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The Forced Birth Ruling 

One hundred seventy million American women and girls were suddenly informed on Monday that they have been removed from the ranks of full citizenship, and that their rights are now diminished so severely they will heretofore be commanded to give birth, whether they want to or not.  

Once pregnant, the government will now make all women prisoners of their wombs, automaticallyforced for the full nine months to carry the fetus inside them to term, whether they intended to be pregnant or not, a 21st century version of house arrest.  

And when it’s time to give birth, the woman who didn’t want to be pregnant in the first place is either virtually or physically held down until that fetus is forcibly removed from the incarcerated vessel that was ordered to carry it.  

This Order by the Supreme Rulers gleefully violates the very first pronouncement of our Constitution’s First Amendment which clearly states, without equivocation, that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” The Ruling this week forces all Americans to now follow the strict religious beliefs of the Catholic Church and much of Christianity which has concocted a fantasy that a fertilized egg is a human being — even though their own founder and God, Jesus Christ, never said any such thing.  

In fact, the word “abortion” appears absolutely nowhere in the New Testament. This Supreme Ruling, from a Court consisting of a majority of Catholic Justices, has ordered the citizens of the United States of America to now obey a major tenet of the Catholic Church — or be found guilty of a crime. 

More, HERE

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Friends, 

Last week we blinked and opened our eyes to a vision of a different world. A nightmare foretold is to become our future — a U.S. citizen who becomes pregnant can be stripped of their bodily autonomy and forced, by the U.S. government, to give birth. Attempt to abort the fetus, and you can be charged with murder. The idea of that reality is draconian and horrific.  

But what most people don’t know is that we are already living in a reality that is much more sinister. Confide in a desperate text to your friend your fears of being pregnant, or simply Google the word “abortion” before having a miscarriage… and you can be charged with murder. 

On this episode of Rumble, Michael is joined by Cynthia Conti-Cook, award-winning civil rights attorney and current Technology Fellow on the Ford Foundation’s Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team. She is an expert on the expanding use of surveillance technologies and talks with Michael on the current and potential use of technology to criminalize people who seek or aid abortions. 

More, HERE

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And in the End … 

Friends, 

On this provocative episode of Rumble with Michael Moore, I speak the awful truth about how our environmental movement has failed us and why we must change course — and leadership — immediately. Planet Earth is fed up with us, and from climate to coronavirus, it sees no choice but to throw an extinction event. 

As a follow-up to last week’s Substack letter — “At Earth Day’s End” — I was compelled to raise the stakes again after sitting through one more Earth Day that offered no hope that we are going to get this right. So a new kind of battle must now be fought. 

— Mike 

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Great days are gone  

Great days are ahead                                          

Trying times are here 

Better days are not dead. 

Truth has been told 

And truth has disappeared  

We fight now to come home 

The path I wish was more clear.   

I once believed I came from somewhere 

And then I realized that this was nowhere 

Until I heard a Beatle say, “If you don’t know where you’re going 

Any road will get you there.”  

I found the key 

that found the door 

It opened so wide 

I was finally inside 

And so were all of you. 

Better days were here 

Better days just might come true 

 

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At Earth Day’s End. The Earth will survive. It’s we who will not 

I, like many of you, have warned and pleaded for years that we are killing our planet. How arrogant of me, of all of us, to think we could pull such a thing off! Oooh, look at us — sooo powerful, so all-knowing and invincible, we humans — WE think WE can kill a planet!  

No, my friends. Long before we kill Earth, Earth will kill us.  

It’s already underway.  

This massive living organism of iron, nickel, magnesium, silicon, nitrogen and oxygen has one purpose — to LIVE — and it has identified its greatest threat, its sworn enemy — us. And in order to survive, with superpowers that we can only dream of having, it has reared its head and begun its extinction of the one species that, if allowed to continue, will turn Earth into one big dead rock — but only on its surface. The 4,000 interior miles below us will keep cranking away with its magnetic field and orbiting powers. Eventually it’ll find a way to create something new to amuse itself and which doesn’t need six inches of topsoil, Teflon and a lithium battery 

But fear not, that’s a long ways off.  Nature made sure from the beginning, since we crawled our slimy selves out of the ocean, that our brains would evolve very slowly to ensure we would never get to fully orchestrate the Earth’s end. Nature knew we’d be too stupid to stop our destructive ways, too glutinous to control our mad desires for MORE, MORE, MORE — our insatiable lust to TAKE what isn’t ours and to CONSUME that which we do not need. 

