The Weekly Watch
Media Obsessions Continue to Obscure the Obvious...
Why is it you never hear anyone in the media say Hillary and the DNC meddled in the primary election to defeat Bernie Sanders and become the nominee? It is the one obvious truth no one utters. Instead we continue the Russia T-rump witch hunt, as net neutrality is at risk, children in Yemen and Syria die because of our actions, and the mass extinction event accelerates. It is indeed a media of mass distraction and Amerika plays right into its hands.
With all the talk of Don Jr, no one seems to remember that Hillary Clinton supporters paid large sums of money, reportedly about $1 million, to have ex-British spy Christopher Steele use his Russian connections to dig up dirt on Trump inside Russia, resulting in a salacious dossier that Clinton backers eagerly hawked to the news media.
Also, the two events – Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer and the Clinton camp’s commissioning of Steele’s Russia dossier – both occurred in June 2016, so you might have thought it would be a journalistic imperative to incorporate a reference or two to the dossier.
I've become a fan of the podcast Intercepted... There's a transcript there for those who prefer to read. Either way Glenn Greenwald was dead on target from my view...he's at the start of the show.
He was also on Democracy Now, but I thought the podcast interview was better
Anybody keep up with George Webb? He spent most of the week in DC trying to get more info on the Seth Rich murder. I've always liked spy stories, and George is almost like a serial spy saga. https://www.youtube.com/user/georgwebb
Why are they distracting us with Don Jr? Because of the little things they continue to push through.
Max Blumenthal continues to impress me with his knowledge and perspective on the Middle East.
http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19506:Max-Blumenthal-on-How-the-Media-Co... (24 min)
I posted part one last Sunday but if you missed it here it is again (22 min)
The ceasefire agreement reached by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in southwest Syria appears aimed at weakening Iran and containing its influence inside Syria, says Alternet reporter Ben Norton
http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19551:How-US-Russia-Ceasefire-in-Syria-I... (15 min)
How about our victory in Iraq? Did everyone see what it looked like? Jimmy Dore will show you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDiKDfX5PWs (22 min)
The U.K. High Court has dismissed a challenge to the British government's arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
It amazed me that neither “expert” interview mentioned the millions of dollars we are pouring into the revolution against Maduro.
Glenn Greenwald shares his view of the situation in Brazil (10 min and transcript)
The Mexican government reportedly used an Israeli-made spy software called Pegasus to surveil a team of international investigators dispatched to Mexico to investigate the high-profile disappearance of 43 students in 2014. two part interview with transcripts
Great interview with David Suzuki, Canadian environmentalist – has the movement failed? (20 min)
A new report, "Talk is Cheap: How G20 Governments Are Financing Climate Disaster", claims G20 governments provide an average of $72 billion per year in public finance for fossil fuels—nearly four times as much as they provide for clean energy. Insights from the lead author, Alex Doukas, senior campaigner at Oil Change International. (10 min and transcript)
California Gov. Jerry Brown poses as an anti-Trump climate-change savior, but his policies support Big Oil's agenda, says Adam Scow, California director at Food & Water Watch (10 min)
It isn't politicians standing up for the environment, it is people and James says it plainly...capitalism is the enemy (10 min and transcript)
Great conversations from the week
Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky discuss his 10 principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YdBzwJCpo8 (part 1 25 min)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkWVRlqzAMk (part 2 26 min)
Nice interview with Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn (17 min and transcript)
The Healthcare Joke
Why don't we push for single payer? Jimmy Dore explains using Peanut comics (6 min)
Michael Lighty of the National Nurses United says Democrats should offer no compromises and progressives should fight for single payer (7 min and transcript)
How about bitcoin? Have you got any? Nice history and summary (12 min)
Seattle passes tax on the the wealthy. Kshama Sawant tells the story (14 min)
Richard Wolff explains how our politicians are owned by the banks (3 min)
There was hard rain that fell here yesterday. An inch and a half in about 20 or 30 minutes. For every degree of warming, the air can hold 7% more water vapor. Last year was a drought, this year plenty of rain. Perhaps change is the only constant. Sadly the change we face leads to extinction...
The scientists conclude: “The resulting biological annihilation obviously will have serious ecological, economic and social consequences. Humanity will eventually pay a very high price for the decimation of the only assemblage of life that we know of in the universe.”
Nearly half of the 177 mammal species surveyed lost more than 80% of their distribution between 1900 and 2015
There are solutions, but corporate greed...the very nature of capitalism stands in the way. Here's hoping we can face and overcome those significant challenges! I look forward to your stories and thoughts for the week in the comments below.