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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  • Sad! Cuomo Begs The Rich To Return To State He Ruined!
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is desperately begging rich people to return to the state and to New York City. He's killed off the old people by sending Covid patients into nursing homes and he's killed off the economy by shutting down, but he's offered to cook a meal for any rich person who returns to the burned out shell of the former great city. Any takers? Plus in today's Report: LA Mayor: "Want to party? Try it without any electricity or water!" Houston begs people to get Covid tested after [...]
  • Authoritarians Pretend To Know What They Do Not Know, and Cannot Know
    By Chris Rossini​Liberty is the natural condition of every individual. We are thinking and choosing beings. The choices that we make produce consequences. We can't escape the consequences of our choices, but the liberty to make those choices is always there, and a part of us.Because no individual is all-knowing, it necessarily means that to a great degree, we are all ignorant. No matter how much knowledge we're able to cram between our ears during our time here, ignorant we will always be.Bein [...]
  • Think The Covid Vaccine Will End Lockdowns? Think Again!
    The authoritarians who have locked this country down ostensibly to fight the outbreak of a coronavirus are not going to let up once a vaccine is ready. Already we are seeing additional qualifiers and contingencies being made that will only serve to prolong their rule-by-decree. A vaccine is not going to end it. Also today: More Americans are saying "no" to any vaccine; CDC Director admits a financial incentive to list deaths as "Covid"; Gov. Whitmer cracks down harder...but why? And more... (ad [...]
  • Waking Up? More Americans Skeptical Of Media's Covid Narrative
    According to a recent Axio-Ipsos poll, Americans are increasingly skeptical of the official case and death reports being served up by politicians and the mainstream media. Are we getting closer to the awakening needed to put an end to Covid tyranny? Plus in today's program: New York Times admits that lockdowns will kill more than Covid; What is happening to Australia; Houston Mayor threatens residents; and the real danger to Americans is not Covid according to this important map.​Pl [...]
  • Europeans Are Waking Up to Government Covid Tyranny. Why Are We Still Asleep?
    By Ron Paul​Tens of thousands of Germans marched through Berlin on Saturday, proclaiming a “Day of Freedom” and demanding an end to government-mandated face masks and “social distancing.” The UK and Netherlands also saw large protests against their governments’ tyrannical actions in response to the coronavirus outbreak.According to media accounts, the Berlin protesters held signs reading “We are being forced to wear a muzzle,” “Natural defense instead of vaccination,” and “ [...]
  • Mixing Government With Healthcare Led To America's Current Disaster
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  • Vaccine Tyranny - Will You Take Bill Gates' Shot?
    They are rushing through a Covid vaccine at a blistering pace, while granting immunity to big Pharma for any damage it might do to the American people. They are lowering the minimum effectiveness level to 50 percent - like tossing a coin. The propaganda machine is in high gear. Should we line up for the shot? Also in today's Liberty Report: Massive anti-lockdown protests in Europe! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); [...]
  • Lockdown Lunacy: Your Government Ordered Depression Has Arrived
    By David StockmanWell, the Virus Patrol sure has done it. In a fit of reckless overkill they have managed tovaporize six years of economic growth during the last 90 days. And that’s just by themechanical reckoning of the GDP accounts, where total output in Q2 weighed in atessentially the same level as Q4 2014.The real damage is far deeper, however, and is reflected in millions of small businessespermanently destroyed, tens of millions of households wiped-out financially and thevicious daisy ch [...]
  • GDP Crash! V-Shaped Recovery or ‘Greater’ Depression? Who's To Blame?
    The economic bad news hit hard this week with the GDP crashing 33% in the second quarter. The tyrannical lockdowns have produced the steepest economic collapse since 1947. The fallout from Americans sacrificing their liberties to government power is overwhelming. With suicides, drug overdoses, a doubling in domestic violence, and tens of millions unemployed, two things should come to everyone's mind: "Look what they've done!" and "Americans should never sacrifice their liberties again!" (adsbyg [...]
