Even if John Stewart is Gone, We all Need to Keep taking on FOX and all the Media

I am going to put a lot of John Stewart videos in the comment section, like this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO_om3iK9kE

You probably heard the great news – after a few years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show–but the Boycott Must Go On!!

Ten years ago, Media Matters launched with a revolutionary mission: to systematically monitor the U.S. media for conservative misinformation every day, in real time. We’ve been calling out right-wing lies for a decade — and we’re not done yet. Will you contribute now to help us raise $10,000 for our 10th anniversary?

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For ten years, we’ve successfully fought back against the bad actors that poison our media with right-wing lies and smears. It’s been an amazing beginning, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.

We’re in this for the long haul. Make an anniversary gift today to kickstart the next ten years of media accountability.

Dear Kevin,
You probably heard the great news – after two years of progressive activism, FOX finally cancelled Glenn Beck’s show.
Beck was targeted after he slandered President Obama by saying, “This president has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture, I don’t know what it is… This guy, I believe, is a racist.”
Activists at ColorOfChange, Media Matters, StopBeck, FoxNewsBoycott, and of course Democrats.com responded with a boycott of advertisers on Glenn Beck’s show. Ultimately over 300 advertisers pulled their ads from Beck, costing FOX over $40 million.
Advertiser boycotts work! And it’s time to boycott all FOX News advertisers:
We’re starting our boycott of all FOX News with Proactiv, which sells acne medicine to teenagers and young adults. Why?
First, there are lots of other acne treatments. Second, young adults above all are hurt by FOX News, which promotes right-wing policies on race, education, healthcare, the environment, and war. Let’s get our future leaders to lead the fight against FOX News!
Sign the petition to Proactiv and enter the email address of every young adult over 18 you know:
Beyond President Obama, FOX regularly slanders nearly everyone: Democrats, unionized workers, the unemployed (including veterans and 99ers), environmentalists, feminists, blacks, Hiics, Jews, Muslims, progressives, scientists, and any other group it disagrees with.
FOX News broadcasts rightwing extremist slander, incitement to violence, political propaganda, and outright lies to promote its rightwing political agenda. This is not “news,” but rather a never-ending “war on news” – and it’s all documented in our petition.
Why would any decent company want to fund it? Tell Proactiv to stop advertising on FOX News:
Thanks for all you do!
Bob Fertik

GLEN BECK ADMITTED in 2007, “I Am RACIST and Barack Obama is very White” THIS MAKES Boycotting FOX NEWS needed NOW

By Kevin Stoda

Dear, American supporters of the Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) news networks.

AMERICANS are getting less tolerant of your racism and stronghold on our major media.

For example, we have noted that in his 2007 TV program from FOX (See on You-Tube), Glen Beck admitted he himself was racist. Further, Beck then, in contrast to 2009, called Barrack Obama much more white than black. (Apparently, Beck now he has other nonsense to mush men’s minds.)


Using a major news platform to promote racism and to tell people to disrespect a whole presidential administration through mixed truths, outright lies, and xenophobia, is not to be tolerated any more.

On Democracy Now today, Amy Goodman asked Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP what he thought of Wal-Mart’s pull-out from advertising on the Glen Beck program on FOX.

NOTE: Goodman had simply asked , “The whole attack by Glenn Beck that drove this (resignation)? In your response from the NAACP to Van Jones, it says, ´The only thing more outrageous than Mr. Beck’s attack on Van Jones is the fact that there are sponsors that continue to pay him to provide this type of offensive commentary.` Do you support the continued boycott of companies like Wal-Mart of Beck’s show on Fox?”


This is a particularly important point because Glen Beck´s HATE CAMPAIGN ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION led recently to a great American policy maker, Van Jones, quitting the government this week.


Mr. Jealous said, “We certainly support them (Walmart) choosing with their dollars who they’re going to support. I mean, it’s—Glenn Beck is somebody who’s told a seven-year-old girl, a seven-year-old black girl, that he would buy her a ticket back to Africa, that she needed to go back to Africa. And then he comes out, and he says that healthcare is the beginning of reparations. I mean, this guy plays the race card on a weekly basis. He does it very aggressive—you know, in a very hateful way.”

Recall, first, that Van Jones is one of the most important and thoughtful men in America—however, the FOX (Fascist Oddball Xenophobic) news network chose to support a man, like Glen Beck, rather than seeing that tens of millions of Americans need to get health care from promoters like Jones and that our America economy needs to move starting today to the kind of economy that its competitors worldwide are already doing.


