The Last Words Of George Floyd: Sign Letter Of Protest

These are the last words of George Floyd, the 46-year-old man who died as Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin pinned him down, kneeling on his neck for seven long, agonizing minutes, until he suffocated: “It’s my face man I didn’t do nothing serious man please please please I can’t breathe please man please somebody please man I can’t breathe I can’t breathe please (inaudible) man can’t breathe, my face just get up I can’t breathe please (inaudible) I can’t breathe sh*t I will I can’t move mama mama I can’t my knee my nuts I’m through I’m through I’m claustrophobic…

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Now, Who Exactly Is Doing The Looting & Who’s Being Looted Of What?

We live in an Orwellian era, in which working-class people pilfering convenience store goods is called “looting.” Rich people stealing hundreds of billions of dollars, on the other hand, is just well-functioning “public policy.” By David Sirota Jacobin (5/29/20) Headlines this morning are all about looting — specifically, looting in Minneapolis, after the police killing of an unarmed African-American man was caught on video. In the modern vernacular, that word “looting” is loaded — it comes with all sorts of race and class connotations. And we have to understand that terms like “looting” are an example of the way our media often imperceptibly trains…


A Journalist Blinded, A Child Maced & A Congresswoman Pepper-Sprayed: Police Violence Explodes Across The Nation

Targeting the media and innocent citizens. [Editor’s Note: When they use the Owellian term “non-lethal rubber bullets” understand the are using “crippling bullets”, as detailed below. If your intention is to slow, deter or chase somebody away you’d target the larger mass of the trunk of the body. Hitting someone in the face is intentional, and, Mr. Police officer, cowardly. — Mark L. Taylor] By Paul Gottinger Reader Supported News (5/30/20) Authorities in ten states have activated the National Guard and adopted curfews in an effort to crack down on nationwide demonstrations, which have spread to at least 75 cities following the police killing of…


Far-Right, Fascist Extremists Are Hoping Twist George Floyd Protests Into A New Civil War

  By Tess Owen VICE News (5/30/20) Far-right extremists are showing up, with guns, to the protests against police brutality that have exploded across the country. Others are egging on the violence from behind their computers, urging followers to carry out acts of violence against black protesters with the goal of sparking a “race war.” Their presence makes an uneasy addition to the escalating unrest, which was triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who was choked to death by a white Minneapolis police officer earlier this week. But there’s a range of motivations that’s driving far-right…


VIDEO: I.F. Stone’s One Weird Trick To Do Great Journalism

  By Jon Schwartz The Intercept (5/7/15) I.F. Stone was arguably the greatest investigative journalist of the last 100 years, the “Patron Saint of Bloggers” and one of the main inspirations of “Unofficial Sources.” If you already know and love Stone, check out parts one (above) and two (below) of a new video, “The Legacy of I.F. Stone.” If you don’t know Stone but want to find out why he’s so beloved, the videos describe his approach and some of his accomplishments. They also feature Michael Moore, Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill explaining why they love him. Most important is Stone’s bedrock principle: reporters should start from the presumption that powerful…


Here’s Why You Need To Wear A Damn Mask & Keep Your Distance To Be A Good Neighbor

Could nearly half of those with Covid-19 have no idea they are infected? By David Cox The Guardian (5/30/20) When Noopur Raje’s husband fell critically ill with Covid-19 in mid-March, she did not suspect that she too was infected with the virus. Raje, an oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, had been caring for her sick husband for a week before driving him to an emergency centre with a persistently high fever. But after she herself had a diagnostic PCR test – which looks for traces of the Sars-CoV-2 virus DNA in saliva – she was astounded to find…


