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Brutal Dictator of the Day:

Islam Karimov (with John Kerry)


(Free trade agreements) are trade agreements that don't stick to trade...they colonize environmental labor, and consumer issues of grave concern (in terms of health safety, and livelihoods too) to many, many hundreds of millions of people - and they do that by subordinating consumer, environmental, and labor issues to the imperatives and the supremacy of international commerce.

Ralph Nader


The Meaning of the Trump Surge

by Andrew Levine

September 23, 2016, © Counterpunch

The news is full of it – literally and figuratively: Trump is surging in the polls, especially in so-called battleground states. Is it time to worry?

Indeed, it is, but not about Trump. The Donald has been headed for defeat from the moment he started trouncing his rivals in the Republican primaries and caucuses. No matter that the polls are now detecting a Trump surge (more like a trickle, actually) or that the know-it-alls — left, right and center — now think otherwise. Nothing has changed; he still is.  full article>


The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.

Ludwig von Mises


NYT Promotes Protectionism in Guise of 'Free Trade'

By Dean Baker

Sep 23 2016, © FAIR

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has little to do with free trade. The trade barriers between the United States and the other countries are already very low, with few exceptions; in fact, the US already has trade deals with six of the 11 countries in the TPP. The TPP is primarily about installing a corporate-friendly structure of regulation, as well as increasing protectionist barriers in the form of stronger and longer patent and copyright and related protections. (It doesn't matter if you and your friends like patent and copyright protection; they are still protectionism.)  full article>


In Greece, the Refugee Crisis Worsens While the World's Attention Turns Elsewhere

By Anna Lekas Miller

September 23, 2016, © The Nation

"We weren't expecting to be here very long," Ayhan, a 28-year-old from Afrin, Syria, says, as she sits with her husband, Hozan, on a porch made of wood pallets outside their modest tent in the Nea Kavala refugee camp in northern Greece.

"I only have two changes of clothes," she continues, pouring coffee into a row of baby-food tins that have been repurposed as coffee cups for impromptu guests. "What I'm wearing right now, and what I wore when I crossed the sea in February."  full article>


A Debate on Empire: Is Donald Trump One Terrorist Attack Away from the Presidency?

September 19, 2016, © Democracy Now



Poem of the Day:

"In the Desert", by Stephen Crane


In the desert

I saw a creature, naked, bestial,

who, squatting upon the ground,

Held his heart in his hands,

And ate of it.

I said, "Is it good, friend?"

"It is bitter -- bitter," he answered;

"But I like it

Because it is bitter,

And because it is my heart.



El difícil momento de Hillary Clinton

Dori Toribio

16/09/2016, © Ahora

"Esto podría haberse quedado en un caso de un ser humano teniendo un mal día", dice la veterana periodista Christiane Amanpour en un vídeo que ha corrido como la pólvora en las redes sociales, en el que apunta que es normal que un candidato caiga enfermo alguna vez en una campaña electoral tan larga y dura como la estadounidense. "Pero no, como pasa con tantas cosas con Hillary, los medios se están divirtiendo", añade irónicamente, recordando la cantidad de crisis de salud que han vivido a lo largo de la historia los políticos estadounidenses con el visto bueno de los medios: desde los dolores de Kennedy, que no le impidieron "salvar al mundo de un posible armagedón nuclear durante la crisis de los misiles cubanos", a la ocasión en la que George Bush padre vomitó encima del primer ministro japonés en una cena de Estado, para desmayarse justo después. Pero nadie cuestionó su capacidad política entonces. "Si los hombres pueden hacerlo, por qué no las mujeres."  full article>


The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!

Tennessee Williams


What's the Greatest Threat to Action on Climate Change? Nationalism.

By Michael T. Klare

September 15, 2016, © The Nation

In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warming oceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the December 2015 Paris climate-summit agreement—already endorsed by most nations—should be a complete no-brainer. That it isn't tells you a great deal about our world. Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in the United States that could put a climate denier in the White House) spell bad news for the fate of the Earth. It's worth exploring how this might come to be.  full article>


Squirrel of the Day:

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel


Edward Albee, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? playwright, dies aged 88

Vanessa Thorpe

Saturday 17 September 2016, © The Guardian

America's leading playwright Edward Albee, the author of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – the bleakest of black domestic comedies – has died aged 88 at his home in Montauk, East Hampton.

His shocking play about a decaying academic marriage marked him out early as what the New York Times has called this weekend "the playwright of a desperate generation".  full article>


Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Monsanto Now Belongs to Bayer

Tom Philpott

Sep. 13, 2016, © MotherJones

And then there were three.

On Tuesday, marriage negotiations between seed/pesticide giant Monsanto and its suitor, German behemoth Bayer, got hotter than a corn field at high noon in late summer. Bayer sweetened its offer to $56.5 billion Tuesday afternoon, just as Monsanto's Board of Directors was scheduled to meet to consider the offer, according to Bloomberg News. Monsanto's board consented Wednesday—resulting in "the biggest deal this year and the largest ever by a German company."  full article>


I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest. There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn't turn over, because harming people isn't my goal. Transparency is.

Edward Snowden


DNA Dragnet: In Some Cities, Police Go From Stop-and-Frisk to Stop-and-Spit

by Lauren Kirchner

Sep. 12, 2016, © ProPublica

The five teenage boys were sitting in a parked car in a gated community in Melbourne, Florida, when a police officer pulled up behind them.

Officer Justin Valutsky closed one of the rear doors, which had been ajar, and told them to stay in the car. He peered into the drivers' side window of the white Hyundai SUV and asked what the teens were doing there. It was a Saturday night in March 2015 and they told Valutsky they were visiting a friend for a sleepover.  full article>


Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Cloud of the Day:

Nimbus Cloud


There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there.

Thomas Hardy


Assad's Death Warrant

by Mike Whitney

September 15, 2016, © Counterpunch

The conflict in Syria is not a war in the conventional sense of the word. It is a regime change operation, just like Libya and Iraq were regime change operations.

The main driver of the conflict is the country that's toppled more than 50 sovereign governments since the end of World War 2. We're talking about the United States of course.

Washington is the hands-down regime change champion, no one else even comes close. That being the case, one might assume that the American people would notice the pattern of intervention, see through the propaganda and assign blame accordingly. But that never seems to happen and it probably won't happen here either. No matter how compelling the evidence may be, the brainwashed American people always believe their government is doing the right thing.  full article>


Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.

Erich Fromm


Chevron vs. the Amazon – Special Report by Abby Martin

Abby Martin

Sep 15, 2016, ©

The complete version of Abby Martin's three-part series covering Chevron's disaster in Ecuador, on teleSUR's The Empire Files.

Abby launches a deep investigation into Chevron Texaco's intentional spilling of 19 billion gallons of oil and waste in Ecuador's pristine Amazon rainforest–and the 25-year-long legal battle that followed.  full article>


Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

John Ruskin


Getting Fooled on Iraq, Libya, Now Russia

By Robert Parry

September 14, 2016, ©

A British parliamentary inquiry into the Libyan fiasco has reported what should have been apparent from the start in 2011 – and was to some of us – that the West's military intervention to "protect" civilians in Benghazi was a cover for what became another disastrous "regime change" operation.

The report from the U.K.'s Foreign Affairs Committee confirms that the U.S. and other Western governments exaggerated the human rights threat posed by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and then quickly morphed the "humanitarian" mission into a military invasion that overthrew and killed Gaddafi, leaving behind political and social chaos.  full article>


Crow of the Day:

Hooded Crow


Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.

Stephen Hawking


What Should Happen to Edward Snowden? A Q&A With His Lawyer

By Jon Wiener

September 12, 2016, © The Nation

President Obama will grant his last pardons by January 20, 2017, his final day in office. With that in mind, and with Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden biopic slated for release this fall, I sat down with Ben Wizner in July to ask about the NSA whistle-blower's chances of coming home soon. Wizner is Snowden's attorney; he also directs the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.  full article>


Be curious, not judgmental.

Walt Whitman


Oliver Stone's Snowden, a Hero for the Ages

Ed Rampell

September 13, 2016, © The Progressive

In 1995, Oliver Stone directed and co-wrote Nixon, a film about America's wiretapper-in-chief and all the president's über-snoopers, with Anthony Hopkins as Tricky Dick, Bob Hoskins as FBI führer J. Edgar Hoover and a supporting cast of GOP dirty tricksters and "plumbers."  full article>


Héroes de Boedo

Héroes del ayer y del hoy. En la noche más soñada, cuando la situación era límite, cuando había que sacarse la mufa en torneos internacionales después de la Libertadores 2014. Y justamente dos partícipes de aquel torneo inolvidable fueron los dos grandes personajes de una noche electrizante en el Gasómetro. Partidazo para ver, pero demasiado para cualquier hincha. Al palo, con tres goles en diez minutos, el descuento de Banfield y el sufrimiento hasta el final, con esos cuatro minutos eternos de descuento. El viento que empujaba en contra, la gente que alentaba desde afuera... y la descarga con la clasificación a octavos de final ya asegurada.  full article>


Movie Director of the Day:

Preston Sturges


I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.

Ernst Fischer


Arrest Warrant Issued for Amy Goodman in North Dakota After Covering Pipeline Protest

September 10, 2016, © Democracy Now

An arrest warrant has been issued in North Dakota for Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman. Goodman was charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor offense. A team from Democracy Now! was in North Dakota last week to cover the Native American-led protests against the Dakota Access pipeline.

On Sept. 3, Democracy Now! filmed security guards working for the Dakota Access pipeline company using dogs and pepper spray to attack protesters. Democracy Now!'s report went viral online and was rebroadcast on many outlets, including CBS, NBC, NPR, CNN, MSNBC and Huffington Post.  full article>


Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

Jonathan Swift


Here Are All the Ways That Politicians Lie About Science

Erica Langston

Sep. 11, 2016, © MotherJones

History is riddled with science denial. From Newton's law of gravitation to Hanaoka Seinshu's use of anesthesia, there's no shortage of discoveries that have been scoffed at, ridiculed, and wholly rejected by prominent thinkers before eventually settling into the human narrative. But too often, significant damage is done—and sometimes lives are lost—while these debates play out. After centuries of dismissing scientific discoveries, only to be proven wrong time and again, you'd think we'd learn to have a little more faith in the experts.  full article>


All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.

