Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments on Immigration Order; Further Appeal to Supreme Court Likely; After Women’s March, Mass Traction Anti-Austerity Economic Demands Are Urgently Needed As Protests Continue; Democratic Party Leaders Not Reliable; Attempts to Maintain Identity Politics Template Cannot Be Successful; Martin Luther King’s Non-Violence is Best Antidote to Anger Generated by Social Crisis; In Post-Superbowl Wrap-Up, Recalling Dante’s Portrayal of the Wrathful in the Middle Inferno
U.S. System of Checks and Balances Is Getting a Chance to Work, as Judge Robart’s Federal District Court in Seattle and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Block Dismantling of Traditional Immigration Policies; Decision by Three-Judge Appellate Panel Expected Tuesday-Wednesday; Our Enormous Debt to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, Who Developed the Practice of Judicial Review to Foster Legality Over Arbitrary Rule; Three Branches of Government Built on John Adams’ Reading of Machiavelli as Reflected in Massachusetts Constitution; If Ancient Rome Had Bread and Circuses, Modern America Has Pro Football, But Now This Key Shock Absorber of the System Is Becoming Less Effective
After Half a Century of Relative Quiescence, Renewed Politics of Protest Are Transforming Democratic Party and American Life in General; Brooklyn Crowd Gives Schumer C- Grade on His Performance as Senate Minority Leader; Issue of Immigration Ban May Be Decided by Three-Judge Panel of Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco; Does U.S. Face “Fourth Turning”?; Balancing Spontaneity vs. Organization and Program in Ebbs and Flows Ahead
How Venice Used Apocalyptic Religious Movements to Destabilize Its Adversaries: From the War of Ferrara (1482) and Savonarola in Florence to the post-1509 Venetian Promotion of Martin Luther During the War of the League of Cambrai, Triggering 130 Years of Confessional Warfare in Germany
The Present as History: Comparing the Current Wave of Self-Destructive Anti-Establishment Politics With The Crisis of the Florentine Renaissance Under Savonarola at the End of the 1400s; Will American Civilization Join End Up on the Bonfire of the Vanities?
Midnight Tonight is Deadline to Sign Up for Obamacare; Ouster of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Brings Increased Turbulence For White House; Senate Democrats Boycott Committee Votes for Mnuchin and Price to Keep Up with Mass Protests; Media Anoint Steve Bannon of NSC Principals’ Committee as Emerging Power Center of New Administration, But He Does Not Qualify as a Nationalist; His Fascination With Military History Noted; Trump Picks Gorsuch as Supreme Court Nominee
Ban on U.S. Entry by Nationals of Seven Majority Moslem Countries Widely Rejected at Home and Abroad; Merkel Demands U.S. Live Up to Geneva Refugee Agreement; Iran and Iraq Prepare To Retaliate With Reciprocal Measures; Over 100 State Department Officials Support Statement of Dissent; Mass Protests Multiply at Airports and Cities Across America as Opponents Go to Court; Measure May Seek to Mask Widespread Fear of Repealing Obamacare With No Replacement Revealed by GOP Politicians at Last Week’s Philadelphia Retreat; Tuesday January 31 Is Next Deadline for Buying Into Obamacare and Staking a Claim for Future Benefits; Ideologue Bannon Gets Permanent Seat on National Security Council as Chair of Joint Chiefs and Director of National Intelligence Are Demoted; Trump and Saudi King Salman Advocate “Safe Zones” in Syria and Yemen, Vow to Oppose Iran
January 31 May Be Last Chance to Join Obamacare/ACA; Executive Orders Close U.S. Borders to Seven Largely Moslem Countries, Advance Border Wall, and Assail Sanctuary Cities; 20% Tariff on Mexican Imports Dropped; State Department Disrupted by Loss of Top Administrative and Consular Personnel; For Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Birthday, Remembering the Original Heroic 100 Days of March 4 Through June 16, 1933, Which Stabilized the Country Through Real Achievements Like the Glass-Steagall Banking Act, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and Billions in Cheap Credit from the Reconstruction Finance Corporation
