Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism provides numerous examples of corporations taking advantage of natural disasters to privatize public resources and utilities. Could Puerto Rico’s water supply be the next target? [Read more…]
Gold Star parents, Sheila and Calvin Murphy, interviewed by MSNBC’s Ari Melber, talk about their son who was killed in Syria. 22-year-old Army Specialist Etienne Murphy died in May after an armored vehicle he was in rolled over. For Sheila, the issue is “not really about whether or not [the president] may have called or did something more than the previous one. It’s about what are you doing now to help those who are left behind, who have to struggle day to day …” [Read more…]
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes reports how the White House has devised a way of getting its story out while making the source appear to be the Main Stream Media. Unfair and imbalanced? You decide. [Read more…]
Remember in 2012 when Kansas Governor Sam Brownback launched his “live experiment” in conservative governance? Cutting taxes was going to spur growth and create jobs. So how did that work out? Meet Mike – a Republican farmer from Kansas who has experienced first-hand what happens when the GOP cuts taxes for the rich. Now, he’s calling for #NotOnePenny in tax cuts for the wealthy: notonepenny.org. [Read more…]
Governor Jerry Brown has declared not one, but two states of emergency in California. One is for the wildfires that are still raging in Northern California and one is for the lack of vaccines in the deadly Hepatitis A outbreak that began in San Diego.
The wildfires have taken the lives of 40 people and destroyed 5,700 homes and buildings. They have forced the evacuation of 100,000 others. Hundreds of people are still missing and 217,000 acres have been burned.
One part of our federal government –the Post Office–continues to function in areas destroyed by the wildfires. [Read more…]
Today’s videos and commentary are NSFW
ICYMI, Samantha Bee launched a no holds barred response to the sordid tales of the decades long sexual harassment and alleged assaults by Harvey Weinstein. Women, and there are a lot of them, are having their day and say. Weinstein became an instant pariah, losing his business interests, wife and status.
The Fall of Harvey Weinstein is in sharp contrast to the Rise of the Pussy Grabber-in-Chief. The Access Hollywood Tapes were released a year ago and eleven women came forward alleging sexual harassment by Trump. Didn’t Orwell say “All pigs are equal. Some pigs are more equal”? [Read more…]
Vox’s Carlos Maza and Coleman Lowndes with an assist from University of Wisconsin, Madison Professor Doug McLeod give us a “heads up” on the issue of media coverage of the Antifa issue. [Read more…]
This is a four minute segment from the documentary “Stress, Portrait of a Killer”. It presents an encouraging sign that there may be hope for human society. A troop of baboons, after surviving a tragedy that killed off a large segment of the group, has adapted in a way that reduces stress for the entire troop. Amazingly, the adaptation has survived now for twenty years. [Read more…]
Robert Reich breaks it down for us! Here are the reasons why Sanctuary State legislation makes sense. [Read more…]
Even the Europeans have noted the terrible addiction epidemic taking place in the United States. No, not that addiction. It’s the addiction to firearms. And the Europeans want to help. [Read more…]
In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day here is “Our Life Under the Oaks”, a Kumeyaay story curated by the American Indian Studies program at SDSU. [Read more…]
Eighty one years ago last Wednesday, October 4th, 1936, Londoners stood up to the threat of Fascism in England at the Battle of Cable Street. This was about eight months after the release of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. In Europe, the Fascists were in power in Germany under Hitler and in Italy under Mussolini. In Spain, Franco had begun receiving military support from Germany and Italy in his battle against the Popular Front. Londoners were familiar with nature of Fascism and its virulent anti-semitism.
In England, the British Union of Fascists led by Oswald Mosley were planning to lead a march of about 3,000 in their blackshirt uniforms through the East End of London, which at the time had a predominantly Jewish population. The government hesitated to ban the Fascists from marching and instead dispatched a contingent of about 6,000 Metropolitan Police in an attempt to protect the Fascists. The Young’uns’ Cable Street describes how citizens opposed to Fascism who understood the march to be an attack on the Jewish residents and on solidarity in general, responded. In two words: No pasarán! [Read more…]