by A. Richard Miller
Begun September 28, 2008; last updated May 22, 2018.

The FCC voted to gut Net Neutrality rules.
It's time to take it to Congress!

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We also link to some Black Humor (with Cartoons)...

On the eve of USA's November 2008 national election, an urgent proposal for an unsecured $700-Billion, maybe $800-Billion loan to mismanaged banks and stockbrokers was generating understandable controversy. In its initial form the Bush Buddies Bailout was one more Weapon of Mass Deception, a (later, a two-step) public welfare program for wealthy people who game the system. But the problem remains.

What, exactly, went - and continues to go - wrong? What ARE reasonable goals, what are NOT, and how might a more populist government reach good ones?

Jill and I searched, asked friends, and found part of the discussion in the mainline U.S. Press. It is dominated by large corporations, and is quickly becoming a large corporation that reports with bias and too-often avoids reporting. We find the parts they don't want us to find - overseas, in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and in the Alternative Press. Some favorites are: Alternet, Campaign for America's Future, Common Dreams, Daily KOS, Demand Progress, Democracy Now, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, The Nation, Nation of Change, Dan Rather's News&Guts, Politico, The Raw Story, TruthOut, and Russ Baker's But we keep a sense of perspective; know which news is biased, and how.

The more we read, the more we realize that - as much as we want our money back - that is only one of many ways our country is becoming impoverished. Often by corporations, which most definitely are NOT people! (For one thing, these rapacious corporations have no shame.)

You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What I mean by that, is an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.

- Rahm Emanuel (Wall Street Journal Weekend Interview, Nov. 7, 2008)

Never waste the opportunities offered by a good crisis.
- Niccolo Machiavelli (Fifteenth Cent. 
Florentine writer and statesman)

Yes, as through this world I've wandered,
  I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun,
  And some with a fountain pen.

And as through your life you travel,
  Yes, as through your life you roam,
You won't never see an outlaw
  Drive a family from their home.

- Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Ballads

What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
- Bertolt Brecht

Yes, We're Corrupt.
A List of Politicians Admitting That Money Controls Politics

Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.
- Jimmy Carter (1979, as U.S. President)

It is not particularly easy for one to climb up out of the working-class - especially if he is handicapped by the possession of ideals and illusions.
- What Life Means to Me, by Jack London (1905)

... peace was not in the interest of a stable society, that even if lasting peace "could be achieved, it would almost certainly not be in the best interests of society to achieve it." War was a part of the economy. Therefore, it was necessary to conceive a state of war for a stable economy. The government, the group theorized, would not exist without war, and nation states existed in order to wage war. War served the vital function of diverting collective aggression. They recommended "credible substitutes" and paying a "blood price" to emulate the economic functions of war. Prospective government-devised alternatives to war included reports of alien life-forms, the reintroduction of a "euphemized form" of slavery "consistent with modern technology and political processes", and - one deemed particularly promising in gaining the attention of the malleable masses - the threat of "gross pollution of the environment".
- Wikipedia's summary of The Report From Iron Mountain (1967)

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
- U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower (April 16, 1953)

There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.
- John Adams, letter to Jonathan Jackson (2 October 1780), The Works of John Adams, vol 9, p.511.

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.
-- President Abraham Lincoln (1864 letter to William Fletcher Elkin), or faked in
Caldwell Remedy Company pamphlet (May 10, 1888), or...
         <> (pp. 4-6)

What is this you call property? It cannot be the earth. For the land is our mother, nourishing all her children, beasts, birds, fish, and all men. The woods, the streams, everything on it belongs to everybody and is for the use of all. How can one man say it belongs to him only?
- Massasoit

Only when the last tree has been cut down, only when the last river has been poisoned, only when the last fish has been caught, only then will you realize your money cannot be eaten.
- an old Cree saying? Maybe not; but good.

The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism.
- U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1938

Train communities through all their grades, beginning with individuals and ending there again, to rule themselves.
Walt Whitman

This planet has -- or rather had -- a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
- Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (1979)

The Fragile States Index (Fund For Peace)

US National Debt Clock, by Ed Hall

The Freecycle Network (Good. A
grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.)

Time Trade Circle (Good. Time Banking in eastern Massachusetts.)

Buy Nothing Project (Bad?)
(See its Person-to-Person section - on Facebook - and then see
Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life , below).

Calculated Risk (blog)

The Conscience of a Liberal (NY Times blog by Paul Krugman)

To Build A Better Ballot; an interactive guide to alternative voting systems, by Nicky Case, 2016) (Campaign for America's Future)

The Strange Disappearance of Cooperation in America, by Peter Turchin (Cliodynamica, 2013)

NEW: Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life (Institute for Critical Digital Culture, 2018)
"Every click on a website and every swipe on a smartphone may trigger a wide variety of hidden  
data sharing mechanisms distributed across several companies and, as a result, directly affect a  
person’s available choices. Digital tracking and profiling, in combination with personalization,  
are not only used to monitor, but also to influence peoples’ behavior. ...
"Facebook uses at least 52,000 personal attributes to sort and categorize its 1.9 billion users by,  
for example, their political views, ethnicity, and income. In order to do so, the platform  
analyzes their posts, likes, shares, friends, photos, movements, and many other kinds of behaviors.
"In addition, Facebook acquires data on its users from other companies. In 2013, the platform  
began its partnership with the four data brokers Acxiom, Epsilon, Datalogix and BlueKai, the latter  
two of which were subsequently acquired by the IT giant Oracle. These companies help Facebook track  
and profile its users even better than it already does by providing it with data collected from  
beyond its platform."

NEW: Help Us Cure Online Publishing of Its Addiction to Personal Data, by Doc Searls (Linux Journal, March 14, 2018)
(and The Big Datastillery that targets YOU) 

NEW: It's Official: Watching Fox Makes You Stupider (The Nation, 2012)

NEW: Ten True Facts Guaranteed to Short-Circuit Republican Brains (Daily KOS, 2012)

NEW: His Grief, and Ours: Paul Ryan's nasty ideal of self-reliance (New Republic, 2012)

NEW: We All Built This Great Nation Together: Ayn Rand, Paul Ryan, and the Myth of Radical Individualism (Nick Gier)

NEW: The Foul Reigh Of Emerson's "Self-Reliance" (New York Times, 2011)

NEW: Losing my religion for equality (Jimmy Carter, 2009)
"The truth is that male religious leaders have had - and still have - an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world. This is in clear violation not just of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but also the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, Moses and the prophets, Muhammad, and founders of other great religions - all of whom have called for proper and equitable treatment of all the children of God."

RELIGION: What It Was For; What Went Wrong; How To Fix It, by Benjamin Becula

The New Populism (Campaign for America's Future, 2014)

Freethinkers and Libertarianism, by David Niose

NEW: Scientists Are Pro-Testing (Science, 2017)

NEW: Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income? (Freakonomics,2016)

NEW: We All Want Healthcare To Cost Much Less  -  But We Are Asking The Wrong Question, by Joe Flowers (Medium, 2017)
"Imagine this: Healthcare  -  the whole system  -  for half as much. Better, more effective. No rationing. Everybody in."

NEW: What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest An Answer. (New York Times, November 7, 2017)

Our Revolution

Angry White House Staffer

GOP Rape Advisory Chart

The Loneliness of Donald Trump; On the Corrosive Privilege of the Most Mocked Man in the World, by Rebecca Solnit

Vote Sleuth: Investigating Democracyngeles Times, 2017)

NEW: The way Donald Trump is handling his job as president (Gallup Poll Daily Data)

NEW: "Who am I? Why am I here?" (#25thAmendmentNow)
A running thread of Trump not knowing where he is, how he got there, or the appropriate response to give in the moment."

Donald Trump (Vice)

Obamacare 101: Here's what you need to know (Los Angeles Times, 2017)

NEW: The way Donald Trump is handling his job as president (Gallup Poll Daily Data)

NEW: "Who am I? Why am I here?" (#25thAmendmentNow)
A running thread of Trump not knowing where he is, how he got there, or the appropriate response to give in the moment. Some mental health professionals are concerned that he may be exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's, but he might just be an idiot."

The Hamilton 68 Dashboard tracks Russian influence operations on Twitter. (Hosted by the Alliance for Securing Democracy.)

NEW: How Facebook’s destructive ethos imperils democracy (The Guardian, March 17, 2018)

NEW: Atlas Of Utopias (Transformative Cities, 2018)

Pertinent Posts

Everyone Knows Where You Are (Ask Bob Rankin, May 22, 2018)
"If you know my current location, you can do me physical harm. If you know my kids' phone numbers, you can kidnap them. If you know anyone's location history, there’s a good chance you can blackmail them, or build a criminal case, force a divorce settlement favorable to your client, or just send them a message that scares the bejeezus out of them.
"LocationSmart took its 'buggy component' offline after Krebs contacted them, then promptly clammed up. Of the Big Four carriers, only T-mobile would admit to Krebs that it sells customers' real-time location data to LocationSmart. But they all do it. Doing so is perfectly legal; you gave permission when you accepted your carrier's terms of service. It's right there on page 197, paragraph 16, subheading T.
"Hold onto your indignation; it gets worse..."
'Weird, odd, a dumpster fire': Trump's North Korea summit coin ridiculed (
The Guardian, May 22, 2018)
"Coin marking nuclear talks that might not happen yet criticised as premature and giving Kim Jong-un unwarranted status."
Drain The Swamp: An actual sinkhole has opened on the White House lawn. It's growing (Quartz, May 22, 2018)
(Also see,
Is the Trump presidency a religious cult? Coincidence, you say?? I think not! :-)
Giant predatory worms invaded France, but scientists just noticed them (Washington Post, May 22, 2018)
Hawaii: Big Island Lava Flows Reach Site Of Geothermal Plant (Honolulu Civil Beat, May 21, 2018)
"A naturally occurring berm has so far halted the flow's advance, but officials warn if the lava does hit the plant's underground wells it could trigger the release of poisonous gases."
The Banana States of America (Washington Post, May 21, 2018)
Right now the fear of the United States going totalitarian doesn’t feel quite right. This crowd is too clownish to be Stalinist. Rather, the United States is turning into a banana republic."
Who wants
Amazon's HQ2? Some of the 20 finalists back away from the big project (Gateway Media, May 21, 2018)
"The competition for Amazon HQ2 appears to be turning into a race to exit the race for the economic prize."
Also see Hudson: Why I’m not on the Amazon bandwagon (Metrowest Daily News, May 17, 2018)
Sweden distributes 'be prepared for war' leaflet to all 4.8m homes (The Guardian, May 21, 2018)
"The publication comes as the debate on security – and the possibility of joining Nato – has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines."
This Liberal went to a Right Wing candidate forum and saw an alternate reality (Daily KOS, May 20, 2018)
"The Candidate Forum between two Republican Primary candidates proves an important point; the Right Wing lives in an alternate state of reality. The candidates adopted the biggest Trump flaw, lying. Because they have the trust of the community and a corresponding media and Right Wing think-tank support, they can mislead a large section of society. The Trump-adoring Republican learned the following:
- There is a deep state, unelected bureaucrats that they must extricate.
- Disregard the mainstream media. Illegal immigrants continue to rush the border. [LIE]
- California is running a massive deficit. [LIE]
- They won't cut Social Security for old folks, but migration to privatization for the future is their policy [2008 anybody?]
- They will uphold the second amendment at all cost."
Only Trump could meet with North Korea's leader (Boston's Metrowest Daily News, May 19, 2018)
New Yorkers respond to lawyer's racist rant with 'Latin party' outside his house (The Guardian, May 18, 2018)"
Aaron Schlossberg was abusive to Spanish-speaking workers. Activists hosted a good natured party with a theme: retribution."
Treatment-Resistant Fungal Infections Increasing Worldwide (U.S. News & World Report, May 18, 2018)
"Scientists warn the treatment-resistant infections 'pose a considerable threat to disease control.'"
Does Donald Trump hate children? (Quartz, May 18, 2018)
"From children's health insurance to student debt to preserving the environment, the US president has shown little regard for future generations of Americans."
Rep. Mo Brooks says maybe sea levels are only rising because a bunch of rocks are falling in (Daily KOS, May 17, 2018)
(This item would be in the Black Humor section - if fools like this did NOT control our government.)
Mueller investigation enters Year Two: What comes next - and how it could end (Washington Post, May 17, 2018)
"Mueller still hasn't answered the biggest question: Did the Trump campaign coordinate with Russia to influence the 2016 election? But he has secured guilty pleas from three former Trump campaign or administration officials: national security adviser Michael Flynn, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Mueller has also indicted 13 people and three companies who were part of a Russian Internet troll operation that used online propaganda to push voters toward Trump."
Senate Transcripts Suggest Trump, Jr., Was Willing to Collude with Russians (New Yorker, May 16, 2018)
Why the GOP Senate is suddenly throwing Donald Trump under the bus today on Russia (Palmer Report, May 16, 2018)
"They must know that something very ugly is about to surface, and they're trying to protect themselves by distancing themselves from it in advance. So what do they know that we don't? Whatever it is, they must think it's coming out soon."
Probing Pence: Did his Hillsdale College commencement speech get anything right? (Freedom From Religion Foundation, May 16, 2018)
"Pence can attest all he wants, but personal assertions don't alter reality."
The Shadow Sector: North Korea's Information Technology Networks (James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, May 2018)
"This paper examines several nodes in North Korea-linked  IT  networks and considers the implications for current and future policy efforts to stem North Korean revenue and mitigate the cyber-security threats the country poses."
How California's primary could stop Democrats from retaking the U.S. House (Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2018)
"Under the state’s top-two primary, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes advance to the general election in November, regardless of party. Democrats fear that the high numbers of hopefuls on the primary ballot could split the vote and leave the party without candidates in high-stakes congressional races in November. Meanwhile, Republicans are worried they could be left off the ballot in the governor’s race and other statewide contests in November, giving their voters less of an incentive to turn out to vote for GOP House candidates."
Microsoft blocks Windows 10 April 2018 update to some Intel SSDs (Ars Technica, May 15, 2018)
"For unknown reasons, the update is incompatible and leaves systems in a boot loop."
(This also can cause some Linux dual-boot installations to make Win10 unbootable; first, make backups and a Windows 10 bootable USB disk or DVD!)
America's War On Terror: A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine, by Tom Engelhardt (Tom Dispatch, May 15, 2018)
he Costs of War Project at Brown University's Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America's war on terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that's at least $23,386 per taxpayer."
Israel must avoid a moral and political defeat (Washington Post, May 15, 2018)
"Having tried and failed to defeat Israel with rockets and armed cross-border attacks, Hamas this spring deployed a new strategy: assembling thousands of nominal civilians to march on and attempt to breach the border fence, in the calculation that many would be killed.
On Monday, this cruel and cynical tactic paid off, albeit at enormous human cost. By the Israeli account, Hamas assembled some 40,000 people at 13 points along the border, then sent groups of them toward the fence, armed with wire cutters, slingshots, knives and, in a couple of cases, firearms. They were met with clouds of tear gas, but when that failed to disperse them, Israeli snipers opened fire. At least 60  Palestinians were killed. On Tuesday, Israeli officials said two dozen had been identified as militants of Hamas or the Islamic Jihad."
Under Trump, the U.S. has abandoned the last shred of balance on Israel (Washington Post, May 14, 2018)
"The decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem was a symbolic one, but it is a vitally important symbol. Because both Israel and the Palestinians claim the city as their capital, no country had put an embassy there, choosing instead to locate them in Tel Aviv. Previous presidents have promised to move our embassy but not followed through, one after another deciding it would only inflame tensions. The fact that others had promised it, but not delivered, was no doubt a powerful incentive for Trump to relocate the embassy, since he loves being able to say he did what nobody else could do. It’s also obvious he feels absolutely no concern or empathy for the Palestinians and their fate."
White House, EPA headed off chemical pollution study (Politico, May 14, 2018)
"The intervention by Scott Pruitt's aides came after one White House official warned the findings would cause a 'public relations nightmare.'"
Mitt Romney calls pastor who delivered blessing at Jerusalem embassy opening 'religious bigot'
(Politico, May 14, 2018)
"'Robert Jeffress says 'you can’t be saved by being a Jew,' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell,'' Romney, who is Mormon, wrote on Twitter Sunday night. 'He's said the same about Islam. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.'"
Michael Cohen's emails to Stormy's original lawyer could turn into a double whammy for him (Daily KOS, May 14, 2018)
The several emails Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti has released in recent days suggest that Michael Cohen was awful chummy and perhaps conspiring with Daniels' original attorney, Keith Davidson, who was supposed to be negotiating the best deal for Daniels, not Cohen."
From Ice Cube to Black Cube - this doubtful Trump Administration melodrama, by Maureen Dowd (New York Times, May 12, 2018)
"Our brains are so scrambled that it's starting to make sense that none of it makes sense. In the Trump era, sure, why not? Everything is plausible."
Bloomberg warns that an 'epidemic of dishonesty' threatens U.S. democracy (Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2018)
"The greatest threat to American democracy isn't communism, jihadism or any other external force or foreign power. It's our own willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service of party, and in pursuit of power."
'Shell-Shocked' in Hawaii: How Lava Overran a Neighborhood
(New York Times, May 12, 2018)
Shrinking glaciers, bigger fires and hotter nights: How climate change is altering California (Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2018)
"As global warming accelerates, California is getting hotter and drier. Trees and animals are moving to higher ground. Air conditioning is an increasing necessity. More winter precipitation is falling as rain and there's less spring snowmelt to satisfy the water demands of farms and cities."
The lizard wisdom of Donald Trump (Seattle Times, May 11, 2018)
"Given his background, there is growing reason to believe that Donald Trump understands the thugs in North Korea, China and Iran a whole lot better than the people who attended our prestigious Foreign Service academies."
Hey, did you know that: The Trump-Russia Swamp just got a Lot Deeper? (Daily KOS, May 11, 2018)
"Enough already.  Enough of all these Russian connections … every time we turn over a Trump rock!"
Trump Tirade Is Culmination of Immigration Frustration (New York Times, May 11, 2018)
What is wrong with these people? (Washington Post, May 11, 2018)
"Within the last 24 hours: Fox Business guest Ret. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (a birther and notorious crackpot) declares, 'The fact is, is John McCain, [torture] worked on John. That's why they call him Songbird John'; White House aide Kelly Sadler says aloud at a White House meeting that McCain's opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel doesn't matter because he is 'dying anyway'; and White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, who has not fired Sadler, unleashes a bigoted, ignorant rant against immigrants."
3,500 Facebook ads show the scale of Russian manipulation of U.S. election (Washington Post, May 10, 2018)
"The ads, from mid-2015 to mid-2017, illustrate the extent to which Kremlin-aligned forces sought to stoke social, cultural and political unrest on one of the Web'’s most powerful platforms. With the help of Facebook's targeting tools, they delivered their disinformation to narrow categories of users – from black or gay users to fans of Fox News."
Florida man behind 100 million robocalls hit with huge FCC fine (Washington Post, May 10, 2018)
Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can't.
(New York Times, May 10, 2018)
"Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant."
Microsoft is Attacking the Competition Through Patent Trolls Based in Texas, Armed by Microsoft's Former Management (Tech Rights, May 9, 2018)
"Microsoft is a patent extortion company with a recent (the 'new' Microsoft) 73% stake in the troll that feeds many of the other trolls, including Dominion Harbor in Texas. Microsoft is willing to lose a lot of money just to sabotage rivals."
Senate Democrats believe net neutrality is a political winner as they try to reinstate regulations
(Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2018)
Women trounce men on first major primary night of the year (Politico, May 9, 2018)
"But overwhelmingly, it was Democratic women winning nominations in GOP-leaning districts."
Anti-Semitic US Senate Candidate Emerges in California (NBC Bay Area, May 9, 2018)
"Patrick Little from Albany popped up second on a late-April Survey-USA poll, garnering 18 percent behind incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein. 'My whole campaign is predicated on removing the Jewish supremacists from control of our country,'"
AT&T was paying Trump's lawyer as the administration turned into foe (Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2018)
Donald Trump gave a huge gift to Vladimir Putin, and may have saved the Russian government (Daily KOS, May 9, 2018)
"Russia Today: To implement all the domestic programs Putin has promised for Russia, the cost will be 8 trillion rubles ($127 billion). But where is Russia to get such a huge amount when the government has long been strapped for cash? Looks like we found it. Trump is withdrawing US from the Iran nuclear deal. Oil prices should go up, which is good for us."
Emails Reveal EPA Approach to Climate Policy under Pruitt's Leadership (Scientific American, May 9, 2018)
Obama full statement on Trump exit from Iran nuclear deal (Chicago Sun-Times, May 8, 2018)
Trump's Approval Rating Makes Me Hopeful For Our Country: Tuesday's Good News (Daily KOS, May 8, 2018)
Rudy Giuliani's flubs may let Stormy Daniels take down President Trump (USA Today, May 7, 2018)
"Donald Trump's new legal counsel might have done the impossible: making Michael Cohen seem competent while transforming Stormy Daniels into a bigger legal threat. ...
there are two things to learn from the latest Giuliani train wreck. First, regardless of the legal questions, the line the president and his team are trying to walk narrows daily. What was once 'Trump doesn’t know Stormy Daniels' became 'he met her but didn’t know about the payoff' and is now 'he knew, but he also didn't know because he makes so many of these payoffs.' The alleged affair with Daniels may not carry the legal danger of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe, but politically speaking it's more and more likely Trump won't be able to make this story (and possibly others to come) go away. Second, Giuliani/s continued presence on TV, even after Trump tried to walk back his comments, proves there's no cavalry coming over the hill to save the president."
The Pleasure and Pain of Being California, the World's 5th-Largest Economy (New York Times, May 7, 2018)
Pele, the Hawai'i Goddess of Fire, Lightning, Wind, and Volcanoes (Tremblor, May 5, 2018)
Cambridge Analytica must hand data to US citizen, says British regulator (CNet, May 5, 2018)
"An American turns to the UK's Data Protection Act to find out what info CA had on him. The company was at the center of the storm over Facebook data and privacy."
Chinese government is behind a decade of hacks on software companies (Ars Technica, May 5, 2018)
"Though sloppy at times, Winnti Umbrella remain advanced and extremely prolific."
"I had to guard an empty room": the rise of the pointless job (The Guardian, May 4, 2018)
Trump blindsides Sanders - again (Politico, May 4, 2018)
"In a familiar refrain, the press secretary says she didn't have the full story on president's payments to Stormy Daniels."
 Trump's Lawyer Went to the Worst Law School in America (Politico, May 4, 2018)
"The Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michael Cohen's alma mater, has long been a punchline in the legal world."
NSA says searches of Americans' data spiked in 2017 (ZDNet, May 4, 2018)
"The agency collected a staggering 534 million domestic phone records last year, up threefold on the year earlier."
NEW: Spectre-NG - Multiple new Intel CPU flaws revealed, several serious (Heise, May 3, 2018)
"Eight new security flaws in Intel CPUs have already been reported to the manufacturer by several teams of researchers. All eight are essentially caused by the same design problem - you could say that they are Spectre Next Generation."
Trump is desperately afraid of something in Michael Cohen's files - and it's not Stormy Daniels (Daily KOS, May 3, 2018)
Trump may have let something slip about the Russian lawyer from the Trump Tower meeting (Financial News, May 3, 2018)
Trump threatens to use 'the powers granted the presidency' to end investigation
(Daily KOS, May 2, 2018)
The Trump administration is going after Native Americans now, too
(Daily KOS, May 2, 2018)
NEW: Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata (The Register, May 2, 2018)
NEW: Ancient humans settled the Philippines 700,000 years ago (Science Magazine, May 2, 2018)
As fire season begins, blazes streak across Arizona (Tremblor, May 1 2018)
Why conservatives are mad: the press 'shouldn't be the one' to point out White House lies (Daily KOS, April 30, 2018)
"American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp: 'Journalists shouldn’t be the one to say the President or his spokesperson is lying. What that does to 50 percent of the country is make them feel they are not credible to listen to.'"
NEW: The census is a threat to communities of color (Washington Post, April 30, 2018)
Fascists Compete To Own America (Common Dreams, April 30, 2018)
"Now might be a really good time to examine the origins and nature of the whole right-wing collusion between business and government."
From Golden State Killer to Grim Sleeper, DNA helping break serial killer mysteries from 1970s and 1980s
(Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2018)
Michael Hayden: The End of Intelligence (New York Times, April 28, 2018)
(Mr. Hayden is a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.)
"Over the years I had learned that the traditions and institutions that protect us from living Hobbesian 'solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short' lives are inherently fragile and demand careful tending. In America today, they are under serious stress.
"It was no accident that the Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year in 2016 was 'post-truth,' a condition where facts are less influential in shaping opinion than emotion and personal belief. To adopt post-truth thinking is to depart from Enlightenment ideas, dominant in the West since the 17th century, that value experience and expertise, the centrality of fact, humility in the face of complexity, the need for study and a respect for ideas.
"President Trump both reflects and exploits this kind of thinking. It is fair to say that the Trump campaign normalized lying to an unprecedented degree. There was the candidate's claim that legions of Arabs celebrated wildly in New Jersey as the World Trade Center collapsed. He defended his calls for the intentional killing of the Sept. 11 terrorists' families because 'they knew what was happening' and had 'watched their husband on television flying into the World Trade Center,' something for which there is zero evidence. He insinuated that Senator Ted Cruz's father had a hand in John F. Kennedy's assassination and that the Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia had been murdered.
"When pressed on specifics, the president has routinely denigrated those who questioned him, whether the 'fake' media, 'so called' judges, Washington insiders or the 'deep state.' He has also condemned Obama-era intelligence officials as 'political hacks.'
"You could sometimes convince a liar that he was wrong. What do you do with someone who does not distinguish between truth and untruth? We in the intelligence world have dealt with obstinate and argumentative presidents through the years. But we have never [before] served a president for whom ground truth really doesn’t matter."
A Hawaiian island got about 50 inches of rain in 24 hours on April 14-15th. Scientists warn it's a sign of the future (Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2018)
ICE held an American man in custody for 1,273 days. He's not the only one who had to prove his citizenship
(Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2018)
It's Time for the Personal Datasphere (Finally!), by Andy Updegrove (The Standards Blog, April 27, 2018)
"Back then the problem was (and it still is) that the critical keys to avoiding data lock in are standards, and the process that develops those standards wasn't (and still isn't) controlled by end users."
As two Koreas shake hands, Hidden Cobra hackers wage espionage campaign (Ars Technica, April 27, 2018)
"North Korea ramps up espionage hacks that target the US and 16 other countries."
Paul Manafort's lawsuit against Robert Mueller gets thrown out of court (Daily KOS, April 27, 2018)
Kremlingate Is Really Just Watergate for Morons - With Russians, by John R. Schindler (The Observer, April 26, 2018)
Trump is far too psychologically unstable and personally compromised to be deemed a good fit for clandestine work by the KGB (or any serious spy service). However, Trump gives every appearance of being a longtime agent of influence, that is a person (often a high-flyer in business or politics) to be exploited as a conduit for pro-Kremlin propaganda."
YouTube's Plan to Clean Up the Mess That Made It Rich (Bloomberg, April 26, 2018)
"Extremist propaganda, dangerous hoaxes, videos of tasered rats—the company is having its worst year ever. Except financially."