Iris Murdoch


Toxic Slime Spreads Across World's Oceans as Climate Disruption Continues Apace

By Dahr Jamail

Monday, 12 September 2016, © Truthout

It is August 30. I'm in Anchorage, Alaska, and it's hot. Very hot. In fact, it's the fourth straight day of record high temperatures, amidst a year that has seen record high temperatures becoming normalized across the entire state.

Two days ago, this city (the most populous in Alaska) saw a record high temperature of 78 degrees, which beat the previous record by a whopping seven degrees.  full article>


Shark of the Day:

Leopard Shark


Power to the People Plan

Jill Stein, ©

"My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.

It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.

This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it's not in our dreams - it's in our hands."  full article>


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.


A History of Native Americans Protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline

Alexander Sammon

Sep. 9, 2016, © MotherJones

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 1,172-mile conduit slated to carry crude oil from North Dakota to southern Illinois when it's completed by the end of this year. Since its approval in late July, the project has sparked outrage. Last weekend, protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota reached a boiling point, with reports of violent attacks on protesters by security dogs and numerous instances of macing.  full article>


The end of confession is to tell the truth to and for oneself.

J. M. Coetzee


For Clinton v. Trump: Blame Corporate Media

by Andrew Levine

September 9, 2016, ©

Labor Day has come and gone; the campaign season is now in high gear. Getting to this point was hard for anyone paying attention. It will soon be worse a hundred-fold.

The collective intelligence of the American people is about to be insulted even more shamelessly than it has already been — as the sales campaigns for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump rev up, seemingly without budget constraints.  full article>


People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


At WaPo, You Can Say Anything to Support TPP–or to Smear Sanders

By Dean Baker

Sep 6 2016, © FAIR

In pushing trade agreements, it is fair to say anything, even if it has no relationship to the truth. Therefore it is not surprising to see Fareed Zakaria (Washington Post, 9/1/16) pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by claiming that it will boost growth, and attacking Bernie Sanders for opposing "trade policies that have lifted hundreds of millions of the world's poorest people out of poverty."  full article>


It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

William Blake


Pear of the Day:

Bartlett Pear


Behind the deceptive words designed to entice people into supporting violence -- words like democracy, freedom, self-defense, national security -- there is the reality of enormous wealth in the hands of a few, while billions of people in the world are hungry, sick, homeless.



America and the Plague of 'Moral Idiocy'

By Lawrence Davidson

September 6, 2016, ©

It was on Aug. 12, 1949, that the nations of the world, with Nazi atrocities still in mind, updated what are known as the Geneva Accords. This constituted an effort to once again set limits on the wartime behavior of states and their agents.

Among other things, the accords set the range of acceptable behavior toward prisoners of war, established protections for the wounded and the sick, and the necessary protections to be afforded civilian populations within and approximate to any war-zone. Some 193 countries, including the United States, have ratified these agreements. Now, as of August 2016, they are 67-years-old. Have they worked? The answer is, in all too many cases, no.  full article>


It's not right to respond to terrorism by terrorizing other people. And furthermore, it's not going to help. Then you might say, "Yes, it's terrorizing people, but it's worth doing because it will end terrorism." But how much common sense does it take to know that you cannot end terrorism by indiscriminately dropping bombs?



STUDY: Outside groups, secret money far more prominent than ever before

by Robert Maguire on August 24, 2016, ©

In the long debate over the changing nature of election advertising, one thing is now clearer than ever: Outside groups that can raise and spend unlimited money – sometimes without disclosing the sources of their funds – make up a larger portion of election spending than at any point in the last 16 years, by far.  full article>


Capitalism has always been a failure for the lower classes. It is now beginning to fail for the middle classes.



Player of the Day:

Andrés Iniesta


Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Coke and McDonalds Host Carnival of Junk Food Marketing At Rio Olympics

by Pratap Chatterjee

August 15th, 2016, © CorpWatch

Every four years, billions tune in to watch the Olympics on television. And every four years, major corporations pay millions for prime advertising opportunities as official sponsors. The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are no different with Coca-Cola and McDonald's igniting a storm of controversy over their role.  full article>


We ought to regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its antecedent state and as the cause of the state that is to follow. An intelligence knowing all the forces acting in nature at a given instant, as well as the momentary positions of all things in the universe, would be able to comprehend in one single formula the motions of the largest bodies as well as the lightest atoms in the world, provided that its intellect were sufficiently powerful to subject all data to analysis; to it nothing would be uncertain, the future as well as the past would be present to its eyes. The perfection that the human mind has been able to give to astronomy affords but a feeble outline of such an intelligence.

Pierre-Simon Laplace


Barcelona's Andrés Iniesta: 'I was a victim of something that terrified me'

Tuesday 6 September 2016, © The Guardian

Andrés Iniesta says he heard the silence and knew that all he had to do was wait for Isaac Newton. The ball sat up; gravity would bring it down again and, when it did, he would score. It was the 116th minute in Johannesburg and he did score, running to the corner and pulling off his shirt to reveal the message underneath, written in blue marker by Hugo the kit man: "Dani Jarque, always with us". Ten thousand miles away Spain erupted and Jessica cried. Through the tears she saw it: Dani, her Dani.  full article>


Fox of the Day:

Kit Fox


No legacy is so rich as honesty.

William Shakespeare


The US Election: an Exercise in Mendacity

by Gary Leupp

September 6, 2016, © Counterpunch

What's that smell in this room? Didn't you notice it, Brick? Didn't you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room?... There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity... You can smell it. It smells like death.

—Big Daddy to son Brick in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Big Daddy might have been talking about the current U.S. presidential election, which currently wraps the nation in a putrid bubble that can be smelled around the planet. To call it a democratic process would surely be mendacious.  full article>


There's an honesty to the wolf world that is liberating. There's no diplomacy, no decorum. You tell your enemy you hate him; you show your admiration by confessing the truth. That directness doesn't work with humans, who are masters of subterfuge. Does this dress make me look fat? Do you really love me? Did you miss me? When a person asks this, she doesn't want to know the real answer. She wants you to lie to her. After two years of living with wolves, I had forgotten how many lies it takes to build a relationship.

Jodi Picoult


Bon Echo Walt Whitman Monument

By Eric Grundhauser

Aug. 31 2016, © Atlas Obscura

Everyone has a favorite writer, but few take their love of literature as far as Flora MacDonald Denison, an Ontario-based inn owner who had her favorite poet's words etched forever (well, sort of), into a granite cliff.  full article>


Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.

Lao Tzu


Chris Hedges vs. Robert Reich on Clinton, Third Parties, Capitalism & Next Steps for Sanders Backers

September 05, 2016, © Democracy Now



The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.

Groucho Marx


Ape of the Day:

Bonobo Ape


Hillary Clinton's 'Exceptionalist' Warpath

By Daniel Lazare

September 3, 2016, ©

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the most right-wing presidential candidate of all?

The answer used to be Donald Trump, famous for his naked bigotry toward Mexicans and Muslims. But that was before Hillary Clinton supporters took a page from the old Joe McCarthy handbook and began denouncing their Republican opponent as "an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation" or arguing that criticism of Clinton and NATO somehow emanates out of Moscow.  full article>


No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.

Emma Goldman


Cuatro de las seis especies de grandes simios ya están al borde de la extinción

Manuel Ansede

5 SEP 2016, © El País

La humanidad está exterminando a los seres más parecidos a ella: los grandes simios. Cuatro de los seis grandes simios están ya a un paso de la extinción, según la última actualización de la Lista Roja de Especies Amenazadas de la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN), publicada hoy. Son el gorila oriental, el gorila occidental, el orangután de Borneo y el orangután de Sumatra, clasificados en peligro crítico. El chimpancé y el bonobo, los otros dos grandes simios, se encuentran tan solo un peldaño mejor, en la categoría de en peligro.  full article>


Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear.

Horace Mann


Troubling Origins of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

By Sam Husseini

September 4, 2016, ©

As several writers have noted — before and after the furor surrounding quarterback Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" — the national anthem is racist. Specifically, the third stanza, which references the British offering freedom to African-American slaves who would join with them in the War of 1812, says:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. Even less well know, the song originates in slaveowner Francis Scott Key's "When the Warrior Returns" — which was set to the same tune.  full article>


Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate. But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbour, your village and beyond.

Tom Stoppard


Duck of the Day:

American Black Duck


Central Mediterranean: MSF Condemns Attack on Rescue Vessel

August 25, 2016, © Doctors Without Borders

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, AUGUST 25, 2016 — On August 17, while conducting search and rescue operations off the Libyan coast, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières(MSF) rescue vessel the Bourbon Argos was approached and attacked by a group of armed men onboard an unidentified speedboat, MSF said today, strongly condemning the attack.  full article>


I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

Vincent Van Gogh


The Secret Jews of The Hobbit

Meir Soloveichik

Aug. 11, 2016, © Commentary

IN 1938, THE OXFORD professor J.R.R. Tolkien published a bestselling book featuring wizards, elves, dwarves, kings, queens, and a curious creature for which the story is named: The Hobbit. The novel, which has sold more than 100 million copies since its publication, dramatically expanded the possibilities (and readership) of a genre that would come to be known as fantasy. Tolkien tells of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, whose utter indifference to adventure is upended by a visit from 13 hirsute dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf.  full article>


The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel


The predictions have come to pass: Turkey is now in Syria and this is what it means for the Middle East

Robert Fisk

Wednesday 24 August 2016, © The Independent

How the West would love to believe that Turkey's army in Syria – all 10 tanks of it – are striking at last at everyone's enemy, the blood-soaked cult of the "Islamic State". But few in Syria or Turkey will be fooled. Isis have been sitting in Jerablus for many months; it is the advance of the American-armed Kurdish YPG militia along the Turkish border towards Jerablus that worries Sultan Erdogan.  full article>


Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.

