New and Noteworthy

From the week of March 26 to April 1

Event: OccuEvolve’s Citywide Affordable Housing Conference April 1


  1. Don’t Discriminate Against Mutants Like Me
  2. Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into West Virginia amid rise of overdoses

From the week of March 19 to March 25

  1. New York Spends $1.2 Billion a Year on Homelessness  And yet the problem is only getting worse.
  2. Zephyr Teachout: Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch “Sides with Big Business, Big Donors & Big Bosses”
  3. Tillerson’s saber-rattling isn’t the answer with North Korea Let’s hope saber-rattling is as far as they go. Tillerson was supposed to be the relatively-sane one.
  4. A new, climate-friendly approach to trade
    • Replace NAFTA: it must support climate justice, workers, and healthy communities.
  5. Russia: The Conspiracy Trap
  6. American Job Guarantee Program
  7. H-1B VISA Prevailing Wage Abuses – American Workers Forced To Train Their Replacements
  8. We’ve talked some about Reagan lately
  9. Trump did to Merkel what men do to women all the time
  10. A Last Chance for Resistance
  11. Exxon Says Some Emails From ‘Wayne Tracker’ Alias May Be Lost
  12. Participatory Budgeting — allocate a tiny fraction of NYC budget
  13. The Awful Truth About A Trump Lie!: Grieving father: ‘I don’t play Trump songs anymore’
  14. Kochs Bankroll Movement to Rewrite the Constitution
  15. Five Creepy Things Your ISP Could Do if Congress Repeals the FCC’s Privacy Protections
  16. 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Beyond Vietnam” call to end social evils of racism, poverty, and militarism next month.
  17. In effort to pass bill, Republicans make it worse: Updated House Ryancare Bill Deepens Damaging Medicaid Cuts
  18. Donald Trump’s Syrian intervention is high-risk foolhardiness
  19. It’s not just unfair: Inequality is a threat to our governance

From the week of March 12 to March 18

  1. Why the Russia Story Is a Minefield for Democrats and the Media
  2. Democrats Dangerous Diversion
  3. Sanders: Democratic approach has been a failure
  4. G.O.P. Health Law Insures Fewer People, Nonpartisan Review Shows
  5. With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with ‘single-payer’
  6. Canadians With Cystic Fibrosis Live 10 Years Longer Than Americans With the Disease   Actually, 12 years and, as study notes, it is entirely due to good universal medical coverage.
  7. Alex Jones Preaches Conspiracy Theories, Trump Listens
  8. Crazy at the wheel: psychopathic CEOs are rife in Silicon Valley, experts say
  9. Republicans continuously rail about ‘States Rights’; This is a blueprint to using Republican type tactics for the benefit of the progressives’ agenda!
  10. Boycotts do work: Ivanka Trump brand will shut down jewelry line
  11. German prosecutors raids corporate headquarters of Volkswagen and Audi
  12. Bankers taking a page out of Brand New Congress playbook
  13. Trump’s plan to dismember government
  14. Rex Tillerson silent as rumors swirl
  15. Exxon Adds New York to Suit in Bid to Stop Climate Change Probe
  16. Dutch give center-right victory over extremist right, Labor loses share, Greens do well
  17. 17 Republican Congresspeople move to acknowledge climate change
  18. What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?
  19. Towards An Integrated Progressive Agenda: The Roots of Domination: Connecting parental abuse and gender inequality to authoritarianism
  20. MUST READ: Unspeakable Realities Block Universal Health Coverage In The US. White socialism is nice if you can get it.

