Ron Paul’s Liberty Report, “Save the Cat” Novel Writer Tips, Counterpunch, Kim Iversen, Truthout

I have added feeds for some news sources (Ron Paul’s Liberty Report & Ron Paul’s YouTube Videos), “Save the Cat” Novel Writer Tips (excellent advice for novel writers) that will report on news and writer tips you can’t get in American mainstream news or that offer a perspective often missing from mainstream news. I do not completely agree with Ron Paul or Counterpunch on everything, but most of what’s at mainstream news is group think and I like to think for myself. Ron Paul disagrees with some of the leftist positions, but I want all intelligent arguments heard and encourage readers to draw their own conclusions. I have deliberately chosen sources that appear well thought out and are not propaganda. I disagree with Counterpunch more than I agree with them, but every now and then they hit the nail on the head and they deserve a hearing, even if they are liberal leaning and counter to much of what I believe as an evangelical. I tend to agree with Ron Paul about eighty percent, but feel I need to allow some liberal voices here to balance him out.


Ron Paul’s Liberty Report

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  • Coronavirus Propaganda Mimics War Propaganda
    By Jeff Deist​In the period leading up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Bush administration and its media accomplices waged a relentless propaganda campaign to win political support for what turned out to be one of the most disastrous foreign policy mistakes in American history.Nearly two decades later, with perhaps a million dead Iraqis and thousands of dead American soldiers, we are still paying for that mistake. Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Assista [...]
  • Mandatory Masks, Contact Tracing, Social Distancing - Tyrants Desperately Clinging To Power
    With a new CDC report confirming that the Covid-19 death rate is far, far lower than originally estimated, and Covid deaths plummeting across the country, desperate governors are ignoring facts and imposing even more authoritarian measures to oppress the population. With rebellion breaking out everywhere, at what point are we going to see a clash between a population no longer believing the coronavirus myths (that it is ten times more deadly than the flu, for example) and a political class drunk [...]
  • One Good Thing about the Lockdown
    By Ron Paul​One of the few good things to come out of the government-mandated shutdown is that many parents have started homeschooling their children. Many of these parents are likely to continue homeschooling after the government schools reopen.Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did its part to encourage homeschooling when it unveiled “guidelines” for schools to follow when they reopen. Among the CDC’s guidelines are that schools put tape on the hallways, di [...]
  • The Coming Bankruptcy of Central Planning Will Be A BIG Event
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  • Power Freaks Losing Control As Public Laughs At Coronavirus Lockdowns
    From the Lake of the Ozarks to the Texas Gulf Coast, Americans spent Memorial Day weekend in defiance of the forced "lockdown" orders of the politicians. Dr. Birx was furious over people refusing to wear masks at the beach. Other local tyrants screamed and threatened. The people are ignoring them. Deliverance from this coronavirus-induced government tyranny is not coming about because politicians have seen the error of their ways. It is coming about because the people are finally waking up.Keep [...]
  • Liberty Report Classic: Against The Left Authoritarians -- With Lew Rockwell
    We hope that you enjoy this classic interview from 2019 with Lew Rockwell on the great dangers of left authoritarianism. Get your copy of 'Against The Left' on Amazon: https://amzn.com/099046315X Be sure to visit https://www.lewrockwell.com every day! [...]
  • The Fed Enabled The Coronavirus Tyranny
    The Federal Reserve is an unconstitutional government-created monopoly. Bankers and politicians can act recklessly, while the rest of the population suffers the consequences and pays the price. Without the Fed, would U.S. Governors have been forced to act more rationally? Without the Fed, perhaps locking down the states would have been unthinkable. But now the unprecedented damage has been done, and bailouts from The Fed are proceeding. The American public has (and will continue) to pay the gut- [...]
  • 600 Doctors Warn Trump: Lockdown May Be More Deadly Than Coronavirus!
    Hundreds of doctors have sent a letter to President Trump warning that the nationwide lockdown is killing thousands of Americans. It may end up more deadly even than the coronavirus it is intended to defeat. Doctors understand that you don't kill the patient to save the patient. Also, homeschool moms in Lake Jackson, TX, defy officials and take their kids to the park. City workers call the cops - but in a twist, the moms know their Constitution and end up schooling both the cops and city officia [...]
  • We're Being Robbed Of Our Liberty
    By Chris Rossini​As the heroic Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises once pointed out "Government is essentially the negation of Liberty." America's Founders understood this and tried to "chain down" government with a Constitution. There is little doubt that they anticipated government would eventually break loose of those chains.Well, the chains of the U.S. Constitution were broken, and a good official year to peg it is probably 1913. That was the fateful year when the Federal Reserve and incom [...]
