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!!

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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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Trump Speech–Most Fascist in Decades

Huge changes at Fox News, Trump takes over the party of Lincoln, white nationalists celebrate, and more …


Beyond the notable Media Matters work below, here are highlights from what I’ve watched and read this week: Michelle Goldberg on the GOP’s cult of personality,Molly Ball on the “chaos” convention, Zac Cheney Rice on displays of racism at the Republican convention, and Margaret Talbot on sexism at Fox News.

John Whitehouse

Donald Trump

Trump completes his takeover of the GOP

Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican nomination for president on Thursday night. Media across the political spectrum were appalled at his speech, calling it “terrifying,” “disgusting,” and “apocalyptic.” And Donald was not the only member of the Trump family whose speech drew poor reviews. Ivanka Trump absurdly portrayed her father as a champion of women and equal pay, but experts noted that none of what she said was actually reflected in Trump’s previous comments or the GOP platform. In fact, just minutes earlier, the Trump campaign’s chairman declared that women were upset that their husbands couldn’t provide for them, shocking the MNSBC host. And that wasn’t the only sexism on display at the RNC convention. Fox News thought the Trump speeches were just aces, though as Jon Stewart heroically returned to point out, their hypocrisy on the matter runs deep.

Roger Ailes

A tiny bit of justice at Fox News

It’s official: Roger Ailes has resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News, succeeded for now by Rupert Murdoch himself. Ailes’ stunning fall in less than a month was accelerated by thenumber of women who came forward to note his long history of sexual harassment — even whileAiles himself may have been pressing women to not speak out. Ailes, who also has long history of bigotry, leaves a legacy of building the communications arm of the Republican Party in the guise of a “news” network. It’s serendipitousthat Ailes resigned on the same day that Trump took over the Republican Party, as Trump was enabled by the same forces that Ailes unleashed for decades on Fox. In fact, the two were reportedly even consulting with each other this week. Meanwhile, there is the very real possibility that his fall may encourage other women to speak up about sexual harassment elsewhere. As for Fox News, misogyny at the network goes much deeper than one man.

Melania Trump

Anything you say, I can say too

Melania Trump, Donald Trump’s wife, gave a speech Monday at the Republican National Convention that was roundly criticized for lifting segments from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. Trump surrogates, led by campaign chairman Paul Manafort, flocked to the press to defend the allegations. A Fox News host excused the plagiarism using the logic that Melania’s speech “applied to her life.” But since the evidence was so overwhelming, much of the media actually pushed back on the attempts to defend the indefensible, including some conservatives. Yet when an in-house speech writer for the Trump Organization took the blame for the plagiarism, though, one outlet ignored the possible blatant campaign finance violation.

Rudy Giuliani

White nationalists say Trump’s convention was the tops

Race relations have become a major theme of this election cycle. Donald Trump’s candidacy has emboldened white nationalists. Trump has been noted for interacting with them through his Twitter account, but now the movement isspilling over into the mainstream of the GOP. At the Republican convention, tweets from white nationalists were featured in the convention hall, and a white nationalist was even granted a passand recorded a radio program from inside the arena. Following Trump’s acceptance speech, which was seen as a message to white America by at least one prominent African-American commentator, the nominee drew praise frommany in the white nationalist community, and the following morning former KKK grand wizard David Duke announced his candidacy for the senate, even citing Trump as an inspiration.

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Carlos Maza attended a big pro-Trump rally at the GOP convention thrown by conspiracy theorists, and came away understanding exactly how much Trumpism is taking over the Republican Party:http://mm4a.org/2ablru0

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Richard Engel, who has been to Benghazi and knew Ambassador Christopher Stevens, noted that the RNC was manipulating the grief of the mother who spoke at the convention.http://mm4a.org/2a4HWRi

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Typically American of 21st Century: “Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance”

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How Extrajudicial Executions Became “War” Policy in Washington

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Strangely, amid the spike in racial tensions after the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of five white police officers by a black sharpshooter in Dallas, one American reality has gone unmentioned.  The U.S. has been fighting wars — declared, half-declared, and undeclared — for almost 15 years and, distant as they are, they’ve been coming home in all sorts of barely noted ways.  In the years in which the U.S. has up-armored globally, the country has also seen an arms race developing on the domestic front.  As vets have returned from their Iraq and Afghan tours of duty, striking numbers of them have gone into police work at a time when American weaponry, vehicles, and military equipment — including, for instance, MRAPs (mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles) — havepoured off America’s distant battlefields and, via the Pentagon, into police departments nationwide.  And while the police weremilitarizing, gun companies have been marketing battlefield-style assault rifles to Americans by the millions, at the very moment when it has become ever more possible for citizens to carry weapons of every sort in a concealed or open fashion in public.