Illinois Congressman Luis Gutiérrez on Mexico: “You Build a Wall, You Will Push Them Straight Into China’s Hands”; Beijing’s Influence Already Expanding to Fill Void Left by TPP; Threat of 20% Mexican Border Tax is Economic Harassment to Pay for Futile Wall, Not Orderly Re-Regulation for the Development of World Trade; In First Inaugural, Franklin D. Roosevelt Blamed Wall Street Bankers for Great Depression of 1930s; Obama in 2009 Blamed “Our” Greed and Entitlements; Trump Accused Washington Politicians, Not Financiers; On 137th Anniversary of His Birth, Recalling Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s Military Genius and Progressive Reforms for Women, Labor, Farmers, and Peace in Japan After World War Two
Trump Orders Building of Mexican Border Wall, But Provides No New Money; Tells DHS to Expand Prisons and Police; Sanctuary Cities Threatened With Loss of Federal Funds, But Court Challenges Are Imminent; Alleged Surge of Illegal Immigrants Across U.S. Southern Border Not Factual; Supreme Court Nomination Due Next Week; White House Talks Up Need to Further Limit Voting Rights; Moves Are Coherent with Permanent Austerity Regime; Kissinger Advocates Recognizing Crimea as Part of Russia; Humiliating Mexico Could Drive Southern Neighbor Into Arms of Beijing; Astana Deal Among Russia, Turkey, and Iran Keeps Syria Ceasefire Going
GOP’s “Nightmare Scenario” For Affordable Care Act Now Operational; Federal Agencies Can Exempt Insurance Companies and Big Pharma from Parts of Law They Might Consider a Burden; Will Administration Enforce the Individual Mandate, Without Which Obamacare Financing May Crumble Into Chaos?; Health and Human Services Candidate Tom Price Wants to Block-Grant Medicaid to the States, and Reduce Medicare from a Legally Binding Entitlement to a Voucher; Federal Hiring Freeze Will Be a Straitjacket for Effective Government
Worldwide Women’s March May Be Largest One-Day Political Protest Action in World History; 4.6 Million Participants in U.S. Eclipse Inauguration; Washington Turnout Close to 1.2 Million, Followed by 750,000 in Los Angeles, 400,000 in New York, and 250,000 in Chicago; Among World Cities, London Leads with 100,000; Marchers Present on Every Continent; Results Refute Myth of Dawning Era of Right-Wing Nativists and Cultural Populists: This is Still New Deal America; Movement Must Develop Mass Traction Economic Platform, Avoiding Democratic Party’s Mistakes; Executive Order May Void Obamacare Individual Mandate, Threatening Health Care Chaos; Federal Hiring Freeze, $500 Interest Hike on FHA Mortgages Also Imposed; TWSP Urges Activists to Master Use of Federal Reserve Credit and Wall Street Sales Tax to Pay For Medicare for All, Free College, 40 Million New Jobs, and 21st Century Infrastructure
At Inauguration, Trump Evokes “American Carnage” in Speech Bereft of Conciliatory Gestures; Tone Is Unprecedented Pessimism
Promise to Defend Forgotten People Contrasts with Cabinet Choices; Sen. Schumer Reviled by Crowd, Undercutting GOP Argument of Civic Pageant; Nuclear Football and Biscuit Transferred; Executive Orders Against Obamacare and Dreamers Loom; Dangers of “Positive Thinking”
Senate Democrats Signal Inauguration Day Confirmation of Mattis for Pentagon and Kelly for Homeland Security; Momentum Builds for Saturday Women’s March; Mortgage Banker Mnuchin, Tapped for Treasury, Defends His Foreclosure Policies; U.S. to Attend Astana Conference on Syria January 23; Perils of Populism: The 1971 Nixon-Connally Demolition of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Bretton Woods System, Packaged as a U.S. Defense Against Foreign Profiteers, Still Plagues World Economy Today; Bretton Woods Was Crowning International Achievement of New Deal; Nixon’s Folly Cut World Growth Rate from A Robust 5% to A Stagnant 2.5%, Introduced Currency Risk and Demand for Derivatives via Floating Rate Chaos, Leading to Creation of Euro
