A “shithole new world”


Donald Trump’s already infamous remarks during a Thursday meeting on immigration sent the news cycle (and possibly America’s diplomatic relations around the world) into a tailspin.

But there was a silver lining to the fallout from Trump’s racially inflammatory comments — getting to watch the way different cable news personalities handled verbalizing the expletive. Some engaged in clumsy verbal circles trying to steer clear of the word, while others seemed to relish the chance to cuss on live TV. Some expressed outrage, others were happy to take up the shithole mantle as a unifying badge of honor — much the same way that Trump supporters have co-opted “deplorables.”

 Anyway, here’s a bunch of talking heads saying “shithole.”




Trump’s craving for more nukes a ‘rip off’ that only benefits military industrial complex


The Trump administration’s blueprint for building more nuclear warheads to contain “strategic competitors” is a “rip-off” that only benefits manufacturers, not the American people, foreign policy analyst Robert Naiman told RT.

The plan to expand the US low-yield nuclear arsenal, outlined in the draft of the upcoming Nuclear Posture Review leaked to the media, is an “outrageous and foolish” idea that will add nothing to US national security, argues Robert Naiman, policy director at Just Foreign Policy and president of the Truth Out organization.


Japan’s nuclear watchdog urges discharge of Fukushima radioactive water into ocean


A final decision to release over a million tons of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima plant should be made “within this year,” as its operator is running out of land to store the waste, Japan’s nuclear regulator said.  “We will face a new challenge if a decision [about the release] is not made within this year,” Fuketa said.


Bitter pill to swallow: Why iodine tablets won’t save you from nuclear fallout


As Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un battle it out over the size of their nuclear buttons, attention is again turning to a common myth – that swallowing a simple pill will guard against radioactive fallout.

Iodine tablets, widely considered to offer the antidote to nuclear apocalypse, are reportedly the subject of a surge of interest in the wake of the world leaders’ recent saber-rattling …


‘Marshall attack’: Assange sends Twitter into frenzy of speculation over chessboard


Julian Assange has once again sent Twitter into a frenzy of speculation with another cryptic tweet – this time posting an image of a famous chess strategy, prompting suggestions the whistleblower is preparing ‘checkmate’.

The chessboard tweeted by Assange, unaccompanied by any text, shows a move from the Capablanca vs Marshall chess game of 1918 – considered one of the greatest defensive games of all time.



RD Wolff “The GOP/Trump plan for 2018: Cut social services and programs”


1. Reviving the “privatization” myth (that private works better)

2. Reviving the “deficit problem” myth (their tax cut caused that deficit)

3. Pushing the bottom 2/3 of Americans into long-term economic decline.