Forcing us to reckon with the past, America's first lynching memorial and museum opens in Alabama (Daily KOS, April 25, 2018)
JFK Assassination: The Tell-Tale Brain Keeps on Telling. What Is It Saying?
(Who, What, Why?, April 25, 2018)
Cars Are Ruining Our Cities (New York Times, April 25, 2018)
When it rains, it pours - California can look forward to more extreme dry-wet "climate whiplash" (Ars Technica, April 25, 2018)
"Bigger variability in annual rainfall, snowfall in store for the Golden State."
How bacteria are changing your mood (BBC News, April 24, 2018)
"Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us - our microbiome - affect our physical health. Even conditions including depression, autism and neurodegenerative disease are now being linked to these tiny creatures."
E-waste recycler Eric Lundgren loses appeal on computer restore discs, must serve 15-month prison term (Washington Post, April 24, 2018)
"A federal district judge ruled that the discs made by Eric Lundgren to restore Microsoft operating systems had a value of $25 apiece, even though they could be downloaded free and could only be used on computers with a valid Microsoft license."
Judge Rules Trump Administration Must Continue DACA Program (Wall Street Journal, April 24, 2018)
"The ruling is broadest so far against administration's move to end the Obama-era program, but judge postpones effect to allow administration to respond."
Flight Records Illuminate Mystery of Trump's Moscow Nights (Bloomberg, April 23, 2018)
How Long Can Trump's Long Con Last?
(Bloomberg, April 23, 2018)
Trump has exaggerated his wealth for years. In office, he's trying a similar scam."
Crispr: A genetic scalpel (Quartz, April 23, 2018)
"In 1993, a breakthrough new technology, known as CRISPR, gave scientists a path to treat incurable diseases through genetic editing. In 2016, due to its potential for misuse, the US Intelligence Community designated genetic editing a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction and Proliferation.'"
NEW: Is it a coincidence that Trump uses the language of white supremacy? (Washington Post, April 20, 2018)
NEW: It's becoming clear that Trump won't run in 2020 (Washington Post, April 20, 2018)
"Now, even Trump's most steadfast allies are quietly admitting that the Southern District of New York’s investigation poses an existential threat to his future, both politically and legally. Trump allies are telling the president his 'fixer' could flip for the feds, just like Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. In Washington and across the country, Republicans are sensing the president is a wounded political figure, leading them to withhold their future support or - in one high-profile case - to challenge the president directly."
Engineers Are Leaving Trump's America for the Canadian Dream (Bloomberg, April 20, 2018)
"The long wait for green cards was bad enough. Antagonism toward immigrants is pushing skilled foreigners across the border."
Trump lied to me about his wealth to get onto the Forbes 400. Here are the tapes.
(Washington Post, April 20, 2018)
"Posing as 'John Barron,'he claimed he owned most of his father's real estate empire."
The leaked Comey memos just blew up in Trump's face
(Washington Post, April 20, 2018)
Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign (Washington Post, April 20, 2018)
Palantir Knows Everything About You (Bloomberg News, April 19, 2018)
"Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers."
"For all of Palantir's professed concern for individuals’ privacy, the single most important safeguard against abuse is the one it's trying desperately to reduce through automation: human judgment."
"The court's 2014 decision in Riley v. California found that cellphones contain so much personal information that they provide a virtual window into the owner's mind, and thus necessitate a warrant for the government to search. Chief Justice John Roberts, in his majority opinion, wrote of cellphones that “with all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans ‘the privacies of life.’ Justice Louis Brandeis, 86 years earlier, wrote a searing dissent in a wiretap case that seems to perfectly foresee the advent of Palantir.
"'Ways may someday be developed,' Brandeis warned, 'by which the government, without removing papers from secret drawers, can reproduce them in court, and by which it will be enabled to expose to a jury the most intimate occurrences.'"
'The world changed when it became clear everyone could be targeted using Palantir,' says a former JPMorgan cyber expert who worked with Cavicchia at one point on the insider threat team. 'Nefarious ideas became trivial to implement; everyone's a suspect, so we monitored everything. It was a pretty terrible feeling.'"
StingRays (Quartz, April 19, 2018)
(Also see
What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?, March 10. 2018)
NEW: Nikki Haley’s "confusion" sheds light on the Trump-Russia mystery (Washington Post, April 18, 2018)
"'With all due respect, I don’t get confused.' These eight words from Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will go down as among the most powerful indictments of the rancid governing culture President Trump has fostered. They may also shed light on one of the great mysteries of the moment: Why is it that Trump regularly backs off when it comes to confronting Vladimir Putin and Russia?"
James Comey says GOP turned itself into a Trump cult in exchange for tax cuts - so he's leaving (Raw Story, April 18, 2018)
NEW: The Fire Rosenstein Squad among Trump's Buddies (Empty Wheel, April 18, 2018)
The Trump administration doubles down in the Wall Street Journal on why trickle-down really does work (Economic Policy Institute, April 18, 2018)
German Government Chooses Open Source For Its Federal Cloud Solution (Fossbytes, April 18, 2018)
Woman Who Landed Damaged Southwest Jet Was One Of Navy's First Female Fighter Pilots (Huffington Post, April 18, 2018)
"Passengers praised the skill of Tammie Jo Shults in landing the plane after it lost an engine."
Dear Boss: I plan to take the next 12-18 months to find a new position (TYSK, April 18, 2018)
"During this time I will show up for work when it is convenient."
Watchdog says EPA broke law with Scott Pruitt's $43,000 phone booth (Independent, April 17, 2018)
Sean Hannity's Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers (The Atlantic, April 17, 2018)
"The Fox News host denies that Michael Cohen was ever his lawyer - but Hannity was represented by a pair of legal advisers who also have close links to the president."
The man who could fire Mueller
(Washington Post, April 17, 2018)
"If Trump fires Rod Rosenstein, next in line to be Robert Mueller's boss is Solicitor General Noel Francisco—who is no fan of James Comey or the FBI."
Good Grief. Cohen's World Gets Mobbier The Closer I Look (Talking Points Memo, April 17, 2018)
Comey's remarkable new admission helps explain how Trump won (Washington Post, April 17, 2018)
Scientists Accidentally Develop 'Mutant' Enzyme That Eats Plastic (EcoWatch, April 17, 2018)
Haunted by history (Aeon, April 16, 2018)
"War, famine and persecution inflict profound changes on bodies and brains. Could these changes persist over generations?"
NEW: For Tax Day, a reminder that economic arguments for the GOP tax plan have no theoretical basis
(Economic Policy Institute, April 16, 2018)
US, UK issue joint warning on Russian hackers (CNN, April 16, 2018)

Alert (TA18-106A) - Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices (US-CERT, April 16, 2018)

Cohen Isn't the Biggest Catch from Trump World (Bloomberg, April 16, 2018)
"Other players (Greenblatt and Weisselberg) know far more about the president's dealings than his lawyer does."
The words Hannity likely never uttered about Michael Cohen: 'In the interest of full disclosure ...' (Daily KOS, April 16, 2018)
Prosecutors to court: Trump's arguments against reviewing potential criminal evidence are absurd
(Daily KOS, April 16, 2018)
Back to Normal in Syria (Slate, April 16, 2018)
A North American Climate Boundary Has Shifted 140 Miles East Due to Global Warming
(Daily KOS, April 16, 2018)
New worldwide solar projects leave fossil fuels in the dust (Daily KOS, April 15, 2018)
Is the Trump presidency a religious cult?, by Reza Aslan (Big Think, April 15, 2018)
(8.5-min. video analyzes Trump presidency as a White Evangelical cult.)
James Comey Interview on ABC: I think Trump is morally unfit to be president (Daily KOS, April 15, 2018)
Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators (Washington Post, April 15, 2018)
Avenatti Predicts That Michael Cohen Will Be Indicted Within Next 90 Days Plus Man In Photo ID'd (Daily KOS, April 15, 2018)
Cohen brazenly is with cigar smoking friends outside hotel instead of Federal Court hearing Friday (Daily KOS, April 14, 2018)
Why the question of whether Michael Cohen visited Prague is massively important for Donald Trump (Vox, April 14, 2018)
"The Steele dossier claimed Cohen went to Prague to meet Russians. He's said for more than a year that he didn't."
Guess who else was in Prague when Michael Cohen was there (Daily KOS, April 13, 2018)
Sources: Mueller has evidence Cohen was in Prague in 2016, confirming part of dossier (McClatchy DC Bureau, April 13, 2018)
Bolton, key Trump adviser, has evolved his views on Syria
(McClatchy DC Bureau, April 14, 2018)
The president's controversial, unconstitutional, dumb Syria strikes are insane - and just might mean we can start talking seriously about politics again. (Reason, April 14, 2018)
When Trump Loses Alex Jones' and Gains Elizabeth Warren's Support, All Things Are Possible!"
Except, Senator Elizabeth Warren specifically opposed this action! She said (Elizabeth Warren, April 14, 2018):
"The recent chemical attacks in Syria are horrifying. They are a clear violation of international law and an assault on decent people. The world must hold Assad accountable for his violence against the Syrian people – and the United States should be part of a planned, coordinated multilateral effort to do exactly that.
"But the Constitution gives Congress the power to authorize military action. If Donald Trump wants to expand American military involvement in Syria's civil war, he must seek approval from Congress – and provide a comprehensive strategy with clear goals and a plan to achieve them.
"And if Donald Trump truly wants to help Syrians fleeing murderers, he should immediately drop his heartless, relentless effort to ban their children from America."

Allies dispute Russian and Syrian claims of shot down missiles (The Guardian, April 14, 2018)
Damascus defiant as U.S. strikes prove more limited than feared (Washington Post, April 14, 2018)
Syria: 'Mission accomplished,' says Trump after overnight strikes - live updates (The Guardian, April 14, 2018)
Here are 16 tweets where Trump attacks Obama for exactly what Trump is doing in Syria now (Daily KOS, April 13, 2018)
U.S. and allies fire missiles at Syria in retaliation for suspected poison gas attack (Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2018)
Chick-fil-A's Creepy Infiltration of New York City (New Yorker, April 13, 2018)
NEW: 7-min. video, How a Single Swedish Submarine Defeated the US Navy (Real Engineering, April 13, 2018)
This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years - and how they have changed the way we work (Business Insider, April 13, 2018)
The Internet Is Killing Democracy, with Jamie Bartlett, director of the Center for Analysis of Social Media (Who.What.Why., April 13, 2018)
"It’s becoming clear, says Bartlett, that internet technology is simply antithetical to democracy. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that, as the internet grows, authoritarian regimes proliferate. As tech companies get bigger, the institutions of democracy come under greater pressure. 
"Bartlett talks about how monopolistic practices are built into the DNA of tech companies, and reveals the intended and unintended consequences of maintaining those monopolies."
The Internet Apologizes (New York Magazine, April 13, 2018)
Something has gone wrong with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress, the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of everything his platform has screwed up, from fake news and foreign meddling in the 2016 election to hate speech and data privacy. 'We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility,' he confessed. Then he added the words that everyone was waiting for: 'I’m sorry.'"
Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn (The Guardian, April 13, 2017)
Gulf Stream current at 'record low' with potentially devastating consequences for weather, warn scientists (Independent, April 12, 2018)
"The Gulf Stream current, which has not been running at peak strength for centuries, is now at its weakest point in the past 1,600 years. Climate change resulting from rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a likely cause of this phenomenon.
Disruption of ocean circulation is thought to be driven by global warming, and could lead to sea level rise and extreme events like storms."
NEW: Facebook, This Is Not What "Complete User Control" Looks Like (Electronic Freedom Foundation, April 11, 2018) 
"Zuckerberg’s insistence that users have complete control is a smokescreen. Many members of Congress wanted to know not just how users can control what their friends and friends-of-friends see. They wanted to know how to control what third-party apps, advertisers, and Facebook itself are able to collect, store, and analyze. This goes far beyond what users can see on their pages and newsfeeds."
A Sidelined Wall Street Legend Bets on Bitcoin (New Yorker, April 11, 2018)
"Michael Novogratz is searching for redemption in cryptocurrencies."
NRA admits to 23 Russia-linked contributors, continues to deny big money from Russia (Daily KOS, April 11, 2018)
Furious Republican Congressman Calls Trump a 'Motherf****r' in Conversation with Conservative Pundit (AlterNet, April 11, 2018)
"He's just a f**king idiot who thinks he's winning when people are b*tching about him."
Trump warns Russia to 'get ready' for U.S. strike on Syria (NBC News, April 11, 2018)
"A Russian diplomat earlier said American military assets would be targeted in the event of missiles being fired at Syria."
Corker: G.O.P. tax cuts could be 'one of the worst votes I've made' (The Hill, April 11, 2018)
Right on Paul Ryan's heels, another House Republican bails (Daily KOS, April 11 2018)
Republican U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan won't run for re-election (Axios, April 11, 2018)
NEW: Guess which cable news network covered the Cohen raid the least (Washington Post, April 11, 2018)
Cohen Raid Is Trump's 'Watergate Moment' Strategist Urges Ryan, McConnell To Save The Republic (Daily KOS, April 11, 2018)
A Brief History of Michael Cohen's Criminal Ties (Rolling Stone, April 10, 2018)
"From the Russian mob to money launderers, Trump's personal attorney has long been a subject of interest to federal investigators."
FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Is the Most Dangerous Day of Donald Trump's Life (Daily Beast, April 10, 2018)
"The president's low-rent Ray Donovan can bully porn stars, but not Robert Mueller. The shtick is up."
(Foul-language alert)
Donald Trump Has Good Reason to Be Rattled About the Michael Cohen Raid (New Yorker, April 10, 2018)
President Trump's Wild Response to the F.B.I. Raid on Michael Cohen's Office
(New Yorker, April 9, 2018)
Trump calls raid of Cohen's office 'an attack on our country,' says 'We'll see' about firing Mueller (Daily KOS, April 9, 2018)
Deconstructing Trump's whopper about California voter fraud (Los Angeles Times, April 8, 2018)
NEW: The NFL's plan to protect America from witches, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (The Guardian, April 6, 2018)
Automation is Coming. How Will it Affect the Developing World? (Photography Life, April 6, 2018)
(With photos from Pakistan.)
Trump is threatening to repeat Obama's mistakes in Syria
(Washington Post, April 6, 2018)
NEW: Facebook is unfixable. We need a nonprofit, public-spirited replacement, by Cory Doctorow (Boing-Boing, April 6, 2018)
Facebook's new rules aim to thwart the kind of ads bought by Russian trolls during the election (Washington Post, April 6, 2018)
NEW: Facebook admits it discussed sharing user data for medical research project (The Guardian, April 5, 2018)
Brennan rips Trump: "Your self adoration is disgraceful" (The Hill, April 5, 2018)
NEW: Insurance companies are failing the American people (Senator Elizabeth Warren, April 5, 2018)
NEW: Genome editing of human embryos using CRISPR/Cas9- crossing the ethics of gene editing? (Bioinformatics Review, April 4, 2018)
"I believe this is the first report of CRISPR/Cas9 applied to human pre-implantation embryos and as such the study is a landmark, as well as a cautionary tale."
NEW: Shouldn't Police at Home Exhibit at Least as Much Discipline as Soldiers at War? (National Review, April 4, 2018)
A police officer who went to jail undercover quit the force after he got out - and his decision is a sobering reminder of how bad prison really is (Business Insider, April 4, 2018)
YouTube shooter's father says she was angry at company
(Mercury News, April 3, 2018)
"I'm being discriminated and filtered on YouTube and I'm not the only one."
YouTube shooting brings burst of fake news, hacking (Mercury News, April 3, 2018)
Supreme Court shields a police officer from being sued for shooting a woman in her front yard (Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2018)
Third Woman Sues to Void Secrecy Pact Linked to Trump (Bloomberg News, April 2, 2018)
Dan Rather hits one out of the park, knocks Sinclair Broadcasting's 'Orwellian' propaganda (Daily KOS, April 2, 2018)
Here are 66 local news stations airing Sinclair's brainwashing anti-media promo (Media Matters, April 2, 2018)
"The promotional videos have aired in 29 states and Washington, D.C."
John Bolton Skewed Intelligence, Say People Who Worked with Him (AlterNet, March 31, 2018)
"Anyone who is so cavalier not just with intelligence, but with facts, and so ideologically driven, is unfit to be national security adviser. He's impervious to information that goes against his preconceived ideological views."

If extreme Republican Gerrymandering is not corrected, 2018's blue wave must be as big as what followed Nixon's 1974 resignation to retake House (Alternet, March 30, 2018)
(See major report,
Report: Extreme Gerrymandering & the 2018 Midterm, Brennan Center for Justice of NYU Law School, March 23, 2018)
Faced With Drought, the Pharaohs Tried (and Failed) to Adapt (New York Times, March 30, 2018)
"Ancient Egyptian leaders increased their empire’s grain production and crossbred cattle for resilience in an early effort to ward off climate disaster, a study shows."
Boston Will Survive If It Can Prevent Climate Change (AlterNet, March 30, 2018)
"Climate scientists, architects and engineers are rethinking Boston to cope with rapidly rising sea levels."
(Also see the Climate Ready Boston Map Explorer, and Want to Stop Climate Change? Take 'Em to Court!, March 19, 2018)
Black woman gets 5 years for voting once; no charges for NC woman who voted twice
(Daily KOS, March 30, 2018)
Citing Trump's 'racial slurs' and 'epithets,' judge says lawsuit over DACA termination can proceed (Daily KOS, March 30, 2018)
Why I left Fox News, by Ralph Peters (Washington Post, March 30, 2018)
I declined to renew my contract as Fox News's strategic analyst because of the network's propagandizing for the Trump administration. Today's Fox prime-time lineup preaches paranoia, attacking processes and institutions vital to our republic and challenging the rule of law.
"I could only rarely and briefly comment on the paramount security question of our time: whether Putin and his security services ensnared the man who would become our president. Trump's behavior patterns and evident weaknesses (financial entanglements, lack of self-control and sense of sexual entitlement) would have made him an ideal blackmail target - and the Russian security apparatus plays a long game.
"Listening to political hacks with no knowledge of things Russian tell the vast Fox audience that the special counsel's investigation was a 'witch hunt', while I could not respond, became too much to bear. There is indeed a witch hunt, and it's led by Fox against Robert Mueller.
"The cascade of revelations about the Russia-related crimes of Trump associates was dismissed, adamantly, as 'fake news' by prime-time hosts who themselves generate fake news blithely."
Account of the Stormy Daniels Story Is So Bad It's Funny. So why do 41 percent of Republicans buy it? (The Nation, March 30, 2018)
"It's not (necessarily) because they're stupid. It's simply an example of motivated reasoning - the human tendency to discount information that conflicts with our deeply held beliefs and embrace that which supports them, no matter how ridiculous it may seem to people who aren't invested in the same belief system. We all do this to a degree.
"But it's important to understand the mechanism by which this cognitive process functions. It requires an alternative, ostensibly factual narrative from some seemingly credible individual or institution. There must be an alternative set of 'facts' to latch onto in order to dismiss something as obviously false as the story Cohen and Trump's staff are peddling to the American people "
Kentucky Teachers Shut Down Schools after GOP Slips through Bill that Robs Teacher Pensions (Daily KOS, March 30, 2018)
Power Needs to Be Restored to Internet Users. The problem is bigger than Facebook. (The Nation, March 29, 2018)
"Imagine, if you went browsing for books in a bookstore, the store monitored which books you took off the shelves, what pages you flipped to, how much time you spent on each book, and then what you bought… and then made that information available to advertisers, let alone political campaigns. That in essence, is the deal most Americans have tacitly made with Google and Facebook.
"Or, imagine if when you went to a political rally in a park, the telephone company made a deal with the campaign holding the rally and gave it everyone's cell-phone numbers and subscriber information… and then if you complained about it, said, well, you agreed to give up your privacy when you started using the phone you bought from us. Shocking, right? But today, if you want, the Democratic data firm TargetSmart will sell you a voter database of millions of people who attended one of the 200 biggest Women’s Marches in January 2017, based on mobile-device data that it got from telcos."
NEW: Worried about what Facebook knows about you? Check out Google (NBC News, March 28, 2018))
"It was constantly tracking his location in the background, including calculating how long it took to travel between different points, along with his hobbies, interests, possible weight and income, data on his apps and records of files he had deleted. And that's just for starters."
Are you ready? Here's all the data Facebook and Google have on you (The Guardian, March 28, 2018)
"The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look."
Time Is Running Out For Atlanta In Ransomware Attack (National Public Radio, March 28, 2018)
Science does it again: It finds a 'new' organ in the human body (Daily KOS, March 28, 2018)
Interstitium: Scientists say they've discovered a new human organ (AOL News, March 28, 2018)
NEW: Another shoe just dropped in the Mueller probe (Washington Post, March 28, 2018)
Why is Paul Manafort the sole American indicted by Mueller who hasn't flipped? (Daily KOS, March 28, 2018)
Manafort associate had Russian intelligence ties during 2016 campaign, prosecutors say (Washington Post, March 28, 2018)
Cloak and Data: The Real Story Behind Cambridge Analytica's Rise and Fall (Mother Jones, March 28, 2018)
The story of Cambridge Analytica's rise - and its rapid fall - in some ways parallels the ascendance of the candidate it claims it helped elevate to the presidency. It reached the apex of American politics through a mix of bluffing, luck, failing upward, and - yes - psychological manipulation. Sound familiar?"
NEW: Had Enough Of Facebook's Duplicity And Incompetence? (Ask Bob Rankin, March 27, 2018)
The NRA admits that it gets foreign funds, but gets fuzzy on how it funds elections (Daily KOS, March 27, 2018)
Why the AR-15? (John Graham, March 27, 2018)
The whole gun-control debate is like an iceberg, only a small fraction is visible. The security and constitutional arguments are the visible part of that iceberg. The biggest impediments to a sensible solution, in my opinion, are hidden beneath the water line, and they are emotional and psychological. If you want to ban weapons designed for the battlefield from the public square, or at least severely restrict their use, then you need to acknowledge the role that such weapons play in providing a sense of personal power and an outlet for rage in many men—and construct alternatives."
(Also see, "Mother Jones Freaks Out About DIY Guns")
Republican Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says, "Repeal the Second Amendment" (New York Times, March 27, 2018)
NEW: Trump has been a tool for Russian organized crime for decades- Part 4/ A Tale of Two Bagmen (Daily KOS, March 26, 2018)
Adult film star
Stormy Daniels is used to being objectified and dismissed. Her "60 Minutes" interview underscored why she shouldn't be.
(Huffington Post, March 26, 2018)
NEW: Facebook stock takes hit on FTC probe and news it records users' call logs (NBC News, March 26, 2018)
Federal Trade Commission Begins Investigating Facebook. The probe was sparked by revelations that Cambridge Analytica misused Facebook user data. (Huffington Post, March 26, 2018)
Remington, Centuries-Old Gun Maker, Files for Bankruptcy as Sales Slow (New York Times, March 25, 2018)
Gun Violence Affects Us All - Black And White, Rich And Poor, Young And Old (Medium, March 24, 2018)
This is how you know the Parkland students are winning.
(Daily KOS, March 24, 2018)
Was Today's Best Speech Given by an 11-Year-Old? For My Money, Yes. (Daily KOS, March 24, 2018)
Emma Gonzalez moves thousands to silence and tears during the DC March For Our Lives (Daily KOS, March 24, 2018)