Code Blue America: The Twin Viral Infections Of America Converge

“I understand we’re in a global pandemic right now, but I also feel like our lives are in a state of emergency as well because of the police. That’s why we’re out here.” — Chavon Allen, Houston protester (5/30/20) ***** “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.” — Trump retweets video remark from a protester (5/22/20) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (6/1/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Chavon Allen is a 33 year-old black woman who brought her eight year-old daughter to downtown Houston on Saturday to protest, chanting, “Black Lives Matter”.  Part of her motivation was the shooting of…


Dear, Jesus! Groveling To Evangelicals, CDC Drops Warning About COVID-19 Risks In Choirs

The federal health agency backs off its guideline even though a single choir practice in Washington state infected 52 people and led to 2 deaths. By Mary Papenfuss HuffPost (5/29/20) The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday suddenly dropped its warning about the risk of choirs spreading COVID-19 at religious services after being told to do so by White House officials, The Washington Post reported. The warning was omitted even though choirs can become “super-spreader” events infecting large groups of people at once. Singing can increase the intensity of “aerosol emission” of the coronavirus. Nearly all 61…


Hanging By A Ragged Thread: Pandemic Making Things Even Worse For Bangladesh’s Garment Workers

[Editor’s Note: The grinding human cost of our cheap clothing has just gotten higher with the pandemic. It is important to be aware of the abuse of all workers around the globe in our brutal capitalist system. — Mark L. Taylor] Assignment / BBC (5/7/20) In March, Aafiyah was told the garment factory where she worked would be closing. And like many other garment workers, she was left destitute in the slums of Dhaka. Bangladesh’s garment industry employs millions of workers, mainly women, who make clothes for high street brands in Europe and the US. Western retailers, who have seen…


Our System Of Government Failed The Test Of Trump

Trump is a swindler, but the Trumpocalypse of 2020 represents something a lot bigger and a lot worse than a swindle. By David Frum The Atlantic (5/2/20) Have you ever known anyone swindled by a scam? It’s remarkable how determined they remain to defend the swindler, and for how long—and how they try to shift the blame to those who tried to warn them of the swindle. The pain of being seen as a fool hurts more than the loss of money; it’s more important to protect the ego against indignity than to visit justice upon the perpetrator. We human…


If Joe Biden Is Supposed To Be The Anti-Trump — Why Does He Support Trump’s Border Wall & Other Proposals?

Perhaps it’s now better to ask the same question that has applied to every Democratic president of the last forty years: Which outrageous parts of the hard-right Republican agenda will he make permanent this time around? By Branko Marcetic Jacobin (5/30/20) Since Joe Biden started running for president, it’s been easy to dismiss his frequent calls to “restore the soul of the nation” as mostly cosmetic moral gesturing meant to get him off the hook for a lack of vision or bold policy commitments. And now it’s even easier. Asked point-blank recently what would happen to Donald Trump’s border wall, given it has hundreds…


‘System Update’ With Glenn Greenwald – The Murderous History & Deceitful Function Of The CIA

Building American empire through mass murder & torture for the benefit of international corporate power. By Glenn Greenwald System Update / Intercept (5/21/20) On this week’s episode of System Update, Glenn Greenwald talks to journalist Vincent Bevins about his newly launched book, The Jakarta Method: Washington’s Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program That Shaped Our World. The book examines the series of mass murder programs engineered by the CIA with the purported goal of fighting communism during the Cold War, and how the consequences of these programs shape the global order — and U.S. politics — to this day. Link…


Our National Portrait

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, casually kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, resulting in Floyd’s death, Memorial Day, 2020. (Screenshot) The collapse of empire is a guarantee that official violence will spread outward to batter all groups — except the coddled wealthy few. By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (5/28/20) The above screen shot image is from the now famous Memorial Day video of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, literally kneeing the life out of George Floyd, 46, after being taken into custody for possible use of a fake $20 bill. This image summarizes so much about the…


How Democrats Are Working Closely With Their Republican Allies To Launch A Corporate Counter-Revolution Against Progressive Reform & The American People