The result in Dallas: Micah Johnson, a disturbed Army Reserves veteran, who spent a tour of duty in Afghanistan and practiced military tactics in his backyard, armed with an SKS semi-automatic assault rifle, wearing full body armor, and angry over police killings of black civilians, took out those five white officers.  One of them was a Navy vet who had served three tours of duty in Iraq and another a former Marine who had trained local police for DynCorp, a private contractor, in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Meanwhile, civilian protesters,also armed with assault rifles (quite legal in the streets of Dallas), scattered as the first shots rang out and were, in some cases, taken in by the police as suspects.  And at least two unarmed protesters werewounded by Johnson.  (Think of that, in his terms, as “collateral damage.”)  In the end, he would be killed by a Remotec Andros F5 robot, built by weapons-maker Northrop Grumman, carrying a pound of C4 plastic explosive, and typical of robots that police departments now possess.

In other words, this incident was capped by the first use of deadly force by a drone in the United States.  Consider that a war-comes-home upping of the ante.  Already, reports the Defense One website, makers of military-grade robots — a burgeoning field for the Pentagon — are imagining other ways to employ such armed bots not only on our distant battlefields but at home in a future in which they will be “useful, cheap, and ubiquitous,” and capable of Tasing as well as killing.

Of course, among the many things that have also come home from the country’s wars, Predator and Reaper drones are now flying over “the homeland” on missions for the Pentagon, not to mention theFBI, the Border Patrol, and other domestic agencies.  So the future stage is set.  Once you’ve used any kind of drone in the U.S. to kill by remote control, it’s only logical — given some future extreme situation — to extend that use to the skies and so consider firing a missile at some U.S. target, as the CIA and the Air Force have been doing regularly for years in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. And of course, in our domestic arms race, with small drones commercially available to anyone and the first of them armed(no matter the rudimentary nature of that armament), it’s not hard to imagine a future Micah Johnson, white or black, using one of them sooner or later.  After all, Johnson was already talking about planting “IEDs” (the term for insurgent roadside bombs in our war zones) and a flying IED is a relatively modest step from there.

So, welcome to the “home front,” folks.  And speaking of drones, it’s worth giving a little thought to what might, in fact, still come home, to the sort of example that two administrations have set by turning the president into an assassin-in-chief and regularly creating law for themselves when it comes to the targeting of distant peoples.  In that light, TomDispatch regular Rebecca Gordon considers America’s Trojan Horse technology of death and just what it may someday smuggle into “the homeland.” Tom

The Trojan Drone
An Illegal Military Strategy Disguised as Technological Advance
By Rebecca Gordon

Think of it as the Trojan Drone, the ultimate techno-weapon of American warfare in these years, a single remotely operated plane sent to take out a single key figure. It’s a shiny video game for grown ups — a Mortal Kombat or Call of Duty where the animated enemies bleed real blood. Just like the giant wooden horse the Greeks convinced the Trojans to bring inside their gates, however, the drone carries something deadly in its belly: a new and illegal military strategy disguised as an impressive piece of technology.

The technical advances embodied in drone technology distract us from a more fundamental change in military strategy. However it is achieved — whether through conventional air strikes, cruise missiles fired from ships, or by drone — the United States has now embraced extrajudicial executions on foreign soil. Successive administrations have implemented this momentous change with little public discussion. And most of the discussion we’ve had has focused more on the new instrument (drone technology) than on its purpose (assassination). It’s a case of the means justifying the end. The drones work so well that it must be all right to kill people with them.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

Extrajudicial killing – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


An extrajudicial killing is the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction …Extrajudicial killings and death squads are common in Iraq, Central America, Colombia, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, several …

Argentina · ‎Bangladesh · ‎Chile · ‎El Salvador

A Ray of Sunlight on Obama’s Extrajudicial Killings – The Atlantic

Jun 24, 2014 – A Ray of Sunlight on Obama’s Extrajudicial Killings … rationale used by the Obama administration to justify the secret killings of Americans.