  • Trump's Taking Hydroxychloroquine. Good Idea? Bad Idea? With Guest Robin Armstrong, M.D.
    The media elites and their cheering section in the medical community are apoplectic over President Trump's announcement that he is taking a common anti-malaria drug as a protection against Covid-19. While many doctors have experienced successes in trials with the drug, including guest Dr. Armstrong, President Trump is being raked over the coals for his decision. Are politics taking precedent over "the science" when it comes to this (and other aspects of the "pandemic")?​Please keep the Liberty [...]

Ron Paul’s YouTube Videos

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“Save the Cat” Novel Writer Tips

  • Does Your Hero Have a Mushy Goal?
    Everyone in the world wants something. Well, except maybe a few Buddhist monks who live in the mountains and meditate all day. They might not want anything. But the rest of us—we want things. We want a new job, a new car, a nicer house, to ask the cute boy to the movies, to win the  … Read more Related Posts: Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… A Flawed Character is the Key to a Flawless Plot How to Liven Up a Flat Scene or Chapter Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat!… What's Wrong with My Story? - The Ultimate "Hack"… The post Does Your Hero Have a Mushy Goal? appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2020 Edition
      EDITED: This hunt has now ended! Welcome to the Spring 2020 YA Scavenger Hunt! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from  … Read more Related Posts: YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2019 Edition YA Scavenger Hunt: Fall 2018 Edition YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2018 Edition System Divine Fan Art Challenge - Win an ARC of… New Sci-Fi Series - "Les Mis in Space!" The post YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2020 Edition appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the Cat! Beat Sheet and Novel
    Today we’re talking about heroes…plural. What do you do when you have multiple points of view in your novel and need to juggle multiple beat sheets (and character arcs!) Here’s another question I get a lot from writers: If I have multiple POV-characters, do I need multiple beat sheets?   The short answer is: yes! But  … Read more Related Posts: Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat!… A Flawed Character is the Key to a Flawless Plot BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS - Pre-Order Offer Break Through Writer's Block With this Easy Hack! Does Your Hero Have a Mushy Goal? The post Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the Cat! Beat Sheet and Novel appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS – Pre-Order Offer
    Preorder BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS from any retailer and upload your receipt to receive a set of Limited Edition System Divine Collector Cards + signed bookplate and behind-the-book digital features pack (including a full Save the Cat! Beat Sheet of SKY WITHOUT STARS)! Offer ends 3/23/20. Related Posts: SKY WITHOUT STARS - Pre-Order Offer System Divine Fan Art Challenge - Win an ARC of… SKY WITHOUT STARS - Read-Along! Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… New Sci-Fi Series - "Les Mis in Space!" The post BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS – Pre-Order Offer appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • Find the RIGHT word…every single time!
    How many times have you stared endlessly at a single word on the page, thinking, It’s close, but it’s just not the RIGHT word. Then you mosey on over to Thesaurus.com, (or if you’re old school, break out an actual thesaurus), search for synonyms of the word only to find that NONE of them are the right word either?  … Read more Related Posts: Put Your Darlings to the Test (Before You Kill Them)… The Crappy Writer Hat versus the Fancy Writer Hat What's Wrong with My Story? - The Ultimate "Hack"… Does Your Hero Have a Mushy Goal? Find the Perfect Story Title in 5 Easy Steps! The post Find the RIGHT word…every single time! appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • SKY WITHOUT STARS – Read-Along!
    Hello Fellow Laterrians! As we prepare for the launch of BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS (System Divine #2), we thought it would be fun to host a read-along of Book 1, SKY WITHOUT STARS!   Join us as we take you inside the System Divine and introduce you to the world of Laterre and our leading players:  … Read more Related Posts: Join the Sky Without Stars Part 1 Read-Along! System Divine Fan Art Challenge - Win an ARC of… SKY WITHOUT STARS - Cover Reveal Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS - Pre-Order Offer The post SKY WITHOUT STARS – Read-Along! appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • Win a Classroom Set of BETTER YOU THAN ME (Middle Grade)
      Attention Teachers! I’m giving away a classroom set (20 signed paperback copies) of my latest middle grade novel, BETTER YOU THAN ME! The book is appropriate for readers 10 and up (scroll down to read more about the book.) If you’re interested in entering the giveaway, please fill out the form below. (Open to  … Read more Related Posts: MOVIE UPDATE! - Guess Who Wrote the Screenplay for… System Divine Fan Art Challenge - Win an ARC of… YA Scavenger Hunt: Fall 2018 Edition What's Wrong with My Story? - The Ultimate "Hack"… How to Liven Up a Flat Scene or Chapter The post Win a Classroom Set of BETTER YOU THAN ME (Middle Grade) appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • System Divine Fan Art Challenge – Win an ARC of BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS!
