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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Cops Can Extract Data From 10,000 Different Car Models’ Infotainment Systems

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Cops Can Extract Data From 10,000 Different Car Models’ Infotainment Systems (Maria)

Construction of 339-Mile Power Line Begins in New York

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Construction of 339-Mile Power Line Begins in New York (Maria)

The Galapagos Islands Will Be a Cool Refuge in a Warming World

Pushed by climate change, almost every part of the ocean is heating up. But off the west coast of the Galapagos Islands, there is a patch of cold, nutrient-rich water. This prosperous patch feeds phytoplankton and breathes life into the archipelago. “The cool water sustains populations of penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, and cetaceans that would not be able to stay on the equator year round,” says Judith Denkinger, a marine ecologist at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.

Nations Must Embrace Change to Tackle Biodiversity Crisis, Researchers Say

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Nations Must Embrace Change to Tackle Biodiversity Crisis, Researchers Say (Maria)

Great Barrier Reef Should Be Placed on World Heritage ‘In Danger’ List

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Great Barrier Reef Should Be Placed on World Heritage ‘In Danger’ List, UN-Backed Report Says (Maria)

Surreality, Propaganda, and Wile E. Coyote

OPINION

  If you’ve found yourself thinking the world has gone surreal, you’re even more right than you might realize. And it’s not just that things are weird. We live in a paranoid, authoritarian culture in which the real, the presumed, and the purported are all tangled strands of a dense, hallucinatory web of spectacles.   

US FCC Bans Sales, Import of Chinese Tech From Huawei, ZTE

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US FCC Bans Sales, Import of Chinese Tech From Huawei, ZTE (Maria)

Fake Democracy Is Under Attack. Is It Time to Try Real Democracy?

What follows will be an admittedly amateurish foray into domains of metapolitics. These are my thoughts. I circle around them, in an ever-recursive spiral. The 1990s were called the “end of history” with the presumed victory of neoliberal hegemony. The following decade revealed that neither corporate globalization nor neoliberalism lived up to their promise. After the 2008 financial crash, the triumph of the liberal Democratic world order was no longer assured. We woke up to discover that our financial elites ran a fake economy.   

Hey Republicans! Wake Up and Smell the Nazis!

Hip-hop artist Ye took notorious white supremacist Nick Fuentes to meet with former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Both have been seeking public attention by touting antisemitism and other hateful views. Normie Republicans need to use this event as an excuse to cut ties with the former POTUS.   While you’re here enjoying DonkeyHotey’s latest cartoon, please take a moment to read these articles on related topics: 

Something Amazing You May Not Know About Native Americans

Today, in honor of  , I want to share a curious story with you. A few years ago, I read something about Native Americans that startled me. It appeared in an online Irish newspaper. The headline read:   ‘Beyond amazing’: Navajo Nation’s AG Praises Irish Generosity to Coronavirus Fund

NY Gov Signs Novel Law That Limits Cryptomining — For Now

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NY Gov Signs Novel Law That Limits Cryptomining — For Now (Maria)

Joy and Anxiety in Newly Liberated Kherson

KHERSON, Ukraine — The flag rose slowly, flapping gently in the wind, keeping time with the Ukrainian national anthem playing from a loudspeaker. An honor guard of Ukrainian soldiers stood at attention opposite the flagpole. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stood between the two, watching Ukraine’s gold and blue with rapt attention, hand on his heart. 

What Happens When Humans Meddle With Nature?

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What Happens When Humans Meddle With Nature? (Maria)

Did the French Invent Everything? (Or Do They Just Think They Did?)

It was at a flea market in Paris that I saw the odd-looking machine. Resembling a toy computer, or maybe the offspring of an accordion mating with an electric typewriter, the curious object was offered at 60 euros, or about 59 dollars. I recognized it immediately, as most Parisians would, as a technical emissary from the city’s futurist past: a .

UN Climate Deal: Calamity Cash, but No New Emissions Cuts

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UN Climate Deal: Calamity Cash, but No New Emissions Cuts (Maria)

The War in Your Head: Grief and Trauma in Ukraine

  The broken windows have been replaced, and 47-year-old Victor has rebuilt the outer wall  damaged in the spring. He has also reestablished the gas and electricity connections, but life is still not the same. In March, a Russian mortar grenade hit his truck in the driveway, sending fragments into the basement, where Victor and his mother, Svetlana, were sitting. The shockwave threw them against a wall. The nightmares still haunt Victor.

