Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Most Americans would probably be astounded to realize that the president who has been painted by Washington pundits as a reluctant warrior has actually been a hawk. ... While candidate Obama came to office pledging to end George W Bush’s wars, he leaves office having been at war longer than any president in US history. He is also the only president to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

President Obama did reduce the number of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he dramatically expanded the air wars and the use of special operations forces around the globe. In 2016, US special operators could be found in 70% of the world’s nations, 138 countries – a staggering jump of 130% since the days of the Bush administration. ...

Obama authorized over 10 times more drone strikes than George W Bush, and automatically painted all males of military age in these regions as combatants, making them fair game for remote controlled killing."

-->The NYT and major media doesn't talk about Obama as a war president. Hillary would have been worse, of course. That fact is never mentioned either.


Common Dreams:
"Planting Seed for Strikes in the Trump Era, #Strike4Democracy Sweeps Nation. Planting the seed for future large-scale walk-outs, hundreds of events are taking place coast-to-coast on Friday as part of a national 'strike for democracy.' ...

Strike4Democracy describes itself as 'a broad umbrella for coordinated national actions on Friday, 2/17, which will serve as an opening blow in a campaign to stand up for America's democratic principles.'

Galvanized in response to the Trump administration's attacks on immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, and the environment, Friday's action 'amplifies a new chapter of nonviolent resistance ushered in over the last six weeks by calling for strikes that grow in number and power,' the statement reads, pointing to other strike actions planned for March 8 and May 1, as well as 'a heightening resistance throughout the summer.' "

-->The NYT doesn't do nationwide strikes. To our newspaper of record, it is always Democrats fighting Republicans, or the other way around. A workers movement would be unthinkable. 


The Guardian UK:
"Veterans at Standing Rock see police retribution after arrest and charges. Charges against military veterans on their way to Standing Rock have raised concerns that they’re being targeted for aiding Native American activists.

Police have filed charges against two US veterans supporting Standing Rock, holding one in jail for several days, raising concerns that law enforcement is trying to prevent them from aiding activists at the Dakota Access pipeline.

Officers in North Dakota and South Dakota have pulled over and searched at least four veterans on their way to the camps at Standing Rock in recent days, charging two of them for medical cannabis. Police confiscated one veteran’s car and also seized what officials called 'protester gear', which included camping supplies."

-->Although the nation's media finally covered the US veterans at Standing Rock, there is no mention of this latest round of police harassment.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he will not be 'intimidated' from speaking in West Virginia's McDowell County, 'one of the poorest areas in one of our poorest states,' after officials pulled the plug on a Monday town hall event. 'If anyone in West Virginia government thinks that I will be intimidated from going to McDowell County, West Virginia, to hold a town meeting, they are dead wrong,' declared Sanders in a Facebook post on Sunday after the state's National Guard announced the meeting ... would not be able to take place at the Welch National Guard Armory two days before it was scheduled to occur.

'If they don't allow us to use the local armory, we'll find another building. If we can't find another building, we'll hold the meeting out in the streets,' vowed the Vermont independent. 'That town meeting will be held. Poverty in America will be discussed. Solutions will be found.' ...

An upcoming speech in Topeka, Kansas on Feb. 25th had to be moved to a larger venue after more than 1,500 tickets were sold in one week. In the West Virginia state capital of Charleston, where U.S. President Donald Trump won 57 percent of the vote, Sanders addressed a crowd of over 2,000 people on Sunday evening."

-- >The NYT and major media just doesn't cover the Bernie revolution. Like corporate owned media in prewar Germany, our newspaper of record prefers a fascist to a politician who would challenge the system.


Common Dreams:
"Anti-abortion groups called for 'Defund Planned Parenthood' demonstrations at more than 200 Planned Parenthood locations throughout the United States on Saturday to pressure President Donald Trump to strip the women's health provider of federal funding.

Then, Planned Parenthood supporters got organized. And the response has been massive: Hundreds of different counter-demonstrations, large, small and in between, were held across the country Saturday - overwhelming the anti-choice rallies.

In St. Paul, Minnesota a police commander on scene estimated the original protesters numbered about 500 while the counter-protesters numbered about 5,000 to 5,500. Similar reports are coming in from all around the country."

-- >The NYT printed a small Reuters article about the protests and counter protest. No mention of the size differences between them. The NYT always downplays the resistance in the streets.


Common Dreams:
"A man who was fired from his job as a pilot on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, after the Guardian revealed that he was charged with a violent crime, was this weekend at the president’s estate in Florida, claiming to be part of his security team.

Vincent Caldara, who was accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, was at the US president’s private resort, Mar-a-Lago. ... The exact nature of Caldara’s responsibilities was unclear. He appeared to be a member of a team of local Republicans voluntarily assisting with the president’s visit, each of whom was wearing lanyards featuring a White House seal. Caldara did not respond to an email seeking comment.

However, the 56-year-old former New York police officer, who was also chairman of the Trump campaign’s 'Florida law enforcement coalition', suggested publicly that he was helping to provide security for Trump."

