News Articles | April 10, 2022

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It is now clear that today’s escalation of the New Cold War was planned over a year ago, with serious strategy associated with America’s plan to block Nord Stream 2 as part of its aim of blocking Western Europe (“NATO”) from seeking prosperity by mutual trade and investment with China and Russia.

As President Biden and U.S. national-security reports announced, China was seen as the major enemy. Despite China’s helpful role in enabling corporate America to drive down labor’s wage rates by de-industrializing the U.S. economy in favor of Chinese industrialization, China’s growth was recognized as posing the Ultimate Terror: prosperity through socialism. Socialist industrialization always has been perceived to be the great enemy of the rentier economy that has taken over most nations in the century since World War I ended, and especially since the 1980s. The result today is a clash of economic systems – socialist industrialization vs. neoliberal finance capitalism. READ MORE

No country has successfully challenged the U.S. dollar’s global hegemony—until now. How did this happen and what will it mean?

Foreign critics have long chafed at the “exorbitant privilege” of the U.S. dollar as global reserve currency. The U.S. can issue this currency backed by nothing but the “full faith and credit of the United States.” Foreign governments, needing dollars, not only accept them in trade but buy U.S. securities with them, effectively funding the U.S. government and its foreign wars. But no government has been powerful enough to break that arrangement – until now. How did that happen and what will it mean for the U.S. and global economies?

The Rise and Fall of the PetroDollar

First, some history: The U.S. dollar was adopted as the global reserve currency at the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, when the dollar was still backed by gold on global markets. The agreement was that gold and the dollar would be accepted interchangeably as global reserves, the dollars to be redeemable in gold on demand at $35 an ounce. Exchange rates of other currencies were fixed against the dollar.


Klaus Schwab, owner and chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), is the most dangerous man in the world

WEF’s ultimate goal is to do away with the democratic process and give all ownership and control to the deep state — and the technocratic elite who control it

WEF relies on fearmongering; when the population is controlled by fear, it welcomes authoritarian “protections” like increased surveillance and digital identity systems, introduced under the guise of safety, but which ultimately remove personal autonomy and freedom

WEF’s goal isn’t to just control life on Earth but to fundamentally change it by hacking into humans and removing free will

WEF, in partnership with investment firm BlackRock, has infiltrated the government and is colluding in corporatism, where an unelected corporate elite dictates top down to the population READ MORE

“In the battle between democracy and autocracy, democracies are rising to the moment, and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security,” said President Joe Biden in his State of the Union address.

“This is a real test. It’s going to take time.”

Thus did Biden frame the struggle of our time as the U.S. leading the world’s democracies, the camp of the saints, against the world’s autocrats, the forces of darkness.

But is “democracy” really America’s cause? Is “autocracy” really America’s great adversary in the battle for the future?

Not all autocrats, after all, are our enemies, nor are all democrats our reliable friends.


The stunning spectacle of the EU committing slow motion hara-kiri is something for the ages. Like a cheap Kurosawa remake the movie is actually about the Empire of Lies-detonated demolition of the EU, complete with subsequent rerouting of some key Russian commodities exports to the US at the expense of the Europeans.

It helps to have a 5th columnist actress strategically placed, in this case astonishingly incompetent European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen, with a brand new vociferous announcement of an extra sanctions package: Russian ships banned from EU ports; road transportation companies from Russia and Belarus prohibited from entering the EU; no more coal imports (over 4.4 billion euros a year).


The move, said one attorney, "shows disregard for the integrity of the Clean Water Act and undermines the rights of tribes and states to review and reject dirty fossil fuel projects that threaten their water."

Environmental advocates and other critics of the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court were outraged Wednesday by a 5-4 decision reviving a Trump administration policy that undermines the power of states and tribes to protect water quality from energy infrastructure projects.

The Supreme Court "just further poisoned your water," journalist Jordan Chariton tweeted in response to the unsigned decision, opposed by Chief Justice John Roberts and the three liberals.

The contested rule about the Clean Water Act Section 401 certification process was proposed in August 2019 and finalized in June 2020, under former coal lobbyist and then-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

The policy—which imposes a one-year deadline for permitting decisions and limits the scope of what state and tribal officials can consider for projects like fossil fuel pipelines—was part of a wave of anti-environmental actions pursued under former President Donald Trump. READ MORE

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden officially announced that his administration will be extending the student loan payment pause and erasing default status for millions of borrowers so that they can get a “fresh start” when payments eventually restart.

The administration will extend the pause through the end of August, Biden announced. “I know folks were hit hard by this pandemic. And though we’ve come a long way in the last year, we’re still recovering from the economic crisis it caused,” he said. “This continued pause will help Americans breathe a little easier as we recover and rebuild from the pandemic.”

The Education Department announced that it will also be moving borrowers out of default, which could ease financial burdens and uncertainty for millions. There are currently over 7 million student loan borrowers in default, according to the agency’s data. READ MORE

"We are now facing the prospect of destruction of organized human life on Earth."

Far-right and authoritarian leaders in the U.S. and Russia are pushing the planet toward "the most dangerous point in human history," renowned scholar Noam Chomsky said in an interview published by The New Statesman Wednesday, pointing to Russia's war in Ukraine and the planetary emergency.

Chomsky condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's "criminal aggression" in Ukraine, where his forces have killed an estimated 1,430 civilians since their February 24 invasion according to the United Nations, and warned that the U.S. must help to negotiate peace to avoid nuclear war with Russia.

After calling in 2021 for "enhanced military cooperation with Ukraine"—suggesting that NATO expansion to the former Soviet state was possible—the U.S. should help protect Ukrainians from further suffering, Chomsky told senior editor George Eaton. READ MORE

We must not underestimate this victory. It is only by rebuilding unions and carrying out strikes that we will halt the downward spiral of the working class.