Pablo Picasso


People were already beginning to forget, what horrible suffering the war had brought them. I did not want to cause fear and panic, but to let people know how dreadful war is and so to stimulate people's powers of resistance.

Otto Dix


Crisis and Opportunity

by Rob Urie

August 26, 2016, © Counterpunch

The political establishment in the U.S. is rapidly moving toward a crisis of legitimacy as capitalist democracy is exposed as a system of insider dealing where war, manufactured social misery and environmental catastrophe are ever-more-implausibly posed as solutions to their own facts. With growing evidence, as if any more were needed, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton spent her time at as Secretary of State filling the coffers of the Clinton family slush fund, the Clinton Foundation, with the tainted money of special pleaders, despots and global misery mongers as she went about launching wars-of-choice against some fair bit of the planet.  full article>


I think reconciliation is Obama's goal - but the fight with the Republicans is like a fight with pit bulls, they never let go. Even worse, now the Republicans feel they can keep pushing and he will keep giving. They have not seen a stiff resistance on his part.

Jesse Jackson


Hallado el primer corazón conservado en una fosa de la Guerra Civil española

Manuel Ansede

26 AGO 2016, © El País

"Y al fin en un océano de irremediables huesos, tu corazón y el mío naufragarán", escribió el poeta Miguel Hernández a su esposa desde una trinchera de la Guerra Civil en 1937. El antropólogo forense Fernando Serrulla recuerda perfectamente aquel día de agosto de 2010 en el que recibió una llamada, se subió al coche y condujo desde su casa en Ourense hasta un monte de Burgos, para ver un corazón naufragado en un océano de irremediables huesos. Allí, en la exhumación de una de las mayores fosas comunes de la guerra, la de La Pedraja, habían aparecido cerebros conservados dentro de los cráneos de los asesinados. Y un corazón que dejó de latir en 1936.  full article>


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

Mark Twain


San Lorenzo: Forced out of their own back yard - but now being carried home by their fans

Will Dalton

23 August 2016, © FourFourTwo

Despite being part of the Newcastle United furniture for eight years, a lifetime in the turbulent world of the Magpies, Fabricio Coloccini bade farewell to English football with little fanfare this summer. But over in Buenos Aires, his arrival at the club of which he is a passionate supporter was very different.  full article>


I could never resist the call of the trail.

Buffalo Bill


Museum of the Day:

Buffalo Bill Center of the West


Potato of the day:



Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison


ALEC's War on Clean Government

Rep. Chris Taylor

August 10, 2016, © The Progressive

I walked into my sixth American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference just in time to hear the queen of ALEC, state Senator Leah Vukmir, tell one of two familiar Wisconsin myths.

It wasn't the one Governor Walker likes to repeat, where newly elected Tea Party politicians faced down thousands of school teachers, firefighters and high school kids (aka "the union bosses") and took away workers' right to organize.

It was the other, lesser known, but equally powerful myth the ALEC crowd adores: Wisconsin Republicans "shut down" a government investigation run amok that was suppressing the First Amendment rights of "free market supporters" (i.e., ALEC allies and supporters).  full article>


Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Frankrig er ikke i krig

Bjørn Bedal

15. aug. 2016, © Politiken

Da jeg landede i Nice tirsdag for tre uger siden, havde jeg naturligvis massakren 14.juli på Promenade de Anglais intenst i tankerne.  full article>


We live by encouragement and die without it - slowly, sadly and angrily.

Celeste Holm


What Was Wrong With 16th Century Europeans That They Didn't Like Tomatoes?

Aug. 11 2016, © Atlas Obscura

By Sarah Laskow

There are some people who don't like tomatoes. It's confusing, and wrong, but a fact. However, this reporter believes that tomatoes are the perfect food. As this summer fruit comes into season on the East Coast, if they are red, ripe, and juicy, I could eat them for every meal—sprinkled with salt and drizzled in olive oil, set between two pieces of mayo-slathered bread (Harriet the Spy–style), as a BLT, the best sandwich ever invented, or in basically any combination with corn. Or basil. Or cheese.  full article>


Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

Anatole France



Anita Brask Rasmussen

15. august 2016, © Informatíon

Poul Smidt ville meget gerne have været tilstede en af de dage i slutningen af 1940'erne, hvor dengang embedsmand og siden statsminister Viggo Kampmann skulle overbevise en socialdemokratisk forsamling om, at målet ikke bare var at fordele kagen retfærdigt, men at gøre kagen større, så der var mere at fordele, og at afskrivningsregler til erhvervslivet var et led i det arbejde.  full article>


Snake of the Day:

California Red-Sided Garter Snake


They succeed, because they think they can.



Dagbøger afslører topnazists inderste tanker: "Alt dette jøderi. Hvornår vil denne pøbel dog rejse?"

Bent Blüdnikow

3. august 2016, © Berlingske

Nazisten Heinrich Himmlers dagbøger er sensationelt gravet frem fra gemmerne. En avis bringer uddrag af teksten, så læserne kommer helt tæt på bødlen Himmler, Adolf Hitlers fortrolige.  full article>


True contentment comes with empathy.

Tim Finn


Here Are 7 Terrifying Charts That Show Exactly What We're Doing to the Planet

Oliver Milman

Aug. 2, 2016, © MotherJones

The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air and oceans breaking records, sea levels reaching historic highs and carbon dioxide surpassing a key milestone, a major international report has found.  full article>


Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Albert Schweitzer


Of Mercury & Sulphur

July 2, 2016, © freeradicalmedia

Our world is one of seemingly disparate forces. Contrasting frequencies give birth to our experience; allowing us to indulge in BOTH pleasure & pain, ignorance & knowledge, light and shadow. We have been conditioned — both culturally and biologically, to go towards certain experiences while simultaneously pulling away from others. This is literally how life is lived for the majority.  full article>


In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.

Miguel de Cervantes


Sailboat of the Day:

The Trimaran


War is the statesman's game, the priest's delight, the lawyer's jest, the hired assassin's trade.

Percy Bysshe Shelley


Lurching Toward World War III

By John Chuckman

July 31, 2016, ©

When did America's establishment ever discuss, in elections or at other times, issues of war and peace for the people's understanding and consent? Virtually never. There was no mandate for Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, or a dozen other conflicts.

Of course, once a war gets going, there is a tendency for Americans to close ranks with flags and ribbons and slogans such as "Support our troops" and "Love it or leave it." The senior leaders know this psychological pattern, and they count on it, every time.  full article>


Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

Dwight D. Eisenhower


Amerikanerne tager skydevåben med i lufthavnen som aldrig før

Poul Husted

4. aug. 2016, © Politiken

Amerikanerne har omkring 357 millioner skydevåben, og mange gange glemmer de, at de har et dødeligt våben – ofte ladt – i håndbagagen, når de tjekker ind i en lufthavn.  full article>


A hospital alone shows what war is.

Erich Maria Remarque


The War That Won't Go Away

by Howard Lisnoff

August 3, 2016, © Counterpunch

"There you go again," was one of Ronald Reagan's favorite refrains in the 1980s, and especially in a 1984 presidential debate with Walter Mondale, to disarm his critics and to show the disdain that he held for any issues that had even a hint of liberalism. He was also the architect of the "noble cause" historical revisionism that began the sanitizing of the Vietnam War. "Theirs was a noble cause," were the words he used that began the long march to attempt to make the Vietnam War a good war in the minds of Americans.  full article>


The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

Sun Tzu


Politics is the entertainment wing of the military-industrial complex.

Frank Zappa


Monkey of the Day:

Olive baboon


Anyone who wants to look at sunlight naturally wipes his eye clear first, in order to make, at any rate, some approximation to the purity of that on which he looks; and a person wishing to see a city or country goes to the place in order to do so.



The Obama Administration Has Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Administration Since World War II

By William D. Hartung

07/26/2016, © The Nation

When American firms dominate a global market worth more than $70 billion a year, you'd expect to hear about it. Not so with the global arms trade. It's good for one or two stories a year in the mainstream media, usually when the annual statistics on the state of the business come out.  full article>


Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.

Salman Rushdie


Lammens: "Lo que más me entusiasma es el poder como herramienta para transformar la realidad"

24/07/16, ©

El presidente de San Lorenzo Matías Lammens habló del aporte social del club y se diferenció del gobierno nacional en cuanto a la política de educación. ¿Se proyectará a la política más adelante?  full article>


Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.

Norman Vincent Peale


Pillory Hillary Now

by Andrew Levine

July 26, 2016, © Counterpunch

Hillary Clinton is not a lesser, but good enough, Bernie Sanders, even allowing for his many faults.

She is a Wall Street flunky and a liberal imperialist with pronounced neocon predilections, who is shamelessly obeisant to all the usual suspects — from the fracking lobby to AIPAC.  full article>


One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Will NYT Retract Latest Anti-Russian 'Fraud'?

By Robert Parry

July 22, 2016, ©

In a fresh embarrassment for The New York Times, a photographic forensic expert has debunked a new amateurish, anti-Russian analysis of satellite photos related to the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, labeling the work "a fraud."

Last Saturday, on the eve of the second anniversary of the tragedy that claimed 298 lives, the Times touted the amateur analysis asserting that the Russian government had manipulated two satellite photos that revealed Ukrainian anti-aircraft missiles in eastern Ukraine at the time of the shoot-down.  full article>


Patriarchy is a fundamental imbalance underlying society And it's one we rarely address because it's so universal. But as I get older, I see that peace is a product of balance.

Ani DiFranco


Money Talks: Trump Does a U-Turn on Israel

by Jonathan Cook

July 21, 2016, © Counterpunch

The grubby underside of US electoral politics is on show once again as the Democratic and Republican candidates prepare to fight it out for the presidency. And it doesn't get seamier than the battle to prove how loyal each candidate is to Israel.  full article>


I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.

Bob Dylan


A Lesson in Constitutional Illiteracy: Lamar Smith and the Climate Science Witch Hunt

Posted on July 21, 2016 © Climate Science Watch

On September 17th of 2014, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology voted 4-3 to grant subpoena powers to the Committee Chair, useable without consultation of the Committee as a whole. This extraordinary power became available for the first time during the current Congress, with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) serving as Committee Chair. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) expressed concerns about the potential abuse of this power in January of 2015. This summer, the concern has been justified.  full article>


The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.