Whatever resistance exists in the nation’s capital, it is so often performance art, rather than anything real. By David Sirota The Guardian (5/26/20) These are bleak days for America’s progressive movement. The Democratic primary process handed the party’s nomination to the candidate with the most conservative record. Corporate-friendly politicians like the New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, are using the pandemic to brandish their images and install billionaires to run things. Progressive lawmakers in Congress are being steamrolled, even by their own party’s leadership. And a recession is battering the state and local budgets that fund progressive priorities like education and the social…


Why MILLIONS Of Americans Choose Not To Vote

Non-voters could tip the results in particular states. [Editor’s Note: Among the many interesting facts in this study the one that stands out is that non-voters are about evenly split between those leaning Dem and GOP. Imagine — just IMAGINE — if the dems could get their stupid heads out of lobbyist back pockets and give people a reason to vote for them. Unfortunately, as history has shown, there is little reason to believe they will. — Mark L. Taylor] By Gabriella Novello Who.What.Why (5/21/20) If voter turnout is indicative of a democracy’s health, then the US is clearly ailing….


History They Don’t Want You To Know: What We Can Learn From FDR’s ‘New Deal’ During An Earlier Period Of National Collapse

By Adam Waller & Meghna Chakrabarti On Point / WBUR (5/27/20) Lessons from the New Deal. It wasn’t one big package wrapped in political consensus. We look at the real, messy process that pulled the U.S. out of the Great Depression. Lizabeth Cohen, professor of American Studies at Harvard University. Author of “Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age.” (@Harvard) Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR) From The Reading List: The Atlantic: “The Lessons of the Great Depression” — “Americans are out of work. More than 20 million lost their…


Mike McCabe: Another Sign Politics Have Failed Us All

Something’s got to give. By Mike MCabe Janesville Gazette (5/23/20) Even a simple act like wearing a face mask while out in public during a pandemic is fast being weaponized politically. Polling shows a significant and growing gap in mask usage among Republicans and Democrats as masks have begun to be seen on the right as a symbol of passively submitting to government authority, while on the left they are seen as a sign of compassion or consideration of others. Heaven help us. When the decision whether or not to take a widely recommended precaution during a public health emergency…


Code Blue America: Trump Putting Everyone On The Line

“Covid doesn’t care about your politics, your rights, or your beliefs. If it can get into your body and start replicating it will. If the particles you exhale can infect someone else, it will. As we begin to open businesses, please be safe.” — Dr. David Chakoian ***** “I would do everything I can to avoid becoming infected as you don’t know individual outcomes.” — Dr. Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; battled Ebola and AIDS, COVID-19 survivor By Dan Peak Commoner Call (5/28/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Are we really experiencing a pandemic? Are we…


Stay Home, Stay Safe, Be Kind: What New Zealand Can Teach The World About Eliminating COVID-19

What a real leader looks like. Democracy Now! (5/26/20) New Zealand implemented one of the earliest lockdowns and has largely succeeded in eliminating the coronavirus under the leadership of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Some of the country’s success has been attributed to her leadership, trust in science, and clear communication during the crisis. We get an update from Michael Baker, professor of public health at the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand. He is an epidemiologist and a member of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s Technical Advisory Group. Baker has been advising the government on its response to…


How Will COVID-19 Change The World? Medical Historian Frank Snowden On Epidemics From The Black Death To Now

Democracy Now! (5/18/20) Pandemics, like revolution, war and economic crises, are key determinants of historic change. We look at the history of epidemics, from Black Death to smallpox to COVID-19, and discuss how the coronavirus will reshape the world with leading medical historian Frank Snowden, author of “Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present.” He is a professor emeritus at Yale University who has been in Italy since the pandemic began, and himself survived a COVID-19 infection. Link To Story, Transcript And 38-Minute Video  


