Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! during the last day of the UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany—COP23—interviews Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Isabella Zizi of Idle No More. The discussion includes a critique of Jerry Brown’s implementation of Cap & Trade in California, explaining its negative impact on communities, with Richmond, California as an example. [Read more…]
The group Artcolectivist on November 18th decided to assist the proto-type border wall testing effort by seeing how the models stand up to light graffiti. As one member of the group explains “Always, from the beginning, the way to face the power of the government has been with humor and with comedy”. [Read more…]
Trump Administration Season Ending – Warning! Spoiler Alert! It’s Mueller Time! (Well, we can at least dream, no? It’s certainly my fervent wish.)
My gratitude goes out to the talented soul who cleverly doctored the Daredevil Season 1 ending montage and mashed it up with the Matt Munro version of “From Russia, With Love”. Well done! Especially enjoyed the occasional little background flourishes, e.g. the brick wall stencil “Comey is my homey”. [Read more…]
Operatico Politico is back!
As we pass the one year anniversary of that gut-wrenching November election, the Operatico Politico crew, using a mashup of the invitingly accommodating Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” with the format of SNL’s Wayne’s World, gift us with an overview of iconic incidents that pull into focus the realization that something has gone radically wrong with our political and social contract. [Read more…]
I’ve been exposed to so many medical prescription drug advertisements now that I routinely tune out all of the incredibly nasty and life-threatening side effects as they’re enumerated. “Ask your doctor” is about the only element that cuts through now, and I just can’t imagine actually doing that. Except maybe for Weedinol. The side effects for this one sound so much less hazardous … [Read more…]
It’s ba-a-a-a-ck! Another sneak attack on health care! The Republicans first attempt at legislation after coming to power in Congress was to try to engineer a tax give-away to the top 1% by masquerading it as a Repeal & Replace of Obamacare. When that failed they just shifted to directly drafting legislation to implement their tax cut for the super rich, attempting to pass it off as “tax reform” and a middle-class tax cut. Now, in an effort to find yet more sources of funds to deliver those tax cuts, Senate Republicans are calling for an end to the individual mandate component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Essentially this will drive premiums up for those who would still be able to afford it and make health insurance unaffordable for about 13 million people, thus “saving” the government about 338 billion over the next 10 years. Chris Hayes of MSNBC’s All In and Senator Ron Wyden break it down. [Read more…]
An necessary element to having more women in elected office is the need to have women run for office. A critical step in making that happen is identifying and overcoming barriers that discourage women from running for office. One barrier is the disproportional amount of hateful and misogynistic personal online attacks. Here’s a video that sheds light on some non-partisan work being done on that front. More information on this project here. [Read more…]
Q: What do Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Putin’s son-in-law Kirill Shamalov and offshore islands have in common? A: The Paradise Papers. Here is Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman speaking with Frederik Obermaier, investigative reporter for the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and co-author of the Paradise Papers. Frederik discusses the techniques and consequences of the offshoring of wealth, and names some names of figures discovered as complicit. Among the names are two of the current administration’s cabinet: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
On a somber note, Obermaier notes that this type of reporting is not without risk. A colleague, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was part of the team working on the Panama Papers—an earlier much more limited release of records from the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca—was murdered in a bomb blast in early October. Her reporting had focused on the corruption of Maltese officials revealed in the Panama Papers and she had reported receiving death threats fifteen days before the fatal explosion. [Read more…]
Words have no meaning without context. Once stated, it seems obvious, but in certain situations this truism appears to be forgotten. During a Family Action Network event with Evanston Township High School while on tour for his newest book, We Were Eight Years In Power, Ta-Nehisi Coates responds to a question from the audience on the issues of the use of the N-word. With examples he reminds us of how we know the importance of context to be true. In his low-key conversational delivery he then extends the analysis to explain the contexts at play in the use of this hot-button vocabulary item. [Read more…]
Randy Rainbow may not have the answer, but he certainly knows how to ask the question! Here is his Sound of Music inspired “How do you solve a problem like Korea?” It’s apparent that even after (or should that be because of?) this week’s diplomatic tour, the problem is still unresolved. Aaargh! [Read more…]
Kurt Vonnegut’s experience of surviving the fire-bombing of Dresden as a prisoner of war provided a fundamental component of the raw material for his novel “Slaughterhouse Five”. In this video Vonnegut reads a passage from the novel accompanied by remarkable imagery using archival footage in an unconventional way and suggests how Vonnegut may have longed for that history to have been rewritten.
(BTW, today, November 11th, is Vonnegut’s birthday) [Read more…]
Lee Carter’s campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates 50th district was successful, defeating Jackson Miller, the Republican incumbent who is serving as the current House Majority Whip. Running as a Democrat, but in the mold of Bernie Sanders, Marine veteran Lee identifies as a Democratic Socialist.
What does that mean? For Lee, he echoes Sander’s explanation: “It means I believe in strong unions, health care for everybody, and an end to discrimination”. In this campaign the issues also included single-payer health care and getting money out of politics, issues which very much resonate with the Democratic base. Those issues resonated strongly enough to get out 11,360 votes for Lee to 9,510 for Miller. [Read more…]