      Welcome to the System Divine Fan Art Challenge! We have 3 “out of this world” prize packs up for grabs (each containing a signed advance copy of BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS plus other awesome goodies!) for the three fans who come up with the most creative pieces of art, inspired by the System Divine series.  … Read more Related Posts: BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS - Pre-Order Offer Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… New Sci-Fi Series - "Les Mis in Space!" SKY WITHOUT STARS - Read-Along! YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2019 Edition The post System Divine Fan Art Challenge – Win an ARC of BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS! appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat! Chapter/Scene Beat Sheet!)
    I’ve been using the Save the Cat! methodology to structure and plot my stories for more than ten years and 17 novels now. I even wrote a BOOK on this very topic. And yet every day, I feel like I’m still learning and expanding my knowledge about this very marvelous thing called story structure and  … Read more Related Posts: Put Your Darlings to the Test (Before You Kill Them)… The Power of the Bullet (Point) - How to Fast Draft… How to Liven Up a Flat Scene or Chapter What's Wrong with My Story? - The Ultimate "Hack"… Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… The post Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat! Chapter/Scene Beat Sheet!) appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • How to Liven Up a Flat Scene or Chapter
    If you have a chapter that’s feeling a bit…well, meh. Try out this Writing Mastery hack! One of the best ways I’ve found to quickly power punch up a scene is to use a tactic I like to call… Hiding the Ball Basically it breaks down to this: Don’t give your reader EVERYTHING they need  … Read more Related Posts: Put Your Darlings to the Test (Before You Kill Them)… The Power of the Bullet (Point) - How to Fast Draft… Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat!… Inspiration Gets You Started, Discipline Gets You Finished Break Through Writer's Block With this Easy Hack! The post How to Liven Up a Flat Scene or Chapter appeared first on Jessica Brody.

Counterpunch

  • The Irony of American Freedom 
    In “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle,” political activist Angela Y. Davis invokes a song from the Freedom Movement, which says freedom is a constant dying, we’ve died so long we must be free. David appreciates this irony: “We’ve struggled so long, we’ve cried so long, we’ve sorrowed so long, we’ve moaned so long, we’ve died so long, we must be free, we must be free. And of course there’s simultaneously resignation and promise in that line, there is critique and inspiration: we must be free, we must be free but are we really free?” More The post The Irony of American Freedom  appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Life in Hell: Online Teaching
    I had long heard rumors from academicians about how "online teaching is a nightmare," "online teaching ruined my life," "online teaching sucked the brains out of my head," "online teaching is a new and insidious form of labor degradation," and the like. I foolishly tended to write these complaints off as hyperbole, saying "it can't be that bad." No more. I get it now. More The post Life in Hell: Online Teaching appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Why Iran’s Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington
    The first oil tanker that came from Iran’s Bandar Abbas port into the Caribbean is called Fortune. The tanker entered Venezuelan waters on May 24 and was then escorted by the Venezuelan Navy and Air Force to the Puerto Cabello oil terminal; the gasoline will supply the El Palito refinery. A second tanker entered Venezuelan waters on May 25, and three others are on their way. The Venezuelan government paid for the gasoline at market rates; in another world, it would be an ordinary commercial transaction. Not in this world. More The post Why Iran’s Fuel Tankers for Venezuela Are Sending Shudders Through Washington appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • National Values: Reality or Propaganda?
    Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic Party presidential candidate, thinks he knows what American values are. Here are some of them: “inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law.” Biden defines these as among the “democratic values that define us.” Actually, what Biden is describing are practices that allegedly reflect American values. And, indeed, these are the sort More The post National Values: Reality or Propaganda? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family
    Israeli media and Zionist apologists everywhere are busy whitewashing Israel’s globally-tattered image using the rare indictment of an Israeli terrorist, Amiram Ben Uliel, who was recently convicted for murdering the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, including an 18-month-old toddler in the town of Duma, south of Nablus. The conviction of Ben Uliel by an Israeli three-judge court More The post Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Coronavirus Vaccine Race
    Centuries ago, back in the Middle Ages, battles against plagues seldom went well. Medieval public health warriors had little scientific knowledge about their viral assailants. And what little knowledge they did gain, they couldn’t easily share. Kingdoms had no vehicles for rapid and reliable communicating. We don’t have that problem today as we do viral More The post The Inefficient and Incredibly Lucrative Coronavirus Vaccine Race appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19
    You can’t please everyone, especially those who do their utmost to find fault with a country that has distinguished itself as a national role model in the midst of a global pandemic. Earlier this month, Foreign Policy (FP) published a slanderous and mean-spirited op-ed with the clickbait title Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression More The post Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • A Note from the Ministry of Staple Guns
    The City of Portland, Oregon, and Multnomah County, are doing the best job in the country at kicking the can down the road.  Now is the time to push for a real solution to the housing crisis, here and across the USA. Since the pandemic hit, I have joined the ranks of the unemployed, like More The post A Note from the Ministry of Staple Guns appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • One Rule for Me and Another for Everyone Else: The Cummings Coronavirus Factor
    Leaving crises to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s management skills will never disappoint those who favour chaos and the attractions of vague direction.  The double standard is to be preferred to the equal one.  With the United Kingdom sundered by death and the effects of COVID-19 (the PM himself having had his battle with the virus), More The post One Rule for Me and Another for Everyone Else: The Cummings Coronavirus Factor appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Canada’s Seat at the UN Security Council May be Coveted But is Far From a Sure Bet
    Next June the United Nations Assembly will hold elections at its 74th session for five non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council (UNSC) starting on January 1, 2021 for the period 2021–22. The UNSC has 15 members five of which are permanent veto-wielding members: U.S., Great Britain, France, Russia and China. The remaining ten seats are elected More The post Canada’s Seat at the UN Security Council May be Coveted But is Far From a Sure Bet appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Should Federal Public Lands be Prioritized for Renewable Energy Development?
    The Wilderness Society just teamed up with Yale University to release a reportpromoting renewable energy development on public lands, and like the recent Michael Moore documentary Planet of the Humans, it’s stirring up controversy. The report suggests we should ramp up utility-scale renewable production on federal public lands, with a particular focus on Nevada’s desert More The post Should Federal Public Lands be Prioritized for Renewable Energy Development? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Fascism: Is it Too Extreme a Label?
    In examining two productions of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. A Parable Play.(1)  Bertolt Brecht wrote about the rise of Ui, which illustrated Hitler’s rise to power that was resistible –but was not, we see some elements related to today’s events. The Berliner Ensemble housed the first in1959 and the second in 1995. First More The post Fascism: Is it Too Extreme a Label? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • A Comradely Letter: What’s a Progressive to Do?
    This article is a call-to-arms on global warming. But before I turn to my main concern, I need to express some thoughts about the 2020 presidential campaign and the way we understand it. After I lay that out, I’ll connect those campaign-related thoughts with the issue of climate change. Now that the presidential election has More The post A Comradely Letter: What’s a Progressive to Do? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Attacks on China Must Stop
    The world is supposed to be pulling together to defeat the Coronavirus and to some extent it is. Earlier on Russia sent special equipment to the US and recently the US has sent some to Russia. China has aided Italy and Africa with doctors and equipment. Tiny Cuba, with its deep pool of doctors, has More The post The Attacks on China Must Stop appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Asian Pivot
    The Asian Pivot sometimes I think carpetbombing the Chinese  Reds with trueblue capitalism was like gleefully dropping the gay bomb without figuring out first which way the wind was blowing payback is a kitsch what if they Taiwan on and claim America as her own remind us of trans-Aleutian migration call it a down payment More The post The Asian Pivot appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
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  • Trump Administration and the Washington Post: Picking Fights Together