Betsy Devos Offers Nothing to 85% of U.S. Kids Who Are In Public Schools; In Strange Double Standard, Republicans Condemn Obama’s Humanitarian Clemency for Manning, but Continue to Adulate Wikileaks and Assange; Davos Globaloney Ideologues Can’t Grasp that The Only Alternative to Reactionary Cultural Populism is Progressive Economic Populism Based on Mass Traction Economic Demands; In Last Press Conference, Obama Pledges to Act as Watchdog for Voting Rights, Dissent, Press Freedom, and the Dreamers; Recalling the Last Cultural Populist U.S. President, Richard M. Nixon, Who Incited the Silent Majority Against the Effete Snobs
Obama Refused to Force Wall Street and the Federal Reserve to Pay for the 2008 World Derivatives Panic and Depression They Created; Administration Never Developed an Effective Strategy for Countering Tea Party Fanatics and GOP Threats of Default and Government Shutdown; Obama Capitulated to Austerity Mentality with Ideas Like Chained CPI to Chisel Entitlements; Sequestration Caps Left Over from August 2011 “Satan Sandwich” Still Strangling Domestic Programs and U.S. Military; Iran Nuclear Accord and Opening to Cuba Are Real Achievements; Russian Government Should Stay Out of U.S. Politics
Obama in Review: President Gets Much Credit for Not Starting New Wars in Second Term after 2011 Libyan Debacle; He Never Promised to Bomb Syria if Chemical Weapons Red Line Were Crossed; Slow Recovery from World Derivatives Panic of 2008 Looks Good Compared to Great Fear In Months After Collapse of Lehman Brothers; 2009 Stimulus Flawed But Helped Steer Clear of the Abyss; Obama’s Tragic Mirage of Bipartisan Cooperation with Republicans Was Supposed to Appeal to Fussy “Independents,” But Has Led to Crippling Unilateral Concessions to the GOP; Affordable Care Act Needed a Strong Public Option in the Form of Medicare for All; Obamacare Now at the Mercy of Private Insurance Companies; Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Who Died Seeking to Unite Civil Rights, Anti-War, and Labor Movements Into a Force Capable of Contending for Power
Under Camouflage of Vote-A-Rama, GOP Senate Majority Starts Demolition of Obamacare for Up to 30 Million Americans; Despite Promises, Republicans Have Not Offered a Serious Replacement; Ryan Cynically Claims Health Care Entitlement is Already “Collapsing”; Bernie Sanders Warns of Needless Deaths; Justice Department Inspector General Will Probe Interference by Comey and FBI in Election; Mattis Would Maintain Iran Nuclear Accord; Pompeo Endorses CIA Account of Russian Election-Year Hacking; House Armed Services Committee Snubbed By Failure of Mattis to Testify on Waiver He Needs to Lead Pentagon; Carson Waffles on His Condemnation of Government Assistance to Poor
In Flurry of Senate Confirmation Hearings, State Department Nominee Tillerson Calls Obama Foreign Policy Weak, But Declines to Endorse Russophobic Rhetoric of Rubio; DHS Nominee Gen. Kelly Wants Cooperation with Moslems, Doubts the $20 Billion Wall Can Be Built Quickly; Sen. Booker and Rep. John Lewis Wrap Up the Case Against Sessions; Trump Conflict of Interest Avoidance Plan Falls Short on Emoluments Clause; Unsubstantiated Dossier Suggests Putin Badly Advised on Meddling in U.S. Elections as Competent Diplomats Allegedly Warned Against Dangers, While Propaganda Types In Kremlin Foolishly Pressed Ahead Despite August Firing of Chief of Staff Ivanov; Prime Minister Medvedev Reportedly Appalled
