New and Noteworthy 2019

This Sunday, meeting from 2-5 pm because we have so much to discuss

Meeting Sundays 3-5 pm at Columbia as always
Location: Room 409, Int’l Affairs Bldg. Columbia Univ.
420 W. 118th St.. (SE Corner of Amsterdam Ave. )

On April 28, we are planning to use “On Left Political Organization“, Chapter 2 of Stanley Aronowitz’s Left Turn, as a starting point to a discussion of organizing. Please read before the meeting. PDF available at link above.

For the week from April 14 to April 20, 2019

  1. Pompeo is “Setting the Stage for a War with Iran”
  2. Landlords are exploiting a key loophole to raise rents on thousands of apartments
  3. The Next Recession: Economic Policy Institute discussion

For the weeks from March 31 to April 13, 2019

  1. Anything Can Be Anything the whole podcast on conspiracies is very good (except the closing music) but I particularly recommend Jelani Cobb which is “Act 1” and starts 9 minutes into the full podcast
  2. Press coverage of Trump/Russia and other stories
  3. Not endorsements but giving attention to presidential candidates not getting much:
  4. Venezuela:
  5. Trump cuts off aid to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador; claims they aren’t doing enough to stop migration
  6. Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns after mass protests
  7. Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, will be 1st black woman and 1st openly gay person to hold post
  8. Melissa Conyears-Ervin elected first black woman treasurer of Chicago
  9. Slovakia Elects First Woman President in Rebuke to Nationalism
  10. House passes resolution ending US involvement in Yemen
  11. U.S. approves secret nuclear power work for Saudi Arabia
  12. Saudi Arabia is detaining American activists 6 months after Khashoggi’s murder
  13. Inequality is damaging the development and educational achievement of millions of children
  14. Genuine progress (though not perfection)
  15. An alternative: Restorative Justice: What justice could look like
  16. NY Rent law needs to be renewed by June
  17. The Real Roots of ‘Black Capitalism’
  18. Gaza marks Israel march anniversary
  19. The Israeli Election Put the Bigotry of Its Political Class Front and Center
  20. Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Israel?
  21. Critics Warn Designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as Terrorist Organization Is Trump Itching for War
  22. Federal Reserve appointees:
  23. Who should be embarrassed (more on why Smollet is a side issue)
  24. Nearly everything Trump just said about Puerto Rico is wrong
  25. For Trump, the cruelty is the point.
  26. Deputy’s Son Has Been Arrested In Connection With Fires At Three Black Churches In Louisiana
  27. Kirstjen Nielsen Shows Why It’s Impossible to Restrain Trump
  28. ICE Official Who Said Detention Was “More Like Summer Camp” Will Now Lead The Agency
  29. Trump’s administration has delayed putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.
  30. GOP triggers ‘nuclear option’ to speed up Trump’s picks
  31. Facebook is buying good press
    • So much easier than improving one’s behavior, especially if you’ve got billions to spend.
    • And press is desperate for funds since FB & friends have taken their advertising
    • Life is great if you’re Zuckerberg
  32. Justice Department releases damning report on Alabama’s gruesome, violent prisons
    • The biggest surprise here is that the DoJ is still apparently functioning, to some extent.
  33. Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigns after mass protests
  34. High-Flying Cy: How Manhattan DA Vance Spent $250K on Travel and Food
  35. It’s time to panic about privacy
  36. Brexit Brief: May requests delay to June 30
  37. U.S. Government’s indictment of Julian Assange poses grave threats to press freedoms
  38. Taxes:
  39. Book club?

For the week of March 24 to March 30, 2019

  1. Jussie Smollett isn’t the problem. We are
  2. Conservative media’s war on AOC is hammering her poll numbers
  3. There Is No Excuse for How Universities Treat Adjuncts
  4. Rich People Are More Likely To Cheat And Steal Than The Poor, Study Says
  5. Kalief Browder’s Suicide Inspired a Push to End Cash Bail. Now Lawmakers Have a Deal.
  6. Puerto Rico Faces a Flood of Fracked Gas in Wake of Hurricane Maria
  7. Venezuela Is in Economic Crisis, Not Humanitarian Crisis
  8. Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements In Arkansas And Kentucky
  9. Revolutionary group that raided North Korean Embassy establishes contact with FBI