  • Fauci Doubles Down: 'Put On Your Goggles!'
    Dr. Fauci is back in the limelight where he likes to be. In a recent ABC interview he informs Americans that if they "really want 100 percent protection" they should not only wear masks, but also goggles on their eyes. Will he be recommending space suits next week? Also in today's Liberty Report: With the latest Depression-level drop in US GDP, the real costs of the lockdown are becoming evident. Poverty, hunger, and more death will continue the foolish policy of shutting down the US economy ins [...]

Ron Paul’s YouTube Videos

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“Save the Cat” Novel Writer Tips

  • Save the Cat! Beat Sheet Analysis of Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” Video
    Taylor Swift’s new album, folklore, is here and critics are already calling it her “storytelling album”. That seems to fit given that her first released video from the album, “Cardigan,” follows ALL of the key story beats!  I realize there’s about a zillion analyses and lyric interpretations floating around out there, as Swifties everywhere attempt  … Read more Related Posts: Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… How do the Save the Cat! Beats Translate to Chapters? How to Outline a Novel (for beginners or pantsers!) Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat!… Does Your Hero Have a Mushy Goal? The post Save the Cat! Beat Sheet Analysis of Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” Video appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • Four Catalyst Quick Fixes for Save the Cat!
    So, here’s the problem: If you’ve read Save the Cat! Writes a Novel or taken my Save the Cat! Novel Writing Online Course, you know that the Catalyst (literally defined as the moment your story finally gets “going”) doesn’t come until 10% of the way in. So, mathematically speaking, if you have a story that’s  … Read more Related Posts: How to Outline a Novel (for beginners or pantsers!) How do the Save the Cat! Beats Translate to Chapters? Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat!… Novel Revision Quick Tip: Deciding What to Cut and… Does Your Hero Have a Mushy Goal? The post Four Catalyst Quick Fixes for Save the Cat! appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • TITLE REVEAL for System Divine Book 3!
    THE TITLE OF BOOK 3 IS HERE! If you’ve reached the end of Between Burning Worlds, you might be itching to find out what happens next (we did leave the planet in a bit of a lurch, didn’t we?) Well, you’ll have to wait a little longer to find out.  BUT…in the meantime, we thought  … Read more Related Posts: System Divine Fan Art Challenge - Win an ARC of… BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS - Pre-Order Offer Find the Perfect Story Title in 5 Easy Steps! SKY WITHOUT STARS - Read-Along! How Heroes Transform Across Series (Save the Cat!… The post TITLE REVEAL for System Divine Book 3! appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • How Heroes Transform Across Series (Save the Cat! for Series)
     If there’s one question I get more than any other when it comes to plotting (particularly using the Save the Cat! method), it’s this: But what about series?  So, I do talk a little bit about the “series beat sheet” in Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, but clearly not enough because the questions keep  … Read more Related Posts: Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… Is My Novel Idea Worth Writing? 5 Ways to Tell! Writing Characters Readers Will Root For How to Add More Conflict to Your Fiction Writing How do the Save the Cat! Beats Translate to Chapters? The post How Heroes Transform Across Series (Save the Cat! for Series) appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • How to Add More Conflict to Your Fiction Writing
    Does your fiction need more conflict? If you’re asking, then the answer is probably yes!  Let’s talk about conflict. We all know it’s UBER important in fiction and narrative nonfiction writing.  Conflict is what makes the storytelling wheels go round. Conflict is what keeps your reader from giving up because the story feels too easy.  … Read more Related Posts: Is My Novel Idea Worth Writing? 5 Ways to Tell! A Flawed Character is the Key to a Flawless Plot Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat!… How to Liven Up a Flat Scene or Chapter How do the Save the Cat! Beats Translate to Chapters? The post How to Add More Conflict to Your Fiction Writing appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • 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: How to Add More Conflict to Your Fiction Writing Writing Characters Readers Will Root For Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… A Flawed Character is the Key to a Flawless Plot Does Your Story Matter? How to Write Fiction that Resonates 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… How to Add More Conflict to Your Fiction Writing The post YA Scavenger Hunt: Spring 2020 Edition appeared first on Jessica Brody.
