Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dave Lindorff: MILITARY SPENDING IS 66.3% DISCRETIONARY BUDGET @ This Can't Be Happening!


[Excerpt] ... Economist Dean Baker, in an article published at NationofChange [2], complains that the New York Times never explains the federal budget in a way that Americans can comprehend, because it publishes big numbers, like the billions of dollars spent on welfare or on foreign aid, but never notes that neither of those "big" numbers amounts to even 1% of the federal budget. His critique is correct as far as it goes, but like all too many liberal analysts, Baker studiously fails to note a few really BIG numbers in the budget that also don't get mentioned by the Times and the rest of the corporate media, either as a number or as a percentage.

This is a big failing of the liberal left: not calling out the Hannibal's war elephant in the room. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at This Can't Be Happening!

Chris Hedges: CASINO CAPITALISM "ADDICTION BY DESIGN" @ On Contact

Friday, March 24, 2017

Matt Taibbi: TRUMP THE DESTROYER @ Rolling Stone Magazine


The classic Taibbi opening: 
"It's like the campaign never ended. It's the same all-Trump, all-the-time madness, only exponentially worse.
Morning, February 24th, National Harbor, Maryland, the Conservative Political Action Conference. Chin up, eyes asquint, Donald Trump floats to the lectern on a sea of applause and adulation. The building is shaking, and as fans howl his name – Trump! Trump! Trump! – he looks pleased and satisfied, like a Roman emperor who has just moved his bowels. ..."
Read the hilarious and the low-down at Rolling Stone.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dave Lindorff: TRUMP IN NO HURRY TO STAFF 'ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE' OFFICES @ This Can't Be Happening!

Jane Mayer: THE RECLUSIVE HEDGE- FUND TYCOON BEHIND THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY @ The New Yorker



Watch clip from the March 23, 2017 Democracy Now interview with Jane Mayer about the article. The complete show about the article is available here .

From The New Yorker article:

[Excerpt] ... It’s worth noting that several other wealthy financiers, including Democrats such as Thomas Steyer and Donald Sussman, gave even more money to campaigns. (One of the top Democratic donors was James Simons, the retired founder of Renaissance Technologies.) Nevertheless, Mercer’s political efforts stand apart. Adopting the strategy of Charles and David Koch, the billionaire libertarians, Mercer enlarged his impact exponentially by combining short-term campaign spending with long-term ideological investments. He poured millions of dollars into Breitbart News, and—in what David Magerman has called “an extreme example of modern entrepreneurial philanthropy”—made donations to dozens of politically tinged organizations.

Like many wealthy families, the Mercers have a private foundation. At first, the Mercer Family Foundation, which was established in 2004, had an endowment of only half a million dollars, and most of its grants went to medical research and conventional charities. But by 2008, under the supervision of Mercer’s ardently conservative daughter, Rebekah, the foundation began giving millions of dollars to interconnected nonprofit groups, several of which played crucial roles in propagating attacks on Hillary Clinton. By 2015, the most recent year for which federal tax records are available, the foundation had grown into a $24.5-million operation that gave large sums to ultraconservative organizations. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more of Mayer's article at The New Yorker 



Ryan Lizza's "How the White House Got James Comey Wrong" also at The New Yorker describing the sucker punch that blind-sided the White House staff. 




While there consider reading John Cassidy's "James Comey's Remarkable Five Hours on Capitol Hill."





Paul Jay: ON THE REAL NEWS SHIFT IN COVERAGE @ The Real News Network

DRILLING INTO THE BILLIONAIRES' WORLD TODAY

Friday, March 17, 2017

Robert Parry: FRESH DOUBTS ABOUT RUSSIAN 'HACKING' @ Consortium News


Exclusive: The gauzy allegations of Russia “hacking” the
Democrats to elect Donald Trump just got hazier with WikiLeaks’ new revelations about CIA cyber-spying and the capability to pin the blame on others, reports Robert Parry.

[Excerpt] .... That gap in the evidentiary trail widens when one notes that CrowdStrike, the Democratic Party’s consultant, offered contradictory commentary about the skills of the hackers.

CrowdStrike praised the hackers’ tradecraft as “superb, operational security second to none” and added: “we identified advanced methods consistent with nation-state level capabilities including deliberate targeting and ‘access management’ tradecraft — both groups were constantly going back into the environment to change out their implants, modify persistent methods, move to new Command & Control channels and perform other tasks to try to stay ahead of being detected.”

In other words, CrowdStrike cited the sophistication of the tradecraft as proof of a state-sponsored cyber-attack, yet it was the sloppiness of the tradecraft that supposedly revealed the Russian links, i.e. the old malware connections, the Cyrillic letters and the Dzerzhinsky reference. ... [End of Excerpt]

Read more at Consortium News. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jess Guh, MD: TRUMP-CARE IS AN ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE RICH @ This Can't Be Happening!


While it has been mildly entertaining to watch Trump’s healthcare
plan slammed by liberals and conservatives, that’s only a thin silver lining to the unconscionable piece of garbage that has been named the American Health Care Act. While conservatives have been concerned that the tax credits for insurance premiums are simply one more entitlement programs for the poor (which in it of itself is confusing as tax-funded vouchers for private schools have been a longstanding strategy for the Republicans), the reality is that the bill is actually an entitlement program for the already rich and powerful.

Healthcare analysts estimate that 10-20 million Americans will lose their health insurance under this plan. The populations that stand to lose the most? Low-income Americans, our elders, and women. What’s going unsaid is that rich men stand to gain the most.

The American Health Care Act touts the same fiscal bullshit that has never helped the average American: deregulation and tax cuts. The fact is that tax cuts to the wealthy never “trickle down.” It’s so crazy that we even tout “trickle down” as a reasonable option. Why would we think that under-resourced Americans with the cards stacked against them should get a trickle?!

The same criticism applies to Medicaid block funding, another part of the Republican plan. Not only does Trump want to repeal the Medicaid expansion that was part of the Affordable Care Act; he wants to move to block funding of that program too. That means that states will get a hunk of money without any guidance or regulation on how it must be spent. Legislators will have free reign to redefine who qualifies for Medicaid without any accountability to make sure that our most disenfranchised communities get the coverage. People of Color, Women, those who suffer from mental illness, are wll groups that have never gotten what they deserve when getting it depends upon the goodwill of those in power.

The bottom-line is that deregulation always benefits those in power...

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

American Fascists: "Turbo-charged" Christian Right Sweeping Neoliberals into the "Inverted Totalitarian State"




Further recent comparative readings of contemporary writings of Noam Chomsky and Cornel West are located at the TeleSur's page for this program, click here to read more.

Full transcript of this program available at The Real News page click here. 


Pulitzer Prize journalist David Cay Johnston, Democracy Now March 2, 2017