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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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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Summit to Tackle Extremism 2016 Young Ottawa

One Young World

Meet the young leaders fighting against violent extremism


Global Youth Summit | Counter Extremism Project


Sep 28, 2015 – Global Youth Summit Against Violent Extremism … In May 2016, the U.S. State Department and USAID released their first ever joint strategy on …

A Way To Prevent Violent Extremism – Billionaire

Sep 14, 2016 – At One Young World’s Ottawa 2016 Summit, the Extremely Together team will present a variety of approaches for tackling violent extremism, …

Disillusion with politics is fuelling extremism, young … – Daily Mail

Extremist ideology is being fuelled by disillusion with politics, a young … Published: 09:36 EST, 27 September 2016 | Updated: 09:36 EST, 27 September 2016 … the OneYoung World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, this week, was driven to tackle …

Countering Violent Extremism – Kofi Annan Foundation

08 February 2016 … Participate in the One Young World Summit 2016 in Ottawa. … Experience in countering extremism; active in their local communities … The Kofi Annan Foundation mobilises political will to overcome threats to peace, …

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Extremely Together – Young people coming together…

It brings young people together to counter violent extremism. … The Kofi Annan Foundation mobilises political will to overcome threats to peace, … at the annual OneYoung World Summit 2016 in Ottawa which convenes young leaders, NGOs, …

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Geneva 1211 … Ten young people seeking positive responses to violent extremism, brought… … Just one day to go until the One Young World Summit in Ottawa! …young leaders as we count down to the 2016 One Young World Summit in Ottawa! …. It’s been a difficult journey with so many obstacles to overcome: being …

Disillusion with politics is fuelling extremism, young … – Daily Mail

Extremist ideology is being fuelled by disillusion with politics, a young … Published: 09:36 EST, 27 September 2016 | Updated: 09:36 EST, 27 September 2016 … the OneYoung World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, this week, was driven to tackle …

Countering Violent Extremism – Kofi Annan Foundation

08 February 2016 … Participate in the One Young World Summit 2016 in Ottawa. … Experience in countering extremism; active in their local communities … The Kofi Annan Foundation mobilises political will to overcome threats to peace, ..

One Young World on Twitter: “#ExtremelyTogether has launched …


May 24, 2016 – Ottawa Summit 28 September – 1 October 2016. …. I am proud to announce @xtremely2gether: Young people coming together against violent …


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Disillusion with politics is fuelling extremism

Gunman Opens Fire, Injuring 9, at Houston Shopping Center: Police say he was carrying Nazi emblems and had Civil War paraphernalia in his car.


H7 texas shooting

In Texas, at least nine people were wounded after a gunman opened fire at a shopping center in Houston on Monday morning, before being killed by police. Police have named the suspected gunman as Nathan DeSai. Police say he was carrying Nazi emblems and had Civil War paraphernalia in his car. Police say they recovered a .45 semi-automatic “Tommy Gun” as well as 2,600 rounds of live ammunition at the scene. One of his victims is in critical condition.


Disillusion with politics is fuelling extremism, young Muslim leader warns

Extremist ideology is being fuelled by disillusion with politics, a young leader with the Kofi Annan Foundation has said.

Flowers left at Russell Square tube station, London, as Britain remembered the July 7 bombings

Fatima Zaman said there was a need to recognise the roots of all extreme views, and it was the country’s tolerance and respect for different cultures that made Britain great.

“Across the entire spectrum, from the far right, the far left and Islamist inspired extremism, there exist certain commonalities.

“Irrespective of the type of terrorist organisation, extremist ideology is fuelled by discontent, social fragmentation and a disillusion with the political order of the day,” the 23-year-old east Londoner said.

Ms Zaman, who will speak at a gathering of young people with leadership potential at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, this week, was driven to tackle extremism following the July 7 bombings in London.

Through her work as a civil servant, and with the Kofi Annan Foundation initiative Extremely Together, she aims to show “there is only so far hate can travel”.

She said: “There is an onus on the media and society to drown out extremism by amplifying the voices of reason, using positive stories to defeat extremism and by offering a better alternative narrative.

“This is exactly what Extremely Together aims to do. We are not just stating what we are against, but also what we are for.”

Engaging young people in discussion about subjects such as foreign policy, often held up as a reason men and women travel to join organisations like Islamic State (IS), is an effective means of discouraging extremist views and encouraging critical thinking, Ms Zaman added.

“The extremists state that being British directly contradicts being Muslim and that the two identities should always be at war. But the great thing about being British is tolerance for other cultures, understanding of difference and respect for culture,” she said.

“There is so much diversity in the UK and we as a nation celebrate our differences. It’s particularly important for me to highlight my different identities and show how I am comfortable with being both British and Muslim.

“I am the representation of a balance, of peaceful co-existence and it is this that allows me to challenge the extremists’ claims that being Muslim is not compatible with being British.”

The One Young World Summit brings 1,300 young leaders from around the world together to discuss issues from climate change and extremism to animal rights and poverty, with pledges made to be acted on throughout the year.