-- >Criminal police fascists working for the president? Doesn't interest the NYT, which didn't cover the story.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

LA Daily News:
"Federal regulators killed a rigorous examination of cancer in millions of Americans living near nuclear plants because they were convinced the study couldn’t link reactors to disease and would be too costly, newly released records show.
Doubts over the study’s usefulness ran deep at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency overseeing America’s aging fleet of nuclear plants. But some study skeptics pushed to save it nonetheless, arguing that modern science could help address public concerns over possible health risks related to the plants. They couldn’t convince their bosses, however, who concluded that the $8 million price tag for the pilot study ... couldn’t be justified.

The push for this new probe was driven by dissatisfaction with the U.S. government’s reliance on an unsophisticated 27-year-old study — employing even older data — to assure Americans there are no health risks associated with living near nuclear power plants.

Several recent European studies found disturbing links between childhood cancers and kids living close to nuclear plants, and NRC staffers traded emails citing them. A senior agency adviser dismissed the methodology used in those studies. “Publish or perish,” she wrote to her colleagues."

-->The NYT and our corporate controlled media do not want to spend one dime looking into links between cancer rates and nuclear plants. This is under the "see no evil" Democrats at the NRC. Of course, few media outlets covered the story.


Der Spiegel:
"Germany must stand up in opposition to the 45th president of the United States and his government. That's difficult enough already for two reasons: Because it is from the Americans that we obtained our liberal democracy in the first place; and because it is unclear how the brute and choleric man on the other side will react to diplomatic pressure. The fact that opposition to the American government can only succeed when mounted together with Asian and African partners -- and no doubt with our partners in Europe, with the EU -- doesn't make the situation any easier. ...

It is literally painful to write this sentence, but the president of the United States is a pathological liar. The president of the U.S. is a racist (it also hurts to write this). He is attempting a coup from the top; he wants to establish an illiberal democracy, or worse; he wants to undermine the balance of power. He fired an acting attorney general who held a differing opinion from his own and accused her of 'betrayal.' This is the vocabulary used by Nero, the emperor and destroyer of Rome. It is the way tyrants think."

-->Yes, The NYT did print an op-ed piece questioning Trump's tactics and referring to the cover of Der Spiegal, but what was written in German's most prominent magazine was the real story. The story that didn't get printed.


Common Dreams:
" 'It is hard not to laugh,' [Bernie] Sanders said, 'to see President Trump sitting alongside these Wall Street guys. This guy ran for the President of the United States saying, I'm Donald Trump and I'm gonna take on Wall Street—these guys are getting away with murder... But suddenly he appoints all these billionaires; his major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs; and now he's gonna dismantle legislation that protects consumers. This is a guy who ran for president saying, I'm the only Republican who's not going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—and then he appoints all of these guys who are precisely going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.' 

And so, Sanders continued, 'I hope those that all of those folks who voted for Mr. Trump—because they thought he would stand up for working people—man... and he's a good showman, I will give him that... but I think he's gonna sell out the middle class and the working class of this country.' "

-->Powerful words to the American people. Of course, the story wasn't printed in the NYT.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Angry Rhode Island voters overwhelmed a community dinner hosted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Sunday evening, demanding an explanation as to why the Democratic lawmaker was not doing enough to resist U.S. President Donald Trump.

Specifically, the crowd took issue with the fact that Whitehouse was one of 14 Democrats who voted last week to confirm Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illustrating the backlash likely to befall other Democratic lawmakers who are similarly failing to challenge Trump and his nominees.

In a Facebook call to action, protest organizers blasted Whitehouse and fellow Rhode Island lawmaker Sen. Jack Reed for breaking 'with the majority of their Democratic colleagues to vote in support of Trump's frightening pick for CIA director,' who they described as 'a Tea Party congressman who has supported torture and has a disturbing history of anti-Muslim rhetoric and climate change denial.' "

-->The NYT likes Democrats who play nice with right wing fascists. It didn't print this story. The last thing our newspaper of record ever wants to do is to encourage resistance in the streets.


"The nomination of billionaire voucher enthusiast Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education comes after nearly two decades of a largely bipartisan consensus around “education reform.” That consensus, repeated for years in the pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post, posits, first and foremost, that public schools are failing.

They are, the narrative goes, especially failing the nation’s most vulnerable students. That failure is presented, by education reformers and corporate media pundits alike, not as a result of inequality or poverty or resource scarcity, but of public education itself. The solution, pioneered by pro-privatization reformers and repeated by newspapers since the George W. Bush years, sounds both innocuous and innovative: school choice."

-->Yes, the NYT wants to privatize public education, and Fairness and Accuracy in Media shows you how the major media supports this radical destruction of our nation's public schools.


The Economist:
"America, which has long defined itself as a standard-bearer of democracy for the world, has become a 'flawed democracy' according to the taxonomy used in the annual Democracy Index from the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister company. Although its score did not fall by much—from 8.05 in 2015 to 7.98 in 2016—it was enough for it to slip just below the 8.00 threshold for a 'full democracy'. It joins France, Greece and Japan in the second-highest tier of the index.

The downgrade was not a consequence of Donald Trump. Rather, it was caused by the same factors that led Mr Trump to the White House: a continued erosion of trust in government and elected officials, which the index measures using data from global surveys. In total, it incorporates 60 indicators across five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political participation, democratic political culture and civil liberties...

Norway keeps its spot at the top with a near-perfect 9.93 out of 10."

-->The NYT and most American media did not report this story. The two party, corrupt political system failed our citizenry, not a popular idea in our corporate controlled press.