Fox News Turns Against Donald Trump for the Worst Imaginable Reason (Daily KOS, March 24, 2018)
Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Alternative to Facebook? (Slashdot, March 24, 2018)
NEW: The blowback against Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal continued on Friday when Elon Musk ordered pages for SpaceX and Tesla Motors deleted. (NBC News, March 23, 2018)
The new technology that aspires to #DeleteFacebook for good (Washington Post, March 23, 2018)
Rebel bank prints its own notes and buys back people's debts (The Guardian, March 23, 2018)
"It was influenced by Strike Debt in the USA."
NEW: Report: Extreme Gerrymandering & the 2018 Midterm (Brennan Center for Justice of NYU Law School, March 23, 2018)
Ryan's Super PAC and NRCC used info hacked by Russian intelligence in ads against Democrats in 2016 (Daily KOS, March 23, 2018)
Leaked: Cambridge Analytica's blueprint for Trump victory (The Guardian, March 23, 2018)
Attorney says Roy Moore supporters offered him $10,000 to drop client who accused the Senate candidate of sexual impropriety (Washington Post, March 23, 2018)
A Creeping Sense of Doom for Republicans (The Cook Political Report, March 23, 2018)
Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt was part of Christian survivalist group that discussed 'dangerous' chemicals. (Independent, March 22, 2018)
"23-year-old terrorized Texas city with explosive packages under alias 'Kelly Killmore'."
'He was a quiet and normal kid': The infantilization of young, white, male domestic terrorists (Daily KOS, March 22, 2018)
What Border Agents Say They Want. It's Not a Wall. (New York Times, March 22, 2018)
The Water Is Coming, Cities Are Sinking. When Are We Going To Stop The Fossil Fuel Party? Huffington Post, March 22, 2018)
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch counts 1.8 trillion pieces of trash, mostly plastic (Los Angeles Times, March 22, 2018)
Thousands of servers found leaking 750MB worth of passwords and keys (Ars Technica, March 22, 2018)
"Leaky etcd servers could be a boon to data thieves and ransomware scammers."
The scary truth that Cambridge Analytica understands (Washington Post, March 22, 2018)
Cambridge Analytica and Our Lives Inside the Surveillance Machine (New Yorker, March 21, 2018)
Ajit Pai says net neutrality was the top threat to broadband deployment. (Ars Technica, March 21, 2018)
"FCC chair still can't offer proof that repeal will boost broadband access."
Saudi Crown prince said he has Kushner 'in his pocket' after allegedly receiving sensitive information from the President's Daily Briefing (Raw Story, March 21, 2018)
As Trump fumes over leak about his congratulatory call to Putin, word is 'there’s going to be a scalp over this.' (Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2018)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg breaks silence, admits "breach of trust" (CBS News, March 21, 2018)
Yes, we should be outraged about Facebook
(Washington Post, March 21, 2018)
How Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica's whistleblower, became Facebook's unlikely foe (Washington Post, March 21, 2018)
Cambridge Analytica Redux: Nix and Two Mercers Ally with Erik Prince Partner in New Company, "Emerdata" (Daily KOS, March 20, 2018)
NEW: February 2018 heatwave across the Far North (, March 20, 2018)
The NSA Worked to "Track Down" Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal (The Intercept, March 20, 2018)
Senate Intelligence Committee finally acknowledging the security of the 2018 US election is in jeopardy (Daily KOS, March 20, 2018)
Trump's national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway.
(Washington Post, March 20, 2018)
This new report on Trump's state of mind should alarm you
(Washington Post, March 19, 2018)
Stormy Daniels - not Robert Mueller - might spell Trump's doom
(Washington Post, March 19, 2018)
The saga of the adult-film star and the juvenile president has become a rollicking affair. Each step of the way, Daniels has out-Trumped Trump."
NEW: Want to Stop Climate Change? Take 'Em to Court! (Bloomberg News, March 19, 2018)
"A novel case highlights the profound unfairness of global warming."
Facebook's rules for accessing user data lured more than just Cambridge Analytica (Washington Post, March 19, 2018)
"Facebook 'goes into this endless hairsplitting[, pretending] that people should have known,” said Marc Rotenberg, president and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit advocacy group that has brought privacy cases before the FTC. '[In fact,] no one could have known that their friends were disclosing their personal data on their behalf. It’s entirely illogical, and it breaks the consent law.'"
NEW: Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix describes "shadow" election tactics (CBS News, March 19, 2018)
"We're used to operating through different vehicles in the shadows, and I look forward to building a very long term and secretive relationship with you."
Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians (New York Times, March 19, 2018)
Revealed: Trump's election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians (UK Channel 4 News, March 19, 2018)
Cambridge Analytica and Facebook accused of misleading British MPs over data breach (The Guardian, March 18, 2018)
"Call for Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg to testify before parliamentary committee."
How Russia's rich elite spend their billions in London (The Guardian, March 17, 2018)
Trump lawyer's call to end the Russia probe is all about the investigation's aftermath - or firing Mueller (Washington Post, March 17, 2018)
How Facebook’s destructive ethos imperils democracy (The Guardian, March 17, 2018)
How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions (MSN News, March 17, 2018)
Trump-linked firm Cambridge Analytica had private data of 50M people (The Hill, March 17, 2018)
Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained (Vox, March 16, 2018)
"Why House investigators think this company might have gamed Facebook and helped Russia spread fake news."
A forgotten US hero stopped the My Lai massacre 50 years ago today (Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2018)
Facebook suspended Donald Trump's data operations team for misusing people’s personal information (The Verge, March 16, 2018)
"Cambridge Analytica played a key role in the 2016 presidential election campaign."
Vindictive Trump fires FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe just two days before his retirement (New York Times, March 16, 2018)
Trump seeks more than $20 million in damages from Stormy Daniels
(Los Angeles Times, March 16, 2018)
Stormy Daniels' lawyer says she was physically threatened and six more women are stepping forward (Daily KOS, March 16, 2018)
Jimmy Kimmel says he's filing a federal complaint after buying Trump merchandise (Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2018)
In fundraising speech, Trump says he made up trade claim in meeting with Justin Trudeau (Washington Post, March 15, 2018)
Trump confesses at Missouri fundraiser: "I make up facts." (Vice News, March 15, 2018)
(Of course he lies; look how embarrassing it gets, when he tell the truth!)
DHS warns of new Russia hacks as US sanctions Russia over election interference (Ars Technica, March 15, 2018)
"DHS alert warns of Russian government malware targeting critical infrastructure."
Cryptocurrencies fall as Google announces ad ban (Ars Technica, March 14, 2018)
"Facebook banned ads for cryptocurrency from its ad networks in January."
Help Us Cure Online Publishing of Its Addiction to Personal Data, by Doc Searls (Linux Journal, March 14, 2018)
(and The Big Datastillery that targets YOU)  
What is 5G and why did Trump nix a huge tech deal to boost America's lead in its development? (Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2018)
Stephen Hawking, brightest star in cosmology, dies aged 76 (The Guardian, March 14, 2018)
'Remember to look up at the stars': the best Stephen Hawking quotes
(The Guardian, March 14, 2018)
Stephen Hawking's secret to surviving his terrible condition? A sense of humor. (Washington Post, March 14, 2018)
From The Simpsons to Pink Floyd: Stephen Hawking in popular culture
(The Guardian, March 14, 2018)
Pennsylvania special election shows GOP still hasn't found a winning midterms message (Washington Post, March 14, 2018)
"National Republicans threw the kitchen sink to hold a House seat in Pennsylvania that President Trump won by 20 points. But while the special election remains too close to call, Democrat Conor Lamb clings to a narrow lead and declared victory early this morning."
New bill in Congress would hand your data to cops. (Medium, March 14, 2018)
"Some lawmakers are trying to sneak the CLOUD Act through by attaching it to a must-pass government funding bill."
Get Used To Nor'easters — Arctic Warming May Mean More Severe Winters In The Northeast (Huffington Post, March 14, 2018)

U.S. insurers are backing fossil fuel companies and then charging you for climate change risks (Los Angeles Times, March 13, 2018)
"Since 2015, 15 large foreign insurers, including industry giants Allianz, AXA, Swiss Re and Zurich, have either divested or agreed to divest about $22 billion from coal companies, and three have stopped or limited coal underwriting. No major U.S. companies have made similar moves. U.S. insurers’ recklessness in supporting fossil fuels is dangerous not just for the planet but for the companies themselves."
Why Do We See So Many Things as 'Us vs. Them'? (National Geographic Magazine April "Race" Issue, March 13, 2018)
"We are wired at birth to favor our own group over others. But science might be able to help us move past what divides us."
Trump's Personal Assistant Fired Over Security Issue (Wall Street Journal, March 13, 2018)
"Problems related to online gambling and mishandling taxes prevented John McEntee from gaining necessary security clearance."
Tillerson says U.K. spy poisoning 'clearly' came from Russia - and gets fired (NBC News, March 13, 2018)

Gowdy breaks from GOP committee, says Russia worked to undermine Clinton (Politico, March 13, 2018)
Republicans wind down House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation, claiming no evidence of collusion (Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2018)
"The Republican report concludes that the Russian government's extensive meddling in the campaign was not intended to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton. That puts the House Republicans at direct odds with the nation's intelligence agencies, which assessed last year that the Kremlin specifically sought to undermine Clinton and assist Trump."
I sued Donald Trump for blocking me on Twitter. Here's what happened next. (Daily KOS, March 12, 2018)
San Francisco's ICE spokesman quits, disputes agency's claim that 800 eluded arrest (San Francisco Chronicle, March 12, 2018)
Donald Trump's Attack on German Prosperity (Der Speigel, March 12, 2018)
"U.S. President Donald Trump seems intent on launching a trade war. He is ignoring appeals to common sense coming from Europe and Asia, but one country stands to lose more than any other: Germany."
NEW: How to Make a Clean Break With the Clingiest Social Networks (Wired, March 12, 2018)
(Get loose from Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat.)
NEW: Expert warns of "terrifying" potential of digitally-altered video (CBS News, March 12, 2018)
Blocking of Qualcomm takeover could end the tech industry's cozy ties to Beijing (
Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2018)
George Papadopoulos Claimed Trump Encouraged His Efforts to Establish a Russian Back Channel (Mother Jones, March 12, 2018)
Vladimir Putin Blames U.S. Election Interference On "Jews", Ukrainians (Huffington Post, March 10, 2018)
"The Russian president denied accusations of meddling during a tense interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly."
NEW: What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget? (Bloomberg News, March 10, 2018)
"Maybe it doesn’t faze you that your local police have a $400,000 device that listens in on cell phones. How will you feel when your neighbor has a $1,500 version?
"This isn’t something that can really be fixed. It's just built into the way communications work. You can always zero into one signal among many signals, if you have enough data. You don’t need to hack anything - just analyze the signals in the air."
Drive A Mazda? Your Privacy Could Be Gone In 10 Seconds. (Forbes, March 9, 2018)
U.S. Tech Company's Devices Were Used to Inject Surveillance Malware Into Computers in the Middle East (Slate, March 9, 2018)
Parkland student Sarah Chadwick creates a fearless parody mocking the threatening NRA ad (Daily KOS, March 8, 2018)
Miss Universe in Moscow: How Trump's beauty contest spawned a business deal with Russians and a bond with Putin (Yahoo, March 8, 2018)
What Happened in Moscow: The Inside Story of How Trump's Obsession With Putin Began (Mother Jones, March 8, 2018)
"His 2013 visit paved the way for a scandal that shook the world."
NEW: New documents reveal FBI paid Geek Squad repair staff as informants (ZDNet, March 7, 2018)
"A freedom of information request revealed that the FBI used the Best Buy division's repair staff to flag illegal content."
NEW: Geek Squad's Relationship with FBI Is Cozier Than We Thought (Electronic Freedom Foundation, March 6, 2018)
Pettiness: Donald Trump's Highway Might Touch Stormy Daniels' Rampway (The Cut, March 6, 2018)
British ex-spy claims Kremlin blocked Trump from naming Mitt Romney as secretary of state (Raw Story, March 5, 2018)
The day Putin cried (BBC, March 5, 2018)
NEW: From 'Fraud' To Individual Right, Where Does The Supreme Court Stand On Guns? (National Public Radio, March 5, 2018)
NEW: Things I Have Learned About Gun Control, by Scott Adams (Dilbert, March 4, 2018)
The known unknowns of plastic pollution (The Economist, March 3, 2018)
"So far, it seems less bad than other kinds of pollution (about which less fuss is made)."
NEW: Ex-CIA chief: Trump "unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical" (The Hill, March 2, 2018)
Putin boasts new strategic weapons will make US missile defense "useless" (Ars Technica, March 1, 2018)
"Nuke-powered cruise missile and torpedo, hypersonic missiles counter US ballistic missile defense."
Supreme Court won't hear case challenging DACA, tells Trump to wait in line with everyone else (Think Progress, February 26, 2018)
NEW: Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration (Rolling Stone, February 25, 2018)
"Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year. It could soon reshape the nation."
NEW: Steven Pinker's case for optimism (The Economist, February 24, 2018)
"'Enlightenment Now' explains why the doom-mongers are wrong."
Nearly half of 2017's cryptocurrencies have already failed, and more are likely on their way out. (Engadget, February 24, 2018)
Math professor makes the case for free and open educational resources (Red Hat, February 23, 2018)
"David Usinski explains how OERs benefit students, instructors, educational institutions, and even course writers."
Rick Gates, former top campaign aide to Trump, pleads guilty in Russia investigation (Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2018)
How Manafort's inability to convert a PDF file to Word helped prosecutors (Ars Technica, February 23, 2018)
Former Trump campaign manager allegedly emailed doctored docs to his assistant.
Trump Says He May Pull Immigration Enforcement From California (Bloomberg News, February 22, 2018)
Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public (Reuters, February 22, 2018)
Stunning Report: 170m Americans Now Drinking Radioactive Water - See if Your H20 is Affected (EnviroNews, February 22, 2018)
Millions of U.S. jobs are still missing. Don't blame immigrants or food stamps. (Washington Post, February 22, 2018)
Mueller more than doubles criminal charges against Manafort and Gates (Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2018)
Donald Trump stands by proposal to give teachers guns: 'Attacks would end!' (The Guardian, February 22, 2018)
"President expands upon idea to arm some teachers in schools: 'Gun-adept teachers/coaches would solve the problem instantly!'"
(How? By getting the PUBLIC to buy more guns, turning schools into armed camps, and sending shooters to football stadiums instead?)
NRA head breaks silence to attack gun control advocates: 'They hate individual freedom.' (The Guardian, February 22, 2018)
Where the N.R.A. Speaks First and Loudest
(New York Times, February 21, 2018)
"NRATV, the organization’s online video channel, has become a little-noticed but vital forum for the dissemination of some of the most strident pro-gun messaging in politics."
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman booed at a Metro-Denver town hall as people demand action on guns (Denver Post, February 21, 2018)
"In a district that voted for Democrats Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016, Coffman has been a perennial political target for Democrats."
NEW: The Geeks Who Put a Stop to Pennsylvania's Partisan Gerrymandering (Wired, February 20, 2018)
China Dropped Its One-Child Policy. So Why Aren't Chinese Women Having More Babies? (New York Times,February 20, 2018)
Don Jr. Advises President Trump After School Shooting: Don't Go Wobbly on Guns (Daily Beast, February 20, 2018)
"In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, young survivors issued a call to action to President Trump, but his eldest son is telling him not to listen."
NEW: The Arrest Was a Bust. The Officers Got Overtime Anyway. (New York Times, February 19, 2018)
No one becomes a mass shooter without a mass-shooting gun (Los Angeles Times, February 19, 2018)
Rapid-fire rifle device on special offer in salute to Trump (The Guardian, February 18, 2018)
"'Bump stock' used by Las Vegas shooter in promotional tie in with presidential campaign slogan."
John Oliver Makes Impassioned Plea to Discuss Gun Control After Florida School Shooting (Hollywood Reporter, February 18, 2018)
Trump Gets Caught in His Own Web of Lies (Observer, February 18, 2018)
Fact-checking Trump's error-filled tweetstorm about the Russia investigation
(Washington Post, February 18, 2018)
Trump lashes out over Russia probe in angry and error-laden tweetstorm (Washington Post, February 18, 2018)
Trump Will Not Act Against Russia Because He Is Very Likely Being Blackmailed By Russia. (Daily KOS, February 17, 2018)
Trump's top security advisor says Russian meddling 'incontrovertible' (Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2018)
Mueller's Message to America: The clear goal of the special counsel is to speak to the American public about the seriousness of Russian interference. (The Atlantic, February 17, 2018)
"The main question that Mueller asks is not whether the Russians are guilty, but what America is going to do about it?"
Prominent Republican Donor Issues Ultimatum on Assault Weapons (New York Times, February 17, 2018)
NEW: This Ex-Marine's Wife Has Been 'SLAPPED' By The Navy (Honolulu Civil Beat, February 16, 2018)
"A classic retaliatory lawsuit was filed after she raised concerns about possible housing contamination at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe."

NEW: Mueller's Latest Indictment Shows Trump Has Helped Putin Cover Up a Crime (Mother Jones, February 16, 2018)
"By continuing to cast doubt on Russian involvement, the president is helping the Kremlin get away with its election attack."

So, about that 'Russia hoax', Mr. Trump.... (Daily KOS, February 16, 2018)
Robert Mueller Indicts 13 Russians, Details Foreign Efforts To Boost Trump, Harm Clinton (HuffingtonPost, February 16, 2018)
"The special counsel’s office also indicted three Russian entities on Friday, including a state-operated troll farm."
Russian troll farm, 13 suspects indicted in 2016 U.S. election interference (Washington Post, February 16, 2018)
(Follow-up to articles on Dec. 14, 2017, etc.)
Don Trump Jr. thinks silencers are great because they'll help get "little kids into the game" of guns (Daily KOS, February 16, 2018)
Jared Kushner's Finances Are In Shambles And He's A Threat To National Security (Daily KOS, February 15, 2018)
Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen: Beyond Porn Star Payments, Russia Angle, by Russ Baker (Who.What.Why, February 15, 2018)
Obama calls for 'common-sense' gun laws after Florida school shooting (AOL, February 15, 2018)
Florida White Supremacist Group Admits Ties to Alleged Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz (ADL, February 15, 2018)
Florida high school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz's Instagram profile shows him wearing MAGA hat (AOL, February 15, 2018)
Suspect confessed to police that he began shooting students "in the hallways" (New York Times, February 15, 2018)
Mass shootings are getting deadlier. And the latest ones all have something new in common: The AR-15 (Los Angeles Times, February 14, 2018)
Florida teen charged with 17 murder counts in school attack (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, February 14, 2018)

Trump's lawyer just made the Stormy Daniels affair much more interesting (Washington Post, February 14, 2018)
NEW: Donald Trump, nonreader-in-chief, again wants to kill off IMLS, the library agency (TeleRead, February 13, 2018)
Pepsi announced it's laying off employees the same day it touted $1,000 bonuses because of the new tax law (Business Insider, February 13, 2018)
Walmart to Trim Store Management Ranks (Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2018)
What Climate Change Means for Glaciers, Storms, Fires, Clouds, and More (NASA, February 13, 2018)
Karla Bigham retains Democrat's Minnesota Senate seat in swing territory
(Washington Post, February 13, 2018)
Florida woman wins Democrats' 36th red-to-blue flip (Daily KOS, February 13, 2018)
Democrat Margaret Good wins upset victory in Florida House race (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, February 13, 2018)
NEW: Ninth Circuit decision could lead to SCOTUS showdown over your right to a private sex life (Daily KOS, February 12, 2018)
Rob Porter is my ex-husband. Here's what you should know about abuse.
(Washington Post, February 12, 2018)
President Trump has finally released his comic book
(Washington Post, February 12, 2018)
Trump tells a lot of little lies. This is the big one. (Washington Post, February 12, 2018)
Trump is vandalizing the one house he can't own, by Michael Gerson (Washington Post, February 12, 2018)
Technologist Aviv Ovady Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse. (BuzzFeed, February 11, 2018)
"'What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?
NEW: As Jared Kushner's security clearance is delayed, White House hesitates to act on others with possible problems (Washington Post, February 9, 2018)
The president’s son-in-law and close adviser has been allowed to see materials, including the President’s Daily Brief, that are among the most sensitive in government. He has been afforded that privilege even though he has only an interim clearance and is a focus in the ongoing special counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the election."
NEW: Remington is looking into filing for bankruptcy, unable to withstand 'Trump slump' (Daily KOS, February 9, 2018)

Where's Trump's $500bn spending splurge going? (BBC News, February 9, 2018)
NEW: U.S. Election Assistance Commission Certifies ClearVote 1.4 Election System (US EAC, February 8, 2018)
Pain Pill Giant Purdue to Stop Promotion of Opioids to Doctors (Bloomberg News, February 8, 2018)
"Company says it plans to cut more than half of U.S. sales force. Purdue developed many modern pharmaceutical sales tactics."
Before He Died, a New York Taxi Driver Wrote About How the Gig Economy Ruined His Life (Vice, February 8, 2018)
For Second Time in Week, Stocks Plunge as Market Enters 'Correction' Territory (New York Times, February 8, 2018)
Secret iPhone code published online in 'biggest ever' leak (The Telegraph, February 8, 2018)
Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. official says (NBC News, February 8, 2018)
NEW: Former U.S. Attorney-General Holder says Mueller could prosecute Trump for obstruction (Politico, February 7, 2018)
NEW: New documents show how Mueller quickly expanded investigation (CNN, February 7,2018)
"The FBI request to the GSA appears to confirm a fear that the President's friends warned him about last spring. They worried that a special counsel, which comes with broad authority to investigate any matters deemed relevant, could lead to an expansive investigation beyond what the FBI had in its initial inquiry."
Tillerson says Russia is meddling in America's next big round of elections and there's not much the US can do to stop it (Business Insider, February 7, 2018)
(Compare to Tillerson on January 29, "White House says there's no need for new Russia sanctions"!)
"IN FRAUD WE TRUST": Feds drop hammer on massive 'carder' ring that caused $530 million in losses (Ars Technica, February 7, 2018)
"Infraud is the biggest online fraud enterprise ever prosecuted by US prosecutors."
A down day on the markets? Analysts say blame the machines. (Washington Post, February 6, 2018)
FEMA Contract Called for 30 Million Meals for Puerto Ricans. 50,000 Were Delivered. (New York Times, February 6, 2018)
NEW: Russian Trolls Ran Wild On Tumblr And The Company Refuses To Say Anything About It (BuzzFeed, February 6, 2018)
"Tumblrs run by Russian trolls generated hundreds of thousands of interactions with anti–Hillary Clinton, pro–Bernie Sanders content."
NEW: Judge Curiel, once attacked by Trump for his Mexican heritage, to preside over wall case (Daily KOS, February 6, 2018)
GOP state lawmaker seeks to impeach judges after Pennsylvania gerrymandering ruling (The Hill, February 6, 2018)
NEW: The Nunes memo is looking like a bust for Trump (Washington Post, February 6, 2018)
Trump labels some Democrats 'treasonous' for their State of the Union reaction (CNN, February 6, 2018)
Trump calls Democrats not applauding him 'un-American' (Chicago Tribune, February 5, 2018)
Trump, in a panic over dud Nunes' memo, says Adam Schiff 'must be stopped' (Daily KOS, February 5, 2018)
NEW: Trump Wants a Border Wall. See What's in Place Already. (New York Times, February 5, 2018)
The advance of self-interest moral decay (Boston's MetroWest Daily News, February 4, 2018)
Nunes paves Trump's road to autocracy, by E.J. Dionne Jr. (Washington Post, February 4, 2018)
Prominent St. Petersburg Opposition Activist
Konstantin Sinitsyn Found Dead (Radio Free Europe, February 3, 2018)
Why cops won't need a warrant to pull the data off your autonomous car (Ars Techica, February 3, 2018)
"It's like instant replay in the NFL; I can tell what happened."
The Bombshell Memo Bombs. The Russia investigation survived Nunes' explosive revelations. (Politico, February 3, 2018)

Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people (The Register, February 3, 2018)
"Who knew sharing would transform an industry?"
Open source is 20: How it changed programming and business forever (ZDNet, February 2, 2018)
Donald Trump Is Playing a Dangerous Game of Nuclear Poker (Time, February 2, 2018)
Trump plan calls for new nuclear weapons (Politico, February 2, 2018)
Russia probe lawyers think Mueller could indict Trump
(Politico, February 2, 2018)
"Many legal scholars doubt a U.S. vs. Trump case is possible, but two attorneys who have dealt with special counsel Robert Mueller's team disagree. One expects Mueller to move as early as this spring."
Trey Gowdy, only GOP House member to actually read the intelligence, pans the memo, backs Mueller (Daily KOS, February 2, 2018)
Kasich slams release of memo critical of FBI; area congressmen approve (Dayton Ohio Daily News, February 2, 2018)
McCain rebukes Republicans: Attacking FBI serves 'only Putin'
(Politico, February 2, 2018)
Release of disputed GOP's Nunes memo on FBI surveillance unleashes waves of recrimination (Washington Post, February 2, 2018)
Trump's Saturday Night Massacre Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes (Common Dreams, February 2, 2018)
"The aim of the campaign against the Mueller investigation and the FBI is clear: Obstructing justice."
NEW: Labor Dept. Ditches Data Showing Bosses Could Skim Waiters' Tips (Bloomberg, February 1, 2018)
"DOL says it couldn't estimate tip pool rule's full economic effects.
"Sources reveal the agency did conduct an analysis showing up to billions in wages transferred.
"Public has until Feb. 5 to comment on proposal."
Trump Russia: Republicans 'materially altered' memo on FBI (BBC News, February 1, 2018)
NEW: Baltimore Cops Carried Toy Guns to Plant on People They Shot, Trial Reveals (Vice, January 31, 2018)
What Are "Right to Repair" Laws, and What Do They Mean for You? (How-To Geek, January 31, 2018)
Several million people will get an American Care Act surprise this spring (Daily KOS, January 31, 2018)
FBI Director Opposes Memo Release Because of Inaccuracies (Bloomberg, January 31 2018)
White House postures over Nunes memo (CNN, January 31, 2018)
Well, that was dispiriting: Let's make Trump's State of the Union the last of its kind (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2018)
Kennedy says Americans feel 'fault lines of a fractured country' (Boston Globe, January 31, 2018)

2018 State of the Union Fact-Check (New York Times, January 31, 2018)
In State of the Union speech, a milder-sounding Trump leans on the same divisive issues (Los Angeles Times, January 31, 2018)
Trump's State of the Union underscores why he is his own worst enemy (Washington Post, January 31, 2018)

Europe's new data protection rules export privacy standards worldwide (Politico, January 31, 2018)
"New regulations offer EU citizens sweeping new powers over how their data can be collected, used and stored.
Since the mid-1990s, EU policymakers have rolled out a series of data protection rules that quickly became the de facto global standards for most countries except for a few holdouts like China, Russia and the United States.
But, as companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon vacuumed up more of people’s private information, European lawmakers upped the ante, intent on setting a new bar for data protection worldwide."
NEW: Did the NRA Channel Russian Money to Trump? (Newsweek, January 29, 2018)
NEW: White House says there's no need for new Russia sanctions (Washington Post, January 29, 2018)
Missing from EU's new privacy rules: The general public (Politico, January 29, 2018)
"For data protection rules to have the intended effect, people will need to care about their data. Right now, they don’t."
Is Trump a greater threat than Nixon? Here’s the big danger ahead. (Washington Post, January 29, 2018)
Dr. Larry Nassar was not a doctor (Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2018)
Nassar's story may seem like an outlier, but it's only the latest entry in the master narrative of our time. A powerful man, abetted by a syndicate of sponsors and enablers, commits a violent or sky-high crime — rape, sexual abuse of children, torture, murder, conspiracy with a hostile foreign power, treason — and then moves heaven and Earth to conceal it, deride those who expose it as fake news, and smear the victims and whistleblowers. Trump. Putin. Ailes. O'Reilly. Weinstein. Wynn. And Nassar."
Legislative staffers say pro-Trump supporters called them 'illegal' for being dark-skinned. Navajo legislator also says protesters asked him if he is in the U.S. illegally. (Arizona Capitol Times, January 26, 2018)
Ted Cruz, born in Canada and brought to the U.S. as a child, rejects citizenship for Dreamers (Daily KOS, January 26, 2018)
Here's what President Trump has done to impede and control the Russia investigation (Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2018)
Two new cryptocurrency heists make off with over $400M worth of blockchange. Coincheck sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience. (Ars Technica, January 26, 2018)
This is the biggest theft in the history of the world." (Oh? Tell THAT to the American Indians!)
Intel: Meltdown, Spectre silicon fixes coming in 2018
(Ars Technica, January 26, 2018)
Senator Wyden calls out FBI director's 'ill-informed' encryption backdoor views, and demands answers. (ZDNet, January 25, 2018)
Tech firms let Russia probe software widely used by U.S. government (Reuters, January 25, 2018)
After crash, injured motorcyclist accuses robot-driven vehicle of 'negligent driving' (Washington Post, January 25, 2018)
NEW: The Military Wants to Dictate Private Land Use -- and Washington State Might Let It (Truth Out, January 24, 2018)
World's first electric container barges to sail from European ports this summer (The Guardian, January 24, 2018)
"Dubbed the 'Tesla of the canals', the unmanned vessels will operate on Dutch and Belgian waterways, vastly reducing diesel vehicles and emissions."
Bernie Sanders 'Medicare for All' townhall draws 1 million viewers (Daily KOS, January 24, 2018)
Jackman, Maine just paid $30,000 to run a white supremacist out of town (Daily KOS, January 24, 2018)
Fired Jackman, Maine town manager says he's not racist. Yes he is. (Portland Maine Press Herald, January 24, 2018)
"What else would you call someone who wants to ban Islam and calls for racial separation?"
Sean Hannity Is Now a Favorite Weapon of Russian Trolls Attacking America. Kremlin propagandists are piling on the Fox News war against the Mueller investigation. (Mother Jones, January 24, 2018)
(Also see
The Hamilton 68 Dashboard. Hosted by the Alliance for Securing Democracy, it tracks Russian influence operations on Twitter.)
Identity misuse - Net Neutrality comment fraud will be investigated by government. Democrats requested investigation after millions of people were impersonated. (Ars Technica, January 24, 2018)
Trudeau announces trade agreement without U.S. (CBS News, January 23, 2018)
Schumer withdraws offer on Trump's wall (Politico, January 23, 2018)
House Science Committee wants to investigate scientist for reporting science for the government (Daily KOS, January 23, 2018)
NEW: A destructive beetle has jumped the Rockies. One expert worries it could kill a vast area of Canadian forest. (Yale Climate Connections, January 22, 2018)
Poll: More voters blamed Trump and GOP for shutdown than Democrats (Politico, January 22, 2018)
Blame McConnell and Ryan for the shutdown. It was always about them, by Catherine Rampell (Washington Post, January 22, 2018)
'Defiance Disorder': Another new book describes chaos in Trump's White House
(Washington Post, January 21, 2018)
Reverend Dr. William Barber | GOP chooses "Whites Only" platform | Trump; a consistent scum-bag (Daily KOS, January 21, 2018)
Republicans are 'complicit' in Trump's 'American carnage'
(Washington Post, January 21, 2018)
Genocide, famine and a democratic retreat - all after one year of U.S. inaction (Washington Post, January 21, 2018)
Don’t buy the spin. Government works, by E.J. Dionne Jr.
(Washington Post, January 21, 2018)
Republicans can win elections. But they can't govern. (Washington Post, January 20, 2018)
The presidency survived the Watergate, Iran-contra and Clinton scandals. Trump will exact a higher toll. (Washington Post, January 21, 2018)
"Histories of past presidential scandals reveal common threads and turning points - but also show how Trump stands alone."
After a final Trump sabotage of negotiations, Trump's Government Shutdown is on (Daily KOS, January 20, 2018)

More Americans blame Republicans than Democrats for potential government shutdown, Post-ABC poll finds (Washington Post, January 19, 2018)

As Trump's first year in office ends, his support base has eroded and the opposition is energized (Los Angeles Times, January 19, 2018)
Evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic as permafrost erosion transforms the Arctic food web (Daily KOS, January 19, 2018)
Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life (Institute for Critical Digital Culture, January 19, 2018)
NEW: Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders (Scientific American, January 18, 2018)
"Those with an IQ above 120 are perceived as less effective, regardless of actual performance."
'Entire aisles are empty': Whole Foods employees reveal why stores are facing a crisis of food shortages (Business Insider, January 18, 2018)
Angered by high prices and shortages, hospitals will form their own generic drug maker (Stat News, January 18, 2018)
NHS England's dev team quits, suggests NHS used them to get better deal with Microsoft (The Register, January 18, 2018)

"NHS: Thanks for all the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops."
Microsoft, Masking/Hiding Itself Behind Patent Trolls, is Still Engaging in Patent Extortion (Techrights, January 18, 2018)
GOP Conservatives Win Concessions to Back Bill: Government Shutdown Update (Bloomberg News, January 18, 2018)
Republicans are freaking out over a special election most Americans didn't even know about (Daily KOS, January 18, 2018)
NEW: Mobile Advanced Persistent Threat actor Dark Caracal has conducted global espionage campaign from Lebanon since 2012 (Electronic Frontier Foundation, January 18, 2018)
"... the first mobile advanced persistent threat (mAPT) we've seen deployed on a global scale. We believe the actors would use it against any target a nation state would otherwise attack, including governments, militaries, utilities, financial institutions, manufacturing companies, and defense contractors."
Triton Malware Shows the Dangers of Industrial System Sabotage (Wired, January 18, 2018)
Congress Just Passed a Terrible Surveillance Law. Now What? (ACLU, January 18, 2018)
EFF to NSA: You scammed your way to another six years of warrantless spying, and you'd better enjoy it while it lasts (EFF, January 18, 2018)
Pelosi: 'We Must Fight Even Harder Against Trump's Authoritarian Impulses Now That We've Voted To Enable Them' (The Onion, January 18, 2018)
A Bunch Of Politicians Who Complain About Trump's Authoritarian Tendencies Just Gave Him 6 Years To Warrantlessly Spy On Americans (Techdirt, January 18, 2018)
(Also see Glenn Greenwald on January 12, 2018 - below.)
Debacle in Maine classroom shows trickle-down effect of Trump's immigrant bashing (Portland Maine Press Herald, January 18, 2018)
Trump is a legislative arsonist (Washington Post, January 18, 2018)
NEW: GOP reels after 'electric shock' defeat. (Politico, January 17, 2018)
"Republicans search for lessons in Wisconsin special election upset."
NEW: This is what the Democratic special election wave looks like. (Washington Post, January 17, 2018)
Some thoughts on Spectre and Meltdown, by Colin Percival (Daemonic Dispatches, January 17, 2018)
Amazon won't say if it hands your Echo data to the government (ZDNet, January 16, 2018)
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech, by Zeynep Tufekci (Wired, January 16, 2018)
NEW: How Propaganda and Disruption Have Become Ends in Themselves (Who.What.Why., January 15, 2018)
"Suddenly, in Cold War 2.0, a keyboard has as much power as an F-15."
NEW: A Georgetown professor explains how Martin Luther King Jr. 'has been severely whitewashed' (Business Insider, January 15, 2018)
'No, I'm not a racist,' Trump says as administration is forced to renew DACA permits (Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2018)
Robot Hell: CES Was Full of Useless Robots and Machines That Don't Work (Daily Beast, January 12, 2018)
NEW: The Same Democrats Who Denounce Donald Trump as a Lawless, Treasonous Authoritarian Just Voted to Give Him Vast Warrantless Spying Powers, by Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept, January 12, 2018)
NEW: Here are the 256 Representatives that just voted to reauthorize and expand unconstitutional NSA spying (Medium, January 12, 2018)
NEW: Walmart raises minimum pay again, while Sam's Club closes many stores (Daily KOS, January 11, 2018)
NEW: Steve Bannon has a point. Populist fury runs through a large swath of the country. (Washington Post, January 11, 2018)
NEW: Ninth Circuit Doubles Down: Violating a Website's Terms of Service Is Not a Crime (Electronic Frontier Foundation, January 10, 2018)
NEW: No tracking, no revenue: Apple's privacy feature costs ad companies millions (The Guardian, January 9, 2018)
NEW: Blocked by passwords, FBI can’t unlock over half of devices seized as evidence (NBC News, January 9, 2018)
NEW: Meltdown, Spectre Likely Just Scratch the Surface of Microprocessor Vulnerabilities (Dark Reading, January 8, 2018)
Jake Tapper Cuts Hyperventilating Stephen Miller Loose - "I’ve wasted enough of my viewers' time." (Daily KOS, January 7, 2018)
Trump's Incredible Shrinking Schedule -- "Executive Time" Means TV and Twitter (Daily KOS, January 7, 2018)

This morning Mr. Trump is Losing his Marbles on Twitter - Claims he is a "very stable Genius" (Daily KOS, January 6, 2018)

For Doctors, Age May Be More Than a Number (New York Times, January 6, 2018)
How to Fix Facebook - Before It Fixes Us. An early investor explains why the social media platform’s business model is such a threat - and what to do about it. (Washington Monthly, January 6, 2018)
The Looming Digital Meltdown (New York Times, January 6, 2018)
Open Source Leaders: Take Intel to Task (Lxer, January 6, 2018)
Billions of devices are affected by
Meltdown and Spectre. major security flaws revealed by cybersecurity researchers on Wednesday. Update! (CNN Money, January 5, 2018)
What Happens When States Have Their Own Net Neutrality Rules? (Slashdot, January 5, 2018)
The leading lobbying group for Amazon, Facebook, Google and other tech giants is joining the legal battle to restore net neutrality (Recode, January 5, 2018)
Unbelievably, women still don't have equal rights in the Constitution
(Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2018)
Top Pence aides quietly depart in new year
(CNN, January 5, 2018)
Orrin Hatch is leaving the Senate, but his deadliest law will live on (Los Angeles Times, January 5, 2018)
Following Release Of Damning New Book, Trump Aides Head For The Exits (CNN,
January 5, 2018)
Paul Krugman: Faust on the Potomac (New York Times, January5, 2018)
Bannon Banished for Telling Truths About Trump as MAGA Monsters Turn on Each Other (Daily Beast, January 5,2018)
HP Recalls 50,000 Lithium-Ion Laptop Batteries Over Fire Risk. Affected consumers should download fix while waiting for replacement. (Consumer Reports, January 4, 2018))
240,000 U.S. Homeland Security employees, case witnesses affected by data breach (ZDNet, January 4, 2018)
Bitcoin vs. Regulators: Who Will Win? (Wall Street Journal, January 4, 2018)
"Nuclear Buttons", and the psychology that makes big, red buttons so irresistible (Quartz, January 4, 2018)
How Donald Trump's White House team handles his giant ego, by Michael Wolff (GQ Magazine, January 4, 2018)
"You Can’t Make This S--- Up": My Year Inside Trump's Insane White House, by Michael Wolff (Hollywood Insider, January 4, 2018)
AT&T sued over layoffs—after promising more investment because of tax cut (Ars Technica, January 3, 2018)
Lawmakers concerned about Trump's mental health were briefed by a Yale psychiatry professor (Politico, January 3, 2018)
He’s going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs." Lee, editor of "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump," which includes testimonials from 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts assessing the president's level of "dangerousness," said that she was surprised by the interest in her findings during her two days in Washington. "Their level of concern about the president's dangerousness was surprisingly high."
Trump Tower meeting with Russians 'treasonous', Bannon says in explosive book (The Guardian, January 3, 2018)
NEW: The person anonymously leaking racist attacks on the Mueller grand jury sounds a lot like Trump (Think Progress, January 3, 2018)
The Republicans' Fake Investigations (New York Times, January 2, 2018)
Serial Swatter "SWAuTistic" Bragged He Hit 100 Schools, 10 Homes (Krebs On Security, January 2, 2018)
NEW: Do You Belong to You? (Genome Magazine, January 2, 2018)
"A recent court case grapples with whether we own our own DNA and the information it contains. The answer has implications for research, privacy, commerce, and how we live our lives."
Meltdown and Spectre expose
most Intel, AMD and ARM CPUs, force redesigns for Windows, Linux, Mac OSx (The Register, January 2  2018)
(Also, this next-day TechCrunch article.)
"The vulnerabilities ... arise from a longstanding focus in the technology industry on maximizing performance. As a result, processors, compilers, device drivers, operating systems, and numerous other critical components have evolved compounding layers of complex optimizations that introduce security risks." (And they will affect ALL of us!)
NEW: A Gentle Corrective for the Epidemic of Identity Politics Turning Us on Each Other and on Ourselves (Brain Pickings, January 1, 2018)
The Retreat to Tribalism, by David Brooks (New York Times, January 1, 2018)
(Also see, The Age of Outrage: What It's Doing To Our Universities, And Our Country, by Jonathan Haidt)
Founding Father Alexander Hamilton sums up the truth about Donald Trump--225 years ago (Daily KOS, December 30, 2017)
The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal (Quartz, December 30, 2017)
Presidential Word Salads (National Review, December 29, 2017)
NEW: Washington Post data reporter uncovered a stunningly hypocritical error message on Trump's website (Daily KOS, December 28, 2017)
Last-Minute Rush to Prepay Taxes Gives Way to Confusion and Anger (New York Times, December 28, 2017)
There are a lot of angry people here because they feel powerless and they are not used to feeling powerless."
Trump fires all members of HIV/AIDS council without explanation (Washington Blade, December 28, 2017)
Trump threatens China, says Russia inquiry makes America 'look very bad' (CNBC News,
December 28, 2017)
Excerpts From Trump's Interview With The Times (New York Times, December 28, 2017)
WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018 (CNN, December 27,2017)
U.S. decision to provide anti-tank missiles to Ukraine angers Russian leaders (Los Angeles Times, December 26, 2017)
Navigation Apps Are Turning Quiet Neighborhoods Into Traffic Nightmares (New York Times, December 24, 2017)
"You all just got a lot richer," Trump tells friends, referencing tax overhaul (CBS News, December 24, 2017)
Why It's So Hard To Get The Power Back On In Puerto Rico (
Daily KOS, December 24, 2017)
Goodbye Russia: A generation packs its bags (BBC News, December 23, 2017)
Remember those AT&T bonuses? Oh yeah, they came along with the layoff of 1000+ workers... (Daily KOS, December 23, 2017)
American woman living in Sweden describes the 'socialist nanny-state' and it sounds amazing (Daily KOS, December 22, 2017)
It's 'very gold': The presidential coin undergoes a Trumpian makeover (Washington Post, December 22, 2017)
This gross propaganda video pressures you to 'Thank President Trump,' just like when you were a kid
(Daily KOS, December 22, 2017)
Federal Court of Appeals order invalidates decision to allow Zimbabwe and Zambia elephant and lion trophy imports (Humane Society, December 22, 2017)
Apple's iPhone Throttling Will Reinvigorate the Push for Right to Repair Laws.
More states are considering Right-To-Repair legislation that will make it easier to fix your electronics. (Vice, December 21, 2017)
"If Apple were serious about battery life, they'd market battery replacements. (And design for easy replacement, and signal clearly when one is due.) Apple clearly has a big financial benefit when people decide their phones are too slow and head to the Apple Store for a new phone."
(Apple charges $79 to replace a $10-20 battery without voiding the warranty, or
sells a new phone.)
Discussion: Why Apple Slows Down iPhones with Old Batteries (Reddit, December 21, 2017)
Bitcoin Billionaires May Have Found a Way to Cash Out
(Bloomberg, December 21, 2017)
Bitcoin Tumbles Through $13,000 as 'Sharks Start to Circle' (Bloomberg, December 21, 2017)
Winter solstice 2017: Five things you should know about the shortest day of the year (Washington Post, December 21, 2017)
NEW: Tom Brokaw - "So, We're At War Here" (w/FOX News) (Daily KOS, Deember 21, 2017)
Jerusalem: UN resolution rejects Trump's declaration (BBC News, December  21, 2017)
An Accountant's take: Tax Laws, Social Engineering, and the Three Events that Destroyed our Economy (Daily KOS, December 21, 2017)
Ever wondered what America looked like heading into the Great Depression? (Daily KOS, December 21, 2017)

Billionaire Koch Brothers Invest Millions More to Promote Tax Overhaul (Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2017)
Paul Krugman: Tax-Cut Santa Is Coming to Town (New York Times, December 21, 2017)
One potential loser in the new GOP tax bill: Puerto Rico (Washington Post, December 20, 2017)
Trump will personally save up to $15m under tax bill, analysis finds (Guardian, December 20, 2017)
"This is not tax reform, it's a money grab by the ultra-wealthy, including the multimillionaires in Congress and Trump's own cabinet, who will benefit. When all is said and done, over 80% of the tax cuts will wind up in the pockets of the top 1%. Meanwhile, all of this will be paid for by the middle class and families who are struggling to get by.”"
Trump stands to save millions under new tax measure, experts say (Washington Post, December 20, 2017)

"Sanders repeated this week that Trump would not release his tax returns 'as long as they’re under audit.' Nothing prevents Trump from disclosing his returns, including an audit (which is standard for all presidents), Internal Revenue Service officials and attorneys say, and every president has done so routinely for the past 40 years."