  • How do the Save the Cat! Beats Translate to Chapters?
    A question I get a lot from novelists following the Save the Cat! plotting method is this: What’s the relationship between beats and chapters? Or in other words, how do the beats break down into chapters and vice versa? The answer, as is usually the case, is: It depends.  Super helpful, right? 😉 Well, let  … Read more Related Posts: Juggling Multiple Points of View in Your Save the… Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat!… How Heroes Transform Across Series (Save the Cat!… How to Outline a Novel (for beginners or pantsers!) 5 Tips for Revising a First Draft The post How do the Save the Cat! Beats Translate to Chapters? 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 Save the Cat! beat sheets (and character arcs!) Here’s another question I get a lot from writers who have read Save the Cat Writes a Novel or enrolled in my Save  … Read more Related Posts: How Heroes Transform Across Series (Save the Cat!… How do the Save the Cat! Beats Translate to Chapters? How to Outline a Novel (for beginners or pantsers!) Make Every Single Scene RIVETING! (The Save the Cat!… A Flawed Character is the Key to a Flawless Plot 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… How Heroes Transform Across Series (Save the Cat!… The post BETWEEN BURNING WORLDS – Pre-Order Offer appeared first on Jessica Brody.

Counterpunch

  • Hiroshima, Nagasaki Survivors Remember
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  • How the Fascists Won World War II
    Come you masters of war You that build the big guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks –“Masters of War,” Bob Dylan This is a mystery story. More The post How the Fascists Won World War II appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be Toppled
    In August 1945, the United States attacked two cities in Japan with nuclear weapons in the last days of World War Two. The US used weapons of mass destruction against a primarily civilian population, instantly killing over 100,000 human beings, with tens of thousands of wounded and irradiated people who would die in the subsequent More The post The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be Toppled appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Reverse the New Nuclear Arms Race
    August 6 is the 75th anniversary of the only time any nation in the world dropped an atomic bomb on people. On August 6, 1945, President Harry Truman ordered Fat Man dropped on Hiroshima. 210,000 people were killed instantly. Three days later, Little Boy was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 70,000 more people instantly. Now would More The post Reverse the New Nuclear Arms Race appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Ireland and Slavery: Debating the ‘Irish Slaves Myth’
    Over recent months, social media in Ireland and the United States has been saturated with claims and counterclaims about ‘Irish slaves’ and a broader controversy about Irish complicity in the transatlantic slave trade. The timing of the ‘debate’ is far from coincidental: a series of false and malicious assertions that the American far Right have More The post Ireland and Slavery: Debating the ‘Irish Slaves Myth’ appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Native Americans Win Historic Victories in U.S. High Court Rulings
    Heat on the U.S. Presidential election campaign thermometer reached new highs during the dog days of summer 2020, with the final rulings of the Supreme Court calendar year favoring indigenous causes diametrically opposed to those of incumbent candidate Donald Trump. The highest court in the land ruled in favor of the exercise of Native American More The post Native Americans Win Historic Victories in U.S. High Court Rulings appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • “Man Attacks Grizzly” and Other Leading Bleeding Stories
    My Google Alerts inbox has been flooded during the last week by an article making the rounds among national and regional media outlets with a title that virtually screams “Official: 7 Grizzly Bear Attacks This Year.” More matter-of-factly, the article leads off with the observation that “Wildlife officials have documented seven grizzly bear encounters resulting More The post “Man Attacks Grizzly” and Other Leading Bleeding Stories appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Suffrage: The Myth of Sisterphus
    “The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her.” – The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, 1848 Woman is the nigger of the world Yes, she is If you don’t believe me, take More The post Suffrage: The Myth of Sisterphus appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • An Unbelievably Disastrous State of Affairs