Speakers at the four day event this week include Sir Bob Geldof, Cher and Kofi Annan.
Read more at http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/uk-news/2016/09/27/disillusion-with-politics-is-fuelling-extremism-young-muslim-leader-warns/#dlsxQzU2JXTr1bJH.99

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Study published in Science: Researchers from Stanford University establish a firm link between fracking wastewater injection and a series of earthquakes in east Texas

Crony Capitalism and Political Privilege: Earthshaking. Literally.

By Thomas Knapp

Hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, causes earthquakes. Or, rather, deep-injection disposal of the wastewater from fracking causes earthquakes. Some people — namely, public relations flacks and lobbyists for the petroleum and natural gas industries, and their political allies — would have you believe that’s a disputable, even controversial, claim. It isn’t. It’s something we’ve known for half a century.

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In 1962, US Army Corps of Engineers personnel pumped 165 million gallons of waste fluid into rock 12,000 feet below the surface of the earth at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal and noticed that the pumping was accompanied by a number of small earthquakes. Six years later, the US Geological Survey monitored seismic activity as the Corps pumped some of that water back out, observing a noticeable increase in seismic activity after the pumping.

Hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, causes earthquakes. Or, rather, deep-injection disposal of the wastewater from fracking causes earthquakes.

Some people — namely, public relations flacks and lobbyists for the petroleum and natural gas industries, and their political allies — would have you believe that’s a disputable, even controversial, claim. It isn’t. It’s something we’ve known for half a century.

In a study published the September 23 issue of Science, researchers from Stanford University establish a firm link between fracking wastewater injection and a series of earthquakes in east Texas, including the largest quake ever recorded in that region.

Fracking. Causes. Earthquakes. Period.

Question: What’s the difference between a drunk driver who totals your car with his reckless, intoxicated driving, and an oil company that damages your house’s foundation with its reckless, earthquake-inducing fracking?

Answer: The oil company can afford to buy off politicians and regulators to let it injure you without legal consequence or liability, and to run slick public relations campaigns aimed at convincing you to not believe your own lying eyes. The drunk driver counts himself lucky if he has enough cash on hand to buy the next six-pack.

Some self-styled advocates of “capitalism” and “free markets” have prostituted themselves out to the fracking industry, attempting to justify that kind of privilege and favoritism in the name of cheap energy and economic growth, all the while decrying “crony capitalism” as it relates to industries which haven’t written generous checks to fund what the so-called think tanks euphemistically refer to as “research.”

There’s a difference between a free market and a free-for-all. In a free market, you have to pay for what you take. That includes restitution for damages caused by your reckless, negligent, or even criminally intentional, activities.

Fracking causes earthquakes. Earthquakes damage stuff. It’s time for frackers to start picking up the check for that damage or to knock off the fracking. They don’t have to like it. That’s how it needs to be whether they like it or not.

Submitters Website: http://thegarrisoncenter.org

Submitters Bio:

Thomas L. Knapp is director and senior news analyst at the William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism (thegarrisoncenter.org). He lives and works in north central Florida.

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Fearing for the country: Will the New President continue the Obama Administration’s War against Transparency and Whistleblowers

It sounds like another reason to vote for someone other than Dump and Hill.–kas

Whistleblower Kiriakou: POTUS Race–The Criminal vs. The Lunatic

By Joan Brunwasser

For the first time in my life, I fear for the country. The two major parties are represented by a lunatic and a criminal. What I fear most is that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will continue the Obama Administration’s war against transparency and whistleblowers. Government secrets will remain secret, even when they violate the law. That won’t change, at least in the next four years.


My guest today is John Kiriakou, former CIA analyst and case officer, and member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

John Kiriakou

Joan Brunwasser: Welcome to OpEdNews, John. You are the recipient of the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence. Congratulations! Many of us do not know about this award. Fill us in please.

John Kiriakou: Thanks for having me. I’ve been a big fan of OpEdNews for a long time.

JB: i’m so glad to hear that!

JK: The Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence is given to current or former intelligence officers or federal law enforcement officers who have exhibited “courage” and demonstrated “integrity” in their actions or their analysis. It was founded by former senior CIA officer Ray McGovern and was named not after the revolutionary hero, but after a CIA analyst who was the first to say, despite being detrimental to his career, that the U.S. was actually losing the war in Vietnam and that CIA analysis was not honest.

JB: I assumed the award was named after the other Sam Adams but this has more relevance. I’m curious about how Sam Adams, the CIA analyst, fared after he profferred his critique about the Vietnam War.

JK: As you might imagine, the CIA’s Sam Adams was marginalized and pushed out of his job. “Why can’t you be a team player?” became a refrain from those around him. He believed–rightly–that there was a conspiracy among military and intelligence leaders in South Vietnam to underestimate the numbers of Vietcong. Nobody would listen to him, his career appeared to be at an end, and he resigned from the CIA while still in his early 40s. He died of cancer about 10 years later.

JB: Not a pretty picture for those who buck the party line, then or now. What did you do that got you in hot water, John?

