Black Lives Matter GOP Lies

Right wing media’s lies about antifa and BLM exposed

Harvard Radcliffe Institute: Black Lives Matter Protesters Were Overwhelmingly Peaceful, Our Research Finds Meet the Riot Squad: Right-Wing Reporters Whose Viral Videos Are Used to Smear BLM In the year since George Floyd’s murder, conservative news outlets have endlessly hyped distorted stories about violence at Black Lives Matter protests. Key videos they used come from […]

Military Force War

Conflicting claims about whether Russia and China want to stop militarization of space

(Revised: 2021-05-10) These two paragraphs from Washington Examiner’s House Democrat fears looming space war: ‘We’ll all be dead’  contradict the emails and articles I’ve seen from peace groups claiming that Russia and China have been asking for treaties about the militarization of space. A quartet of State Department and Pentagon officials appeared before members of […]

Humor

The paradox of the red light and the stop sign

According to Washington State statute RCW 46.61.055: Traffic control signal legend. “Vehicle operators facing a steady circular red signal alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection control area and shall remain […]

Economic Justice Homelessness Housing

How Finland lowered homelessness by 73%: housing first

Source of image: Reports on homelessness in Finland See Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4 out of […]

Military Force Military Spending Politics War

The Eisenhower Project: documentation of claims

The Eisenhower Project has an animation listing some claims about U.S. militarism. This article documents those claims. “$6.4 trillion wasted since 2001” Brown University’s Costs of War project “Over 810,000 people killed in U.S. wars since 2001” Brown University’s Costs of War project “800 military bases in 70+ countries” Politico: Where in the World Is […]

Economic Inequality Economic Justice GOP Lies Government

Again, Nordic social democracies are the happiest countries

“Finland has once again been named the happiest country in the world…. This is the fourth year in a row in which Finland came in first, and as usual fellow Nordic social democracies Denmark, Norway, and Sweden were also in the top 10.” — The Week, April 9. Finland was the world’s happiest country again […]

Adam Smith Military Force Military Spending Politics Race and Racism War

Worried about anti-Asian violence? The U.S. is preparing for war with China.

Despite losing disastrously in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the U.S. is actively preparing for war with China, a technologically advanced nation with four times our population.  And it’s planning to fight it in China’s own backyard: the South China Sea. Donald Trump ramped up the racist rhetoric against China (“Chinese virus” and “Kung Flu”). But […]

Military Force Military Spending

The epic failure of the trillion dollar F-35 fighter jet program

Forbes: The U.S. Air Force Just Admitted The F-35 Stealth Fighter Has Failed Salon: Even by Pentagon terms, this was a dud: The disastrous saga of the F-35 Esquire: This Country Is Spending $1.7 Trillion on Planes That Don’t Work  “For that money, we could have cancelled American student loan debt. All of it.” Extreme […]

Health care Politics Washington State Politics

Competing bills for universal healthcare in Washington State

Two bills to establish universal health care in Washington State are under consideration by the state senate this session. The Whole Washington’s Health Trust (SB 5204), sponsored by Senators Hasegawa, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Nguyen, Stanford, and Wilson, C., “is fully realized, universal healthcare legislation, complete with specific funding mechanisms and a transition plan. If passed, […]