Sheriff, Group Sue to Block Strict Oregon Gun Control Law

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Sheriff, Group Sue to Block Strict Oregon Gun Control Law (Maria)

When an Accusation of Disinformation Is Disinformation: Russia’s Tangled Web

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Word(s) of God

Religions traffic in what they claim to be divine certainty. So why is it so difficult for them to decide what to think of same-sex marriage? Surprising many, the Church of Latter Day Saints recently decided to endorse it.   While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

The US Gives Protections to Rare Midwest Bird as Prairie Suffers

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The US Gives Protections to Rare Midwest Bird as Prairie Suffers (Maria)

Progressive Politics in the UK: A Conversation With Mhairi Black, MP

Not unlike the political turmoil in the US, we’ve watched the travails and chaos of the Conservative Party in the UK. As its latest prime minister takes power, the more progressive elements in the British Parliament are sensing an opportunity to make their case.  

Feds, Tech Fall Short on Watching Extremists, Senate Says

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Feds, Tech Fall Short on Watching Extremists, Senate Says (Maria)

Systems and Structures

It becomes banal and repetitive to note we are in a state of crisis. Postindustrial civilization lurches inexorably from one crisis to the next, without resolving the previous crises. When were we ever not in a crisis? When I look back at my life, I recall an endless series of geopolitical emergencies — wars, diseases, environmental disasters, pollution, recession, cancer clusters, civil unrest, homelessness, gang wars, stagnation, terrorism, and so on.  

Oil Pollution: Investigation Reveals Egypt’s ‘Super Coral’ at Risk

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Oil Pollution: Investigation Reveals Egypt’s ‘Super Coral’ at Risk (Maria)

Our Next Struggle: DeSantis Inheriting Trump’s Fascist Mantle

The elections appear to be a mixed bag, with young people and women, in particular, rejecting the right-wing Supreme Court Dobbs abortion decision. The early youth vote in Wisconsin, for example, was 360 percent than in 2018, according to Ben Wikler, the chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party.  

Russia’s War Produces 100 Million Tonnes of Emissions in Seven Months

Russia’s war in Ukraine has been driving up global greenhouse gas emissions — to the tune of 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in seven months — but the biggest climate impact is expected from rebuilding after the war ends.

Arizona County Quick to Bat Down Election Misinformation

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Arizona County Quick to Bat Down Election Misinformation (Maria)

The Election Didn’t Go BOOM — So What’s the Problem?

  What’s the biggest conundrum of the 2022 election? The polls — with a couple of strange exceptions I’ll get to — were accurate but the pundits were virtually all wrong   The pundits all had access to the polls — they didn’t believe them. Then they were taken completely on the hop when the big “red wave” — not predicted by the polls — turned into the pink ripple that it was.  

WWW Editor Post-Election Roundtable: What the Pundits Missed

Dear Reader:   Today we experiment with a new feature: a roundtable discussion among our editors. In this case, a post-mortem on the election. We focus on intriguing aspects that we feel haven’t been made clear to the public, or that were misrepresented or missed altogether.   

Should Seized Russian Assets Be Weaponized Against the Russian Invaders?

The US has authorized about $30-40 billion for Ukraine so far. It’s estimated there’s at least twice that much sitting in the frozen Russian reserves — and possibly much more.     Probably everyone, Republicans included, would rather see Russian money going to help Ukraine than US tax dollars. This is an issue both Democrats and Republicans could unite over.   What if the Russian government’s foreign assets, now frozen in much of the world, could be seized? What if they could be spent on fixing the damage that country’s invasion of Ukraine caused?  

Amazon Enters the Age of Robots. What Does That Mean for Its Workers?

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Amazon Enters the Age of Robots. What Does That Mean for Its Workers? (Maria)

Happy Birthday to the Beeb

On November 14, 1922, a 40-year-old cherubic-looking man with a receding hairline intoned into what looked like a wooden beehive on a rickety tripod. It was what was awkwardly called a “meat-safe” microphone and Arthur Burrows was reading the first news bulletin for the newly created British Broadcasting Company, a scrappy operation that employed a total of four people.

Love on the Rocks

After Elon Musk purchased Twitter, journalists pledged to migrate elsewhere on social media. But like a moth to the flame, they found that breaking up, or ignoring, is harder to do than they imagined.   While you’re here enjoying Ted Rall’s latest cartoon, please take a moment and read articles on related topics: 

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rising Globally — But Drop in China

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Rising Globally — But Drop in China (Maria)

Wall Street vs. Main Street: Never the Twain Shall Meet

This week’s election may not have turned on the economy. Perhaps it’s because we have moved on from “It’s the economy, stupid,” to a new question, Whose economy? According to our guest on this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast, economist and investigative journalist Nomi Prins, we actually have two economies — and they have become permanently disconnected.  

How Increasing Wildfires Could Transform the Arctic

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How Increasing Wildfires Could Transform the Arctic (Maria)

Mishaps, Distrust Spur Election Day Misinformation

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Mishaps, Distrust Spur Election Day Misinformation (Maria)