Let’s quote the wisdom and influential words of Van Jones on the absolute necessity to green the American economy NOW!

“I think it’s really important to point out that we’re sort of at the end of an era of American capitalism, where we thought we could run the economy based on consumption rather than production, credit rather than creativity, borrowing rather than building, and also, most importantly, environmental destruction rather than environmental restoration.”

Jones continued, “We’re trying to make the case in this book that that era is over. We now have to move in a very different direction. And key to that will be basing the US economy not on credit cards, but based on clean energy and the clean energy revolution that would put literally millions of people to work, putting up solar panels all across the United States, weatherizing buildings so they don’t leak so much energy and put up so much carbon, building wind farms and wave farms, manufacturing wind turbines. We argue you could put Detroit back to work not making SUVs to destroy the world, but making wind turbines, 8,000 finely machine parts in each one, twenty tons of steel in each wind tower, making wind turbines to help save the world.”

Finally, Van Jones wisely noted, “So we think that you can fight pollution and poverty at the same time. We think that you can actually power our way through this recession by putting people to work, but we’re going to have to start building things here and re-powering, retrofitting, retooling America, and that that’s the way forward both for the economy, for the earth and for everyday people.”

Note: These statements came from a program on DN from October of last year:


Van Beck has written a book of the same title, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.


America needs such voices as Van Jones in government leadership in America—not Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) types.

Clean up the American airwaves of all its fascism and racism, today.


NOTE: One way to change the noise of Fascist Oddball Xenophobic (FOX) media moguls is to support alternative media organizations


and alternative monitoring websites.


Another way, is to demand that local radio and TV channels put better programming on, such as Democracy Now or news sources promoted by serious progressive journalists:


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Don’t Be Invisible! Be Indivisible!!!

Dear Indivisibles,

We’re in the final stretch of 2017 and Congress has a lot of work to do (that means we do too!).

Though they have just two main items — getting the tax scam to Trump’s desk and passing a funding bill to keep the government open — on their to-do list, their entire caucus isn’t on board for either of these items.

Fighting the GOP’s tax scam

This week, the conference committees (read our conference 101 explainer) will meet and begin to resolve the differences between the House and Senate tax bills. There are enough differences between the two bills that they face real challenges in reaching a compromise that works for enough of their members in both houses. Senators Collins (R-ME) and Flake (R-AZ) both claimed to receive assurances from GOP leadership that their concerns would be addressed before a final vote, if they voted yes on the Senate’s version last week.

This bill is NOT a done deal. Your voice can make a difference in this fight if you keep up the pressure. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Schedule a visit to your member of Congress’ office. Check our map to see if there’s already an event in your area, or check out our event organizing guide to host one yourself!

  2. Call your Senators now at 1-855-980-2350. If you have a Republican Senator(s), read our call scripts here to inform your conversation. And if you have a Democratic Senator(s), let them know you’re thankful they voted against the tax scam and you hope they stay strong when the bill comes back from conference.

Demand deportation relief for Dreamers

Last week, both the House and Senate passed a “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep the government open for another two weeks — without including a clean DREAM Act.

Let us be clear: a vote for the CR was a vote to deport Dreamers. And plenty of Democrats in both the House and Senate failed Dreamers.

Senate Democrats had real leverage in this fight, but just eight in the Democratic caucus kept their promises to DREAMers, held their ground, and voted no: Kamala Harris (CA), Mazie Hirono (HI), Ed Markey (MA), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Jeff Merkley (OR), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

As a result, in the next two weeks, 1,708 Dreamers will lose their protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era executive action that allowed them to apply for work permits and live without fear of deportation.

If you have a Democratic member of Congress who voted for the CR (find the list here), demand that they make it right by voting against the next CR (sometime the week of December 18). Here’s how to take action:

Democrats who voted to approve the CR need to hear from you and that you want them to use their leverage. Republicans who don’t support Dreamers need to know that you’re watching and demand protection from deportation for Dreamers.

Tune in to Facebook Live TONIGHT at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT
Join our policy and organizing teams to talk about what’s moving on the Trump Tax Scam and the Dream Act, and how you can use your constituent power as the clock winds down on 2017! Like us on Facebook and you’ll get notified when we go live.

This week’s #TrumpThreatLevel

Trump announced that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Pentagon changed its policy and now embraces cluster munitions, a weapons system that has been banned by the global community. The administration also pulled out of a United Nations project to create more humane conditions for immigrants and refugees. Trump continues to isolate us from our allies making us less safe week after week. Read the IndivisiBlog for our running list of all the ways Trump is putting us at risk.