Trump just admitted the GOP's tax cuts were deceptively sold
(Washington Post, December 20, 2017)
House Republicans Don't Know Some Very Basic Facts About The Tax Bill They Wrote (Huffington Post, December 20, 2017)
"It took us 18 tries to find a GOP congressman who could tell us the individual income tax brackets."
Dozens of Companies Are Using Facebook to Exclude Older Workers From Job Ads (ProPublica, December 20, 2017)
"Among the companies we found doing it: Amazon, Verizon, UPS and Facebook itself. 'It’s blatantly unlawful,' said one employment law expert."
US lifts ban on lethal virus experiments despite security risks (BBC News, December 20, 2017)
The CDC's language policy isn't just politics as usual. It's Orwellian. (Vox, December 20, 2017)
NEW: The link between polygamy and war - The perils of polygamy (The Economist, December 19, 2017)
Public opposition to tax bill grows as vote approaches (CNN Polls, December 19, 2017)
"President Donald Trump, the bill's salesperson-in-chief, lands at an overall 35% approval rating in this poll, his worst mark yet in CNN polling by one point. Trump's approval ratings continue to be the lowest for any modern president at this point in his presidency. As of December of their first year in office, all first-time elected presidents back to Eisenhower have approval ratings of 49% or higher except for Trump."
White House takes down 'We the People' petitions site before responding to a single one (Washington Post, December 19, 2017)
A recount just knocked Virginia's statehouse out of Republicans' hands - by a single vote (Vox, December 19, 2017)
Britain's problem is not with Europe, but with England, by
David Marquand (Guardian, December 19, 2017)
U.S. declares North Korea carried out massive WannaCry cyberattack (Washington Post, December 19, 2017)
"President Trump is handling the intelligence assessments regarding North Korea and Russia completely differently, staging an elaborate media rollout to press on sanctions against North Korea while at the same time discrediting the assessment by these very same intelligence agencies that the Kremlin interfered with our election." -- Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
NEW: Fees as high as $28 are destroying bitcoin's value for small payments. (Ars Techica, December 19, 2017)
Why the Bitcoin craze is using up so much energy (Washington Post, December 19, 2017)
First study to predict whether different populations of the same plant species can adapt to climate change: central European ones die first. (ScienceDaily, December 19, 2017)
(Note that GMO plants have NO genetic diversity.)
This old drug was free. Now it's $109,500 a year (Los Angeles Times, December 18, 2017)
It should have been a celebration for new $181 million train route. What went wrong? (Tacoma News Tribune, December 18, 2017)
Amtrak train derails onto I-5 in DuPont, Washington, causing injuries and shutting down freeway
(Tacoma News Tribune, December 18, 2017)
Android Malware Mines Monero, Can Literally Destroy Phones (International Business Times, December 18, 2017)
Deliverance From 27,000 Feet (New York Times, December 18, 2017)
(The recovery of Indian climbers' bodies from Mount Everest.)
Fox News and Donald Trump are in a feedback loop that threatens to blow up the republic (Daily KOS, December 18, 2017)
Welcome to The Trump Family Swamp (Washington Post, December 18, 2017)
NEW: Eric Holder Fires Warning Shot to Republicans Undermining Mueller Investigation (Daily KOS, December 16, 2017)
Koch Brothers Are Cities' New Obstacle to Building Broadband (Wired, December 16, 2017)
What Trump and Congress are doing to Puerto Rico is blatant racism. (Daily KOS, December 16, 2017)
Paul Krugman: Bitcoin is a more obvious bubble than housing was (Business Insider, December 15, 2017)
Trump judicial nominee Matthew S. Petersen struggles to answer law questions (Washington Post, December 15, 2017)
CDC gets list of forbidden terms, including: 'fetus,' 'transgender,' 'diversity' (Seattle Times, December 15, 2017)
Trump turning US into 'world champion of extreme inequality', UN envoy warns (The Guardian, December 15, 2017)
A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America
(The Guardian, December 15, 2017)
Small farmers who voted for Trump are suing him for taking away Obama-era protections (Daily KOS, December 14, 2017)
Why Pennsylvania sends too many Republicans to Washington - and why that could change (Philadelphia Inquirer
, December 14, 2017)
To save the GOP, Republicans have to lose (Washington Post, December 14, 2017)
NEW: How conservative media reacted to Roy Moore’s stunning loss (Washington Post, December 14, 2017)

NEW: He belongs to no tribe (Chuck Lorre Vanity Card, December 14, 2017)
Trump's Lies vs. Obama's (New York Times, December 14, 2014)
"Trump is unlike any other modern president. He seems virtually indifferent to reality, often saying whatever helps him make the case he's trying to make. In his first 10 months in office, he has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly. Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure. That's an average of about two a year for Obama and about 124 a year for Trump."
The Russia facts are hiding in plain sight
(Washington Post, December 14, 2017)
Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked (Washington Post, December 14, 2017)
NEW: Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking (Wired, December 14, 2017)
(To see that same effect in the USA: An Uncomplicated Guide to Hacking Your Perfect Credit Score)
"For the Chinese Communist Party, social credit is an attempt at a softer, more invisible authoritarianism. The goal is to nudge people toward behaviors ranging from energy conservation to obedience to the Party."
NEW: Why Hackers Are in Such High Demand, and How They're Affecting Business Culture (Dark Reading, December 14, 2017)
'Intentional' event redirects cloud traffic from Apple, Google & others through Russia (Apple Insider, December 14, 2017)
Goodbye, net neutrality—Ajit Pai’s FCC votes to allow blocking and throttling. But pro-net neutrality groups will sue FCC to reinstate consumer protections. (Ars Technica, December 14, 2017)
Net neutrality is gone. Feel the freedom coursing through your veins. (Washington Post, December 14, 2017)

NY State A.G. Schneiderman Releases New Details On Investigation Into Fake Net Neutrality Comments (NYS AG's Office, December 13, 2017)
Millions of fake comments have corrupted the FCC public process – including two million that stole the identities of real people, a crime under New York law. Moving forward with this vote would make a mockery of the notice and comment process … and reward those who perpetrated this fraud."
FCC Set To Vote On The Future Of The Internet (MSNBC, December 13, 2017)

Antarctic Modeling DOUBLES Sea-Level Rise Projections (Climate Central, December 13, 2017)
Dourson’s EPA Withdrawal a Victory for Science, Health (Union of Concerned Scientists, December 13, 2017)
NEW: Ideas for Improving Life in High Crime Areas (Scott Adams' Blog, December 13, 2017)
NEW: Mother Jones Freaks Out About DIY Guns (Bearing Arms, December 13, 2017)
NEW: As a Doctor, I'm Sick of All The Health Care Freeloaders (Texas Observer, December 13, 2017)
#ClassWarfare (Daily KOS, December 13, 2017)

NEW: California wildfire that scorched Bel Air started in homeless camp -- and residents fear backlash (Guardian, December 13, 2017)
"The Skirball blaze began life as a cooking fire under a freeway, but assigning blame is complicated given the harsh conditions of LA’s homeless encampments."
NEW: The Silicon Valley paradox: one in four people are at risk of hunger (Guardian, December 12, 2017)
NEW: For the first time, a key Republican senator finds a Trump judicial nominee whom he can't support (Los Angeles Times, December 12, 2017)
Roy Moore Loses, Sanity Reigns (New York Times, December 12, 2017)
Support from women hands Democrats victory in Alabama: Exit polls (ABC News, December 12, 2017)
Alabama Senate results: Democrat Doug Jones declared winner over Roy Moore (Washington Post, December 12, 2017)
59 female lawmakers call for House investigation into Trump misconduct (CBS News, December 12, 2017)
Will Trump's lows ever hit rock bottom? (USA Today, December 12, 2017)
Donald Trump is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed. ... Trump's utter lack of morality, ethics and simple humanity has been underscored during his 11 months in office. Let us count the ways..."
NEW: A running list of the eyewitnesses who prove Trump's innocence on sexual misconduct (Washington Post, December 12, 2017)
Unhinged: Donald Trump Goes After NY Senator (Dan Rather's News&Guts, December 11, 2017)
The Trump administration's tax 'report' reads like fan fiction (Washington Post, December 11, 2017)
Pennsylvania's map is so gerrymandered that random computer maps are fairer, expert says (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Sweet home Alabama, where sometimes you're allowed to vote (Daily KOS, December 11, 2017)
NEW: Apple's Alleged Throttling of Older iPhones With Degraded Batteries Causes Controversy (MacRumors, December 11, 2017)
NEW: iPhone slow? Try replacing your battery! (Reddit, December 10, 2017)
NEW:  Here's what we know so far about Team Trump's ties to Russian interests (Washington Post, December 8, 2017)
The Whistleblower Who Could Have Prevented 9/11. Why the NSA Shut Down Binney's Life-Saving Work. (Who.What.Why, December 8, 2017)
"Management, seeing a threat to their budget request, decided that it was more important to do the budget than to do the mission."
NEW: Innovation of the Week: AlphaGo Zero, Google's AI chessmaster (Boston Globe, December 8, 2017)
Google’s DeepMind tried something different, giving its AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence program the basic rules of chess and letting it learn on its own. Did it work? Just four hours after getting the rules (during which time it played games against itself at one per minute to learn what works), AlphaGo Zero thumped the globe’s best specialized chess software, Stockfish 8, in a 100-game match up — winning or drawing every game."
Quantum Computing Is the Next Big Security Risk (Wired, December 7, 2017)
How to Think about "Medicare for All" (New England Journal of Medicine, December 7, 2017)
How killing net neutrality will hurt online protests and free speech (Mashable, December 7, 2017)
Tax experts have finally had a chance to read the Republican tax bill: 'Holy crap!' Daily KOS, December 6, 2017)
'Holy crap': Experts find tax plan riddled with glitches. Some of the provisions could be easily gamed, tax lawyers say. (Politico, December 6, 2017)
The GOP may yet do what the Democrats cannot. Sink the tax bill. (Daily KOS, December 5, 2017)
Trump economic adviser on tax bill: 'It's death to Democrats'.
(Daily KOS, December 5, 2017)
Theresa May's Brexit bubble has been popped by the Irish border (Independent, December 4, 2017)
Proposed Trump-administration rule would protect employers who steal workers' hard-earned tips (Economic Policy Institute, December 4, 2017)
"Under the administration’s proposed rule, as long as the tipped workers earn minimum wage, the employer can legally pocket those tips."
Former RNC Chairman Says GOP Will Pay A Dear Price For Roy Moore In 2018 (Daily KOS, December 4, 2017)
Roy Moore Gets Trump Endorsement and R.N.C. Funding for Senate Race (New York Times, December 4, 2017)
Hedy Lamarr’s Forgotten, Frustrated Career as a Wartime Inventor (New Yorker, December 3, 2017)
US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life (The Register, December 2, 2017))
Senate GOP tax bill passes in major victory for Trump, Republicans, and the wealthy (Washington Post, December 2, 2017)
Senate Republicans' push for massive tax cuts bill has become surreal (Daily KOS, December 1, 2017)

The Men Who Cost Clinton the Election (New York Times, December 1, 2017)
"When one of the best-qualified candidates for the presidency in American history and the first woman to get close to the Oval Office loses to an opponent who had not dedicated a nanosecond of his life to public service and ran a blatantly misogynist campaign, it's hard to conclude that gender didn't play a role."
What does Michael Flynn's plea deal mean for Trump? Here are 4 big questions. (Washington Post, December 2, 2017)
Michael Flynn grew up breaking the rules. It caught up to him as Trump's national security advisor (Los Angeles Times, December 1, 2017)
Robert Mueller Has a Plan. How the special counsel's deal with Michael Flynn neutralizes Trump's pardon power. (Slate, December 1, 2017)
Flynn pleads guilty, is cooperating in Trump campaign probe (AP News, December 1, 2017)
Read Jimmy Kimmel's scathing response to Roy Moore after their 'Twitter war' (Washington Post, December 1, 2017)
Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years (NASA, December 1, 2017)
Rising sea level threatens U.S. nuclear waste dump in Pacific (Digital Journal, November 30, 2017)
Controversial Study Claims 'Smartphone Addiction' Alters the Brain (Inverse, November 30, 2017)
A President Made for a Zombie Apocalypse Media World, by Tom Eng
elhardt (TomDispatch, November 30, 2017)
Flynn flips, Kushner talks, and Trump posts Nazi snuff films (Daily KOS, November 30, 2017)
Community Oncologists Hold Emergency Hill Day to Warn Congress on Medicare Sequester (Yahoo Finance, November 30, 2017)
What Republicans say when asked why their tax bill benefits the rich most of all (Washington Post, November 29, 2017)
Senate GOP campaign arm stole donor data from House Republicans (Politico, November 29, 2017)
Which kind of liar is Mnuchin? A fool or a knave?, by Robert Reich (Dayton Daily News, November 29, 2017)
Days after Project Veritas caught in failed sting, Justice Department uses their video in court (Daily KOS, November 29, 2017)
The Senate's tax bill is a sweeping change to every part of federal health care. It slashes Medicare by billions and will leave millions without insurance. (Vox, November 29, 2017)
NEW: NSA's Ragtime program targets Americans, leaked files show. (ZDNet, November 29, 2017)
"Several more variants of Ragtime appear in recently leaked documents."
NEW: Hacker pleads guilty to huge Yahoo hack, admits helping Russia’s FSB. Three fellow co-defendants remain at large in Russia, unlikely to be extradited. (Ars Technica, November 28, 2017)
Five ways to fix statistics (Nature Journal, November 28, 2017)
Republicans' latest plan to repeal Obamacare's insurance requirement could wreak havoc in some very red states
(Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2017)
Trump makes 'Pocahontas' jab about Elizabeth Warren to elderly Native Americans in ceremony honoring code talkers (Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2017)
Net Neutrality Petition Calls for Ouster of FCC Chairman Pai (Slashdot, November 27,2017)
Mexico promised affordable housing for all. Instead it created many rapidly decaying slums. (Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2017)
Big Tobacco finally tells the truth - in court-ordered ad campaign (NBC News, November 26, 2017)
"Smoking kills 1,200 people a day. The tobacco companies worked to make them as addictive as possible. There is no such thing as a safer cigarette.
If they really wanted a world where people no longer used combustible tobacco, they could do that tomorrow. They could stop selling their deadly products."
Could Collapsing Antarctic Glaciers Raise Sea Levels Sooner Than Expected? (Slashdot, November 26, 2017)
The US and Russia are fighting over the extradition of this hacking mastermind (CNN, November 26, 2017)
FBI didn't tell US targets as Russian hackers hunted emails (Washington Post, November 26, 2017)
Donald Trump Slams CNN International, Touts Loony Conspiracy Website (Yahoo, November 26, 2017)

CNN Fires Back at Trump For Saying Network Represents US 'Poorly': 'That’s Not CNN's Job; It's Yours!' (SeriouslyMedia, November 25, 2017)
NEW: Karima Bennoune: Supporting Muslims who combat terror (Dayton Daily News, November 25, 2017)
Why Trump Stands by Roy Moore, Even as It Fractures His Party (New York Times, November 25, 2017)
Trump taps Mulvaney to head CFPB, sparking confusion over agency's leadership. The announcement comes hours after outgoing Director Richard Cordray appointed Leandra English as deputy director, establishing her as his successor as he steps down. (Politico, November 24, 2017)
What we’ve learned about the North Korean soldier whose daring escape was caught on video (Washington Post, November 24, 2017)
In America, there was a time when even 'Thanksgiving' was a fightin' word (Los Angeles Times, November 23, 2017)
'Keep coming at me guys!!!': Donald Trump Jr. meets Russia scrutiny with defiance (Washington Post, November 23, 2017)
NYC Times Square lights up with Trump's face and a message to the world: IMPEACH (Daily KOS, November 22, 2017)
'Entitled' Beverly Hills parents drive kids' soccer ref to quit: 'I despise you'. Avery Krut pens withering letter explaining his departure, saying parents are 'disrespectful and damaging the children' with their behaviour. (The Guardian, November 22, 2017)
We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution. The only creatures we should go out of our way to protect are Homo sapiens. (Washington Post, November 22, 2017)
A late change to the Senate GOP tax bill could give big businesses more of a break (Washington Post, November 22, 2017)
FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won't stop repeal (Ars Technica, November 22, 2017)
I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality. (Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2017)

Statement on FCC proposal to roll back net neutrality in the U.S. (Mozilla Blog, November 21, 2017)
"If the FCC votes to roll back these net neutrality protections, they would end the internet as we know it, harming every day users and small businesses, eroding free speech, competition, innovation and user choice in the process."
Trump backs Roy Moore despite alleged sexual misconduct: 'He denies it' (Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2017)
NEW: Where Brexit Hurts: The Nurses and Doctors Leaving London (New York Times, November 21, 2017)
Ice Apocalypse - Rapid collapse of Antarctic glaciers could flood coastal cities by the end of this century. (Grist, November 21, 2017)
The driverless revolution may exact a political price (Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2017)

Sugar industry sponsorship [and suppression] of germ-free rodent studies linking sucrose to hyperlipidemia and cancer: An historical analysis of internal documents. (PLOS|Biology, November 21, 2017)
A Stanford professor didn't just debate his scientific critics — he sued them for $10 million
(Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2017)
Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking safeguards for elections (Reuters, November 20, 2017)
(Its recommendations are in the Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook.)
GOP Tax Bill Is The End Of All Economic Sanity In Washington (Forbes, November 19, 2017)

Why non-evangelicals should pay attention to evangelical politics (Deseret News, November 18, 2017)
NEW: Chairman of conservative group with major role in picking Trump judicial nominees proposes court-packing scheme. They aren't even being subtle. (ThinkProgress, November 17, 2017)
NEW: Life under Kim Jong Un (Washington Post, November 17, 2017)
Tesla's EV Truck announcement, and Further t
houghts from a former fleet owner (Daily KOS, November 17, 2017)
Papadopoulos claimed Trump phone call and larger campaign role
(Politico, November 17, 2017)
Why Trump won’t touch the Moore harassment scandal
(Politico, November 17, 2017)
I'm a feminist. I study rape culture. And I don't want Al Franken to resign. (Washington Post, November 17, 2017)
'Al Franken kissed and groped me without my consent,' Leeann Tweeden says. The senator apologized.
(Washington Post, November 16, 2017)
NEW: Those in leadership roles, both in and out of government, all had a price (Chuck Lorre Vanity Card, November 16, 2017)
Annie Proulx's Great (If Gloomy) National Book Award Speech (Vulture, November 16, 2017)
NEW: Ignored By Big Telecom, Detroit's Marginalized Communities Are Building Their Own Internet. 40 percent of Detroit residents don't have any access to internet at all. (Motherboard, November 16, 2017)
October Scorches Records in the Northeastern USA (NASA, November 16,2017)
Keystone Pipeline leaks at least 210,000 gallons of oil (KSFY News, November 16, 2017)
Republicans have a nice little tax break for private jets squeezed into their tax cuts (Daily KOS, November 16, 2017)
Trump's community liaison for Homeland Security hates blacks and Muslims and said so publicly (Daily KOS, November 16, 2017)
Roy Moore's Disingenuous Defense (New Yorker, November 16, 2017)
NRSC poll: Moore trails Jones by 12 (Politico, November 15, 2017)

Tax payers have spent $15 million on harassment settlements for Congress over the last 10-15 years (Daily KOS, November 15, 2017)
US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body - not CRISPR (Associated Press, November 15, 2017)

A-OK in Oklahoma: Democrats flip their 14th special election from red to blue on Tuesday (Daily KOS, November 15, 2017)
Fox News's Shepard Smith debunks his network's favorite Hillary Clinton 'scandal,' infuriates viewers (Washington Post, November 15, 2017)
Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt Goes There: VP Pence is a "Titanic Fraud," and "Nonstop Liar." (Daily KOS, November 14, 2017)
Secret Finding: 60 Russian Payments "To Finance Election Campaign Of 2016" (Buzzfeed, November 14, 2017)
(Probably, for overseas voting in Russia's Duma election campaign of 2016.)
Jeff Sessions just offered the Trump team's latest spin on Russia (Washington Post, November 14, 2017)
Exploiting tragedy, heartless Republicans seek to privatize Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria (Daily KOS, November 14, 2017)
Roy Moore's Wife Recycles Old Endorsement From Alabama Pastors (Huffington Post, November 14, 2017)
The Making of an American Nazi. How did Andrew Anglin go from being an anti-racist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist - and how might he be stopped? (The Atlantic, November 14, 2017)
Fix a surveillance law to stop backdoor searches of Americans
(Los Angeles Times, November 13, 2017)
Guns, candy, and common sense (
Boston's MetroWest Daily News, November 12, 2017)
Tax plans, health care and kakistocracies
(Boston's MetroWest Daily News, November 12, 2017)
NEW: Former intelligence chiefs blast Trump over Russia comments (Los Angeles Times, November 12, 2018)
It's only TV, so don’t get your hopes up (
Boston's MetroWest Daily News, November 12, 2017)
Russia’s mark: A dangerous fool for a president (Washington Post, November 12, 2017)
NEW: Roy Moore? Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows, but Jesus. Not this. (New American Journal, November 12, 2017)
Roy Moore's alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles (Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2017)
NEW: Chief Economic Advisor to Trump: "The most excited group out there are big CEOs, about our tax plan." A CEO’s Perspective (LinkedIn, November 10, 2017)
NEW: How Donald Trump Is Remaking the Federal Courts in His Own Image (Motherboard, November 9, 2017)
Spies Suspect Kremlin Is Pushing Dozens of Fake Trump Sex Tapes (Observer, November 9, 2017)
The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper; Barbara Simons believes there is only one safe voting technology. (The Atlantic, November 9, 2017)
"The problem with cybersecurity is that you have to protect against everything, but your opponent only has to find one vulnerability."
Why do we believe in gods? Religious belief 'not linked to intuition or rational thinking' (Science Daily, November 8, 2017)
Maine's governor wants to ignore the will of voters. He's not alone.
(Washington Post, November 8, 2017)
Facebook has a history of breaking things — now maybe democracy (Vice, November 8, 2017)
Equifax says it owns all its data about you: 'This is part of the way the economy works' (Washington Post, November 8, 2017)
Exit poll results: How different groups of Virginians voted
(Washington Post, November 8, 2017)
Hate lost and diversity won on Election Day in Virginia and around the nation (Daily KOS, November 8, 2017)

