Aetna’s greed proves that Medicare-for-All is the best solution

Sen. Elizabeth Warren skewers insurance giant for Obamacare withdrawal, saying: 'The health of the American people should not be used as bargaining chips'

Insurance behemoth Aetna announced late Monday that it is pulling out of Obamacare public exchanges in 11 states, citing projected financial losses because of the high number of people who—it turns out—need expensive medical care. Continue reading

Professor Noam Chomsky, anarchist, lectures leftists on why they should vote for neo-liberal, imperial war hawk, Hillary Clinton

In an article worthy of the convoluted and deceptive logic of the New York Times that he is so fond of criticizing, Noam Chomsky, together with John Halle, has published a piece on his website shilling for the election of Hillary Clinton. “An Eight Point Brief for LEV (Lesser Evil Voting)” also comes with a most unusual addendum: “Note: Professor Chomsky requests that he not be contacted with responses to this piece.” Continue reading

Obscured American: Rudy List the retired math professor

Though each life is rich, some are staggeringly so. Over four days in July, I had a series of conversations with Rudy List at his house in Dexter, Michigan. A 74-year-old retired math professor, Rudy introduced me to Hua Luogeng, Zitang Zhang and Terence Tao. In return, I told him about Otto Dix, Cindy Sherman, Honey Boo Boo and Jerry Springer. It was certainly not fair trade. Continue reading

US war crimes or ‘normalized deviance’

Sociologist Diane Vaughan coined the term “normalization of deviance” as she was investigating the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. She used it to describe how the social culture at NASA fostered a disregard for rigorous, physics-based safety standards, effectively creating new, lower de facto standards that came to govern actual NASA operations and led to catastrophic and deadly failures. Continue reading

Obama pushing for TPP: Misinformation and big lies his strategy

US trade deals are jobs-killing weapons of mass destruction. They destroy fundamental freedoms. They ignore eco-sanity. Continue reading

Obama provokes progressive outrage with all-out TPP push

Groups warn that President Obama will help Donald Trump in November with nationwide events promoting unpopular trade deal

In defiant opposition to this election’s anti-trade sentiment, President Barack Obama is provoking progressive outrage with events around the country in an “all-out push,” as Politico puts it, to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress. Continue reading

The greatest threat to our freedoms: A government of scoundrels, spies, thieves, ruffians, rapists and killers

The U.S. government remains the greatest threat to our freedoms. Continue reading

Cementing dodgy alliances

Donald Trump has accused President Obama and Hillary Clinton of being the “co-founders of Daesh” on three separate occasions eliciting questions about his sanity. He has since backtracked saying he was being sarcastic, an excuse he has offered many times when faced with a backlash over some of his most ridiculous statements. Continue reading

CIA has always made up nonsense stories about Russia

Former Central Intelligence Agency Acting Director Michael Morell has claimed that the GOP presidential nominee is an unwitting intelligence agent for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden believes Trump is not hostile enough against Russia. The Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign, in concert with the FBI, have accused Russia of being behind computer break-ins of the computers of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. Continue reading

Texas readies to kill man—who killed no one—for murder

Jeffery Wood on track to be the 'least culpable person executed in the modern era of death penalty'

Texas—the state that leads the nation in number of executions—is on the brink of killing Jeffery Wood. Continue reading

Britain pokes Arab allies in the eye

Nothing much surprises me these days. It really is a mad, mad world where norms existing for decades, if not centuries, are being overturned, and taboos breached. But I must admit to doing a double take when I read that the UK Home Office is actually inviting senior Muslim Brotherhood members, activists and their propagandists masquerading as journalists to apply for asylum. Continue reading

George Soros documents leaked

Notorious international con man Soros seeks new financial world order policies controlled by and exclusively benefitting monied interests like himself—to the detriment of most others. Continue reading

Everyone in the Middle East knows where terror comes from: Made in America

It seems like almost nobody in the Middle East these day dies peacefully in his or her sleep. If you live anywhere between Afghanistan and Libya right now, your chances of getting blown up, beheaded, starved, raped, tortured to death and/or “disappeared” are really, really good—almost as good as any chance you might have of dying of old age. Continue reading

Asymmetries of applied knowledge: Do we know enough to save ourselves?

