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Police Killings Won’t Stop
Chris Hedges: The corporate state, no matter how many protests take place in American cities over the murder of unarmed citizens, will put no restraints on the police or the organs of security and surveillance. It will not protect the victims of state violence. It will continue to grant broader powers and greater resources to militarized police departments and internal security forces such as Homeland Security. Force, along with the systems of indoctrination and propaganda, is the last prop that keeps the corporate elites in power... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2016, 12:20pm

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The 'I's' of the World
Martin LeFevre: A sculptor I'm corresponding with wrote and said, "There are no new ideas, just reassembled old ones to make something new." It's true that there are no new ideas, but it's also true that there are no old insights. Insight is always new, however many times you may have a similar one ... There is a great deal of psychological confusion between ideas, ideals and insights. Tipping my hand, let's see if we can bring some insight into them...
Sep 24, 2016, 4:50pm

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Falsehood in War Time
Ken Meyercord: Falsehood is a recognized and extremely useful weapon in warfare, and every country uses it quite deliberately to deceive its own people, to attract neutrals, and to mislead the enemy ... "In war-time, failure to lie is negligence, the doubting of a lie a misdemeanor, the declaration of the truth a crime"... The first requirement of any government bent on war is to convince their people that their cause is just ... (An alternative) - “One People, One Planet, One Future” ...
Sep 24, 2016, 10:52am

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Stop The Killing
Robert C. Koehler: Maybe half a million dead, half a country — 10 million people — displaced from their homes, jettisoned onto the mercy of the world ... Welcome to war. Welcome to Syria ... 9/11 -- Their deaths cut to the national soul. Their deaths were our deaths ... But not so with the dead of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan — not so with the victims of our bombs and bullets, the victims of our strategic vision. Suddenly the dead become part of some larger, more complex picture, and thus not our business to stop... Visit Website ]
Sep 23, 2016, 10:47am

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A symbol that spread through the sports world
Dave Zirin: Colin Kaepernick's simple act of taking a knee during the national anthem in an act of protest against racism and police violence has set off an earthquake in the world of sports, and the reverberations show no sign of stopping any time soon ... "Kaepernick is saying that there's something wrong with a system where police won't even be prosecuted when they kill someone ... It isn't about just getting to know the police better or having more forums or building more bridges. It's about there being something systemically wrong about the way policing is done in this country"... Visit Website ]
Sep 23, 2016, 10:31am

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An Explosion of Insight
Martin LeFevre: For many years I've asked, what will it take to change the disastrous course of humankind? Clearly an explosion of insight is required. Just as clearly, no single group of people, much less one person, can bring about such a psychological revolution alone ... Just what does 'explosion of insight' mean, and how might it occur? ... The ground of insight is stillness and emptiness...
Sep 22, 2016, 5:32pm

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Top Six US Problems worse than Terrorism
Juan Cole: Every time a person of Middle Eastern heritage who ought to have been committed to an insane asylum but wasn’t (because rich people who don’t want to pay taxes successfully lobbied to get rid of insane asylums) commits violence, our press and politicians hit the panic button. This is so even though you are more likely to die falling in your bathtub than of terrorism... So here are some problems that are demonstrably worse than terrorism: ... 1. Guns. Between 2001 and 2013, over 400,000 Americans died of gunshot wounds. In the same period, 3,380 died of terrorism... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2016, 10:29am

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Repair-Not-Replace: Good for Your Pocket and Good for the Planet
Adnan Al-Daini: So how do we change our consumption habits? And here we do not need to reinvent the wheel; the Swedish government has done the thinking for us. They intend to encourage a culture of repair rather than replacing by substantially reducing VAT on items that are repaired. Additionally, people can claim an income tax rebate equivalent to half the labour cost of repairs...
Sep 22, 2016, 9:32am

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Anti-Putin Hysteria in Service to Hillary
Margaret Kimberley, BAR: Putin Derangement Syndrome is the imperialist gift that keeps on giving. It was created in the American war party laboratory because Vladimir Putin made it clear he would not be the next target for regime change ... “Vladimir Putin is being used to normalize imperialism and to get Hillary in the Oval Office.” The pro-Clinton corporate media are fully complicit in the farce, acting as megaphones of a new McCarthyism ... Visit Website ]
Sep 21, 2016, 1:36pm

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Edward Snowden’s Redistribution of Political Power
Elliot Sperber: As Edward Snowden’s disclosures revealed, the secrets collected and maintained by the NSA and other agencies were not being used to monitor and control only political figures abroad and foreign states ... “the people” of the United States ... were not the beneficiaries of national security so much as its targets... Snowden’s disclosures of these secrets shifted a tremendous amount of political power away from the holders of these secrets, and toward “the little people” ... Visit Website ]
Sep 21, 2016, 1:28pm

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Living Up To Our Potential
Martin LeFevre: A woodpecker lands across the stream shortly after I arrive. I've never seen one drinking at the water's edge before. Something about the late afternoon light, the rippling water, the thick foliage and that black and white woodpecker with the red cap seizes the eye and freezes the body in beauty ... Leaving the stream in an intense meditative state, I came upon 30 or more toddlers lined up along the sides of the footbridge. Passing a young woman standing guard at one end simultaneously watching over them and texting on her cell phone, I spontaneously exclaim, 'look at all the little ones!' ...
Sep 20, 2016, 8:42am

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Climate Change Catch 22: It’s Official–the U.S. Military Poses a Significant Threat to the U.S. Military
Desiree Hellegers: The U.S. military is not only the largest polluter in the world, but the largest single driver of climate change worldwide. In 2009, the daily oil consumption of the U.S. military was estimated at 359,000 barrels of oil a day ... The U.S. military is “present in 156 countries across the globe, and includes ‘nearly 562,000 facilities on 4,800 sites worldwide and covering 24.9 million acres.’” ... anticipated climate impacts on “coastal military infrastructure”; between 2035 and 2100, climate change promises to significantly impact the “operational readiness” of U.S. forces... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2016, 12:51pm

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We Are the New Nazis
Peter White: After more than two decades of continuous war against countries we bombed with which we were officially at peace, and then invaded, and after millions have been killed and after billions have been spent to finance America’s illegal wars, we are no safer than we were before 9-11 and the world is facing the greatest refugee and worst humanitarian crisis since WW II... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2016, 12:34pm

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When Patriotism Becomes Evil
Martin LeFevre: Donald Trump and the rump Republican Party represent the death throes of nationalism, not only in America but globally ... When patriotism loses all substance, as it has in America, it degenerates into the jingoism of "Make America Great Again." When nationalism is defended to the last by patriots on the right and the left, then xenophobia and Trumpism is the logical end ... If the 9/11 attacks had been viewed and dealt with as crimes against humanity, America and the world would be in an immeasurably better place right now...
Sep 17, 2016, 4:27pm

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In a World breaking Monthly Temperature Records, advertising Cars should be Criminal
Yves Engler: Incredibly, public transit systems regularly glorify the private automobile. Car ads are not uncommon on buses or in metros ... On the contrary, the automotive industry has regularly disparaged mass transit ... To even the playing field, health and environmental agencies could run public education campaigns describing the private automobiles’ dangers, pollutants, space consumption, financial burdens, toll on the climate, etc...
Sep 17, 2016, 12:11pm


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