Let us honor those workers who stood up to Amazon, especially Chris Smalls, described by Amazon’s chief counsel as “not smart, or articulate,” who led a walkout at the Amazon warehouse at Staten Island JFK8 in New York at the beginning of the pandemic two years ago to protest unsafe working conditions. He was immediately fired.

Amazon’s high-priced lawyers, however, were in for a surprise. Smalls unionized the first Amazon warehouse in the country. He, along with his co-founder Derrick Palmer, built their union worker-by-worker with little outside support and no affiliation with a national labor group, raising $120,000 on GoFundMe. Amazon spent more than $4.3 million on anti-union consultants last year alone, according to federal filings. READ MORE

Marking one of the sweetest, biggest, baddest "beating-the-odds David vs Goliath" labor victories ever, Amazon workers in Staten Island, New York just won the unprecedented right to unionize in large part thanks to the leadership of truth-telling, bling-wearing, neck-tattooed, working-class black dude and fired Amazon worker Christian Smalls, whose historic, truly grassroots revolt beat back a $4 million smear campaign in a union fight nobody thought could be won - and he did it with little money, no experience, a make-it-up-as-you-go playbook, and without support from any national union. Labor experts heralded the stunning win in "about as uphill a battle as it gets" against America's second largest, possibly most evil corporation: "No union victory is bigger than the first win (at) Amazon, which many union leaders regard as an existential threat to labor standards across the economy." Also, "The first Amazon union (is) a big fucking deal." Even better: The assault against Bezos' imperial barricades was led by the improbably heroic Smalls, a 33-year-old, New-Jersey-born bro and former rapper who'd worked at Walmart, Target and Home Depot to support his three kids before starting at Amazon's JFK8 warehouse in 2015. In four years he worked his way up to a supervisor job; when COVID began, he was training other workers when he saw them getting sick, "realized something was wrong," and decided to fight back. READ MORE

"The neglect of poor and low-wealth people in this country during a pandemic is immoral, shocking, and unjust," said Rev. Dr. William Barber II in response to the new report.

A first-of-its-kind examination of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on low-income communities published Monday shows that Covid-19 has been twice as deadly in poor counties as in wealthy ones, a finding seen as a damning indictment of the U.S. government's pandemic response.

"The neglect of poor and low-wealth people in this country during a pandemic is immoral, shocking, and unjust, especially in light of the trillions of dollars that profit-driven entities received," said Rev. Dr. William Barber II, co-chair of the national Poor People's Campaign, which conducted the new analysis alongside a team of economists and other experts.

Released on the 54th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder in Memphis, Tennessee—where he was fighting for the rights and dignity of low-wage sanitation workers—the new report aims to bring to the forefront the relationship between poverty, income, and occupation and Covid-19 mortality. READ MORE

"Big Oil is lining their pockets with one hand and taking billions in taxpayer subsidies with the other. Meanwhile, the American people are getting ripped off."

Democratic lawmakers inside the halls of Congress and activists outside on Wednesday excoriated Big Oil executives for reaping record corporate profits by price gouging U.S. consumers.

"At a time of record profits, Big Oil is refusing to increase production to provide the American people some much-needed relief at the gas pump," House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said during a hearing entitled "Gouged at the Gas Station: Big Oil and America's Pain at the Pump."

"Instead, they are buying back their stock at an estimated cost of about $40 billion this year," he continued. "Big Oil is lining their pockets with one hand and taking billions in taxpayer subsidies with the other. Meanwhile, the American people are getting ripped off as these companies choose to keep production low so that their own profits stay high." READ MORE

An analysis by BailoutWatch, Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen describes the two main tactics that fossil fuel giants use to benefit investors.

An analysis released Tuesday by a trio of groups highlights how Big Oil has cashed in on various crises over the past year — including the Covid-19 pandemic, Russia’s war on Ukraine, and the global climate emergency —while enriching wealthy shareholders.

The new report from BailoutWatch, Friends of the Earth, and Public Citizen explains that there are two main tactics that fossil fuel giants use to benefit investors: “First, they repurchase shares of their own stock and retire them, reducing the number of shares outstanding and driving up the value of each share remaining in investors’ hands.”

“Second, they increase dividends, the quarterly payments investors receive for owning shares,” the report continues. “Oil and gas dividends, historically bigger than other sectors’, have spiked in recent months, outstripping every other industry group.” READ MORE

Each year, Japan’s Foreign Ministry releases a Diplomatic Bluebook, a guide to the government’s views on the world. Kyodo News, a reputed Japanese wire service, reports that the 2022 Bluebook will have strong language against Russia. This Bluebook will be released to the public before the end of April, but Kyodo News’ reporters have seen a leaked text. The text that the news agency has seen has not been finally vetted by the government of Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Two startling changes appear in this draft text. First, the Bluebook refers to the Russian control over some islands north of Hokkaido as an “illegal occupation.” The last time the annual Bluebooks used this phrase was in 2003. Then, the Bluebook pointed out that Japan “renounced its right to the Kuril Islands” in the 1951 Treaty of Peace with Japan, signed in San Francisco (Chapter II, Article 2[c]); these islands were then part of the USSR. Nonetheless, the 2003 Bluebook said, “In the Four Northern Islands, the illegal occupation by the Soviet Union and Russia continues today.” Japan calls these “Four Northern Islands” Etorofu, Habomai, Kunashiri, and Shikotan (Russia calls the “Southern Kurils” Iturup, Khabomai, Kunashir, and Shikotan, respectively). Second, the 2006 Bluebook called the islands “inherently Japanese.” This phrase has not been used since then but has reappeared in the 2022 draft Bluebook. Phrases such as “illegal occupation” and “inherently Japanese” in the Bluebook suggest that the tensions between Japan and Russia will certainly increase. READ MORE

Police violence has not lessened.

Police shootings have not abated.

Police reforms have largely failed.

In fact, according to the latest research, police violence kills three people a day.

