Iranian sanctions examined

The perfidy of sanctions

by Richard Pressl on Facebook URL Link: 4 mins ·

“Waivers” are a disingenuous term for racketeering and extortion. The US is hell-bent on attacking Iran’s economy, foreign trade, infrastructure, and energy systems. The antipathy toward Iran from Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the US are not shared by other […]

The triumph of fantasy fiction

Fantasy fiction is being feted as never before. As Game of Thrones returns to our TV screens, John Mullan conveys the magic of the genre and explores the alternative universes of Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman – and the reigning laureate of fantasy, George RR Martin

Social Security Update

via Social Security Works – Apr. 24th, 2019

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The Social Security Board of Trustees has just released its annual report to Congress. And with the report comes the expected headlines predicting doom for our Social Security system. Thankfully, these headlines couldn’t be further from the truth. Social Security is in strong financial shape.

These […]

Bill McKibben book: “Falter” – or how extinction could happen

Stubs of corn chopped down because of heat and lack of rain in Nebraska, 2012. “In the human game, the single most important question is probably ‘What’s for dinner?’ writes McKibben. “And when the answer is ‘Not much,’ things deteriorate fast.”

Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Excerpted from “FALTER: Has […]

“No More Excuses” by George Monbiot

No one is coming to save us. Only rebellion will prevent an environmental apocalypse

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th April 2019

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Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see […]

Executive Summary to the Mueller Report

Robert Mueller’s Written Summaries of His Russia Report

The details the special counsel apparently found most important for the public to know, and the one sentence conclusion: “this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

 

via The Atlantic by OLIVIA PASCHAL APR 18, 2019

Below, […]

Redacted Mueller Report Released Apr 18th, 2019

150Mb PDF Version Available Here

…and what to look for in the report

 

The bitching about Omar and AOC

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Apr. 13th, 2019

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The MSM and Social Media commentators are busily lambasting the four most vocal new House Democrats, all women of color, for their statements about particular issues. A contrarian might argue it appears their exposures of dysfunctional positions considered sacrosanct by the powers that be […]

Quantomania –

Neoliberalism promised to save us from bureaucracy. Instead, it has delivered a mad, semi-privatised authoritarianism

Posted: 12 Apr 2019 10:08 PM PDT by George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 10th April 2019

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My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to remove a cancer from my […]

Just another day in the circus

Trump is teeing up stress tests for several institutions, from DHS to DOJ and the IRS

via WaPo Daily 202 – Apr, 9th 2019

BY JAMES HOHMANN with Joanie Greve and Mariana Alfaro

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THE BIG IDEA: To work, the American system of checks and balances requires that the executive branch respect the prerogatives of […]

Saying goodbye to all that

I’m Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me

by Danny Sjursen on TomDispatch –PUBLISHED April 2, 2019 U.S. Army soldiers look on as a Black Hawk helicopter lands at Camp Ramdi in Iraq on October 31, 2011. “Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at […]