Case Study in the Instability of Cultural Populism and the Limits of Charisma: Ex-Comedian Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement, Third Largest in Italy, in Crisis After Chaotic Management of Rome City Government Followed by Current Monumental Fiasco at European Parliament; Grillo Jilted UKIP’s Farage and Incredibly Sought to Join the Pro-Austerity Neoliberal ALDE Faction, But Was Rebuffed and Is Returning to Farage; These Antics Are Now the Laughingstock of Europe; Grillo’s Movement is Leading Model for “Anti-Politics” Practiced by Right-Wing “Anti-Establishment” and Anti-Immigrant Parties
Tax Wall Street Party in Dialogue with Our Revolution: Democratic Regroupment Efforts are Welcome and Need to Stress Mass Traction Anti-Austerity Economic Demands Like Medicare for All and Free College, Not Ideology; Will Working People or Bankers Pay for Infrastructure and Other Needs?; U.S. Infrastructure Crisis Cannot Be Solved With User Fees, Privatization, the Gasoline Tax, or Tax Breaks for Wealthy Investors; Key Demand is Federal Reserve Purchase of $5 Trillion of Zero-Coupon Century Bonds Issued by States, Localities, and Authorities to Create 30 Million New Productive Jobs Under Davis-Bacon Act; Eisenhower’s Landmark Interstate Highway Program Did Not Include Tolls and Boosted Economy for Decades
304 Electoral Votes for Trump Are Certified by Joint Session of Congress; U.S. Intelligence Report on Russian Hacking Still Lacks Direct Proof in De-Classified Version, But Circumstantial Evidence Grows; House GOP’s “High Risk Pools” Are a Cruel Joke that Does Not Solve the Problem of Pre-Existing Conditions if Obamacare is Demolished; GOP Proposes Subsidies for Insurance Companies, Not Sick People; Recalling the Forgotten Nixon-Kissinger Indo-Pakistani “Tilt” Crisis of December 1971, the Least-Known Nuclear Confrontation; Happy Orthodox Christmas, Twelfth Night, and Epiphany!
Efforts Emerging to Build Grass-Roots Political Opposition, But Recipes Appear Incomplete; Focus on Congressional Races is Good, But Total Lack of National Organization Would Leave Initiative To Unreliable Democratic Party Leaders Whose Recent Record Does Not Inspire Confidence; Failed Hillary Clinton Approach of Just Saying No Is Not Enough-Effective Organizing Must Advance Practical Solutions to Kitchen-Table Needs of Working Families with Mass Traction Economic Demands; TWSP Advocates “Make the Fed Pay!” Demand for $6.5 Trillion in Zero-Interest, Long-Term Federal Reserve Lending for 40 Million Jobs Through Education, Infrastructure and Economic Recovery; Fragmentation Inherent in Identity Politics is No Longer Viable
Insolvencies in Italian and German Banks Could Trigger Severe Financial Crisis in Europe in 2017; World Economy Slowed by Chinese Downturn, European Unemployment Stuck at 10%, Disruptions in EU Supply Chains Caused by Brexit; U.S. Treasury Bonds Selling Off, but Stocks are Overvalued with Dow Close to 20,000; Wall Street Bubble No Longer Stoked by Fed’s Quantitative Easing, 0% Interest, or Keynesian Stimulus; “Lehman Moments” Cannot Be Excluded; Answer to a New Systemic Crisis is Not More Austerity and Bank Bailouts but 1% Wall Street Sales Tax to Hinder Speculation Plus $6.5 Trillion of 0% Long-Term Federal Reserve Credit for Infrastructure and Education
House Vote to Dismantle Ethics Office Represents Tea Party Rebellion Against Ryan; In Awkward Reversal, Measure Is Quickly Taken Back After Deluge of Phone Calls from Irate Voters and Critical Tweets from Trump; Ryan Elected as Speaker 239-189 Over Pelosi As Democrats Decry Threats to Speech and Debate Clause and Warn of Assault on Obamacare; Ford Cancels New Plant in Mexico Due To Low Demand for Cars; Electoral Votes to Be Counted on Friday; Schumer Wants Full Hearings and Critical Witnesses for Eight Key Cabinet Nominees Including Tillerson, Sessions, Price, and Puzder; Newly Discovered Notes from White House Aide H.R. Haldeman Show Richard Nixon Deliberately Sabotaged President Johnson’s Pre-Election Peace Negotiations with North Vietnam in October 1968; Additional Years of War Cost U.S. Over 20,000 Additional War Dead
A Wonderful "Twelfth Night" Cake!