Despite all of this, President Biden wants to throw more money at America’s police forces.

Biden’s $30 billion “Fund the Police” program, a signature part of his administration’s $5.8 trillion budget proposal, aims to expand law enforcement and so-called crime prevention at taxpayer expense.

Essentially, Biden wants to fight gun violence with more gun violence. READ MORE

On March 28, US president Joe Biden unveiled his 2023 budget proposal. It totals $5.8 trillion, which would bring federal spending and deficits back below their pandemic-era heights (although not back to 2019 levels). Biden’s ask comes to nearly $18,000 for every man, woman, and child in America.

Oddly, The Hill reports, the White House’s big brag on the proposal is that it would  reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next ten years.

Usually when a politician pitches a plan to do something over the  course of a decade, I expect a bunch of rosy projections that won’t ever come to pass. It’s easy to make promises now and leave them to another president and other Congresses to keep.

This proposal doesn’t even bother with the rosy projections, though. Its  tables, which run through 2032, project higher, not lower, deficits. The 2023 deficit would come to $1.154 trillion, the 2032 deficit to $1.784 trillion. The cumulative projected deficit for the period 2023-2032 would increase the national debt to nearly half again its current total of $30 trillion. READ MORE

It does not pay to be too moralistic in politics.  Self-elevation can lead to tripping up.  Sermonising even as your stable needs cleaning can enfeeble the argument. But Bidenism, this gaffe-prone ideology currently doing the rounds in a barely breathing administration, has identified the simplest of binaries to work with.

In his State of the Union address, US President Joe Biden took the slicer to the world of politics and placed them into two tidy camps in a tradition that would have impressed the Bolshevik ideologue, Andrei Zhdanov.  “In the battle between democracy and autocracy, democracies are rising to the moment, and the world is clearly choosing the side of peace and security.”

In this supposed morality tale and cartoon strip, the wicked Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin does battle with the heroic democracy that is Ukraine, all simplified into roles where virtue combats satanic vice.  There is no room for debate, for contrast, for history.  Awkward realities are never allowed to intrude. READ MORE

As aid groups try to rally donors for a country in dire straits, the U.S. president is blocking reserves and continuing to impose crippling sanctions. 

An international aid group warned last week that Afghanistan is on the brink of complete collapse as the Biden administration and European governments refuse to release the war-torn nation’s central bank reserves, depriving the economy of critical funds as millions face poverty and starvation.

In a statement ahead of an international donor conference for Afghanistan, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said the country “is now the world’s largest-ever humanitarian appeal, requiring a staggering $4.47 billion in humanitarian aid — quadruple the needs at the start of 2021 and more than is required for either Syria or Yemen.” READ MORE

I never imagined that I would be writing so much about fertilizer in 2022. When I was growing up, there were only two things that I knew about fertilizer. I knew that it helped stuff grow and I knew that it smelled bad. But these days, experts are telling us that a global shortage of fertilizer could result in horrifying famines all over the world. Right now, to a very large degree we are still eating food that was produced in 2021. But by the end of the year, to a very large degree we will be eating food that was produced in 2022. Unfortunately for all of us, it appears that a lack of fertilizer will mean that far less food is grown in 2022 than originally anticipated.

Thanks to an unprecedented explosion in energy prices, we were already facing a fertilizer crisis even before the war in Ukraine, but now that war has definitely taken things to the next level. READ MORE

Studies have revealed that many Americans still aren’t interested in buying electric vehicles (see 12).  Of course this could be due to numerous EV recalls, some of which have been due to battery fire risks (see 1234567).  EVs have also become well known for fires that are difficult to extinguish.  There have even been reports of EVs catching fire while charging.  Recently the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced it is investigating safety defects in EV batteries.  Better late than never, right? READ MORE

HAZEL PARK, Mich. (April 5, 2022) – Last month, Hazel Park City Council voted to decriminalize psilocybin and other naturally occurring psychedelics, despite federal prohibition on the same. Passage of the resolution takes a first step toward nullifying federal prohibition in practice and effect.

Councilmember Luke Londo sponsored the resolution. Under the new policy directive, enforcement of laws against a wide range of entheogenic substances such as psilocybin and ibogaine will become among the city’s lowest enforcement priorities.

The resolution declares that “it shall be the policy of the City of Hazel Park that the investigation and arrest of persons for planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with, or possessing Entheogenic Plants or plant compounds which are on the Federal Schedule 1 list shall be the lowest law enforcement priority.” READ MORE

Opposition to expensive, privacy invasive, unreliable and unsafe utility “Smart” Meters (electric, gas, and water) is worldwide.  These meters have been associated with numerous problems including fires, explosions (see 123and health risks to humans and animals (see 1234).  A new report again confirms health risks posed by these dangerous devices.

From Environmental Health Trust:

“Dirty power” from new electricity meters: Key to a health problem?

by Einar Flydal, MSc, MTS[*] and Else Nordhagen, PhD[†], 28th of March 2022

A new technical test report shows that the new “smart” electricity meters that have been rolled out in Norway and in other countries, in homes and at workplaces, pollute the electricity grid in the buildings with more “dirty electricity” than do old meters. Thereby, the new meters have the potential to be a health problem – even when they are “un-smartened”, i.e., with the radio transmitters in the meters removed or silenced. “Dirty electricity” is an industry term for several types of electrical noise spreading through power lines and creating or impacting electromagnetic fields around them. READ MORE

Some people – including technologists – are concerned about putting microchips and other implanted technology inside humans.  Nevertheless, scientists continue to develop technology specifically for this purpose, including brain implants (see 12). In fact, it was announced recently that there is now implantable technology that enables paralyzed people to use computers.

From Gov Tech:

Implant Allows Paralyzed People to Use Computers by Thinking

The brain implant, which was co-developed by a Carnegie Mellon University professor, was tested in four Australian patients for a year and proved successful. A U.S. trial is approaching.