JK: Well, it depends who you ask. The Justice Department will tell you that I confirmed the name of a former CIA colleague to a reporter. I did. I’m sorry I did that. But that happens in Washington every single day. Just look at the Washington Post or the New York Times in the morning. And those cases are never, ever prosecuted. But in my case, in December 2007, I went on ABC News and confirmed that the CIA was torturing its prisoners. I said three things in that interview that completely changed the course of the rest of my life. I said the CIA was torturing its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. Government policy, and that the policy had been personally approved by the president. The FBI began investigating me within 24 hours. That investigation lasted four years, and in January 2012, I was charged with five felonies.

JB: The timing of the FBI investigation certainly flunks the sniff test. What happened with the charges?

JK: I was charged with three counts of espionage (two for speaking to the New York Times and one for speaking with ABC News), one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1981 (IIPA) and one count of making a false statement. Four of the charges were dismissed–all of the espionage counts and the false statement count. I took a plea to violating the IIPA. This was really an economic decision. The government offered me a sentence of 30 months. I could have risked it and gone to trial. But if I had been convicted, I was facing 45 years in prison. I knew that if I took the deal, I’d be out in under two years. I was. Now I am home and can support my family.

Of course, at the same time, the CIA torturers are free, the officials who came up with the torture program are free, the attorneys who justified the torture are free, the officials who approved of the torture are free, and the CIA officer who destroyed evidence of the torture is free. That’s Washington. I bucked the system. I aired the dirty laundry. So they moved to crush me.

JB: Did you anticipate that the government would come down on you like a pile of bricks? Were you hoping that you would slip under the radar like most of the media leakers that you referred to before?

JK: I didn’t think that I had done anything wrong. I had only confirmed what Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the International Committee of the Red Cross had already said publicly. But I had decided in advance of the interview that I was going to tell the truth. As crazy as it may sound, I’m glad I did. And I would do it again.

Interestingly, too, it wasn’t the Bush Administration that really targeted me. The FBI investigated me from December, 2007 to December, 2008 and closed the case, saying that I hadn’t committed any crime. A month later, when Obama was inaugurated, the CIA asked him to reopen the case. The FBI then investigated me for another three years and finally charged me.

JB:Sadly, the Obama Administration does have a reputation for going after whistleblowers and journalists to an unprecedented degree. It’s not that surprising that you got caught in their crosshairs. That brings us to the present. Have you anything to say about the current political environment and the upcoming election?

JK: For the first time in my life, I fear for the country. The two major parties are represented by a lunatic and a criminal. Third parties are kept out of the debates and minimized to keep them from gaining any political traction. What I fear most is that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will continue the Obama Administration’s war against transparency and whistleblowers. Government secrets will remain secret, even when they violate the law. That won’t change, at least in the next four years.

JB: I hear you. Which one’s the criminal? And why? Can you be a bit more specific here? I don’t want to make assumptions.

JK: I’ve been very, very disappointed in Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. I always thought that Benghazi was a Republican red herring. But this email scandal had legs. If there was any sense of fairness, any sense of justice, Hillary would have been charged with espionage. You see, the Obama Administration, and especially the Holder Justice Department, made a policy decision in early 2009 to use the espionage act against people speaking to the press.

The espionage act is very, very broadly written. It defines espionage as the act of “providing national defense information to any person not entitled to receive it.” I personally believe that it’s unconstitutionally vague. But it has been used against whistleblowers a record eight times by this administration. The issue is, though, that that is what Hillary Clinton did. We know that from documents released through the Freedom of Information Act. Hillary Clinton committed a crime that eight of us have been prosecuted for. In the interest of justice, in the interest of fairness, she should either be charged with a crime or the rest of us should be pardoned.

JB: You make some good points. How much hope do you have that justice will be carried out in that regard?

JK: I like to think I’m a realist. Nobody in Washington does things because they’re the “right thing to do.” They do things because there’s something in it for them. With that said, I have submitted a pardon application to the president. I enclosed with it a letter of support signed by 81 former CIA, NSA, State Department, and military officers and FBI agents, a letter from the author of the law I was convicted of violating, saying that I should never have been prosecuted in the first place, and a copy of a 1982 op-ed by then-Senator Joe Biden, saying that the Intelligence Identities Protection Act was unconstitutional and should never have been enacted. I would certainly appreciate a presidential pardon. But I’m not expecting one.

JB: This reminds me a bit of the [former Alabama Governor Don] Siegelman case. In an unprecedented bipartisan display, over 100 former state attorneys general of both parties decried his sentence, asking for a prompt presidential pardon. Yet he still sits in federal prison, convicted of something that isn’t even a crime…. Back to you. How does a former CIA analyst/convicted felon support his family these days?

JK: That’s a good question. And a difficult one. Washington is sometimes called the “city of second chances.” Are you a congressman who buggers a page? No problem. You get a second chance. You out Valerie Plame? No worries. You can make half a million dollars at a consulting firm. But for me, Washington isn’t the city of second chances. I’ll never work here again. Since I got home from prison almost two years ago, I’ve written a weekly column for California-based Reader Supported News. I also contribute to California-based Truthdig. I’ve also had the good fortune to have consulted on a number of movies and television series. So I think my future is in Los Angeles.