Albert Camus


US-Backed Syrian 'Moderates' Behead 12-Year-Old

By Daniel Lazare

July 21, 2016, ©

The video is appalling even by Syrian standards. It shows a couple of grown men holding onto a small boy who is perhaps ten or 12 years old. One of them grips the boy by the hair while the other playfully pats his cheek. The men smile, laugh and give the thumb's up. Then they lay the boy on his stomach, tie his hands behind his back, and draw a knife across his throat. In the final frame, one of the soldiers holds the severed head aloft in triumph.  full article>


Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.



Dog of the Day:

African Wild Dog



The Mermaid

A mermaid found a swimming lad,

Picked him for her own,

Pressed her body to his body,

Laughed; and plunging down

Forgot in cruel happiness

That even lovers drown.


W.B. Yeats



Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.

Bertrand Russell


Green Party Platform

The Green Party of the United States is a federation of state Green Parties. Committed to environmentalism, non-violence, social justice and grassroots organizing, Greens are renewing democracy without the support of corporate donors. Greens provide real solutions for real problems. Whether the issue is universal health care, corporate globalization, alternative energy, election reform or decent, living wages for workers, Greens have the courage and independence necessary to take on the powerful corporate interests.  full article>


There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.

Thornton Wilder


Admiral Fabuloso: Hillary, Syria and the Destructive Career of James G. Stavridis


JULY 15, 2016, © Counterpunch

At least for a moment, Donald Trump seriously considered picking retired General Michael Flynn, fired as DIA chief for correctly predicting that Obama's covert Syrian intervention would generate a jihadist monster such as ISIS. Hillary Clinton meanwhile is reportedly pondering the selection of retired Admiral James G. Stavridis, a former Rumsfeld lickspittle who helped destroy Libya and thinks it would be a fine idea to hook up with Al Qaeda in Syria. Clinton's putative defense secretary, Michelle Flournoy, herself an ardent proponent of escalation in Syria and elsewhere, acclaims him as "one of the finest military officers of his generation." One might think that for a candidate politically burdened by her vote for the invasion of Iraq, not to mention the Libyan disaster, Stavridis, currently Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, might not be the best choice.  full article>


The systematic dismantling of reproductive rights, much like the takedown of collective bargaining, has been taking place in full view.

Garry Trudeau


The fight for family planning

Brigitte Ireson-Valois

04 July 2016, © Medecins Sans Frontieres

Growing up in suburban Montreal, I was blissfully unaware of the struggles of the world. As a 10-year-old sitting in class completely embarrassed about the topic of sexual education — learning about the normal changes our bodies will encounter, what is menstruation and how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections — I was spoiled on so many levels.  full article>


Money is our madness, our vast collective madness.

D. H. Lawrence


Indian businessman famed for $240,000 gold shirt 'beaten to death'

Saturday 16 July 2016, © The Guardian

An Indian businessman who made headlines in 2013 for purchasing a shirt made entirely of gold has been beaten to death in western India, according to a report on Friday.  full article>


As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes.

Marshall McLuhan




Below is the transcript of President Obama's remarks at the Dallas memorial service for the five officers slain in the attack on Thursday, July 7, 2016:


Mr. President and Mrs. Bush; my friend, the Vice President, and Dr. Biden; Mayor Rawlings; Chief Spiller; clergy; members of Congress; Chief Brown -- I'm so glad I met Michelle first, because she loves Stevie Wonder -- (laughter and applause) -- but most of all, to the families and friends and colleagues and fellow officers:


Scripture tells us that in our sufferings there is glory, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Sometimes the truths of these words are hard to see. Right now, those words test us. Because the people of Dallas, people across the country, are suffering.


We're here to honor the memory, and mourn the loss, of five fellow Americans -- to grieve with their loved ones, to support this community, to pray for the wounded, and to try and find some meaning amidst our sorrow.


For the men and women who protect and serve the people of Dallas, last Thursday began like any other day. Like most Americans each day, you get up, probably have too quick a breakfast, kiss your family goodbye, and you head to work. But your work, and the work of police officers across the country, is like no other. For the moment you put on that uniform, you have answered a call that at any moment, even in the briefest interaction, may put your life in harm's way.


Lorne Ahrens, he answered that call. So did his wife, Katrina -- not only because she was the spouse of a police officer, but because she's a detective on the force. They have two kids. And Lorne took them fishing, and used to proudly go to their school in uniform. And the night before he died, he bought dinner for a homeless man. And the next night, Katrina had to tell their children that their dad was gone. "They don't get it yet," their grandma said. "They don't know what to do quite yet."


Michael Krol answered that call. His mother said, "He knew the dangers of the job, but he never shied away from his duty." He came a thousand miles from his home state of Michigan to be a cop in Dallas, telling his family, "This is something I wanted to do." Last year, he brought his girlfriend back to Detroit for Thanksgiving, and it was the last time he'd see his family.


Michael Smith answered that call -- in the Army, and over almost 30 years working for the Dallas Police Association, which gave him the appropriately named "Cops Cop" award. A man of deep faith, when he was off duty, he could be found at church or playing softball with his two girls. Today, his girls have lost their dad, for God has called Michael home.


Patrick Zamarripa, he answered that call. Just 32, a former altar boy who served in the Navy and dreamed of being a cop. He liked to post videos of himself and his kids on social media. And on Thursday night, while Patrick went to work, his partner Kristy posted a photo of her and their daughter at a Texas Rangers game, and tagged her partner so that he could see it while on duty.


Brent Thompson answered that call. He served his country as a Marine. And years later, as a contractor, he spent time in some of the most dangerous parts of Iraq and Afghanistan. And then a few years ago, he settled down here in Dallas for a new life of service as a transit cop. And just about two weeks ago, he married a fellow officer, their whole life together waiting before them.


Like police officers across the country, these men and their families shared a commitment to something larger than themselves. They weren't looking for their names to be up in lights. They'd tell you the pay was decent but wouldn't make you rich. They could have told you about the stress and long shifts, and they'd probably agree with Chief Brown when he said that cops don't expect to hear the words "thank you" very often, especially from those who need them the most.


No, the reward comes in knowing that our entire way of life in America depends on the rule of law; that the maintenance of that law is a hard and daily labor; that in this country, we don't have soldiers in the streets or militias setting the rules. Instead, we have public servants -- police officers -- like the men who were taken away from us.


And that's what these five were doing last Thursday when they were assigned to protect and keep orderly a peaceful protest in response to the killing of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge and Philando Castile of Minnesota. They were upholding the constitutional rights of this country.


For a while, the protest went on without incident. And despite the fact that police conduct was the subject of the protest, despite the fact that there must have been signs or slogans or chants with which they profoundly disagreed, these men and this department did their jobs like the professionals that they were. In fact, the police had been part of the protest's planning. Dallas PD even posted photos on their Twitter feeds of their own officers standing among the protesters. Two officers, black and white, smiled next to a man with a sign that read, "No Justice, No Peace."


And then, around nine o'clock, the gunfire came. Another community torn apart. More hearts broken. More questions about what caused, and what might prevent, another such tragedy.


I know that Americans are struggling right now with what we've witnessed over the past week. First, the shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, and the protests, then the targeting of police by the shooter here -- an act not just of demented violence but of racial hatred. All of it has left us wounded, and angry, and hurt. It's as if the deepest fault lines of our democracy have suddenly been exposed, perhaps even widened. And although we know that such divisions are not new -- though they have surely been worse in even the recent past -- that offers us little comfort.


Faced with this violence, we wonder if the divides of race in America can ever be bridged. We wonder if an African-American community that feels unfairly targeted by police, and police departments that feel unfairly maligned for doing their jobs, can ever understand each other's experience. We turn on the TV or surf the Internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn, and people retreat to their respective corners, and politicians calculate how to grab attention or avoid the fallout. We see all this, and it's hard not to think sometimes that the center won't hold and that things might get worse.


I understand. I understand how Americans are feeling. But, Dallas, I'm here to say we must reject such despair. I'm here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem. And I know that because I know America. I know how far we've come against impossible odds. (Applause.) I know we'll make it because of what I've experienced in my own life, what I've seen of this country and its people -- their goodness and decency --as President of the United States. And I know it because of what we've seen here in Dallas -- how all of you, out of great suffering, have shown us the meaning of perseverance and character, and hope.


When the bullets started flying, the men and women of the Dallas police, they did not flinch and they did not react recklessly. They showed incredible restraint. Helped in some cases by protesters, they evacuated the injured, isolated the shooter, and saved more lives than we will ever know. (Applause.) We mourn fewer people today because of your brave actions. (Applause.) "Everyone was helping each other," one witness said. "It wasn't about black or white. Everyone was picking each other up and moving them away." See, that's the America I know.


The police helped Shetamia Taylor as she was shot trying to shield her four sons. She said she wanted her boys to join her to protest the incidents of black men being killed. She also said to the Dallas PD, "Thank you for being heroes." And today, her 12-year-old son wants to be a cop when he grows up. That's the America I know. (Applause.)


In the aftermath of the shooting, we've seen Mayor Rawlings and Chief Brown, a white man and a black man with different backgrounds, working not just to restore order and support a shaken city, a shaken department, but working together to unify a city with strength and grace and wisdom. (Applause.) And in the process, we've been reminded that the Dallas Police Department has been at the forefront of improving relations between police and the community. (Applause.) The murder rate here has fallen. Complaints of excessive force have been cut by 64 percent. The Dallas Police Department has been doing it the right way. (Applause.) And so, Mayor Rawlings and Chief Brown, on behalf of the American people, thank you for your steady leadership, thank you for your powerful example. We could not be prouder of you. (Applause.)


These men, this department -- this is the America I know. And today, in this audience, I see people who have protested on behalf of criminal justice reform grieving alongside police officers. I see people who mourn for the five officers we lost but also weep for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. In this audience, I see what's possible -- (applause) -- I see what's possible when we recognize that we are one American family, all deserving of equal treatment, all deserving of equal respect, all children of God. That's the America that I know.


