Tuesday, August 24, 2021


 Imagine an EXTRA edition of the New York Times, where the font size takes up the ENTIRE TOP FOLD of the FRONT PAGE screaming:




The above  equation is the MAIN ISSUE, the ONLY  ISSUE.


Fossil fuel consumption added up:


Afghanistan: fossil fuel providing air transport of all war materiel, including army battalions, airplanes. Countless on-the-ground forays of gasoline-powered half tracks and tanks, armored vehicles and drones operated remotely from half-way around the globe. And all the burning  toxic waste fire pits.


Iraq: All the oil fields around Basra set on fire burning for weeks (Gulf I). Fossil fuel providing air transport of all war materiel, countless forays on-the-ground of airplanes, armed personnel vehicles, half tracks and tanks and drones operated remotely from half-way around the globe. And all the burning toxic waste fire pits.


Add to that colossal fossil fuel consumption behind military operations in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Pakistan; and satellite operations in Ukraine and secret wars in Somalia and others the American public doesn’t even hear about.


Add to that all the fossil fuel consumption in the nearly 1,000 U.S. Military bases worldwide, many engaged in support services of the Middle Eastern conflicts.




Against total military pollution weigh:


•Katrina, and all subsequent hurricanes and typhoons exceeding “normal” wind velocities;

•catastrophic floods in China, Germany, Iowa, lower Manhattan, Tennessee

•fires in California, the South West, and Southern Mediterranean,

•the imminent failure of the Gulf Stream current,

•melting of the Polar Icecaps,

•displacement of whole populations affected by climate collapse,




•Technical remediation failing under stress of climate collapse

•OTHER: all else overlooked here.




EITHER it's war OR climate that supports life and happiness on Earth.




The rest is DISTRACTION: last-minute Kabul airport scrambling, petty discussion of who to pin blame on, hand wringing following yet another defeat of the Empire’s mighty armies by farmers with guns (who haven’t yet lost their connection to the Earth).


More distraction


Project for the New American Century (PNAC) has mostly been scrubbed from the internet. It advanced the plan that 7 Middle Eastern countries in 7 years ought to be the next U.S. foreign policy objective.  That is those 7 Middle Eastern countries that could be destabilized to failed states, all to become part of an American Empire, governed by U.S. appointed satraps, in that short span of time.


One section especially reads: “Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.” (from Rebuilding America’s Defenses, “Creating Tomorrow’s Dominant Force”).


None of its related websites points out that a goodly number of its signatories hold dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship. Notice how a politically disempowered cordon of failed states surrounding Israel might be of benefit to preserving its own chancy U.S.- taxpayer-supported hegemony?


Still wanna pin the donkey tail of blame? Take a look at that PNAC rogues gallery of some 25 tiny little men, and two or three non-female-identified women, one hiding under the name Thomas, later changed to Giselle. Even PNAC hides under a new name: The Foreign Policy Institute. ‘Nuff said.


War = Project of the New American Century = Climate Collapse brought to you by hard working U.S. taxpayer money. Still wanna contribute?


STOP excluding military pollution from climate agreements


PROTECT planet from lead pollution


BLOCK Line 3


TAX Big Oil polluters


STOP arming human rights abusers


END threats of nuclear war


CUT Navy nuke from Pentagon budget




Extinction Rebellion London erects giant pink table blocking intersection which media calls “stunt.”


India bans long list of single-use plastics starting next July


25 national and local organizations launch extreme weather ads calling for end to fossil fuel subsidies


Extreme weather ads target Dems defending fossil fuel subsidies


Climate activists target banks greenwashing in nationwide #DefundLine3 Protests


Defying war hawks, Biden plans to stick with Afghan exit deadline


Supreme Court halts reinstating ‘remain in Mexico’ policy


New bill proposes cutting Pentagon spending to fund vaccines for poor nations


Biden administration announces rule that could speed u asylum process for some vulnerable people


Federal Trade Commission launches investigation into Bezos and Amazon $8.45 billion acquisition of MGM studios


Pelosi runs over right-wing Dems as House approves $3.5 trillion budget blueprint


Right-wing Dems begin caving as progressives hold their own on reconciliation vote.


Professional athletes and climate activists call for climate finance action from mountaintop.


63 percent of U.S. vets support Afghanistan withdrawal.


240+ organizations sign letter opposing subsidies for nuclear power in infrastructure bills.


