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Does Science Quash Wonder?
Martin LeFevre: Does science increase wonder or quash it? Over a hundred years since Einstein poured the foundation for modern physics and postulated the existence of gravity waves, scientists at LEGO, I mean LIGO seem to have proven they exist. Ho-hum?... If even a small minority of people thinking together applied the same intensity of understanding external phenomena to understanding human destructiveness, the ravages to the earth and humanity at our hands would end...
Feb 13, 2016, 3:30pm

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Should Henry Kissinger Mentor a Presidential Candidate?
Medea Benjamin: At the February 11 Democratic Debate, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had a spirited exchange about an unlikely topic: the 92-year old former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders berated Clinton for saying that she appreciated the foreign policy mentoring she got from Henry Kissinger. "I happen to believe," said Sanders, "that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country.".. Visit Website ]
Feb 13, 2016, 11:44am

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What About Sierra Blanca, Bernie?
Eoin Higgins: Bernie Sanders made a cold political calculation in 1998 that affected the lives of hundreds of poor, powerless people half a country away... The real costs of generating nuclear energy for Vermont, Sanders made clear, would be borne by a small, poor, majority-Hispanic community in Texas. The politically powerless people of Sierra Blanca- where the median income is only $10,500– were chosen to bear the toxic burden of Vermont's electricity... Visit Website ]
Feb 13, 2016, 11:35am

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Last Chance for Justice
Phil Angelides: The decision to give a pass to the Wall Street executives who drove the pervasively corrupt mortgage machine is particularly disconcerting when considered alongside of DOJ's vigorous prosecution of more than 2,700 individuals at the local level -- mortgage brokers, appraisers, borrowers -- who were just small cogs in that machine... because of the 10-year statute of limitations for financial fraud affecting banks and other types of financial institutions, there is still time to investigate and prosecute crimes committed in 2006 and 2007 -- the final period of wild excess before the mortgage market collapsed. But time is quickly running out... Visit Website ]
Feb 11, 2016, 4:55pm

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America's Endless Wars
Margaret Kimberley: There is no "peace" wing in either the Democratic or Republican parties... Every global conflict from the small, like Haiti, to the largest, like Iraq and Syria, is the result of American interventions. But presidential candidates and major newspapers won't acknowledge American responsibility for the suffering of millions of people. It is yet another reason to reject the Democrats and Republicans and their tag team politics of pretense... Visit Website ]
Feb 11, 2016, 3:41pm

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The Human Brain Matters
Martin LeFevre: The earth is dying at the hands of man. And to the same degree humanity---the flame of potentiality that still burns in the hearts of all living people---is also dying at the hands of man... For untold thousands of years before the onset of so-called civilization, man was constrained, embedded in nature, cocooned in the contexts of his myths, rituals and traditions...
Feb 10, 2016, 2:06pm

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Repeal of the death penalty is a step toward peace
Ron Steiner: The United States has a history of violence from its very beginnings. The decimation of the native peoples and a land that was built to a great degree with the labor of slaves are all parts of our national heritage that are shameful and should be left in the past... The continued use of the death penalty violates efforts toward peace, by hanging onto the acceptance of violent vengeance as a part of our identification as a nation...
Feb 10, 2016, 12:28pm

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ABC's of the US Empire
Gary Corseri "A" Is for "Asininity"..Asininity is stupidity that is stubborn as a jackass; stupidity hat insists on itself in spite of all contrary evidence... The US has been guilty of asininity for a couple of centuries now. We insist on telling ourselves and the world that we are a democracy, that "We the People" are running the show... Visit Website ]
Feb 10, 2016, 11:53am

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30 Solar Energy Facts Worth Knowing
Solar energy is an abundant free source of energy...Although the sun is 90 million miles from the earth, it takes less than 10 minutes for light to travel from that much of distance....Passive solar technology includes constructing rooms to improve air circulation, orienting space or structures to favorably use sunlight... The earth receives about 1,366 watts of direct solar radiation per square meter... Visit Website ]
Feb 9, 2016, 5:20pm

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Water War Against the Poor: Flint and the Crimes of Capital
Mumia Abu-Jamal: If ever one wondered about the efficacy of a state government agency imposing officials on local governments, Flint has answered that question forever... In April, 2014, the state-appointed emergency manager, in order to save money, ordered that the city’s water source be changed from Lake Huron to the notoriously polluted Flint River... The switch unleashed a citywide disaster of disease, destruction, and death...
Feb 9, 2016, 5:05pm

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What Is a Philosopher?
Martin LeFevre: Philosophers are both born and made, in that order. One has to have the predisposition to question everything, and be deeply reflective. No degree can confer that... For philosophers, the personal and particular are never first; for the vast majority of Americans, the personal and particular are all there is... A true philosopher does not put the intellect first however, but uses the rational mind to support or refute perceived insights that come from beyond the mind-as-thought...
Feb 8, 2016, 2:50pm

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2016 New Year of the Monkey
Raymond Lo: The Year of the Monkey, 2016, in the Hsia calendar, is symbolized by two elements – with Yang fire sitting on top of metal. According to the cycle of birth and destruction, which governs the inter relationship between the elements, Fire conquers metal and so they are on the destructive cycle and have fighting relationship. Normally such conflicting elements means disharmony. In particular Yang Fire symbolizes a straight-forward and quick temper person more ready to explode. So there will be international conflicts and clashes. However, it seems such conflicts may not be very violent and yang fire sitting on Monkey is also symbol of the "Setting Sun" as Monkey is metal representing the west. So the yang fire is comparatively mild... Visit Website ]
Feb 8, 2016, 9:50am

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Beauty, Love and Creation
Martin LeFevre: A vulture soars by, wheels and circles a few times. The sight of it as the mind enters a meditative state opens the gates of perception to beauty again. Strange how important the insight into beauty is, and how few take time for it... Beauty is the essence of nature, but it doesn't require beautiful scenes to be seen and felt, just watching oneself in the mirror of nature until there is no watcher...
Feb 6, 2016, 2:48pm

Commentary
The Anti-Empire Report #143 - Published February 5th, 2016
William Blum: It would appear that, at least on a gut level, Americans have had it up to here with free enterprise. The great irony of it all is that the mass of the American people are not aware that their sundry attitudes constitute an anti-free-enterprise philosophy, and thus tend to go on believing the conventional wisdom that government is the problem, that big government is the biggest problem, and that their salvation cometh from the private sector, thereby feeding directly into pro-free-enterprise ideology...
Feb 5, 2016, 5:00pm

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Julian Assange 'Arbitrarily Detained,' a U.N. Panel Has Found
The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to announce Friday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's long stay in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London amounts to unlawful detention... According to Assange's lawyer, if the U.N. panel announces that Assange was arbitrarily detained, as expected, Sweden is obligated to compensate him for the 1,885 days he has been in the embassy. Assange announced in a press conference Wednesday that he would turn himself over to the British police on Friday if the U.N. group ruled against him... Visit Website ]
Feb 4, 2016, 4:17pm


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