Indivisible435: Voting rights and voter suppression

Though a lot of attention is paid to national elections, voter suppression laws are typically passed by state legislatures and state. And state and local election officials administer the elections in your community. The decisions these officials make have real consequences: a Virginia House of Delegates seat is still under contention a month after election day after the Republican won by 82 votes in a district where 147 voters were assigned to the wrong district.

We’ve partnered with Access Democracy to create a new guide on voting rights and voter suppression. The guide covers four simple steps you can take to change how elections are run in your community and protect the right to vote for every eligible voter. Your election officials need to know that we demand fair, equal, and easy access to the ballot. Check out the guide on Indivisible435.org, and get started today.

IndivisiMerch is here

You might’ve noticed things around here look a little different lately! We launched a new brand a few weeks back designed to represent you, the leaders of this movement.

Our brand was born in your living rooms and community centers. It was built by hundreds of thousands of people who showed up this year to make their voices heard, gathered around windows of a church because the meeting was standing room only. And now we have a look and feel designed to better represent that.

Even better, we now have merch — buttons, totes, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and more — so you can wear your IndivisiPride on your sleeve. Our new merchandise is permanently available on our website. Check out the latest IndivisiMerch on our website now!

In solidarity,
The Indivisible Team

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So, what does home for the holidays mean to you?

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.

Luke 2:4

Like Joseph, we all have a heritage–we all belong to a “house and line,” but not everyone feels that sense of belonging. A popular old Christmas carol claimsThere is no place like home for the holidays, yet home is not a welcoming place for many people. That reality can be especially painful during the holidays.

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“No! You can’t be a lawyer.  No! You can’t be a doctor.  You will never be anything.”

I Rise
I Rise – The Time is Now
“No! You can’t be a lawyer. 
No! You can’t be a doctor. 
You will never be anything.”
Each day girls in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan are told “no.”  Each day they are determined not to let these words stop them, but they need your help to rise above these barriers.
Watch the 2017 Journey of Hope video for a glimpse into their lives and meet people like you who are standing with them, determined not to let anything get in their way, determined to help them rise.
I Rise
Don’t let Anyone Stand in Their Way. Help Them Rise

Peace through education

Central Asia Institute (CAI) works with communities in remote areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan, to promote education, especially for girls. At home and abroad, CAI is committed to sharing its expert knowledge with the public. Together we can cultivate peace, nurture hope, and change the world, one child at a time.
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Another Victory in Brazil for the Amazon and its People!

In a powerful victory for indigenous rights in Brazil last week, the Toronto-based company Belo Sun Mining had its license to drill revoked by a federal court, dealing a significant setback to its efforts to gouge a mega-mine into the banks of the Amazon’s Xingu River.

In the unanimous ruling, the court cited Belo Sun’s failure to uphold the right of local indigenous communities to prior consultation on the project’s complex social and environmental impacts, which would compound the destruction already wrought by the adjacent Belo Monte hydroelectric dam. It also ordered the company to carry out an “Indigenous Component Study” to measure the project’s specific impacts on indigenous communities and territories, stating that a new licensing process will not be considered until Belo Sun has undertaken all of these measures.

Last week’s victory is especially notable in a region already reeling from the devastation of Belo Monte, a mega-project that steamrolled human rights, environmental protections, and the rule of law to drive a wall of concrete across the mighty Xingu River. As Belo Sun’s “Volta Grande” gold mine appeared set to follow Belo Monte’s notorious path of rampant illegality and corruption, the determined efforts of local indigenous peoples, Brazilian federal prosecutors, and NGO allies have thrown up a formidable roadblock to the multibillion-dollar project.

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More on “The God of Intimacy and Action” 

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

Luke 2:8-10

The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight. This line from O Little Town of Bethlehem encapsulates what the shepherds experienced that Bethlehem night. Imagine being one of them, fearful of what they were seeing, while at the same time hearing hopeful, good news of “great joy for all the people.”