So, because it made sure we evolved to have the use of only 10% of our brains, we are thus too stupid to see the writing on the wall. We are too dumb to know that an electric car will not be our redemption, that technology and “more stuff” will not save us. 

We are wired to be ignorant enough to fall for it when corporations say they’ve “gone green” when they have done no such thing. Most of us still can’t figure out that the only green that matters to the rich is the color of the money they have socked away. Our own idiocy has made us fall for the dictums of the Bloombergs and Bransons and Gores (God bless you, Al) and the false prophecies of the self-appointed environmental leaders who, through their collaborations with Wall Street, the Pentagon and Corporate America, have convinced us to buy MORE of their “green” things in order to “save the planet” — which has only sped up our oncoming elimination. We all fell for it, and we all know it’s only gotten worse.  

Our environmental collapse has been shepherded not just by the fossil fuel and auto companies, Big Agriculture, and our “public” utilities, we’ve also been led to our doom by the perhaps well-meaning, but ultimately suicidal thinking of Democrats, wealthy “environmentalists”, and green funds, green groups and everything else that has slapped a “green” mask over what it is that they are really doing just so they can make more money. 

More HERE.

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Time to Outsmart the Funk 

How much more can you take? I’m asking a serious question. How much more of the insanity can you take before you yourself start to notice that you in fact are also going crazy?  

For some of you, it’s a good kind of crazy. Like you've finally quit that job that was making you miserable.  

You’ve dropped those “friends” who weren’t really your friends and who didn’t share your values or the kind of world you wanted to live in.  

You’ve finally found a way to move to Canada or Portland.  

You bought a used cello and have learned to play it — in your 70s!  

You’ve finally stopped exercising! — and now you go for a walk every day just for the fun and beauty of it.  

People think you’ve gone crazy, but you’re not. You’re just living in your world, the world you always hoped to live in, and it makes others very uncomfortable to see you writing poems instead of answering texts. 

What really scares them though is that you’ve figured out that the American Dream is, well, just that — a dream. Not a reality. It finally dawned on you that the wealthy have created a plutocracy and that Russia isn’t the only place with oligarchs. Those who are driving us crazy are the rich bastards who have taken advantage of the pandemic and gobbled up all the real estate, jacked up all the prices, and now hoard all the cash — and they could give a rat’s ass about you or this planet. And the promise they drugged us with — about how “the American Dream is yours for the taking!” — is not just a lie, it’s the shackles around your legs and your neck to keep you from getting anywhere within a million miles of “the good life.”  

But what about those of you who understood the evils of latter-day Capitalism years ago, yet with the onset of the Covid Era you have found that just trying to cope has taken the wind out of your sails? Have we all just sorta, somewhat, lost it? Are we all doing our best to hide the fact that each of us maybe slipped into a tiny funk hole two years ago, and since then we have ever so incrementally gotten more down, more alone, more exhausted, more despairing, more mad-as-a-hatter? Is the time in which we live pushing us personally to the brink where, on certain days, we find ourselves not on some existential precipice, but actually clinging to the side of a real cliff — whether it’s the cliff of Democracy, the cliff of our relationships, or the cliff of hanging on to a simple, single memory of the way life used to be — or what we had hoped it would be by now? 

What I want to say to you is that we’ve got to pull it together and climb out of whatever rabbit hole Covid pushed us into. We have no choice. And just as strongly as I believe Trump will never set foot in the White House pastry pantry again, I believe you and I and millions of others can come out on the other side of this pandemic with love and redemption and kindness — and better yet, be smarter, funnier, happier, more alive, more creative, more intimate, stronger, faster, cooler, with better haircuts, better scores on Wordle and become the heroes that only we can be. We’ve got this, and if you’d like a brother who never had a brother to be your brother in this return to joy, then I’m here for you. We can start right now. 