Will Incoming GOP Congress Deprive Up to 30 Million Americans of Health Insurance with Their “Repeal and Delay” Tactic Against Obamacare?; House Republicans Still Unable to Agree on Anything to Replace Affordable Care Act; Divergences Between White House and Capitol Hill Still Possible; Democrats Announce Nationwide Rallies on Jan. 15 to Call Attention to Threats to Social Security and Medicare; Turkish-Russian Ceasefire for Syria Wins Support of UN Security Council, But Deal is Partly Directed Against U.S.-Backed YPG Kurds
Syrian Truce Fraying as Some Terror Rebels Reject It and Nusra/al Qaeda Disrupts Damascus Water Supply; State Department Calls Ceasefire Positive, and UN Security Council Should Endorse It; Beware Erdogan’s Targeting of YPG Kurds Under Cover of Truce; Homeland Security-FBI “Grizzly Steppe” Hacking Report Lacks Proof, but Circumstantial Case Persists; Putin Declines to Retaliate; Tuesday is Obama’s Last Chance for Recess Appointments; Strange Contortions by Britain’s Theresa May; Remembering Robert Burns of Scotland, the Author of “Auld Lang Syne,” as We Wish Happy New Year 2017 to All!
Russia and Turkey Sponsor “Fragile” New Attempt at Syrian Ceasefire Starting Midnight Thursday Local Time; Damascus Government Plus Seven Largest Rebel Groups Claimed to Be On Board; Turkey Wants Valiant YPG Kurds Excluded as “Terrorists”; Kremlin Announces Goal of Peace Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan to Which Trump, Not Obama, Would Be Invited; Citing Murky Cyber-Attacks on Democratic Party Groups, Obama Expels 35 Russian Diplomats and Closes Compounds; Retaliation from Moscow is Sure To Follow; House GOP Readies Sneak Attack on Medicaid and Medicare for Early 2017; School Vouchers Siphon Taxpayer Money Out of Public Schools and Into the Pockets of the Rich
Russia and Turkey Announce Syrian Ceasefire for 12 Midnight Local Time Wednesday; “Recognized Terrorist Groups” Not Included, But Erdogan Insists on Overthrow of Assad; Kerry Warns Israelis That “Occupation [Is] Destroying Hopes for Peace” With Palestinians; Netanyahu Government Approves More Settlements, Labels Kerry as “Pathetic”; White House Signals that Reprisals against Russia over Hacking Charges Are Imminent; Moscow Promises Prompt Riposte; Possible Solution: If U.S. Drops Economic Sanctions, Would Russia Swear Off Hybrid Warfare?; Postmodernist Leftists and Ayn Rand Devotees United in Nihilism
Erdogan Accuses U.S. of Supporting ISIS; Turkish President Repeats Old Trick of Equating Islamic State with YPG and PYD Kurds; Russia Says U.S. Transfer of Portable Anti-Aircraft Missiles to Syrian Terrorist Rebels Will Cause Needless Deaths, Amounting to “Hostile Act”; Money for These MANPADS Authorized in NDAA Already Signed into Law by Obama; Delivery Can Still Be Blocked in Appropriations Process, or Else by New Administration; Iraqi Prime Minister Says ISIS Can Be Finished off in Three Months; In Gesture of Reconciliation, Japan’s Abe Visits Pearl Harbor; New Nihilism is Implicit in Denial of Truth, Reality, and Facts
Russian Airliner Crashes into Black Sea Off Sochi; Can Terrorism Be Excluded?; UN Resolution Calling for End to Israeli Settlements in Occupied Territories Is Soundly Based in International Law, and Advances Hope of Middle East Peace; In Urbi et Orbi Greetings, Pope Francis Condemns Needless Suffering Caused by the “Ambitions of a Few, … Sheer Greed and the Idolatry of Money”; Pontiff Calls for Settlement of Armed Conflicts in Syria, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan, DR Congo, Donetsk/Lugansk, Colombia, Myanmar, and the Korean Peninsula; Fake News Item Triggers Nuclear Tensions Between Pakistan and Israel; Introduction to Hybrid Warfare, which Should Be Banned along with Color Revolutions; Best Wishes for Kwanzaa, Hanukah, and the Feast of St. Stephen
