“Practically speaking, Biden has devastated communities and wildlife,” one frustrated climate advocate said. Biden Says He’s “Practically” Declared Climate Emergency — But He Hasn’t By Sharon Zhang Truthout August 9, 2023 President Joe Biden waves toward visitors watching the departure as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House July More
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Even though we’re truly reaching for the eve of destruction, our Congress instead spends its time stewing over Ticketmaster concert sales while New York City public service ads advise us to deal with nuclear Armageddon by going inside and shutting our windows.
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"That the rage of the dispossessed is legitimate, even if it is expressed in inappropriate ways, is never acknowledged by the Democrats, who were instrumental in pushing through the trade deals, deindustrialization, tax loopholes for the rich, deficit spending, endless wars and austerity programs that have created crisis."
Democracy Now! Ralph Nader: Biden’s First Year Proves He Is Still a “Corporate Socialist” Beholden to Big Business, with Katrina vanden Heuvel
"The self-censorship of the [mainstream corporate media] is overwhelming."
"The judge issued an order stating that the U.S. Government must release him from Guantánamo imprisonment. But then again, maybe he won’t be released, even for another decade or more—a scenario which wouldn’t be unprecedented."
"The alliance of Republican and Democratic oligarchs exposes the burlesque that characterized the old two-party system, where the ruling parties fought over what Sigmund Freud called the “narcissism of minor differences” but were united on all the major structural issues including massive defense spending, free trade deals, tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, the endless wars, government surveillance, the money-saturated election process, neoliberalism, austerity, deindustrialization, militarized police and the world’s largest prison system."
"The six-month sentence was the maximum the judge was allowed to impose; she ruled that his house arrest cannot be counted as part of his detention. From start to finish, this has been a burlesque. It is emblematic of a court system that has been turned over to lackies of corporate power, who use the veneer of jurisprudence, decorum, and civility to make a mockery of the rule of law."
DN! “Humane”: Yale Historian Samuel Moyn on “How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War”
"...when Biden gave his two speeches the other week defending the pullout from Afghanistan, he made utterly clear that while giving up on failed counterinsurgency, he is turning to, and maybe will intensify himself, the real fruit of 9/11, which is kind of endless counterterror, no matter what the constraints of international law say, unless they require the drones to strike or the special forces to visit with care for the victims."
"...by criminalizing those within the system who seek to inform the public is ominous for our democracy. It is effectively extinguishing all investigations into the inner workings of power."