Here’s five easy things the 677,000 of us reading this can do in the next 48 hours: 

1. Watch the most brilliant comedy/satire special of the past year: “Bo Burnham: Inside”. The acclaimed humorist, writer and musician decided to film his year inside his studio backyard apartment where he is completely alone during the pandemic lockdown. That means he’s the sole performer and the entire crew: he’s the director, writer, cameraman, sound engineer, editor, he creates the sets, the lighting, the props — and he writes and sings the entire score. Most of all, he nails it. You will not see a more empathetic, moving, and darkly funny piece of art about this madness in which we’ve been trapped. And you/we need a huge laugh — or 25 of them. It’s on Netflix. And if you don’t have Netflix, you know how to get it. It’s the pandemic! All rules are suspended! 

2. Call someone right now whom you haven’t spoken to since before the pandemic and tell them you’ve missed them and you needed to hear their beautiful voice! Don’t worry that you haven't called them in so long. They won’t care. Because you’re calling them right now! 

Maybe it’s a beloved Aunt. Maybe it’s a friend for life. Maybe it’s the last friend of your parents who’s still alive. You can’t even imagine the level of happiness you’re going to bring to them. And to you! Don’t overthink this! Do it now! 

Me? I’m going to call a long lost friend from Flint. We haven’t spoken in 30 years. I have no idea how it will go but the Coronavirus has made me fearless! Here goes! 

More HERE. 

CODA and the Blow 

Friends, 

After well more than a week to reflect on the lessons of Oscar night, in this week’s podcast I praise a rare movie authentically set in the working class that won Best Picture — and give my take on the vicious assault on Chris Rock that was followed minutes later with his assailant getting a standing ovation and an Oscar.  

I also tell the story of the threat of violence I encountered backstage just moments after my Oscar speech in 2003. 

— Mike 

More, HERE. 

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Friends, 

It’s been another week of mind-dumbing drivel and tragedy, beginning with the Senate Republicans’ racist mansplainin’ and prop-making of the brilliant new nominee to the US Supreme Court — where, in the near future, this white privileged performance art will not exist any longer. Make no mistake — that hearing wasn’t a hearing. It was a dry run for the Republicans’ staging of this November’s midterms — running their candidates on the Q-anon agenda and honing their election-stealing plans to perfection.  

In today’s episode I also share my latest thoughts on how the war in Ukraine is “progressing” — and make a suggestion to President Zelensky. Perhaps he should switch the narrative regarding the hapless Russian army, and surprise Putin by now conducting a Ukrainian invasion of Russia. It’s what a true satirist president would do. And it would make Putin’s head spin out of control just long enough for the generals and the oligarchs to stage their coup and end this madness. 

— Mike 

More, HERE

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Justice Jackson and the Putin that is Us  

Friends, 

It’s been another week of mind-dumbing drivel and tragedy, beginning with the Senate Republicans’ racist mansplainin’ and prop-making of the brilliant new nominee to the US Supreme Court — where, in the near future, this white privileged performance art will not exist any longer. Make no mistake — that hearing wasn’t a hearing. It was a dry run for the Republicans’ staging of this November’s midterms — running their candidates on the Q-anon agenda and honing their election-stealing plans to perfection.  

In today’s episode I also share my latest thoughts on how the war in Ukraine is “progressing” — and make a suggestion to President Zelensky. Perhaps he should switch the narrative regarding the hapless Russian army, and surprise Putin by now conducting a Ukrainian invasion of Russia. It’s what a true satirist president would do. And it would make Putin’s head spin out of control just long enough for the generals and the oligarchs to stage their coup and end this madness. 

— Mike 

More, HERE. 

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These days I’ve found I just need to close my eyes and listen to a gentle, beautiful song when things seem to be taking a dark turn. A song where the message is simply the music — and then the final line takes you right where you need go.  

This song today asks one of the most profound existential questions:  

“Have I missed the big reveal?” 

I want to say no, that it’s still to come. And with that, our life explodes into infinite possibilities — and the utter excitement of what’s ahead is the ultimate, sustaining High. It’s good we don’t know where we’re going — and it is a mindblower when we get there, when we make it happen.  

Close your eyes. Take a breath. And drift into I’ve Been High

 

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Temptations of war 

Friends, 

It's been three weeks since Putin invaded Ukraine. Three... long... weeks. Three weeks of an endless, looping news cycle. Change the channel — same story, different pundits. But behind the horrific videos of tanks blowing up cars and dead bodies in the streets, behind the escalating, heartbreaking stories of refugees fleeing in terror and American journalists being killed, I have sensed something more sinister is at play. 