(TNS) — Four paralyzed people can now operate a computer using only their thoughts thanks to a brain implant developed in part by a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. READ MORE

U.S. 'intelligence' folks tell their stenographers at NBC News that their obvious lies are obvious lies.

That announced 'break with the past' of faking 'intelligence' happened when?

How 'rock solid' was the 'intelligence' about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction or chemical weapons attacks in Douma, Syria?

U.S. 'intelligence', then and now, is pure imagination for the purpose of deceiving the U.S. and 'western' public about the reality of this or that conflict:

It was an attention-grabbing assertion that made headlines around the world: U.S. officials said they had indications suggesting Russia might be preparing to use chemical agents in Ukraine.

President Joe Biden later said it publicly. But three U.S. officials told NBC News this week there is no evidence Russia has brought any chemical weapons near Ukraine. They said the U.S. released the information to deter Russia from using the banned munitions.

Unlike the U.S. Russia no longer has any 'banned munitions': READ MORE

NBC News has a new report out citing multiple anonymous US officials, humorously titled “In a break with the past, U.S. is using intel to fight an info war with Russia, even when the intel isn’t rock solid“.

The officials say the Biden administration has been rapidly pushing out “intelligence” about Russia’s plans in Ukraine that is “low-confidence” or “based more on analysis than hard evidence”, or even just plain false, in order to fight an information war against Putin.

The report says that toward this end the US government has deliberately circulated false or poorly evidenced claims about impending chemical weapons attacks, about Russian plans to orchestrate a false flag attack in the Donbass to justify an invasion, about Putin’s advisors misinforming him, and about Russia seeking arms supplies from China. READ MORE or LISTEN

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Twitter IS “State-Affiliated Media”

British politician and broadcaster George Galloway has made headlines in the UK with his threat to press legal action against Twitter for designating his account “Russia state-affiliated media”, a label which will now show up under his name every time he posts anything on the platform.

“Dear @TwitterSupport I am not ‘Russian State Affiliated media’,” reads a viral tweet by Galloway. “I work for NO Russian media. I have 400,000 followers. I’m the leader of a British political party and spent nearly 30 years in the British parliament. If you do not remove this designation I will take legal action.”

Galloway argues that while his broadcasts have previously been aired by Russian state media outlets RT and Sputnik, because those outlets have been shut down in the UK by Ofcom and by European Union sanctions he can no longer be platformed by them even if he wants to. If you accept this argument, then it looks like Twitter is essentially using the “state-affiliated media” designation as a marker of who Galloway is as a person, rather than as a marker of what he actually does. READ MORE or LISTEN

Top lawmakers in US Congress hosted Mamuka Mamulashvili, an infamous Georgian Legion warlord who has boasted of authorizing field executions of captive Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

Having taken up arms against Russia for a fifth time, Georgian Legion commander Mamuka Mamulashvili has bragged on video about his unit carrying out field executions of captured Russian soldiers in Ukraine.

While Western media pundits howled about images of dead bodies in the city of Bucha, echoing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy’s accusation that Russia is guilty of “genocide,” they have largely overlooked the apparent admission of atrocities by an avowed ally of the United States who was welcomed on Capitol Hill by senior lawmakers overseeing congressional foreign policy committees. READ MORE

First published on May 21, 2020

Campaigns against Native Americans. The War of 1812. World War I, World War II, Iraq and Afghanistan… The United States has been at war for the vast majority of its history. 

These wars have killed millions of innocent men, women and children around the world. Yet more often than not they have been based on weak evidence, questionable motives, and outright lies. Why, then, do large portions of the public staunchly support the US troops?  Why are so many Americans satisfied with the U.S. bombings of Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries, knowing that this is creating starvation and refugee crises of catastrophic proportions?

In his new book, Propaganda, Lies and False Flags: How the U.S. Justifies its Wars (June 2020, Red Pill Press), journalist and human rights activist Robert Fantina explains how the US government has rallied public opinion to support its wars and military objectives since before the American Revolution.

Through a deep, comprehensive analysis of every war the U.S. or its colonial predecessor has waged from 1755 to the present, Fantina demonstrates a clear pattern that has shaped not only decisions to enter into war, but also the narrative used to rally U.S. citizens’ support of these actions. READ MORE

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More than 1,000 scientists across the globe chained themselves to the doors of oil-friendly banks, blocked bridges, and occupied the steps of government buildings on Wednesday to send an urgent message to the international community: The ecological crisis is accelerating, and only a “climate revolution” will be enough to avert catastrophe.

What organizers described as “the world’s largest-ever scientist-led civil disobedience campaign” kicked off just days after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest report detailing the grim state of efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C by century’s end, a target set by the Paris accord.

As one of the report’s authors put it during a press call earlier this week, “Unless there are immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, 1.5°C is beyond reach.” READ MORE

In face of the "escalating climate emergency," the advocacy group Scientist Rebellion warns that IPCC summary to global policymakers remains "alarmingly reserved, docile, and conservative."

Amid a weeklong global civil disobedience campaign to demand climate action commensurate with mounting evidence about the need for swift decarbonization, Scientist Rebellion is highlighting specific gaps between what experts say is necessary and what governments allowed to be published in a summary of the United Nations' latest climate assessment.

The landmark report on mitigation by Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—part of the U.N.'s sixth comprehensive climate assessment since 1992 and possibly the last to be published with enough time to avert the most catastrophic consequences of the planetary crisis—was compiled by 278 researchers from 65 countries.

