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Worshipping Bloomberg: The False Savior Of Wall Street & The Corporate Dems

As was true in FDR’s first campaign back in 1933, this is not the time for fear and half-measures. By Mark L. Taylor The Commoner Call (2/24/20) Weird times bring forth weird players. For example, there is the failed, bankruptcy-bouncing, scamming real estate hustler and off-and-on Democrat who jumps from reality television to become the Republican president of the United States. Now, in the midst of the Democratic primary scrum for the 2020 presidential election a long-time, hardcore Wall Street Republican renounces all but his name to campaign for the party’s nomination. And nobody can deny that Facebook is one…

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The History Of American Political & Social Reform Has Always Begun By People Speaking Out

Americans change politics first by changing minds. By Heather Cox Richardson Letters From An American (2/22/20) A lot of folks have been asking me lately if America has ever been in such a crisis before and, if so, what people in the past did to save democracy. The answer to the first question is yes, it has, three times, although only once was this bad. In the 1850s, the 1890s, and the 1920s, oligarchs took over the nation’s government, controlling the White House, Congress, and the courts. In the 1850s, elite southern slaveholders took over the Democratic Party and insisted…


Historian Timothy Snyder Evaluates Whether Or Not The U.S. Is Sliding Towards Tyranny

  Amanpour & Company (2/18/20) President Trump has just announced the sentence commutation of former Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich, a move that arrives just days after the DOJ overruled a harsher prison sentence for Roger Stone. Given the increased White House involvement in judicial matters, Yale University’s Timothy Snyder, a historian and author who has devoted much of his career to understanding the rise of tyranny in different parts of the world, sits down with Ana Cabrera to discuss his concerns about a worrying trend taking root in the U.S. Link To 20-Minute Video


Russia Monitor: The Trump Purge Begins

  The Alarms Are Sounding; We Are At Risk! By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/24/20) Dear Fellow Readers, We are at risk. So says Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor; so says retired Admiral William H. McRaven; so says U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. The big news for a few hours was a court admission by lawyers for WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange, currently fighting a US extradition order to face charges in the US. In a London courtroom Assange’s lawyers asserted that in 2017 he had been offered a pardon by Trump if he would absolve Russia of the…


Joe Rogan & Bernie Sanders: One Of The Best, Most Indepth Interviews You Will Find

By Mark L. Taylor Commoner Call (2/24/20) In today’s hyped up, hurly-burly BS pace of mass media there are precious few opportunities to see a calm, detailed discussion with a candidate, but his hour-plus interview of Bernie Sanders by Joe Rogan is unique. The interview was done on the Joe Rogan Experience August 6, 2019. This is a great opportunity to hear Bernie’s thoughts, concerns and proposals. The comment below was one of the online reactions to the interview. The highlighted sentence is spot-on. No doubt, the owners of the corporate media understand the point, but the friction of right-left…


A New Book From Mike McCabe: Unscrewing America: Hints & Hopes From The Heartland

Little Creek Press Anyone puzzled by the state of the union had better carefully study places like Mike McCabe’s home state of Wisconsin. Clues to solving the riddle are hidden there. Unscrewing America explores how and why American politics has taken a turn toward madness, and describes how and why so many Americans have come to believe the nation’s best days are in the rear-view mirror. But the book doesn’t dwell on diagnosis. It emphasizes cure. Unscrewing America is part travelogue, part case study, part manifesto, part how-to guide. At the book’s core is the belief that the best solutions…


Malcolm X’s Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz On Her Father’s Legacy & The New Series “Who Killed Malcolm X?”

  Democracy Now! (2/21/20) Fifty-five years ago today, Malcolm X was assassinated. The civil rights leader was shot to death on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. He was only 39 years old. Details of his assassination remain disputed to this day. Earlier this month, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said he was considering reopening the investigation, just days after a new documentary series about the assassination was released on Netflix called “Who Killed Malcolm X?” It makes the case that two of the three men who were convicted for Malcolm X’s murder are actually…


Martin Luther King Jr’s (Democratic Socialist) Dream

  Featuring audio clips and quotes from King that will not be featured & celebrated on the evening news or taught in schools. By Michael Moore Rumble (2/20/20) Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy has been sanitized by mainstream American society, erasing his fierce anti-capitalist and anti-war advocacy. Before he was assassinated, King was forcefully denouncing the “three evils” in America — racism, militarism and a corrupt economic system — and arguing that these three evils were all tied together. For this MLK Day episode, Michael Moore shares audio clips and quotes from King that will not be celebrated on the…