JB: Washington’s loss is LA’s gain: how trite yet true. What was the award ceremony like last night? Did it at all mitigate your feelings about the way you’ve been treated by our government?

JK: I have been truly blessed and fortunate since this entire nightmare began. I can count on one hand the number of friends who walked away from me after my arrest, and every single one of them had something to do with the torture program. No loss. But more importantly, this experience has allowed me to meet some absolutely amazing people and to make many, many new friends. My life is better now that it has ever been. On the day of my arrest, my brother told me, “I know you can’t see it. But this will turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to you.” He was right. It has.

The Sam Adams award ceremony was, in my mind, less a formal ceremony than it was a gathering of friends. I was so honored to be on the stage with giants, people for whom I have had only the greatest respect for as long as I can remember.

JB: Well, I think it’s safe to say that you fit right in with that illustrious crowd. With the current environment less and less friendly to whistleblowers, do you have any words of advice to those who might be contemplating risking career and reputation, not to mention their liberty, in order to share the truth with the public?

JK: Thanks for that. I do have one important piece of advice. It’s not romantic or sexy sounding. It’s to simply engage an attorney skilled in whistleblowing issues BEFORE blowing the whistle. I waited to hire an attorney and I found myself reacting and responding to the government, rather than acting proactively. If you are in national security, hire the best national security litigators money can buy.

JB: Do you think things could have gone differently if you had followed this piece of advice?

JK: Yes, I do. The one critical mistake I made was to speak to the FBI. Never, ever speak to the FBI under any circumstances. But I had worked side-by-side with the FBI for decades. I had no idea I was under investigation. And the FBI twisted everything I said. When I came out of the meeting, I had five felonies hanging over my head. If I had my attorney with me, he would have ended the meeting in five seconds. I would never have been convicted of anything.

JB: An expensive life lesson. Let’s turn back to the presidential election for a moment. You clearly are no fan of either of the major candidates. Did you have a horse in this race? Do you like the third party candidates any better? Or is the system so broken that the particular candidate doesn’t matter much anymore?

JK: I think our bipolar political system is broken and I do like the third party candidates. My own personal ideology is pretty close to the Green, Jill Stein’s. She’s been kind to me, and she said recently that if she were elected President, she would pardon me and bring me into her administration. I like the Libertarian Gary Johnson very much, too. Gary wrote to me in prison, he asked the Attorney General to release me early, and he, too, said that he would pardon me and ask me to join his administration.

Our problem is that the two major parties have a stranglehold on politics. Just look at the debates. Whatever happened to the League of Women Voters? Now we have this “bipartisan” Commission on Presidential Debates, the job of which is to keep everybody else out. If this Commission had been in charge in the past, there would not have been a Ralph Nader, Ross Perot, or John Anderson. It’s anti-democratic and it should go.

JB: Agreed. Have you decided yet: will you watch the debates or boycott them?

JK: I so dislike both Trump and Clinton that I don’t think I can force myself through a debate.

JB: Any final thoughts before we wrap this up?

JK: I want potential whistleblowers to know that you will not be alone. So many Americans will support what you do. You may feel isolated, unappreciated, even targeted. But you are not alone. Hire an attorney and fight.

JB: Thanks so much for talking with me, John. It was an honor. Best of luck to you!


John’s website

Wikipedia: The CIA awarded Kiriakou with 10 Exceptional Performance Awards, a Sustained Superior performance Award, the Counterterrorism Service Medal, and the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award. Kiriakou won the 2012 Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage, which is awarded to “national security whistleblowers who stood up for constitutional rights and American values, at great risk to their personal and professional lives”. In November 2013, Kiriakou was awarded the “Peacemaker of the Year” by the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County. In December 2013, he received a 2013 Giraffe Hero Commendation, awarded to people who stick their necks out for the common good.

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Submitters Bio:

Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of transparency and the ability to accurately check and authenticate the vote cast, these systems can alter election results and therefore are simply antithetical to democratic principles and functioning. Since the pivotal 2004 Presidential election, Joan has come to see the connection between a broken election system, a dysfunctional, corporate media and a total lack of campaign finance reform. This has led her to enlarge the parameters of her writing to include interviews with whistle-blowers and articulate others who give a view quite different from that presented by the mainstream media. She also turns the spotlight on activists and ordinary folks who are striving to make a difference, to clean up and improve their corner of the world. By focusing on these intrepid individuals, she gives hope and inspiration to those who might otherwise be turned off and alienated. She also interviews people in the arts in all their variations – authors, journalists, filmmakers, actors, playwrights, and artists. Why? The bottom line: without art and inspiration, we lose one of the best parts of ourselves. And we’re all in this together. If Joan can keep even one of her fellow citizens going another day, she considers her job well done. When Joan hit one million page views, OEN Managing Editor, Meryl Ann Butler interviewed her, turning interviewer briefly into interviewee. Read the interview here.