The authors, who synthesized thousands of peer-reviewed studies published in the past several years, make clear over the course of nearly 3,000 pages that "without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, limiting global warming to 1.5°C is beyond reach." READ MORE

“Five bouts of mass bleaching since 1998 have turned the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) into a checkerboard of reefs with very different recent histories, ranging from two percent of reefs that have escaped bleaching altogether, to 80 percent that have now bleached severely at least once since 2016.” (Source: T. Hughes, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies: 98% of the Great Barrier Reef Has Been Affected by Coral Bleaching, World Economic Forum, November 15, 2021)

Recent news of another (the 6th) bleaching event at the Great Barrier Reef is but one more example in a long list of recent climate-related events that depict a scenario that can only be described as triple-alarm climate emergencies, as ecosystems breakdown across the world. READ MORE

As fishing vessels scour the oceans for fewer and fewer fish, the trail of each one can be tracked via satellite. Each ship crosses and recrosses the paths left by others until the seas of the world start to resemble the fishing nets they play host to. Within this tangled web, the paths of two vessels caught the attention of the investigative team at my organization, the Environmental Justice Foundation — their strange, parallel movements didn’t look right.

This chance observation, unremarkable to most, was the start of a year-long investigation to expose the Israr fleet — three vessels illegally fishing for tuna, damaging our already over-exploited ocean ecosystems, threatening the food security and livelihoods of coastal communities, and using every means possible to evade detection. These vessels, and others like them, fish illegally and often indiscriminately, outcompeting local fishers and putting at risk the food security and livelihoods of over 100 million people who rely on small-scale fishing. READ MORE

Repurposing a phrase right-wing Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin recently used to obstruct social spending and climate legislation, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday called for a “strategic pause” in corporate welfare, referring specifically to a bill that would hand around $53 billion in subsidies to the U.S. semiconductor industry.

The bill, known as the COMPETES Act, would also authorize an additional $10 billion in federal funding for moon landers, a provision that Sanders (I-Vt.) has slammed as “a bailout to Jeff Bezos so that his company Blue Origin can launch a rocket ship to the moon.”

In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday, the Vermont senator made the case for amendments that would attach conditions to the $53 billion in federal subsidies and strip out the $10 billion “bailout to Blue Origin.” READ MORE

"Massive coverage of the war in Ukraine does not offend advertisers, while the corporate war on consumers directly involves corporate advertisers."

It is exceedingly rare for a major congressional committee to hold hearings on “corporate greed” leading to corporate profiteering and surging prices on consumer goods. On April 5, 2022, Senate Budget Chairman, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) chartered uncensored territory on corporate avarice with a lead witness, former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Although the hearing covered bread and butter issues, the mainstream corporate media ignored it. Massive coverage of the war in Ukraine does not offend advertisers, while the corporate war on consumers directly involves corporate advertisers.

Corporate greed takes hundreds of thousands of American lives every year (think the opioid disaster, the tobacco cancer business, the toxins in the air and water), not to mention injuries and illnesses stemming from corporations that put extra profit over concerns about public health and safety. READ MORE

This week, Starbucks workers hit a milestone of 200 stores filing to unionize. The union has doubled the number of filings in just over six weeks, with more stores joining the movement at a remarkable pace.

As noted by More Perfect Union, the milestone marks an acceleration in the union drive. The first 100 stores filed for unionization over the course of about 172 days; the second 100 stores took only 48 days. Stores are now filing at an average of more than two stores a day, and have filed in 30 states. Union filings cover over 5,000 workers across the country.

The milestone also comes as Starbucks Workers United has doubled the number of stores that have successfully formed a union. Just about a month ago, six stores had voted to unionize; as of yesterday, 13 stores had voted to form a union, with more elections in the pipeline. READ MORE

"The decision by members to overwhelmingly authorize a strike shows that we are fed up with the status quo of working conditions," said union leader.

More than 4,500 nurses at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children's Health in Northern California voted on Friday to authorize a strike, capping off dozens of negotiating sessions that have stretched on for 13 weeks, including this past week when the healthcare workers completed their jobs without any contract in place.

The nurses' union, the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA) said that out of its 5,000 members, 93% voted in favor of going on strike to combat management's insistence that nurses work with inadequate resources and staff support, all while being forced to pick up extra shifts and having their benefits cut.

"What message does it send when Stanford and Packard hospitals have hundreds of millions on hand from federal pandemic relief, and nurses are consistently taking on overtime and denying ourselves rest and recovery because the hospitals are not staffed adequately," said Colleen Borges, president of CRONA and a nurse at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

"We have been working extra shifts and powering through exhausting conditions because our patients and our colleagues need us. We need the hospitals' executives to show up for us," she added.

A survey taken by the union in November 2021 found that 45% of members were considering leaving their jobs. READ MORE

"This is a historic win for the over two million students who ride the bus to school in New York."

"New York, a clean ride for kids is coming your way!"

So declared the Electric School Bus Initiative at the World Resources Institute (WRI) on Friday after Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced an agreement on a budget that includes a historic plan to fully electrify the state's fleet of school buses.

Specifically, the plan calls for all new school bus purchases to be electric starting in 2027, and for the state's whole fleet to be by 2035. Environmental groups applauding the move said it puts New York on the path to becoming the first state in the nation with a zero-emission school bus fleet. READ MORE

This breathtakingly ambitious effort led by formerly enslaved people to eradicate a brutal and centuries-old form of racist exploitation—and to build an entirely new society—is rarely captured in state standards.

According to the state of Georgia's Standards of Excellence for teaching the Reconstruction era to eighth-graders, students ought to "compare and contrast the goals and outcomes of the Freedmen's Bureau and the Ku Klux Klan." That side-by-side framing of the federal agency tasked with supporting formerly enslaved people in the years after the Civil War with a group of White supremacist terrorists has two problems: It is not only an unsettling echo of the "both sides" language mobilized by then-President Donald Trump following the 2017 deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, but is also an example of how state standards fail to help educate young people about one of the most important eras in U.S. history. READ MORE

The United Nations General Assembly voted 93-24 with 58 abstentions to drop the Russian Federation from membership on the UN Human Rights Council, based on allegations and grisly videos and photos appearing to show execution-style slayings of civilians in Ukraine by Russian troops.