The Extrajudicial Killings of Black People by Police


The Extrajudicial Killings of Black People by Police. July 14, 2016: … Report finds one AfricanAmerican dies in extrajudicial killing every 36 hours. July 22, 2012 …

Targeted Killings and Drone Warfare – Council on Foreign Relations

http://www.cfr.org › Counterterrorism

Targeted killings have become a central component of U.S. counterterrorism … 2011 and the September 2011 drone strike on Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born ….. special rapporteur onextrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions reports …

Extrajudicial Killings – The New York Times


Feb 12, 2014 – Nobody knows whether extrajudicial assassinations save American lives, but any student of American constitutional history knows that the …

Obama’s drone wars and the normalisation of extrajudicial murder …

http://www.theguardian.com › Opinion › Drones (military)

Jun 11, 2012 – Obama’s drone wars and the normalisation of extrajudicial murder … killing from the Oval Office, taking advantage of America’s temporary …

US cited controversial law in decision to kill American citizen by drone …

http://www.theguardian.com › World › Anwar al-Awlaki

Jun 23, 2014 – Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, was killed in an American drone strike ….. themselves some legal cover for ‘targeted’ extrajudicial murder, I’d be …

ACLU sues US over extrajudicial killings of Americans — RT America


Feb 2, 2012 – The American Civil Liberties Union is taking the FBI, Department of Justice and CIA to court over information relating to a US-conducted killing …

Obama cites Israeli Supreme Court to justify killing Americans without …

Jun 24, 2014 – Almost three years have passed since the United States government extrajudicially murdered American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki with a drone …

RIGHTS: Legal Experts Slam “Targeted Killings” of … – Ips North America


Another constitutional scholar, Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois Law School, told IPS that “this extrajudicial execution of human beings” …

RIGHTS: Legal Experts Slam “Targeted Killings” of … – Ips North America


Another constitutional scholar, Professor Francis A. Boyle of the University of Illinois Law School, told IPS that “this extrajudicial execution of human beings” …

Colombia Arrests Army General for Extrajudicial Killings – VOA


Mar 28, 2016 – Colombia Arrests Army General for Extrajudicial Killings … Jose Miguel Vivanco,Americas director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

Racism in America: Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People in 2012 …


Jul 16, 2013 – Racism in America: Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People in 2012, One Every 28 Hours! Zimmerman’s Acquittal and the Call for a New Civil …

Extrajudicial Killings of African Americans Increased and Drone …

Jul 5, 2016 – Uploaded by AfriSynergyNews

Obama has endorsed an enemy of African progress. I have a few months to awaken the millions of blacks who …

Filipino American Faith in Action: Immigration, Religion, and Civic …

2009 – ‎Religion

Veterans from all of America’s wars should be concerned with this veteran’s issue. … Moreover, manyextrajudicial abuses and killings occur in the name of the …

Extrajudicial execution – RationalWiki


May 26, 2016 – Extrajudicial execution is a euphemism for murder. … reference to killings in LatinAmerica, such as the campaign of killings in Chile in the 70s …

Latin American Herald Tribune – Extrajudicial Killings Undermine …

Extrajudicial Killings Undermine Security in Brazil, HRW Says. RIO DE JANEIRO – “Extrajudicial executions” by police in the southeastern Brazilian state of Rio …

The Project on Extrajudicial Executions home


This site also documents the work of the Project on Extrajudicial Executions. The site … AP LatinAmerica: UN Rapporteur amazed by impunity in Ecuador

Refocus on Extrajudicial Killings through CIA-operated Drones


Mar 13, 2016 – Refocus on Extrajudicial Killings through CIA-operated Drones … 4,700 people have been killed by the raids of America’s secretive drone war.

When the US Government Can Kill You, Explained | Mother Jones

Mar 5, 2012 – … that the targeted killing of American citizens violates the Constitution. … an enemy of the state and order his extrajudicial killing should ask …

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Is this really the way to help Vets?

New Veteran’s Prescription Drug Law

by rosecoveredglasses


Vets and Addiction

Image: aforeverecovery.com


“A new law designed to curb opiate and heroin abuse.

It includes tougher prescription guidance for Veterans Affairs medical facilities nationwide.

Sought by the family of Marine veteran Jason Simcakoski, who died of an accidental overdose at the Tomah, Wisconsin, VA Medical Center in 2014, the changes are designed to strengthen VA pain management guidance and training, improve prescription oversight and promote alternative therapies.

Under the bill, VA must ensure that its prescribers are schooled in the latest practices and that all medical facilities stock overdose countermeasures such as naloxone and establish pain management teams to oversee opioid prescriptions for veterans with non-cancer-related pain.

