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  • North Korea Is A Bad Actor, But Not A State Sponsor Of Terrorism North Korea acts like an incorrigible child, only with nuclear weapons. Whenever hopes begin to build that Pyongyang is ready to try a new approach, it engages in some new mischief or malice. Another nuclear test is expected shortly. But that seems almost mundane compared to the apparent assassination of Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of North Korean ...
  • Can State Environmental Agencies Fill In For A Failing EPA? It is far too early to know if the massive non-military budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration will be enacted by congress, but if they are, the burden on state governments will grow. Over the past year, the Environmental Council of the States, a nonprofit organization of the leaders of state environmental agencies, has ...
  • President Trump Just Cost Americans Saving For Their Retirement $3.7 Billion Donald Trump talked a big game on the campaign trail about standing up to big corporations and putting the interests of hardworking Americans first.   But as president, Trump has repeatedly broken his promises – and now, he’s dealing a blow to Americans saving for retirement. In February, he set in motion a process to kill ...
  • Organizing Against The Trump/DeVos Mis-Education Agenda The Network for Public Education is leading the campaign challenging the Trump/DeVos anti-public school agenda. According to NPE “DeVos and her allies have worked for decades pushing charters, vouchers and neo-vouchers such as education tax credits. DeVos even supports virtual charter schools that have a horrific track record when it comes to student success.” This campaign ...
  • Russia-Baiting Pushed Trump To Attack Syria — And Increases The Risk Of Nuclear Annihilation Vast efforts to portray Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin’s flunky have given Trump huge incentives to prove otherwise. Last Thursday, he began the process in a big way by ordering a missile attack on Russia’s close ally Syria. In the aftermath of the attack, the cheerleading from U.S. mass media was close to unanimous, and the assault won lots ...
  • Trump Could Start World War III With Another Syria Airstrike My latest article in Counter Propa talks about the end of the world. Literally. President Trump possibly starting World War III with another Syria airstrike isn’t hyperbole. Russia has 7,300 nuclear warheads. The U.S. has 6,970 nuclear warheads. CNN reported on April 8 that “Russia suspends communications hotline w/US aimed at deconflicting US & Russian forces on ground & ...
  • For Public Schools, It’s Been ‘1984’ For Quite A While In this post-truth age that’s done away with facts, George Orwell’s 1984 has soared to the top of the charts. But in the world of public education, it’s been 1984 for quite some time. And we didn’t even need the clumsy apparatus of a totalitarian dictatorship to bring it about. All we needed was some ...
  • What Will The Trump Economy Look Like? When the economy generated over 200,000 new jobs in January and again in February, Donald Trump suddenly decided that he respected the government statistical agencies. But when the economy produced only 98,000 jobs in March, the Administration was uncharacteristically quiet. That same report revised the earlier numbers downward by about 38,000 jobs. Compared with a year ...
  • When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It At the end, there were only two things I cared about: the bag of heroin on my glass-topped coffee table, and the cell phone next to it. They were my two life lines. After a decade of abusing opiates, I couldn’t stop using heroin. I was psychologically, physically, and emotionally dependent on it. My phone, ...
  • 9 Telltale Signs That It’s Time To Quit Your Job If you’re like most people, you spend more of your valuable waking hours at work than you do anywhere else. It’s critical that you spend your time at the right company, pursuing the right opportunity. Bad management does not discriminate based on salary or job title. A Fortune 500 executive team can experience more dissatisfaction and ...
  • Wag The Dog — How Al Qaeda Played Donald Trump And The American Media Once upon a time, Donald J. Trump, the New York City businessman-turned-president, berated then-President Barack Obama back in September 2013 about the fallacy of an American military strike against Syria.  At that time, the United States was considering the use of force against Syria in response to allegations (since largely disproven) that the regime of ...
  • Matzo ‘Crack’ To Meringue: 8 Easy-To-Make Passover Desserts End your seder on a sweet note and impress your family — without spending all day in the kitchen. All of these easy desserts are kosher for Passover and just as good, if not better, than their starchier counterparts. Happy Passover! 1. Chocolate Toffee Matzo Crack Made with matzo crackers, toffee, melted chocolate, pecans and sea salt, ...
  • Arrogant Christians In The White House Mike Pence, the fundamentalist Christian whose views are so extreme that he cannot be alone with a woman other than his wife, and Donald Trump, who brags about sexually assaulting women and famously stumbled over an attempt to quote a biblical passage while on the campaign trail, seem to hold wildly divergent religious views. Yet ...
  • Trump Seizes High Ground, Distance From Putin, Over Air Strike Just after having Dover sole and dessert with the President of China on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump secretly unleashed a missile attack against an airfield in Syria. Post-dinner, Trump urged “all civilized nations to end this war.” It was a shocker, not the least of all to his house guest, President Xi Jinping of China. To the ...
  • Immigrant Scapegoating Didn’t Start Under Trump—It Was ‘Greatly Accelerated’ Under Clinton In this week’s episode of Scheer Intelligence, Robert Scheer interviews attorney Bill Blum, a Truthdig columnist and a lecturer at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. The two examine Blum’s recent column, “Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies,” in which Blum explains how Trump’s harsh policies ...
  • Why Trump’s Syria Strike Will Not End Well U.S. President Donald Trump claims the objective of his cruise missile strike on Syria is to deter Syrian President Bashar Assad from using chemical weapons again. But six years into Syria’s brutal civil war, Trump does not have the luxury of defining his objective that narrowly. Whether he likes it or not, he will be ...
  • How To Prepare For Crazy Travel Delays With a week of stormy weather again hitting the east coast of the United States and backing up airline operations nationwide as a result, tens of thousands of weary passengers are left stranded at airports across the country waiting for an empty seat on another flight to become available. In times like these ― and ...
  • The Stockholm Attack Proved The Swedish People’s Resilience function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); My beloved Stockholm. My colleagues and I from A Demand For Action (ADFA) have for almost three years worked daily on exposing the reality of terrorism that has targeted the indigenous people of Iraq and Syria. ADFA is an international organization that is based in Stockholm, Sweden; many of our ...
  • Cancer Taught Me To Live Like I’m Dying   Last year, I became one of the estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer to be diagnosed in 2016. Of that number, one out of three was projected to die from the disease. While the diagnosis and statistics are daunting at best, for me cancer became a lesson in how to live like I was dying, ...
  • 10 Fundamental Truths That Will Change Your Life It’s surprising how easy it is to lose sight of the important things in life. Busy schedules and regular routines have a tendency to put the brain on autopilot. When things aren’t going quite the way you’d like them to, it’s often because you’ve lost focus on what really matters. But focusing on life’s fundamental truths ...