New and Noteworthy 2018

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2-3 pm will be our next discussion of the books Capitalism & Slavery / Capitalism & Freedom. We’ll be discussing chapters 8 & 9 of both books. You can comment on them here.

Also, see this article Capitalism and Slavery: Reflections on the Williams Thesis Jarrettia recommends about Capitalism and Slavery

From the week of February 18 to February 24

  1. Fight to get corporations to reveal political spending
  2. The scandal is what’s legal: The trial of Gov. Cuomo’s longtime aide reveals, again, the need to close Albany’s LLC loophole
  3. The Free Market Threat to Democracy Video interview. (Sorry, not the most captivating speaker, maybe the transcript it better).
    • See also Piketty post from last week
  4. Assault Weapons Not Protected by Second Amendment, Federal Appeals Court Rules
  5. What Does Nikolas Cruz Have in Common With Other Mass Shooters? Ties to the Military
  6. The Mental Health Scapegoat
  7. Extreme Poverty in the US Is A Political Choice of the Powerful
  8. West Virginia’s Public Schools Closed Due To Teacher Walk-Out Over Pay
  9. Conservative Political Action Conference: We should know what we are up against.
  10. Why Won’t the EPA Watchdog Fully Investigate Pruitt?
  11. Old but noteworthy: The NDAA Legalizes The Use Of Propaganda On The U.S. Public
  12. ‘Low-Yield’ Nukes Are a Very High Threat
  13. How Do You Teach Slavery?
  14. Citi to Refund $330 Million to Credit Card Customers It Overcharged, again
    1. Citibank to refund $700 million to credit card customers for unfair and deceptive practices
  15. Racism Is Literally Killing African-American Mothers
  16. The 28-Hour Work Week
  17. Behind the Explosion in Socialism Among American Teens

From the week of February 11 to February 17

  1. Meth, the Forgotten Killer, Is Back. And It’s Everywhere.
  2. At the heart of Canada’s fentanyl crisis, extreme efforts that U.S. cities may follow
  3. On The Media: Blame it on the Alcohol 1 hr podcast
  4. How 30 Knowledgeable People Would Spend $100 Billion to Address the Opioid Crisis
  5. Dems Oppose Trump’s Military Parade But Not the Bipartisan Warfare State Podcast with transcript
  6. Urging Peace Talks, Open Letter From Taliban Asks American People to Recognize Total Failure of 16-Year War
  7. ICE’s Top Lawyer In Seattle Has Been Charged With Stealing Immigrants’ Identities
    • He was doing just what Trump is doing — profiting off the oppressed — just on a much smaller scale
  8. Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get
  9. CREW calls for investigation into Ben Carson for misuse of office
  10. Ajit Pai faces investigation into moves that benefit Sinclair Broadcasting
  11. Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google
  12. Ghosts of the Korean War: Is U.S. really protecting South Korea?  Podcast
  13. Why Is It So Hard for Democracy to Deal With Inequality?
  14. The Dirty Secret Behind Warren Buffett’s Billions
  15. Immigration effort to protect Dreamers collapses in US Senate
  16. Donald Trump, running campaign ads, calling Dems complicit in murders by immigrants
  17. Cy Vance Has a $734 Million Slush Fund of Forfeiture Cash
  18. Oklahoma schools go on 4-day weeks so teachers can work at Walmart on Mondays to make rent
  19. South Africa’s Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party

From the week of February 4 to February 10

  1. Criminal Justice Reform Empties Cells, Parole Fills Them Up Again
  2. Who’s Able-Bodied Anyway? The 400-year history of how we talk about the deserving versus the undeserving poor.
  3. Gig economy
  4. How Airbnb’s Is Gentrifying Six Cities
  5. South Africa’s Jacob Zuma could quit within days – ANC
  6. The Nunes-Ryan Civil Liberties Sham The important background to the “memo” kerfuffle
  7. David Cay Johnston and Greg Palast on voter suppression and deregulation across US government agencies:
  8. What Pennsylvania’s Landmark Partisan Gerrymandering Ruling Means
  9. Vulnerable fear Cape Town’s water shut-off
  10. Trump’s environment chief Scott Pruitt suggests climate change could be good for humanity
  11. Trump’s draft plan to punish legal immigrants for sending US-born kids to Head Start
  12. State Waivers As A National Policy Lever: The Trump Administration, Work Requirements, And Other Potential Reforms In Medicaid
  13. CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney is Trying to Put the “Con” in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  14. Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment
  15. Big Pharma buys influence in opioid policy

From the week of January 28 to February 3

  1. The Housing Not Warehousing Act
  2. Puerto Rico to Privatize Public Power & Schools  (long Podcast)
  3. Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble Could blockchain democratize the internet?
  4. Hate of the Union Naomi Klein and Jeremy Scahill discuss Trump State of the Union. Podcast: discussion starts at 2:30 and goes for about 12 minutes.
  5. Huge Military Budgets Make Us Broke, Not Safe
  6. ‘Disaster Capitalism Disguised as Progress’: Critics Rip Trump Infrastructure Plan
  7. U.S. becomes world’s second biggest tax haven But will Trump settle for #2?  MAGA.
  8. What to make of Amazon, Chase, and Warren Buffett’s mystery health care project
  9. Newly Defanged, Top Consumer Protection Agency Drops Investigation of Predatory Lender
  10. Trump signs order to keep Guantanamo Bay detention center open
  11. A totally unnecessary and costly Crisis In Community Health.  Another essential service held hostage for political ends.
  12. African governments’ actions push people into extremism, study finds
  13. How an ex-YouTube insider investigated its secret algorithm
  14. Florida’s lifetime ban on voting by felons is unconstitutional, federal judge rules
  15.  Wells Fargo Banned From Growing by Fed After Repeat Scandals

