Unraveling the American Myth

As if a global pandemic, a global climate crisis, and poisonously partisan politics weren’t bad enough, Americans unconsciously find themselves driven to deal with another problem: The myths that we have traditionally relied on to define who we are and where we are going are beginning to unravel.   

John Wayne’s FBI File Says Nothing About Stalin Assassination Plot

According to legend, Joe Stalin hated John Wayne and tried on several occasions to have the leading man killed.  This story has been told and re-told across books, blogs, articles, youtubes.  In every version, the FBI play a key role in stopping at least one of the supposed plots against Wayne.  But Wayne's FBI file doesn't mention anything about any of these state-sponsored attempted murders, begging the question of where these stories originated, and why?

FBI Makes Midnight Release of Shocking New Information on Saudi-9/11 Complicity

UPDATE, September 12, 2021: Late Saturday night — a timeslot usually reserved for announcements designed to be buried — the FBI released a previously classified report related to its extraordinarily sensitive investigation of possible Saudi government complicity with the September 11 attackers.    The report on “Operation Encore” contains critical admissions that move forward, to some extent, understanding of the relationship between the Saudi government and the perpetrators of the greatest attack ever committed on American soil.   

Sirhan May Go Free — But Truth on the Kennedy Assassinations Remains Locked Up

The possible parole of Sirhan Sirhan — convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy and imprisoned for more than half a century —  reminds us that disturbing questions still remain about what really happened in the pantry of Los Angeles’s Ambassador Hotel shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968.

Even for Barr, It Was a Lie Too Far

William Barr was one of Donald Trump’s most loyal henchmen, prevaricating about the Mueller report, politicizing the Justice Department, and insisting the president was above the law. But in an interview for a new book he calls out Trump’s really big lie.

The Trinity of Hypocrisy

When you get the chance to remind the public that you should not only be known for your role in covering up hundreds of sexual abuse cases — most of them involving minor victims — but also as an archaic, deeply hypocritical organization that should not be taken seriously by anyone, then you have to take it.    And that’s what the Roman Catholic Church of the US did in an impressive fashion this month.   

Trying to Stop the Election Attacks: Scrutineers, Part VI

Reading Time: 19 minutesA recent Public Service Announcement from the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that cybercriminals may circulate false election results. The PSA encourages the public only to trust election results coming from local and state election offices.

How One Simple Administrative Problem Could Impact Election Outcomes: Scrutineers Series, Part III

Reading Time: 17 minutesIn a year when 50 percent of voters or more are expected to vote by mail in the general election, a little-known issue could require millions to vote by provisional ballots.In this episode of the Scrutineers Series, Emily Levy interviews long-time election protection activist Mimi Kennedy, who is currently working on nationwide research for vot

US Restrictions Threaten Admissions, Careers for Chinese STEM Students

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe moment that college student Kecheng Du saw a tweet from President Trump saying only “China!,” he feared that his plans for advanced studies in the US might go up in smoke. 

No One Wants Schools Shut Down.

Reading Time: 4 minutesLiving in the time of COVID-19 is like being on a slow-moving train and seeing the tracks ahead on fire. We cannot get off the train. We cannot make the train stop. We cannot put the fire out. We are stuck, watching the flames get ever closer to us at an excruciatingly measured pace. We know soon they will consume us. But we don’t know what to do about it.

Subscribercast #43 – Media Breakdown: Hollywood and Copaganda

On this month&;s subscribercast I break down and analyse an interview by the Hollywood Reporter with Warren Leight, the showrunner...

Subscribercast #43 – Media Breakdown: Hollywood and Copaganda

On this month&;s subscribercast I break down and analyse an interview by the Hollywood Reporter with Warren Leight, the showrunner...

In Politics, K-Pop Fans Turn Up the Volume

Reading Time: 5 minutesOn June 12, 16-year-old Claire Hanley posted a video on TikTok that has spurred teams of domestic and international cyber operatives who could affect the 2020 presidential election. No, they are neither Russians nor bots.

More Red States Mulling Green Light for Medicaid Expansion

Reading Time: 6 minutesAnd then there were . That is the number of states that have refused to adopt an expanded Medicaid option available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ‘Plague’ of Fascism Infecting Trump’s America

Reading Time: 8 minutesAs Tulsa imposes nightly curfews in advance of Saturday’s much-ballyhooed Trump campaign rally, the president is once again threatening force against dissent and blurring any distinction between peaceful and violent protest.Trump took to

Has Trump Backer and Education Czar Betsy DeVos Gone Too Far?

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs teachers and administrators struggle to reinvent how they teach students this September, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s recent policy decisions have only made the situation worse — ensuring that public schools will have greater budget shortfalls than before, right when they need more help.The $3 trillion stimulus bill Congress passed in late Marc

Public’s Voice Needed, Even in a Pandemic

Reading Time: 4 minutesAs these words are being written, the clock is ticking on comment periods on a number of crucial proposals from the Trump administration — rule changes that could jeopardize public health and safety, and the environment.