Daily Archives: October 15, 2020

Rural COVID-19 surge explained

RT America

Oct 15, 2020

Cases of COVID-19 infection and death are dramatically rising across the US. “Boom Bust” co-host Brent Jabbour joins Rick Sanchez to break down the numbers behind this disturbing trend.

Poverty soars across US as coronavirus relief runs out

RT America

Oct 15, 2020

With federal coronavirus relief largely dried up, two troubling new studies reveal that millions more Americans are falling into poverty since May as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the economic lockdowns still in place across the country. RT America’s Trinity Chavez has the details for the News with Rick Sanchez.

The moral questions about how traders may have profited off the pandemic | PBS NewsHour


PBS NewsHour  Oct 15, 2020   Transcript Audio

In late February, when the pandemic was beginning to take hold in the U.S., President Trump and his team downplayed the risk to the American public. But a new report finds that key advisers to the president were conveying a very different message to other audiences — and some financial traders may have profited as a result. Amna Nawaz talks to author and former investment banker William Cohan.

Ashley Parker: ‘This Is A Campaign And A WH That Is Intentionally Modeling Bad Behavior’ | MSNBC


3.59M subscribersOct 15, 2020Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker weighs on the White House’s continued reckless behavior and disregarding of safety precautions when it comes to coronavirus. Aired on 10/15/2020.

What’s the Problem With Vote-by-Mail? | 2020 Elections

The New York Times

Oct 12, 2020

The second episode of our four-part series, Stressed Election, focuses on vote-by-mail, which has become one of the most contentious issues of the 2020 election. In Michigan, a state decided by fewer than 11,000 votes in 2016, a group of bipartisan election officials worry they won’t have the time or resources to ensure results on election night.

Hijacking Catastrophe


“By helping us understand how fear is being actively cultivated and manipulated by the current administration, Hijacking Catastrophe stands to become an explosive and empowering information weapon in this decisive year in U.S. history.”
Naomi Klein | Author, No Logo

“The Media Education Foundation has been carrying out vitally important work on major issues of the day, in a highly meritorious effort to raise public awareness and understanding, work that is particularly crucial in advance of the coming election, which may well cast a long shadow over the country’s future.”
Noam Chomsky | Professor of Linguistics, MIT

“The next Presidential election will be a watershed mark in our history and the urgency of producing and distributing materials that show exactly what is at stake has never been higher. Hijacking Catastrophe will be a vital tool in the campaign to rescue American democracy from its internal enemies. It will enrage and empower as it enlightens and explains.”
Robert McChesney | Author, Rich Media, Poor Democracy

What it really comes down to is this: Are the American voters going to sit still for this? Are we going to treat our democracy like some sort of spectator sport, like watching the Super Bowl, or are we going to ask a little more of ourselves this time? Are we going to explore the Bush Administration�s claims? Are we going to look at the details of what this administration has actually done?�
William Hartung | Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute

The 9/11 terror attacks continue to send shock waves through the American political system. Continuing fears about American vulnerability alternate with images of American military prowess and patriotic bravado in a transformed media landscape charged with emotion and starved for information. The result is that we have had little detailed debate about the radical turn US policy has taken since 9/11.

Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party has used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home.

The documentary places the Bush Administration’s false justifications for war in Iraq within the larger context of a two-decade struggle by neoconservatives to dramatically increase military spending in the wake of the Cold War, and to expand American power globally by means of military force.

At the same time, the documentary argues that the Bush Administration has sold this radical and controversial plan for aggressive American military intervention by deliberately manipulating intelligence, political imagery, and the fears of the American people after 9/11.

Narrated by Julian Bond, Hijacking Catastrophe features interviews with more than twenty prominent political observers, including Pentagon whistleblower Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who witnessed first-hand how the Bush Administration set up a sophisticated propaganda operation to link the anxieties generated by 9/11 to a pre-existing foreign policy agenda that included a preemptive war on Iraq.

Joining Kwiatkowski in a wide-ranging, accessible, and ultimately empowering analysis of American foreign policy, media manipulation, and their global and domestic implications, are former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams, author Norman Mailer, MIT professor Noam Chomsky, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin, defense policy analyst William Hartung, author Chalmers Johnson, and Army Special Forces Master Sergeant Stan Goff (Ret.).

At its core, the film places the deceptions of the Bush Administration within the larger frame of questions seldom posed in the mainstream: What, exactly, is the agenda that drove the administration’s pre-war deceptions? How is 9/11 being used to sell this agenda? And what are the stakes for America, Americans, and the world if this agenda succeeds in being fully implemented during a second Bush term?


Tariq Ali | Benjamin Barber | Medea Benjamin | Noam Chomsky | Kevin Danaher | Mark Danner | Shadia Drury | Michael Dyson | Daniel Ellsberg | Michael Franti | Stan Goff | William Hartung

Robert Jensen | Chalmers Johnson | Jackson Katz | Michael T. Klare | Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (Ret.) | Norman Mailer | Zia Mian | Mark Crispin Miller | Scott Ritter | Vandana Shiva | Norman Solomon | Greg Speeter | Fernando Suarez del Solar | Immanuel Wallerstein | Jody Williams | Max Wolff

Directed by Sut Jhally & Jeremy Earp

EU leaders urge UK to ‘make the necessary moves’ to save Brexit talks

FRANCE 24 English

Oct 15, 2020

European Union leaders on Thursday placed the onus on Britain to unblock stalled post-Brexit trade talks, angering London and putting the fate of the talks in jeopardy.

Why these lifelong Florida Republicans are proudly voting for Biden


Oct 15, 2020

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny speaks with Florida seniors about the upcoming presidential election and finds some who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 are proudly casting their votes for Joe Biden.

Bob Woodward: We are in one of the most dangerous periods in American history


Oct 15, 2020

Legendary journalist Bob Woodward talks to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about President Trump’s administration and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chris: Trump Is Trying To ‘Rerun The Bush v Gore Playbook’ With The Whole Gang | All In | MSNBC


Oct 15, 2020

Chris Hayes breaks down why it’s no coincidence that Judge Amy Coney Barrett, Justice Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice Roberts all worked on Bush v. Gore in 2000. Aired on 10/15/2020.