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Peter B Collins - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

Yemeni rebels say they used 10 drones in oil hub attack, but US propaganda machine immediately blames Iran, without evidence….--Trump is “locked and loaded” and awaits instructions from MBS

--Saudis claim Iranian weapons were used;  Saudis use US weapons to slaughter Yemenis, but they don...

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version

Biden admits blunder on Iraq vote, gets slammed for selective embrace of Obama,  rambles about record players when asked about reparations….--Elizabeth Warren gave best performance, Sanders was hoarse and gave a really bad answer on Venezuela, Julian Castro cornered Uncle Joe, Kamala Harris...

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

In second unprecedented move that bows to Trump, SCOTUS breaks its own rules to approve asylum policies rejected by lower court….--outrageous 7-2 decision gives no rationale for deviating from longstanding judicial procedures; Sotomayor joined by Ginsburg in blistering dissent

--in Vox...

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

New poll shows half of Americans want a new investigation, as media and leaders ignore clear contradictions of official narrative….--new engineering study concludes that WTC Building 7 did not collapse due to fires, says the collapse required near-simultaneous failure of every column in the...

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

SuperHawk John Bolton is ousted, as Trump says he “disagreed strongly” on Iran, Venezuela, Afghanistan, North Korea, and the moustache….--regarding the scrapped plan to host Taliban leaders at Camp David, Mehdi Hasan gets it mostly right

--Trump’s first national security advisor, Gen....

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-10 - Original post - cached version

John Lansing runs US propaganda media like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe; he’s the new CEO at NPR….--Lansing will ensure that NPR continues to color inside the lines; last week, Rachel Maddow cited RFE as credible source in report on Ukraine

--Trump administration floats plan to...

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Devastation on Abaco and Grand Bahama creates regional refugee crisis, just as Trump considers reducing 2020 refugee count to zero….--important new study concludes that fire did not cause collapse of WTC Building 7 on 9/11

--Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire killed 36 people in 2016; one...

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

In 7-hour marathon framed by Hurricane Dorian, candidates tout their plans to address climate change as anchors sneer Sanders plan…--your humble host zipped through most of the serial mini-town halls, and offers observations

--Jeff Greenfield at Politico says forum went badly for Biden...

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

First, China put Uighurs in “re-education camps”; now they’re being imprisoned in large numbers.  World Bank loans partly fund ethnic cleansing….--and Twitter is exposed for running Chinese government ads that promote disinformation about the repression of Uighurs

--speaking of Twitter,...

Peter B Collins - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

Breaking national media blackout, attorney Albert Fox Cahn exposes Manhattan DA’s use of reverse search warrant in Proud Boys case--Cahn explains the origins of the 4th Amendment, and how it’s compromised by use of reverse search warrant, creating dragnet of innocent people; his Daily Beast...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-31 - Original post - cached version

As toxic tech companies battle bill to make gig workers employees, former Sen. Boxer lobbies for Lyft against exploited workers…--AOC shows brass balls, calls Boxer’s lobbying “stain on public service”

--Amazon’s doorbell camera company, Ring, partners with local police to create for-...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

Seeking to identify Antifa group that fought with Proud Boys, NYC DA used unconstitutional dragnet “reverse search warrants” targeting thousands….--read Albert Fox Cahn’s alarming report here

--after 7-year legal struggle, federal judge in Florida orders FBI to release full memo on the...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-29 - Original post - cached version

In well-researched report, The Guardian details the pattern of violent acts by people who react to Trump’s reckless comments….--read “Violence in the Name of Trump” here 

--pressing for action on his absurd border wall, Trump tells underlings to “take the land” and he will pardon them if...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-28 - Original post - cached version

Sanders’ plans to reform media are detailed in op-ed at Britain’s Guardian, not the Bezos Post or the NY Times…--read Sen. Sanders’ plan here

--the same Guardian runs laughable counterpoints by Joan Greve, who uses the “some people say” device to compare Sanders to Trump’s attacks on...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

French President Macron adds drama to G7 meeting, invites Iran’s top diplomat, prods Trump to agree to meet with Rouhani….--expectations are low, but it’s a refreshing change to talk about talking instead of talking about war

--Trump claims power to order American corporations out of...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

Ignoring climate activists and young voters, DNC committee soundly rejects calls for a presidential candidate debate focused on climate change….--offering silly excuses, leaders are tone def to the voters they claim to lead

--Kevin Gosztola highlights the role of Symone Sanders, former...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

DNC meeting here in San Francisco holds debate over holding presidential debate on climate change, as Sanders unveils ambitious plan….--Bernie visits the charred ruins of Paradise, CA and holds rally in Chico to unveil his plan

--NY Times goes to Iowa to report on Biden’s enthusiasm gap,...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-22 - Original post - cached version