While there are calls for independent investigations into those allegations, the US and NATO member state governments have been pushing the claim that Russia is committing war crimes in Ukraine including the major war crime of invading another country, the unasked question in the US media is: Why hasn’t the US been kicked out of the Human Rights Council for similar war crimes that aren’t at all allegations, but are well-documented fact? Why indeed, for all the accusations that Russian President Vladimir Putin is himself a war criminal responsible for all these crimes, haven’t a number of US presidents still living been accused of war crimes? READ MORE

Before the International Criminal Court confronts the criminal outrages currently being committed by Putin’s forces in Ukraine, there are scores of alleged U.S. war crimes to be investigated.

CP published part of this list of headlines in 2012, but in view of continuing U.S. wars and the outpouring of legitimate, agonized of grief for civilian victims of Russia’s illegal war, an updated compilation is in order.

The U.S. military has a long record of apparent atrocities during its attacks and its unprovoked wars of aggression or occupation in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Yugoslavia and elsewhere. Like Russia in Ukraine today, the crimes include bombing hospitals, desecrating corpses, attacks on civilians and civilian objects, attacking allied troops, torturing and executing prisoners, and using banned cluster bombs. READ MORE

Speaking of US War Atrocities...

Here are a collection of photos (about 300) depicting a combination of US and Israeli war crimes. Practically all of the victims in these photos are children ...of which we have slaughtered millions in recent years, We started with Iraq by killing 576,000 children under the age of 5 by starving them to death in the early 1990's. Madeline Albright thought it was a great idea. We are about to cause the death of millions in Afghanistan by literally stealing all their money. We will be party to the deaths of millions more in Yemen. We killed a couple of million people across seven countries in the Middle East over the last 20 years. I have heard that estimate go as high as six-million which could easily be correct. What Putin has done in the Ukraine is barely a fraction of what the US has done around the world.

Less than a week after the start of Russia’s military intervention, Juan Sebastian Gonzalez, senior director of Western Hemisphere affairs at the U.S. National Security Council, in an interview with Voice of America (a State Department asset), stated that “the sanctions against Russia are so robust that they will have an impact on those governments that have economic affiliations with Russia, and that is by design. So, Venezuela will start feeling the pressure; Nicaragua will start feeling the pressure; as will Cuba.” A recent article in Foreign Affairs magazine, which by way of the Council on Foreign Relations serves unofficially as a kind of discussion forum of the U.S. State Department, titled “The Eurasian Nightmare,” defended the thesis that Washington has no choice but to fight Russia and China at the same time. However, Gonzalez hints that the Biden administration’s strategy not only contemplates attacking the main front in the east (Moscow and Beijing), but also opens a front in the south—secondary, but important—against three Latin American countries that have challenged Washington the most in recent years (Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba). The southern front, however, may be broader than what the Colombia-born Juan Gonzalez makes clear. READ MORE

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky brought along an Azov Nazi of Greek heritage to his speech to the Greek Parliament on Thursday and all hell broke loose, reports Joe Lauria.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been making a virtual world tour with video hookups to parliaments around the globe, as well as to the Grammy Awards and the U.N. Security Council, sometimes with troublesome results.

On Thursday a major row erupted when Zelensky brought along a Ukrainian soldier of Greek heritage from the city of Mariupol, who just happened to be a member of the ne0-Nazi Azov Regiment. Greece was under Nazi occupation during World War II and fought a bitter partisan war against Nazism (later to be betrayed by Britain and the United States.)

With Zelensky in the screen, the man, who gave only his first name, told Parliament: “I speak to you as a man of Greek descent. My name is Michail. My grandfather fought against the Nazis in the Second World War. I am born in Mariupol and I am now also fighting to defend my city from the Russian nazis.”   READ MORE

According to Fermi’s Paradox, the failure to date to achieve radio communication between Earth and extraterrestrial civilizations can be attributed to their inevitable short-term self-destruction, a consequence of uncontrolled dispersion of toxic substances, contamination of air, water and land, and construction of deadly weapons. On Earth this includes saturation of the atmosphere by greenhouse gases and production of nuclear weapons. 

The most extensive mass extinction event in the history of Earth, represented by the Permian-Triassic boundary 251 million years-ago, involved warming, acidification and oxygen depletion of the oceans, with consequent emanations of toxic H₂S and CH₄, leading to a loss of some 57% of biological families, 83% of genera and 81% of marine species. READ MORE

The neo-fascist culture war of right-wing extremists and adjacent Neo-Nazis seeks to change the present climate of a democratic society. One way of achieving this goal is through digital fascism. Just like Italian fascism of the 1920s and German Nazism of the 1930s, digi-fascism wants the downfall of democracy. Its mythical calling seeks to make fascist thinking a normality. Henry Giroux calls this, the mainstreaming of fascism.

Despite its horrific past – or perhaps “because of its past” – today’s version of fascism is doing rather well. In fact, in some quarters it has even become something of a life-style idea exemplified by those who invaded Capitol Hill on 6th January 2021; right-wing extremists camouflaging themselves as Canadian truckers; some sections of the anti-vaxxers during the Coronavirus pandemic; politicians who claim that the Charlottesville Neo-Nazis are very fine people – this list goes on. READ MORE

Common Censored Podcast: #190 - Fighting for the Community & Climate Revolution

APR 12, 2022 AT 2:19 PM

New episode of Common Censored podcast with Lee Camp and Eleanor Goldfield.

Community organizing might seem narrow at first - til you realize  that each struggle we face in our home place is an echo, a mirror of  struggles happening across the country, and the world.

And as we  stare down climate catastrophe, doing what you can where you are is not  only about fighting against destruction, it's about building and  constructing a new world.

Lee Camp | How Many Years Do We Have Left?


How Many Years Do We Have Left?