Four Dead In Ohio: What The Kent State Massacre Meant For The Left

Remembrance is one thing, truth another. [Editor’s Note: A treacherous case of state murder, plain and simple. The intentional division and stirring of hate and racism by the Nixon administration is now SOP — Standard Operating Procedure — by the government. Note, one of the lessons of Kent State is to document any protest — now with cell phone video. — Mark L. Taylor] By Michael Goldfarb 1A / NPR (5/21/20) May 4th 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Kent State massacre in Ohio. On the day the shootings occurred, Michael Goldfarb was in his second year at another university…


“Criminal” — Bipartisan Failure Leads To Relaxing Of Federal Guidelines Leading To Rising Number Of Infected & Dead Health Care Workers

“…the biggest safety and health failure that has ever occurred in this country. The toll on working people is already enormous.” By  Jennifer Gollan & Elizabeth Shogren Reveal / Center For Investigative Reporting (5/11/20) ick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him to an emergency in the acute care unit. He wondered whether it would be another case of COVID-19. He pulled on his thin surgical mask and dashed into a room where a patient was fighting to breathe. Lucas, a critical care nurse, and his team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus worked quickly, finding a vein for an IV…


See The Chilling Virus Warnings Trump Ignored – Before Pandemic Outbreak | The Beat With Ari Melber

The Beat / MSNBC (5/27/20) The coronavirus has upended most of the world, but there were key warnings about pandemics in general, and the virus specifically, that were often ignored, downplayed or even punished. MSNBC’s Ari Melber documents this crucial history – and what can be learned from it now – in this exhaustive special report spanning years of expert research, warnings and even the fateful final months as the virus approached the U.S. early 2020. Melber also discusses a “Cassandra effect,” where some experts who got it right were sidelined and faced alleged retaliation by the Trump Administration. Link…


Notably Quotable: “Donald Trump doesn’t merely want to criticize his opponents; he takes a depraved delight in…”

  “Donald Trump doesn’t merely want to criticize his opponents; he takes a depraved delight in inflicting pain on others, even if there’s collateral damage in the process, as is the case with the Klausutis family. There’s something quite sick about it all.” — Peter Wehner, a conservative Christian who is a former senior adviser to George W. Bush, ‘There is a wickedness in our president’: Conservative Christian decries ‘cruelty’ of Trump’s latest smear campaign ***** “Punching down — even at the dead — isn’t the mark of a strong, secure, courageous man. It’s the mark of a small, weak, insecure coward…


Onward Christian Liars: ‘Jane Roe’s’ Deathbed Confession Exposes The Corrupt Big Money Immorality Of The Christian Right

Sadly, it seems as though many anti-choice extremists don’t have much of a soul to lose in the first place. By Arwa Mahdawi The Guardian (5/21/20) What would you do for almost half a million dollars? Would you very publicly denounce your past life and pretend to be an anti-abortion, born-again, ex-gay Christian? Thanks to her newly public deathbed confession, we now know that’s what Norma McCorvey, best known for being the plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the 1973 landmark supreme court case abortion rights case Roe v Wade, did. In 1969, a 22-year-old McCorvey was pregnant and scared. She’d had…


A Veteran’s Memorial Day Reflection: We Have Done Far Too Much Killing

Try Peace now before it’s too late! By Buzz Davis Veterans For Peace We approach Memorial Day honoring the ultimate sacrifices made by 1.4 million American military men and women who died in America’s wars since 1775. We must discuss the horrific impact of war on surviving soldiers and civilians. For only they can teach us working for peace is a better option than fighting wars. Each death in war brings everlasting tragedy to a family. Each death damages the hope of loved ones. Humans are brutal. We have many wonderful traits. But we must admit to a brutal streak. And we must hope that…


Black Americans Are Caught In An Abusive Relationship With The Democratic Party

Biden’s friendship with one black person does not mean that he’s a friend to black people. By Derecka Purnell The Guardian (5/21/20) I am very tired of Joe Biden. My vote for him was already hanging by a thread before his disastrous interview with Charlamagne tha God on Friday. Interrupting the Breakfast Club host’s explanation that black people needed assurances that our communities will benefit from his presidency, Biden asserted: “If you’ve got a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black.” Again, I am very tired of Joe Biden. Not because I am a purist, or have inflexible…