Key milestone in pandemic fight as FDA rants full approval to Pfizer’s Covid vaccine.


Israel report shows booster shots significantly lower infection risk


Federal judge Jorgenson rules that Dept. of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection violated federal law by failing to analyze potential environmental harms from escalating militarization along  the U.S.-Mex. border.


Human Rights Watch declares Israel bombing of Gaza high rises possible war crimes.


Incredible news as NC court restores voting rights to 55,000 formerl incarcerated people.


A victory for gig workers as California rules Uber can’t hack labor laws to call them contractors.



Russia’s atomic agency, Rosatom to protect African rhinos from poachers by making their horns radioactive


Saturday, August 21, 2021

Why Investors Need to Divest from Corporations Backing Jan 6 Insurrection

Many of my readers do not know—yet—that major U.S. corporations are still giving to RAGA, The Republican Attorney’s General of America. Why does that matter? Because RAGA linked to the January 6 coalition that stormed the Capitol. You can read about it here.


My readers may find it hard to boycott a corporation, but if you are an investor, you can make sure to divest any of these corporations from your portfolio, no matter now small your position may be.


Here’s the list with contribution amounts:



Amount (year-to-date)

The Concord Fund


Rule of Law Defense Fund


Gray, C. Boyden Amb.


Americans For Prosperity


AT&T Services, Inc.


Koch Industries, Inc.


Las Vegas Sands Corp


MBX Capital LLC


Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc.


The Anschutz Corporation


Schumacher Auto Group Inc.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina


National Rifle Association of America


Pfizer Inc


1-800 Contacts Inc


Consovoy McCarthy PLLC




Amer. Property Casualty Insurers Assoc. Pol


American Bail Coalition Inc


American Petroleum Institute


Association of Dental Support Organizations


Astellas Pharma US Inc


AWL, Inc.


Cameron, Ronald Mr. (Mountaire Corp.)


David Nutt and Assoc PC


Elevate Credit Service LLC


HCA Management Services


Iacovelli, Karen (PI Holdings)


Orexo US Inc.


Pharmaceutical Care Management Association




Smith and Wesson


Starpoint Resort Group


The Capital Corporation


Willoughby and Hoefer P.A




Community Choice Financial


Husch Blackwell LLP


Daniel Defense Inc


Global Teen Challenge Sober Peer


Jones Day


Holland and Knight LLP


Abbott Laboratories




Alticor, Inc.


American Electric Power Service Corporation


Boeing Company Political Action Committee




Charter Communications


Dentons US LLP


Foley and Lardner LLP


Grant and Eisenhofer P.A.


Herbalife International of America, Inc.


Holland and Knight LLP


HPUL Project Operations


MasterCard International, Inc.


National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.


Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company


Nucor Corporation


Schaerr Jaffe LLP


Services Group of America


Sig Sauer


TC Energy


Teladoc Health Inc


The GEO Group, Inc.




Venable LLP


Vistra Corporate Services Company







It is within your power to write the CEOs of these corporations to let them know why you are divesting. You will have to look up their CEOs names and addresses on the internet. What might you care to tell them?  A sample letter is provided below:


Albert Bourla CEO

Pfizer Corporation

235 East 42nd Street

New York, N.Y. 10017


Mr. Bourla,


I have divested my portfolio of a Pfizer position recently.  I have also divested from other companies. And I will urge the thousands of investors on my mailing lists to do likewise. I need to tell you why.  According to these articles, “Major Companies Donate to Republican Group Despite Its Role in Jan. 6” published by Truthout August 4, 2021, and “These Companies Still Donate to Jan. 6 seditionists in Congress” published by AOL July 27, 2021. (links below) Pfizer Corporation continues to donate to RAGA, the Republican Attorneys General Association named as a coalition “partner” on the website of the Jan. 6 insurrection that preceded the riots at the Capitol. 


Mr. Bourla, I suggest you take a serious look at your company’s donation policies. While Pfizer benefits from the infrastructure of this country, it needs to act like a better civic citizen upholding its Democratic values.











UN climate report could be a game changers for climate lawsuits.


Activists block UK drone factory in Braunstone Town, 3 arrested. 


Protesters topple statue of Canada’s First Prime Minister for horrendous crimes against First Nations.


Indian mining community shifts from coal to frits and flowers.