    Like most of the rest of the U.S. population, Montanans are wondering how we’re going to get out of the very serious and growing problems afflicting our state and nation right now. They are also, on an increasing basis, growing very angry that our Republican president and his snarling pack of enablers are ignoring the More The post An Unbelievably Disastrous State of Affairs appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Trouble in Paradise Valley
    Paradise Valley, Montana, is aptly named. The Yellowstone River flows north to Livingston, Montana, framed by the Absaroka Mountains on the east and the Gallatin Range on the West. It’s one of the most stunning landscapes in the entire West. Due to its location immediately adjacent to Yellowstone Park and the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, Paradise More The post Trouble in Paradise Valley appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • State of Pandemic Disaster: Melbourne Moves to Stage Four
    Being in control of a sinking ship is not enviable.  Regulations previously passed have a museum feel to them, distinctly obsolete.  Directions, once dictated with confidence, lack timbre.  Coronavirus is serving as that most wily and cheeky of agents, with the most appropriate of accomplices: Homo sapiens.  Human beings are fed up, munching on conspiracy More The post State of Pandemic Disaster: Melbourne Moves to Stage Four appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The ACLU Has Never Done a Damn Thing for Me
    It’s actually worse than that in terms of the ACLU. When I was a school counselor in a public high school, the ACLU screwed me royally, even though I had helped them with the case of a student. A federal district court found for the student in a freedom of speech case, and I was a More The post The ACLU Has Never Done a Damn Thing for Me appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Time to Empower the Invisibles: India Awaits a Mental Health Revolution
    Mental health is an inherent and the most paramount aspect of our well being, without it a qualitative life is barren to imagine. These ‘Covidnary Times’ are extremely turbulent, where ‘Normality’ will be more sidelined with ‘Abnormality.’ The side-effects of Covid-19 will keep hunting our World for ages to come. Surging mass layoffs, transcendental change More The post Time to Empower the Invisibles: India Awaits a Mental Health Revolution appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Conservationists to Federal Agencies: Restore Protections for Imperiled Wildlife in the Flathead National Forest
    Flathead Forest Plan favors resource extraction over grizzly bears, Canada lynx, wolverine, and bull trout MISSOULA, MT—Four conservation groups have filed their opening salvos in a lawsuit to require the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore proven safeguards for the protection and recovery of imperiled grizzly bears, Canada lynx, wolverine, and bull More The post Conservationists to Federal Agencies: Restore Protections for Imperiled Wildlife in the Flathead National Forest appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Nina Simone: Mississippi Goddam
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  • Black Lives Matter: Resisting the Propaganda of Status Quo Defenders
    First came the new names—Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others—all added one by one to the long list of tragic, unjustifiable police killings of Black Americans. Then came the batons, the pepper spray, the tear gas, the flash-grenades, the helicopters, the armored vehicles, and the rubber bullets wielded against nonviolent Black Lives Matter protesters across the United States, More The post Black Lives Matter: Resisting the Propaganda of Status Quo Defenders appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Department of Homeland Security: the Ideal Authoritarian Tool
    In the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration made a series of blunders that have created havoc in U.S. governance.  The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the worst of these decisions, but not far behind was the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The DHS has turned out to be the perfect authoritarian tool in the hands of a corrupt administration, and there is ample evidence of the department’s role in degrading public life in America in the past several weeks.  The department has become Trump’s tool for targeting “anti-fascists,” the label that he has broadly applied to all protestors. More The post The Department of Homeland Security: the Ideal Authoritarian Tool appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Misleaders at a Funeral: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Eulogizing Racial Justice in the Name of John Lewis