Now, I'm not naïve. I have spoken at too many memorials during the course of this presidency. I've hugged too many families who have lost a loved one to senseless violence. And I've seen how a spirit of unity, born of tragedy, can gradually dissipate, overtaken by the return to business as usual, by inertia and old habits and expediency. I see how easily we slip back into our old notions, because they're comfortable, we're used to them. I've seen how inadequate words can be in bringing about lasting change. I've seen how inadequate my own words have been. And so I'm reminded of a passage in *John's Gospel (First John): Let us love not with words or speech, but with actions and in truth. If we're to sustain the unity we need to get through these difficult times, if we are to honor these five outstanding officers who we've lost, then we will need to act on the truths that we know. And that's not easy. It makes us uncomfortable. But we're going to have to be honest with each other and ourselves.


We know that the overwhelming majority of police officers do an incredibly hard and dangerous job fairly and professionally. They are deserving of our respect and not our scorn. (Applause.) And when anyone, no matter how good their intentions may be, paints all police as biased or bigoted, we undermine those officers we depend on for our safety. And as for those who use rhetoric suggesting harm to police, even if they don't act on it themselves -- well, they not only make the jobs of police officers even more dangerous, but they do a disservice to the very cause of justice that they claim to promote. (Applause.)


We also know that centuries of racial discrimination -- of slavery, and subjugation, and Jim Crow -- they didn't simply vanish with the end of lawful segregation. They didn't just stop when Dr. King made a speech, or the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act were signed. Race relations have improved dramatically in my lifetime. Those who deny it are dishonoring the struggles that helped us achieve that progress. (Applause.)


But we know -- but, America, we know that bias remains. We know it. Whether you are black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or of Middle Eastern descent, we have all seen this bigotry in our own lives at some point. We've heard it at times in our own homes. If we're honest, perhaps we've heard prejudice in our own heads and felt it in our own hearts. We know that. And while some suffer far more under racism's burden, some feel to a far greater extent discrimination's sting. Although most of us do our best to guard against it and teach our children better, none of us is entirely innocent. No institution is entirely immune. And that includes our police departments. We know this.


And so when African Americans from all walks of life, from different communities across the country, voice a growing despair over what they perceive to be unequal treatment; when study after study shows that whites and people of color experience the criminal justice system differently, so that if you're black you're more likely to be pulled over or searched or arrested, more likely to get longer sentences, more likely to get the death penalty for the same crime; when mothers and fathers raise their kids right and have "the talk" about how to respond if stopped by a police officer -- "yes, sir," "no, sir" -- but still fear that something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door, still fear that kids being stupid and not quite doing things right might end in tragedy -- when all this takes place more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, we cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid. (Applause.) We can't simply dismiss it as a symptom of political correctness or reverse racism. To have your experience denied like that, dismissed by those in authority, dismissed perhaps even by your white friends and coworkers and fellow church members again and again and again -- it hurts. Surely we can see that, all of us.



We also know what Chief Brown has said is true: That so much of the tensions between police departments and minority communities that they serve is because we ask the police to do too much and we ask too little of ourselves. (Applause.) As a society, we choose to underinvest in decent schools. We allow poverty to fester so that entire neighborhoods offer no prospect for gainful employment. (Applause.) We refuse to fund drug treatment and mental health programs. (Applause.) We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book -- (applause) -- and then we tell the police "you're a social worker, you're the parent, you're the teacher, you're the drug counselor." We tell them to keep those neighborhoods in check at all costs, and do so without causing any political blowback or inconvenience. Don't make a mistake that might disturb our own peace of mind. And then we feign surprise when, periodically, the tensions boil over.


We know these things to be true. They've been true for a long time. We know it. Police, you know it. Protestors, you know it. You know how dangerous some of the communities where these police officers serve are, and you pretend as if there's no context. These things we know to be true. And if we cannot even talk about these things -- if we cannot talk honestly and openly not just in the comfort of our own circles, but with those who look different than us or bring a different perspective, then we will never break this dangerous cycle.


In the end, it's not about finding policies that work; it's about forging consensus, and fighting cynicism, and finding the will to make change.


Can we do this? Can we find the character, as Americans, to open our hearts to each other? Can we see in each other a common humanity and a shared dignity, and recognize how our different experiences have shaped us? And it doesn't make anybody perfectly good or perfectly bad, it just makes us human. I don't know. I confess that sometimes I, too, experience doubt. I've been to too many of these things. I've seen too many families go through this. But then I am reminded of what the Lord tells Ezekiel: I will give you a new heart, the Lord says, and put a new spirit in you. I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.


That's what we must pray for, each of us: a new heart. Not a heart of stone, but a heart open to the fears and hopes and challenges of our fellow citizens. That's what we've seen in Dallas these past few days. That's what we must sustain.


Because with an open heart, we can learn to stand in each other's shoes and look at the world through each other's eyes, so that maybe the police officer sees his own son in that teenager with a hoodie who's kind of goofing off but not dangerous -- (applause) -- and the teenager -- maybe the teenager will see in the police officer the same words and values and authority of his parents. (Applause.)


With an open heart, we can abandon the overheated rhetoric and the oversimplification that reduces whole categories of our fellow Americans not just to opponents, but to enemies.


With an open heart, those protesting for change will guard against reckless language going forward, look at the model set by the five officers we mourn today, acknowledge the progress brought about by the sincere efforts of police departments like this one in Dallas, and embark on the hard but necessary work of negotiation, the pursuit of reconciliation.


With an open heart, police departments will acknowledge that, just like the rest of us, they are not perfect; that insisting we do better to root out racial bias is not an attack on cops, but an effort to live up to our highest ideals. (Applause.) And I understand these protests -- I see them, they can be messy. Sometimes they can be hijacked by an irresponsible few. Police can get hurt. Protestors can get hurt. They can be frustrating.


But even those who dislike the phrase "Black Lives Matter," surely we should be able to hear the pain of Alton Sterling's family. (Applause.) We should -- when we hear a friend describe him by saying that "Whatever he cooked, he cooked enough for everybody," that should sound familiar to us, that maybe he wasn't so different than us, so that we can, yes, insist that his life matters. Just as we should hear the students and coworkers describe their affection for Philando Castile as a gentle soul -- "Mr. Rogers with dreadlocks," they called him -- and know that his life mattered to a whole lot of people of all races, of all ages, and that we have to do what we can, without putting officers' lives at risk, but do better to prevent another life like his from being lost.


With an open heart, we can worry less about which side has been wronged, and worry more about joining sides to do right. (Applause.) Because the vicious killer of these police officers, they won't be the last person who tries to make us turn on one other. The killer in Orlando wasn't, nor was the killer in Charleston. We know there is evil in this world. That's why we need police departments. (Applause.) But as Americans, we can decide that people like this killer will ultimately fail. They will not drive us apart. We can decide to come together and make our country reflect the good inside us, the hopes and simple dreams we share.


"We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."


For all of us, life presents challenges and suffering -- accidents, illnesses, the loss of loved ones. There are times when we are overwhelmed by sudden calamity, natural or manmade. All of us, we make mistakes. And at times we are lost. And as we get older, we learn we don't always have control of things -- not even a President does. But we do have control over how we respond to the world. We do have control over how we treat one another.


America does not ask us to be perfect. Precisely because of our individual imperfections, our founders gave us institutions to guard against tyranny and ensure no one is above the law; a democracy that gives us the space to work through our differences and debate them peacefully, to make things better, even if it doesn't always happen as fast as we'd like. America gives us the capacity to change.


But as the men we mourn today -- these five heroes -- knew better than most, we cannot take the blessings of this nation for granted. Only by working together can we preserve those institutions of family and community, rights and responsibilities, law and self-government that is the hallmark of this nation. For, it turns out, we do not persevere alone. Our character is not found in isolation. Hope does not arise by putting our fellow man down; it is found by lifting others up. (Applause.)


And that's what I take away from the lives of these outstanding men. The pain we feel may not soon pass, but my faith tells me that they did not die in vain. I believe our sorrow can make us a better country. I believe our righteous anger can be transformed into more justice and more peace. Weeping may endure for a night, but I'm convinced joy comes in the morning. (Applause.) We cannot match the sacrifices made by Officers Zamarripa and Ahrens, Krol, Smith, and Thompson, but surely we can try to match their sense of service. We cannot match their courage, but we can strive to match their devotion.


May God bless their memory. May God bless this country that we love.


Like a cyclone, imperialism spins across the globe; militarism crushes peoples and sucks their blood like a vampire.

Karl Liebknecht


US Still Ducks Iraq Accountability

By Paul R. Pillar

July 9, 2016, ©

The United States and Britain each have suffered from the blunder of invading Iraq in 2003 — and have made many others suffer as well, not least of all the Iraqis. But the release in Britain of the mammoth Chilcot report is a reminder of how differently the two allies have treated their coming to terms with the blunder.

That difference had been apparent even before this week. An earlier British inquiry, the Butler report, had explicitly pointed out, for example, the improper mingling of intelligence analysis and policy — which, although such mingling occurred on this side of the Atlantic as well, has never been directly and officially acknowledged in the same way in the United States.  full article>


If the colonists hadn't rejected British militarism and the massive financial burden of maintaining the British military, America wouldn't exist.

Rachel Maddow


USA Today Ducking the Question of Militarism

By Jim Naureckas

Jul 8, 2016, © FAIR

The top story for USA Today on July 8, 2016: Some Western countries aren't spending enough money on weapons of war.

"NATO Nations Ducking the Check" was the headline across the top of the front page. "Despite Pledges, Some NATO Members Still Falling Behind on Defense Spending" was the online version (7/7/16).  full article>


River of the Day:

The North Platte, Wyoming


Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

Henry David Thoreau


The Clinton Contamination

Maureen Dowd

JULY 9, 2016, © The New York Times

IT says a lot about our relationship with Hillary Clinton that she seems well on her way to becoming Madam President because she's not getting indicted.

If she were still at the State Department, she could be getting fired for being, as the F.B.I. director told Congress, "extremely careless" with top-secret information. Instead, she's on a glide path to a big promotion.  full article>


The opportunity is often lost by deliberating.