While the news is often quite depressing, Joan nevertheless strives to maintain her mantra: “Grab life now in an exuberant embrace!” Joan has been Election Integrity Editor for OpEdNews since December, 2005. Her articles also appear at Huffington Post, RepublicMedia.TV and Scoop.co.nz.

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What is Concentration Deficit Disorder (or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo)?

Concentration Deficit Disorder (Sluggish Cognitive Tempo)

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics Medical University of South Carolina

This Fact Sheet is based on a chapter to appear in the next edition of Dr. Barkley’s textbook, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment (4th edition). New York: Guilford Press. In press; expected publication date – December 2014.

This chapter reviews the evidence for a second attention disorder that is distinct from yet overlaps with ADHD. Although this condition has been called Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) since the 1980s, I have recently recommended that the name be changed to Concentration Deficit Disorder (CDD) for various reasons, not the least of which is that it can be viewed by the public as pejorative, derogatory, or frankly offensive (Barkley, 2014; Saxbe & Barkley, 2014). While some prior reviewers of the evidence have suggested that the disorder be called attention deficit disorder, or ADD (Diamond, 2005; Milich & Roberts, 2012), and many clinicians have adopted this term for people who are primarily inattentive and have little or no evidence of hyperactive or impulsive behavior, it is not advisable to do so. Not the least reason for which is that ADD is the older term for ADHD dating back to DSM-III in 1980 and so resurrecting it as the name for a second attention disorder merely unnecessary creates confusion between these conditions which, as will be shown below, are quite different in a number of important features. The term SCT also implies that the neurocognitive dysfunction underlying the condition is well-known and supported by empirical evidence, and this is very far from the case at the moment. The same criticism can be applied to other terms suggested for this condition, such as Primary Disorder of Vigilance (PDV; Weinberg & Brumback, 1990, 1992; Weinberg & Harper, 1993), although that term was asserted to be an alternative to ADHD and not just the identification of another attention disorder. Obviously, if vigilance is defined as “alertness” and “sustained attention” (Wikipedia) then, by definition, ADHD can be automatically redefined as representing PDV, with the former now relegated to mythical status by those authors (Weinberg & Brumback, 1992). Toss into the definition as they did problems with wakefulness and focus of attention and you pretty much cover both disorders under discussion here without having to do anything more scholarly than pontification. Or do anything more scientific than dredging up five clinical cases out of one’s practice while summarily dispensing with 200 years of medical commentary and scientific research on ADHD (Weinberg & Brumback, 1990, 1992; Weinberg & Harper, 1993). CDD seems to be a reasonable option for various reasons: (a) it keeps the focus of the label on an attention problem yet makes it distinct from ADHD; (b) it is not offensive or pejorative to patients and family members as is SCT; (c) it does not imply we know more than we do about the underlying cognitive dysfunction, as do the terms SCT and PDV; and (d) it may suggest some overlap with ADHD, which is the case (see below). Moreover, the term “concentration” does not appear in the symptom lists for either ADHD (DSM-5) or SCT (Penny, Waschbusch, Klein, Corkum, & Eskes, 2009) and thus is less likely to create unnecessary semantic confusion. For these reasons, throughout the remainder of this chapter I refer to this condition as CDD (SCT).

History of CDD

(SCT) vs. ADHD Cases of CDD (SCT) have likely existed within the childhood population at least throughout the past two centuries, if not longer. Descriptions of individuals with “low power” of attention….

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For decades,U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military Record–We need a plan to get out of so many endless wars, America!

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It’s the timing that should amaze us (were anyone to think about it for 30 seconds). Let’s start with the conflict in Afghanistan, now regularly described as the longest war in American history.  It began on October 7, 2001, and will soon reach its 15th “anniversary.” Think of it as the stepchild of America’s first Afghan War (against the Soviets), a largely CIA affair which lasted from 1979 to 1989.  Considered a major victory, leading as it did to the implosion of the Soviet Union in 1991, it also devastated Afghanistan and created close to the full cast of characters for America’s second Afghan War.  In reality, you could say that Washington has conducted a quarter-century-plus of warfare there (with a decade off).  And in the Pentagon, they’re already talking about that war’s possible extension well into the 2020s.

And then, of course, there’s Iraq.  Where even to begin to count?  You could start perhaps with the military aid and assistance that Washington gave Saddam Hussein in the eight-year war that followed his invasion of Iran in 1980, including crucial information that the Iraqis could use to target Iranian troops with their chemical weapons.  Or you could start with that victory of all victories, the first Gulf War of 1991, in which the U.S. military crushed Saddam’s troops in Kuwait, showed off the snazzy techno-abilities of the mightiest force on the planet… and er, um… somehow didn’t unseat the Iraqi ruler, leading to years of no-fly-zone air war until that second, ultimate victory, the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which led to… er, um… a disastrous occupation, various insurgencies, and finally the withdrawal of American forces in 2011 before… er, um… the Islamic State emerged triumphantly to smash the American-trained Iraqi army, taking over major cities, and establishing its “caliphate.”  That, of course, led to America’s third Iraq War (or is it the fourth?), still ongoing.  In other words, at least a quarter-century of conflict and possibly more with no end in sight.