    For the past several months, the Trump administration has been picking fights—using cold war rhetoric regarding China and applying a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.  The editorial writers of the Washington Post for the past few weeks have written a series of pieces that support a hard line against China, and on May 24th the Post’s lead article was a chauvinist attack on Iran that had the rare attribute of being both counterfactual and counter-instinctive.  More The post Trump Administration and the Washington Post: Picking Fights Together appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Gods of Small Things
    O brave new world that has such people in it! – William Shakespeare, The Tempest One of the great things about the Covid-19 silver lining playbook is the opportunity it affords to come out of the closet, like Bradley Copper, about my sapiensexuality. There, I’ve said it. I’m on the cyberprowl for minds who want More The post The Gods of Small Things appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Governments are Using COVID-19 Crisis to Crush Free Speech
    Stop those non-humans who are writing and provoking our people,” says Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in an Instagram video. The non-humans he objects to are journalists who criticise the Chechen authorities for mishandling their response to the Covid-19 epidemic. Given Kadyrov has faced allegations of torturing and disappearing critics (which the leader denies), he leaves More The post Governments are Using COVID-19 Crisis to Crush Free Speech appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Greatest Good is to Preserve Forest Carbon
    Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service often said: “Conservation is the foresighted utilization, preservation and/or renewal of forests, waters, lands and minerals for the greatest good of the greatest number for the longest time.” It has become the agency’s motto. Yet in the age of climate change, the Forest Service has failed More The post Greatest Good is to Preserve Forest Carbon appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Covid-19 Conspiracies of German Neo-Nazis
    Where there are conspiracy theories, German Neo-Nazis are never far away. Indeed, the Corona pandemic is a welcoming vehicle for German Neo-Nazi to broadcast their ideology and to recruit new members. The belief in conspiratorial forces behind the 2020 Corona crisis isn’t just nonsense; it is a dangerous symptom of democratic societies’ plight to be More The post The Covid-19 Conspiracies of German Neo-Nazis appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Criminogenic Politics as a Form of Psychosis in the Age of Trump
    In its late stages, capitalism morphs into a form of neoliberal fascism. In this instance, the structural misery produced by capitalism via its destruction of the welfare state, safety net, and its growing investment in accelerating inequality and criminalizing all social problems merges with the theater of racism, racial cleansing, hyper-masculinity, ultra-nationalism, militarism, scapegoating the More The post Criminogenic Politics as a Form of Psychosis in the Age of Trump appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • TRUMP-20: The Other Pandemic
    The laws of God, the laws of man, He may keep that will and can; Not I: let God and man decree Laws for themselves and not for me –A. E. Housman In the destructive wake of TRUMP-20, Americans should practice media-distancing. Daily reports that expose us to Trump, his lies, his racism, and the More The post TRUMP-20: The Other Pandemic appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Trump’s “Uncreative Destruction” of the US/China Relationship
    Economists like to think of the wreckage caused by stock market downturns, widespread bankruptcies, and corporate downsizing as “creative destruction.” As it destroys the old and the dysfunctional, the capitalist system continually spurs innovation, much as a forest fire prepares the ground for new growth. Or so the representatives of the dismal science argue. Donald More The post Trump’s “Uncreative Destruction” of the US/China Relationship appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • First US Citizen Convicted for Protests at Nuclear Weapons Base in Germany
    COCHEM, Germany  A US Air Force veteran of the US war in Vietnam and two other nuclear weapons protesters were found guilty of trespassing and damage to property in Cochem District Court May 11, 2020, as a result of July 2018 protest action at Germany’s Büchel Air Force Base, where the United States positions 20 More The post First US Citizen Convicted for Protests at Nuclear Weapons Base in Germany appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain
    Where are the calls for Trump’s resignation? Since his first months in the White House, Trump has been the most impeachable, most lawless, most self-enriching, most bungling President in U.S. history. He relies entirely on lying and scapegoating to avoid taking responsibility for his failures. Trump didn’t even win the popular vote – the Electoral More The post Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Killer Capitalism’s COVID-19 Back-to-Work Imperative
    Over the past several weeks, daily new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have remained in the 22,000–25,000 range. By June 1, it is estimated that the number of deaths each day will rise to 3,000. Yet all 50 states now have begun lifting socially-protective measures aimed at containing the coronavirus, planning to “re-start” the More The post Killer Capitalism’s COVID-19 Back-to-Work Imperative appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Patterns of Compromise: The EasyJet Data Breach
    It has been a withering time for the airlines, whose unused planes moulder in a gruelling waiting game of survival. The receivers are smacking their lips; administration has become a reality for many. Governments across the globe dispute what measures to ease in response to the coronavirus pandemic; travel has been largely suspended; and the More The post Patterns of Compromise: The EasyJet Data Breach appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • If a Covid-19 Vaccine is Discovered, It Will be a Boon to Military Recruiters