    New Age Racists Anyone who thinks it was fine and proper for the Jeffrey Epstein pal Bill Clinton to be a featured speaker at the funeral of John Lewis, a former Black Civil Rights icon, ought to read Elaine Brown’s brilliant 2002 book The Condemnation of Little B. In this classic radical Black text, Brown More The post Misleaders at a Funeral: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Eulogizing Racial Justice in the Name of John Lewis appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Hiroshima, Technique, and Bioweapons
    My family comes from Hiroshima, and I was born there myself. On August 6, 1945, my father was thirteen and just far enough away from home in the center of Hiroshima, across a few hills assigned to digging potatoes. The rest of his immediate family was scattered far enough from Ground Zero to survive. Branches of his family and branches of my mother’s family came to an end that day, however. More The post Hiroshima, Technique, and Bioweapons appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • How Trump Managed to Lead the World with the Worst Response to the COVID Pandemic
    Six months ago, on January 30, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, announced a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Ten days before this, the Chinese government had said—to great alarm—that the coronavirus could be transmitted from human to human. The contagiousness of this virus led the WHO More The post How Trump Managed to Lead the World with the Worst Response to the COVID Pandemic appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Trump’s Alternative
    It seems as if President Donald Trump is trying to sabotage the November election by publicly proposing postponing it and denigrating the untouchable democratic mainstay by repeatedly and forcefully arguing that it will be rigged. That’s his way of preparing his hyper narcissistic self for what could be a huge loss. After all, he recently More The post Trump’s Alternative appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Worst Hunger Season Yet to Come: Global Moral Failure in the Time of Covid-19
    As the moral philosopher Peter Singer asserts, we are just as obligated to save a child half a world away than we are to save a child that is drowning right in front of our eyes. While in the past, even the most powerful individuals could not affect what is happening in distant places, we More The post The Worst Hunger Season Yet to Come: Global Moral Failure in the Time of Covid-19 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Battle for Kashmir
    The erasure of Islam, its decimation in Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state, has accelerated since last August 5 when Prime Minister Modi drew down Kashmir’s limited autonomy, claiming that it was a hurdle towards Kashmir’s development. Since then, Delhi’s functionaries have blocked 8.8 million mobile phones; they have arrested 7,000 Kashmiris, including politicians, activists, including More The post The Battle for Kashmir appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Malaysia’s Arch-Kleptocrat is Found Guilty
    Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak was found guilty in the first of 5 trials he faces for his multibillion-dollar looting of Malaysia’s 1MBD development fund. This particular trial concerned US$14m of funds deposited in Najib’s personal accounts from a unit of 1MDB. In all, it is alleged that US $4.5 bn was stolen from More The post Malaysia’s Arch-Kleptocrat is Found Guilty appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China
    Tensions between the United States and China are rising as the U.S. election nears, with tit-for-tat consulate closures, new U.S. sanctions and no less than three U.S. aircraft carrier strike groups prowling the seas around China. But it is the United States that has initiated each new escalation in U.S.-China relations. China’s responses have been More The post U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Why Housing Is a Human Right
    Congress’s inability to actually represent the real-live human beings of America, combined with an economic system that rewards lack of empathy and an excess of greed, has brought us to a dark time when an oncoming tsunami of financial ruin, destitution and evictions towers over our heads, blocking out the sunlight. The impending evictions may More The post Why Housing Is a Human Right appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • For Egalitarians, a Sudden Sense of Possibility
    Something seems to be in the air these days — besides coronavirus. A hopefulness. A boldness. A conviction that we now have a real opportunity for blunting the corporate power that’s done so much to make the United States the world’s most unequal wealthy nation. How can we seize that opportunity? New reports from two More The post For Egalitarians, a Sudden Sense of Possibility appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Can Israelis Broaden Their Protests Beyond Netanyahu?