From the week of January 21 to January 27

  1. Paul Ryan Collected $500,000 In Koch Contributions Days After House Passed Tax Law
  2. Obamacare didn’t get repealed — so why did the uninsured rate still go up?
  3. Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs  (in case you didn’t read it last week)
  4. Schumer Sells Out the Resistance
  5. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Held Onto Undisclosed Shares In Gun Company
  6. Puerto Rico moves to privatize troubled power company
  7. A year into his presidency, Trump is breaking one of his big ethics pledges
  8. Flint emergency manager order repealed, city officially in control of finances
  9. David Frum on why Republicans chose Trumpocracy over democracy
  10. Chelsea Manning files for U.S. Senate run
  11. Democrats Who Approved ‘Greedy Big Pharma CEO’ for HHS Secretary Should Be Ashamed: Critics
  12. U.S. troops could be in Syria indefinitely. (Video or transcript)
  13. US stealth bombers in Guam appear to be readying for a tactical nuclear strike on North Korea
    • Something else Congress should be debating
  14. Turkey invades Syria to attack US-backed Kurdish forces
    • Syrian, Russian, Turkish, Kurdish and American troops in Syria. Well this end well? Will this end?
  15. The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem

From the week of January 14 to January 20

  1. Corporate power
  2. Mistreatment of immigrants
  3.  Drugs:
  4. HuffPost, Breaking From Its Roots, Ends Unpaid Contributions
  5. Children’s health insurance has become a political hostage
  6. Citing police torture, judge orders convicted murderer freed
  7. David Cay Johnston: Trump is Determined to Provoke War to Draw Focus from Racist & Erratic Behavior (Video interview)
  8. Nuclear Posture Review draft leaks; new weapons coming amid strategic shift
  9. Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs
  10. Gallup: Number of uninsured Americans rose by 3.2 million last year
  11. A Year On, Trump Admin Refuses to Drop Charges Against 59 Arrested at Inauguration Protest
  12. It’s time for Philly to invest in Philly: proposal for public bank and investment
  13. Government shutdown 2018: here’s what could happen: Congress is barreling toward a government shutdown deadline.
  14. Puerto Rico shows what it is like without a functional government

From the week of January 7 to January 13

  1. Immigration Rights Activist Ravi Ragbir Detained at ICE Check-in Amid Protest, Police Violence
  2. This is the kind of bail out we need
  3. Podcast America’s Monopoly Problem — (curated by Best of the Left)
  4. Long read: America Has a Monopoly Problem—and It’s Huge
  5. Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?
  6. Where Are We with CHIP Now?
  7. Podcast Who’s regulating whom?
  8. Trump Administration Sides With Employers Over Workers On Arbitration Agreements
  9. How redlining segregated Philadelphia
  10. Racial Amnesia in America
  11. How climate change web content is being censored in the Tump Administration
  12. Is Anyone On the Side of the Congolese Now?
  13. Catherine Deneuve and others denounce the-#MeToo movement.html
  14. In ToxicDocs.org, a Treasure Trove of Industry Secrets
  15. The Insane Plan to Give North Korea a ‘Bloody Nose’
  16. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Beyond Vietnam speech

From the week of December 31, 2017 to January 6, 2018

  1. Structural racism and health inequities in the USA
  2. The Right is Waging War on Academic Freedom
  3. 987 people killed by the police in U.S. in 2017 let’s work for a better 2018
  4. Report: Blacks in Boston Have a Median Net Worth of $8, Whites Have $247K
  5. Universalizing Resistance: To Fight Trump, Fight the System
  6. The Supreme Court’s Quiet Assault on Civil Rights
  7. The Death Toll in Puerto Rico is Still Rising
  8. Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts
  9. An SF city bank is not only possible — it’s a great idea, budget analyst concludes
  10. Repeating from last week when we deferred discussion: China Snares Innocent and Guilty Alike to Build World’s Biggest DNA Database
  11. Iran protests:
  12. How will the US move to cut aid affect Pakistan?
  13. Luck of the draw helps Republicans hold Virginia House
  14. Large real estate donations find their way into both ends of New York City Council speaker race
  15. A Year in Trump Corruption
  16. Led by the Mercers, Bannon’s allies abandon him
    • Sexual or financial misconduct is OK. Disloyalty or proposing raising taxes is not
  17. 1968 The Strike that Brought MLK to Memphis
    • Have things changed? “I AM a Man” mirrored in “Black Lives Matter”
  18. Video – The Price of Social Change: Why California Is Paying Gun Offenders

Earlier items

Second half of 2017
First half of 2017
Second half of 2016