    There is some good news coming out of the terror of the Covid-19 pandemic. We on the left aren’t  usually acquainted with anything even remotely approaching good news. How could it be otherwise, always being at the margins of society and at the margins of national consciousness? Bernie touted himself as a liberal with some More The post If a Covid-19 Vaccine is Discovered, It Will be a Boon to Military Recruiters appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Grizzly Bears are Dying and That’s a Fact
    More grizzly bears are dying, being seen, and in conflicts with humans in and around the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE). These are irrefutable facts. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) these trends are a straight-forward consequence of more bears. As a corollary, environmental change doesn’t matter to bears in this population because, More The post Grizzly Bears are Dying and That’s a Fact appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Banality of Evil, COVID-19 Edition
    As the COVID-19 pandemic ran its deadly course in New York, governor Andrew Cuomo  affirmed a state policy forbidding nursing homes to reject suffering from the disease. At least partially as a result (Cuomo himself acknowledged early on that the virus spreads through such facilities “like fire through dry grass”), nearly 6,000 long-term care residents More The post The Banality of Evil, COVID-19 Edition appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • If the Federal Government Won’t Fund the States’ Emergency Needs, There is Another Solution
    Many states are now experiencing severe budget deficits as they cope with the combined collapse of tax revenues and corresponding expansion of spending brought about by the coronavirus. Although the most recent $3 trillion fiscal package of the House Democrats proposes significant funding for the state and local governments, the GOP and the president have More The post If the Federal Government Won’t Fund the States’ Emergency Needs, There is Another Solution appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • A Memory Fragment of the Vietnam War
    We billeted with the Infantry, but no one except Division up at Chu Lai had the reins on our unit. We gathered intel on infrastructure, came and went as we pleased. A lot of down time, lots of time in the local Ville at Mr. Hue’s roadside food stand with the three tables under a rickety awning. Ba Hue served me the soup with the chicken feet floating on the surface, a delicacy she said. They’d taught me how to use chopsticks, and I pliered that delicacy to the side of my plate. They laughed. More The post A Memory Fragment of the Vietnam War appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Make a Resilient, Localized Food System Part of the Next Stimulus
    Consider the many problems in the meat industry. Workers ill with COVID caused temporary  processing facility closures, putting our nation’s meat supply in jeopardy.  President Trump forced meatpacking plants to re-open by executive order, yet, further disruptions are likely. Roughly half of those plant workers are immigrants, living at or below the poverty line, forced to return to work, they are still at risk of getting sick. More The post Make a Resilient, Localized Food System Part of the Next Stimulus appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Mismanagement of Wildlife in Utah Continues to be Irrational and a National Embarrassment.
    The greater sage-grouse, now threatened with extinction, once occurred in the tens of millions. It has declined in over 93% of it range in the Sagebrush sea in seven western states. This largest of our grouse may be on its way to oblivion if not protected by the Endangered Species Act, first proposed in 2003 More The post The Mismanagement of Wildlife in Utah Continues to be Irrational and a National Embarrassment. appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Sure Way to End Concerns About China’s “Theft” of a Vaccine: Make it Open
    In the last couple of weeks both the New York Times and National Public Radio have warned that China could steal a vaccine against the coronavirus, or at least steal work in the U.S. done towards developing a vaccine. Both outlets obviously thought their audiences should view this as a serious concern. As I wrote More The post The Sure Way to End Concerns About China’s “Theft” of a Vaccine: Make it Open appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Next Death Wave from Coronavirus Will Be the Poor, Rural and White
    What do you call a crisis that kills a hundred thousand Americans? It all depends on who does the dying. At first, it seemed like it was mostly white people infected and/or killed by the coronavirus. As the scale of the coronavirus pandemic dawned on Americans during the month of March, most of the media More The post The Next Death Wave from Coronavirus Will Be the Poor, Rural and White appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Killer Impact
    In the 1997 movie thriller Asteroid, an extinction-level impact is predicted as an asteroid is aimed at Earth by a passing comet. Three aircraft with lasers are scrambled and succeed in breaking up the asteroid though smaller fragments still cause significant damage. Kansas City is evacuated as impact nears. A piece of the asteroid hits More The post Killer Impact appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Memorial Day 2020 and the Coronavirus
    This year I won’t be attending the annual memorial ceremony in Richard Kemper Memorial Park as I have been wont to do for the better part of a century.   Unfortunately it, along with parades and picnics and similar Memorial Day events everywhere, has been canceled. Richard Kemper, my uncle, was killed on August 5, 1944 More The post Memorial Day 2020 and the Coronavirus appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • A Memorial Day For Lies?
    So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to believe that after the coronavirus crisis, US society will emerge sobered, smarter and more aware of the ways that inequality not only More The post A Memorial Day For Lies? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Grizzlies, Lynx, Bull Trout and Elk on the Chopping Block for Trump’s Idaho Clearcuts
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  • Beijing Acts on Hong Kong
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