We, the American public, who never met a war we didn’t like, are being manipulated by other Americans who are trying to take us to war. Politicians, pundits, ex-Generals and corporate masters looking for greater profits. And no heartstring will be left unplayed until they have our ear and we the people are demanding blood. 

The only thing for us to do is to fight back and make it clear — No Americans in Ukraine, no air war with Russia, no World War III. 

— Mike 

 

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Friends, 

It's been three weeks since Putin invaded Ukraine. Three... long... weeks. Three weeks of an endless, looping news cycle.

Change the channel — same story, different pundits. But behind the horrific videos of tanks blowing up cars and dead bodies in the streets, behind the escalating, heartbreaking stories of refugees fleeing in terror and American journalists being killed, I have sensed something more sinister is at play. 

We, the American public, who never met a war we didn’t like, are being manipulated by other Americans who are trying to take us to war. Politicians, pundits, ex-Generals and corporate masters looking for greater profits. And no heartstring will be left unplayed until they have our ear and we the people are demanding blood. 

The only thing for us to do is to fight back and make it clear — No Americans in Ukraine, no air war with Russia, no World War III. 

— Mike  

More, HERE. 

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Friends, 

I am so grateful for all the voice messages so many of you send me each week. They’ve been such a joy to hear over these past two years. So this week on Rumble, I listened to some of the messages you’ve sent in that really stuck with me, and I shared my thoughts on the air. 

I get a lot of voice messages, and while I can’t respond to them all like this, I listen to them whenever I can, and I am so appreciative of each and every one — especially the tough ones! 

I hope you enjoy listening to these as much as I enjoyed answering them. And be sure to send me a message of your own if you’ve got a question for me! 

 

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Mr. B, Ms. Lee & me  

 

Last night I was invited to appear on stage at the Town Hall theater in Times Square as part a grand celebration of one of our greatest living artists and activists, Mr. Harry Belafonte — on his 95th birthday! Others taking the stage included Alicia Keys, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett, Danny Glover, Laurence Fishburne, Whoopi Goldberg, Doug E. Fresh, Bill T. Jones and Cornel West.  

This was my first time in a theater since I was campaigning with Bernie in New Hampshire over two years ago. It was personally an uplifting moment for me to be out and around good (vaccinated) people who are on the front lines in the fight for our Democracy — as are all of you.   

If you don’t mind, I thought you might like to read my remarks from last night, and I’d love to share them with you. So here they are! Enjoy!  

More, HERE.  

 

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Those Who Poisoned Flint Remain Free (with Jordan Chariton)  

 

Friends, 

Flint, my hometown, was poisoned for no other reason than racism and greed — and the people & banks responsible still haven't faced justice. 

On this week's Rumble, I welcome back investigative journalist Jordan Chariton to talk about his latest piece for the Guardian investigating why racketeering charges were dropped, why Gobernó Snyder is looking at a slap on the wrist, and what YOU can do about it. 

More, HERE 

 

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A Letter from Me to Your Defeated Self  

Friends, 

Here are a few samplings from my online mailbag this week, a typical week in these times: 

“I am so depressed. The Republicans are going to take control of the House and Senate in November!”

“I can see now there’s nothing we can do. Trump is going to run and win in 2024!”

“The insurgents and QAnon are taking  over and the Democrats are incapable of stopping them. There goes our Democracy.”

“I’m all alone. Haven’t seen any family in two years. Life generally sucks. I didn’t sign up for any of this. I’m sick of this pandemic. It’s given me too much time to ponder this central question: Why haven’t I achieved my original dreams? Nothing seems to be what I thought it would be.”

Almost every day is like this when I open up my email. With 10 million social media followers, and nearly 650,000 free (and paid) subscribers to my Substack, I get a lot of mail. But lately the letters have not just been about political despair. Over these two years of the pandemic, the content and tone has changed to the personal. People now write me about a deep personal loneliness, an understandable depression brought upon them by this plague which has uprooted our way of life. 

These letters, both the personal and the political, are bone crushing. They have me worried, anxious, and unable to know how best to respond. My heart is sad, my soul shares their despair. I want to offer hope, but I don’t want to lie to them or to you. Things are bad. The Right is off its rocker. They are now willing to kill. They’ve got close to 400 million guns — more than the entire Russian and Chinese armies combined.  