And don’t get me started on Somalia.  Who, after all, doesn’t recall the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu (known here as the “Black Hawk down” incident)?  Twenty-three years later, the U.S. is stillbombing, missiling, and raiding that country which is, by now, a terror disaster zone.  Or Yemen, where the U.S. began its drone strikes back in 2002 and has never stopped as that country went over a cliff into civil war followed by a disastrous Saudi-led invasion that the U.S. has backed in a major way, including supplying cluster bombs and white phosphorous to its forces.  And Libya?  From the moment in 1986 when the Reagan administration sent in the U.S. air power to take out “terrorist training” sites in Tripoli and Benghazi, as well as the residence of the country’s autocratic ruler, Muammar Gaddafi, on and off hostilities continued until the NATO/U.S. air intervention of 2011.  That, in turn, brought on not just the end of Gaddafi’s rule, but a failed state filled with actual terrorists.

Syria is, of course, a Johnny-come-lately to American war, since Washington has been bombing there for a mere two years, and Special Forces operatives only entered the country relatively recently.  And Pakistan barely counts: just 424 drone strikes over 12 years.  A mere nothing when it comes to American warfare in this era.  And as if to make the point about all this, just a few weekends ago, the U.S. launched bombing or missile strikes in six of those seven countries (skipping only Pakistan), all six now being either failed states or close to that.  It’s quite a record of unending warfare, largely against — with the exception of Saddam Hussein’s military — lightly armed insurgents and terror groups of various sorts in countries that are generally now verging on collapse or nonexistent.

If you’ve ever wondered how those inside the planet’s self-proclaimed mightiest military force assess their handiwork over these last 15 (or for that matter 50) years, it’s fortunately no longer necessary to guess. Thanks to TomDispatch’s Nick Turse, we now have a document from within that military which will answer your every question on war, American-style, even if those answers beg questions all their own. Tom

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Winning: it’s written into the DNA of the U.S.A.  After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous (if purloinedmaxim: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”?

Americans expect to be number one.  First Lady Michelle Obama recently called the United States the “greatest country on Earth.” (Take that, world public opinion, and your choice of Germany!) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton went even further, touting America as “the greatest country that has ever been created.”  Her rival, Donald Trump, who for political gain badmouths the country that made him rich and famous, does so in the hope of returning America to supposedly halcyon days of unparalleled greatness.  He’s predicted that his presidency might lead to an actual winning overload.  “We’re going to win so much,” he told supporters.  “You’re going to get tired of winning. You’re going to say, ‘Please, Mr. President… don’t win so much’… And I’m going to say, ‘No, we have to make America great again… We’re gonna keep winning.’”

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The Demigods of Power and Might: Militarism & Media — Religion & Racism

By Marcello Rollando

Whether dreaming forward or looping our rear-view mirror, what we do between day-break and dusk is the only difference we make.


Escaping the Captivity of America's Past“We used to be able to hang ’em and nobody bothered,” I heard a neighbor say to the mailman when I was in elementary school, but until I, like Rod Steiger, saw Sidney Poitier slap Larry Gates, In the Heat of the Night, I didn’t really understand: This is the essence of America’s struggle to live, “We hold these truths to be self-evident””

Yes, strengths and weaknesses abound over the gamut of our flip-flopping politics – both good and bad reaching across the aisle — violence & hypocrisy, risks & failures Left, Right and Center. However, those who believe in whitewashed history books dearth of truth, are as godless as they claim to be Godly — wrapped in the flagstone of myth.

More fragmentized than American mosaic, our extreme political and social bookends have become this Democratic Republic’s albatross, bending its back on the backs of forgotten or ignored history — The Right has become extremely wrong.

Now our Ship of State seems mired in the muck of military rape, corporate owned media, religious hypocrisy and racists’ hate, anchoring The Land of the Free in the port of revisionist history, walled in by vain glory of trumped up greatness, crying out like a voice in the wilderness for the young to save the old from the rigidity of past sins against charity begins with love thy neighbor as thyself.

Independence & Independents, Liberals & Moderates, advocates and activists, undecided Baby-Boomers and sulking Millennials — there is no longer a fork in the road — there is only forward to progressive renewal or back the way we came. Although, getting centered is a goal worthy of thecommon good, there is no more in-between.

In 2016, being deplorable both comes from and raises fears that America’s heart has beat too hard for too long.

The new reality: with an open mind, it’s easier to see our leaders of industry & unions, private enterprise and all levels of government are merely the boat — and when we vote against repeating the gender bias and racial discrimination of our past, We The People are the power of the wind — and the ocean on which all sail.

Regardless of national heritage, political hope, gender claim, income race for equality, whether LBGTQ or not, if we desert the system, and Democrats, this will become ensconced as authentic American: belittling the disabled, faith in bigotry, hate transparency and permanent second-class citizenship for people of color, girls and women — echoing the blatant hypocrisy of the Voting Rights gutting Chief Roberts decrying, Brown vs. Board of Education at the opening of the Smithsonian’s new African-American museum.