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Mark Lister
Love Peter's enthusiasm, and he's right that people need to know the severity of this issue, and that capitalism is the problem. As the working class, we must educate ourselves, organize and agitate to win a sustainable future. The police protect the capitalist class, including banks and fossil fuel companies. The media reinforces the capitalist status quo, which is opposed to our interests as working people.



Cupid Stunt
We're definitely going to last at least another fifteen years because I've just bought an adorable new puppy and clearly she eventually has to die of old age. On the other hand my kids obviously haven't got any feasible chance to live much longer than their teens but hey, at least they now get to have a pet. Anyway when you get old your knees hurt, and who wants that? Especially since the kids now have a dog they now have to walk twice a day, most likely in the rain. .



Rome's King
Lee is unstoppable I wish I was half as driven and dedicated as this man is to the cause..... 🥺👍



Se Lu
Love Peter's commitment and enthusiasm.



Lee, you should apply for Guinness record of "most censored comedian".



Brydget Burke
Love watching you Lee, capitalism be fuckkked. Thank you for making me laugh for the 8/9 years? with all this shit going on. And you could do this same show and I'd still watch you, million dollar studio or not! much love to you!! Keep Fight, and so will I!! 💗💗



Kyle Villines
As an Okie who has family in the fossil fuel industry, I always found it ironic how people can say that they love the outdoors and yet these people go to a job that destroys the environment.



Roxanna Marinak
Love your guest Peter Kalmus and really has a clear view of what is happening..Thank you for having him on.! YES WE ARE SEEING PROFIT OVER LIFE!



Great interview again, the climate change issue puts everything else in the correct context.



Wendy Sunan Mills
Just got out of hospital from a suspected heart attack today, thankfully it was just a severe panic attack instead 🙄😂 However, what makes me feel better is hearing that we’ve not got much time left at all 😂🤣 fun topics


This would be an appropriate time for Russia to make that hard decision and straight up end a large portion of fossil fuel consumption in the world by cutting of Europe and the US, utterly.



Peter Manuel
On fire as usual. 🔥👍



Salty Pretzel
The natural light does make your skin glow Lee. I guess you will just need to cope with people loving you as an object of beauty. 😉



By my skills of deductive reasoning, and remembering the 2019 , "12 years to Stop Climate Change", I'm guessing we have 8 years to "save the planet". Extinction Rebellion also had some similar campaigns, and Dr. Sailesh Rao also has the Climate Healers/Prevent Year Zero.


Eran Hertz
Trust the science (except when it's inconvenient like the climate crisis)



The bourgeoisie that runs the show at all levels, including the media, feels compelled to whistle past the graveyard of their meaningless lives of conspicuous consumption spelling our planetary doom.



Nick Dipoalo is the most censored my friend. You are right behind him.



James Kelman
They won't care until it is too late . They all want their SUV's , fly away vacations and cruises and seadoo's / ATV's / skidoo's !



Dawn Shipley
Bravo Lee. I'm joining extinction rebellion. Cheers.



jane doe
Finally, less whining, more action. There is no more dancing around the subject. All the politicians, oligarch and elite must all go, no ifs ands or buts about it. By any, and I mean any means possible. Countries won't fall apart, if anything they'll probably run smoother without all the sticky fingers fleecing the treasury and stirring up trouble. Maybe what will scare everybody is money no longer gets oligarchs off, brutal violence, sexual and otherwise is what becomes their quest.



Imagine the 'love' in reproducing when one knows what's coming. Reproduction today might actually meet the definition of child abuse. 🙂



If you want to interview a progressive Economist Professor Steve Keen would be the best one. He's done extensive modelling on climate change and the outlook looks very grim unless the world takes it very seriously very soon.


lol The halo lights is a flaw in our evolution. Love your intelligent humor!



Amanda P
Our only shot at averting climate disaster is ending the monetary system entirely and permanently. There really just isn't any other way. PLEASE HAVE PETER JOSEPH ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dawn Shipley
Yep. Might have to stop shopping, driving, consuming crap. Shops are full of crap. CO2 emissions went down dramatically during lockdowns because production stopped.



Jimbob charles
We must acknowledge the "inconvenient truth" of our biological-reality with nature and the evolution of the human-condition. We need to overcome Tribal Mind-Sets of exceptionalism & righteousness and confront outdated belief structures such as "good & evil "


Great interview and cool Bernie figurine


Do Ya Like Waffles?
Old Wealthy & Powerful People: Let's just wait, & keep things exactly the same, until after we're gone. We the People: But...Wait... Won't it be too late to do anything by then? Old Wealthy & Powerful People: Yes!.... Yes it Will. 😈

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Richard Kenneth Eng
This reminds me of the 1978 movie, Superman, starring Christopher Reeve and Marlon Brando. Brando played Jor-El, one of a handful of Kryptonian scientists warning Krypton of impending disaster. But the ruling class of Krypton were in denial refusing to believe the calamity that was about to ensue. And so Jor-El sent his only son to Earth as Krypton exploded. Most of the people around the world are either in denial, or they don't believe the scientists (which is nicely illustrated by the Covid deniers who won't get vaccinated, who won't wear masks, who won't stay home, etc.). One wonders how the hell our species can survive.

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Dawn Shipley
Shareholders need to get on board



rwed _
Yeah, but of the surviving few, huddling at the poles, the fewer still sure will be glad they held up to that bitcoin. It'll be worth at least a chicken.



