Media

Good God, The Russia Obsession! How Liberals Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the New McCarthyism

Ever seen anything like that collective hysterical freakout over the Trump-Putin summit? I have not, and I’ve been paying some attention for 40-odd years.  Don’t forget CBS News head honcho Les Moonves’s candid comments during the 2016 presidential campaign: “Trump is damned good for CBS News” because higher ratings = higher profits, and we’re all…

March 28: Disaster Capitalism in Sonoma County – Who Are Our Local Power Brokers?

Head to Christ Church United Methodist in Santa Rosa on March 28 for what should be a lively discussion of who profits and who does not as Sonoma County recovers and rebuilds after last autumn’s wildfires. We assume this will include a discussion of Rebuild Northbay, the foundation that wealthy power broker Darius Anderson founded…

Peter Coyote Calls for Removing Profit Motive from the News Business

Notes the U.S. is Now a Corporatocracy Digger, actor, author, narrator of eight Ken Burns films, and now Buddhist priest, Peter Coyote, sought to ‘lift the fog of fake news’ in Bolinas yesterday during a return visit and presentation to an appreciative crowd at The New School at Commonweal. Acknowledging the challenging path ahead for…

2003: Colin Powell Makes the Case for War on Iraq & U.S. Corporate Media Lines Up to Promote It

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, spoke before the United Nations, making the case for a preemptive war against Iraq. According to Powell, his purpose that day was to “share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of…

What We Don’t Talk about When We Talk about Russian Hacking – Lessons The Resistance Needs to Learn

Rutgers historian Jackson Lears has published the most cogent critique yet written of the ongoing Russiagate hysteria in the January 4, 2018 edition of the London Review of Books. Difficult though it will be, we would all be well-served if our citizens among the mainstream corporate press, Congress and the general public who remain sufficiently…

Democratic Party on Life Support – Progressives Push for Reform Now

Is there hope for the Democratic Party? I believe so. I certainly hope so, as the alternatives appear terribly insignificant at the moment. Given the prospects, it’s probably smart to prepare alternative courses of action, in the event the Democrats are beyond resuscitation. Though I left the party after Bill Clinton steered it toward the…

What Does a Compassionate Community Approach to Crisis Recovery Look Like? Petaluma ER on KPCA

Petaluma residents Ralph Scott & Kendra Murray – both of the Petaluma Radio Players – plus PCA’s John Bertucci, Rob Tomaszewski, Dennis Murphy and a host of volunteers and producers too numerous for the disorganized likes of me to list have put together a remarkable show debuting on Petaluma’s new community radio station, KPCA, Sunday,…

Building Community Food Security and Recognizing the Value of Food – Petaluma Bounty’s Suzi Grady, Interviewed for Delicious Revolution

“Over 90% of farmworkers here in Sonoma County are food insecure. That’s a staggering statistic that demonstrates that our food system is not working, right? The people who are pouring their sweat into it are not able to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” – Suzi Grady, Program Director, Petaluma Bounty  I was first inspired by Petaluma…