From the week of March 5 to March 11

  1. Republicans introduce Obamacare replacement plan
  2. Ben Carson: slaves were ‘immigrants’ with dreams for their children
  3. WikiLeaks publishes ‘biggest ever leak of secret CIA documents’
  4. International Women’s Day 2017: protests, activism and a strike
  5. Bowing to auto industry pressure, Trump to reconsider emissions standards, says source We are sure Trump and Pruitt are doing this very reluctantly only under pressure and, of course, to save American jobs.
  6. Ready to Lie  Intercepted Podcast analyzes what Trump, the CIA, Wikileaks etc. are up to.
  7. TPP is not dead. It is now called the Trade In Services Agreement (TiSA) (except TiSA is worse)
  8. Rewarding Disobedience
  9. New Bill Would Force NYPD to Disclose its Surveillance Tech Playbook
  10. Wall Street Lobby and Campaign Cash Tops $2 Billion for 2016 Elections
  11. One Reason Workers Are Struggling Even When Companies Are Doing Well
  12. Time to fight for health care for everyone
  13. How activists have already scored victories against Trump’s policies
  14. South Korean president Park Geun-hye forced from office by constitutional court
  15. Judge Accepts Class Action Lawsuit Against Use of Slave Labor in Private Detention Centers
  16. Democrats Fight Trump, the Man, But Not His Austerity and Militarism
  17. Podcasts on opioid epidemic recommended by Gerald
  18. Baltimore turns to a life-saving opioid overdose antidote, but it’s no cure for the crisis
  19. America’s Deportation Machine Unleashed
  20. Derivatives – Global linkages center on Deutsche Bank

From the week of February 26 to March 4

  1. “Pitchforks have their uses, but crafting health-care policy calls for more delicate instruments.” Atul Gawande on the tricky part of changing Obamacare: Americans don’t want to lose the benefits they have gained. 
  2. In The New Yorker, Evan Osnos, David Remnik, and Joshua Yaffa provide an excellent look at Trump, Putin, and The New Cold War: What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election — and what lies ahead?
  3. House Intelligence Chair tell reporters to ‘be careful”Do you want us to do you want us to conduct an investigation on you“?
  4. Protein Challenge 2040: How can we feed 9 billion people?
  5. Quinnipiac University Poll: Results of NYC poll on political corruption, homelessness and other issues
  6. Electric carmakers on battery alert after hedge funds stockpile cobalt
  7. Forget Trump’s tweets and media bans. The real issue is his threat to the internet
  8. Trump speech
  9. Democrats really don’t get message of election
  10. AG Sessions reverses Obama administration plan to phase out private prisons which will be put to use detaining immigrants, among others.
  11. Thomas Piketty: Basic Income or Fair Wage?
  12. The Death of Compassion
  13. Rebirth of compassion?  New Social Compact
  14. The EPA will no longer require oil and gas companies to report their methane emissions

From the week of February 19 to February 25

  1. We didn’t have time to discuss the “future of finance” last meeting so we will next time. Here are some sub-topics:
  2. The New Free Speech: Milo
  3. Varoufakis on UBI
  4. Jacobin on a job guarantee
  5. Trump Proposal Would Deport More Immigrants Immediately
  6. Clinton plan on opioid addiction Perhaps if she had talked about this, she’d be President.
  7. How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World — Saruman and the Palantir
  8. NYT’s Fake News about Fake News
  9. DC residents band together to try and oust Utah Congressman
  10. Why Trump’s election scares data scientists
  11. Contentious moments from U.S. town halls
  12. Under GOP draft of Obamacare repeal plan, a lot of people could loose coverage

From the week of February 12 to February 18

  1. Tough federal bank regulator calls it quits
  2. Global Trade Watch’s Lori Wallach on how Trump will proceed on trade
  3. Immigration matters
  4. Isolationism and it’s cost to America:
  5. Flynn is not the “first casualty of the Trump administration: Preceding Flynn were:
    • As usual, the truth
    • the (never spotless) reputation of the U.S.
    • victims of hate crimes that have been rising
    • Sean Spicer’s self-respect (KellyAnne Conway lost hers months ago)
    • immigrants (documented, undocumented and permanent residents)
    • respect for the court system
    • the environment
    • Merrick Garland
    • … Flynn won’t be the last casualty, either.
    • Ben Carson didn’t know his aide was fired
  6. EU Steps Up The Pace For Cashless Society In 2017/18
  7. Environmental Protection and Climate Change:
  8. More pollution news
  9. Women’s March organizers announce date for general strike
  10. Data and privacy
  11. Man v Machine: Or, can tech work for us?
  12. Cuomo, NYS legislature blocks NYC plastic bag law Maybe someday, NYC will be allowed to govern itself.
  13. Lobby, or hassle, your representatives
  14. MIT/Harvard win CRISPR Gene Editing patent
  15. Why Trump wants you to hate the media
  16. Major government and corporate figures are prosecuted, in other countries
  17. Latest post in the “Who owns the robots?” series
  18. Opioid Epidemic continued: Science Friday discusses the continued problems of prescription drugs (18 minutes), and
  19. PBS Frontline’s Chasing Heroin (nearly 2 hours)