More, HERE. 

 

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My Pandemic Playlist # 4 Why Shouldn’t we by Mary Chapin Carpenter 

Both Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers had me on their late night network TV shows (CBS and NBC, respectively) a number of times during the lockdown of 2020-2021, live from their attic and basement home studios to me in my apartment’s spare bedroom. I was grateful that my voice was heard by millions alongside their comedic Swiftian assaults on Trump and all who were determined to crush us and our Democracy. Their brilliant satirical work — imagine if Carlin/Pryor/Groucho/the Smothers Bros had a show right now — has done more to save us and our sanity than any single member of Congress, anyone in the White House or anything on HGTV (my pandemic go-to when in total freak-out — “we can build off the grid!”). 

One night in 2020, appearing as Colbert’s first guest, I mentioned during the break that there was a song I’d been listening to earlier in the day and I thought it relevant to our discussion on air tonight — and asked, “even though I’m not a singer, could I share the last verse of the song at the end with your audience? 

“If you don’t like it,” I said to Stephen, “you can just cut it out.” 

In his usual sly, wink-of-an-eye deadpan, he responded, “Don’t worry, we will.” That cracked me up. So, when it came time to wrap, I bravely (crazily) gave it my best.  

It was a song by the folk singer Mary Chapin Carpenter — “Why Shouldn't We.” When you hear her sing it (hit the play arrow above), you’ll see why it’s on my Pandemic Playlist. I love the challenge she throws at us to, “let your spirits rise” and that no matter the time we’re caught in right now, “it’s not too late.” There’s also a spirituality to it that reminds us whatever we believe in, or nothing at all, help awaits us. Please close your eyes for just a few minutes and give a listen to this beautiful song. 

(When you’re done, and if you have another 30 seconds to spare, you can hear me sing the last verse of it to Colbert in the YouTube audio below. He chose to leave it in the show, an act of kindness to be sure.) 

More, HERE

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Pandemic Playlist #3: “White Privilege II” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Jamila Woods 

Perhaps the best way for white people to celebrate Black History Month is to discuss with each other our white privilege, income inequality and institutional racism — and how to bring it to an end. 

White Privilege II” is a nine-minute hip-hop hit from six years ago that is part agit-prop, part thought-poem, and part audio-doc by the white hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan  

Lewis, featuring Black Chicago singer Jamila Woods. I have this song on my Pandemic Playlist because it’s an uncomfortable piece of music. It questions not only the obscenity of white privilege but also the very existence of the song itself and its white duo who are performing it. It is, for them, a deep dive into the theft of Black culture and the white relationship to Black Lives Matter. 

This is a rare attempt at white humility and a willingness to ignite a discussion that is much needed. Not a discussion of faux liberal guilt or white crocodile tears into a frothy latte, but one of seriously copping to and acknowledging the actual day-to-day white supremacy that runs this country, the kind you (white people) and I (white guy) share ample benefits from. The kinds of things we don’t even notice, but are self-aware enough to appreciate how society’s order makes our lives (the ones of us who have more than $500 or $5,000 to our name), well, somewhat carefree

More, HERE. 

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Bury My Heart with Leonard Peltier. 

How long will he still be with us? How long will the genocide continue? 

American Indian Movement leader, Leonard Peltier, at 77 years of age, came down with Covid-19 this weekend. Upon hearing this, I broke down and cried. An innocent man, locked up behind bars for 44 years, Peltier is now America’s longest-held political prisoner. 

He suffers in prison tonight even though James Reynolds, one of the key federal prosecutors who sent Peltier off to life in prison in 1977, has written to President Biden and confessed to his role in the lies, deceit, racism and fake evidence that together resulted in locking up our country’s most well-known Native American civil rights leader. Just as South Africa imprisoned for more than 27 years its leading voice for freedom, Nelson Mandela, so too have we done the same to a leading voice and freedom fighter for the indigenous people of America.  

More, HERE.

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I went on SmartLess and Left Even Smarter 

Friends, 

For today's Rumble with Michael Moore, I'm going to share with you a podcast I just did where I was the guest and not the host. I liked the tables being turned, with three of our greatest wits on the other side of that table. 