    Israel is roiling with angry street protests that local observers have warned could erupt into open civil strife – a development Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be encouraging. For weeks, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have been the scene of large, noisy demonstrations outside the official residences of Mr Netanyahu and his public security minister, More The post Can Israelis Broaden Their Protests Beyond Netanyahu? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Ten Years After Lieberman’s “Internet Kill Switch,” the War on Freedom Rages On
    In 2010, US Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Thomas Carper (D-DE) introduced their Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act. Better known as the “Internet Kill Switch” proposal for the emergency powers it would have conferred on the president, the bill died without receiving a vote in either house of Congress. A More The post Ten Years After Lieberman’s “Internet Kill Switch,” the War on Freedom Rages On appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Staying on Message: Australia, the US and the AUSMIN Talks
    The Satrap Chronicles of the US imperium will have, near the top of their various ingratiating themes, such Australian politicians as Senators Linda Reynolds and Marise Payne. They resemble Siamese consuls, hard to tell apart (robust build, similar of voice and manner). For another, their views form the putty of derivative policy that has characterised More The post Staying on Message: Australia, the US and the AUSMIN Talks appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The View From Saturn 
    The View From Saturn  In the time it takes the earth to make Eight trips around the sun Saturn completes just a quarter of one And there’s nowhere to do laundry No place to clean clothes Every laundromat’s closed The streams, polluted, Are thick with waste Or dried away Yet you’re still here And can More The post The View From Saturn  appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Another Hiroshima is Coming…Unless We Stop It Now
    When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. More The post Another Hiroshima is Coming…Unless We Stop It Now appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Unsung Heroes of Los Alamos: Rethinking Manhattan Project Spies and the Cold War
    Instead of sharing the bomb with the USSR, which, remember, was America's ally in World War II, and then working for its being banned, the US began producing dozens and eventually hundreds of Nagasaki-sized atom bombs, moving quickly from hand-made devices to mass produced ones. The US also quickly started pursuing the development of a vastly more powerful bomb — the thermonuclear Hydrogen bomb -- a weapon that theoretically has no limits to how great its destructive power could be. More The post Unsung Heroes of Los Alamos: Rethinking Manhattan Project Spies and the Cold War appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Escalating State Repression and Covid-19: Their Impact on the Poor in Kenya
    Soon after Kenya experienced its first Covid-19 case on 13 March 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta invoked the Public Order Act to activate a series of tough measures, including wearing face masks at all times, the closure of schools and all ‘non-essential’ businesses, and a dusk till dawn curfew. Reports of police brutalities quickly followed. Even before the start of the curfew on 27 March, police in downtown Nairobi reportedly whipped and kicked people on the street, and in Embakasi, forced people walking home from work to kneel before them. More The post Escalating State Repression and Covid-19: Their Impact on the Poor in Kenya appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • We Need an Economic Survival Package Not Another Stimulus
    There continues to be enormous confusion about what we should be trying to accomplish in the next pandemic relief package. This is best demonstrated by Republicans’ obsession with getting people back to work, with a mixture of cuts to unemployment benefits and return to work bonuses. Ignoring the questionable economic logic (there is zero evidence More The post We Need an Economic Survival Package Not Another Stimulus appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Globalization and the End of the American Dream
    Immanuel Wallerstein provocatively begins one of his essays with the following cautionary note: “Globalization is a misleading concept, since what is described as globalization has been happening for 500 years.” Nevertheless, in a 2000 article, “Globalization or the Age of Transition?,” Wallerstein notes that after WW-II the U.S. was “the only major industrial power whose More The post Globalization and the End of the American Dream appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Pandemic Reveals a Europe More United Than the United States
    During the Trump era, America increasingly seems like a motley collection of states brought together for reasons of territorial contiguity and little else. The conservative South is ravaged by a pandemic. The liberal Northeast waits patiently for elections in November to oust a tyrant. A rebellious Pacific Northwest faces off against federal troops sent to More The post The Pandemic Reveals a Europe More United Than the United States appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The Government’s Failed Track-and-Trace System is a Disaster for England