Guatemalans back on streets demanding presidents Alejandro Giammattei, and Genrl. of the Public Ministry Maria Consuelo Porras.


Council of Haida Nation, Feds, and Canadian province sign historic agreement recognizing Haida inherent land title and rights.


Group of doctors and nurses launch aggressive bill board campaign targeting British Columbia ferries for burning liquefied natural gas.


Diplomacy, not bombs: anti-war voices say Afghanistan shows need to stop any further march to war.


Caitlin Johnstone: Afghanistan proves U.S. military needs its budget slashed to ribbons.


In stunning victory for public interest groups, the U.S. D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals finds that the FCC 2019 decision to retain its 1996 safety limits for human exposure to wireless radiation was “arbitrary and capricious.,”


‘Victory for Environmental Justice’: Review ordered for Formosa, proposed Cancer Ally plastics complex.


Appalachian defenders of homes, hills, and heritage unite against Mountain Valley Pipeline.


Lawsuit seeks to regulate plastic as hazardous waste.


Resounding climate win as judge blocks Alaska drilling project defended by Biden.


Climate activists target bank’s greenwashing in nationwide #DefundLine3 protests.


Biden reverses Rump-era policy, bans pesticide linked to child illness.


Biden Education Dept. threatens GOP leaders with legal action, federal probes over mask mandate bans.


Biden administration announces largest increase to food stamps in program’s history.


Progressives say ‘Do this for everyone’ as Biden erases student debt for people with severe disabilities.


Round one of Dem child tax credit payments slashed hunger rates, U.S. data shows.


Interior Department announces federal coal review, first step toward ending federal leasing program.


‘DeJoy and Bloom are bandits’: top Dem calls for removal of postal service chiefs


Jayapal slams conservative Dems over threats to reconciliation bill.


Sanders, and Barbara Lee call for opening U.S. to refugees from Afghanistan.


Sanders travels to Indiana and Iowa to pitch $3.5 trillion spending plan to working Americans.


New bill proposes cutting Pentagon Spending to fund vaccines for poor nations.


Voting rights groups file federal lawsuit challenging AZ’s new voter suppression laws.


Nabisco workers in Oregon, Colorado and Virginia strike for 8 normal working hours (not the 12-16 hours demanded of them during the pandemic).


Gov. Abbott (TX) caves, drops mask mandate ban enforcement in public schools.


AZ schools suing state government over classroom mask mandate ban.


Tens of thousands sign petition calling for Gov DeSantis to be recalled.


U.S. PIRG supports FTC antitrust case vs. Facebook.


Chicago passes union-backed bill for civilian oversight of violent cops.


Santa Fe will send some parents $400/month, New Mexico may follow.


124 organizations demand Home Depot and Lowe’s immediately pull cancer-linked weed killer following Bayer’s announcement that glyphosate will remain in Roundup until 2023. 


Ooops: while locked in a contentious battle of tech staffers unionizing, Times management’s counsel mistakenly sent its game plan to the union. 


Boise taps into free, sustainable geothermal energy and other cities could follow.


Solar powered refrigeration trucks will cut pollution.



Sunday, August 15, 2021

Home away from House

Downstairs Seabreeze, Cob on Wood. Say their names.  Like the names of so many of our dead, they are the names of two California Bay Area homeless encampments.  But to say their names is to remember their history.


Downstairs Seabreeze

Last  Monday morning I received this SOS:

“Live from the eviction happening NOW at Downstairs Seabreeze. There is an abundance of COPs but no one from the #CityofBerkeley. No one from #MentalHealth. No one from the new shelter in #HorizonTransitionalVillage. There is no one here offering hope, options, or shelter.” You can watch what happened Monday at University and 2nd in Berkeley.



                                                            Say their name.


Cob On Wood

End of July one of many articles appeared describing Cob on Wood, the homeless encampment at the intersection of Wood Street near Beech St. under the 880 freeway. It is state owned land, but it is the place where cops bulldozing other encampments tell homeless people to go so they can be left alone.  Cob on Wood is an indigenous type of construction. The encampment was started by a local activist whose organization Essential Food and Medicine teamed up with a tiny home building group, Artists Building Communities, and a local construction business called Living Earth Structures who began building Cob on Wood on a former junk yard piled high with torched abandoned cars, illegally dumped building materials and trash. It housed its own medical clinic, shower, kitchen, free store, garden and pizza ovens.