"SmartLess" is one of the funniest and, well, smartest podcasts around. It's hosted by the brilliant Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Ozark, Juno), the incredible Will Arnett (BoJack Horseman, Arrested Development, Blades of Glory) and the epic Sean Hayes (Will & Grace, An Act of God, Promises, Promises). 

I had a fun time with them, talking about things we rarely discuss on Rumble and which I hope may be somewhat revelatory to you. 

You'll learn how I beat Sean to air the first ever "gay kiss" on primetime TV; how Will and I knew of the same Toronto hotel back in the day when my friends and I drove over from Flint to Canada to practice avoiding the draft and catch a Maple Leafs game; and about the day Jason's producer on Arrested Development called me to guest star on their show and I was too scared to do it — so they hired an actor to play “Michael Moore” and went ahead with the storyline anyway!

All this and more on "SmartLess" — here for a guest appearance on Rumble! Listen to it via Spotify at the top of this post, or check out their website to find it on your favorite podcast platform.  

My thanks to Will, Sean, and Jason!  

Enjoy! 

And I’ll be back with more to share with you over the weekend here on my Substack site. 

More, HERE.

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things 

When the dog bites, when I’m feeling sad. 

My brain asked for the weekend off after a long week of the majority of us realizing we are not going to get the America we voted for, that we will have to accept the pandemic may never completely leave us as we settle in for a long-term endemic instead, and that millions of our fellow citizens seem to be arming themselves even more for another unsuccessful coup attempt as the Republicans install traitors in State Capitols to rig the vote in ‘22 and ‘24. Only thing is, we’re The Majority, so we will outsmart, outwit and out-organize them, as we nonviolently defeat these unvaccinated morons in a margin of victory that will double the drubbing we gave them in 2020. Too harsh? NEVER harsh enough when they try to destroy our Democracy.

 If you don’t believe me, then you’re watching too much cable news or reading too many pundit know-it-all know-nothings who never leave their bubble. 

Yes, it’s been a grueling, depressing start to the New Year, and beloved Americans from Betty White to Meat Loaf have decided not to slog it out with the rest of us, and who can blame them? They will truly be missed. Farewell, Bob Saget. So long, Stephen Sondheim. Have a good time in Guadalajara, my dear overworked Brain. 

So for today’s Substack letter, I’ve decided to borrow a page from Oprah’s playbook (as I am wont to do) and share with you for the first time ever a list of my favorite things — or, as Oprah calls it, “Mike’s Favorite Things.” 

My only request: Please, no judgment.  

More, HERE.

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Gen U: Generation Union (feat. Jaz Brisack & Casey Moore of Starbucks Workers United)


Friends, 

There's a new hit item on the menu at Starbucks stores across the country: a signed union card. The workers at multiple Buffalo, NY-area Starbucks stores formed Starbucks Workers United this August, in response to dangerous Covid working conditions, unequal pay, and inadequate benefits.  

In less than half a year, they've managed to already unionize two Buffalo-area stores, in Elmwood and in Genesee, at a company notoriously aggressive in their anti-union tactics. 

More HERE. 

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5G and Year Two of Joey B 

Episode 227, Rumble with Michael Moore 

Friends, 

It’s another one of those weeks: 5G gives you better reception but possible plane crashes, Biden trusts Trump’s Postmaster General to get us our COVID tests, and the Supreme Court blocks a federal mandate to get everyone vaccinated. Plus, the Voting Rights bill is on its death march. 

We’re at the first anniversary of Biden’s presidency. Republicans are licking their chops. Cable news has written Biden’s obituary. They’re missing one thing - the majority of Americans don’t want a Republican anywhere near the White House. The majority want paid family leave, a living wage, free pre-K, free community college, police reform and a serious fight to save planet Earth. And the majority wants Biden and the Dems to quit dinkin’ around and crush the party of the coup.  

I hope you’ll give this a listen and share with friends and family.

-Mike 

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I Was There. 

And I am here.  

I was in the room, as they say, where it happened. 

I was, at 11-years old, a witness to history.  

A history that tomorrow, in the United States Senate, is about to be debased and pulverized. 