Mary Albert Darling is co-author with Tony Campolo of The God of Intimacy and Action and Connecting Like Jesus. Mary teaches classes in Communication and also Spiritual Formation at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.
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Monstrous Men Must Be Outed

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Out With Monstrous Men

Sometimes I wonder what school I went to. I mean, I know perfectly well. I attended a place I never wanted to go: Yale.  But when I was 17 years old, my parents — and a familial urge to be upwardly mobile — more than overwhelmed my personal and private desire to go elsewhere. So, in 1962, I ended up at that all-male college in New Haven, Connecticut, and, despite the education I received, much of which I genuinely enjoyed, I’ve regretted it ever since. It was that school’s particular version of all-maleness that did me in — an elite, powerful style of masculinity that I found painful and eerily shameful even then (though men, or boys pretending to be men, didn’t admit to such feelings in those years or, until recently, in these).

I’ll never forget the bravado, the grim over-the-top bragging about what you had done to women. I remember, for instance, my roommate, a rare working-class kid at Yale in those years who had absorbed the ethos of the place, returning from spring break and shouting — I was in our room on maybe the third floor and could still hear him from the courtyard of our quad — that he had done it, lost his virginity, including other grim details of his conquest.  The bragging never seemed to end. I was, in those years, unbearably shy when it came to sex, or perhaps to my own lack of experience and pure ignorance about it, and repelled by the version of it that seemed to be the essence of that world of boys being oh-so-male.  My only recourse — the only one I could at least imagine then — was to fall into an expressionless silence when the braggadocio began until I could figure out an excuse to leave the room.  This, however, proved to be another kind of disaster, since it was more than once mistaken for experience, which meant, for instance, that my roommate would later pull me aside and confess that the “conquest” he had just spent the last day bragging about had actually been a total horror show.

I knew a little of his history before he blew his brains out 40-odd years later and he had, by then, turned into a Roy Moore-style predator, which I always blamed on the world we had both emerged from at Yale.  I’ve never forgotten its style of masculinity or, in a way, recovered from it — from the feeling, that is, that I wasn’t a man but just some sort of sorry failure.

While I did, in the end, go on to graduate school, I evidently didn’t go to the one that any number of the men of my generation and after seem to have attended — you know, the one that, as TomDispatch regular Ann Jones explains today, taught you how “manly” and perfectly appropriate it was to enter a bathroom while a woman was in the next room and reappear naked to make grotesque sexual demands.

All I know is that now it’s somewhat easier, thanks to the bursting dam of news about the grotesque (and grotesquely repetitive) experiences that women have had with male predators, to see what that world of supposed maleness was all about and why it felt so shameful to me, even if I then thought that the fault, the lack, was all mine. We are now, it seems, in a different moment.  However, let’s remember that, as Jones suggests today, sometimes such moments — take, for instance, that of the first black president of the United States — aren’t followed by a kind of enlightenment but by the angriest of backlashes. Tom

The Fempire Strikes Back 
By Ann Jones

First, for the record, let me tell you my story about another of those perversely creepy Hollywood predators, a sort of cut-rate Harvey Weinstein: the screenwriter and film director James Toback. As I read now of women he preyed upon year after year, I feel the rage that’s bubbled in the back of my brain for decades reaching the boiling point. I should be elated that Toback has been exposed again as the loathsome predator he’s been for half a century. But I’m stuck on the fact of elapsed time, all these decades that male predators roamed at large, efficiently sidelining and silencing women.

Toback could have been picked up by New York’s Finest when he hit on me in or around 1972.  But I didn’t call the cops, knowing it would come to nothing.  Nor did I tell our mutual employer, the City College of the City University of New York. I had no doubt about which one of us our male bosses would believe. I had already been labeled an agitator for campaigning to add a program in women’s studies to the curriculum. Besides, to any normal person, the story of what happened would sound too inconsequential to seem anything but ridiculous: not a crime but a farce.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

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Hanukkah: Martin Luther King Jr. said “[D]arkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.

Dear Kevin,

The last 10 months have been a dark time for America’s reputation as a safe haven for refugees. As we approach Hanukkah, the festival of lights, I keep repeating the words of Martin Luther King Jr., who said “darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”

As the current administration attempts to close the doors of our country to those who have been persecuted because of who they are, Hanukkah reminds us that we can be sources of light by working in our communities and in the courts to proclaim that refugees are welcome here.

As we gather to light our hanukkiyot, we say the words, “Ha’nerot ha’lalu, kodesh hem.” The light we create together is holy. It is light that repairs the world and reflects our commitment to ensuring that the more than 65 million refugees and displaced people across the globe can find safety and are able to rebuild their lives with dignity.

Thank you for helping us to increase the light in the world for refugees this Hanukkah and throughout the year.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a happy Hanukkah,

Mark Hetfield Mark HetfieldMark Hetfield
President & CEO

P.S. Download our special Hanukkah reading to bring refugees into your Hanukkah rituals.