We Have 10 Years Left To Save The World, Says Climate Expert

By  Laura Paddison HuffPost (2/21/20) The next decade will determine what kind of a world we will create. We can do nothing in the face of a climate crisis that is showing its strength through devastating fires, floods and extreme heat, and usher in a dystopian world of choking pollution and huge swaths of unliveable land. Or we can act. Everyone, from individuals, to companies, to cities, to countries, works to cut their emissions in half by 2030, steering us away from catastrophe and towards a low-carbon, healthier, happier world. These are the two worlds Christiana Figueres sets out in her new book…


Our Journey From Citizen To Consumer

“Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless. In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.” — Noam Chomsky


UNCONSCIONABLE: American Universities Profit From Developing Nuclear Weapons

  By Beatrice Fihn Newsweek (11/13/19) Americans like a good comeback story, but the recent revitalization of the nuclear arms race is not one to be cheered. President Trump plans to charge the American taxpayer nearly $100,000 a minute to expand the nation’s nuclear weapons capabilities. Other nuclear-armed countries are doing the same. A new generation of nuclear weapons requires a new generation of workers to develop and maintain these weapons of mass destruction. The National Nuclear Security Administration reported to Congress that 40 percent of its workforce will be eligible to retire in the next five years. Defense spending produces…


The Classic Faustian Bargain Of New Intrusive Age Of Surveillance Capitalism

  “The real psychological truth is this: If you’ve got nothing to hide, you are nothing.” ― Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism ***** What happens to our pics on social media and what does that have to do with the persecution of the Uighars in China? (Scrape, scrape, scrape…) What is Pokémon Go really about? (Talk about child abuse.) Who was really behind Google Earth? (One shouldn’t be too surprised.) How much info do they really have about us? (Waaaay more than we volunteer.) Can there be a hidden microphone in your new home security system that isn’t revealed in the…


Well, They’ve Got A Point: Iran Says US Should Focus On Fixing Its Own ‘Nontransparent’ & Undemocratic Elections Before Lecturing Others

Two of the last three presidents have lost the popular vote yet won the presidential election thanks to the Electoral College. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (2/17/20) The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Monday urged U.S. officials to focus on fixing their own country’s “nontransparent” and undemocratic system before calling into question the legitimacy of elections in other nations. Abbas Mousavi, spokesperson for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters that the U.S. system “ignores the vote of the majority of people” and said “American officials had better address questions” about the country’s elections from the U.S. public. Mousavi appeared to be referring to the Electoral College,…


Republican Assurances That Trump Has “Learned A Lesson” Echo The Rise Of Another Tyrant…

“Only [Theodore] Duesterberg, who had been subject to scathing attacks from national socialists [Nazis] only months before for having a Jewish grandfather, warned against “the dynamics of Hitler’s nature and his fanatic mass movement.” Hugenberg brushed aside such concerns, arguing that the dominance of traditional conservatives in the cabinet would neutralize the threat of Nazi abuse of power and “fence Hitler in.” Duesterberg prophesied that Hugenberg “would one night have to flee through his ministerial gardens in his underwear to avoid arrest.” Few traditional conservatives were that prescient. Most were aware of the risk entailed by a pact with Hitler…


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Russia Monitor: Pardon Me, Please, Master!

  By Dan Peak Commoner Call (2/20/20) Dear Fellow Readers, The question I raised in the last edition of The Russia Monitor was whether the media representation of a Department of Justice (DOJ) rift between Trump and his personal lawyer and attorney general William Barr was real or Kabuki Theater. What has been made more clear, Trump sees himself as dictator of conduct and outcome for DOJ for his administration and personal interest. Barr is not unimportant but, like any Trump associate or sychophant, it’s a one-way relationship – Trump doesn’t do advisers, just placeholders for the day he’ll need…


Democracy vs. Dictatorship: Don’t Let Bloomberg Muddy That Choice

If there is one way for the Democrats to bungle this battle for democracy, Bloomberg is it. By Laura Flanders Common Dreams (2/15/20) The 2020 presidential race didn’t get decided this week, but the choice before us did: more democracy or less of it. That’s the decision we are facing, and if the Democrats manage to foul this up, they may not get another chance. The very same day that New Hampshire held its primary, the president was out there bullying federal workers via Tweet. By the end of the night, Trump’s criminally-convicted chum Roger Stone’s sentence was suspended, and…




