and Chinese militaries has been in pause mode for 64 years. The Korean Armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, by the United States, China and North Korea. It called for a cessation of hostilities until a lasting peace agreement between the warring parties could be negotiated and signed. Continue reading

Digital rights groups vow to fight FCC chair’s net neutrality attack ‘tooth and nail’

Ajit Pai's plan will 'turn the web into a place where the wealthiest and most powerful can be heard'

Open Internet advocates slammed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai’s plan to dismantle net neutrality, announced as expected on Wednesday, and vowed to fight him “tooth and nail. Continue reading

The looting machine called capitalism

I have come to the conclusion that capitalism is successful primarily because it can impose the majority of the costs associated with its economic activities on outside parties and on the environment. In other words, capitalists make profits because their costs are externalized and born by others. In the US, society and the environment have to pick up the tab produced by capitalist activity. Continue reading

The iron jaws of the police state: Trump’s America is a Constitution-free zone

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Palestinian & Jewish voices must jointly challenge Israel’s past

Israel has resorted to three main strategies to suppress Palestinian calls for justice and human rights, including the Right of Return for refugees. Continue reading

Can you top this?

In 1940, the US public was introduced to a radio show, “Can You Top This?” The premise of the show was that the listening audience would send in jokes which were read to three professional comedians. Each comedian would be given the opportunity to top the listeners joke, staying within the same general theme, by telling his own. A “laugh meter” was used to measure the laughing response of the show’s live audience to determine whose joke was funniest. Continue reading

5 reasons why Trump’s corporate tax cut is appallingly dumb

Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, in order to “make the United States more competitive.” Continue reading

Bloomberg News shows Florida’s coastal homebuyers are fools

According to Bloomberg News, “When it comes to buying homes on the coast, most Floridians are still optimists. Since the end of 2010, median home prices in and around Miami rose 120 percent.” In other words: they’ve more than doubled. And yet, “Relative sea levels in South Florida are roughly four inches higher now than in 1992. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts sea levels will rise as much as three feet in Miami by 2060.” Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Do Americans have no shame?

The charge that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election is presented as fact in the corporate media and by the Democratic Party. Their collusion accomplishes two goals at once. The imperial project which has long sought to weaken Russia is given legitimacy. The Democrats divert attention from years of electoral failure which culminated in Donald Trump’s victory. Democratic Party rank and file members seethe about Vladimir Putin’s alleged misdeeds when they ought to ask their leadership hard questions. Continue reading

9/11 destroyed America

The events on September 11, 2001, changed the world. It was the excuse for the US government to launch military attacks on seven Middle Eastern countries, causing civilian casualties in the millions and sending waves of Muslim refugees into the Western world. The US government wasted trillions of dollars destroying countries and murdering women and children, while public infrastructure in the US deteriorated, Americans’ homes were foreclosed, and American health needs went unattended. Continue reading

It’s Trump that has the real “Pizzagate” problem

During the 2016 presidential campaign, disreputable websites attempted to tie Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff to a fantasy tale about a network of pedophiles who trafficked in child sex slaves using, of all things, pizzerias. Members of Donald Trump’s inner circle trafficked in the “Pizzagate” myth using such social media networks as Twitter. Continue reading

Trump’s AP interview: Unhinged, bombastic, and ‘[unintelligible]’

President sits down with Associated Press to rail against the media, dismiss his 100-day threshold, and discuss his broken pledges

President Donald Trump spoke with Associated Press journalist Julie Pace on Friday, and the transcript of the interview, released Sunday night, shows the president as bombastic and unstable, alternately dismissing his 100-day threshold and boasting about his accomplishments during that time. Continue reading

The national security state was one big mistake

The year 1989 brought an unexpected shock to the U.S. national security establishment. The Soviet Union suddenly and unexpectedly tore down the Berlin Wall, withdrew Soviet troops from East Germany and Eastern Europe, dissolved the Warsaw Pact, dismantled the Soviet Empire, and unilaterally brought an end to the Cold War. Continue reading

Assange’s dream of freedom fades

Founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange is neither sinner nor saint. He is first and foremost a journalist and a courageous one at that. He fearlessly took on the political establishment wielding one of the greatest weapons of all—the truth. However, the truth did not set Assange free, just the opposite. His dissemination of inconvenient truths has made him a target of the United States, which doesn’t appreciate having its dirty laundry aired. Continue reading

Killing all the billionaires is not the answer

If all the billionaires and those in their wills were to die today, the world likely would be a better place, with suffering massively diminished. The economy could then blossom, no longer working only for the few at the expense of the many. It would be easy to kill all the billionaires, there are millions of us for every one of them. Continue reading

Trump’s America unfit to live in

The myth of an anti-establishment candidate vanished straightaway in office. Donald Trump’s a dirty politician like most others in Washington—saying one thing, doing another, causing enormous harm to millions at home and abroad. Continue reading