For the week of March 17 to March 23, 2019

  1. Sixteen years after the invasion of Iraq, it is [long past] time to start taking responsibility
  2. Even Jamie Dimon says we’ve split the US economy, leaving the poor behind
  3. Sen. Brian Schatz introduces a new bill to tax stock trades and curb high-frequency trading
  4. Financial Stability Oversight Council, a Dodd-Frank reform, is giving up on monitoring shadow banks
  5. Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots
  6. How the US Empire Starts Wars, But Refuses to End Them
  7. Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign In Somalia How many civilians have been killed as strikes escalate? Since Trump took office, figuring out whom the US is killing and why has become nearly impossible.
  8. America’s Generals Have Learned Nothing From Our Failed Wars
  9. U.S. Mercenaries Arrested in Haiti Were Part of a Half-Baked Scheme to Move $80 Million for Embattled President
  10. ‘Political Reptilian Brains’: Cuomo Blasts Democrats and the Left
  11. The 20 companies and groups that spend the most money to influence lawmakers
  12. Advocates and Senators Refute Assembly Democrats’ Concerns with Campaign Finance Reform
  13. On Disability and on Facebook? Uncle Sam Wants to Watch What You Post
  14. Stepping Inside the FoxHole – Fox News impact on opinions a more careful version of “The Brainwashing of My Dad” (with appropriate cautions that correlation doesn’t prove causation)
  15. Obesity-Related Cancer Rates Are Rising Among Millennials
  16. Deaths of six men tied to Ferguson protests alarm activists
  17. Study: Philly among leaders in gentrification, which has pushed out people of color
  18. The Kingdom and the Kushners: Jared Went to Riyadh.
  19. Minimum wage increases raise low wage workers income (surprise)
  20. Thank you, Climate Strikers. Your Action Matters and Your Power Will Be Felt

For the week of March 10 to March 16, 2019

  1. Christchurch mosque shootings: Rotorua community unites at evening vigil
  2. U.S. Gun Makers Send Weapons South As Migrants Flee North
  3. White House And Ivanka Trump Propose New Spending On Child Care
  4. Putting Billionaires in Their Place
  5. KEPT OUT: For people of color, banks are shutting the door to homeownership
  6. Wells Fargo Says Its Culture Has Changed. Some Employees Disagree.
  7. FBI accuses wealthy parents in college-entrance bribery scheme
  8. People Need to Be Scared About Climate Change. They Also Need to Recognize That It’s Not Too Late.
  9. Want to Know How Your Local Jail Operates? Sorry, That May Be a Trade Secret.
  10. Regime Change Via Sanctions? U.S. Uses International Finance System to Strangle Venezuelan Economy
  11. Progress in Albany?

For the week of March 3 to March 9, 2019

  1. Anat Admati: Towards a Better Financial System
  2. A Century of U.S. Intervention Created the Immigration Crisis
  3. As States Look To Cut Jail Populations, Electronic ‘Miniature Prisons’ Are On the Rise
  4. Opinion: End cash bail without hurting people
  5. Report: ICE Tracking NYC Protests Through ‘Anti-Trump’ Spreadsheet
  6. The Amazon Deal Was Not Brought Down by a Handful of Politicians It was felled by a robust grassroots coalition.
  7. Dems selling themselves (and us) out: The drive to adopt public campaign financing might be on the skids.
  8. Reparations Now? Maybe In Order to Get the Job Done It’s Time To Call It Something Else
    • “White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this… The Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed ” James Baldwin
  9. Brexit endgame
  10. House’s Anti-Semitism Resolution Exposes Generational Fight Over Ilhan Omar
  11. Senate Republicans block vote on bill to stop funding war in Yemen
  12. Judge rules that Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross broke law, violated Constitution in census decision