Remembering The 1968 Orangeburg Massacre When Police Shot Dead Three Unarmed Black Students

  Democracy Now! (11/8/19) The 1968 Orangeburg massacre is one of the most violent and least remembered events of the civil rights movement. A crowd of students gathered on the campus of South Carolina State University to protest segregation at Orangeburg’s only bowling alley. After days of escalating tensions, students started a bonfire and held a vigil on the campus to protest. Dozens of police arrived on the scene, and state troopers fired live ammunition into the crowd. When the shooting stopped, three students were dead and 28 wounded. Although the tragedy predated the Kent State shootings and Jackson State…


How Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Deep Pockets Have Let Him Win Friends, Buy Influence On Both The Right & Left

  Democracy Now! (2/17/20) With the Nevada caucuses less than a week away, many Democratic candidates are courting voters in state and increasingly targeting their attacks on a new challenger — billionaire Michael Bloomberg — whom they are accusing of buying his way into the election. In the lead-up to Super Tuesday on March 3, when voters in 14 states go to the polls, Bloomberg has spent an unprecedented $417 million of his own $60 billion fortune on advertising. He’s also paid meme influencers to share sponsored content on Instagram, and hired thousands of on-the-ground political operatives to work in…


Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bloomberg Is A Longtime GOP Bankroller

Over the last decade, Bloomberg helped Republicans take and maintain control of the U.S. Senate. By Alex Kotch The Center For Media & Democracy (2/14/20) In June 2018, billionaire business executive and former Republican Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Long Island GOP Rep. Peter King. At his lavish home in New York City, Bloomberg urged co-hosts to raise at least $10,000 for King, with whom he has “a long-standing relationship,” according to his adviser Howard Wolfson. King was running against Democratic challenger Gretchen Liuba Shirley, who had strong fundraising and the endorsement Emily’s List, a liberal political group that helps…


Notably Quotable: “When the president had that out of control press conference if you could call it that, when he…

  “When the president had that out of control press conference if you could call it that, when he was rambling on and on, they were so restrained, they described it as a celebration. No, he was a raving lunatic. You need to use the words, the verbs and correct description so you give the public a feel of how dangerous this guy is. That is not being biased — that is being accurate and revealing the danger this guy poses.” — Jennifer Rubin, Conservative drops mic on complicit press trying to maintain access to Trump: ‘He’s a raving lunatic…


Want To Attack “Democratic Socialism” – Bring It On Corporate Socialists!

Taxpayers don’t want our commonwealth being owned by tax-dodging, gouging corporations. By Ralph Nader Common Dreams (2/15/20) Crooked Donald Trump, the erstwhile failed gambling czar and corporate welfare king, is assailing Bernie Sanders for his “radical socialism.” How ludicrous given Trump’s three-year giveaway of taxpayer assets and authorities to giant corporations – a perfect portrait of crony capitalism. Others are joining the socialist labeling bandwagon, including corporatist right-wing radio talk show blowhards, themselves freeloaders, profitably using the public airwaves. This pack includes Lloyd Blankfein, former lawbreaking chairman of Goldman Sachs. Bernie knows, of course, how to rebut this distorted interpretation…


Take 2020 Very Seriously Because Your Life Depends On It

  By Mark L. Taylor Commoner Call (2/17/20) The arrival of the police state. Take note: In fascist states it always begins with harassing, tormenting and rounding up the minorities, marginalized and powerless. Then they move up the food chain. No one is safe now. The concentration camp system is already in place and being expanded. As the ranks of the Border Patrol and aptly-named ICE confirms, there are plenty of American thugs willing to carry out immoral and cowardly orders. Take 2020 very seriously. Like your life depends upon it. Because it does. ***** ‘These are the Bad Times’:…


Nancy Pelosi Joins NRA & Koch Brothers Network To Support “Trump’s Favorite Democrat” To Stop Progressive Candidate

“I was born and raised here, and these are the people I want to help. And I’m seeing that our concerns aren’t being addressed by our current representative.” [Editor’s Note: Just a little note to this story: If you consider yourself a progressive and a free citizen, never, ever give a dime to the corporate right wing Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. — Mark L. Taylor] By Eoin Higgins Common Dreams (2/14/20) Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, facing a tough primary race from progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros, picked up the endorsement of the Koch political network Friday—just over a week before the…