“The bill recognizes that too often, these drugs have been used inappropriately and ineffectively, and because they are so powerful and so addictive, this inappropriate use is very dangerous,” said Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., a sponsor of the veterans provisions.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which passed the Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 92-2 and is expected to be signed by President Obama, authorizes $181 million in new funding for a range of measures designed to fight the national opiate abuse epidemic.

The bill requires the VA to ensure health care providers can access and provide information to state prescription databases. It also gives patient advocates more independence by providing an avenue for reporting patient concerns outside the hospital’s chain of command.

It promotes alternatives to incarceration for those with substance abuse issues, to include grants to expand veterans treatment courts, and it broadens the number of health care providers who can oversee patients prescribed medications for opioid addiction by allowing some nurse practitioners and physician assistants to facilitate treatment.

Simcakoski died Aug. 30, 2014, in the Tomah hospital’s short-stay mental health unit from “mixed drug toxicity,” having taken 13 prescribed medications, including several that cause respiratory depression, in a 24-hour period.

Staff psychiatrists had added new medications to Simcakoski’s lengthy list of prescriptions in the days preceding his death and according to Baldwin, both Simcakoski and his family members had questioned staff whether the treatment was appropriate.

Veterans also told a Center for Investigative Reporting journalist that distribution of narcotics was so rampant at Tomah, they nicknamed the place “Candy Land” and the center’s chief of staff Dr. David Houlihan the “Candy Man.”

According to Baldwin, the patient advocacy measures in the new legislation were most important to the Simcakoski family.

“In Jason’s case, he and his family questioned the treatment. But nevertheless, the patient advocate answered to the prescribing physician and the hospital chief of staff. That’s not independence,” she said.

According to a 2014 VA inspector general report, the Veterans Health Administration issued 1.68 million prescriptions for opioids to 440,000 outpatients, or 7.7 percent of all VA patients, in 2012.

The IG found that 13.1 percent of those prescribed opioids had an active substance use issue and 7.4 percent of patients taking opioids also had a prescription for benzodiazepine — a combination that can cause respiratory depression and death.

In 2012, the Center for Investigative Reporting published an analysis showing that VA prescriptions for opiates such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine have increased 270 percent over the past 12 years.

The investigation also found that on average, VA has issued more than one opiate prescription per narcotic-prescribed patient for the past two years.

Baldwin said the Simcakoski family worked hard to make sure the VA provisions were included in the final bill, and she praised their efforts.

“This bill may have a real impact on the chances of [a veteran] becoming addicted,” Baldwin said. “My goal is to prevent Jason’s tragedy from happening to other veterans and their families.”


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Just another typical ISIS Terrorist

Mohamed Bouhlel, Nice truck attacker.

Nice Attacker Mohamed Bouhlel Was ‘Bisexual,’ Investigators Say
French authorities made the discovery on Bouhlel’s phone after his truck attack on Thursday.


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Palm Oil and War Crimes

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Nice Attacks and German Attacks


Amaq’s claim comes just days after the radical Islamist group said it inspired the Nice truck attack.

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on Tuesday said that an Afghan refugee who launched an axe and knife attack on a train in Germany was one of its “fighters.”

The claim, published through the group’s affiliated Amaq news agency, stated that “the perpetrator of the stabbing attack in Germany was one of the fighters of the Islamic State.”
In the southern German city of Wuerzberg, the 17-year-old Afghan national injured four people from a family that had traveled to Germany from Hong Kong and a woman outside the train station as he fled the scene.”He carried out this operation responding to calls to target countries of the coalition fighting ISIS,” it added.

Two of the family are in a critical condition. German special police killed the asylum seeker as he tried to escape after the attack.

The refugee had traveled to Germany two years ago unaccompanied, applied for asylum in March and lived with a foster family. Authorities discovered a hand-painted ISIS flag in his room at his property, suggesting a possible case of bedroom radicalization, where people view extremist jihadi propaganda online.

An interior ministry spokesman told AFP news agency that “it is quite probably that this was an Islamist attack” as the unidentified attacker had shouted “Allahu Akhbar,” which means “God is great.”

The group’s spokesman had called for its sympathizers to carry out attacks against Western nations, involved in the U.S.-led coalition battling the group in Syria and Iraq, before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

ISIS claims attacks carried out by suspected radical Islamists in the Western world, even if it has not given direct orders for the attack instead citing that it has inspired the perpetrator. Instances of this in recent months include the Orlando attack, the attack in the Paris suburb of Magnanville, and the Nice attack.