During a recent illness, which necessitated a time of relative immobility for recuperation, I passed many hours watching scores of YouTube videos on topics I have followed as a layman for many years: cosmology, particle physics, and astrophysics. Roughly speaking, these generally superb videos—from the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada), from MIT, from Stanford University, from Arizona State University, from Imperial College, London, to the World Science Festival in New York, to name a few outlets—explored in multifarious and fascinating ways, the attempts of some of the most intelligent people of our species to understand the most fundamental mysteries of nature: the birth of the universe (or multiverse?), gravity waves, a grand unified theory incorporating quantum mechanics and relativity, the very nature of time, our accelerating universe, the theory of inflation following the Big Bang, the discrete or continuous nature of space-time—and on and on. Continue reading

Glue holding America together no longer binding

Often cited as an important reason for US success as a global power, our diversity has finally come home to roost, and it’s taking a destructive, cruel toll. A unique magic glue that we somehow thought would keep myriad groups in America working at unison with a common goal forever, has unhardened, lost both its adhesive properties and cohesive strength, leaving us with a divided America. No, not as a simplistic two-part nation, but as a fragmented Humpty Dumpty beyond the conservative-liberal political fray. Continue reading

Political theater

The truth of the matter is there is no truth!

Last Thursday night I watched MSNBC’s The Last Word, hosted by Lawrence O’Donnell. After the endless commercials, most of the reporting focused on Donald Trump. Continue reading

Surveillance isn’t colorblind

Rapidly developing technology exposes communities of color to near-constant surveillance and over-policing.

During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King, Jr.—all under the veil of proper legal process. Today, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security spy on Black Lives Matter activists under the guise of “counterterrorism” and “situational awareness.” Continue reading

Donald Trump has some explaining to do

First things first, Donald Trump: Release. Your. Tax. Returns. Continue reading

Update 3: Intrepid Report really, really needs your help

Update: If Intrepid Report is important to you, we very much need your support. Continue reading

Donald Trump and the ‘banality of evil’

Donald Trump’s comment on Tuesday about how “Second Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton if she gets elected is hardly subtle. This is a clear provocation to commit murder, however he and his handlers may try to spin it. Continue reading

Donald Trump and the uses of insinuation

A note on gobbledygook

The big story as I write is what Donald Trump said at a rally Aug. 9 in Wilmington, North Carolina: “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.” Continue reading

Killer instincts: When police become judge, jury and executioner

Any police officer who shoots to kill is playing with fire. Continue reading

Divide and rule: How factionalism in Palestine is killing prospect for freedom

As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for next October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly head. Continue reading

Political correctness demands diversity in everything but thought

For 50 years I’ve been painstakingly cataloguing the brutal militarism and human-rights violations of US foreign policy, building up in the process a very loyal audience. Continue reading

Trump’s call for Hillary’s assassination is assassination by any other name

The way things are going, Donald Trump was right when he said, “”I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Continue reading

America’s dangerous game of intrigue inside international organizations

From the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Washington has been playing a dangerous game of intrigue and deception with regard to steering these organizations in a pro-American direction. The Obama administration has decided that the halls, offices, and conference rooms of international organizations are acceptable battlefields to wage propaganda and sanctions wars. Continue reading

Freedom Rider: Police state fascism

The word fascism has reappeared in the American popular lexicon thanks to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. The word is used to keep progressive Democrats in a state of fear should he win, but its existence in this country right now is rarely discussed. Continue reading

Two sides of the same dime

I have the feeling that many throughout the Arab world will be muttering, “Come back Obama, all is forgiven” next January when his replacement is inaugurated into office. Obama failed to live up to his promise, or should I say promises, to build bridges with predominately Muslim countries and to work hard for a Palestinian state. Continue reading

How long can economic reality be ignored?

Trump and Hitlery have come out with the obligatory “economic plans.” Neither them nor their advisors, have any idea about what really needs to be done, but this is of no concern to the media. Continue reading

Why would (Ras)Putin target a sure loser like Trump?

The new McCarthyism was born when WikiLeaks revealed the truth about the leaders of the Democratic Party. The leaked emails showed that the vile Democratic National Committee boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her crew of foul-mouthed punks perpetrated election fraud by rigging the Democratic primaries for Hillary Clinton. Continue reading

Russia should do for Syria what it didn’t do for Libya

And surely so should China, Libya’s neighbour Malta, and most other European countries who have now realised how stupidly they have been fooled by the West. Continue reading

Rejecting post-racialism: Whiteness, morality and decency

#BlackLivesMatter has illuminated the crisis of contemporary whiteness in its full flesh by giving white people a glimpse into some of the worst of white supremacy; the execution of people of colour by state actors with impunity. Continue reading