Jimmy Dore: What The Corporate Dems Mean When They Spout ‘Party Unity’ Platitudes

“Isn’t it funny progressives are being ‘babies’ when they won’t support warmongering corporatists, but centrist corporatists are being ‘adults’ when they fuck over progressives. They don’t ever accommodate, don’t ever drop their values and come over and be progressives — we’re always supposed to go that way, they never go the other way. ‘Unity’ means, ‘hey, you guys, shut the fuck up and fall in line and become a corporatists’. That’s what they mean when they say ‘unity’.” — Jimmy Dore on the Joe Rogan Show, (2:10:50 mark),  (8/9/18)


Russia Monitor: Kabuki Theater At Trump’s DOI — Dept. Of Injustice

Is Trump personal lawyer and attorney general Barr’s assertion of Department of Justice independence just Trump-Barr Kabuki Theater? By Dan Peak Commoner Call (2/18/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Consider the White House – there is no such thing as honoring the norms of governance. There is no such thing as obeying the law. Consider the Senate – we have learned the Party of Trump will not stand against Trump. What about the Department of Justice? We very well may have lost the Department of Justice, Trump’s personal lawyer and attorney general Bill Barr has repeatedly demonstrated he’ll aid and abet Trump’s…


Medical Journal Study Of Medicare For All Shows It Would Save Americans $450 Billion & Prevent 68,000 Unnecessary Deaths Every Year

  Common Dreams (2/15/20) Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday applauded a new study published today by a team of epidemiologists in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet, which found that Medicare for All will save Americans $450 billion and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths each and every year. “This study confirms that Medicare for All will save the American people $450 billion on health care costs and will prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths – each and every year,” Sanders said. “In other words, guaranteeing health care as a human right by creating a Medicare for All system will cost substantially less than our current dysfunctional…


VOTE TUESDAY! Wisconsin Supreme Court Contest In The February 2020 Primary Election

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Ed Fallone and Jill Karofsky. Shepard Express Editorial Board (2/11/20) The state Supreme Court race is an extremely important upcoming election, since it is for Wisconsin’s ultimate judicial body, and it is for a 10-year term. Two of the three candidates would make excellent justices, so the Shepherd Express enthusiastically endorses both Ed Fallone and Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court. The third candidate is a Scott Walker appointee, Daniel Kelly, who is an extreme rightwing ideolog. It’s not an exaggeration to say that he may be one of the most rightwing justices to ever sit on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. He’s a…


UNACCOUNTABLE: Border Patrol & ICE Granted Broad New Levels Of Secrecy

  On The Media (2/14/20) Among the norms straining to govern our top law enforcement agencies are the basic presumptions of openness safeguarded by measures like the Freedom of Information Act. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), for instance, was required to disclose its operations, salaries, and staffing — much like any local police department. But under the Trump Administration, it has aspired to greater secrecy. The Daily Beast’s Betsy Swan has reported on efforts by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and CBP to join the “intelligence community,” which is made up of agencies that use wide-ranging powers to surveil, detain, and inquire,…


‘Intercepted’ Podcast: “It’s Armageddon Time For The Democratic Party”

    [Editor’s Note: Ralph Nader gives some powerful insights on how Nancy Pelosi and the House democrats missed an opportunity with the impeachment by not including “kitchen table” charges that average voters can relate to. His insights on the tension between the Sanders campaign and the democratic establishment provideamuch needed perspective. — Mark L. Taylor] By Jeremy Scahill Intercepted (2/15/20) AS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP basks in his “acquittal” in the Senate, the Democratic National Committee is acting shady in managing the Democratic primaries. This week on Intercepted: Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader talks about the state of…


Seven Simple Questions For Mike Bloomberg

By John Cassidy The New Yorker (2/15/20) ichael Bloomberg is now a serious contender for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination. His unprecedented spending on campaign ads—more than three hundred million dollars, according to some accounts—has lifted him to third place in the Real Clear Politics national poll average. A new poll on Thursday, from the firm St. Pete Polls, showed him leading in Florida. He’s also spending heavily on the ground. Even in Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports, he has hired twenty staffers and dozens of volunteers. The only other candidates with local offices there are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren,…


