ANTI-NATALISM: “Parents Open Up About Regretting Having Kids” / The Young Turks / Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian ☮

Not all people should have kids and these people wish they hadn’t. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you why they regret becoming parents.

The Guardian Article: ‘It’s the breaking of a taboo’: the parents who regret having children

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Cenk Uygur and the Truthdig Team Question the Future of Progressive Politics” / truthdig / 02.16.2017 ☮

Cenk Uygur, host and co-founder of the progressive online news show The Young Turks, closely covered the 2016 election chaos. Although he regularly condemned Donald Trump in the days leading up to the election, he also did not hold back from criticizing the Democratic Party. Disillusionment with that party ultimately led Uygur and others to launch a political movement, the Justice Democrats.

Introduced by Uygur three days after Trump’s inauguration, Justice Democrats is a branch of the Democratic Party dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and replacing establishment politicians. Along with Uygur, Kyle Kulinski of the program “Secular Talk Radio” and leaders from Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign are also at the head of the movement.

On Thursday, Feb. 16, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the Truthdig editorial team sat down with Uygur to discuss the new political movement, as well as media political coverage in the age of Trump.

h/t: truthdig

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT POETRY: “Alternative Facts on Seven Countries’ Terrorists” / Black Agenda Report / Raymond Nat Turner ☮

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

This and every year since the dawn of this country, most terrorist acts in the US have been perpetrated by white Christian males. So how, our poet asks, do we make sense of Trump’s attempted travel ban and its effect on terrorism inside the US? Do they really fear that white boys will be trained in Somaila, Yemen, Iraq or Iran?

Orange Alert
Extreme Vetting—
Iraq, Iran, Libya,
Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Yemen
Troublesome travel areas!!!!
Increased risk of terrorist activity—
Increased risk of recruiters breaching
our borders and recruiting freedom-lovin’, fun-lovin’,
red-blooded, brave white boys; unwitting and innocent
white boys and turnin’ them into Bad Hombres!

Increased risk of white boys coming out
Libyan Conversion Therapy Camps Bad Hombres and
Bombing Oklahoma City;
Coming out Somalian Conversion Therapy Camps Bad Hombres
Shooting up schools like Sandy Hook and Columbine;
Coming out Sudanese Conversion Therapy Camps Bad Hombres
Shooting up Colorado Movie Theaters;
Coming out Iraqi Conversion Therapy Camps Bad Hombres
Killing South Carolina Churchgoers…

Orange Alert
Iraq, Iran, Libya,
Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Yemen
Must be Bad hombre hotbeds—Conversion Therapy Camps
Radicalizing Extremists elements practicing Scalia Law!

They gotta be
Havens for White Boy Terrorist Training—
Camps teaching critical klan theory—white supremacy studies:
Love of Hitler, hatred of Jews and how to say ‘nigger’ in 19 languages
While organizing Lynch Mobs posing as Sports Fans and practicing
Foam Finger Fundamentalism: “U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!” and singing the
“Star Spangled Banner” Bud-drunk, obedient to the 1%
Why, even FOX thinks they’re
Conversion Therapy Camps
Teaching
Bad Hombres how to
Infiltrate police departments,
and the army, and become confederate
flag-waving wild Boers—GI jihadis;
Teaching
‘em how to
How to set up sleeper cells in klu klux klan klaverns;
Teaching
‘em how to
Rape in the Philippines, Okinawa and Oklahoma City and
Get away with it;
How To View ‘people of color’ as collateral damage—‘bug splat’
Instruction from the White Boy Field Manual On Murder—
Stand Your Ground Studies: how to say with conviction,
“I feared for my safety…” after shooting ‘sand niggers’ ‘rag-heads’
‘camel jockeys’ ‘gooks’ ‘spics’ ‘spades’ ‘chinks’ and cutting off fingers
for souvenirs

Hey, maybe the Drone Ranger’s bombing 7 countries
Makes sense?
Maybe he was taking out existential threats:
White Boy Terrorist Training Camps?

PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Medicare for All with Dr. Margaret Flowers” / RT America / On Contact with Chris Hedges ☮

In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses how the dysfunctional U.S. health care system can be fixed with Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician and leading advocate for a single-payer system. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the soaring cost of health care.