In the summer of 1965, I, the son of an autoworker and a clerk, sat inside the United States House of Representatives, perched over a railing, looking down on the distinguished 435 members of Congress below — 6 of them Black, 429 of them not — as they argued over who should have the right to vote (or to put it more bluntly, “do Negroes really get to have a say?”

For 346 years, since the first slave ship in 1619 docked at Point Comfort, Virginia, there was never any real thought given to the idea of Black people voting. If they lived in the North, fine, why not — just don’t think you’re the same as us. And if they lived in the South, well, STFU! In 1964, just 5% of Black Americans in Mississippi were allowed to vote.  

I had arrived that day in the summer of 1965 inside the U.S. House of Representatives because my mother thought my sisters and I needed a government lesson. 

My mother’s love of this country, its democracy, and its political institutions was always evident. She saw it as part of her parental responsibility to school us in the values of a democratic republic, specifically this one, the United States of America. 

More, HERE. 

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Omicron under the Christmas Tree (with Dr. Peter Hotez) 

 

Friends, 

Just in time for the holidays, Mother Nature has given us her biggest pandemic surprise.  

Yes folks, Omicron is everywhere – and that includes right under your Christmas tree, as you get ready to gather with your grandparents and your unvaccinated baby nieces or nephews.  

To help you navigate the holidays, know a little more about how to stay safe while living with Omicron, and learn about what can be done in the fight for vaccine equality across the world, I'm joined by returning Rumble guest Dr. Peter Hotez, Co-Director for the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, and Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Hotez & I talk about why we might be assuming a bit too much about Omicron being more "mild", whether healthcare workers and the vulnerable might need another booster, vaccine inequality across the world, and what the Biden administration  – and you & I – can do about it.

I hope you’ll give this a listen and share with friends and family.
-Mike 

More, HERE. 

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Justo a tiempo para las fiestas, la madre naturaleza nos ha dado su mayor sorpresa por la pandemia.  

Sí amigos, Omicron está en todas partes - y eso incluye justo debajo de su árbol de Navidad, mientras se preparan para reunirse con sus abuelos y sus sobrinas o sobrinos bebés no vacunados.  

Para ayudarle a navegar las vacaciones, saber un poco más sobre cómo mantenerse seguro mientras vive con Omicron, y aprender sobre lo que se puede hacer en la lucha por la igualdad de las va… 

Más AQUÍ.

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(Foto de mi papá y nosotros hijos)  

Hoy, 78 años después de que mi padre se encontrara atrapado en una colina en el Pacífico Sur el día de Navidad de 1943, con un B-25 estadounidense ametrallando su unidad de marina, golpeando a todos ellos menos a mi papá.  

Un tipo diferente de historia de Navidad me gustaría para compartir contigo hoy.  

Léelo en MichaelMoore.com

¡Feliz Navidad y mucho amor! 


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Friends,

Today marks the second anniversary of Rumble with Michael Moore. Thank you for participating in and supporting my podcast! We’ve done 224 episodes and have had over 31 million downloads! 

On today’s Rumble, with the end of the year approaching & reports about inflation dominating the nightly news, Americans everywhere are anxious about what this means for them. 

Former US Secretary of Labor and progressive activist Robert Reich, however, thinks this is a major misdiagnosis: the problem isn’t inflation, but a lack of competition to stop big, monolithic corporations from jacking up prices. Robert joined me on the show today to talk about who is really responsible for your gas and milk prices skyrocketing, and why it’s more important than ever for the government to intervene in a moment when they’re trying to pull back. 

Plus, we discuss the rising labor movements in America and whether the “labor shortage” the media & big companies keep alleging is actually a general strike of workers across the country. 

I hope you’ll give this a listen and share with friends and family.

-Mike

More, HERE 

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Gun and Done  

4 actions that will end the reign of gun terror in America.

After each mass shooting, after each school and church and shopping mall slaughter, a choir of voices screams out, “Why have we not done something to end gun violence in this country?” We ask this question as if we don’t know the answer, when in fact deep down we know exactly what we need to do. We just don’t want to say it out loud. We don’t want to be attacked. We are afraid of the anger of the gun owners.  

But we also know if we don’t stand up and say the four things I’m about to say, four things we know must be said and must become the law of the land, then we are doomed to suffer hundreds more of these mass murders. Who is willing to take the leap with me? 
I understand most of you don’t believe this cancer on our American soul can be expunged. You feel like it’s too late. There are too many guns out there. How will we ever get millions of gun nuts to cooperate?  

