Interview with Colette Brooks

Interview with Colette Brooks

South Loop Review interview that I conducted with essayist Colette Brooks, author of “In the City” and various shorter creative nonfiction works. Some of her brilliant essays can be found here.




De-Manufacturing Consent interview with Guillermo Jimenez

De-Manufacturing Consent- The Adversarial Billionaire, Media Consolidation & False Idols

Guillermo Jimenez Presents Mark Mondalek

On this edition of De-Manufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Detroit-area writer and BFP contributing author, Mark Mondalek. We discuss Mark’s latest article on BFP, titled “And an Oligarch Shall Lead Them: Omidyar, Greenwald & First Look Media’s Attack on the Future of the Press.” We consider various issues throughout our conversation, including the shifting media landscape; First Look’s consolidation of “independent voices”; the lack of criticism directed at Pierre Omidyar over his connections to the national security apparatus, the White House, and USAID; Edward Snowden and the “hero vs. traitor” false dichotomy; and much more.

Listen to the podcast show here @ Boiling Frogs Post:

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BFP Exclusive: And an Oligarch Shall Lead Them: Omidyar, Greenwald & First Look Media’s Attack on the Future of the Press

By Mark Mondalek

“Now, if you want to take the position that people should not work at organizations funded by oligarchs, or that journalism is inherently corrupted if funded by rich people with bad political views…” – Glenn Greenwald

The long-term mission of the news blog The Intercept, launched in February 2014 by First Look Media—the recently developed news organization created and entirely funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar to the tune of $250 million—is “to produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues.” However, the vital basis behind its creation really lies in its short-term mission, which is “to provide a platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.”

That’s because two of the website’s three founding editors—former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras—are the only two people that are known to possess the entire cache of what Snowden stole from the National Security Agency’s networks, estimated to be anywhere in the range of 58,000 to 1.7 million documents, and possibly more……………………………………………………………..

Read the exclusive article here @ Boiling Frogs Post:

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BFP Exclusive-Andrew Kreig on the CIA, Global Empire & the U.S. Presidency

“Uncovering the Puppet Master Class of the Mega-Corporations”

By Mark Mondalek


In this exclusive interview with Andrew Kreig, author of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters (Eagle View Books, June 2013), we discuss the findings behind his most recent research into President Obama’s contentious past, the current and historical impact of the intelligence services on American politics, and the Mitt Romney, Mormon-inspired presidency that might-have-been.


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black friday

This day in history: Friday 29, November 2013.

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The busiest shopping day of the year.

On this day, people pour into malls and stores of the Corporations to purchase things, spurred on by special deals and discounts made available for this day specifically.

An Indiana Pizza Hut manager was ordered to sign a letter of resignation for refusing to open on Thanksgiving. Momentum in the sway of the publics buying potential is at an ever-heightening pace at all times. It must be this way. Research and new technologies have taught businesses––upon reaching the apex of prominence––how to milk their success.

In my spam box, an e-mail from Wal-Mart states: Black Friday Begins Now, sent out while it was still Thursday for another seven hours yet. Mixed in with other e-mails offering high end designer watches and handbag replicas, weight loss secrets, diet pills, and several penis enhancement products.

A Wal-Mart Employee in Long Island, New York was trampled to death by a herd of 200 shoppers.

The close proximity of Christmas is also paramount. Nostalgia and tradition transfused with capitalistic exploitation. A religious holiday. A religious experience.





Charles Manson is engaged to a 25-year-old named Star, they announced today. Allegations that actress Brittany Murphy was poisoned came out just two days prior. “Government spooks” is what one of the early reports said. US Secretary of State John Kerry is supposed to be engaging in further uranium talks in Geneva right now. John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago today.

American martyrdom. Hollywood. The book depository.

All interesting enough things to be thinking about.

reader comments

Just read the most beautiful reader comment on my Helen Thomas interview in Bitch Magazine:


Bitch was right to publish Thomas’s remarks. Feminism embraces empathy and receptivity to the pain of others. To deny Thomas her voice is to deny her pain and to render Palestinian subalternity yet more invisible.


 Thank you, Internet stranger.