Our coverage of only receipts found in Tamerlan’s pockets were receipts for his self-incriminating bomb-making materials

Classic Who: US Government Experiments on Americans — LSD and MK-ULTRA

Continuing our exploration of secret government experiments on American citizens, we now re-publish an article I wrote in 1999 about the CIA and LSD experiments. That article was originally commissioned by the New York Times Magazine, which opted in the end not to publish it. Instead, it appeared in the magazine of the esteemed British newspaper The Observer, the German newsmagazine Spiegel, and in top newspapers in Australia, the Netherlands, and other countries. It never ran in the United States.


Some of his New York neighbours knew him as Paul Galan, some knew him as Paul Stanley. View article …

George H.W. Bush, king

Fawning Coverage of Bush 41 Discredits the Media

George W. Bush delivered a eulogy for his father, the 41st president of the United States, George H. W. Bush. OK, not unusual. But someone else did too: Jon Meacham, the former editor of Newsweek, a major US news organization. That’s more unusual.

Meacham, who at one point ran an ostensibly hard-hitting magazine, went on to write a biography of the elder Bush so fawning and uncritical that he became like family for the Bushes. And then he delivered the tribute.  

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Ted Rall

Can the Editorial Cartoon Be Saved?

While some argue that we are living in a golden age for journalism, the decline of print outlets has certainly changed the economic landscape for the worse. The transition from print to digital was not an easy negotiation, losing both people and content in the process. 


One of those casualties was the classic editorial cartoon. Once a bastion of irony that allowed us to look askance at the world and find humor in all things political, the current examples often feel banal and safe. 


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Natural Gas Is Getting Cheaper. Thousands Are Paying More To Heat Their Homes Anyway.

US Supreme Court Dismisses the Last Challenge Over Pennsylvania’s 2020 Election (Reader Steve)

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: “The U.S. Supreme Court closed the books on Pennsylvania’s 2020 election Monday, rejecting an appeal of a Republican congressional candidate’s unsuccessful challenge of the state’s mail-ballot deadlines. The case was the last of a torrent of litigation challenging the administration of Pennsylvania’s election, which drew intense scrutiny and several appeals to the Supreme Court. But the court repeatedly declined to intervene in the Pennsylvania cases, even as some conservative justices signaled potential interest. On View article …

Ukraine’s Disinformation Battle: Little Green Men, Hamsters and the Fog of War

Fighting is flaring in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, after government troops assaulted separatist rebels who’d taken over the city’s airport. Here’s our musing over a confusing situation reeking of disinformation and propaganda, ripe for the manipulating.

There has always been a gap in how media on both sides of the former Iron Curtain have reported world events, and it’s growing as the crisis in Ukraine escalates. It has become increasingly difficult to View article …

GMO Makers, Their Puppets in Academia, and The New York Times

With a debate raging over whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe, it seems reasonable that people would look toward the media, academia and scientists for answers. But major biotech companies like Monsanto, Bayer and Dow know this, too, and seem to be engaged in an effort to rig the results.


GMOs are produced by recombinant DNA technology. How it works sounds like science fiction, or something out of a horror movie. Imagine: Genes from an insecticide are inserted into the genome of the corn plant, thus producing a crop that resists insects. The insecticide is made from the protein View article …

An Explosive Situation Is Brewing in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Buildings are riddled with bullet holes, the sound of explosions can be heard day and night, and many residents have already packed up their belongings and fled. It sounds like war-torn Syria, but the actual location is a surprise: inside the supposedly secure borders of Turkey.


“There is constant fighting with tanks and heavy weapons in the center, and a lot of houses have been destroyed,” said a teacher in Diyarbakir, the main Kurdish-majority city in Turkey. The man refused to have his name published for fear of losing his job. He told WhoWhatWhy: “It’s become worse View article …

protest, Berkeley, NAZI

The Free Speech Wars: Has the First Amendment Outlived Its Usefulness?

The traditional American notion of almost absolute freedom of speech may have run its course.


Journalist and academic Damon Linker says some Americans may be having second thoughts about what we’ve come to accept as free speech. In this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, he talks to Jeff Schechtman about his recent analysis that found free speech is under siege from all sides.


Linker notes what’s happening on college campuses, where arguments over diversity are polarizing students and faculty, and, on the political right, where View article …

GM to Start Laying Off 4,000 Salaried Workers Today

This Is Not the Time for Dialogue,’ Says Venezuela’s Juan Gaudio (Dan)

Venezuela’s self-declared president, Juan Gaudio, has warned his international backers against any negotiated settlements with the country’s current president, Nicolas Maduro.


Is the Mainstream Press After Tulsi Gabbard? (Dan)

NBC News recently published an article highlighting Kremlin ties to Democratic presidential primary candidate Tulsi Gabbard. But the firm they used to denote the connection were recently discredited for interfering in Alabama’s special election.


Amazon Forced to Pull Products in India as New Rules Bite (Chris)

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Newport Beach, CA

The View From COVID Country: Masks, Mandates, and Protests in CA



In late December, our kids’ school in Newport Beach, CA, sent out an email encouraging families to self-test for COVID-19 before classes resumed. According to emails we received from the school, more than a dozen kids stayed home that first week of January, and the numbers continued to rise in the second and third week. With Zoom lessons mostly eliminated, a COVID-19 infection now means double the work for a child to catch up with their classmates.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) — who survived a recall last September — View article …

The Cradle of Conflagration: The End (and Beginning) of the War for Iraq

In the wake of the pullout of U.S. forces, Iraq is on the brink of internal combustion. And frankly, nobody should be surprised. Even a cursory review of Iraq’s history reveals this to be the likely aftermath of American occupation—and not even because of American missteps on the ground (as egregious as those were), but because of the intrinsic nature of the Iraqi ‘nation’. The War in Iraq may be over, but the real battle for Iraqi governance has just begun. So, when the “democratic” government in Iraq almost View article …

Uncle Sam, war

The Bold New Plan to Stop Wars: A Peace Advocate Makes Her Case

A little over 100 years ago, the major Western powers and 23 other nations signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending the “war to end all wars” — an idealistic phrase that within a few years would assume a certain grim irony. While there has been no truly global conflagration since 1945, the 21st century has already produced its fair share of armed conflicts.


Since 2001, US wars and military actions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.9 trillion. These conflicts have killed more than 480,000 combatants and more than 244,000 civilians, while displacing millions of View article …