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  • Georgia’s House Bill 51 Would Be Disastrous To Efforts To Combat Campus Sexual Assault The Georgia House of Representatives passed legislation, House Bill 51, last Wednesday that student activists, victims’ rights advocates, and national experts like myself believe would be disastrous to efforts by colleges and universities to combat sexual assault in their campus communities. The bill as passed by the House would take the decision away from adult sexual ...
  • Trump Didn’t Start The Anti-Iranian Fire Last week, Adam Purinton – a 51-year-old white man – reportedly stepped into a bar in Kansas and shot at two Indian men, killing one. He then left the bar and went to a restaurant where he allegedly confided to a barmaid that he had just killed two “Iranians.” With that act, the anti-Muslim and ...
  • We Are All Immigrants I want to share a story with you. It’s about a family I know – dirt poor and barely scraping by. Amidst instability in their native country, they struggled to keep food on the table, let alone find a job or step foot in a classroom. Their own government had long ago left them behind. Like ...
  • RussiaGate: WTF Has Happened To The Republican Party? I’m old enough to remember a couple of critical things about politics and national security: that, historically, the Republican Party was always resolute in its fear of the Russian threat to American democracy and in defending us from it. The second is that when it came to this threat, both parties put partisanship aside and ...
  • News Roundup for March 6, 2017 We’re wire tapping the news directly into your feeds. 1. James Comey has asked the Department of Justice to refute President Trump’s claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election. It’s becoming a real threat to have a President make baseless claims on social media. More here. 2. The shooting of a Sikh man in ...
  • Adelson’s Nevada Spending Illustrates Dangers Of Campaign Finance Wild West Last month, The Nevada Independent reported that the chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board secretly recorded a meeting last April with Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt. According to the story, Laxalt suggested the board intervene in a lawsuit on the side of the attorney general’s biggest donor, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. Laxalt’s ...
  • Investing In American Insecurity Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Let’s think about the logic of it all for a moment. The 2016 Pentagon budget came in at just over $600 billion and that royal sum, larger than the combined military investments of the next seven countries, was hardly the full measure of the money U.S. taxpayers spent on what we like to ...
  • Anti-Semitism Arrived In My Son’s School: This Is On You, Donald Trump Donald Trump finally, finally spoke out against anti-semitism and hate crimes during his speech to Congress on Feb. 28, but it was far too late for many Americans, including my son. His public school had already been desecrated by swastikas. My little town of less than 10,000 people, Hastings-on-Hudson, is a very tolerant, liberal place with ...
  • Could War With Iran Be On Washington’s Agenda? The President Who Loved Generals Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Trump’s domestic version of a shock-and-awe campaign, it’s easy to forget just how much of what the new president and his administration have done so far is simply an intensification of trends long underway.  Those who already ...
  • Fleeting Gay Subtext In Movies Beyond ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Some Christians (evangelist Franklin Graham, media watch group One Million Moms, the owner of an Alabama drive-in, to name a few) are up in arms over the new Disney live-action Beauty and the Beast. Why? Is it because of the romanticized bestiality that ignores Leviticus 20:16? ...
  • How Stock Exchanges Can Advance Gender Equality Gender equality is a fundamental human right. It’s also a financial issue that investors are increasingly paying attention to. Why? Because companies that discriminate against half the population will not be as competitive as those that embrace what diversity brings to the bottom line. More competent companies tend to make better investments. This insight, along with ...
  • What Has Happened To Our Nation On Human Rights? As an American activist for many years, I have always taken it for granted that torture is just not for the USA. Then 9/11 struck and suddenly we were for it. The government of President George W. Bush got lawyers to rewrite the law. Then, two psychologists were hired and paid to make the newly ...
  • The Search For Trump’s Smoking Gun Much of the pre-election alliance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin is hidden in plain view. We know that Putin resented Obama’s Russia policy and feared a harder-line Hillary Clinton presidency even more. We know that Putin deliberately engaged in cyber-warfare to embarrass the Clinton campaign.  We know that Trump ― loudly and publicly ― ...
  • Trump Aims To Destroy Obama Politically And Personally  At a candidate’s forum in early 2015, then presidential candidate Trump without a blink said, “I don’t know if he loves America.” The “he” Trump referred to was, of course, former President Obama. The slap at Obama was simply the latest in Trump’s by then three-year campaign to vilify, impugn, slander, and harass Obama as ...
  • Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 On the KCRW show “Scheer Intelligence,” Edward Sorel, author and illustrator of book and magazine covers, tells Robert Scheer about the enduring interest that led to his new book, “Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936.” The book details the life of the late actress Mary Astor and her scandalous extramarital affairs ...
  • 3 Terrifying Reasons For Trump’s Latest Rant Early Saturday morning, March 4, the 45th president of the United States alleged in a series of  tweets that former president Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a “Bad (or sick) ...
  • 9 Things Every Type B Person Wishes You Knew Nobel Prize winner Edith Wharton once said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” This is an amazingly accurate description of the difference between Type A and Type B personalities. Type A personalities are the candles—and they’re usually burning at both ends. Type B personalities, ...
  • What Trump’s White House ‘Warriors’ Could Learn From ‘The Art Of War’ A favorite book of Steve Bannon’s is Sun Tzu’s The Art of War.  A classic of military strategy, The Art of War was compiled during the Warring States period (403-221 BCE) in ancient Chinese history.  It was a time of intense civil warfare in China, a time when a cessation in fighting was merely a ...
  • Mr. Netanyahu Goes To Moscow — High Stakes Are On The Line In the old Soviet Union, the very mention of the name Israel was tantamount to blasphemy of the highest order. Not any more, as President Putin and PM Netanyahu have made it a habit of meeting frequently, a fact which reflects a totally different Russian approach to Israel than the old Communist superpower. That said, ...
  • From Almond Biscotti to “Crack” Nuts: 16 Easy Recipes for Nut Lovers Nuts are a great way to add flavor, protein and crunch to your cooking. From salads to sweets, these recipes make the very most of nuts. 1. Almond Biscotti Hands-down, my favorite biscotti recipe. Adapted from Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, they are everything good biscotti should be: buttery, lightly sweet and crunchy but not tooth-shattering. ...