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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

--at...

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 peter@peterbcollins.com: 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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