In the first two attacks, both perpetrators pledged allegiance to ISIS but, in Nice, police killed Mohamed Bouhlel in his truck after he had killed 84 people and before he could announce any pledge to the radical Islamist group.

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Sojourners’ Article Urges Action on Shell Companies Everywhere!!!

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Sojourners’ Article Urges Action on Shell Companies

Posted: 13 Jul 2016 12:22 PM PDT

by Greg Williams
In an article in Sojourners’ August issue, Conrad Martin of the Fund for Constitutional Government urges action on the problem of anonymous shell companies. Some of these companies fuel corruption and crime around the world by acting as money laundering vehicles. In the US, you don’t have to disclose the true owner of a company when you create it, making it diffiicult for law enforcement to solve crimes financed by these shell companies. Shell companies contribute to the more than $1 trillion developing countries lose each year to crime, tax evasion and corruption.
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Tarzan’s view of our history?

Tomgram: Adam Hochschild, Letting Tarzan Swing Through History

[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Even TD knows when it’s beat. Thursday is clearly a media day reserved for pure Trumpery. There’s no point in fighting it, so this site is taking it off. The next post will be on Sunday, July 24th. Tom]

At almost 72, I recently went to The Legend of Tarzan, the IMAX version, with a screen so big I almost stepped inside it and a soundscape so all-enveloping that my already pathetic hearing might have been blown away for good.  Still, however “immersive” the experience was meant to be, I found it so much less thrilling than the 3-D of my childhood.  I’ll never forget watching Fort Ti in 1953 at age nine and hitting the floor the moment the first flaming arrow headed directly for me.

As for Tarzan, what were they thinking in Hollywood?  I watched bemused as the Ape Man flexed his creaking joints, swung from vine to vine, and fought all manner of friend and foe in an effort to be up-to-date.  If you want to see a white savior film that’s more of our moment, check out The Free State of Jones, set in the “jungles” of southern Mississippi in the Civil War era, with plenty of Tarzan-style vines to go around.  All I can say is that, as far as I was concerned, only the animated great apes — Tarzan’s buddies and rivals — showed a spark of real life.

Still, I wouldn’t have missed the film for the world. After all, it’s the first action movie that — as you’ll see from TomDispatch regularAdam Hochschild’s piece today — has ever based itself in any way on a book I edited, in this case his classic King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa.  As a result, I left the theater filled with wild fantasies.  (Even editors can dream, can’t they?)  I began to imagine Who Rules the World?, Noam Chomsky’slatest book, absorbed into a future X-Men: Apocalypse America. Or the late Chalmers Johnson’s Dismantling the Empire as the basis for the next Jason Bourne romp.  Or Ann Jones’s They Were Soldiers at the grim heart of American Sniper: The Next Generation.  Or, in Tarzan-style, Andrew Bacevich’s writing on America’s twenty-first-century Middle Eastern wars as part of a reboot of Lawrence of Arabia— perhaps King David of Iraq: The Surge to Nowhere.

Now, let me dream on while you read about Adam Hochschild’s encounter with what might be thought of as the latest version ofPlanet of the Apes. Tom

Me Tarzan, You Adam
How I Met the Ghosts of My Own Work in a Local Multiplex
By Adam Hochschild

Some time ago I wrote a book about one of the great crimes of the last 150 years: the conquest and exploitation of the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgium. When King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was published, I thought I had found all the major characters in that brutal patch of history. But a few weeks ago I realized that I had left one out: Tarzan.

Let me explain. Although a documentary film based on my book did appear, I often imagined what Hollywood might do with such a story. It would, of course, have featured the avaricious King Leopold, who imposed a slave labor system on his colony to extract its vast wealth in ivory and wild rubber, with millions dying in the process. And it would surely have included the remarkable array of heroic figures who resisted or exposed his misdeeds. Among them were African rebel leaders like Chief Mulume Niama, who fought to the death trying to preserve the independence of his Sanga people; an Irishman, Roger Casement, whose exposure to the Congo made him realize that his own country was an exploited colony and who was later hanged by the British; two black Americans who courageously managed to get information to the outside world; and the Nigerian-born Hezekiah Andrew Shanu, a small businessman who secretly leaked documents to a British journalist and was hounded to death for doing so. Into the middle of this horror show, traveling up the Congo River as a steamboat officer in training, came a young seaman profoundly shocked by what he saw. When he finally got his impressions onto the page, he would produce the most widely read short novel in English, Heart of Darkness.

How could all of this not make a great film?

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