It restored dignity and will to live to countless homeless people. You can read about it here:



Cob on Wood

But the land is the property of the State. The State saw no reason to clean up when it was a dump, and now that people were on it, the State in its mighty wisdom  came to tear it down. No one sent me an SOS.


                                                            Say their name.


On August 4, WaPo reported Cori Bush slept on the wind whipped steps of the U.S. Capitol as rain fell.  After three nights during which she was joined by activists and fellow Democratic lawmakers, the White House suddenly remembered that, altho Congress was happy to award the Pentagon trillions of “defense” dollars to kill more people and thereby hasten planetary climate collapse the IPCC has just described as close to the tipping point, it would adjourn having done nothing to extend the eviction moratorium, putting millions of Americans at risk of homelessness during a pandemic.


Everyone in Congress needs to live homeless for a month to begin to understand why a nation that can allocate trillions for war and weaponry must manage to house its people, feed and clothe them, and restore their dignity and will to live, and provide them with living wage jobs.


 Cori Bush

Cori Bush describes her time living homeless with her children: “When I was living out of my car, I did not know where we were going to eat, use the bathroom, rest or enjoy a quiet moment. I used McDonald’s bathrooms to mix baby formula and wash my body because I had no other options. I received food from food pantries, but I could not eat the items that had to be refrigerated or cooked. This never ending instability, combined with the constant fear of interacting with the police, losing custody of my children, having my car impounded—even losing my life—left me stressed, traumatized and exhausted.” 


Now imagine Nancy Pelosi with her 2 gelato-full freezers writing that. 


If you could write to Cori Bush, what would you want to say to her? See sample letter  provided below:


Rep. Cori Bush

563 Cannon House Office Bldg.

Washington D.C. 20515


Dear Cori,


Thank you for doing what I could not join you doing.  It’s not everyone—and almost no one in Congress—who would choose to sleep on the Capitol steps in the wind and rain, inside a soaked-through sleeping bag to make a point.  Thank you for representing us, the millions of Americans at risk of homelessness during a pandemic and for those millions more living in encampments along the railroad rights of way throughout the United States. Homelessness is very much a part of California life.  The attitudes of housed people ranges from “call the police” to genuine grief to see our fellow beings reduced to lives that challenge their very existence.  To my own way of thinking, our entire society suffers from the misery of its few.


Thank you for breaking the Congressional tradition of suits and red ties and pearls to get right to the point: impoverished Americans have had only a tiny minority representing us since the Democratic party chose to become a second business party aping the old Republican party, which seems to have morphed into a separatist movement.


As long as money and politics are linked, as long as Congresspersons can move their investment money providing they make their financial maneuvers public, as long as they are beholden to corporations for moneys that allow them to conduct the campaigns that keep them in office, impoverished Americans will never again have the representation we had under the old Democratic party before it discovered greed. I hope that you and the other members of the Progressive Caucus will fight to get money out of politics, and to restore some sense of balance where CEO pay does not exceed 1000% of ordinary worker’s wages.


I hope that you and the Progressive Caucus will motivate our government to allocate some of the trillions it invests in militarism, war, and the consumption of fossil fuel that military activities entail in caring for its people, housing, clothing, feeding and educating them.


Thank you for your good example in getting right to the point. Camping out is worth hours of empty rhetoric.







DONATE to Cori Bush.




It should be unthinkable’: EU nations told to immediately end deportations to Afghanistan.


After decades oil giant Shell agrees to pay $111 millions for destruction in Nigeria.


Mexico: indigenous communities take over the Bonfont  water-bottling plant in Cuanala, Peubla.


Paraguayans take to streets to reject President Abdo.


Extinction  Rebellion launch plans for UK rebellion to coincide with release of IPCC.


Indigenous group accuses Bolsonaro of ‘genocide’ and ‘ecocide’ at the Hague.


Germany rejects calls for troops to return to Bush-folly Afghanistan.


Salish and Kotenai First Nations win National Bison range, part of their homeland.


Ottawa implements historic fisheries agreement with First Nations.


In Chhattisgarh, India, mining company shifts from coal to forest fruits and flowers.


Council of Haida Nation, feds and province sign historic agreement setting stage for reconciliation negotiations with respect to their geographic area.


Group of doctors and nurses launch billboard campaign targeting British Columbia ferries burning liquefied natural gas threatening world’s climate system..