Publilius Syrus


"No nos trajeron libertad, sólo dejaron destrucción"


07/07/2016, © El Mundo

Son tantas penas que he dejado de contarlas", reconoce el novelista iraquí Muhsin al Ramli. El informe 'Chilcot' apenas concitó ayer atención en un Irak sumido en el duelo desde el coche bomba que el pasado domingo arrasó una de las principales calles del barrio bagdadí de Al Karrada. Las autoridades elevaron ayer la cifra de víctimas a 250 convirtiendo la carnicería, reivindicada por el autodenominado Estado Islámico, en el ataque más mortífero desde la invasión que hundió al país en un laberinto de muerte y destrucción. El baño de sangre segó la vida de decenas de jóvenes que disfrutaban de una de las últimas veladas del ramadán en una concurrida zona comercial de la capital iraquí.  full article>


Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.

Khalil Gibran


What the Democratic Party Platform Tells Us About Where We Are on War

By Phyllis Bennis

JULY 8, 2016, © The Nation

On July 1, the Democratic Party released its draft platform, a document which will go before the full platform committee on July 8-9, before being debated at the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia at the end of this month.

The 35-page draft reminds us of two crucial realities: the limits of party politics while corporate and military interests dominate both parties, and, crucially, the necessity of social movements to challenge those limits and—sometimes—to win.  full article>


The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.

John Burroughs


Tree of the day:

Quercus Alba (North American White Oak):


Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.

Baruch Spinoza


Hillary Clinton's Wanton Disregard for US Laws and National Security


JULY 6, 2016, © Counterpunch

There is a new poster child for the U.S. government's double standard in dealing with violations of public policy and public trust—former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who will receive no punishment for her wanton disregard of U.S. laws and national security. Clinton merely received a blistering rebuke from FBI director James Comey, who charged her with "extremely careless" behavior in using multiple private email servers to send and received classified information as well as using her personal cellphone in dealing with sensitive materials while traveling outside the United States. Some of these communications referred to CIA operatives, which is a violation of a 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act to protect those individuals working overseas under cover.  full article>


To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.



Tony Blair unrepentant as Chilcot gives crushing Iraq war verdict

Luke Harding

Wednesday 6 July 2016, © The Guardian

A defiant Tony Blair defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 following the publication of a devastating report by Sir John Chilcot, which mauled the ex-prime minister's reputation and said that at the time of the 2003 invasion Saddam Hussein "posed no imminent threat".  full article>


The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.

Jim Hightower


ISIS Bombs The Prophet's Tomb In Medina, Second Holiest Site In Islam

By Colin Taylor

July 4, 2016, © Occupy Democrats

The terrorists of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL/IS) have proven once and for all that they are nothing but nihilistic sadists with today's triple bombings in Saudi Arabia. A suicide bomber exploded at the Al-Masjid an-Nabawí – or the Prophet's Mosque, in the Saudi city of Medina, killing at least four and injuring many more. Bombings also hit mosques in the cities of Qatif and Jeddah.  full article>


Ah, yes, superstition: it would appear to be cowardice in face of the supernatural.



F.B.I. Director James Comey Recommends No Charges for Hillary Clinton on Email


JULY 5, 2016, © The New York Times

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, on Tuesday recommended no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state, lifting an enormous legal cloud from her presidential campaign less than two hours before she boarded Air Force One for her first joint campaign appearance with President Obama.  full article>


I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die.

Mary Roberts Rinehart


Google Is Not What It Seems

by Julian Assange, ©

Eric Schmidt is an influential figure, even among the parade of powerful characters with whom I have had to cross paths since I founded WikiLeaks. In mid-May 2011 I was under house arrest in rural Norfolk, about three hours' drive northeast of London. The crackdown against our work was in full swing and every wasted moment seemed like an eternity. It was hard to get my attention. But when my colleague Joseph Farrell told me the executive chairman of Google wanted to make an appointment with me, I was listening.

In some ways the higher echelons of Google seemed more distant and obscure to me than the halls of Washington. We had been locking horns with senior US officials for years by that point. The mystique had worn off. But the power centers growing up in Silicon Valley were still opaque and I was suddenly conscious of an opportunity to understand and influence what was becoming the most influential company on earth. Schmidt had taken over as CEO of Google in 2001 and built it into an empire.

I was intrigued that the mountain would come to Muhammad. But it was not until well after Schmidt and his companions had been and gone that I came to understand who had really visited me.  full article>


Flower of the day:

Hortensias, Basque Country


Noam Chomsky on Globalization, Inequality and Political Alienation

By James Resnick

Saturday, 02 July 2016, ©

James Resnick: How has the way you understand the world changed over time and what (or who) has prompted the most significant shifts in your thinking?

Noam Chomsky: For better or worse, I've pretty much stayed the same throughout my life. When I was a child in elementary school I was writing articles for the school newspaper on the rise of fascism in Europe and the threats to the world as I saw them from a 10-year-old point of view, and on from there. By the time I was a young teenager, I was very involved in radical politics of all kinds; hanging around anarchist bookstores and offices. A lot concerned what was happening during the Second World War: the British attack on Greece and the atomic bomb I thought was shattering.  full article>


Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Andersen


How Hillary Clinton Ignores Peace

By Robert Parry

July 2, 2016, ©

In Campaign 2016, the American people have shown little stomach for more foreign wars. The Republican candidates who advocated neoconservative warmongering crashed and burned, losing to Donald Trump who sold himself to GOP voters as the anti-neocon, daring even to trash George W. Bush's Iraq War to an aghast field of Republican rivals.

Sen. Bernie Sanders went even further, daring to mildly criticize Israel's repression of Palestinians, yet still ran a surprisingly strong race against the hawkish former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And, if Libertarian and Green anti-imperial candidates are counted in general election polls along with Trump, the trio makes up a majority of voters (54 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll).  full article>


To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake


Hillary Cheated


JULY 4, 2016, ©

Who are you going to believe: us, or your lying eyes? That's the good word from Democratic Party powers that be and their transcribers in the corporate media, in response to the "allegations" by Bernie Sanders supporters that the nomination was stolen by Hillary Clinton.  full article>


A weed is but an unloved flower.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


A Brief History of America's Massive Gun-Buying Spree


MAY/JUNE 2016 ISSUE, © MotherJones

Among the weapons used in Sunday's devastating mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando was a rifle similar to an AR-15, the civilian version of an assault rifle originally designed for the US military. The immense popularity of the AR-15 is just one chapter in the recent rise of the American gun industry. As the National Rifle Association, bankrolled by the nation's biggest gunmakers, has fanned fears of an imminent crackdown on gun owners, a buying spree has put ever more deadly weapons into Americans' hands.  full article>


Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you'd collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.

Aldous Huxley


Procesados en Chile siete exmilitares por el asesinato del cantautor Víctor Jara

28 DIC 2012, © El País

Un juez chileno procesó hoy a siete exoficiales del Ejército como responsables del asesinato del cantautor Víctor Jara, ocurrido el 16 de septiembre de 1973 tras el golpe de Estado que encabezó Augusto Pinochet, informaron fuentes judiciales.  full article>


Journalism, spooked by rumors of its own obsolescence, has stopped believing in itself. Groans of doom alternate with panicked happy talk.

Maureen Dowd


Greg Palast on US Election Fraud and Neoliberalism Gone Amok in Latin America and Greece

By Michael Nevradakis

Monday, 27 June 2016, © Truthout

Bestselling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast is no stranger to electoral shenanigans. Through an extensive investigation of the elimination of tens of thousands of largely low-income and voters of color from the electoral rolls in Florida prior to the 2000 presidential elections, Palast uncovered the ways in which electoral outcomes -- and democracy itself -- are increasingly manipulated by powerful interests in the United States.  full article>


Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.

George Orwell


Gaza's plight matters to the world

By Elizabeth Kucinich

June 23, 2016, © The Hill

This month, U.S. congressmen, including Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), were refused entry into the Gaza Strip at the Erez crossing while on a fact-finding mission in Israel-Palestine. Israeli authorities, without elaboration, claimed that their application had not met the criteria necessary to enter. Apparently elected U.S. congressmen inspecting American taxpayer-funded projects and reviewing U.S. aid to Palestinians in Gaza is not worthy criteria.  full article>


In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell


Congress Seeks to Expand Warrantless Surveillance Under the Patriot Act

June 22, 2016, ©

How would you feel if the Federal Bureau of Investigation could get information about websites you visited or emails you sent – without ever getting permission from a judge? Would you begin to self-censor the websites you visited — maybe avoiding revealing sites? Or, avoid emailing your pastor, therapist, or lawyer? These scenarios may soon no longer be hypothetical.  full article>


There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.

George Orwell


Why Can't We Do Anything About Guns?

Frank Smyth

June 21, 2016,© The Progressive

Once again, in the wake of a horrific mass shooting, Congress has failed to pass even any token gun reform legislation. This time, legislative inaction took a little more than eight days.

Why can't we do anything about massacres with semi-automatic, high-capacity guns that have helped make ours the most violent advanced nation on earth? Because we have allowed a minority of extremists to control the gun debate.  full article>


We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean, or to look to for moral guidance.

Benito Mussolini



Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw


Goodbye to All That: Why the UK Left the EU

by Pepe Escobar

June 24, 2016, © Counterpunch

So what started as a gamble by David Cameron on an outlet for domestic British discontent, to be used as a lever to bargain with Brussels for a few more favors, has metastasized into an astonishing political earthquake about the dis-integration of the European Union.

The irrepressibly mediocre Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, posing as a "historian", had warned that Brexit, "could be the beginning of the destruction of not only the EU but Western political civilization in its entirety".  full article>


If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu



I don't regret anything.

Amy Winehouse


How NRA Dark Money Impedes Gun Control Reform

By Thom Hartmann

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, © truthout

In just five short months, voters across the country will head to their local polling place to vote for local, state and federal offices to pretend we have a functioning democracy. But the truth is, our democracy is broken.

We make it difficult for whole groups of people to participate, like people of color, seniors, college students and low-income Americans. We cast our ballots on privately owned machines, but we have no way of telling whether they're counted correctly.

