The Weekly Watch
Looking for Allies in the Calm Before the Storm
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.
REPORTER 1: What’s the storm, Mr. President?
REPORTER 2: What does that mean?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Could be, the calm, the calm before the storm.
REPORTER 2: What storm, Mr. President?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: We have the world’s great military people in this room. I will tell you that. And we’re going to have a great evening. Thank you all for coming. Thank you.”
REPORTER 2: What storm, Mr. President?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: You’ll find out.
Nate is heading my way...and it literally is the calm before the storm.
With so much to focus on, it has become difficult to see all the shenanigans. The House passed major cuts to education, medicare and medicaid this week.
They are still focused on tax cuts...think they can slip it though if they distract people with a war?
T-rump says we just have to wait and see where he will strike...will it be Iran? ...or is it N. Korea? Tune in next week for details...
Meanwhile the democraps continue to push the Russia narrative...come on. Imran Awan had his hearing this week.
Well it's onward through the fog...the fog of war, climate chaos, and the collapse of capitalism.
We do have allies...here are a few I heard this week...
Bernie isn't the savior, but he is our ally. He always said, “it is us not him”. Listen to Bernie and Bob Reich discussing strategies and goals. (30 min)
This conversation with Bernie and Jimmy Carter from last May was pretty interesting too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVW7QtRaIhw (1st 20 min)
Lee Camp and Max Blumenthal discuss c o r p o r a t e media’s role in manufacturing consent for endless i n t e r v e n t i o n i s t m i l i t a r i s m and its effectiveness in smearing any voices that stray from such mainstream narratives. (1st 15 min)
More from Max on Russiagate (video and text)
Rev. Barber is building a peoples campaign (3 part interview with video and text)
The last part of the interview with Muhammad Yunus was released this week (video and text)
(the other 2 parts link from here too)
There was also some good news out of Birmingham this week.
Around the World
In Canada the people count for something. What happened here was a people-powered movement that rose up to stop this pipeline. It's a movement that was led by First Nations and indigenous communities, by trade unionists and environmentalists all coming together to delay this pipeline, and now to eventually stop it. This is a huge win for people today. (video and text)
We don't stand by our allies. The Kurds are going to be thrown under the bus. US business as usual. Vijay Prashad (video and text)
We don't even stand up for our territories...the vultures are circling Peurto Rico (video and text)
More from Vijay on Iran (video and text)
So ditch the Iran deal and start a war. That's what they seem to want (video and text)
Israelis Speak Candidly to Abby Martin About Palestinians (23 min)
We live in a sick country obsessed with guns....in guns we trust
Jeremy talks about his piece and also has a nice interview with Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff and they conclude with a discussion of Pat Tillman on the intercepted podcast (with text)
Medea reminds us it isn't just gun control at home but abroad in places like Yemen too
It is past time to end the Afghan war
They're ready for us to go home...(90 sec)
The Nobel Peace Prize goes to the anti-nuke group icanw
Chris Hedges explains the death of the US empire
How about a little justice?
Will our judicial system convict politicians or banksters? They've been having success in Brazil. Jimmy Dore reports (14 min)
(Although not all is good in Brazil)
Jimmy talks about the situation in St. Louis and TYT's Jordan's arrest. (17 min)
Looks like it's good bye to net neutrality. FCC's Pai is reappointed for five more years. Some democraps voted for him too. (9 min)
The 2018 budget proposal paves the way for a $1.5 trillion tax cut to be offset by massive cuts to Medicaid and Medicare
The WaPo wants to obscure wealth inequality. Surprise, surprise.
Michael Hudson discusses the tax scam proposal (video and text)
This week Ralph Nader and Alan Essig, Executive Director of Citizens for Tax Justice break down President Trump’s Tax Reform proposal and insurance expert, Robert Hunter, returns to explain what’s going on with hurricane and flood insurance in the wake Harvey, Irma and Maria. https://ralphnaderradiohour.com/the-truth-about-trumps-tax-plan/
Equifax...Richard Wolff shares his view
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aImOjtsjb7w (3 min)
What happened to the unions?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdUWKakGMmQ (3 min)
Privatize privatize privatize...the DeVos mantra
We can and must cut down on fossil fuels and plastics. Those who look away and pretend we don't have a problem are only slowing solutions and accelerating our self-destruction.
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” https://theintercept.com/2017/10/06/watch-a-top-epa-nominee-embarrass-hi...
Could we help our Island territories go green?
Well I wish us all the best as we ride out all the different storms we face. I'll join you if I have power and internet service. If not please carry on... I always appreciate your insights and comments.