How to bring about the urgently needed mass rebellion? That is the question. I believe there's enough relevant understanding already in circulation to form the basis for a rebellion of the masses. Each "cause" that currently occupies peoples' attention, and which spurs activism in many cases, is motivated by a set of truths that are already seen as damaging to society. For example, the climate crisis, rising censorship, black lives matter, pandemic-related mandates, and so on. Unfortunately, these individual "causes" have not been adopted widely enough to generate the kind of mass movement needed to wrest power from the parasitic elites. We have no widespread solidarity (at least in the US). In fact, what we see more often than not is prolonged tribal bickering over individual events, without acknowledgement of any deeper context. What to do? I think the following message needs to be repeated over and over again in various ways. It expresses the one truth that is still missing -- a truth that does not depend on the release or discovery of any new information: "There is a COMMON ROOT CAUSE for most of the major problems that have already captured peoples’ attention. In other words, we who choose to actively resist those problems have a common enemy after all. That enemy is the cabal of billionaire oligarchs who, in working toward a goal of tighter and tighter control, could not care less about the welfare of the 'unwashed masses'. Which explains the peoples' many grievances. All the cabal cares about is the endless pursuit of wealth and power." For example, they are driving us over a climate cliff in the name of short-term fossil fuel profits. They have censored covid early treatment options to ensure profits from the vaccines. They imposed covid mandates to drive acceptance of the vaccines through excessive fear of the virus, and also to test the public's tolerance for increasingly draconian measures. They have created an atmosphere of intolerance for the 'other' (e.g., the black population) and at the same time they have armed police forces with military-style armaments in order to control those 'others'. And so on. All of the above begs the question: What form should a mass rebellion take? I believe that elections are now manipulated with big-money campaign advertising that spews mostly propaganda. Politicians are bought and ultimately intimidated into towing the line. They don't listen to the electorate; they listen to the donors. The judiciary has become politically biased, most notably the US supreme court. And a small number of large corporations own the mass media and are able to control which messages get heard. In other words, all of our traditional avenues of democratic change have been captured. The only power "we the people" have left is the power of superior numbers. In my opinion, the only viable way to break the stranglehold is through sustained mass demonstrations of non-violent civil disobedience. Of course, a unified movement will need leaders, organized strategies, and discipline. Especially discipline. The ruling elites will surely try to spark violence because that's the game where they initially have the upper hand. Am I optimistic? Well, at the moment I'm not holding my breath.

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Which makes me wonder even more: Why did y'all have a kid? 🌎🔥 Oh yeah: Hope🤣


Manuel Soto Tribe of Yashashakar
Oh yeah Peter the nasa scientist, we can totally believe everything he said. We all need to gather around children.



Rob Thomas
CNN: Uses the words "Climate" and "Change" somewhere within an article. Fox News: CNN - All Climate Change, all the time!


Scott Waggoner
I’m rather new to Lee Camp, but I find these videos to be oddly entertaining. To talk to experts about topics he is foundationally opposed to, as if he actually believes and advocates for this stuff. I got into the humor behind his anti-imperialism take after serving as a primary example of imperialism for five years, and his helping set the path for this war now between Russia and the West while supposedly being anti-war, and now fossil fuels. How he can keep a straight face after being paid by fossil fuel revenue for five years is remarkable.



It's the "doom" hype that keeps everyone from taking these people seriously. There is no "doom" coming from warming, just very gradual hardships which people can deny for as long as they wish to. It is our current economic system and lifestyle that is DOOMED, as current support systems gradually fail.



Manuel Soto Tribe of Yashashakar
How about geo engineering, or stratosphere aerosol injection. Or all the weather manipulation going on all around us, That might have something to do with these?



Eric Thorpe
When the Homers of the world stay at home instead of going to their nuclear power plant (450ish) jobs and they explode.. Woohoo!!!


Manuel Soto Tribe of Yashashakar
Peter you science isn't as strong as the force.



garry weinberg
Many hostilities in Syria, Ethiopia, Somalia are water related? Shortly water may create hostilities in US.


Amanda P
Redistribution of wealth doesn't help! It just continues more of the same. Consumerism won't end until we end money.


UC Love
Best of luck Lee.


Darrell Hayward
For of awesome conversation guys ty Lee ty spirit brother 🌱🌳❤3love


Ben Johnson
When people tell me climate change has happened before I remind them that up to 96% of all life went extinct when it happened,


Doug Higgins
Put the IPCC synopsis report right here. I have read the thing. Who here has? Defend its presentation for world leaders. Kalmus, defend the language of the synopsis. Stop telling us about your noble actions. This interview has been a self-serving joke.



patricia longo
You cannot wake a man who is only pretending to sleep.



Dawn Shipley
Can't you get an interview with musk etc, get them on side?


Eric Lawrence
Years? some fraction of one i'd guess


Zangief ☭
Malthus was right!


Doug Higgins
Lee, you should actually do some research instead getting a self inflating guy who says nothing. Ask if ever he read the IPCC report. There are better more informed speakers.


Manuel Soto Tribe of Yashashakar
Does the sun have anything to do with what is going on?



God is a volcAno and she is comin. Sound is consciousness. We are ants on lilypads.


Planet destroying greed amongst power hungry humans escaping to the closest planet? Looking at our solar system I may even speculate this already happened once or twice between Venus, Earth and Mars. Decent movie premise perhaps?


Doug Higgins
How much time, Kalmus? How much time? Stop saying how you chained yourself; give some real facts. Break it down! you are not helping.



No real science would say like every other word.






Dawn Shipley
It's ego. Some people will not be proven wrong.


Manuel Soto Tribe of Yashashakar
According to AOC Alejandra ocasio Cortez. We only have like 10 years left. Oh wait that was like 5 years ago when she said that. No where half way there





Rain Stromme
You have to because... Who else is talking about it?


Tara Payne


Daniel Vera
I do believe we're on danger. Release patents. Cancel debt in poor countries.



R D Reeves
Please please support The Venus Project. We can go beyond politics poverty and war.



Manuel Soto Tribe of Yashashakar
So carbon is bad huh? Is it the same carbon plants use ? Or we talking different carbon dioxide?



Manuel Soto Tribe of Yashashakar
Maybe bill Gates with his sun dimming program can save us.



Add report ipcc link to summary and full report. Now back to ww3


David Losse
It's usually sunny in North Carolina



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