Eyes Wide Open: If You Support Democrats, Okay, But Understand Why (As Biden Promises Wall Street) Nothing Would Fundamentally Change Should He Win

  By Jeremy Scahill Intercepted (12/5/19) The journalist Chris Hedges has spent the last decade and a half trying to ring the alarm about the dangers of the U.S. political system and he writes about a corporate and financial coup d’etat that happened long ago in this country. Now before Hedges embarked on this mission, he was a longtime war correspondent for The New York Times. In fact, he was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath. Hedges’ book “War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” remains a classic work for studying…


America Under Donald Trump: A Failed State In Slow Motion Heading Into Chaotic, Rapid Free-Fall

“With heavily armed men in full combat gear occupying the visitors galleries in the Michigan state capitol, we are one trigger-pull away from what happens every day in places like Kabul and Mogadishu and Tripoli. With tens of millions of people out of work, they’re talking about cutting food stamps and canceling the unemployment bonus they just passed. Every day, there is more evidence that nothing is working the way it should in a country gripped by the biggest crisis it has faced in decades.” By Lucian K. Truscott IV Salon (5/23/20) What is a failed state? It’s a country that…


Who’s The Bigger American Idiot? The Dunce Or The Fool?

“What everyone from around the world who’s not American that I talk to really means is this. There are two kinds of American Idiot. The dunce, and the fool. The willful one, and the negligent one. There’s the Trumpist — who doesn’t know any better, who’s only known hate, ignorance, fear, and rage: the dunce. But there’s also the fool. The Democrat who votes against healthcare, retirement, education — and should know better. The sophisticated elite — who doesn’t see that America’s an imploding society in every possible way right about now. The New York Times columnist, the CNN anchor, none of…


Code Blue America: With 100,000 (And Counting) Of Our Fellow Citizens Dead From Pandemic, Trump Tees Off

100,000 deaths, 40,000,000 unemployed and Trump plays golf! WHAT A PUTTS! — Daily News front page (5/24/20) ***** “When coronavirus came, Trump froze like a deer in the headlights”… Trump was “paralyzed” by his fear of dooming the stock market and killing his trade deal with China. “So he failed to act, and the virus got out of control, and shut down the nation, and crushed the economy,” the ad continues, citing the nearly 100,000 American deaths and 38 million unemployment claims. “Too scared to act, too panicked to tell the truth, too weak to lead,” the ad concludes.   “A…


Hong Kong Research Shows Wearing A Face Mask Can Reduce Coronavirus Transmission Up To 75%

  Fox News 6 Now (5/20/20) HONG KONG– Researchers have found that wearing surgical masks can significantly reduce the rate of airborne COVID-19 transmission, according to a study released on Sunday. The study, conducted by a team of scientists in Hong Kong, found the rate of non-contact transmission through respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75 percent when masks were used. “The findings implied to the world and the public is that the effectiveness of mask-wearing against the coronavirus pandemic is huge,” said Dr. Yuen Kwok-yung, a leading microbiologist from Hong Kong University who helped discover…


Arizona GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward Calls For Anti-Stay-At-Home Protesters To Fraudulently Dress Like Health Care Workers

  [Editor’s Note: Someone in Arizona should file a complaint against this cynical fraud of a physician with the Arizona state medical licensing board. Check out the second story to learn of a true healer who was lost to the emotional toll the pandemic is taking on health care professionals. — Mark L. Taylor] By Veronica Stracqualursi CNN (4/29/20) Washington (CNN)The chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party is encouraging people planning to protest stay-at-home orders imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic to dress like health care workers. Recently, several health care workers around the country have worn their scrubs and medical gear to counterprotest against people…


Is Bill Barr The Single Most Dangerous Member Of The Trump Administration?