“King of Israel” keeps smearing Omar and Tlaib, while dividing American Jews with “trope” questioning their loyalty to Israel….--Trump is using McCarthy’s reckless tactics, finds new bottom daily

--emboldened by boosts in polls and no prospect of impeachment, Trump announces flurry of new...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version

Insurance companies can regulate gun ownership if liability insurance is mandatory, bypassing Congress and NRA, argues mayor reacting to Gilroy shooting….--Sen. Schumer says Trump should use $5 billion in border wall funding to reduce gun violence

--Hong Kong protests shut down Kai Tak...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Epstein is reported dead in his cell, and AG Bill Barr un-recuses himself to slam “serious irregularities” at NYC prison….--as millions express skepticism, corporate media tries to police the borders of “conspiracy theories” and force acceptance of official narrative

--my colleague Russ...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version
Politico offers deep, accurate account of Kamala's early years, and Prof. Stephen Zunes delivers well-researched contradictions of Joe's debate lies....

--Harris climbed the social ladder in San Francisco with big boosts from boyfriend Willie Brown, as Michael Kruse details

--University of...
Peter B Collins - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version
Unfocused demands for action after mass shootings could lead to bad laws expanding the police state without improving safety.... --Trevor Aaronson at The Intercept makes the case that we already have enough laws and unrestrained law enforcement authorities --Daryl Johnson, who was purged...
Peter B Collins - 2019-08-08 - Original post - cached version
Columbia journalism professor revives the term "hatriotism" from 1930's, used to describe racist founder of America First party Gerald LK Smith...

--read Prof. Samuel G. Freedman's commentary here

--our hatriot-in-chief dropped into Dayton and will visit El Paso today; 45 kept a low profile...
Peter B Collins - 2019-08-07 - Original post - cached version
Daily gun violence is now normal, numbing our outrage and leading to despair, as gun lobby, deadly partisanship prevent action....

--in very clear case of violent actions triggered by Trump rhetoric, Cesar Sayoc draws 20 years for mailing bombs to Trump's enemies

--Trump will visit El Paso...
Peter B Collins - 2019-08-03 - Original post - cached version

Following her debate attack on Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is being smeared as “Assad apologist” by many Dems….--in this Facebook thread, political science professor Cynthia Boaz promotes the "Assad apologist" smear, and Prof. Stephen Zunes seems to agree

--Caitlin Johstone has...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-02 - Original post - cached version

Each day, another Democrat in the House joins the call for impeachment inquiry; will they overcome Pelosi’s caution, and prevail?...

--yes, it’s risky; but expecting to beat Trump without impeachment is risky, too

--in baffling move, TrumpCo puts sanctions on Iran’s foreign...

Peter B Collins - 2019-08-01 - Original post - cached version

In a case we’ve covered for 12 years, conviction of Hamid Hayat is overturned after he was framed by FBI…--Hayat has spent 14 years in prison, one of the early targets of St. Bob Mueller

--Trevor Aaronson, who has exposed many of the FBI entrapment cases, exposes the false bio claims of...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-31 - Original post - cached version

In 10-candidate group gropes, Democrats must be nimble and calculating to get camera time and deliver killer soundbites that resonate….--CNN has promoted the debates like prize fights, and the SportsCenter tone will likely infuse the coverage and the questions

--Kamala Harris, who has...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-30 - Original post - cached version

Using manufactured technicality, SCOTUS lets Trump grab Pentagon money to build some Wall, defying Congress, and Constitution’s separation of powers…--another gross example of minority rule

--the Stable Genius could’ve spent the weekend reveling in his victory, but he chose to attack more...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-27 - Original post - cached version

Chairman Nadler makes noises about impeachment, as Congress breaks till September with no consensus after St. Bob Mueller disappointed Russiagaters…..--Mueller’s sketchy testimony led 5 Democrats and 0 Republicans to support impeachment

--Pelosi remains cautious, embracing risky...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-26 - Original post - cached version

After betting the ranch on St. Bob Mueller, Democrats have increased Trump’s prospects for a second term, dimming impeachment prospects….--Mueller refused to answer questions 198 times, and his performance suggested signs of senility

--using deposition approach, Dems force Mueller to...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

Mueller’s testimony frustrates all sides, providing little meaningful commentary as he dodged dueling conspiracy theories served up by Dems, Repubs….--based on initial reports, no questions asked for evidence for his claims of Russian hacking, just lots of partisan posturing

--Rep. Ted...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-24 - Original post - cached version

Trump clearly violates Twitter’s hate speech policy, and many have responded enthusiastically to PBC’s call for Twitter to suspend Trump….--Louisiana cops who shared Facebook post about AOC, “this vile idiot needs a round” are fired

--Britain’s conservatives choose Boris Johnson as PM, or...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-23 - Original post - cached version