China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous Region criticizes US for notorious rights record on forced labor, border detention centers.


An global anti-Olympics movement rises.


On eve of hearing, Amnesty again demands US end effort to extradite Assange.


Kids as young as four can now change gender in Scottish schools without parental consent.


DC circuit court remands radiofrequency case to FCC challenging the agency‘s RF standards rules, and ordering it to ‘provide explanation for its determination that its guidelines adequately protect against harmful effects of exposure to radiofrequency radiation unrelated to cancer.’


Pipeline fighters lock themselves to drill equipment at crossing of I-64.


Appalachian defenders of homes, hills, and neritage unite against Mountain Valley Pipeline.


Medicare for All movement to file human rights violation complaint with the UN.


Dems in Congress urged to ‘go big’ as Biden endorses bold reforms to slash drug prices.


Dems introduce Right to Vote Act to beat GOP voter suppression.


Protesters resist militarized gentrification of  public beaches in Puerto Rico,


75 groups ask DOJ to oppose ‘racist’ anti-protest laws.


Supremes hearing likely as ‘reckless’ Bayer loses third appeal over glyphosate use.


Commission on Capitol attack contemplates requesting Jan. 6 #45 call logs.


Biden administration opens new review of 9/11 documents. Maybe they’re contemplating too.


Biden urges Californians to fight Newsom’s recall.


Majority of US voters want Biden to fight for key voting rights bill.


Family of John Lewis, National Progressive Groups & Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton too deliver petition to White House calling on Biden to urge Senate to end filibuster and pass voting rights legislation.


Sanders unveils final $3.5 trillion reconciliation package alongside infrastructure bill.


Sanders says, ‘instead of giveaways to the rich, we will use reconciliation to serve working people and heal the planet.


‘Our caucus is clear’: House progressives say no bipartisan deal without reconciliation bill. 


Without single GOP vote, Senate approves $3.5 trillion budget blueprint.


Census shows unprecedented diversity, but GOP gears up for gerrymandering.


Round one of Democrat’s child tax credit payments slashed hunger rates, US data shows.


Santa Fe will send some parents $400 per month, N. Mexico may follow.


House’s Hyde amendment vote advances abortion justice and racial equity.


New Warren bill proposes taxing real company profits, not what’s reported to IRS.


Warren writes wealth tax and IRS funding could pay for entire $3.5 bill.


A path to citizenship could soon be within grasp for millions of undocumented workers.


Whistle blowers step forward with new complaints of abuses at Ft. Bliss TX, site for immigrant children.


Biden must fire climate skeptic from key financial stability council, 223 organizations say.


Fearing government whitewash, scientists leak draft IPCC report urging bold emission cuts.


New Oregon climate plan protects coastal habitats.


Workers are saying minimum wage jobs just aren’t worth it anymore.


Tax beak on union dues added to Senate Democrats’ budget plan.


Hundreds of NYT tech workers walk off the job.


More than one thousand miners are on strike at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Al.


Workers shut down luxury butcher shop after investor demands removal of BLM and pride signs.


Protesters including the FANG Collective, Resist and Abolish the Military Industrial Complex block entrances to Raytheon plant over weapons sales to Israel and killing of civilians.


AIPAC accused of Islamophobia after vitrolic ads against Ilhan Omar.


Activists launch petition calling on Facebook to remove AIPAC’s dishonest, Islamophobic and dangerous ads against Representative Ilhan Omar.


Over 130,000  petitioners sign letter from 350, and Lead Now to call on Chubb multinational insurers to drop their policy on Trans Mountain pipeline.


Water protectors headed for Minnesota Capitol to protest Line 3.


Housing memorandum provides much needed understanding to uphold federal fair housing policies during pandemic.


Patriotic millionaires launch ‘tax the rich” mobile billboard campaign in Philadelphia for Can’t Wait live concert.


Va State U. unveils student debt cancellation plan.


AZ schools sue state government over classroom mask mandate ban.


ACLU sues DC, cops over attacks on journalists at 2020 racial justice protests.


Brooklyn billboard calls for Sen. Schumer to end Big Oil handouts.


Five Miami Beach officers charged after police swarm, attack suspect and bystander who recorded it.


Activists protest project for new jail costing an estimated $28 million in Winona City, MN.


Renters call for direct cash assistance as evictions loom.


Solar-powered refrigeration trucks to cut pollution.