Our elections are primarily funded by corporate elite and billionaires who funnel their donations through dark money organizations. As former President Jimmy Carter pointed out on my radio program last year, the flood of money into our politics has effectively undermined US democracy and left us with American oligarchy. But the corrupting influence of money in politics hasn't just compromised our democracy; it's costing American lives.  full article>


To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing.

Adolf Eichmann




Messi. No necesita hablar de cuidar la pelota o de no mancharla. Pasa la pelota mejor que nadie, la acaricia, la castiga, la ve, la sigue, la ama como nadie. Maradona tuvo una extraordinaria visión y una magia parecida, pero nunca fue tan consistente como Messi. Lo mismo Cruyff. Pelé no tuvo que jugar contra tantos buenos equipos y contra tantos defensores fuertes y rápidos como Messi lo ha hecho año tras año. Es un jugador total. Lo más notable de todo es que nunca ha habido un gran goleador tan generoso. Hoy pudo marcar 3 o 4 goles, pero prefirió pasarle la pelota a Higuaín, a Lavezzi, hasta a Mascherano intento regalarle un gol. Cuando le preguntaron después del partido sobre lo de haber batido el récord de Gabriel Batistuta con ese tiro libre infernal, dijo " gracias a mis compañeros". Alucino. Me hace tan feliz verlo jugar, ver como se mueve en la cancha. Es obvio que es el mejor jugador del mundo y que es un enamorado del fútbol. Los madridistas, brasileños, argentinos amargados y otros ciegos que se niegan a reconocerlo dan pena. El comentarista norteamericano en la tele de acá, Alexi Lalas, que fue un buen defensor (y también fue parte del equipo USA que le ganó a Argentina 3-0 en la Copa América de 1995) le tiene tanta manía a Messi que sigue insistiendo que Cristiano Ronaldo es mejor jugador. Penoso lo de este burro. Los celos son muy feos. Me sigue preocupando que a la Pulga no le devuelvan los favores sus compañeros. Lamela no se la devolvió en el área, aunque Messi se la pidió, por ejemplo. Quizá no le funcione tan rápido el cerebro a ese pibe como para darse cuenta que lo lógico para el bien del equipo era pasarle la pelota al genio en vez de hacerse el morfón. No importa. Messi seguirá ayudando a la Selección, como la hace con el Barcelona, de cualquiera manera posible para que su equipo triunfe. Ya debería tener un Mundial y una Copa América. Si fueran la mitad de generosos sus compañeros, ya las hubiera ganado. Espero que el domingo pueda alzar la Copa. Se la merece este artista inigualable, este canto celestial al fútbol. Que sigan hablando mal de él Cristiano y Maradona. Da igual. Messi no necesita autoproclamarse ni menospreciar a sus rivales. Él tiene su camino, y los mortales tienen los suyos.



Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius


"Podemos aprendió de los procesos latinoamericanos"

Por Ignacio Kostzer

Martes, 21 de junio de 2016, © Página/12

A menos de una semana de las elecciones, la últimas encuestas ubican en ascenso a la alianza entre Podemos e Izquierda Unida, consolidada en el segundo lugar a apenas tres puntos del Partido Popular de Rajoy. Si se confirma en las urnas, el desplazamiento del PSOE significaría una verdadera reconfiguración de la izquierda española. El psicoanalista y politólogo Jorge Alemán, hasta hace pocos meses agregado cultural de la embajada argentina en España, acompañó el surgimiento y evolución de esa organización y ahora la analiza como expresión del cambio en la cultura política española.  full article>


Rapid urban growth in the context of structural adjustment, currency devaluation, and state retrenchment has been an inevitable recipe for the mass production of slums.

Mike Davis


Bernie's Capitulation and Hillary's Syrian War to Come

by Gary Leupp

June 21, 2016, © Counterpunch

In his quasi-concession speech last Thursday, broadcast without a live audience (probably due to the fear of loud boos), Bernie Sanders began with the observation, "Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end."  full article>


How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism?

Howard Zinn


Trump, Reagan and Fascism: Frank Rich and the Pitfalls of Historical Analogy

By Mike Lofgren

Friday, 17 June 2016, © Truthout

Analogies are one of the most seductive and misleading of all expeditions into historical interpretation. Analogies can be an imaginative form of reasoning, as they enrich insight by connecting seemingly disconnected topics. But they can also be deceptive. For a certain type of American political commentator, every minor vicissitude in foreign relations is another Munich, and every blow up in the Balkans a replay of the Guns of August, with dire consequences for us all. Pathetic third-world caudillos always represent a new Adolf Hitler, and Western statesmen who warn against them are hailed as another Winston Churchill.  full article>


Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions.

Barney Frank


90-year-old Idaho Democratic delegate hasn't given up hope for Bernie Sanders

By Jonathan Brunt

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016, © The Spokesman-Review

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho - On one side of her jean jacket, Faye Morris wears a "Bernie" button. On the other, a button says "wage peace."

In the months before Idaho's Democratic presidential caucus in March, Morris would stop people on the sidewalks of Bonners Ferry.  full article>


From my perspective, I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear. That's what I believe, and it was very, very strong in the forest.

Jane Goodall


True Fraud: The New Battle Over Voting Rights, State By State

Tanner Jean-Louis

June 15, 2016, © The Progressive

With the primary season over, and Clinton and Trump having almost certainly secured their respective party's nominations, attention is turning to the election in November.

Though Trump managed to cruise through the primaries, his campaign now faces a much rockier road. Demographic changes and geographic challenges pose serious barriers to any Republican presidential candidate in 2016, especially one as staggeringly unpopular as the party's presumptive nominee.  full article>


Although it costs taxpayers more than twice as much to send an 18-year-old to prison as to university, politicians reap greater rewards from lobbyists and conservative voters for building cells than for building classrooms.

Mike Davis


Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.

Isaac Asimov


Samantha Power, Henry Kissinger & Imperial Delusions

by Daniel Kovalik

June 16, 2016, © Counterpunch

Quite revealingly, the self-proclaimed crusader against genocide, Samantha Power, was awarded the 2016 Henry A. Kissinger Prize in Berlin. That Power would be awarded a prize named after one of the world's great génocidaires, and that she would happily accept it, proves what many of us have believed all along – that she is more the clever apologist for U.S. crimes than a bona fide human rights advocate.  full article>


The only thing that's been a worse flop than the organization of non-violence has been the organization of violence.

Joan Baez


Samantha Bee Doesn't Want Your Prayers, Politicians

"Is it okay if instead of making jokes, I just scream for seven minutes?"

Grace Wilson

Jun. 14, 2016, © MotherJones

In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, Samantha Bee opened Full Frontal Monday night without the usual music and applause. She began her show by saying that although protocol after a mass shooting is usually to offer well-meaning words of support, she was too angry.  full article>


Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!

Albert Einstein


CIA Releases New and Gruesome Details on Its Torture Program

By Dror Ladin

June 15, 2016, © ACLU

The CIA released 50 new documents yesterday relating to its post-9/11 torture and rendition program. Despite the many disclosures that have come in the course of our decade-long fight to reveal the details of the program, the new revelations still have the capacity to shock.  full article>


Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.

Samuel Johnson


Big Money's Conquest of Democratic Party

June 8, 2016, ©

Return with us now to the saga of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the soul of the Democratic Party. First, a quick recap: Rep. Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, chair of the Democratic National Committee, also has been an advocate for the payday loan industry. The website Think Progress even described her as the "top Democratic ally" of "predatory payday lenders." You know — the bottom-feeding bloodsuckers of the working poor. Yes, them.  full article>


In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy


Enduring Syria's War While Also Treating Its Victims

June 02, 2016, © Doctors without Borders

Yahya Jarad is a nursing supervisor at MSF's Al Salamah hospital, and a 2007 nursing graduate from Aleppo University. Last Friday, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)had to evacuate the patients of Al Salamah hospital and close the facility as front lines drew too close. An estimated 100,000 people are trapped in northern Syria's Azaz district with battle lines approaching.  full article>


Righteousness acts never in its own interest, but in the interest of fellow men.

Thaddeus of Vitovnica


Política, manual de instrucciones

"Política, manual de instrucciones" adentra al espectador en los debates internos de Podemos, el partido que lidera Pablo Iglesias, en los momentos claves en su constitución y diseño de su estructura orgánica, "reflejando los tropiezos, los éxitos, las contradicciones, los buenos momentos y las crisis". Para ello, Aranoa ha recopilado 500 horas de filmación durante 15 meses, los que separan el nacimiento de Podemos de su llegada al Congreso. (FILMAFFINITY)



The United States of America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln


PZP vaccine is best way to stave off BLM's pending "billion-dollar" fiscal crisis

June 2nd, 2016, © Return to Freedom

38 wild horse advocacy groups press BLM for increased use of humane fertility control as alternative to costly roundups

Santa Barbara, CA (June 1, 2016) ...Today, Return to Freedom joined with 38 wild horse advocacy, rescue and humane organizations representing more than 10 million citizens, stand united in calling on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to make greater use of the humane fertility control vaccine PZP as a way to stave off its "billion-dollar" fiscal crisis caused by wild horse roundups in the American West.  full article>


Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca


Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

by Diana Johnstone

June 3, 2016, ©

On June 2, a few days before the California primary, Hillary Clinton gave up trying to compete with Bernie Sanders on domestic policy. Instead, she zeroed in on the soft target of Donald Trump's most "bizarre rants" in order to present herself as experienced and reasonable. Evidently taking her Democratic Party nomination for granted, she is positioning herself as the perfect candidate for hawkish Republicans.  full article>


The lust of avarice as so totally seized upon mankind that their wealth seems rather to possess them than they possess their wealth.

Pliny the Elder


Blatter, Valcke and Kattner awarded themselves £55m, say Fifa lawyers

Luke Harding

Friday 3 June 2016, © The Guardian

The spectacular scale of greed at the top of Fifa was revealed on Friday when lawyers said that three high-ranking former officials – Sepp Blatter, Jérôme Valcke and Markus Kattner – had secretly given themselves pay rises and massive World Cup bonuses totalling 79m Swiss francs (£55m).  full article>


Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.



Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, America's Sinkhole Wars

Posted by Andrew Bacevich

May 31, 2016, © TomDispatch

Here's last week's good news on America's war fronts: finally, there's light at the end of the tunnel!

From one end of the Greater Middle East to the other, things are looking up for Washington. A U.S. Air Force drone struck for the first time in Baluchistan province and took out the leader of the Taliban with two Hellfire missiles (whereupon the Pakistani government denounced Washington for violating the country's sovereignty). The action was taken, President Obama later announced, as part of "our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan." (Admittedly, you may not have heard much about such peace and prosperity recently with fierce fighting raging on Afghan battlefields, the Taliban gaining ground, the government in its usual pit of corruption, and the country maintaining its proud position as the uncontested global leader in the production and sale of opium.)  full article>


There is no bad time for good news.

Stephen King


París se rinde a Garbiñe Muguruza

Joan Solsona

04/06/2016, ©

La tierra de Roland Garros es sinónimo de éxitos para el tenis español. Primero fue Manolo Santana, después vinieron otros como Andrés Gimeno, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Sergi Bruguera, Carlos Moyá, Albert Costa y Juan Carlos Ferrero, hasta llegar a Rafael Nadal.  full article>


Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

Anne Frank


Tribute: Muhammad Ali, What Made Him the Greatest (1942—2016)

Thomas Curwen and J. Michael Kennedy

Jun 4, 2016, © Good News Network - Los Angeles Times

After defeating Sonny Liston in 1964, an ecstatic Muhammad Ali declared: "I shocked the world."

Thrusting his arms into the air, he treated the victory as if it had been a knockout. Never mind that Liston denied him that honor by refusing to step into the ring for a seventh round. Ali's win gave America a first glimpse of the young man who for the next 50 years would never stop shocking the world.  full article>


Hear me, people: We have now to deal with another race- small and feeble when our fathers first met them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough they have a mind to till the soil and the love of possession is a disease with them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break but the poor may not. They take their tithes from the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.

Sitting Bull


OAS Threatens to Suspend Venezuela While Ignoring Recent Ouster of Brazil's Dilma Rousseff

June 01, 2016, © Democracy Now


American imperialism is often traced to the takeover of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii in 1898.

Noam Chomsky


The National-Security Exposé So Secret Even Edward Snowden Didn't Know About It

By Mark Hertsgaard

June 1, 2016, © The Nation

Three years after Edward Snowden's revelations regarding the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, Eric Holder has decided that Snowden may have done the right thing after all. His whistleblowing was "a public service," the Obama administration's former attorney general said on a podcast released May 30. Snowden should still be prosecuted, Holder added—leaking top-secret documents is illegal, after all—but his disclosures helped in "raising the debate."  full article>


What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse.

Isabel Allende


From U.S. Ally to Convicted War Criminal: Inside Chad's Hissène Habré's Close Ties to Reagan Admin

May 31, 2016, © Democracy Now



The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity.

Naomi Klein


Forgetting the Crimes of War

By Gary G. Kohls

May 30, 2016, ©

One of the many heroes of the peace movement who came out of the Vietnam War was Vietnam veteran S. Brian Willson. Just like millions of other draft-age Americans, law student Willson had been drafted into that illegal and genocidal war – against his will – and came back disturbed and angry.  full article>


There are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, 'That person I see is a savage monster;' instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do.

Noam Chomsky


Welcome to the Jungle: The Shocking Story of Another Animal Planet Reality Show

James West

Mar. 18, 2016, © MotherJones

A popular Animal Planet reality show about a family-run zoo is going off the air, after Mother Jones presented the network with evidence of animal welfare violations dating back nearly 20 years—a decision the show's creators said was connected to "new programming directions at the network."

Yankee Jungle stars Bob and Julie Miner, a loveable, down-to-earth couple tending to 200-plus animals at DEW Haven, a roadside zoo outside Mount Vernon, Maine. "At this sanctuary, the animals are family," the show's tagline reads. But what audiences of the series—whose first season averaged 900,000 viewers—didn't hear about was the zoo's long record of animal welfare problems, conditions a state investigator once described as "deplorable" and "untenable."  full article>


All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.

George Orwell


New Nukes for a New Cold War

By Chuck Spinney

May 28, 2016, ©

With the passage of time, the decision to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima (a uranium bomb) and Nagasaki (a plutonium bomb) in August of 1945 has become more controversial among historians but not in the public mind. Was the destruction of these two low priority targets necessary to end the war with the Japan?

In 1945 and thereafter, beginning with the Truman Administration, politicians and milcrats convinced the public that bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended the war quickly and thereby saved American and Japanese lives. Against the background of the brutality and racism of the Pacific War — and especially the just completed battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima, and the overwhelming psychological effects of the Kamikazes — this justification was easy to believe by those troops designated for the invasion of Japan as well as by a public anxious to end the war.  full article>


We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.

Howard Zinn


Tony Blair Admits Mistake of Invading Iraq, Wants to Do It Again Anyway

May 26, 2016, © AntiMedia

(ANTIMEDIA) United Kingdom — Weeks before the long-awaited Chilcot investigation into the Iraq war is published, the brains behind Britain's role in it, Tony Blair, is calling for ground war again — this time against the Islamic State. Speaking at an event sponsored by Prospect Magazine in Westminster, Blair said his understanding of the Middle East is much deeper now than it was when he was Prime Minister. At the same time — in what could be the understatement of the century — the former Prime Minister admitted he "profoundly underestimated" the problems in Iraq after the United States toppled Saddam Hussein.  full article>


Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

Bob Dylan


Hillary, Honduras, and the Murder of My Friend Berta

by Porfirio Quintano

May 30, 2016, ©

Just one year ago, I had a joyous reunion in San Francisco with a high school classmate from my native Honduras. Social justice campaigner Berta Caceres came to the Bay Area to receive the prestigious Golden Environmental Prize for her leadership among indigenous people opposed to mining and the construction of hydro-electric dams that would destroy their communities.  full article>


Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

Joseph Campbell


Pentagon Whistleblower's Disclosures Put a Lie to Obama, Clinton Claims About Snowden

May 23, 2016, © Democracy Now



I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.

John D. Rockefeller


Obama in Hiroshima: A Case Study in Hypocrisy

by Eric Draitser

May 25, 2016, © Counterpunch

President Obama heads to Japan this week for an historic visit to Hiroshima, site of the world's first use of a nuclear weapon, and one of the United States' most enduring shameful acts. The corporate media has hailed the visit as an important step in strengthening bilateral relations between the US and Japan. Indeed, it certainly is that as the US seeks to reassert its hegemony in an Asia-Pacific region increasingly being seen as the sphere of influence of China.  full article>


Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.



Labor's Sell-Out and the Sanders Campaign

by Paul Buhle

May 23, 2016, © Counterpunch

Early last Fall, I received a surprising circular email from a high union officer and erstwhile leader of SDS, way back in the early 1960s. It contained an urgent appeal: get behind Hillary, because this is an era for defensive struggles. The letter-writer had also been an early and articulate opponent of the US invasion of Vietnam. I puzzled at his conversion to the War Candidate. I winced, some months later, as his union staffers crossed the border from my own Wisconsin to work feverishly in Iowa against....the labor candidate, Bernie Sanders, who lost by a hair (perhaps a hair that did not exist!). And again back in Wisconsin, where the best or worst efforts of his union, joined to the purported idealists of the labor movement, SEIU, failed somehow to keep the state in line for Hillary. They could not carry the working class vote.  full article>


The inside operation of Congress - the deals, the compromises, the selling out, the co-opting, the unprincipled manipulating, the self-serving career-building - is a story of such monumental decadence that I believe if people find out about it they will demand an end to it.

Bella Abzug


Chomsky: Today's GOP is a Candidate for Most Dangerous Organization in Human History—Part 2

May 16, 2016, © Democracy Now



I think that there's something in the American psyche, it's almost this kind of right or privilege, this sense of entitlement, to resolve our conflicts with violence. There's an arrogance to that concept if you think about it. To actually have to sit down and talk, to listen, to compromise, that's hard work.

Michael Moore


Noam Chomsky: Climate Change & Nuclear Proliferation Pose the Worst Threat Ever Faced by Humans

May 16, 2016, © Democracy Now



Fascism is capitalism plus murder.

Upton Sinclair


Naomi Klein criticises lack of global action on climate change after Sydney Peace prize win

Paul Karp

Sunday 15 May 2016, © The Guardian

The Canadian author and social activist Naomi Klein has criticised Australia's climate change policies after winning the Sydney Peace prize for her work exposing the structural causes of the planet's climate crisis.  full article>


Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.

Al Capone




In Other Words


Nothing in life is to be feared.

It is only to be understood.



Nothing is easier than to

denounce the evildoer;

nothing is more difficult

than to understand him.



I do not study in order to know more, rather to be less ignorant.



We must make haste then,

not only because we are daily

nearer to death, but also

because the conception of

things and the understanding

of them cease first.


The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign is dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come.



Words are like days:

coloring books or pickpockets,

signposts or scratching posts,

fakirs over hot coals.


Certain words must be earned

just as emotions are suffered

before they can be uttered

- clean as a kept promise.


Words as witnesses

testifying their truths

squalid or rarefied

inevitable, irrefutable.


But, words must not carry

more than they can

it's not good for their backs

or their reputations.


For, whether they dance alone

or with an invisible partner,

every word is a cosmos

dissolving the inarticulate


Yahia Lababidi

Hijos de la Selva

Perceval Press is pleased to announce the release of HIJOS DE LA SELVA/SONS OF THE FOREST. The book outlines the story of German Ethnographer and explorer Max Schmidt, and includes many of the remarkable photographs that he made in the field while studying the cultures of the Mato Grosso region of Brazil and remote areas of Paraguay between 1900 and 1935.

Conquered people tend to

be witty.

Saul Bellow

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This month the selection is:


The book outlines the story of German Ethnographer and explorer Max Schmidt, and includes many of the remarkable photographs that he made in the field while studying the cultures of the Mato Grosso region.

Bilingual Spanish/English.