From the Publisher
Two months have passed since our last bi-monthly issue and we are now back on our regular monthly schedule.
July and August were eventful months with a number of important firsts and records. Our world is indeed changing rapidly and mostly not for the better.
While the US and South Korea were staging war games to intimidate Kim Jong-un, North Korea launched a long-range ballistic missile over Japan into the North Pacific. The missile could have reached Guam and carried a nuclear warhead, but didn't.
North Korea is being used by other countries as a proxy to provoke the United States into a war it cannot win and Trump is taking the bait.
Super-storm Harvey brought South Texas its worst flooding ever with more than 50 inches of rain in some areas and so far 30 dead—with the number expected to rise. This is the worst rainfall disaster in known American history. Yet, vast numbers of Americans refuse to accept that the climate is changing.
The Arctic experienced more record high temperatures and ice loss. A Russian natural gas tanker was able to cross the Arctic Ocean without an icebreaker for the first time ever.
Parts of southern Australia were consistently 10ºc (18ºf) above normal. The Australian winter was like summer in many regions.
Southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40ºc (104ºf) in a heatwave nicknamed "Lucifer".
Trump pardoned career criminal and devout racist Joe Arpaio who had been convicted of only one of his many crimes. Arpaio is one of America's most successful Sheriff criminals and terrorized Maricopa County, Arizona for 24 years. The pardon will embolden other racists and increase police brutality.
Under Trump, the Justice Dept. has already stopped pursuing most cases of police criminality and brutality. Trump is also reinstating the militarization of America's police with surplus military equipment.
ISIS has been defeated in large parts of Iraq and Syria thanks to the efforts of Russia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Kurds, while Trump has increased the slaughter of civilians in the Middle East and Afghanistan to provoke more hatred for America and get more Muslims to seek revenge.
In July, Trump claimed that he would stop the funding and arming of terrorists started under a classified Obama operation that armed the same terrorist groups that the U.S. pretends to be fighting. According to Newsbud, newly leaked documents show that the CIA was indeed arming Islamic terrorists with chemical weapons.
The international opioid drug crises worsens while Afghanistan continues to increase its massive production of heroin under American occupation. Opioid overdose is expected to kill more than 50,000 Americans this year alone. If Trump wants to reduce America's drug problem he needs to stop protecting Afghan poppy growers and the international heroin trafficking network. The fields aren't hard to locate and surely some of the 11,000+ American troops in Afghanistan could be assigned to poppy eradication instead of protecting the fields and drug lords.
The NAPC has been threatened by the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) with a lawsuit for reporting on their public bid information. The OERB is a state agency yet managed entirely by the oil and gas industry. The threat is a gross violation of the Constitution's First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of the press and the right to free speech.
The mere existence of the OERB is a big Constitutional and legal issue. Industry is not supposed to control government agencies, yet the OERB is managed entirely by the oil and gas industry and represents its interests, not the interests of the people.
Do we really want to live in a corporate dictatorship where corporations control government and violate our basic rights? Guess what, it is already happening and is rapidly getting worse.
C'mon people, wake up and smell the fascism before it is too late to do anything about it.