Conservative Columnist Calls Out Timid, Complicit Press Trying To Maintain Access To Trump: ‘He’s a raving lunatic … tell it like it is’

  By Tom Boggioni Raw Story (2/16/20) Appearing on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin excoriated members of the press who — in the pursuit of appearing “objective” — refuse to “tell it like it is” when reporting on President Donald Trump. Speaking with host Joy Reid, Rubin — one of the president’s more avid critics — got right to the point. “I think there are two things, “Rubin began. “One, I think that this notion of objectivity of balance has been so inculcated into the media that they now don’t call it like they see it…


Trump’s 29th Trip To Mar-a-Lago Brings Golf Tab To 334 Years Of Presidential Salary

Trump’s business has charged the Secret Service as much as $650 a room per night at Mar-a-Lago ― more than three times the normal rate that federal employees are supposed to spend in South Florida. By S.V. Date HuffPost (2/14/20) President Donald Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening for the 29th golf-related trip of his presidency to his for-profit Palm Beach, Florida, resort, raising his total taxpayer golf tab to $133.8 million. That figure translates to 334 years of the presidential salary that Trump and his supporters frequently boast he is not taking. During Barack Obama’s presidency, Trump frequently claimed…


Chris Hedges: What Is Happening To Julian Assange Will Happen To The Rest Of Us

This global security state is a terrifying melding of the corporate and the public. And what it has done to Assange it will soon do to the rest of us. By Chris Hedges Truthdig (2/10/20) David Morales, the indicted owner of the Spanish private security firm Undercover Global, is being investigated by Spain’s high court for allegedly providing the CIA with audio and video recordings of the meetings WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had with his attorneys and other visitors when the publisher was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The security firm also reportedly photographed the passports of all of Assange’s visitors. It is…


Andrew Yang Had The Clearest Explanation Of The “Rot” Wrecking American Society

  “Donald Trump is not the cause of all of our problems. We are making a mistake when we act like he is. He is a symptom of a disease that has been building up in our communities for years and decades, and it is our job to get at the harder work of actually curing the disease. “Most American feel like the political parties have been playing ‘you-lose, I-lose’ for years. And you know who’s been losing this entire time? We have.” — Andrew Yang at the New Hampshire Democratic debate (2/7/20) Link To 7-Minute Video Morning Joe Interview:…


“Our Very Existence Is The Resistance”: An Hour With AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar

  Democracy Now! (2/10/20) On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old when…


‘Outrageous And Un-American,’ Sanders Says Of City’s Jailing People For Unpaid Medical Debt

The brutal American health ‘care’ system is becoming more cruel. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams (2/11/20) Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday called “outrageous and un-American” the reality that residents of the small city of Coffeyville, Kansas—and people across the United States—are being arrested and jailed for their inability to pay off outstanding medical debt. On Sunday, CBS News reported on the story of Tres and Heather Biggs, a married couple from Coffeyville whose son Lane was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of five. Heather was simultaneously suffering from seizures caused by Lyme disease. “Tres Biggs was working two jobs but they fell behind…


The Quote Buttigieg Really Doesn’t Want You To See: Why The Campaign Tried To Have Me Arrested For Handing Out These Medicare For All Fliers

So much for freedom of speech and open election discourse in public places. [Editor’s Note: Oh, you gotta’ look at the photo of Buttigieg that accompanies the link below. In fact, take a close look at the photo above. And the campaign promoted that image. Perhaps a rare dollop of campaign truth? Would you buy a used car from this guy? — Mark L. Taylor] By Norman Solomon Common Dreams (2/10/20) You’d think that a presidential campaign backed by 40 billionaires and untold numbers of bundled rich people wouldn’t worry about just one leaflet on Medicare for All. But minutes…


Russia Monitor: Trump Acquires Govt. In Hostile Takeover

  When the sentence the government seeks for a crime depends on the defendant’s friendship with the president, there’s one word to describe it: Corrupt. — Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti tweet (2/11/20) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/13/20) Dear Fellow Readers, Here’s what happened, you decide: Trump long-time adviser Roger Stone convicted for impeding the Trump-Russia investigation; convicted of seven felonies for lying to investigators including Congress Trump’s Department of Justice trial prosecutors issue a sentencing guideline of 7-9 years. Trump tweets “very unfair”. Within hours a senior Justice official promised a revision after being “shocked” over the…