About Those Angry White Guys…

Like many women, I am still fuming over the Kavanaugh hearing. Not only was a man elevated to the Court who clearly has no business being there–for multiple reasons, not simply the very credible accusations of sexual assault–but women were dismissed, diminished and disregarded in ways that still infuriate me.

Conservative News Outlet Blasts Trump's Ridiculous Tariffs — Which Are Now a Larger Tax on Americans than Obamacare

President Donald Trump's new gigantic series of tariffs is already a disaster, forcing several companies including Walmart and Coca-Cola to raise prices, and endangering up to 11 million jobs. But Trump's core base of supporters doesn't seem to care, or even really register the fact that each tariff is in fact a tax being levied on them.

Balancing Act

There may not be any sport in America more popular than media-bashing, and I am a frequent participant. We do live in a confusing, changing and sometimes overwhelming media environment; it sometimes seems we are “marinating” in information. In such an environment, it’s easy to lose sight of the differences between journalism, entertainment and propaganda– to forget what journalists are supposed to do and why it is that what they are supposed to do is so important.

Capitalism's Final Solution is Nothing Less than Complete Ecological Collapse

....The Editorial Board of the Washington Post writes that future “Historians will look in absolute astonishment” that not only did our governments and corporate elite fail to halt climate change, but that our policy makers “actually pushed in the wrong direction.” That’s assuming that there will even be any historians left after the climate change horseman of pestilence, famine, war, and death gallop across the scorched and burning world, their riders named “Deregulation,” “Bottom Line,” “Market,” and “Profit.”

The Supreme Court's Legitimacy

Brett Kavanaugh

Robert Post, the former dean of Yale Law School, minced no words in excoriating Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court in an op-ed published in Politico on Saturday.

People Will Die ...

How many ways can this administration kill people?

Scientists tell us that changes to environmental protection laws will lead to at least 80,000 additional deaths each decade.

There is a Coordinated Campaign to Suppress Criticism of Israel

 

A new law introduced in the U.S. Congress seeks to clamp down on criticism of Israel at the expense of First Amendment rights. The unconstitutional bill, titled the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2018, conflates criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. 

Common Cause Celebrates Victory for Missouri Voters

KANSAS CITY, MO, September 21, 2018: The voters of Missouri prevailed today in their fight to to reform the legislature, including the improving the redistricting process and limiting gifts

Climate Change Turned Florence Into a Monster Storm — But Corporate Media Avoided That Story

That Hurricane Florence broke rainfall records for tropical storms in both North and South Carolina shouldn’t be surprising, as global climate change has increased extreme precipitation in all areas of the continental United States.

Questions, Questions Where are the Answers?

In an oft-reported exchange between Gertrude Stein, an American widely known for her wisdom and glittering 1920s Parisian literary salon, and one of her earnest admirers, the admirer asked her – “What are the answers, Madame Stein?” She replied “What are the questions?”

Within our media/political/corporate culture of self-censorship and taboo topics, we should restate Ms. Stein’s rejoinder—what are the questions of gravity and relevance that are chronically unasked?

Here are some questions that should be asked, until answered!

THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR: SUPPORT PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES, GET OUT THE VOTE, ARTICULATE A DEMOCRATIC AND SOCIALIST VISION

Since 2016 we have been deluged with a variety of empirical studies that should give us some sense of the political and economic realities of life in the United States. The data makes clear what progressive strategies should be as well, at least over the next two years.

THE CHANGING POLITICAL ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES AND FLORIDA: a repost after the primary victory of Andrew Gillum

Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS)

A Presentation at Fort Lauderdale, Occupy Labor Outreach, March 15, 2014
 

The hatred of the poor, is it guilt gone rancid? That the rich have so much and still conspire to steal a baby's medicine, a woman's life, a man's heart and kidney. When those Congressmen talk of people who are counting their last change for gas or eggs choosing between cold and hunger they snarl. How dare we exist? (From Marge Piercy, Who has little, let them have less, Monthly Review - January 2014)

DEVOS WANTS TO USE TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO ARM UNWILLING TEACHERS.

Betsy DeVos is forging ahead in her efforts to make American schools less safe.

NONPARTISAN GAO SLAMS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ACA SABOTAGE.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report today lambasting the Trump administration for its ACA sabotage.