A Bout of Nuclear Rocket Rattling in East and West; In UN Security Council, U.S. Abstains on Vote to Condemn Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories, Which Passes 14-0; Berlin Christmas Market Suspect Killed by Police Near Milan, Italy After Passing Through France; Amri Had Landed at Italian Island of Lampedusa in 2011; Convicted of Arson, He Spent Four Years in Italian Jails; German Police Allegedly Did Not Find His ID Until 48 Hours After Slaughter; Berlin Officials Knew of Amri’s Contacts with an ISIS Recruiter; Morocco Had Warned Berlin Amri was Preparing Attack; Entire Story is Beyond Belief, with Evidence Strongly Suggesting That Incident Was Designed to Destabilize Merkel; Reading for the Season: Thomas Sackville’s 1563 “Induction” to the Mirror for Magistrates; Holiday Wishes for Peace on Earth and Good Will Towards All People
Long Agony of Aleppo Finally Drawing to a Close; Berlin Christmas Market Suspect Had Been Investigated by Police for His Contacts with ISIS Recruiter, Raising Grave Suspicions About Political Targeting of Chancellor Merkel; Pope Francis Slams Vatican “Legalists,” Sees “Malevolent Resistance” to Reforms in Roman Curia; Americans Scramble to Get Obamacare Before It May Be Too Late: HHS Announces 6.4 Million Recent Signups, Well Above Last Year; A Possible Solution for the U.S. Miners: Use Coal as Feedstock for the Petrochemical Industry; Holiday Wishes to Our Listeners: Peace on Earth, and Good Will to All People!
U.S. Exclusion From Moscow Talks on Syria Reflect Washington’s Folly in Supporting Anti-Assad Rebels in the First Place; It’s Still Not Too Late to Dump the Jihadis and Cooperate with the Legal Syrian Government; Erdogan Appears Less and Less as a Reliable Ally; Diseases of Despair: U.S. Opioid Deaths Have Exceeded 30,000 for the First Time Ever; Victims Concentrated in Areas of Worst Unemployment and Exclusion; Bitter Fruits of Cultural Populism: Appalachian Poor Grapple with Looming Demolition of Obamacare and Loss of Coverage which Their Own Unwise Choices Have Helped to Bring Closer; Dickens’ Christmas Carol Is Call for Humanitarianism and Charity, not Neoliberal Free-Market Cruelty
Obama Reportedly Warned Russian Government on October 31 Over Hotline Not to Interfere in Vote Counts of U.S. Election; President Wisely Refrained from “Act of War” Rhetorical Posturing; Demagogic Anti-Merkel Propaganda Campaign Escalates Using Pretext of Berlin Christmas Market Terror Attack; Target is Stable Government in the Heart of Europe; No Monetarists in Santa’s Sleigh: Exploring the Frontal Assault on Liberal Economics and Malthusian Demography in Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol (1843)
Trump Gets Majority in Electoral College; Terror Attack on Berlin Christmas Market Near Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Appears Calculated to Destabilize Chancellor Merkel as German Elections Loom; Russian Ambassador to Turkey Slain By Riot Policeman; Aleppo Evacuation Disrupted Again as “Moderate” Jihadis Burn Busses; Alexander Hamilton’s Explanation of Electoral College in Federalist 68; 40 Million New Productive Jobs Needed to Stabilize US Political System; Nihilism of Despair Seen as Organic Ideology of Right-Wing Cultural Populism
Aleppo Evacuation Proceeding by Fits and Starts; Many Refugees Tragically Headed Back Into War Zone in Idlib, Which Is Still Held By Terrorist Rebels; Gulf Monarchies Vow Syria Conflict Will Continue; Three More War Dangers for 2017: Iran, China, and Israel-Palestine; Beijing Rashly Seizes US Submersible in International Waters; German Intelligence Blames Russia in Internet Disruptions; With 4,000 NATO Troops in Defensive Deployments Coexisting With 330,000 Russian Forces, Buildup in Eastern Europe is Not Massive, But Symbolic; Baltic Politicians Should Cool It; War-Avoidance Solution Is UN-Backed International Treaty to Simultaneously Ban Color Revolutions and Hybrid Warfare in Favor of UN Charter’s Rule of Non-Interference in Internal Affairs of Sovereign States