Twitter’s standards are fuzzy, arbitrary; many users have been suspended or banned for comments that weren’t racist or provably false…--in latest tweets attacking the Squad, Trump claims they are the real racists

--protests continue in Puerto Rico, where governor agrees to to seek re-...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Iran denies Trump’s claim that US shot down a drone on Thursday, as Iranian hard-liners signal willingness to new talks…..--former Iranian president Ahmadinejad tells NY Times he supports direct talks if sanctions are lifted, rewarding Trump for irrational behavior

--retired Army Col. Ann...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-19 - Original post - cached version

At NC mob rally , Trump slams Rep. Ilhan Omar, beams at hateful chanting; hours later, he gaslights his fake disapproval….--GOP House leaders adopt Trump’s gutter tactics, will demagogue 2020 races

--Democrats caught flat-footed, rely on denunciation to counter Trump

--to her...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Dems struggle to unite in condemning Trump’s racist tweets, as Rep. Al Green throws down new impeachment resolution, upsetting ConservaDems….--in Guardian op-ed, Jonathan Freedland outlines the tough choices: politics, or morality?

--afraid to face Trump’s Twitter firing squad, most...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-17 - Original post - cached version

Ignoring facts while pandering to ignorant Americans, Trump claims The Squad hates America, CNN adds fresh lies to Russiagate narrative….--the CNN report is here

--Caitlin Johnstone’s takedown of the CNN story is here

--at ConsortiumNews, Ray McGovern says Mueller delayed testimony...

Peter B Collins - 2019-07-15 - Original post - cached version

Trump’s racist tweets aimed at The Squad demonstrate the impunity he feels, and his lowball tactics for 2020 campaign…--while Pelosi is correct that “The Squad” only has 4 votes, she publicly rebuked them in Maureen Dowd column, creating the opening for Trump’s twitter bombs

--in follow-...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The insecure Don who never backs down or admits fault goes rogue, and thankfully cancels strike on Iran at last minute….--Trump discovers “proportionality” and displays a rare concern for non-American lives

--NY Times columnist Roger Cohen slams Trump in well-written piece


Peter B Collins - 2019-06-21 - Original post - cached version

Iran says it shot down the American drone in its airspace today, while US maintains it was in international territory….--Threats abound as Trump/Bolton war scheme moves forward

--Senate votes to block Trump’s “emergency” arms sales to Saudi, with 7 Republicans joining most Democrats; but...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Ignoring many obvious risks, Mike Pompeo is leading Trumpers into conflict, as rumors surface of plan for “massive” attack on nuke complex….--Caitlin Johnstone is monitoring the reports

--after bullying Mexico on migration, Trump seems to think he can bluff Iran without major consequences...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Alarming new data from Canadian Arctic send chilling signals about global warming and seem to validate Guy McPherson’s dire predictions….--read the report here

--Trump names another former defense contractor exec as acting Defense Secretary after Shanahan withdraws over 10-year-old...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-18 - Original post - cached version

In apparent official, approved leak, NY Times reports that US Cybercommand has malware in Russian power grid…like Venezuela blackout?...--at ConsortiumNews, Caitlin Johnstone notes that The Times says that spooks aren’t telling Trump about it, for fear he’d leak it

--America’s credibility...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-15 - Original post - cached version

Trump joins Pompeo in fact-free claims that Iran hit oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, media apply some rare skepticism….--using Israeli propaganda tactics, US firmly fingers Iran, using video to support claims of attack by torpedoes or mines in the water

--NY Times cites distrust in Europe,...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-14 - Original post - cached version

In strong speech, Sen. Sanders contrasts his brand of democratic socialism with Trump’s socialism for corporations and top one percent….Note: for those keeping score, this is podcast 2,600!

--Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola offers great coverage

and at Jacobin, Meagan Day offers...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-13 - Original post - cached version

Scott Warren was accused of giving water, food and shelter to migrants near Arizona-Mexico border, jury deadlocked on conspiracy charges…--Warren, a college instructor, faced 20 years in prison, and is a member of humanitarian aid group No More Deaths

--in over 20 locations in NYC, chain...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Marking 10 years of podcasting this week: American tech giants offshore lucrative jobs to Israel and lay off thousands in USObserving our 10th year podcasting, we invite listeners to check in by email to where are you, how long have you been listening, and why do you...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-11 - Original post - cached version

Marking 10 years of podcasting this week, PBC comments on wildfires, Randy Hayes’s New Green Deal, Trump reversal on Mexican tariffs….--wildfires break out in northern and southern California, one day after federal judge escorted PG&E execs on tour of Paradise, torched by faulty 98-year-old...

Peter B Collins - 2019-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Tech and social media giants fund new censorship effort that declares corporate media trustworthy, turns algorithms against most independent media….--Whitney Webb’s MintPress report is here

--Dem prez candidates talk about breaking up big tech, as they take donations from big tech



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