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest An Answer. (New York Times, November 7, 2017)
Trumpism Without Trump: A Losing Formula in Swing-State Virginia (New York Times, November 7, 2017)
Two words in the GOP tax bill mean tens of billions for the superwealthy (Washington Post, November 7, 2017)
What Russian Revolution? (New York Times, November 7, 2017)
What If the Russian Revolution Had Never Happened? (New York Times, November 6, 2017)
Who wins biggest in the GOP tax plan? The lazy rich. (Washington Post, November 6, 2017)
Wealthy layabouts will find a lot to like in the GOP tax-reform proposal."
Cost of wind keeps dropping, and there’s little coal, nuclear can do to stop it. An annual look at the costs of generating power. (Ars Technica, November 6, 2017)
How 2 men in a truck chased down the Texas church shooter (Boston Globe, November 6, 2017)
Post-ABC poll: Voters favor Democrats over Republicans in 2018 House midterms by widest margin in years (Washington Post, November 6, 2017)
Everything you need to know about the massive Paradise Papers leak (Vice, November 5, 2017)
Did Jared Kushner just secure his family's real-estate empire by facilitating a palace coup in Saudi Arabia?
(Daily KOS, November 5, 2017)
Saudi Arabia's crown prince is acting like Putin
(Washington Post, November 5, 2017)
Saudi Prince, Asserting Power, Brings Clerics to Heel (New York Times, November 5, 2017)
An arrest in Saudi Arabia could be felt as far as Silicon Valley and Wall Street (Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2017)
What Doomsday Cults Can Teach Us About ISIS Today (New York Times, November 5, 2017)
One year later: Bernie Sanders, Maxine Waters and others on the 2016 election and what it wrought (Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2017)
At least nine people in Trump's orbit had contact with Russians during campaign and transition (Washington Post, November 5, 2017)
The iPhone X cracked on the first drop (CNet, November 4, 2017)
The Disappearing American Grad Student (New York Times, November 3, 2017)
Joy Ann Reid unleashes 42 tweets about the 'rigged' DNC—that all sides may want to read (Daily KOS, November 3, 2017)
Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats' emails (Associated Press, November 3, 2017)
In new interview, Trump openly rages at checks on his authoritarianism (Washington Post, November 3, 2017)
Trump's push for inquiries challenges Justice Dept. independence. By going after political opponents for prosecution, the president risks a major breach of protocol. (Politico, November 3, 2017)
Trump speaks, but prosecutors may not listen (Washington Post, November 2, 2017)
Goodbye, Katie Lee (Naseem Rakha, November 2, 2017)
NEW: Sex, spies, and the national anthem: The BSO scandal you’ve never heard of (Boston Globe, November 2, 2017)
"One hundred years ago, one of the world’s top conductors was ensnared in a scandal involving patriotism and sex. It almost toppled Boston’s famed orchestra."
NEW: Persuading Terrorist Cowards (Scott Adams' Blog, November 1, 2017)
NEW: The other huge scandal Mueller brought to light this week (Washington Post, November 1, 2017)
Chuck Schumer hits back as Trump responds to New York attack with anti-immigrant tweets (Daily KOS, November 1, 2017)
You KNOW the News Cycle is Gonzo When the Possible Collapse of NK's Nuclear Threat Is Hardly Noted (Daily KOS, November 1, 2017)
Tunnel collapse may have killed 200 after North Korea nuclear test: Japanese broadcaster (Reuters, October 31, 2017)
Kushner redevelopment plan for 666 Fifth Ave. deemed 'not feasible' by partner (Washington Post, October 31, 2017)
Wyden's FISA Reform Bill Would Also Deter Misuse Of NSA Powers To Compel Tech Company Assistance (TechDirt, October 31, 2017)
Trump and his allies are laying the groundwork for a Saturday Night Massacre (Washington Post, October 31, 2017)
The repeated, incorrect claim that Russia obtained '20 percent of our uranium' (Washington Post, October 31, 2017)
A week of Fox News transcripts shows how they began questioning Mueller’s credibility. The data shows how this storyline developed. (Vox, October 31, 2017)
Sarah Sanders just danced by a question that's going to be a huge part of Mueller's investigation (Daily KOS, October 31, 2017)
Russian content on Facebook, Google and Twitter reached 126-million users, not 10-million, congressional testimony says (Washington Post, October 30, 2017)
NEW: 'Facebook is listening to me': Why this conspiracy theory refuses to die (Telegraph UK, October 30, 2017)
Climate change fueling disasters, disease in 'potentially irreversible' ways, new Lancet report warns
(Washington Post, October 30, 2017)
How the Republic starts to fall (Washington Post, October 30, 2017)
What a presidential president would have said about Mueller's indictments
(Washington Post, October 30, 2017)
Trump is 'very intelligent.' Just ask him (Los Angeles Times, October 30,2017)
The bombshell in Robert Mueller's indictments
(Washington Post, October 30, 2017)
Mueller Has 'Dozens' of Sealed Indictments, Including On Donald Trump (Patribotics, October 29, 2017)
Robert Mueller's Office Will Serve First Indictment Monday, Sources Confirm
(New York Times, October 28, 2017)
NEW: Why Roy Moore's Law-School Professor Nicknamed Him Fruit Salad (New Yorker, October 26, 2017)
The Week Trump Won (New York Times, October 26, 2017)
NEW: Mississippi judge resigns after barring mother from seeing newborn because of unpaid court fees (Washington Post, October 26, 2017)
"Over the past few years, it has become clear that public officials across the state have been doing things to poor people that are almost too cruel to believe."
Republican Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar's seven siblings post public letter denouncing their brother's racist rant (Daily KOS, October 24, 2017)
The Danger of President Pence (New Yorker, October 23, 2017)
NEW: Senate committee to debate renewal of FISA surveillance law in closed hearing (Washington Times, October 23, 2017)
NEW: Why People Ignore the Science Behind the Climate Crisis (and What You Can Do). If over 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and caused by humans, why is there a divide among Americans? These two psychological concepts may be part of the answer. (Climate Reality Project, October 23, 2017)
NEW: Rachel Maddow's Brilliant Analysis of the Niger Attack Turns Fox News Heads to Mush (Daily KOS, October 22, 2017)
Niger Ambush Came After "Massive Intelligence Failure," Source Says (NBC News, October 21, 2017)
Bike ride turns to fearful encounter with police (Oklahoma City Free Press, October 21, 2017)
Will We Ever Return to Normal After Trump? (Vanity Fair, October 20, 2017)
Michael Dourson; A Toxic Choice for Our Health and Safety (Union of Concerned Scientists, October 19, 2017)
Pentagon investigating troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush (Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2017)
Discovery of 50km cave raises hopes for human colonisation of Moon (Guardian, October 19, 2017)
Hundreds of Mysterious Stone "Gates" Found in Saudi Arabia’s Desert (New York Times, October 19, 2017)
BU: More permissive concealed-carry laws linked to higher homicide rates (EurekAlert, October 19, 2017)
Trump pardoned Sheriff Arpaio, but the court just refused to erase his crimes from the record (Daily KOS, October 19, 2017)
NEW: Details Emerge Of World's Biggest Facial Recognition Surveillance System, Aiming To Identify Any Chinese Citizen In Three Seconds (TechDirt, October 18, 2017)
"This is very alarming!": Flying insects vanish from nature preserves
(Washington Post, October 18, 2017)
Does Trump want to destroy our health-care system? He can’t seem to decide.
(Washington Post, October 18, 2017)
John McCain flattens Fox News reporter: "Why would you ask something that dumb?" (Washington Post, October 18, 2017)
FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow (The Hill, October 17, 2017)
NEW: Congress Must Counter Trump’s Recklessness on Iran By Upholding the Nuclear Deal (OR Books, October 17, 2017)
North Korean Nuclear Tests Close Chinese Ski Area (Outside Online, October 17, 2017)
There's a hospital ship waiting for sick Puerto Ricans -- but no one knows how to get on it (CNN, October 17, 2017)
Neo-Nazi and National Front organiser quits movement, opens up about Jewish heritage, comes out as gay (UK Ch.4 News, Octob
er 17, 2017)
NEW: The Kushners Are at Risk of Losing Control of Their Prized 666 Fifth Avenue Property, Report Claims (Fortune, October 17, 2017)
Equifax Breach Fallout: Your Salary History (Krebs On Security, October 17, 2017)
U.S. makes renewable energy software open source (Red Hat, October 17, 2017)
U.S. Senator John McCain's Remarks At The 2017 Liberty Medal Ceremony (Medium, October 16, 2017)
To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history."
Stress-Testing American Democracy: Nine Months of President Trump (New Yorker, October 16, 2017)
As California burns, Trump displays little interest. Devastation on the West Coast isn't the only crisis that Trump has overlooked. (Think Progress, October 16,
Why Trump Accused Obama of Not Consoling Families of Fallen Soldiers (The Atlantic, October 16, 2017)
"The president touched off a brief firestorm with the unfounded charge, but real answers about why four service members were killed in Niger remain elusive."
Donald Trump Blames Everyone But Himself for Failed Campaign Promises, in Bizarre Statement (Newsweek,
October 16, 2017)
Trump's Cabinet is the absolute best of all time. Ever. (Washington Post, October 16, 2017)
Trump's unpopularity has been massively underplayed in the media' (Daily KOS, October 16, 2017)
Update Every Device - This KRACK Hack Kills Your Wi-Fi Privacy (Forbes, October 16, 2017)
Protecting the power grid from cyberattacks (Worcester Telegram, October 15, 2017)
Trump administration unveils the 'Fetal 14th Amendment' (Daily KOS, October 15, 2017)
Trump is coming unraveled - and Republicans know it: Robert Reich (Raw Story, October 14, 2017)
The Republican civil war is spreading (The Week, October 13, 2017)
An Anti-Anti-Abortion Walk
(Daily KOS, October 13, 2017)
Trump took the healthcare system hostage, now he has ransom demands
(Daily KOS, October 13, 2017)
New Jersey Republican hits the panic button on Trump's Obamacare sabotage
(Daily KOS, October 13, 2017)
Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site (CNN, October 13, 2017)
How the Pentagon Spun Hurricane Maria (Bloomberg News, October 13, 2017)
"Puerto Rico Deniers" Is Now a Thing Thanks to Massive Disinformation Campaign
(Daily KOS, October 13, 2017)
US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortages in Puerto Rico
(Daily KOS, October 13, 2017)
Roy Moore's successful crusade to keep segregation in Alabama's constitution (Daily KOS, October 13, 2017)
Manafort Had $60 Million Relationship With a Russian Oligarch (NBC News, October 13, 2017)
Background check chief has 'never seen' mistakes and omissions at level of Jared Kushner forms (CNN, October 13, 2017)
Former Wharton Professor: "Donald Trump Was the Dumbest Goddam Student I Ever Had."
(Daily KOS, October 12, 2017)
I went to school with the Vegas shooter (Greg Palast, October 13, 2017)
What drove Las Vegas shooter to kill? We don't know, and it drives us crazy (Los Angeles Times, October 12, 2017)
Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? (New York Times, October 11, 2017)
"Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears."
Charlottesville Victim Charged For Being Beaten By Six Nazis While Black (Daily KOS, October 11, 2017)
The Airport Bomber From Last Week You Never Heard About (Intercept, October 11, 2017)
Congress' pharmacist hints some members have Alzheimer's, backpedals furiously (Ars Tecnica, October 11, 2017)
"I Hate Everyone in the White House!": Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is "Unraveling" (Vanity Fair, October 11, 2017)
Trump says he wants nukes 'in perfect shape' and calls First Amendment rights 'frankly disgusting' (Daily KOS, October 11, 2017)
NEW: BNP to Halt Shale Oil Financing, Expand Funds for Renewables (Bloomberg, October 11,2017)
A Giant, Mysterious Hole Has Opened Up in Antarctica (Motherboard, October 10, 2017)

Utah Officer Fired For Arrest Of Nurse, Recorded On Video (NPR, October 10, 2017)
How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets (New York Times, October 10, 2017)
Anytime Trump wants to take that IQ test, Mensa is ready to help (Boston Globe, October 10, 2017)
Donald Trump swears he is not a moron, challenges secretary of state to IQ test (Daily KOS, October 10, 2017)
(See the Haaretz article of October 6 and the Salon article of September 12, 2017, below. --Dick)
NEW: The DOJ's new "religious liberty" memo pushes religious freedom to its limits (Vox, October 9, 2017)
FEMA: Not our job to distribute food and water in Puerto Rico (Rachel Maddow, October 9, 2017)
American Kakistocracy. There’s a case to be made that the United States is governed by the least scrupulous of its citizens. (The Atlantic, October 9, 2017)
A 'pressure cooker': Trump's frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda (Washington Post, October 9, 2017)

Where Republican senators stand on President Trump (Washington Post, October 9, 2017)

Mike Pence explains how his one minute football visit actually saved America money
(Daily KOS, October 9, 2017)
Mike Pence spent a million dollars to watch one minute of a football game - and you paid for it (Daily KOS, October 9, 2017)
If you have this security software, remove it RIGHT NOW (Kim Komando, October 9, 2017)
(Says to dump proprietary Russian software for proprietary Microsoft software? No mention of open-source Linux, Clam Anti-virus used on big servers, etc. Can such things be? --Dick Miller)
Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms (Washington Post, October 9, 2017)
Trump Brags About His Poor, Stupid Supporters Paying His Legal Bills (Daily KOS, October 8, 2017)
SF 49ers Safety Eric Reid on Pence's Publicity Stunt: "This is What Systemic Oppression Looks Like" (Daily KOS, October 8, 2017)
NEW: Death of A Salesman: Puerto Rico's looming mental health crisis post-Maria. (Daily KOS, October 8, 2017)
Las Vegas was not the worst mass killing in American history: A history lesson (Daily KOS, October 6, 2017)
Don't Call It 'Toxic Masculinity.' They’re Sociopathic Baby-Men. (The Cut, October 6, 2017)
Analysis: Is Trump Really a 'Moron,' as Tillerson Said, or Just Racist and Obnoxious? (Haaretz, October 6, 2017)
"From Puerto Rico to Russiagate, Trump has proven his propensity to shoot himself in the foot."
GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to resign (The Hill, October 5, 2017)
Interior Department whistleblower resigns, bipartisan former appointees object to Zinke's statements (Washington Post, October 6, 2017)
Russian government hackers used antivirus software to steal U.S. cyber capabilities (Washington Post, October 5, 2017)
G.O.P. Leaders Say Rapid-Fire Device May Be Worth a Ban (New York Times,, October 4, 2017)
Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding (New York Times, October 4, 2017)
A tale of two Puerto Ricos: What Trump saw — and what he didn’t (Washington Post, October 4, 2017)
As Trump travels to Puerto Rico, the White House leaks their strategy (Daily KOS, October 3, 2017)
Foreign government code reviews 'problematic': top White House cyber official (Reuters, October 3, 2017)
NEW: Las Vegas Shooter Was Known To Verbally Abuse His Girlfriend In Public. Treating a loved one like dirt is something he shared with other mass killers. (Huffington Post, October 3, 2017)
We prefer catastrophe, by Tom Toles (Washington Post, October 2, 2017)
NEW: Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts (Vox, October 2, 2017)
Fully automatic weapons aren't illegal—and there are thousands around Las Vegas (Daily KOS, October 2, 2017)
At least 50 dead, more than 400 injured after shooting on Las Vegas Strip
(Washington Post, October 2, 2017)
Witnesses recount N. Korean leader's brother's last moments (Washington Post, October 2, 2017)
Facebook's Russia-Linked Ads Came in Many Disguises (New York Times, October 2, 2017)
HP Enterprise let Russia scrutinize cyberdefense system used by Pentagon (Reuters, October 1, 2017)

An Appalled Conservative Wants Sympathy (Daily KOS, October 1, 2017)
Robert Reich: Trump's Do Nothing Presidency Is Irrelevant (Newsweek, October 1, 2017)
Trump Takes On All Comers, Believing Himself the Victor
(New York Times, October 1, 2017)
Recent Released Audio: Trump Mocks a Dying Man, Proving He's A Sociopath (Daily KOS, October 1, 2017)
Trump Says Tillerson Is 'Wasting His Time' on North Korea (New York Times, October 1, 2017)
Why Kim Jong Un is alienating China
(Washington Post, October 1, 2017)
A North Korean ship was seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons destined for a surprising buyer (Washington Post, October 1, 2017)
Betsy DeVos faces absolutely stunning 'silent' protest at Harvard (Daily KOS, September 30, 2017)
NEW: The Real Reason Saudi Arabia Will Let Women Drive - and It's Not About Women's Rights (Haaretz, September 28, 2017)
"Ending the driving ban for women is likely to save families billions of dollars, boost industries from car sales to insurance, and reassure investors Saudi Arabia can diversify its economy."
Trump Waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico, Easing Hurricane Aid Shipments (New York Times, September 28, 2017)
Puerto Rico's aid is trapped in thousands of shipping containers (CNN, September 28, 2017)
Trump’s bizarre fantasy about why Obamacare isn't being repealed (Washington Post, September 28, 2017)
Michelle Obama: "Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice" (Boston Globe, September 27, 2017)
Reefpoint Brew House co-owner suggests killing kneeling NFL players in Facebook comment (Racine Journal Times, September 27, 2017)
Roy Moore’s Alabama Victory Sets Off Talk of a G.O.P. Insurrection
(New York Times, September 27, 2017)
Trump Tax Plan Benefits Wealthy, Including Trump (New York Times, September 27, 2017)
Late-September heat wave leaves climate experts stunned. "Never been a heat wave of this duration and magnitude this late in the season," reports NOAA (Think Progress, September 27, 2017)
SOS Puerto Rico: Federal Government Completely Disorganized; Supplies Rot In Port. (Daily KOS, September 27, 2017)
Trump Air sits idle as billionaires and celebrities lend private planes for Puerto Rico relief (Daily KOS, September 27, 2017)
Trump Weighs Waiving Law Barring Foreign Ships From Delivering Aid to Puerto Rico. The Jones Act has been waived following past natural disasters (Walll Street Journal, September 27, 2017)
U.S. says no need for Puerto Rico shipping waiver (Reuters, September 26, 2017)
Puerto Rico is being treated like a colony after Hurricane Maria. Help never comes to the U.S. territory as quickly as it's needed. (Washington Post, September 26, 2017)
Eight is great: Democrats flip SECOND Republican seat in one night for eighth pickup of the cycle (Daily KOS, September 26, 2017)
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, said Republicans would not move ahead with a vote on the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (New York Times, September 26, 2017)
With lower stakes, Sanders and Klobuchar debate sponsors of GOP bill to repeal Affordable Care Act (Washington Post, September 26, 2017)
Watch highlights from CNN's health care debate (CNN, September 26, 2017)
Sanders Wins The Debate: Open, Middle and Close (Daily KOS, September 25, 2017)
The Century-Old Jones Act - The Law Strangling Puerto Rico (New York Times, September 25, 2017)
Trapped by Their Own Lies, by Paul Krugman (New York Times, September 25, 2017)
"The bill for cynicism seems to be coming due. For years, flat-out lies about policy served Republicans well, helping them win back control of Congress and, eventually, the White House. But those same lies now leave them unable to govern."
A Trump judicial pick said transgender children are proof that "Satan's plan is working" (Washington Post, September 25, 2017)
Is Trump All Talk on North Korea? The Uncertainty Sends a Shiver
(New York Times, September 24, 2017)
Avoid another Trump: Robert Reich explains a faster way to abolish the Electoral College
(Daily KOS, September 24, 2017)
Football legend Terry Bradshaw RIPS into Trump (Daily KOS, September 24, 2017)
"I didn't serve, so that these SOB's could protest!"
(Daily KOS, September 23, 2017)
NEW: U.S. government notifies 21 states of election hacking attempts (CBC News, September 22, 2017)
The most dangerous and violent narcotics cartel the world has ever seen (
Daily KOS,  September 22,  2017)
Behind New Obamacare Repeal Vote: 'Furious' G.O.P. Donors (New York Times, September 22, 2017)
State Dept. spokeswoman calls Russian election meddling 'clear' right after Trump called it a hoax (Daily KOS,  September 22,  2017)
Aides warned Trump not to attack North Korea's leader personally before his fiery U.N. address (Los Angeles Times, September 22, 2017)
Amid new sanctions, Trump calls North Korea's leader 'madman' whose regime will face new tests (Washington Post, September 22, 2017)
Kim’s Rejoinder to Trump’s Rocket Man: 'Mentally Deranged U.S. Dotard' (New York Times, September 21, 2017)
North Korea planning to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean after Donald Trump vowed to 'totally destroy' Kim Jong-un's rogue state (Daily Mail, September 21, 2017)
"North Korea is planning to test a powerful hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean."
"Threat comes after Donald Trump vowed to 'totally destroy' the rogue state."
"Kim Jong-un called Mr Trump 'mentally deranged' when he spoke at the UN."
"I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire."
"(It) could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific."
GOP gubernatorial candidate attacks rival with stolen photo of gang from El Salvador (Think Progress, September 21, 2017)

NEW: Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For (Bloomberg, September 21, 2017)
"The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws."
Will Trump's 'Rocket Man' speech lead us to war? (Los Angeles Times, September 20,2017)
Details behind the raid on Manafort's house show that Mueller really is 'following the money' (Daily KOS, September 20, 2017)
Thresholds of catastrophe in the Earth system, by Dan Rothman of MIT, et al (Science Advances, September 20, 2017)
Neil deGrasse Tyson
on CNN: The impact of climate change  (YouTube, September 20, 2017)
For weeks, Equifax customer service has been directing victims to a fake phishing site (The Verge, September 20, 2017)
How Harvard helps its richest and most arrogant students get ahead (Washington Post, September 19, 2017)
Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact of Refugees (New York Times, September 18, 2017)
Study: 5,000 'Dieselgate' deaths in Europe per year (, September 18, 2017)
'Excommunicate me from the church of social justice': an activist's plea for change (CBC, September 17, 2017)
Trump crosses yet another line on Twitter days before U.N. address (Los Angeles Times, September 17, 2017)
America’s slow-motion military coup (Boston Globe, September 16, 2017)
"Many Americans find this reassuring. They are so disgusted by the corruption and shortsightedness of our political class that they turn to soldiers as an alternative. It is a dangerous temptation."
Sedentary Lifestyle Study Called 'A Raging Dumpster Fire'; Coca-Cola wants you to ignore sugar (Ars Technica, September 16, 2017)
(Also see "Poor Diet" at Sept. 14, below.)
27 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts assess President Trump's mental health (Change, September 16, 2017)
Cassini's Saturn Mission Goes Out In A Blaze Of Glory (NPR, September 15, 2017)

Equifax hired a music major as chief security officer and she has just retired (Market Watch, September 15, 2017)
The 'Antifa' group claiming they protested Red Sox game are actually right wingers (Daily KOS, September 15, 2017)
Doctors of Deception: Diploma Mills (Ask Bob Rankin, September 15, 2017)
The Internet has made a lot of things easier. But unfortunately, fraud is one of them."
Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths, global disease study reveals (Guardian, September 14, 2017)
Mystery of sonic weapon attacks at US embassy in Cuba deepens.
(Guardian, September 14, 2017)
At least some of the incidents were confined to certain rooms with laser-like specificity, and some victims now have problems recalling specific words."
After Equifax Hack, Consumers Are On Their Own. Here Are 6 Tips To Protect Your Data (NPR, September 14, 2017)

NEW: Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore (Wired, September 13, 2017)
NEW: Secret State; A journey into the heart of North Korea (CNN, September 13, 2017)

Solar now costs 6¢ per kilowatt-hour, beating government goal by 3 years. Cost goals met, the DOE is moving on to address grid reliability in solar.  (Ars Technica, September 13, 2017)
Why is the Media Pretending the New Census Report is so Good? Working folks are still getting screwed. Especially black and Latino families,
by Chuck Collins (The Other 98%, September 13, 2017)
NEW: A Problem Much Bigger Than Putin (New York Times, September 12, 2017)
NEW: Steve Bannon Has a Nazi Problem (Vanity Fair, September 12, 2017)
Master debater Ted Cruz blames his 'staff' for porn tweet (Daily KOS, September 12, 2017)
(Follow up by reading
Ted Cruz Doesn’t Believe You Have the Right to Masturbate, from 2016.)
NEW: Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a "sociopath" and "a very sick individual" (Salon, September 12, 2017)
NEW: Why Donald Trump Is Bad for Gun Sales (Fortune, September 11, 2018)
The Road to Zero Wealth; How the racial wealth divide is hollowing out America's middle class (Institute for Policy Studies, September 11, 2017)
The folly of paying Americans to live in harm's way (
Boston's MetroWest Daily News, September 11, 2017)
NEW: Trump Admits President Obama Was Right About "Rising Seas" (Daily KOS, September 9, 2017)
NEW: Dragonfly malware can sting (
Boston's MetroWest Daily News, September 8, 2017)
After telling FL residents not to leave because hurricanes are a climate hoax, Limbaugh evacuates FL (Daily KOS, September 8, 2017)
NEW: Maddow's breakdown on Facebook revelations and their ramifications for Jared Kushner are a must-see (Daily KOS, September 8, 2017)
NEW: The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election (New York Times, September 7, 2017)
Stephen Colbert Forces Bernie Sanders to Say Something Nice About Trump (
13 min.; YouTube, September 7, 2017)
The First White President; The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates The Atlantic, September 7, 2017)
Trump and Democrats deal: What was the president thinking? (BBC News, September 7, 2017)
Trump is doing to the Dreamers what was done to him (CNN, September 6, 2017)
Dan Rather Just Gave The Perfect Response To Trump Ending DACA (Occupy Democrats, September 5, 2017)
Irma reaches 185 mph, trailing only Allen as strongest Atlantic storm. 2017 is quickly becoming a season for the record books with Harvey and now Irma. (Ars Technic, September 5, 2017)
The bad news is that fish are eating lots of plastic. Even worse, they may like it. (Washington Post, September 4,2017)
Trump's narcissism is poisoning America (The Week, August 31, 2017)
NEW: Spotlight on Michael Cohen - Trump's Mysterious Lawyer with Ukraine Ties (Who.What.Why, August 30, 2017)
"What Can Investigators Learn from Trump’s Long-Time Confidant?"
Hurricane Harvey Energy Crisis Could Be Nightmare For U.S. Economy (Forbes, August 30, 2017)
New study: We’re outpacing the most radical climate event we know of. Lots of carbon got dumped into the atmosphere 56 million years ago. (Ars Technica, August 30, 2017)
NEW: How Harvey exposes America's dangerously dilapidated infrastructure (The Week, August 29, 2017)
Breakthrough Listen Detects Repeating Fast Radio Bursts from the Distant Universe (Breakthrough Initiatives, August 29, 2017)
The Role of Finance in Our Structural-Demographic Crisis, by Peter Turchin (Cliodynamica, August 28, 2017)
Republicans are asking a horrific question: Is our president insane? (Los Angeles Times, August 28, 2017)
Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal (Washington Post, August 28, 2017)
Trump signed letter of intent for Russian tower during campaign, lawyer says (ABC News, August 28, 2017)
Mexico saved American lives after Katrina. Will Trump accept its aid after Harvey? (Washington Post, August 28, 2017)
Ted Cruz blusters when asked why he opposed Hurricane Sandy relief then, but wants Harvey relief now (Daily KOS, August 28, 2017)
How global warming likely made Harvey much worse, explained by a climatologist (Vox, August 28, 2017)
Did Climate Change Intensify Hurricane Harvey? (The Atlantic, August 27, 2017)
"The human contribution can be up to 30 percent or so of the total rainfall coming out of the storm."
I'm a black daughter of the Confederacy, and this is how we should deal with all those General Lees, by Lisa Richardson (Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2017)
"Most of the statues, as has been widely discussed, were erected long after Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox. They were hoisted into view to assert white dominance at specific points in time when African Americans gained a measure of political influence - during Reconstruction and the civil rights era. With the bronzes came domestic terrorism, lynchings, bombings and cross burnings. The current uptick in neo-Nazi and white supremacist activity was entirely predictable. With clockwork precision it surged at the time of the nation’s first African American president."
Trump is shedding supporters like no other president in modern history
(Washington Post, August 27, 2017)
Why Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio isn’t like most presidential pardons (Washington Post, August 26, 2017)
Trump pardons former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio
(Washington Post, August 25, 2017)
NEW: Fox’s The Five: CNN Promotes 'Leftist Agenda' By Talking Climate Change During Hurricane Harvey Coverage (Crooks and Liars, August 25, 2017))
At CIA, a watchful eye on Mike Pompeo, the president’s ardent ally (Washington Post, August 24, 2017)
Open Letter to Louise Linton About Angels and Humanity, by
Richard Eskow (Our Future, August 24, 2017)
Professor Daniel Kammen, Trump’s science envoy, quits in scathing letter with an embedded message: I-M-P-E-A-C-H (Washington Post, August 23, 2017)
Federal judge tosses out Texas voter ID law supported by Trump administration (Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2017)
Check out the photos and video of Donald Trump's pathetically small crowd in Phoenix
(Daily KOS, August 23, 2017)
As Trump ranted and rambled in Phoenix, his crowd slowly thinned (Washington Post, August 23, 2017)
About That "Blacks For Trump" Guy Standing Behind Trump At The Phoenix Rally.... (Daily KOS, August 23, 2017)
'I don’t know how it got this bad': Trump supporters and protesters meet in Phoenix (Washington Post, August 23, 2017)
Growing role of artificial intelligence in our lives is 'too important to leave to men' (The Conversation, August 22, 2017)
Bannon's Breitbart tears into Trump after Afghanistan speech (Politico, August 22, 2017)
NEW: Trump's Business of Corruption. What secrets will Mueller find when he investigates the President's foreign deals? (New Yorker, August 21, 2017)
NEW: Solar Eclipse (Bangor Police Department, August 20, 20170)
"Bring a colander." (We did.)
Boston's 'Free Speech' Rally Goes Bust vs. 40,000 Protesters (Daily Beast, August 19, 2017)
Anti-racism protesters totally eclipsed Boston's right-wing Free Speech rally (Vox, August 19, 2017)
Bannon Backed By Billionaire Prepares To Go To War (Daily KOS, August 18, 2017)