Red Crescent-Red Cross Humanitarian Convoys Remove Several Thousand From Aleppo, Where Terrorist Rebel Resistance Has Virtually Ceased; A Cruel Betrayal for the Refugees if They Are Returned to al Qaeda Control in Idlib, Where Fighting Still Rages; The Age of Oligarchy: The Problem of the Nomenklatura in Recent Russia History; Roots of Current Tensions in the U.S.-Backed Shock Therapy of the 1990s; Today Marks 225th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Bill of Rights, Proclaimed An Official Federal Commemoration by Franklin D. Roosevelt Just After Pearl Harbor in 1941
Aleppo Surrender and Evacuation Disrupted by Shelling of Exit Corridors; Cui Bono Analysis Points to Terrorist Rebels Themselves as Likely Culprits, But Western Media Blame Iran; Last-Gasp Efforts by Humanitarian Bombers Persist; Essential Cooperation with Russia in Middle East Does Not Contradict Efforts to Stop Foreign Meddling and Enhance Cybersecurity on Internet; Need International Convention to Ban Hacking, Color Revolutions, and Hybrid Warfare; Obama Administration Too Slow in Countering Cyber Attacks on DNC and DCCC; American News Media Focused on Prurient Gossip in Podesta and DNC Emails, Thus Becoming Useful Idiots for Meddlers
Holiday Gift to the World: Terrorist Rebel Resistance Against Syrian Arab Army in Aleppo Has Virtually Ceased; 5,000 Jihadis with Families Will Start Departing in Bus Convoy Headed for Idlib at 10pm Eastern Tonight (03:00 GMT Wednesday), According to Evacuation Agreement Between Russia and Turkey; Qatar Foreign Minister Promises Syrian War Will Continue; Ban Ki Moon and Samantha Power Shed Crocodile Tears and Recriminations at UN Security Council; US Should Offer Assad Government Massive Assistance for Short-Term Humanitarian Operations, Followed by Conference for Marshall Plan for Entire Middle East Financed by Central Banks; FBI and CIA Still Disagree on Russian Role in November Election; Rick Perry Nominated for Secretary of Energy
13 OPEC Member States Plus 11 Others Including Russia Form Expanded Cartel to Cut Production, Increase World Price of Oil; Expect Gasoline Price Surge in U.S. During First Half of 2017; Obama Should Take Measures Against This Collusion, Including Using Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Punish Longs; Exxon-Mobil’s Tillerson Not the Right Choice to Face This Challenge; FBI and CIA Split Over Russia’s Role in 2016 Election; Need International Convention to Ban Color Revolutions, Hybrid Warfare, Cyber-Meddling and Similar Interference; Short Critique of British Philosophical Radicalism: The Blind Watchmaker of Darwinian Lore is Bankrupt; The Universe Displays an Inherent Bias in Favor of Development
Syrian Arab Army Now Controls More Than 93% of Aleppo; Final Collapse of Terrorist Rebel Resistance in City Likely This Week; With Call for Truce, NATO and GCC Powers Cry Crocodile Tears for Victims of the al Qaeda Forces They Have Sponsored in Aleppo; “Moderate” Rebels Face Their Greatest Defeat in Over Five Years of Syrian War; U.S. Must Jettison These Treacherous Clients and Deal Honestly With Assad Government; Iraq Army Pushes ISIS Back in House to House Fighting in Mosul; American System of Protectionism and Protective Tariffs as Exemplified by Hamilton, Friedrich List, and Andrew Stewart
Austerity Kills: U.S. Life Expectancy Declines in 2015, With Rising Death Rate and Increased Mortality from Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Overdoses, and the Diseases of Despair -- Making This No Time for GOP Scheming to Loot and Dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare; No More Privatizations; Postscripts to Pearl Harbor: Wake Island and the Early 1942 “Golden Time” for U-Boats in the North Atlantic Convoys, When the U.S. Underwent a Strategic Defeat Far Worse than Pearl Harbor For Want of Convoys; Introduction to the American System of Permanent Protective Tariffs