From the week of February 5 to February 11

  1. a new social compact? If so, what should it include? I am sure Gerald will have some thoughts on this at the 2-3 pm discussion of the moral case for a UBI.
  2. Connecting with the Trump voter: Trump gives America’s ‘poorest white town’ hope
  3. Cross administrations and ACA connections: Former Obama staffer joins Josh Kushner’s VC fund
  4. ‘A day without a woman’ — Women’s March organizers plan a general strike
  5. Naomi Klein: Labor Leaders’ Bad Deal With Trump
  6. Employers worry GOP Obamacare overhaul could harm job-based coverage
  7. Your car’s data may soon be more valuable than the car itself
    • Could/should we sell or tax it to pay for Job Guarantee or Universal Basic Income.
  8. Republican elders float carbon tax, plan White House lobbying campaign
  9. Behind Today’s Breakthrough Advocacy Campaigns
  10. Republicans Tried to Suppress the Words of Coretta Scott King. Bad Idea.
  11. DeVos confirmed as Secretary of Education despite a lack of qualifications, amazingly similar to Trump!
  12. Progressives should insist worldwide taxation cover corporate personhood claimants
  13. Trump: I wanted month delay before travel ban, was told no “his own words are telling regarding who’s not in charge”
  14. Activists win access to NYPD’s Black Lives Matter surveillance files
  15. Good news on bail reform:
  16. Rorty’s predictive analysis of the left and its response.

From the week of January 29 to February 4

Take Action: Tell the NY State Legislature to Expand the Millionaires Tax

  1. Francis Fox Piven on how we can resist
  2. CDC Cancels Conference on Climate Change and Health
  3. Rise of the Machines: Fear robots, not China or Mexico
  4. Who owns the robots? and who should own them?
  5. If you missed the health care enrollment that ended on January 31, blame Trump.
  6. Opinion: Ignore politicians and apply economic pressure on corporate America: Uber CEO drops out of Trump’s business advisory council
  7. South Dakota GOP uses ’emergency’ rules to repeal anti-corruption law
  8. The Navy wants to know who flew a Trump flag on a military convoy
  9. IndyKids: Why Care About the First Amendment
  10. Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich
  11. Davos Elite Fret About Inequality Over Vintage Wine and Canapés
  12. Deregulation Watch
  13. Measures to impede global kleptocracy not likely to last in the Drumpf administration
  14. Black and low-income New Yorkers largely shut out of major academic hospitals
  15. UBI video from Ale

From the week of January 22 to January 28

  1. On the deep divide that Trump tapped.
  2. Robert Reich on message.
  3. Leftist Underdog Benoit Hamon Likely To Win French Socialist Primary for President
  4. 2 Years, 31 Dead Construction Workers. New York Can Do Better.
  5. Secret Service looking at agent who suggested she wouldn’t defend Trump from bullet
  6. All Things Trump:
  7. Opinion: Killing TPP is bad news for America, but great for China
  8. Trump nominations:
  9. Show Me The Money – JG/UBIG Funding (re: discussion topic 2-3pm)
  10. Koch Dark-Money Operative Is Trump’s Liaison to Congress
  11. Trump Blocks Syrian Refugees and Others; Orders Mexican Border Wall to Be Built
  12. Financialization of Rents Gets Taxpayer Guarantees — We are guaranteeing private equity firm Blackstone
  13. Universal Basic Income (re: discussion topic 2-3pm)
  14. Six journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest

From the week of January 15 to January 21

      1. Discussion (video presentation) — Job Guarantee versus Universal Basic Income Guarantee
      2. These 8 Men Are Richer Than 3.6 Billion People Combined
      3. Trump’s Cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it Congress writes the rules, so this kind of corruption is perfectly legal.
      4. Khalil Gibran Muhammad: No Racial Barrier Left to Break (Except All of Them). We can’t create a more just nation simply by dressing up institutions in more shades of brown. Now we must confront structural racism.
      5. From Occupy Wall Street To Occupy White House: The Resurrection of Goldman Sachs
      6. Citigroup’s Profits Climb On Pick-Up In Bond Trading, Lower Costs
      7. If We Don’t Write The Rules, Billionaires Will – Lyft: Here’s how to make America’s roads great again
      8. NY Housing Authority Seeks Private Investors for Brooklyn, Bronx Buildings
      9. Rebecca Solnit: We could’ve avoided President Donald Trump. Now, we must learn the lessons
        1. Lakoff says — progressives won’t win until they learn how to frame the debate.
      10. Former World Bank Staffer Explains How Neoliberalism Is Destroying The World
      11. Trump inaugurated: ‘American carnage’: Trump’s vision casts shadow over day of pageantry
      12. Obama administration sticks with its inadequate crisis response: fines but no prosecutions, homeowners still get too little, too late and CEOs walk away scott free..
      13. ‘We’re Not Going Away’: Huge Crowds for Women’s Marches Against Trump

From the week of January 8 to January 14

  1. Cognitive science tells us how Trump will alter our social behavioral norms.
  2. Jacobin’s answer to “Who put Trump in the White House?”
  3. What to expect from Trump: clues from populist regimes around the world.
  4. Rachel Maddow connects the dots between Trump, Tillerson, Putin and Obama’s sanctions.
  5. Matt Stoller on Obama’s and the Democratic Party’s economic failures.
  6. On the other hand, Bernie supporters just took control over the Democratic Party in California.
  7. De Blasio opens the door to community land trusts.
  8. Jeff Merkley pushes Tillerson on climate change.
  9. Just before leaving, Obama expands surveillance.
  10. Stiglitz on trade and Trump.
  11. Psychologist Rob Brotherton on conspiracy theories.
  12. House passes REINS Act to deregulate and erode standards
  13. This is why you get worked up about politics, according to science
  14. Your Government Owes Your a Job
  15. One-Third of the Trump Team Has Ties to the Koch Brothers
  16. Bitcoin
  17. As Trump Moves into the White House, Democrats Need A Bold New Vision
  18. What Donald Trump Owes Wall Street

From the weeks of December 18 to January 7

Happy New Year!

Five years and we’re still here! We took a very rare break (both on-line and in person). We will be meeting Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

  1. Another, more beautiful America is rising. Trump will be resisted
  2. A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda
  3. Five Republicans who could buck Trump in 2017
    • We’d like to note that there are 52 Republican senators who could, and should, buck Trump and it’s pretty pathetic that only five are even considering it.
  4. Building a Mass Socialist Party
  5. Privacy in the modern world: Theory of Everything Podcast Surveillance miniseries Your host visits both the glass room ( a fake pop up store) and the Google pop up store (a real pop up store).
  6. A socialist criticism of basic income guarantee.
  7. Rethinking retirement: The Champions of the 401(k) Lament the Revolution They Started
  8. Algorithms: AI’s creepy control must be open to inspection
  9. House Republicans send us a New Year message. Fuck you!
  10. So much shit is going on, it seems this nearly slipped through. I had trouble finding anything critical written about the 2017 NDAA
  11. Under Cover of Christmas, Congress passes NDAA, Obama Establishes Controversial Anti-Propaganda Agency
  12. Senate Republicans take first step to repeal Obamacare
  13. Republicans Are Planning to Rush Through Jeff Sessions’s Confirmation Hearing
  14. Putin Led a Complex Cyberattack Scheme to Aid Trump, Report Finds
  15. Or, have our elections been hacked for decades?

News and Noteworthy from 2016