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Recklessness redefined: Trump’s shame and dishonor

Mon, 2017-12-11 00:15
In less than one year in office, Trump exceeded the recklessness and ruthlessness of his predecessors. Continue reading →

Freedom Rider: Barbuda and disaster capitalism

Mon, 2017-12-11 00:15
The Caribbean island of Barbuda was a paradise before hurricane Irma struck in September. Not only was it a place of scenic beauty but the system of government for its 1,800 people gave it a measure of equality that is rare in the world. There is no private land ownership in Barbuda. All property is held in common and one local leader explains the result. “There’s no great inequality in Barbuda.” Continue reading →

Let’s not ignore a society that accepts misogyny as a way of life

Mon, 2017-12-11 00:15
For many years, I have dedicated myself to fighting against racism. I have pointed out that we are all contaminated with this disease, even the decent and well-meaning folks. Continue reading →

Why making American corporations more competitive doesn’t help most Americans

Mon, 2017-12-11 00:15
Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says. Continue reading →

Can the American left be resurrected?

Mon, 2017-12-11 00:15
“Where is the left wing when we need it?” is a question I have asked at times. Some of my readers who confuse the left with Antifa and Identity politics have been confused by my question. Why, they ask, do I want more Antifa thugs and Identity Politics hatred of white people? Continue reading →

What Trump is doing in Jerusalem and why he is doing it

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
Trump does seem like a dangerous idiot suddenly and unexpectedly set loose on the world of international affairs, a world which normally assumes an appearance of restraint and order and careful words. Continue reading →

Moore is less: Alabama, the Senate and the nation will suffer

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
Amid all the craziness surrounding Roy Moore’s race for the US Senate and the seeming willingness of Alabama’s likely voters to send a man of such dubious merit and morality to Capitol Hill (where, admittedly, the bar already is pretty damned low), I keep thinking of a line from the Randy Newman song “Rednecks.” Continue reading →

Plunder capitalism

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
I deplore the tax cut that has passed Congress. It is not an economic policy tax cut, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with supply-side economics. The entire purpose is to raise equity prices by providing equity owners with more capital gains and dividends. In other words, it is legislation that makes equity owners richer, thus further polarizing society into a vast arena of poverty and near-poverty and the One Percent, or more precisely a fraction of the One Percent wallowing in billions of dollars. Unless our rulers can continue to control the explanations, the tax cut edges us closer to revolution resulting from complete distrust of government. Continue reading →

‘Say the word’: What the Rohingya struggle is really about

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
Pope Francis lost a historical opportunity to truly set his legacy apart from previous popes. Alas, for him, too, political expediency trumped all else. In his visit to Burma (Myanmar) on November 27, he refrained from using the word 'Rohingya.' Continue reading →

What went wrong in Charlottesville: At all levels, government is still the problem

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
Corruption. Graft. Intolerance. Greed. Incompetence. Ineptitude. Militarism. Lawlessness. Ignorance. Brutality. Deceit. Collusion. Corpulence. Bureaucracy. Immorality. Depravity. Censorship. Cruelty. Violence. Mediocrity. Tyranny. These are the hallmarks of an institution that is rotten through and through. Continue reading →

How the U.S. dictatorship works

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
A recent article in the Washington Post described how the current US tax-‘reform’ bill is being shaped; and it describes, basically (at least as far as tax-law changes are concerned), the operation of a US dictatorship by the super-rich. Continue reading →

Trump’s National Security Strategy (NSS)

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
It’s a work in progress, yet to be released. Prepared by Trump’s national security team, it’s nearing completion, expected out soon. Continue reading →

The atrocious Big Pharma record of the new HHS nominee

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
It should come as no shock that Trump has nominated Alex Michael Azar II, a former Pharma executive and lobbyist, to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). After all, Trump named Scott Gottlieb, a Pharma consultant and stock speculator, FDA commissioner and EPA opponent Scott Pruitt to be head of the EPA. Azar would replace Tom Price, who resigned amid a scandal over his use of taxpayer money for his personal and official travel. Continue reading →

‘13 Reasons Why’: Suicide by propaganda

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
I'm so full of gloom and doom these days that nobody even invites me to parties anymore and most of my out-going e-mails end up in the spam box. Relatives avoid me during holidays and I don't even like to spend time with my own self. Continue reading →

Postcard from the End of America: West Scranton, PA

Fri, 2017-12-08 18:12
On Thanksgiving, I came to Scranton to stay with a 65-year-old friend who’s going through a cage fight kind of divorce, though only one side is dishing out the sharp elbows and knees. Just hearing Christmas music at the Dollar Store was driving him mad, Chuck confessed. The four-hour bus ride from Philly stopped in Doylestown, Easton, Stroudsburg and Mount Pocono. Continue reading →

America’s bargain with the Devil

Fri, 2017-12-01 08:57
As many Americans know, the National Archives ended up releasing only about 5 percent of the CIA’s JFK-assassination-related records, notwithstanding the fact that the JFK Records Act, which is the law, required the release of all of them. Continue reading →

Earthquake risk keeps heat on vulnerable nuclear reactors

Fri, 2017-12-01 08:57
A proposal by a California administrative law judge has given safe energy advocates new hope that two Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors will be shut before an earthquake on the San Andreas fault turns them to rubble, potentially threatening millions of people. Continue reading →

Freedom Rider: Contradictions of white supremacy

Fri, 2017-12-01 08:57
American media have a collective crush on avowed racists. The New York Times is only the most recent perpetrator with their now maligned profile of an Ohio Nazi . The kid glove approach was too obvious and readers rose up in uproar. The back pedaling and apologizing shouldn’t let them off the hook, nor allow their colleagues at other outlets to escape scrutiny. The alt-right got a significant boost from a puff piece profile of their leader Richard Spencer in the supposedly progressive Mother Jones. Mother Jones referred to the “prom-king good looks” of the “dapper white nationalist.” Continue reading →

Decades of US diplomacy has failed: Why the US wants to shut down PLO office

Fri, 2017-12-01 08:57
On November 18, just days before the 50th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 242, the US State Department took its first step towards severing its ties with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Continue reading →

Nervous about traffic stops? I am. You should be, too

Fri, 2017-12-01 08:57
We’ve all been there before. Continue reading →

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