First 100 days: Trump and the degradation of the presidency

Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his first 100 days is striking. But we should not forget the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time—especially his degradation of the presidency. Continue reading

Americans are no different than Germans were (and are)

Daniel Goldhagen blamed the Holocaust on “the Germans” (by which he meant the German people), and said that they perpetrated the Holocaust because they positively enjoyed murdering “the Jews.” But, as has long been well understood by historians (except when they fail to point to it as being a disproof of Goldhagen’s bigoted and indefensible anti-German thesis), Hitler had to work long and hard in order to bring about a consensus, first amongst his own leadership group, and then in the population as a whole, favoring the extermination-option. Hitler, Der Fuehrer, “The Leader,” clearly was the catalyst turning the chemical mixture into the chemical reaction known as the Holocaust. Without Hitler, it would not have taken place. Thus, the issue that has always been failed by ‘historians’ is not why “the Germans” did it (which Goldhagen botched), but why the Nazi leadership did it, and ultimately why Der Fuehrer did it. Continue reading

Trump’s FCC gives Big Telecom ‘free reign’ with vote for major handouts

'This is the price we pay for the outrageous influence of money in politics. The public interest suffers, and we are poorer—economically and civically—for it'

At its April open meeting on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to give yet more handouts to the telecommunications industry, lifting a price cap on broadband services and reinstating a loophole that lets broadcasters monopolize airwaves. Continue reading

NATO’s emerging outsourced eastern flank

A series of moves by NATO’s Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) partner, the United Arab Emirates, has many observers in the Indian Ocean littoral nations wondering out loud whether the “North Atlantic” military pact is moving into the Indian Ocean and Arabian Peninsula, courtesy of an “outsourcing” deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations. Continue reading

War and the State: Business as usual

Part 4 of 6 parts: End Game: War goes on

All the protests, handwringing, indignation and outrage will change nothing. War will go on. As the CHAplain said in “Mother Courage . . . ,” “the war has really nothing to worry about, it can look forward to a prosperous future.” As Randolph Bourne said, “War is the health of the State.” Continue reading

Group of mental health professionals warn Trump’s state ‘putting country in danger’

Despite professional rule barring them from doing so, psychological experts have argued that ‘too much is at stake to be silent any longer’

A group of mental health professionals gathered at Yale University Thursday to discuss what they believe is their duty to warn the public of the “danger” posed by President Donald Trump. Continue reading

US war on whistleblowers

Truth-telling in America is endangered. Free and open expression is our most fundamental right, all others threatened without it. Continue reading

Trump’s Secret Service permanently ends White House sidewalk access

Move comes after a series of recent efforts to shield President Donald Trump from public scrutiny

The Trump administration has permanently shut down public access to the sidewalk outside of the south fence of the White House, among other restrictions, USA Today reported Wednesday. Continue reading

At sea with Captain ‘Wrong Way’ Trump

Baby boomers like me fondly remember the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons of childhood (and adulthood, for that matter—in their grown-up jokes and cultural references they presaged The Simpsons by a good 25 years and are still pretty hilarious). Continue reading

Google suppresses important news in addition to alternate media

Google’s now-infamous censorship programs and algorithms, built into the firm’s search engine software, are not merely suppressing alternate news sites, but also ignoring or diverting search results away from important news stories being reported by conventional news organizations. In an attempt to prioritize “reliable” news sites, Google News searches have been found to return as top stories links to a number of non-critical news subjects, including sports, travel, weather, and popular entertainment. Continue reading

The drug war: A deadly and corrupt racket

The decision by President Trump and Attorney General Sessions to ramp up the decades-old war on drugs definitely throws down the gauntlet for those who have long advocated an end to this failed, deadly, destructive, corrupt, and immoral war. Continue reading

Run for your life: The American police state is coming to get you

Daily, all across America, individuals who dare to resist—or even question—a police order are being subjected to all sorts of government-sanctioned abuse ranging from forced catheterization, forced blood draws, roadside strip searches and cavity searches, and other foul and debasing acts that degrade their bodily integrity and leave them bloodied and bruised. Continue reading

Donald Trump’s disappearance

Busy marketing his stuff to raise money, Trump leaves foreign policy to Pence and others

In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak President George W. Bush. Continue reading

Chronic pain patients ill served by U.S. medicine

It is estimated that up to 66 percent of U.S. women and 45 percent of U.S. men live with chronic pain from spinal disorders like disc disease, pinched nerves and neck pain, to complex regional pain syndromes, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and headaches. Low back pain alone affects eight out of 10 people worldwide and is the fifth most common reason people visit a doctor. Continue reading

To trust U.S. government & ‘news’ media is to be a dupe

Who trusts the U.S. government and American news media nowadays? Only dupes possibly can. Just look at the recent history, for the evidence on that. Continue reading

USA moves toward major intervention in Yemen

The USA, according to Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis, he who ordered the use of chemical weapons in Fallujah, Iraq, is about to take a major step towards direct intervention in support of Saudi Arabia’s war on the Yemeni people. Continue reading