Our trumped nation will resound in main-stream ensemble: It is for us The Right People, tea stained or red tied, to lead us not into the temptation of loving our neighbor as ourselves, but rather deliver us from the evil of Black Lives Matter, as we, the too conservative to see forward, Free Will ourselves to the promised land of blessed assurances that white might is our right. Praise the Lord, pass the trumpet that finally silences, Lift every Voice and Sing, so we are washed whiter than snow, free from the blood of any color.

Whether dreaming forward or looping our rear-view mirror, what we do between day-break and dusk is the only difference we make.

There are millions of Americans of every political, racial, sexual and spiritual hue, wealthy and not, who are decent, loving and giving human beings, but unlike Henrietta Lacks, Sarah Gray, Sam Cooke and Sons of Bill — Donald Trump, and the GOP that Birthered him, are not among them.

Still our civility and national unity saves us from a trumped fate.

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Marcello Rollando is both seasoned political writer and critically acclaimed Performing Arts Director. Taking a sabbatical from his beloved NYC to work on a number of political campaigns as communications director and/or consultant in 2008, he remained in the DC area for the mid-term elections in 2010. He now lives in our nation’s capital and is currently radio news anchor and producer for Charlottesville’s Monticello Media. This is just the latest addition in a series of hats worn with distinction in his thirty year career that embraces Media, Communications, Politics, Theatre and Edutainment Education. Owing a great deal of its inception to America’s reactions to September 11, 2001, Marcello became the voice of The Reasonable Voice LLC, serving as Head writer, Creative Director and on camera spokesman for this American organization with an international mission. The Reasonable Voice is a passionately independent and well balanced group of culturally diverse, Media, Political and Artistic Advocates whose mission is to herald, promote educate and inspire “We The People” to embrace a Renaissance of Freedom, Honesty and Rule of Law, through the power of their right to vote and to receive the highest and best education possible. The responsibility of all members of The Reasonable Voice is to convince all Americans of their limitless value & potential via Education, Informed Political Participation and the Arts. As the primary media arm of TRV, The MBR Group is a team of artists and writers who are the multi-cultural community outreach voice of hands on Advocates/Activists/Consultants for Political Public Relations & Events as well as Media/Performing Arts Productions. The MBR group both produces and helps others to produce the highest & best quality of meaningful, timely, thought provoking and uplifting Live & On Camera Performances, as well as Political events. In 1990 the MBR Group bought New York’s Show-People in order to add a specialization in the discovery & development of new/unpublished/unknown playwrights, resulting in the production of their original/new works. Through The MBR Group, The Reasonable Voice chooses to produce, most often, projects that emphasize and provoke political involvement and encourage a hunger in American audiences for education & historical truth. The mission of The Reasonable Voice and the community outreach work of The MBR Group have involved Marcello in many meaningful joint ventures with a wide spectrum of political and artistic organizations, even if it means performing on stage to bring focus to the mission of The Reasonable Voice. For example, although, a Director of Theatre from NYC, to Philadelphia, to Washington DC and West Palm Beach Florida, at the request of good friend and Artistic Director of Heritage Theatre Festival Bob Chapel, Marcello accepted, and performed to critical acclaim the Charles Boyer role of Victor Velasco in Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” for the UVa Summer 2010 season. Just prior to this rare exception to his preferred on camera career, Marcello Directed a revival of “NIXON’s NIXON” at The Hamner Theatre in Nelson County, for the Walton’s Mountain Theatre audience. In 1993 American Playwright Lanford Wilson asked Marcello to direct the play’s premiere, then titled “Nixon and Kissinger” at the Talley plays legend’s NYC Circle Rep Theater in lower Manhattan. This masterpiece script by Russell Lees was then optioned and published, in large part due to the original Wilson and Rollando collaboration, a direct consequence of The MBR Group’s mission. As both Writer & Director, Rollando has been commissioned to transform an interactive operatic school presentation, into a Multi-media, One Woman Musical on the life of Marian Anderson, which involves much productive travel and artistic collaboration between NYC TV associates and Baltimore and DC Opera friends reigniting working relationships that were launched both in his vocal student days at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he was also the assistant stage director for the renowned institution’s Opera Department, and also his tenure as the Director of the Rehearsal Department of The Juilliard School’s American Opera Center. Although as a performing talent, he prefers on camera work, his signature piece of Victor Velasco was only his most recent trek on the boards. In 2007 he agreed to take a break from teaching on camera talent in New York to winter in Washington DC, playing the combined roles of Cardinal and Bishop in Shakespeare’s Richard III at the famed Shakespeare Theatre just blocks away from the Capitol building. With the close of RICHARD III, he immediately stepped in to cover TV actor Denis Arndt at The Studio Theatre as the twisted Colombo like detective in The Pillowman. Now, after an NBC and ABC daytime drama career that spanned the better part of three decades, Marcello spends most days consulting with and writing for political organizations, their policy makers and political candidates in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country, with no thoughts of retiring ever, his mission is to help put America back together again.