Thousands Expected to Attend Boston Protests of Right-Wing Rally (NBC News, August 18, 2017)
 Don't fall for the White House spin on Stephen Bannon's ouster, by Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, August 18, 2017)
The Week When President Trump Resigned, by Frank Bruni (New York Times, August 18, 2017)
NEW: See the stinging masterpiece of a resignation letter the President's Arts Committee sent to Trump (Daily KOS, August 18, 2017)
Trump Makes Caligula Look Pretty Good, by Paul Krugman (New York Times, August 18, 2017)
A weak, incompetent president (Daily KOS, August 18, 2017)
Romney calls for Trump to apologize after Charlottesville comments (Boston Globe, August 18, 2017)
Robert E. Lee discouraged monuments. They ‘keep open the sores of war,’ he wrote. (Washington Post, August 18, 2017)
Stop telling me to get over slavery...when you can't get over monuments to slavers. (Al Jazeera, August 18, 2017))
(also see: The Myth of The Kindly General Lee (The Atlantic, June 4,2017)
James Murdoch, FOX Chairman, throws Trump under the bus (Daily KOS, August 17, 2017)
How A German City Found An Absolutely Genius Way Of Handling Neo-Nazis (Huffington Post, August 17, 2017)
If nothing else, Trump's helping lawyers, by
Ann McFeatters (Tribune News Service, August 16, 2017)
Procter and Gamble’s new anti-racism ad is roiling white America (Quartz, August 16, 2017)
White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests. Some don't like what they find (Stat, August 16, 2017)
KKK Grand Dragon Says He's 'Glad That Girl Died' During Charlottesville Rally. "I think there will be more violence like this in the future to come.” (Huffington Post, August 16, 2017)
Who was responsible for the violence in Charlottesville? Here's what witnesses say (Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2017)
Alt-Right, Alt-Left, Antifa: A Glossary of Extremist Language
(New York Times, August 15, 2017)
The New York Times Confirms Trump Is Not Only A Racist In Public, But 'In Private.' (Daily KOS, August 15, 2017)
Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost (New York Times, August 15, 2017)
Trump retweets racists, fascists, and the man who held up a 'Rape Melania' sign (Daily KOS, August 15, 2017)

Robopocalypse Not (Wired, August 15, 2017)
On July 12th, U.S. Dept. of Justice demanded 1.3-million IP addresses related to Trump resistance site (The Hill, August 14, 2017)
(also see, We Fight for the Users -, August 14, 2017)
Is America Headed for a New Kind of Civil War? (New Yorker, August 14, 2017)
Mines concluded that the United States faces a sixty-per-cent chance of civil war over the next ten to fifteen years. Other experts’ predictions ranged from five per cent to ninety-five per cent. The sobering consensus was thirty-five per cent. And that was five months before Charlottesville."
Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response (Southern Poverty Law Center, August 14, 2017)
A century before Charlottesville, the Ku Klux Klan was dead. The first Hollywood blockbuster revived it. (Washington Post, August 13, 2017)
Who Were the Counterprotesters in Charlottesville?
(New York Times, August 14, 2017)
A Charlottesville ER Nurse speaks after a day of decompression. (Daily KOS, August 13, 2017)
NEW: Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known (Bloomberg, August13, 2017)
The Hate Trump Dares Not Speak Of (New York Times, August 13, 2017)
Hate in Charlottesville: The day the Nazi called me Shlomo (JTA, August 13, 2017)
Charlottesville sorts patriots and cowards (Daily KOS, August 13, 2017)
Chaos and violence rock Charlottesville as white nationalists rally; 3 dead (Virginian-Pilot, August 12, 2017)
Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville (Pro Publica, August 12, 2017)

How James Damore went from Google employee to right-wing Internet hero (Washington Post, August 12, 2017)
'Why I Was Fired by Google.' James Damore says his good-faith effort to discuss differences between men and women in tech couldn’t be tolerated in Google's 'ideological echo chamber', by James Damore (Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2017)

Has The Secret Code for Dealing With Trump Finally Been Broken by a Giant Inflatable Chicken?
(Daily KOS, August 11, 2017)
Trump's 'legal' immigration plan would cost nearly 5 million jobs, according to his alma mater (Daily KOS, August 11, 2017)
Here's the Memo That Blew Up the NSC. Fired White House staffer argued "deep state" attacked Trump administration because the president represents a threat to cultural Marxist memes, globalists, and bankers. (Foreign Policy, August 10, 2017)
Trump Called for Acting FBI Director's Firing Hours After Manafort FBI Raid (Daily KOS, August 10, 2017)
In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump proposed it (Washington Post, August 10, 2017)
Ex-Russia ambassador rails against Trump over praise of Putin (The Hill, August 10, 2017)
Former Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey says Trump 'seriously sick,' 'dangerous,' should be removed from office. After 'fire and fury' comment, former US Senator asks congressional delegation to support steps to oust president (WMUR NH, August 10, 2017)
Trump Administration Seeks Further Delay in Labor Fiduciary Rule (Bloomberg, August 9, 2017)
Climate change will hit New England hard, draft U.S. report says (Boston Globe, August 9, 2017)
NEW: Russian spy plane trolls Trump with flight over D.C., New Jersey (Politico, August 9, 2017)
Why North Korea threatened Guam, the tiny U.S. territory with big military power
(Washington Post, August 9, 2017)
North Korea is fast approaching Trump's red line (Washington Post, August 8, 2017)
Slouching Toward Mar-a-Lago; The Post-Cold-War Consensus Collapses, by Andrew J. Bacevich (Tom Dispatch, August 8, 2017)
Trump's Fledgling Presidency Has Already Collapsed; BUT beware! (New York Magazine, August 7, 2017)
"Trump’s only opportunity lies in exploiting fear to demonstrate strength."
America's Whiniest 'Victim' (New York Times, August 7, 2017)
Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report (New York Times, August 7, 2017)
NEW: Google Fires Author of Divisive Memo on Gender Differences (Bloomberg News, August 7, 2017)
NEW: So, about this Googler’s manifesto (Medium, August 5, 2017)
(And the "Manifesto" that got that Googler fired.)

Protect the White Hat Hackers Who Are Just Doing Their Jobs (Wired, August 5, 2017)
WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins could face 40 years in US prison (Telegraph, August 4, 2017)
A guide to the shrinking GOP presence in Trump’s West Wing
(Washington Post, August 4, 2017)
NEW: In Guam, the Gravest Threat Isn't North Korea. The United States
is using this Pacific colony as its own private firing range. (Foreign Policy In Focus, August 3, 2017)
To Protect Voting, Use Open-Source Software (New York Times, August 3, 2017)
"Most voting machines' software can now be easily hacked. This is in large part because the current voting systems use proprietary software based on Microsoft's operating system."
Under Trump's new immigration rule, his own grandfather likely wouldn't have gotten in (Washington Post, August 3, 2017)
Trump compares Afghanistan War to Manhattan restaurant ... and then it gets really stupid (Daily KOS, August 3, 2017)
Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears (The Atlantic, August 2, 2017)
Trump, America's Boy King: Golf and Television Won't Make America Great Again (Newsweek, August 1, 2017)
Monsanto Emails Raise Issue of Influencing Research on Roundup Weed Killer (New York Times, August 1, 2017),
and here are the now-pubic Monsanto documents.
Underground magma triggered Earth's worst mass extinction with greenhouse gases.
There are parallels between today's and past greenhouse gas-driven climate changes. (Guardian, August 1, 2017)
NEW: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Impanels Grand Jury in Russia Investigation (New York Magazine, August 1, 2017)
NEW: Scott Adams' first-draft North Korea strategy for the USA (Scott Adams' blog, July 31, 2017)
(A second draft, without starting a cyberwar with China, might just make sense. Also see August 24, below.)
Heavier Rainfall Will Increase Water Pollution in the Future. Researchers anticipate harmful nitrogen outputs to increase as a result of precipitation changes.
(National Geographic, July 29, 2017)
The Observer view on Donald Trump's unfitness for office (Guardian, July 29, 2017)
Sadly accurate and comprehensive, it drew this scathing Facebook comment by Hugh Magbie, a black Maine writer:
"We had a black president for eight years and whites couldn't stand that the country was run by an intelligent, compassionate "nigger." We have the white president that most white folks wanted, the anti-Obama, the white man's champion. The contrast between the two couldn't be more pronounced. If race is the indicator of superiority, then whites are unfit for the presidency. They aren't doing so well in Congress, either.  It's time to gerrymander whites. They don't have the temperament or intellectual capacity to be world leaders. They elect "white ghetto trash" who have no idea what to do or how to behave. It must be their upbringing, drugs and alcohol and weak family structures. That country and western culture and music has infused their kids with a love of violence, and they're lazy with low self-esteem. Their politicians are corrupt and are only interested in money. Whites care only about getting a gun and an opioid. Whites are only good for making porn and babies. (Actually, they're bad at both of those.) That's why they elected a pussy grabber and someone whose wife poses nude in soft porn. Whites have no class and are unfit for anything except getting high."
Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House (Vanity Fair, July 29, 2017)
The Desperation of Our Diplomats (New York Times, July 28, 2017)
Trump Chief Of Staff Reince Priebus Is Out In Biggest White House Staff Shakeup Yet (NPR, July 28, 2017)
Mark this date: Donald Trump is now a lame-duck president (Washington Post, July 28, 2017)
A complete failure of Trump's leadership (CNN, July 28, 2017)
Anthony Scaramucci's wife files for divorce (New York Post, July 28, 2017)
Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon. He started by threatening to fire the entire White House communications staff. It escalated from there. (New Yorker, July 27, 2017)
Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor. Half his tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn.
(Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2017)
Will the Trump administration ever be held accountable for its abuses? Here's one way it might. (Washington Post, July 27, 2017)
Elizabeth Warren Tears Apart Another Trump Nominee (Vanity Fair, July 27, 2017)
Top Trump Aide Says Ethics Filings Discourage Potential Government Employees (NPR, July 27, 2017)
Trump Says Transgender People Cannot "Serve In Any Capacity" In The Military. He made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday. (BuzzFeed, July 26, 2017)
The norms of government are collapsing before our eyes. A look at President Trump's first year in office, so far. (Washington Post, July 26, 2017)
The heroic Senator with severe cancer who interrupted treatment to vote... NO (Daily KOS, July 26, 2017)
Read John McCain's speech on his return to the Senate after his cancer diagnosis (Dayton Daily News, July 25, 2017)
McCain stood at the podium and said he would vote 'no' on the bill as it stands. Guess how he voted. (Daily KOS, July 25, 2017)
Donald Trump mistakes Boy Scout Jamboree for Trump Youth rally (Daily KOS, July 25, 2017)_
Trump's Boy Scouts speech broke with 80 years of presidential tradition (Washington Post, July 25, 2017)
Former Boy Scouts Condemn Trump Jamboree Speech (U.S. News, July 25, 2017)
(As do I; I was a Scout, Explorer, Sea Scout, BSA Camp Counselor,  and an Assistant Scoutmaster. --Dick Miller)

Brian Benczkowski, Trump’s pick to run DOJ criminal division, worked for Russia bank (Washington Post, July 25, 2017)
NEW: Bill Browder's (Sergei Magnitsky) Testimony to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee (The Atlantic, July 25, 2017)
"I hope that my story will help you understand the methods of Russian operatives in Washington and how they use U.S. enablers to achieve major foreign policy goals without disclosing those interests."
"We have the most well-documented case of human rights abuse coming out of Russia in the last 35 years."

NEW: How to Take Down Kim Jong Un, by Tom Malinowski (Politico, July 24, 2017)
"Stop saying there are no good options on North Korea. Here’s how we can end the threat once and for all - without firing a shot."

A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out (New Yorker, July 24, 2017)
NEW: Trump's Obama Derangement Syndrome isn't really about Obama
(Daily KOS, July 23, 2017)
Universal health care would save $17 trillion (Daily KOS, July 23, 2017)
Trump Loses Jennifer Rubin. Torpedo in the Water. (Daily KOS, July 23, 2017)
Can the President Be Indicted? Kenneth Starr's Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes (New York Times, July 22, 2017)
This presidency can't be saved. It's all downhill from here, by Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, July 21, 2017)
NEW: "The Alt-Right Side of History Will Prevail." So says the wealthy fringe Republican bankrolling white nationalist Richard Spencer. (Mother Jones, July 21, 2017)
Kushner still selling $500,000 visas to Chinese investors as program meant to help poor is subverted (Daily KOS, July 21, 2017)
Asking about a pardon for himself is a quintessentially Trumpian move
(Washington Post, July 21, 2017)
"'When the president does it, that means it is not illegal', Richard Nixon said during a televised interview in 1977. But Nixon understood that he could never pardon himself. President Trump may not."
A Constitutional Crisis In The Making (Daily KOS, July 21, 2017)
Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation (Washington Post, July 21, 2017)
Trump Is Considering Firing FBI Special Counselor. Bush’s Ethics Lawyer’s Response Is Brilliant (Washington Journal, July 20, 2017)
NEW: Team Trump Used Obamacare Money to Run PR Effort Against It. The administration is tasked with overseeing the health care law. Instead, it has made a major social media push to undermine it. (Daily Beast, July 20, 2017)
NEW: How Russia Mercilessly Played Trump for a Fool; He and his coterie of idiots, nihilists, and opportunists were the perfect prey for Putin's spell. (Vanity Fair, July 20, 2017)
Dakota Access developer's new pipeline rankling Ohio regulators (Boston Globe, July 20, 2017)
Democrats File 88-Point Resolution Outlining Why Trump Is Unfit For Office (Talking Points Memo, July 20,2017)
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions revives controversial practice of police seizing suspects' assets (Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2017)
Even in Trump era, new poll shows a mixed outlook for Democrats in 2018 (Washington Post, July 19, 2017)

I'm a scientist. I'm blowing the whistle on the Trump administration. (Washington Post, July 19, 2017)
Climate scientists flock to France's call. President said 'Make Our Planet Great Again' - and researchers signed up. (Nature, July 18, 2017)
NEW: Steve Bannon Saw the 'Monster Power' of Angry Gamers While Farming Gold in World of Warcraft (New York Magazine, July 18, 2017)
The president of France just said bashing Israel is anti-Semitism by a different name. On the 75th anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Paris Jews, Macron delivered a historic speech on anti-Semitism.
(Vox, July 18, 2017)
Republican Lawmaker Who Assaulted Reporter Fights Court-Ordered Fingerprints, Photos (Huffington Post, July 18, 2017)
Let's outline Trump's achievements during his first six months in office (Dallas News, July 18, 2017)
Trump Just Fired America’s Top Cyber Security Official (Washington Journal, July 18, 2017)
Here's what we know so far about Team Trump’s ties to Russian interests (Washington Post, July 18, 2017)
"Set aside Putin and follow the money": a Russia expert's theory of the Trump scandal
(Vox, July 18, 2017)
GOP rep asks NASA panel if there were ancient civilizations on Mars (The Hill, July 18, 2017)
Health Care a Mine Field for Republicans; Many Trump Voters in Denial on Russia (Public Policy Polling, July 18, 2017)
There is more evidence Russia interfered in the election. Fewer Trump supporters believe it.
(Vox, July 18, 2017)
Trump had a second, undisclosed meeting with Putin - with none of his staff present
(Vox, July 18, 2017)
The last-ditch Obamacare repeal plan looks dead in the Senate. "I did not come to Washington to hurt people."
(Vox, July 18, 2017)
Minneapolis police shot an unarmed woman in her pajamas. It took days to give an explanation. (Vox, July 18, 2017)
Unarmed white woman shot by police in Minneapolis - a reminder that police reform is for everyone (Daily KOS, July 17, 2017)
A running list of Trumpland's often-shifting stories on their Russia ties (Vox, July 17, 2017)
Our View: This is why Russia wanted to help Trump (
Boston's MetroWest Daily News, July 17, 2017)
46 years of terrorist attacks in Europe, visualized (Washington Post, July 17, 2017)
Why universal basic income is gaining support, critics (San Francisco Chronicle, July 15, 2017)
Elon Musk Says Artificial Intelligence Is the 'Greatest Risk We Face as a Civilization' (Fortune, July 15, 2017)
46 Republicans Join Democrats to Slap Trump in the Face With Huge Climate Change Concession (Daily KOS, July 14, 2017)
An administration without a conscience, by Michael Gerson (Washington Post, July 13, 2017)
Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide, records show (Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2017)
NEW: Q. and A.: If Workers Are Scarce, Is It the Work or the Wages? (New York Times, July 13, 2017)
NEW: Why Millennials Should Lead the Next Labor Movement
(New York Times, July 13, 2017; originally, "We Need Our Fathers’ Unions")
"Belonging to a union is a form of education that the current national political regime opposes and that states have been working to weaken so that we are unable to be fairly compensated for our work. The dangers of not being able to receive information about wages, hours and working conditions or the bargaining power that unions provide are legion."
Dan Rather's full explosive interview with Don Lemon (YouTube, July 11, 2017)

NEW: Al Franken and David Letterman take on climate change in new series of shorts (Associated Press, July 10,2017)

Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian lawyer isn't another thread - it's the whole scheme unraveling (Daily KOS, July 10, 2017)
Former KGB Spy on NYT: Trump JR was told in email of Russian Effort to aid Campaign.
(YouTube, July 10, 2017)
CNN Interview: Richard Painter, Bush ethics chief, tweets "This is Treason" regarding Russia  (YouTube, July 10, 2017)
(under "Black Humor", also see Stephen Colbert's take on this!)
Today we stand up for digital rights, and that means we stand against DRM (Free Software Foundation, July 9, 2017)
Patent Trolls Are Still a Problem, But Microsoft Remains One of the Biggest Patent Trolls - Non-Practicing in Mobile (Tech Rights, July 8, 2017)
Thousands of cows die in California heat wave; disposing them becomes a problem (Los Angeles Times, July 8, 2017)
U.S. officials say Russian government hackers have penetrated energy and nuclear company business networks (Washington Post, July 8, 2017)
As Trump caves to Putin, former Director of National Intelligence issues dire 2018 election warning (Daily KOS, July 7, 2017)
Heavily revised New York Times story on Trump's Poland visit takes out a few key details
(Daily KOS, July 7, 2017)
NEW: How to handle an unhinged president, by Michael Gerson (Washington Post, July 6, 2017)
In Poland, Trump Asks Whether West Has 'Will to Survive' (New York Times, July 6, 2017)
Federal ethics chief resigns after clashes with Trump (Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2017)
Russia's Putin, North Korea to challenge Trump overseas (Washington Post, July 5, 2017)
Polish media reports say the government promised the White House cheering crowds as part of its invitation. Ruling party lawmakers and pro-government activists plan to bus in groups of people for Trump’s speech."
Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Users slam attempt to infuse app with social media magic. (The Register, July 5, 2017)
Linux malware: Leak exposes CIA's OutlawCountry hacking toolkit (ZDNet, July 4 2017)
NEW: 'Single-Payer' Healthcare Isn't Necessary - But Single Pricing Is (Forbes, July 4, 2017)
NEW: Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Philosophy of Government (Our Future, July 4, 2017)
NEW: Trump’s Pants on Fire claim that CNN ratings are 'way down' (PolitiFact, July 3, 2017)
Court rejects Pruitt's delay of Obama-era methane rule (PBS, July 3, 2017)
NEW: Trump Foot Soldier Michael Cohen Sidelined Under Glare of Russia Inquiry (New York Times, July 2, 2017)
The name 'Michael Cohen' showed up in the controversial 'dossier' put together last year by a former UK foreign intelligence officer doing private research on Russia connections for Trump opponents. The 35-page collection of memos, published in its entirety by Buzzfeed, comprises precise but unverified documentation of continuous contact between Trump associates and Russian operatives during the presidential campaign.
"Cohen's name appeared on page 18 of the dossier, which claimed that he met with Kremlin representatives in Prague last Augustto conduct damage control on a pair of 'western media revelations': Manafort's 'corrupt relationship' with Ukrainian President Yanukovych and campaign advisor Carter Page's meeting with 'senior regime figures'" in Moscow a month earlier."