    Aggressive contact tracing is the strategy that will help most now, although it would have been easier to implement before Boris Johnson’s credibility was shredded When I got polio on a farm in the middle of the Irish countryside in 1956, an Irish Health Ministry official visited our nearest neighbour, a farmer called Dick Cunningham, the next More The post The Government’s Failed Track-and-Trace System is a Disaster for England appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • ‘Optimism of the Will’: Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now
    In a recent TV discussion, a respected pro-Palestine journalist declared that if any positive change or transformation ever occurs in the tragic Palestinian saga, it would not happen now, but that it would take a whole new generation to bring about such a paradigm shift. As innocuous as the declaration may have seemed, it troubled More The post ‘Optimism of the Will’: Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Statement From Yale Faculty on Hydroxychloroquine and Its Use in COVID-19
    We write with grave concern that too many are being distracted by the ardent advocacy of our Yale colleague, Dr. Harvey Risch, to promote the assertion that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) when given with antibiotics is effective in treating COVID-19, in particular as an early therapeutic intervention for the disease. As his colleagues, we defend the right More The post Statement From Yale Faculty on Hydroxychloroquine and Its Use in COVID-19 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Ocean Heat: From the Tropics to the Poles
    The heat being captured by the increasing load of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is subsequently transferred into the oceans for storage. This process — global warming — has raised the temperature of the biosphere by 1°C (or more) since the late 19th century. Heat introduced into any material body at More The post Ocean Heat: From the Tropics to the Poles appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Why the Idea of Jobless Benefits Scares the Conservative Mind
    When Congress passed the CARES Act earlier this year, lawmakers gave some low-wage Americans who lost their jobs an income they’ve been demanding for years: $600 a week, which works out to $15 an hour for a 40-hour workweek. Because the federal minimum wage is less than half that rate—stuck there due to the intransigence More The post Why the Idea of Jobless Benefits Scares the Conservative Mind appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Framing Wolves in New Mexico?
    Late in May 2020, the Arizona Daily Star ran an article titled, “Advocates question investigations used to target ‘problem’ wolves,” detailing some of the work that Western Watersheds Project has been doing to review and assess Wildlife Services’ work on livestock killed by Mexican wolves in New Mexico. Together with my colleague – WWP’s Arizona More The post Framing Wolves in New Mexico? appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • Pulling Out of Germany: Trump Adjusts the Military Furniture
    One noisy theme in the Donald Trump Disruption Show in an otherwise chaotic assemblage of messages has remained fairly constant: winding back US troop commitments.  The US has fought its complement of wars, bloodied and bloodying.  Time to up stakes and head home.  It was a message that sold in 2016 across the aisles of More The post Pulling Out of Germany: Trump Adjusts the Military Furniture appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • COVID Stimulus Checks Shouldn’t Penalize One-Parent Households
    Both the HEROES Act passed by the House in May and Senate Republicans’ HEALS Act announced this week would provide a new round of stimulus in the form of one-time cash payments to most Americans, but with some major differences. One of these differences is in how the bills treat one-parent households with children, the More The post COVID Stimulus Checks Shouldn’t Penalize One-Parent Households appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • The 1 Percent’s Attack on Unemployment Benefits is a Sign of Our Broken Democracy
    Members of the One Percent, such as former restaurateur Andrew Puzder, have urged Congress to not renew the $600 a week unemployment supplement Congress enacted as part of the CARES Act. They argue, in Puzder’s words, that “this $600 per week bonus is discouraging work” for low-wage earners. No one receiving unemployment benefits will make themselves More The post The 1 Percent’s Attack on Unemployment Benefits is a Sign of Our Broken Democracy appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
  • On the Beauty of Life
    Some friends were wondering how I spend my days. I told them I write most of the time. I explained my books and essays are invisible conversations, if not with the present, at least with the future. I keep asking questions about life, all of its gigantic spectrum: biological, social, political and historical. I published More The post On the Beauty of Life appeared first on CounterPunch.org.

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