For the week of Feb. 24 to March 2, 2019

  1. Greta Thunberg powerful speech at UN Climate Change Conference
  2. The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy
  3. Irate Kenyans Serve Muddy Water to Leaders in Daring Protest Move
  4. Lunch Debt and Shaming in Schools
  5. Why New York State’s Democracy Needs Small Donor Public Campaign Financing
  6. Did you know you could be jailed for a seat belt violation? Supreme Court thinks this is ok! Why isn’t the Right (and the rest of us) yelling about this? (Audio, Video , interview starts at 5:30 )
  7. New bill would ban racist algorithms from setting bail
  8. The opioid epidemic and other public-health emergencies are being aggravated by failings in the criminal-justice system.
  9. Some Presidential candidates backing reparations for slavery
  10. ‘He’s a racist, he’s a con man, he’s a cheat’
  11. How Much Does Heterodoxy Help Progressives? (Wonkish) Paul Krugman debates MMT
  12. Pentagon Credit Union takeovers:
  13. Black Activists: U.S. Acts Like Outlaw in Venezuela
  14. A Century of U.S. Intervention Created the Immigration Crisis
  15. U.N. report on Gaza says Israeli forces may have committed war crimes
  16. Silicon Valley parents are so panicked about kids’ screen time that they’re having nannies sign ‘no-phone contracts’
  17. To Disempower Lobbyists, Give Congressional Staff a Raise
  18. Economists for Inclusive Prosperity A network of academic economists committed to an inclusive economy and society (and sound research)
  19. An MMT take on the New Green Deal: how to pay for it without worrying about inflation
  20. NY Lawmakers Delay Criminal Justice Reform

For the week of Feb. 17 to Feb. 23, 2019

  1. America’s Other Family-‍Separation Crisis: Why do we lock so many women up?
  2. U.K. government report labels Facebook ‘digital gangsters’
  3. A history of debt: David Graeber questions etablished wisdom about the moral power of debt, the origins of money and the definition of money itself.
  4. Regime Change We Can Believe In: The U.S. Agenda in Venezuela, Haiti, and Egypt
  5. Left perspectives on Presidential Campaigns (not an endorsement)
  6. Socialism for Realists
  7. CFPB is looking out for financial predators instead of Main Street
  8. Momentum grows for New York’s landmark climate-equity bill
  9. School strikes against climate change take off

For the week of Feb. 10 to Feb. 16, 2019

  1. How The CIA Overthrew Iran’s Democracy Any similarity to events in Venezuela are purely coincidental
  2. Elliott Abrams, U.S. envoy for Venezuela, previously convicted of deceiving Congress, faces questions from Congress about past and present U.S. interventions in Latin America
  3. Venezeula: Maduro accuses U.S. of imperialism; history says he’s not wrong
  4. Why more of the world now feels threatened by U.S. than by China or Russia (see above)
  5. Republicans Are Using Shameless Tactics to Split Democrats Over BDS
  6. Virginia blackface scandal: Ralph Northam vows to stay as governor
  7. Will the U.S. Senate Let the People of Yemen Live?
  8. Trump’s Illegal Emergency Declaration Is a Dangerous Low Point in U.S. Presidential History
  9. There is a crisis at the border. It’s just not what Trump says it is.
  10. How Pharma rips off Americans
  11. Presidential candidates not getting much press:
  12. Former presidential candidate who got too much press
  13. The Left must finally break with the Democrats
  14. NYC Public Advocate debate also note: not qualifying for debate but on the ballot: Manny Alicandro, David Eisenbach, Anthony Herbert, Jared Rich, Helal Sheikh, Latrice Walker, Benjamin Yee
  15. The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy
  16. To combat dark money, we need public campaign financing
  17. Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Dark Money
  18. Amazon Cancels Plan to Build Headquarters in NYC
  19. The Rise of Surveillance Capitalism
  20. The vultures are circling NYCHA
  21. Science and Subterfuge in Economics

For the week of Feb. 3 to Feb. 9, 2019

  1. Economic Bills of Rights:
    1. FDR: The Economic Bill of Rights
      1. The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
      2. The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
      3. The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
      4. The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
      5. The right of every family to a decent home;
      6. The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
      7. The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
      8. The right to a good education.
    2. Reagan’s version
      1. Freedom to work
      2. Freedom to enjoy the fruits of one’s labor
      3. Freedom to own and control one’s property
      4. Freedom to participate in a free market
  2. Twelve Step Method to Conduct Regime Change
  3. Democratic Socialists statement on U.S. intervention in Venezuela “Stop Dangerous and Counterproductive US Intervention in Venezuela”
  4. Venezuela crisis: Former U.N. rapporteur says U.S. sanctions are killing citizens
  5. Mark Twain’s opposition to imperialism
  6. Activists convicted after leaving water and food for migrants in Arizona desert
  7. Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software
  8. How do we get dark money out of politics?
  9. No billionaires
  10. Curious case of missing wealth taxes
  11. Media is badly botching medicare-for-all debate: The current health system is unaffordable, not medicare-for-all
  12. Green New Deal:
  13. Trump draining the swamp?
  14. Trump’s 2019 State of the Union was an ode to an imaginary America
  15. Racism, Sexual Assault and Politics in Virginia