Well, maybe it’s not as hard as you think. The strange thing about humans is that they want to live. How did we get 55 million people to stop smoking? In bars! How did we get the nearly 300 million of us to wear a government-mandated seat belt nearly every day of our lives? 78 million Americans have let the government order their dogs to get shots and a goddamn license!   

Although we’re nowhere near the herd immunity we need to stop the pandemic  — and while we have untold millions calling the Coronavirus fake and the vaccine for it a plot to control us  —  how in the hell have we still succeeded in getting, to date, 201 million Americans fully vaccinated? So millions have agreed to get licenses for their dogs, for their bicycles, for cars, to cut hair, to burn leaves, even a friggin’ license so you can be hired to suck the shit out of someone’s toilet — BUT NO ONE HAS TO HAVE A LICENSE TO OWN AND FIRE DOZENS OF BULLETS OUT OF A GUN?! Who are we? 

More, HERE

December 15, 2021

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December 12, 2021

HIGH NOON FOR SENATOR MURPHY  

Episode 223; Rumble w/Michael Moore  

Dear Friends,  

On the day of the school shooting at Oxford High School last week, Senator Chris Murphy delivered a passionate speech on the Senate floor tying together the dishonest “sanctity of life” rhetoric from conservatives and the culture of guns, violence and death that is plaguing America. Senator Murphy has been a leading voice when it comes to gun violence in America ever since the Sandy Hook massacre on ​​December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut.  

So I asked him to join me on this week’s episode of Rumble with Michael Moore. We discussed how America’s founding violence against slaves made the disregard for human life part of our national ethos and how America’s modern day wars overseas continues to legitimize and promote violence both abroad and at home. Senator Murphy wrote a book last year on these subjects titled, “The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy.”  

We also discussed the possibility and the limits of gun legislation, the power of visceral, uncensored images to change history, and the potential compromise on filibuster reform. I hope you’ll give this a listen and share with friends and family.  

-Mike  

A MOTHER’S LOVE FOR SON, GUN AND COUNTRY 

LOL – I’m not mad. You have to learn not to get caught” 

In a nation born and built on violence, where there are now more guns in homes than there are people, a parent buys the son a gun as a gift. A Sig Sauer 9mm. 

But the son is disturbed. Nonetheless, she takes him to the gun range. She wants him to be a good shot. She wants to spend time with him. She loves these mom-and-son days shooting guns.  

Then he wakes up one December morning, walks into his mother’s bedroom and blows her head off. He has four of her guns including the Sig Sauer 9mm she gave him as a gift.  

That did not happen this past week in Oxford, Michigan (about 19 miles as the crow flies from where I went to high school). It’s what took place on December 14, 2012, when the 20-year-old Adam Lanza took those guns his mother gave him to use when they went to the gun range together in Newtown, Connecticut — and after he killed her, he took them to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he murdered 20 first-graders and 6 teachers and staff before he killed himself. The only gun he didn’t use in this bloody massacre was the Sig Sauer 9mm 

More, HERE.

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November 24, 2021    

Thanksgiving Survival Guide   

Friends,

The corporate class, the politicians that they fund, and the media that they own are currently using rising prices to ram an inflation panic down our throats and prevent the Democrats from passing any legislation that will help the American people with their health care, child care, elderly care or education costs. 

They are falsely using economic trends to argue against popular and necessary policies that they always fight against because those policies might cut into their profits. 

To help me untangle the lies around the inflation panic and the so-called “labor shortage,” I asked the brilliant economist Stephanie Kelton to join me on Rumble with MichaelMoore

We also discussed why it is foolish for Democrats to place the fate of their agenda in the hands of the Congressional Budget Office, what’s really going on with the economy, and how capitalists attempt to keep a pool of workers chronically unemployed and underemployed and desperate for work. 

Stephanie is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Stony Brook University. She was chief economist for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee in 2015 was the senior economic adviser to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns and served on Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force to craft the progressive aspects of President Biden's agenda. 

She's the author of  "The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy," and has her own Substack newsletter called, “The Lens by Stephanie Kelton.” I hope you’ll give this a listen and share it with whoever needs to hear it  

-Mike 

More, HERE.