This week in OtherWords, Daphne Wysham explains the terrifying reason environmental activists call oil trains “bomb trains” — and why she was willing to spend her honeymoon in jail to stop them.

Elsewhere, Sam Pizzigati reports on the tricks big banks are using to hike your overdraft fees. With banking CEOs raking in millions, he argues, that kind of chicanery is inevitable. No wonder Jim Hightower says federal prosecutors need to focus on individual bankers that misbehave, and not just the institutions that employ them.

Also this week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson says Donald Trump is hardly the only white person confused about racism. And Khalil Bendib ponders an America populated by Trump University graduates.


Trump U’s Alumni Network, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

  1. To Stop ‘Bomb Trains,’ I Honeymooned in Jail / Daphne Wysham
    With one tiny loose bolt, oil trains can erupt into an inferno, scorching everything for miles.
  2. You’re Overdrafted, They’re Overpaid / Sam Pizzigati
    Banks are taking advantage of Americans desperately trying to juggle their finances, and that squeezing is really paying off — at the top.
  3. It’s Not Just Trump Who’s Confused About Racism / Jill Richardson
    Plenty of white people have no clue about how their neighbors of color experience America.
  4. Banks Don’t Commit Crimes, Bankers Do / Jim Hightower
    Until the feds charge reckless bankers individually, they’ll shake down shareholders to bail them out for misdeeds.
  5. Trump U’s Alumni Network / Khalil Bendib
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