  “He’s definitely going to go down in modern American history as perhaps the most compromised, policitized, partisan, illiberal attorney general of all. But let’s be clear: that’s precisely why Barr is the attorney general of Donald Trump’s dreams.” By Mehdi Hasan Deconstructed (5/21/20) ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR has emerged as the shrewdest and most effective member of the Trump administration, weaponizing the Department of Justice to protect the president and his allies while threatening his enemies with legal retribution. He has made it clear that in sharp contrast to the traditionally independent role of the AG, he is willing to…


RUMBLE: You’ll Never Work In This Town Again! Briahna Joy Gray, Former Natl. Press Secretary For Sanders Campaign

  By Michael Moore Rumble (5/21/20) Briahna Joy Gray was the National Press Secretary for the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign and is one of the most thoughtful communicators in politics. She joined Michael to discuss her experience on the campaign, how the pandemic will effect the election, intra-left policy disagreements, being attacked endlessly on Twitter and what Joe Biden’s campaign must do to win over skeptical voters (and non-voters). Link To 1-Hour, 18-Minute Audio  


Three Commoners Write: On Racism, Meat Eating & The Political Duopoly

Expect Trump To Ramp Up On Racist Attacks You need to address pandemic racism.  It’s going to ramp up as we approach election.  Trump and his goons are going to fuel this hysteria just like they did with Mexican immigrants, drug dealers wall shit in 2016.  All anti-Biden ads are about China.  This racism is disgusting but Trump knows, like any other polished demagogue, that demonizing has great political currency.  Again he’ll try to divide and conquer. He has to go!!! Check out this article from USA TODAY: ‘We just want to be safe’: Hate crimes, harassment of Asian Americans…


Thanks To Gerrymander-Coddled Republicans, Wisconsin Now Resembles A Failed State

By Nathan Robinson The Guardian (5/19/20) A failed state is one that can no longer claim legitimacy or perform a government’s core function of protecting the people’s basic security. Lately, the Wisconsin supreme court seems to be doing its level best to make its state qualify for “failed” status. Multiple decisions have both undermined the government’s legitimacy and endangered the people. First, there was the primary. Because voting in person is clearly risky during a pandemic, several states delayed their primaries to make sure everyone was able to mail in a ballot instead of having to go to a polling place. Not…


Time To Indict & Punish The Perpetrators Of Systemic Racial Covid Mass Death

  By Glen Ford Black Agenda Report (5/21/20) Not just Trump, but the whole US ruling class must pay for the mass Covid death toll among Blacks, because only the ruling class has the power to systematically allocate life-death chances for whole populations over generations. “To limit the indictment to Donald Trump and his administration would be an insult to today’s dead and dying.” The United States finds myriad ways of killing Black people – of negating the term “Black lives matter.” The novel, or new, coronavirus is ending the lives of African Americans at a nationwide rate that is 2.6 times…


Lockdown Protesters May Have Infected Your Family With Coronavirus

US lockdown protests may have spread virus widely, cellphone data suggests. By Jason Wilson The Guardian (5/18/20) Cellphone location data suggests that demonstrators at anti-lockdown protests – some of which have been connected with Covid-19 cases – are often traveling hundreds of miles to events, returning to all parts of their states, and even crossing into neighboring ones. The data, provided to the Guardian by the progressive campaign group the Committee to Protect Medicare, raises the prospect that the protests will play a role in spreading the coronavirus epidemic to areas which have, so far, experienced relatively few infections. The anonymized location…


Why Don’t Americans Trust Experts Anymore?

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” ― Issac Asimov Amanpour & Company (5/15/20) A tussle between science and politics is defining the pandemic response of the Trump administration. How did this increasing rejection of expertise get started? Professor Tom Nichols wrote a prescient book on the subject in 2017, and joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss. Link…