Only True Humanitarian Policy for Aleppo Is Not Yet Another Truce, But Rather Final Liberation of City from Terrorist Rebels and End of Syrian War; Misguided Humanitarian Proposals Will Only Prolong Conflict; Lavrov and Kerry Should Arrange Speedy Departure of Rebels from City; In Iraq, Mosul Now Completely Encircled by anti-ISIS Forces; On Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack, Defending Franklin D. Roosevelt From Absurd Partisan Claims that He Provoked Japan or Kept Hawaii Commanders in the Dark; Heraclitus Presides Over Political Life, Where Shifting Coalitions and Alliances Often Occur; Avoid Relativism by Keeping Great Issues of Human Progress, Not Contingent Personalities, Steadily in Focus
Cross Seven Centuries, the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Helps Us Understand Fake News: According to Dante, Falsifiers, Imposters, Counterfeiters, Disinformers and Con Artists Are Destined for the Lowest Part of the Eighth Circle (Fraud) of the Inferno, Where They are Tormented By Thirst, Fever, and Violent Attacks; Vergil Admonishes Dante For Paying Any Attention to Quarrels Among the Fakers, and Advises: “To Want to Hear That is a Wretched Desire” – Good Advice for Today
Italian Voters Reject Renzi’s Dubious Constitutional Reform in Referendum; Rollback of Monti’s Brutal Austerity and Renzi’s Anti-Worker Measures Is Real Issue; Beppe Grillo Forces Want Power Grab, But Offer No Reliable Alternative; Lesson is that Mere Process Reforms Cannot Gain Mass Traction; In Austria, Van der Bellen Win Over Hofer Shows That Robust Negative Campaigning Can Indeed Be Effective; After Months of Provocative Actions and Diplomatic Affronts to U.S., China Proves Hypersensitive About Taiwan; “Pizzagate” Campaign of Mass Distraction Erupts into Shooting in NW Washington DC Neighborhood; Time to ask yourself what you are not paying attention to?
Obsession of Sectors of Public Opinion With Manufactured Fake News and Baseless Conspiracy Theories Raises Urgent Issues of Mass Brainwashing, False Consciousness, and Alienation; Democratic Representative Government Requires Modicum of Rational Behavior by Voters; Rationality Can Be Found Through Participation in Class-Wide Efforts for Mass Traction Economic Demands; In Reality, Roosevelt was Most Consistent Anti-Fascist Among All Major World Leaders; One Fountainhead of Present-Day Conspiracy Outlook is Reactionary Tradition that Attempts to Blame FDR for Pearl Harbor Debacle 75 Years Ago This Week
Seventy-Five Years After Pearl Harbor, Absurd Conspiracy Theories Still Proliferate Accusing Franklin. D. Roosevelt of Betrayal, While Absolving U.S. Hawaii Commanders Who Failed to Search and Defend Despite Explicit War Warning; GOP Plotted to Blame FDR During Dewey’s 1944 Presidential Campaign; Many Roots of Today’s Irrationalist “Pizza” Obsession and Gullibility for Fake News Are Planted in Roosevelt-Hating Tradition; Common Basis is Class Hatred and Rejection of Reality in Favor of Myth
Beware Crocodile Tears of Anti-Assad Pro-Regime Change Forces Who Want to Preserve Their Terrorist Assets in Aleppo and Mosul Using Fake Humanitarian Cover; Pelosi Re-Elected Leader of House Democrats Despite Opposition of Fully One Third of Her Caucus Who Prefer Rep. Ryan of Ohio; But Handwriting Is On the Wall for Pelosi’s Obsolete Brand of Complacent Identity Politics; Waves of Freakish Paranoia Are Roiling Libertarian Conspiracy Buffs; Late Imperialism Cannot Tolerate Social Realism, and Takes Refuge in Irrational Magic, Wagnerian Myth, Mysticism, and Mysterious Forces; Realism by Contrast Is Indispensable Basis of Art: The Examples of Schiller and Verdi
Syria, Russia, Iran Determined to Crush Terrorist Rebels In Aleppo Before New U.S. Administration is Inaugurated on January 20; Despite Complaints of Defeatists, There is No Substitute for Victory Over ISIS in Mosul; Congressman Price, Nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Offers Only Austerity, But No Real Solution to Problem of Pre-Existing Conditions; At Height of Adventurist October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro Courted World War III By Urging Soviet Leader Khrushchev to Launch Nuclear First Strike Against U.S.