NEW: Trump tweets video of him body slamming and punching 'CNN' (Business Insider, July 2, 2017)
NEW: Why a Warming Arctic May Be Causing Colder U.S. Winters (National Geographic Magazine, July 2017)
Junkie running dry. Of course Trump needs the media. (National Review,
June 30, 2017)
Playing fossil’s advocate - EPA intends to form "red team" to debate climate science (Ars Technica, June 30, 2017)
How a tiny L.A. cybersecurity firm pulled the plug on a global ransomware attack
(Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2017)
Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about) (Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2017)
(Also see "Trump's Lies" on June 23, 2017, below)
'Mr. President, please grow up': Lawmakers slam Trump’s 'vile' Mika Brzezinski tweets
(Washington Post, June 29, 2017)
Iranian city soars to record 129 degrees: Near hottest on Earth in modern measurements (Washington Post, June 29, 2017)
A Vicious Cycle of Poison and Poverty, by Lois Gibbs (Our Future, June 29, 2017)
NEW: How Donald Trump and Roy Cohn's Ruthless Symbiosis Changed America (Vanity Fair, June 28, 2017)
Republicans scramble to revise health bill in 48 hours (Politico, June 28, 2017)
How the GOP Turned Against Medicaid (Politico, June 27, 2017)
Here's How Warren Buffett Thinks We Should Fix American Health Care (Inc., June 27, 2017)
(Single-payer, like other advanced countries.)
The Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport them. (Washington Post, June 27, 2017)
'Petya' ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe and US (The Guardian, June 27, 2017)
(Again, Linux users are not affected.)
EU fines Google record $2.7 billion in first antitrust case (Reuters, June 27, 2017)
Elizabeth Warren Tries to Win Back Voters in Trump Country (Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2017)
Whatever happens, the GOP is bringing us a whole lot closer to single payer (Washington Post, June 27, 2017)
Mitch McConnell issues dire warning: If Trumpcare fails, Republicans might have to talk to Democrats (Daily KOS, June 27,, 2017)
Senate leaders postpone vote to overhaul Obamacare as bill faces GOP rebellion (Washington Post, June 27,2017)
Would a Berniecrat Have Won Ossoff’s Georgia Race? (Our Future, June 26, 2017)
The Congressional Budget Office says “few low-income people would purchase any plan” under GOP health bill (Vox, June 26,2017)
NEW: Why Donald Trump Should Be Nervous (Who.What.Why., June 26, 2017)
"Could Trump’s Suspicious Financial Transactions Be Scrutinized?"
Trump's 'emoluments' defense argues he can violate the Constitution with impunity. That can't be right. (Los Angeles Times, June 26, 2017)
New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly (Guardian, June 26, 2017)
Your short attention span could help fake news spread (Verge, June 26, 2017)
Trump supporters make a huge shift: "You can collude all you want with a foreign government." (Daily KOS, June 26, 2017)
Fox's Brit Hume: Even if the Trump campaign did collude with Russia, "It's not a crime." Hume also joins pro-Trump media in discrediting special counsel Robert Mueller over the lawyers he's hiring for investigation. (Media Matters, June 25, 2017)
Triump's Lies (New York Times, June 23, 2017)
"Many Americans have become accustomed to President Trump's lies. But as regular as they have become, the country should not allow itself to become numb to them. So we have catalogued nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office."
Russians destroyed and removed material from shuttered compounds, officials say (CBS News, June 23, 2017)
Eye-Popping WaPo Report Explains Why Obama’s Retaliation Against Putin Was So Weak (Slate, June 23, 2017)
Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault (Washington Post, June 23, 2017)
FCC grants OneWeb approval to launch over 700 satellites for 'space internet' (Verge, June 23, 2017)
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Threats to Democracy (76-min. video; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, June 22, 2017)
Comey wasn't alone: Trump told other intelligence chiefs to say there was no collusion (Daily KOS, June 22, 2017)
Lawsuit Accuses Donald Trump Of Illegally Destroying White House Records (Huffington Post, June 22, 2017)
CHART: Who Wins, Who Loses With Senate Health Care Bill (National Public Radio, June 22, 2017)
Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) decision shows Trump that the devil is in the details (The Hill, June 22, 2017)

Microsoft admits it disables anti-virus software in response to Kaspersky's EU complaint (The Verge, June 20, 2017)

How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar (Wired, June 20, 2017)
NEW: 198 million Americans hit by 'largest ever' voter records leak (ZDNet, June 19, 2017)

Democrats want to know why Jared Kushner still has security clearance (Daily KOS, June 21, 2017)
The American Empire Is Now Effectively Being Run by Generals (Alternet, June 21, 2017)
Poll: Opposition to GOP health bill is on the rise (Politico, June 21, 2017)
After four special-election losses, Democrats need more than moral victories (Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2017)
Georgia's 6th: Another district that never should have been competitive (Daily KOS, June 20, 2017)
Key Republican attack on Ossoff is—surprise!—fake (Daily KOS, June 20, 2017)
EPA just gave notice to dozens of scientific advisory board members that their time is up (Washington Post, June 20, 2017)
NEW: Rick Perry says carbon dioxide is not a primary driver of climate change (Ars Technica, June 20, 2017)
Rick Perry just denied that humans are the main cause of climate change (
Washington Post, June 19, 2017)
NEW: Trump 'simply does not care': Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS quit (Daily KOS, June 19, 2017)
In Trump’s Washington, public business increasingly handled behind closed doors (Washington Post, June 19, 2017)
Shootings Are Now the 3rd-Leading Cause of Death for US Kids (Live Science, June 19, 2017)
Supreme Court announces broad protections for Internet-surfing rights. Even for sex offenders. (Daily KOS, June 19, 2017)
GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters (Gizmodo, June 19, 2017)
Tons Of Evidence Mike Flynn Is Cooperating With FBI; "Who Knows What Trump Said To Him?" (RealClear Politics, June 19, 2017)
Zombies, Vampires and Republicans, by Paul Krugman (New York Times, June 19, 2017)
Jared Kushner Knows Nothing About Technology (Mother Jones, June 19, 2017))
Energy Secretary Rick Perry: Carbon dioxide is not 'primary' driver of climate change (The Hill, June 19, 2017)
Life gets better, punkin, by Elizabeth Warren (Fathers Day, June 18, 2017)
The Summer of Love and the Winter of National Insecurity, by Ira Chernus (Tom Dispatch, June 18, 2017)
Newt Gingrich says Trump has a 'compulsion to counterattack' (ABC News, June 18, 2017)
Did Trump Revive Failed Cold War Cuba Policy to Buy Rubio's Loyalty? (Our Future, June 18, 2017)
DeVos Rolls Back For-Profit College Regs (National Public Radio, June 17, 2017)
Trump details how he's profiting off the presidency (Think Progress, June 17, 2017)
Trump's Cuba Policy Reversal. The president announced changes meant to make it harder to travel and do business with the island. (
The Atlantic, June 16, 2017)
Beyond Blades of Grass, by Paul Bogard (New York Times, June 16, 2017)
Infighting Is Good for the Democratic Party (Our Future, June 16, 2017)
Man on a Wire: Mike Pence's Tightrope Act (Politico, June 16, 2017)
Trump Screws Himself On Twitter Once More, Making Admissions; His Attorney Must Be Fainting (Daily KOS, June 16, 2017)
One Trump Tweet Can Shake Up the Justice Department. Now it seems Rod Rosenstein will have to recuse himself, elevating conservative lawyer Rachel Brand. (Bloomberg, June 16, 2017)
Senate passes sweeping sanctions bill targeting Iran, Russia (ABC News, June 15, 2017)
The Senate's Silent and Deadly Health Care Repeal (Our Future, June 15, 2017)
Advanced CIA firmware has been infecting Wi-Fi routers for ten years (Ars Technica, June 15, 2017)
Poll shows most doubt Trump's respect for institutions (Associated Press, June 14,2017)
Trump and the Foreign Emoluments Clause (Constitutional Accountability Center, June 14, 2017)
NEW: 'What’s your end game?' Trump delegating Afghan war decisions to the Pentagon faces scrutiny (Washington Post, June 14, 2017)
NEW: Russia Hacked our Election! (So what?),by
Scott Adams (Dilbert Blog, June 13, 2017)
11 states sue Trump's DOE over stalled energy-use limits (ABC News, June 13, 2017)
Jeff Sessions personally asked Congress to let him prosecute medical-marijuana providers (Washington Post, June 13, 2017)
Rachel Maddow: The Rolling Stone Interview (Rolling Stone, June 13, 2017)
NEW: Bernie Sanders: How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections (New York Times, June 13, 2017)
NEW: Elizabeth Warren: Sessions 'needs to be fired' (CNN, June 12, 2017)
Naomi Klein: Trump Is Not the Crisis -- He Is the Symptom of the Crisis (Truthout, June 12, 2017)
Wisconsin speech bill might allow students to challenge science professors (Ars Technica, June 12, 2017)
Congressman introduces the 'COVFEFE Act,' a bill requiring presidential social media to be archived (Daily KOS, June 12, 2017)
Why America still executes people. The legal reasoning behind the continued use of the death penalty. (The Economist, June 12, 2017)
The Resistance is Strong while Trump-ism is Crumbling all over the World (Daily KOS, June 12, 2017)
Donald Trump just held the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever (CNN, June 12, 2017)
When the Liar in Chief is a representative of lying culture (Daily KOS, June 12, 2017)
Republican congressman praises ISIS attack in Iran, says US should consider supporting ISIS. (Think Progress, June 11, 2017)
The Battle Lines of the Future; Trump's war against post-carbon, green-energy states, by Michael Klare (Tom Dispatch, June 11, 2017)
Testifying under oath could absolutely end Trump's presidency (Daily KOS, June 10, 2017)
On impeaching Trump (Los Angeles Times, June 10, 2017)
NEW: Congressman Ted Lieu is a Twitter BEAST who's made Trump his #1 punching bag (Daily KOS, June 9, 2017)
The Worst Thing That Happened to Donald Trump this Week (Lawfare Blog, June 9, 2017)
The Great Performance of Our Failing President (New York Times, June 9, 2017)
The Doomsday Glacier (Rolling Stone, June 9, 2017)
5 Shades of Climate Denial, All on Display in the Trump White House (Inside Climate News, June 9, 2017)
NEW: Prepare the White House for President Pence (Accuracy In Media, June 8, 2017)
Breitbart lost 90 percent of its advertisers in two months: Who's still there? (Washington Post, June 8, 2017)
There’s an Easy Test We Could Use to Assess Older Politicians' Cognitive Health. It's called the Mini-Mental State Exam, and its real power is the data it provides over time. (Slate, June 8, 2017)
Karl Rove: 'Trump lacks the focus or self-discipline to do the basic work required of a president' (The Hill, June 8, 2017)
In a credibility contest with Trump, James Comey is the obvious winner (Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2017)
Comey Testimony: Highlights of the Hearing (New York Times, June 8, 2017)
James Comey testifies: Former FBI director says he could not trust Trump to tell the truth (Washington Post, June 8, 2017)
Everything that led up to Comey’s big moment, in one visual timeline (Washington Post, June 8, 2017)
Trump Impeachment Process Set to Begin As Democrat Al Green Files Articles (Newsweek, June 7, 2017)
Watergate 'pales' compared with Trump-Russia: former U.S. intelligence head (Reuters, June 7, 2017)
NEW: Trump is making America more hostile and mentally ill: New England Journal of Medicine study (Raw Story, June 7, 2017)
Donald Trump’s presidency is an American crisis. America isn’t being made great. It's being made weak. (Vox, June 7, 2017)
James B. Comey's pre-hearing statement and analysis (Lawfare, June 7, 2017)
Drug coupons are costing us billions: Lawmakers seek end to slimy scheme. Ars Technica, June 7, 2017)
It’s a great day: Kansas legislature pulls the plug on Gov. Brownback’s failed trickle-down experiment (Washington Post, June 7, 2017)

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said there needs to be a form of encryption developed that protects privacy, but one that authorities can access. (ZDNet, June 7, 2017)
US spy chief reverses course, will not say how many Americans caught in NSA surveillance (ZDNet, June 7, 2017)
NEW: Sanders Backers Plant Left-Wing Flag in the Massachusetts Democratic Party (In These Times, June 6, 2017)
NEW: How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business (Forbes, June 6, 2017)
New Mozilla Poll: Americans from Both Political Parties Overwhelmingly Support Net Neutrality. Our survey also reveals that a majority of Americans do not trust the government to protect Internet access. (Mozilla June 6, 2017)
NEW: Deep Learning Is Going to Teach Us All the Lesson of Our Lives: Jobs Are For Machines (Medium, June 5, 2017)
NEW: Outcry Over EpiPen Prices Hasn't Made Them Lower (New York Times, June 5, 2017)
NEW: What made Dostoevsky an early Trumpkin (American Spectator, June 5, 2017)
Support For Donald Trump's Impeachment Is Now Higher Than His Approval Rating (Newsweek, June 5, 2017)
NEW: Making Ignorance Great Again,by Paul Krugman (New York Times, June 5, 2017)
NEW: Contractor is charged with leaking top-secret document about Russian hacking (Los Angeles Times, June 5, 2017)
Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election (Intercept, June 5, 2017)
Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech. They thought the president would commit to the principle of collective defense. They were wrong.
(Politico, June 5, 2017)
President Trump escalates feud with London mayor after terrorist attack (Washington Post, June 5,  2017)
President Tweets Idiotic Crap This Morning After London Attack (Daily KOS, June 4, 2017)
NEW: The Myth of the Kindly General Lee. The legend of the Confederate leader's heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed, by
Adam Serwer  (The Atlantic,, June 4, 2017)
Trump is a bully. But not for much longer. (Daily KOS, June 3, 2017)
Trump Stomps Planet Earth (New York Times, June 3, 2017
Mentally vacant Donald Trump brags about his success on a piece of legislation that doesn’t exist (Palmer Report, June 3, 2017)
NEW: Trump's Paris decision was influenced by an 'aggressive' handshake from the French president (Daily KOS, June 2, 2017)
NEW: Factcheck Shows Trump's Climate Speech Was Full of Misleading Statements. Coal, jobs, China, blackouts all misrepresented. (Scientific American, June 2, 2017)
Trump cited MIT climate data. Not so fast, researchers say (Boston Globe,June 2, 2017)
Kerry says Trump’s decision was ‘a day of craven ignorance’ (Boston Globe,June 2, 2017)
Mass. joins other states to fulfill US pledges on carbon
(Boston Globe,June 2, 2017)
Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord (New York Times, June 1, 2017)
Trump Gratuitously Rejects the Paris Climate Accord, by Paul Krugman (New York Times, June 1, 2017)
The U.S. Is the Biggest Carbon Polluter in History. It Just Walked Away From the Paris Climate Deal. (New York Times, June 1, 2017)
Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement (New York Times, June 1, 2017)
NEW: Trump Pulls Out of Paris: How Much Carbon Will His Policies Add to the Air? (Scientific American, June 1, 2017)
Maybe Private Russian Hackers Meddled in Election, Putin Says (New York Times, June 1, 2017)
NEW: Kansas: Exhibit A against trickle-down tax cuts (Washington Post, June 1, 2017)
NEW: Exxon Shareholders Approve Climate Resolution: 62% Vote for Disclosure. The landmark investor vote defied Exxon's management. It requires the oil giant to begin reporting climate-related risks to its business. (Inside Climate News, May 31, 2017)
NEW: Shareholders force ExxonMobil to come clean on cost of climate change (Guardian, May 31, 2017)
NEW: Is the U.S. Education System Producing a Society of “Smart Fools”? One distinguished psychologist explains why he believes this is so and how to reverse course. (Scientific American, May 31, 2017)
If we’re laughing at ‘covfefe,’ things must not be so bad after all (Washington Post, May 31, 2017)
'Covfefe' trends on social media after Trump shares unfinished tweet with typo (The Hill, May 31, 2017)

NEW: The Loneliness of Donald Trump; On the Corrosive Privilege of the Most Mocked Man in the World, by
Rebecca Solnit (Literary Hub, May 30, 2017)

Sources: Russians discussed potentially 'derogatory' information about Trump and associates during campaign (CNN, May 30, 2017)
Is Kaspersky Anti-Virus Spying for Russia? (Ask Bob Rankin, May 30, 2017)
"Would you trust a computer security tool made in the USA more than one that comes from Russia, Romania, China or Germany?" (MMS trusts non-proprietary, open-source tools like Linux, so seldom needs anti-virus software.)
NEW: U.S. Supreme Court Curbs Patent-Holder Power to Block Resale (Bloomberg News, May 30, 2017)
NEW: A Constitutional Puzzle: Can the President Be Indicted? (New York Times, May 29, 2017)
Why are so many women dropping out of the workforce? (Los Angeles Times, May 28, 2017)
Trump’s Food Stamp Reform Would Close the Trap of Dependency (Daily Signal, May 25, 2017)
(Oh? Compare with the LA Times article, above.)
Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General of the United States, delivers the keynote address for Harvard Law School’s 2017 Class Day ceremony (30-min. YouTube video, May 24, 2017)
Heather Rinkus, the guest reception manager at Trump's "Winter White House” and wife of a twice-convicted felon, is in Italy with Trump’s logistics team and has been outfitted with a government-issued phone and email. (BuzzFeed, May 24, 2017)
White House Denies Two-Trillion-Dollar Budget Accounting Error (BBC News, May 24, 2017)
Of Budgets and Beatitudes: The Pope Meets the Donald (Our Future, May 24, 2017)
Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana (The Guardian, May 24, 2017)
Nazi FL National Guard member arrested in bomb plot (DailyKOS, May 22, 2017)
NEW: In U.S., Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low of 38% (Gallup Poll, May 22, 2017)
NEW: 'Hillary Clinton letter' reflects on her election loss, by Joe Lauria (OR Books, May 22, 2017)
(The parody "letter" introduces a serious book.)
In Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump opts to keep her head bare (Associated Press, May 20, 2017)
NEW:  A Danger to the World: It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump (Der Spiegel, May 19, 2017)
"The Only Good Muslim Is a Dead Muslim" (New Republic, May 15, 2017)
NEW: Beyond Slogans: After the March for Science Has Passed (Public Library Of Science, May 15, 2017)

New decryptor brings hope to people hit by last week's WannaCry ransomware worm (Ars Technica, May 19, 2017)
(Wanakiwi should work if, when hit, you shut down and do NOT restart your computer!)
WannaCry FAQ: What you need to know today (Kaspersky Lab RU, May 15, 2017)
WannaCry is a Cry for VEP Reform (Mozilla Foundation, May 15, 2017)
How To Avoid Future WannaCry Style Ransomware Attacks (Greg Laden's Blog, May 15, 2017)
(The above is long and its Comments thread is argumentative, but it is packed with interesting items for the technically interested.)
Microsoft president blasts NSA for its role in 'WannaCry' computer ransom attack (Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2017)
Ransomware Attack Has Spread To Police Department, Institutions: Maharashtra Police (India NDTV, May 14, 2017)
(At last, someone mentioned Linux: When asked about the security of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), Singh said, "Luckily, the system we use (in CCTNS) is Linux-based, hence it was not at all affected.")
Cyber-attack threat escalating - Europol (BBC News, May 14, 2017)
WannaCry: Are you safe? (Kaspersky Lab, May 13, 2017)
Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP (Krebs On Security, May 13, 2017)
Criminals behind cyber-attack have raised just $20,000, experts say. Firm investigating illicit activity identifies three associated bitcoin addresses but can't trace individuals until funds are withdrawn. (The Guardian, May 13, 2017)
'Accidental hero' halts ransomware attack and warns: this is not over (The Guardian, May 13, 2017)
Massive ransomware infection hits Windows computers in 99 countries (BBC News, May 13, 2017)
Widespread Ransomware Infecting Thousands Linked to NSA Exploit (Bitcoin, May 13, 2017)
The ransomware causing chaos globally (BBC News, May 12, 2017)
Global ransomware attack shows why Apple wouldn't hack terrorist's iPhone (Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2017)

NSA-created cyber tool spawns global attacks - and victims include Russia. 'Cybersecurity isn't a hypothetical problem - today shows it can be life or death.' (Politico, May 12, 2017)
NSA's Leaked Malware is Being Weaponized by Criminals (Bitcoin, May 12, 2017)

NSA Brute-Force Keysearch Machine (Bruce Schneir, May 16, 2017)
NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet (The Intercept, May 11, 2017)

The Kazakhstan Connection: Trump, Bayrock and Plenty of Questions (DCReport, May 13, 2017)
American Fascism, in 1944 and Today, by Henry Scott Wallace (New York Times, May 12, 2017)
Rick Perlstein: Trump Has Exposed the Dark Underbelly of American Conservatism (The Nation, May 12, 2017)
Trump can't stop saying things that aren't true (Washington Post, May 12, 2017)

Donald Trump's Financial Ties to Russian Oligarchs and Mobsters Detailed In Explosive New Documentary from the Netherlands (AlterNet and video, May 12, 2017)
Trump's Commission on 'Election Integrity' Will Lead to Massive Voter Suppression. It will be led by Mike Pence and Kris Kobach, who have a very long history of making it harder to vote. (The Nation, May 11, 2017)

Russian Photographer in Oval Office Raises Red Flags, US Media Locked Out (PetaPixel, May 11, 2017)

After a week of self-inflicted chaos, Trump could see long-term costs to his presidency (Los Angeles Times, May 14, 2017)
As the FBI Reels, Candidates Emerge to Run Agency (Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2017)
Sources: Russia probe means President Hatch; RICO Case Against GOP (Patribotics, May 11, 2017)
Critics Say Trump Broke the Law in Firing Comey. Proving It Isn't So Easy. (New York Times, May 11, 2017)
Acting F.B.I. Chief Contradicts White House on Russia and Comey (New York Times, May 11, 2017)
NEW: Trump’s Firing of Comey (The American Conservative, May 10, 2017)
Inside Trump's anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey (Washington Post, May 10, 2017)
Defending firing of FBI director Comey, Trump derides Democratic critics (Reuters, May 10, 2017)
Trump fires Comey: Shades of Watergate (The Brookings Institution, May 10, 2017)
Trump fires FBI Director Comey, setting off U.S. political storm (Reuters, May 10, 2017)
Donald Trump Is Lying Again, Now About James Comey, by David Leonhardt (New York Times, May 9, 2017)

EU call with Kelly buys time on laptop ban (The Guardian, May 12, 2017)
NEW: Tillerson, at Arctic meeting, signs document affirming need for action on climate change (Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2017)
Trump Wants 'Goddamned Steam,' Not Digital Catapults on Aircraft Carriers (The Atlantic, May 11, 2017)
NEW: Survey data show millions of workers are paid less than the minimum wage, at significant cost to taxpayers and state economies (Economic Policy Institute, May 10, 2017)
U.S. Considers Banning Cabin Electronics On Flights From European Airports (Huffington Post, May 10, 2017)
Snowden's Box; The human network behind the biggest leak of all (Harper's Magazine, May 2017)
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden claims 21st century political freedom and privacy is springing from open-source software. (ZDNet, May 9, 2017)
NEW: U.S. county-by-county disparities in life expectancy are large - 20 years - and growing (Ars Technica, May 9, 2017)
John Oliver Broke the FCC's Website ... Again! The comedian spent the bulk of his show on Net Neutrality — and laid into FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for his plan to destroy the open internet. (Free Press, May 8, 2017)
Eric Trump Admitted, 'We Don’t Rely on American Banks. We Have All the Funding We Need Out of Russia' (Latest, May 7,
Can Marine Le Pen Become French President?, by Peter Turchin (
Cliodynamica, May 7, 2017)
How France's Macron defeated Russian hackers with one simple trap (Resistance Report, May 7, 2017)
Top Intel Dem: Hacking of French candidate 'a nightmare scenario' (The Hill, May 6, 2017)
NEW: Trump's Crusade Against "Archaic" Government Gridlock (Foundation for Economic Education, May 6, 2017)
MSNBC host: 'No takers' after 217 GOPers invited to explain health vote (The Hill, May 6, 2017)
Vulnerable House Republicans fear political consequences after healthcare vote (Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2017)
How We Can Make House Republicans Pay For Their Health Care Vote (Our Future, May 5, 2017)

NEW: Religious Right Leaders Blast Trump's Order as a Betrayal (Investigative Fund, May 5, 2017)
NEW: Nuclear power and the collapse of society (Greenpeace, May 5, 2017)
NEW: Killer Drones in the Empire State (Expose Facts, May 4, 2017)
NEW: Facebook is hiring moderators. But is the job too gruesome to handle? (The Guardian, May 4, 2017)
All the horrific details of the GOP's new Obamacare repeal bill: A handy guide (Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2017)
How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy. Expanded health insurance helped cut the number of filings by half. (Consumer Reports, May 2, 2017)
NEW: Berkeley author George Lakoff says, 'Don't underestimate Trump' (Berkeleyside, May 2, 2017)
CNN refuses to air false and misleading ad from Donald Trump (Daily KOS, May 2, 2017)
Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel "worthless" (Ars Technica, May 1, 2017)

Photos: Hundreds of Thousands Mobilize for Climate Justice. Demonstrators railed against an administration that would put their futures at risk. (Bill Moyers, April 30, 2017)
The rapidly warming Atlantic sees a big boost in toxic algae (Ars Technica, April 29, 2017)
NEW: President Trump Speaks to the National Rifle Association (Fortune, April 28, 2017)
"First president to do so in 34 years."
NEW: New Website - - Tracks GOP Voting Record Supporting Trump's Dangerous Policy Agenda (MoveOn, April 27, 2017)
Chomsky doubles down on statement that the Republican Party is most dangerous group in human history (Daily KOS, April 26, 2017)
The Attendance Numbers From the March for Science Are In (Resistance Report, April 22, 2017)
Scientists, Feeling Under Siege, March Against Trump Policies (New York Times, April 22, 2017)
Marches for Science Outdraw Donald Trump's Inauguration (Politicus USA, April 22, 2017)
The Planet Can't Stand This Presidency, by Bill McKibben (New York Times, April 21, 2017)

Dow Chemical is pushing Trump administration to ignore studies of toxic pesticide (Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2017)

Time to Recall a Progressive 'Truly Great' First 100 Days, by Harvey Kaye (Bill Moyers, April 30,2017)
NEW: The Whole World Is Now a Message Board (New York Magazine, April 30, 2017)
NEW: Trump's Love-Hate Relationship with the New York Times (Der Spiegel, April 28, 2017)
The First 100 Days of Resistance, by Richard Eskow (Our Future, April 27, 2017)
Justices Alarmed by Government's Hard-Line Stance in Citizenship Case (New York Times, April 26, 2017)
he government will have the opportunity to denaturalize anyone they want.")
Trump's greatest single achievement almost never gets mentioned, by E.J. Dionne Jr. (Washington Post, April 26, 2017)
Trump's Army secretary nominee wants leftists to quit smearing his good name with his own quotes (Daily KOS, April 26, 2017)
Trump Seems to Retreat on Government Shutdown, But Secret Spending Bill Still Looms (Bloomberg, April 25, 2017)
Immigration 101: What is a Sanctuary City? (America's Voice, April 25, 2017)
Comey Tried to Shield the F.B.I. From Politics. Then He Shaped an Election. (New York Times, April 22, 2017)
With Jason Chaffetz bailing, Paul Ryan suddenly changes tune on Trump-Russia scandal (Palmer Report, April 22, 2017)
NEW: At Sea With Captain 'Wrong Way' Trump, by
Michael Winship (Huffington Post, April 21, 2017)
("Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous.")
Key Question for Supreme Court: Will It Let Gerrymanders Stand? (New York Times, April 21, 2017)
NEW: Wayne Allyn Root: Trump Won The Popular Vote In A Landslide But Appeared To Lose Due To Massive Cheating By Democrats (Right Wing Watch, April 20, 2017)
Trump's Five Worst Tax Secrets, Revealed, by
Richard Eskow (Our Future, April 17, 2017)
NEW: Ezra Cohen-Watnick: Inside the Rise of Trump’s Invisible Man in the White House (Newsweek, April 13, 2017)
British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia (The Guardian, April 13, 2017)
Trump just crossed a line: "What I do is I authorize my military." (Daily KOS, April 13, 2017)