For the week of Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2019

  1. Financialization creates inequality some finance is helpful, too much is damaging. And we have way too much (slide show)
  2. Venezuela: What activists (and others) need to know about the U.S. led coup
  3. SCUM Manifesto
  4. This conversation may change how you understand misogyny
  5. Men at Davos Discover New, “Creative” Excuse to Justify Excluding Women in the Workplace Creative??? They are just following Mike Pence
  6. Climate Change Leads to Wars, Refugees
  7. Youth Climate Lawsuit in Limbo as the U.S. Government Puts Up Roadblocks
  8. Jackboots in the Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare
  9. The War in Yemen Is the World’s Worst Man-Made Humanitarian Disaster
  10. Accounting for Race  “Abetted by the federal government, several states have actively subverted the well-being of their residents of color. “
  11. The Congolese people succeeded in forcing President Kabila to allow elections to choose his successor, but Kabila still rigged the vote.
  12. Trump Is Killing the INF Treaty
  13. Withdrawing our money from Wall Street: Why NYC needs public banking now

For the week of Jan. 20 to Jan. 26, 2019

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. speech on Three Evils of Society: Racism, Extreme Materialism and Militarism
  2. Bryan Stevenson wants the U.S. to face its history
  3. Capital Gains and Inequality
  4. Do not call lists: Police who prosecuters think are too ‘unreliable’ to testify in court
  5. SPLC sues Trump administration for violating due process rights of immigrant children
  6. Venezuela:
  7. A case for starting process to impeach Trump column or video
  8. Latest Oxfam report shows 26 billionaires have more than 3.8 billion people combined. One of their key recommendations is to tax wealth and capital (see above) at higher, fairer, rates.
  9. After LA’s Teachers Strike, “Nothing Will Be the Same”

For the week of Jan. 13 to Jan. 19, 2019

  1. Banking and Finance
  2. Fascinating, frightening discussion of chaos and deception in decisionmaking to go into Iraq No reason to think things are better today
  3. Trump’s Wall Demands Hurt People Already Hurting the Most
  4. Pentagon Officials Fear Bolton’s Actions Increase Risk of Clash With Iran
  5. Tulsi Gabbard Is a Rising Progressive Star, Despite Her Support for Hindu Nationalists
  6. One day, your voice will control all your gadgets, and they will control you
  7. See you in court, citizens tell governments on climate change
  8. Chicago’s police ‘code of silence’ went on trial — and the code won
  9. Albany passes some voting reform, Cuomo not helpful
  10. Astra Taylor’s What is democracy? offers no simple answers

For the week of Jan. 6 to Jan.12, 2019

  1. Banking and Finance
  2. Carbon emissions rise second most in 20-years as majority of America believes in anthropogenic climate change
  3. Raising the Bar on a Green New Deal
  4. Do We Really Need Billionaires?
  5. Frightening prospect of a ‘state of emergency’
  6. Case Closed: The Justice Department Won’t Stand Behind Its Report on Immigrants and Terrorism
  7. Tulsi Gabbard Is a Rising Progressive Star, Despite Her Support for Hindu Nationalists
  8. Bases, Bases, Everywhere…  Except in the Pentagon’s Report 
  9. Human Again’: Florida Felons Emotional as They Begin Registering to Vote

For the weeks of Dec. 23, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019

  1. Banking and Finance
  2. Yellow Vests Rise Against Neo-Liberal ‘King’ Macron
  3. Winners Take All | Robert Wright & Anand Giridharadas (if you’ve listened to other stuff from Giridharadas, you can skip about 30 minutes to where he talks more about solutions)
  4. Black Agenda Radio: Twilight of US empire; Black Alliance For Peace: Trump Should Withdraw From Syria, and Africa too; Carrie Bramen on the myth of “American Niceness”
    • Listen to whichever segments you like. I recommend the last: myth of American Niceness .
  5. Important Environmental Stories of 2018
  6. “Prison Reform” Is Not Enough. In 2019, Let’s Fight for Decarceration
  7. Romney states the obvious: Trump lacks character
    • Also praises Sessions, Haley, Mattis, Tillerson, judges (Kavanaugh), corporate tax cuts, “deregulation” and Trump policy in general
  8. The Worst Thing We’ve Ever Done

Earlier items


July-Dec. 2018
Jan. – June 2018
July – Dec. 2017
Jan. – June 2017
July – Dec. 2016
Jan. – June 2016