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Was sind “Frostbeulen”?

Unser Kälteempfinden
Alle Menschen frieren, egal in welchem Erdteil sie leben. Gänsehaut und klappernde Zähne sind sicht- und hörbarer Ausdruck, wenn jemand vor Kälte zittert. Die Umgangssprache hat für Frierende ein Wort: Frostbeulen.
Zimt und Zucker
Es gab mal eine Zeit, in der Zucker und Zimt teure Spezialitäten waren. Heutzutage fehlen beide in wohl keinem Haushalt und in keinem Weihnachtsgebäck – genauso wenig wie natürlich in der Sprache.
Der Sündenbock
Wer zum Sündenbock gemacht wird, der soll die Sünden der anderen davontragen. Egal, ob Mensch oder Tier.
Kolumne: Berlin bejubelt seine Komische Oper
70 Jahre und kein bisschen alt: Mit dem Erfolgsmusical “Anatevka“ feiert die Komische Oper ihr Jubiläum. Für DW-Kolumnist Gero Schließ ist das kleinste der drei Berliner Opernhäuser derzeit besonders inspirierend.
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Yippee!!!! Brazil revoked the license for a massive proposed open-pit gold mine along the Xingu River & thousands of indigenous leaders and community members completed a 200-mile march into Quito, Ecuador where the president agreed to meet with them and committed to prohibit all new mining concessions in indigenous territories and reinstate indigenous bilingual education!

We’re thrilled to share even more good news from the Amazon this week!

Due to the sustained pressure of indigenous peoples and their allies, a court in Brazil revoked the license for a massive proposed open-pit gold minealong the Xingu River. And just yesterday, thousands of indigenous leaders and community members completed a 200-mile march into Quito, Ecuador where the president agreed to meet with them and committed to prohibit all new mining concessions in indigenous territories and reinstate indigenous bilingual education!

Kevin, you’ve signed petitions and taken action. Please also make a donation so that we can build upon these victories and inspire other communities to join the fight. When we stand together, we can win!


As an Amazon Watch supporter, we hardly have to tell you that the Amazon rainforest is a global treasure. You know that it plays a critical role in regulating the global climate and is home to hundreds of indigenous nations who have protected it for centuries.

You also know that the Amazon – and the indigenous peoples who call it home – are at risk from new fossil fuel extraction, mining, large-scale hydroelectric dams, agribusiness, and highways. With your support in 2018 we will fight back even harder with our indigenous allies and achieve more important victories together!

Please make your year-end tax-deductible gift today to stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director

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Sixteen presidents—both Democrats and Republicans—have proclaimed national monuments to safeguard our nation’s most iconic landscapes, oceans, and historical sites. Only one Dingbat–President Trump–is now reducing them, and he needs to hear your voice. 

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Environment Update
Stand With America’s National Monuments
Sixteen presidents—both Democrats and Republicans—have proclaimed national monuments to safeguard our nation’s most iconic landscapes, oceans, and historical sites. President Trump is now reducing them, and he needs to hear your voice.

Tell the president you disapprove »

Introducing Earth’s Largest Protected Area
Just in time for Antartica Day, Earth’s largest protected area entered into force Dec. 1. Over 2 million square kilometers (almost 800,000 square miles) in the Ross Sea have been designated fully protected. 

What this means »

‘Extremely Disappointing’ Decision
Despite broad public backing for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, President Donald Trump has significantly scaled back both. Now gone: vital protections for cultural and historic artifacts—as well as for wild lands that should belong to all Americans and our future generations.

Why it matters »

Central Arctic Ecosystem Protected
An international agreement to protect over a million square miles of high seas bans unregulated commercial fishing until science-based measures are in force. 

“Historic opportunity” seized »

Congress Should Not Revise the Wilderness Act
Congress should reject a new bill that proposes relaxed management of wilderness areas. The bill would reverse the ban on mountain bikes and other mechanical transport throughout the protected lands.

Why this matters »

News Clips
In the Arctic, at Least, Diplomacy Works
Tribune Editorial: Why Are You Shrinking Our Monuments, Mr. President?
The Salt Lake Tribune
International Accord Bans Fishing in Central Arctic Ocean, Spurs Science
News Deeply
BLM Sage Grouse Plan Under Review: Stakeholders Urge Interior to Base Any Changes on Science
Tri State Livestock News
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