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“HEALTH-CARE STOCKS RALLIED ON THE RELEASE OF WARREN’S PLAN.”

From Doug Henwood’s excellent article, originally appearing in Jacobin Magazine (a publication that’s done a lot to earn my respect in recent years): “Health-care stocks rallied on the release of Warren’s plan… “Warren’s defenders say the scheme, to start with a ‘moderate’ Dem plan and wait three years to push for the full program, is politically realistic, given congressional and… Read More »“HEALTH-CARE STOCKS RALLIED ON THE RELEASE OF WARREN’S PLAN.”

DON’T CALL IT A COUP…

Listening to NPR, this morning, I heard some of the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, including an unbelievable claim from GOP Rep. Devin Nunes… Actually, I didn’t believe it until John Nichols of The Nation reluctantly confirmed it, after a listener called in and asked for clarification. This is gobsmacking (my gob has been utterly smacked): Apparently, Mark S. Zaid,… Read More »DON’T CALL IT A COUP…

THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE!

At the U.S.-Mexico border, Donald Trump has clearly outdone Barack Obama when it comes to the U.S.’s unmitigated brutality toward would-be immigrants (many of them fleeing conflicts, coups, and authoritarian regimes created by longstanding U.S. foreign policy). While President Obama deported three million immigrants and refugees (more than all 20th-century presidents combined), put ICE on steroids, and separated children from… Read More »THEY SAID IT COULDN’T BE DONE!

THE ONLY WAY WE WIN IS BY CHAMPIONING THE GOOD, NOT BY SIDING WITH THE “LESSER” EVIL.

In today’s opinion piece by CODE PINK’s Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies, the authors — looking at protest movements in Chile, Lebanon, France, the U.K., Iraq, and beyond — pose the question, “Why Aren’t People in the US Rising Up Like Those Elsewhere in the World?” We did. It was called Occupy Wall Street, and it was a thing… Read More »THE ONLY WAY WE WIN IS BY CHAMPIONING THE GOOD, NOT BY SIDING WITH THE “LESSER” EVIL.

LET THE PRIVATIZATION AND PLUNDER OF UKRAINE BEGIN!

When Washington spends billions of dollars to foment a coup, it is simply never, ever, ever about “democracy” or “human rights,” but always, always, always about privatization and plunder. In this case, as per usual, the vast majority of Ukrainians (73%+) oppose the neoliberal “reforms” being forced on them from without: pension-slashing austerity, reduction of wages, and the willy-nilly privatization… Read More »LET THE PRIVATIZATION AND PLUNDER OF UKRAINE BEGIN!

THE CONUNDRUM DONALD TRUMP POSES TO 21st-CENTURY LIBERALS: WHICH IS THE ACTUAL “LESSER” OF TWO EVILS (and how many angels can dance on the head of a pin)?

From Chris Hedges’ excellent article: “The deep state armed ‘moderate’ rebels in Syria in an effort to topple President Bashar Assad, but when it realized it could not control the jihadists—to whom it had provide some $500 million in weapons and assistance—the deep state began to bomb them and arm Kurdish rebels to fight them. These Kurds would later be… Read More »THE CONUNDRUM DONALD TRUMP POSES TO 21st-CENTURY LIBERALS: WHICH IS THE ACTUAL “LESSER” OF TWO EVILS (and how many angels can dance on the head of a pin)?

“USA, the Ground-level View” (now on display at the Sun Gallery in Hayward)

This painting attempts to acknowledge the millions of innocent people who have met violent ends at the hands of ethno-sectarian supremacists in the United States and in the racially/religiously oppressive nations that our leaders, to their lasting shame, have enthusiastically supported: South Africa, Israel, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, India, Ukraine, etc. I will always be grateful for the works of… Read More »“USA, the Ground-level View” (now on display at the Sun Gallery in Hayward)

THE ONLY CAMPAIGN WITH MORE INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS THAN DONALD TRUMP…

Unsurprisingly, it turns out that people of color (especially women), teachers, Wal-Mart employees, Amazon employees, and Starbucks employees — those suffering most under neoliberalism’s decades-long assault on our society — are Bernie Sanders’s biggest supporters… and they’ve come out to support him in record numbers! While the establishment smears and marginalizes him, regular, working-class Americans love Bernie Sanders and clamor… Read More »THE ONLY CAMPAIGN WITH MORE INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS THAN DONALD TRUMP…

DID TODAY’S LIBERALS LOVE THE SECRETIVE, CORRUPT PROCESS THAT LED US TO WAR IN IRAQ?

(I didn’t think so.) So, why should we embrace the same process — initiated by a Bush administration holdover — when it’s led us to a new Cold War with Russia? (We shouldn’t.) In the early 2000’s, Dick “Dark Side” Cheney requested “raw” intelligence — unvetted by analysts, kept secret from the professionals — to cherry-pick the claims that supported… Read More »DID TODAY’S LIBERALS LOVE THE SECRETIVE, CORRUPT PROCESS THAT LED US TO WAR IN IRAQ?

HOW’S THIS FOR COMMITMENT TO OPEN, CIVIL DISCOURSE? (CENSORED AGAIN…)

Enact Universal Healthcare for California just NUKED ME for criticizing their group’s endorsement of Sen. Warren — which blatantly misrepresents her (ever-waffling) position on Medicare-for-All. Here’s the comment that got me censored and prevented from even “Liking” their posts: I find it hard to believe that Enact Universal Healthcare for California is defending this longtime establishment stalwart and enemy of… Read More »HOW’S THIS FOR COMMITMENT TO OPEN, CIVIL DISCOURSE? (CENSORED AGAIN…)