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Response to Trump: “We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of a Problem of State Violence”

Marc Lamont Hill Responds to Trump: “We Can’t Arrest Our Way Out of a Problem of State Violence”

Marc Lamont Hill, journalist, distinguished professor of African American studies at Morehouse College, responds to calls by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to expand the controversial police tactic of stop-and-frisk in order to reduce crime. “We keep adding more hay to the stack … more people to stop-and-frisk to find nothing,” Hill says. He argues a range of factors have caused crime to go down already, and concludes: “We can’t arrest our way out of a problem of state violence.”


MARC LAMONT HILLjournalist, distinguished professor of African American studies at Morehouse College and author of Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.


AMY GOODMAN: Right before we break, I want to bring in what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to a question about violence in the black community during a town hall meeting in a black church in Cleveland hosted by Fox News.

RICARDO SIMMS: There’s been a lot of violence in the black community. I want to know what would you do to help stop that violence, you know, black-on-black crime.

DONALD TRUMP: Right. Well, one of the things I’d do, Ricardo, is I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York. It worked incredibly well. And you have to be proactive.

AMY GOODMAN: There you have Donald Trump’s response. Before we wrap up, tonight 100 million people are expected to watch the first presidential debate. Can you talk about, first, his response, and what you want to hear him and Hillary Clinton have to say on these issues?

MARC LAMONT HILL: I think Donald Trump has made his position very clear. At the convention in August—or in July, rather, and also last week, he has repeatedly said that more police officers work, more arrests work, stop-and-frisk works, broken windows policing works. That’s his approach. I hope that Hillary Clinton—since we can’t have fact-checking moderators anymore, I’m hoping that Hillary Clinton can say, “Look, this just untrue.”

Stop-and-frisk didn’t—it didn’t work unless your goal is to stop black people from smoking weed. Most people who were stopped were black. Most people didn’t have any guns or drugs, and those who did had small amounts of marijuana. We’ve essentially tried to find a needle in a haystack, and we keep adding more hay to the stack, right? We just keep adding more people to stop and frisk, to find nothing. Broken windows policing, this whole narrative that it worked is empirically untrue. There are states where—that did not deploy broken windows policing and still managed to have crime reductions.

Also, it’s a very messy mixture of things, from the rise of CompStat in New York, which is a more advanced method of investigation, the sort of 20-year spread of—or reduction of lead in gasoline and in paint. All these things, kind of environmental factors, there are a range of things that caused crime to go down, not stop-and-frisk and not broken windows policing, which has never been deployed in the way that it was intended. So, I think Donald Trump’s narrative itself is wrong, and his approach is wrong. He’s essentially saying we can arrest our way out of this problem. And we can’t arrest our way out of a problem of state violence.

AMY GOODMAN: In North Carolina, it’s an open-carry state. Who does that apply to?

MARC LAMONT HILL: Gun laws have never applied to the vulnerable. They’ve never applied to black people. They’ve never applied to poor people. They’ve never applied to Latinos. Maybe on paper they have, but as a practical matter they have not. As soon as black people were freed, there’s been attempt to disarm them. As soon as black people have been freed from the sort of legal restrictions in places like Illinois and in the South, as well, there have been attempts to say, “Hey, we need to—we need to keep a grip on these people in terms of gun access.” We’ve always tried to disarm black people. And so, as a practical matter, going through the world, because black people are read as criminal, the assumption is if a black person has a gun, then they probably don’t have a legal weapon. They’ve lost their right because they’re a felon. They are about to commit an act of crime, even if they’re just walking down the street.

Now, people will say, well, in this case, this guy did lose his right to access a weapon, because in 2005 he had a felony conviction. That is in fact true. However, the police didn’t know that. They didn’t run a rap sheet before they ran up on this car. They had no idea who this man was. They assumed who and what he was, because of that. And that plays into the mix with Alton Sterling, with Philando Castile. After the fact, they say, “Oh, this person had a permit; this person didn’t. This person was a criminal; this person wasn’t.” In the moment, the police knew nothing except this was a person in his car minding his own business, not bothering anybody, armed really only—that we know for sure—with some weed. And everything I know about weed, both from my empirical investigation and from reading about it, is that weed doesn’t charge people up and make them want to go shoot police. If anything, it makes them want to eat some nachos. So, if it were up to me, they would have stepped back and engaged differently.

And that’s the last piece of this, Amy. We have to have a different tactical approach. If this guy is really sitting in a car with a gun, why do you want to bash the window in? Why do you want to encroach so quickly? The same thing with Tamir Rice in Cleveland, right? The kid’s standing outside. If he is allegedly holding a gun, why do you roll up two feet from him and jump out and start shooting within milliseconds?

AMY GOODMAN: Another open-carry state, by the way.

MARC LAMONT HILL: Another open-carry state, again. And they thought he was 20, even though he was 12. So, again, there is this narrative that the police did all they could to protect themselves, but tactically it doesn’t make sense, reasonably it doesn’t make sense. The narrative is implausible, and yet we keep believing it because it’s black bodies. We have to have a different approach.

AMY GOODMAN: Marc Lamont Hill, I want to thank you for being with us, journalist and distinguished professor of African American studies at Morehouse College. His book,Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond.

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