Who What Why ?

My name is Russ Baker. For more than two decades I have been an investigative journalist, doing what I believed journalists were supposed to do—seek the truth and publish nothing less. Over the years, however, I have learned how the media gatekeepers, both “mainstream” and “alternative,” will not allow the biggest, most disturbing revelations to see the light of day.

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DC, 3 States Sue Google, Saying It Invades Users’ Privacy

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DC, 3 States Sue Google, Saying It Invades Users’ Privacy (Maria)

Will Anti-Vaxxers Merge With More Violent Groups to Destabilize the US?

   — OPINION —   Last week to an upcoming rally in Washington protesting the mandate requiring vaccinations for participating in activities with the vaccinated, in schools, bars and restaurants, public transit, and so forth. 

People Haven’t Just Made the Planet Hotter. We’ve Changed the Way it Rains.

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People Haven’t Just Made the Planet Hotter. We’ve Changed the Way it Rains. (Maria)

The Great Los Angeles Train Robbery Is an Exercise in Misdirection

Everyone loves the Great Los Angeles Train Robbery story. America’s current fascination  began with on Twitter by photojournalist John Schreiber: a vast debris field littered with opened and discarded packages, looted from boxcars sitting idle, unguarded, and unlocked on the rails in LA’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood.   

Senate Panel Advances Antitrust Bill Aimed at Apple, Amazon, and Google

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Senate Panel Advances Antitrust Bill Aimed at Apple, Amazon, and Google (Maria)

Vaccine Skeptics to March on Washington — With a Dangerous & Confusing Message

  -REPORTED ANALYSIS-   On January 23, vaccine skeptics and mask resisters, influenced in part by podcaster Joe Rogan, will gather in Washington, DC, not far from where hordes attacked the Capitol a year ago.   

Rare, Pristine Coral Reef Found Off Tahiti Coast

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Rare, Pristine Coral Reef Found Off Tahiti Coast (Maria)

The View From COVID Country: Rationing Tests and Waiting for Answers

As the coronavirus continues to surprise us with new variants, many folks are flummoxed by mandates and protocols that are vague, confusing, and changing daily. In this series, our correspondents around the country report on their region’s messaging and management of the latest stage of the pandemic.  – OPINION –  

Majority of US States Eying Nuclear Power for Emission Cuts

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Majority of US States Eying Nuclear Power for Emission Cuts (Maria)

Tightened Federal Water Protections Won’t Slow Some Projects

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Tightened Federal Water Protections Won’t Slow Some Projects (Maria)

MLK Jr. — From ‘Give Us the Ballot’ to ‘Why America May Go to Hell’

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we asked our staff to reflect on their favorite quotes from King and how they resonate today.   This dearth of positive leadership from the federal government is not confined to one particular political party. Both political parties have betrayed the cause of justice. …  These men so often have a high blood pressure of words and an anemia of deeds. 

It’s Time to Wage a War on Right-Wing Terror

Usually, when Americans remember a date (other than holidays like Christmas or Halloween), it’s because it will live in infamy. That is why even the least historically literate of us know about December 7, September 11, and now January 6. In each case, the United States was attacked.  It’s fair to say that the threat from Japan was effectively dealt with after a few years, tens of thousands of US casualties, an outlay of a few trillion dollars (adjusted for inflation), and two nuclear bombs dropped.

Newsom Lies in Rejecting Sirhan Parole in RFK Assassination

&;OPINION&; California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) flat-out lied Thursday as he sought to justify his rejection of parole for Sirhan Sirhan, who was framed for killing 1968 presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy.  

Elite Universities Teach Lesson in Price Fixing

Many of the nation’s top universities have been placed on the dishonor roll. Accused of colluding on financial aid limits are: Brown, the California Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern, Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, Rice, Vanderbilt, and Yale  

The Growing Menace of QR Code Scams — and How to Stay Safe

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The Growing Menace of QR Code Scams — and How to Stay Safe (Maria)

Climate Catastrophe, the Fall of America, and a New World Order

The history of empires is a repetitive tale of overweening ambition, followed sooner or later by crushing defeat.    Understanding this process is the work of our guest on this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, Alfred McCoy, chair of the history department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change.    

A Vast New Ocean Sanctuary in South Atlantic

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A Vast New Ocean Sanctuary in South Atlantic (Maria)

Damned If You Don’t: Vanishing Salmon and the Klamath River Dam Removal Project

For thousands of years, the Yurok have gathered along the Klamath River in northern California to honor the life-affirming runs of wild salmon. But these days their annual festivals have come to feel more like funerals than celebrations. There are so few salmon in these waters that the Yurok Tribe has had to resort to importing them from Alaska.   

US Election Workers Vulnerable Without New Voting Rights Law

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US Election Workers Vulnerable Without New Voting Rights Law: Democratic Lawmakers (Maria)

Even NASA Seems Surprised by Its New Space Telescope

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Even NASA Seems Surprised by Its New Space Telescope (Maria)

How Bloody Protests Actually Helped Kazakhstan’s President Gain Real Power

The protests began on the second day of the new year in Zhanaozen, a sun-parched, heavily polluted town in the steppe of southwestern Kazakhstan that feeds off a depleting oil field in the nearby Caspian Sea and a Soviet-era uranium mine. Zhanaozen is where police mowed down a crowd of striking oil workers in 2011, killing at least 14 people and wounding hundreds, and where ethnic clashes resulted in as many as 200 deaths in 1989 during the twilight of the USSR.

The Fear of the Fear of Death in ‘Don’t Look Up’

There are two kinds of people in America: those who believe that Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up is real and is caused by human activities; and those who think the film is fabricated leftist fear-mongering, and that any movie that does (or does not) occur is just part of a natural cycle of filmmaking.  

Scientists Study Thwaites, Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday’ Glacier

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Scientists Study Thwaites, Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday’ Glacier (Maria)

A Hopeful Look at How Global Migration Moves the World Forward

If you think the world has gotten unfathomably complicated, you’re not alone. As we careen through the third decade of the 21st century we face political upheaval, revolution, civil war, international conflicts, refugee flows, climate change, economic and technological disruption, a COVID-19 pandemic, rising levels of debt, demographic imbalance between the old and the young, racial conflict, and a tsunami of disinformation.   

Did Trump Spokesman Hide Assets on January 6?

WhoWhatWhy has learned that on January 6, 2021, Taylor Budowich, a Republican operative, aide to Donald Trump Jr., and future spokesperson for Donald J. Trump, took time out from what was a singularly frenetic and explosive day to incorporate a company in California.    Budowich would later find himself under investigation for his role leading up to the Capitol assault that day in Washington.  

Google Is Buying a Company for $500M to Boost Cloud Security

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Google Is Buying a Company for $500M to Boost Cloud Security (Maria)

Roger Stone: Widespread Disorder Was Planned for 2016, Had Trump Lost

In November 2020, I heard from Len Colodny, a journalist, author, and old friend (now deceased), about something the GOP operative Roger Stone had told him. Both he and I knew Stone, and I was aware that Stone, who has a reputation for exaggeration, tended to be right often enough in his claims not to dismiss them. 

Off-Season ‘Cover’ Crops Expand as US Growers Eye Low-Carbon Future

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Off-Season ‘Cover’ Crops Expand as US Growers Eye Low-Carbon Future (Maria)