Pentagon can't account for $21 Trillion - enough to solve the entire planet's miseries

The Struggle Over the Future of Cuba is a Global Struggle

Trump Reverses Modest Improvements in US/Cuban Relations

With God’s help, a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve…I am canceling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba.” (Donald Trump in “Trump Outlines New Cuba Policy in Speech in Miami’s Little Havana,” USA Today, June 16, 2017.)

Religion, Social Justice And Medicare For All

These are difficult days for genuinely religious folks–the ones who understand their theologies to require ethical and loving behaviors.

The 2016 election highlighted the glaring hypocrisies of Evangelical Trump supporters; more recently, it’s Catholics who are cringing. In Pennsylvania, a grand jury found the Church had concealed 70 years of sexual abuse by over 300 priests. Here in Indianapolis, the administration of a Catholic high school learned that a longtime, much-loved guidance counselor is in a same-sex marriage, and demanded that she divorce her wife or resign.

Journalists Are Not the Enemy

The Boston Globe and 300 Newspapers Across the Country 
August 16, 2018
Boston Globe

Kleptocrat Or Theocrat?

Frank Bruni had a recent column headlined “Mike Pence: Holy Terror,” with a subhead asking “Do you really want to get rid of Donald Trump?”

There are problems with impeaching Donald Trump. A big one is the holy terror waiting in the wings.

That would be Mike Pence, who mirrors the boss more than you realize. He’s also self-infatuated. Also a bigot. Also a liar. Also cruel.

SILENCING DISSENT IN THREE EASY STEPS.

A hallmark of a corrupt administration is a need to keep secrets and avoid accountability. It’s probably no coincidence that as the walls close in around Trump, all of his tactics to silence dissent are on full display.

1. Demonize the press. Attacking free press is a theme for this administration:

Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’ Trump Hates

President Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives.

On Thursday, his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan by taking advantage of that same family-based immigration program.

2018 Is Shaping Up to Be the Fourth-Hottest Year. Yet We’re Still Not Prepared for Global Warming.

It’s hot. But it may not be the new normal yet. Temperatures are still rising.

A Tick Invasion Spreads North

Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases, some potentially lethal, are emerging in places and volumes not previously seen across the U.S. Climate change almost certainly is to blame, according to a 2016 report by 13 federal agencies. 

Yet in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage — a conservative Republican who has questioned global-warming science  — won’t acknowledge the phenomenon. Former government officials say his administration has suppressed state plans and vetoed legislation aimed at limiting the damage.

Savers Alert: Tens of Billions of Higher Interest Dollars are Yours for the Asking

American bank customers are losing billions of dollars in higher interest payments because they’re not being “frugal shoppers” and making a telephone call or sending an email to compare interest rates. If they did, they would find out that the Federal Reserve’s three years of gradual interest rate increases have finally pushed the banks—traditional and online—to make ten times more in interest payments to savers than millions of bank customers are now receiving.

Trump’s Supreme Betrayal

[…] Kavanaugh is, to put it bluntly, an anti-worker radical, opposed to every effort to protect working families from fraud and mistreatment.

Five Years on a Pile of Rocks:  Defending Against an Americus (IN) Quarry

I’d like to you to consider any aspect of your life which has consumed over five years. Chances are you’re considering something major – your education, your career, your marriage, your mortgage, your children.  These are common human experiences to which we can all relate; we expect these milestone events to absorb our efforts and energies. 

I never expected to spend over five years on a pile of rocks. 

SECURING OUR ELECTIONS: VERIFIABLE BALLOTS

Dr. Linda Hanson Board Member, League of Women Voters of Indiana

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SITUATION IN INDIANA

Noam Chomsky: Russia Isn't Influencing US Elections—But Israel Definitely Is

In a recent interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky said:

We’re All Endangered By This Administration

Is there a single environmental measure that the Trump Administration isn’t willing to ditch in order to benefit their cronies bottom lines?

Why Not Tell Us Their Names?

In elementary school they taught us the names of inventors. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, Robert Fulton the steamboat, Alexander Graham Bell the telephone, and Thomas Alva Edison the electric light bulb. Nowadays we rarely know the names of the inventors of modern technology—think biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, safety technology. Not every breakthrough is invented by a single person, but there are still clusters of people inventing new things each year.

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