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Farmworkers Protest EPA’s Pesticide Ruling
Dennis J Bernstein: The decision by President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency to rebuff the advice of its own scientists to ban the brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos has prompted protests from California’s farm worker communities, now demanding an immediate statewide ban of the dangerous chemical. ... EPA scientists have documented that chlorpyrifos can cause serious and profound neurological and respiratory damage, as well as developmental delays, autism and IQ loss for children — even in very small doses ... Dow Chemical contributed a million dollars to Trump’s inauguration dinner... Visit Website ]
Jul 22, 2017, 11:38am

Commentary
A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy
George Monbiot: It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLean’s new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, is to see what was previously invisible. ... The story of James McGill Buchanan - He explained how attempts to desegregate schooling in the American south could be frustrated by setting up a network of state-sponsored private schools. It was he who first proposed privatising universities, and imposing full tuition fees on students: his original purpose was to crush student activism. He urged privatisation of social security and many other functions of the state... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2017, 3:54pm

Books
Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 5
Russ Baker: As prior Watergate excerpts from Family of Secrets have shown, there is every reason to distrust the accepted story of this seminal event. In fact, Watergate teaches us to be much more skeptical of what we are told by the establishment — the government, academia, big media. Turns out that self-interest, conformity, and suppression of alarming insight are more common than even the most cynical of us may suspect. ... Previously, we saw that the notion of President Richard Nixon brought down by his own fatal flaws may be a fairy tale... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2017, 3:42pm

Consider This....
How Toxic Waste Sites Run by the Pentagon Are Poisoning Americans
A detailed new report by ProPublica reveals how the U.S. military continues to engage in unsafe methods to destroy hazardous waste at sites across the country, and how this practice is harming nearby communities. The story, which is “the first in a series examining the Pentagon’s oversight of thousands of toxic sites on American soil,” exposes how “outdoor burning and detonation is still the military’s leading method for dealing with munitions and the associated hazardous waste.” ... Federal records identify nearly 200 sites that have been or are still being used to open-burn hazardous explosives across the country. Some blow up aging stockpile bombs in open fields... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2017, 3:25pm

Articles
Dr. Schweitzer’s Lost Message
César Chelala: Early on his career he became a staunch peace activist. His activities in favor of world peace gained him the admiration of figures like Albert Einstein and Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower. One day, looking at a herd of hippos in the Ogowe River, he developed his idea of “reverence for life.” According to it, “The greatest evil is to destroy life, to injure life, to repress life which is capable of development.” In 1952 he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize. The money from the award went to fund the creation of a village for lepers close to his hospital called “Village of Light,” for the hope it still brings to those affected by the disease... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2017, 12:54pm

Meditations
The Complicity of the "Fake Media"
Martin LeFevre: I've written a good deal about the death of America's soul as the essential cause of the emergence of such a hateful, odious liar as Donald Trump as POTUS (an acronym that has become onomatopoetic). But just what does it mean for a nation to lose its soul? ... It pertains to the unaddressed internal reality of darkness and deadness, which far outweighs external manifestations and projections. It pertains to the essential intactness of the people, to the "mystic chords of memory" of which Lincoln spoke...
Jul 20, 2017, 3:24pm

Blogosphere
Kamala Harris and America’s Oligarchs
Margaret Kimberley, BAR: The proof that America is not a democracy is quite obvious. Academic studies and our own common sense tell us that this nation is ruled of, for and by wealthy individuals and corporate interests. One of their most tenaciously held prerequisites is the ability to decide who does and doesn’t run for office, and the presidency is their most prized possession of all. ... According to recent press reports, California’s newly elected senator Kamala Harris has begun her turn on the rich people’s casting couch. ... Harris is a natural, the total package as it were. She is a new face, young, photogenic and like Barack Obama, bi-racial. ... “No one will be allowed near the nomination who doesn’t toe the corporatist line.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 20, 2017, 3:00pm

Commentary
Six ways Trump is 'dismantling' the US after six months in office
The Guardian, UK: Trump has been paralyzed on healthcare and tax reform, but his administration has been active in eroding safeguards and protections elsewhere ... Trump has ordered a review of Dodd-Frank, the regulations brought in to tame US financial institutions after they triggered the worst recession in living memory. ... After years of gains for consumer, environmental and worker rights groups, the pendulum is being swung the other way – but most often those changes are happening behind closed doors. ... Emissions standards for cars and trucks, the clean power plan, water pollution restrictions, a proposed ban on a pesticide linked to developmental problems in children, regulations that stop power plants dumping toxins such as mercury into their surrounds – all have been targeted ... Trump’s White House has wasted little time erasing many of the changes that advocates for trans rights, reproductive rights and survivors of sexual assault achieved under the Obama administration... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2017, 12:59pm

Meditations
Dominance Is One Thing, Respect Another
Martin LeFevre: When powerful people link dominance and respect, they commit an act of intellectual violence against the powerless. Everyone wants respect, but not everyone wants dominance. Politically overthrowing an old order has perhaps always resulted domination by a new group, but domination is not a given. ... Sitting atop their privileged perches, elites justify their rise to power by generalizing domination and discrimination: "We seek to topple those who have higher standing than us and we seek to wall off those who are down below." ...
Jul 18, 2017, 5:14pm

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What is Our Experience of our Flawed Democracy?
Robert J. Gould: Last year, the Economist Intelligence Unit dropped its score for the U.S. from 8.05 to 7.98 (Above 8 is a full democracy; below 8 is a flawed democracy). Not much of a change, and according to the report, no fault of the current President, as the rating has been “teetering on the brink of becoming a flawed democracy for several years.” Like other flawed democracies (France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and India), we have “weak governance, an underdeveloped political culture, and low levels of political participation, according to the EIU.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 18, 2017, 10:49am

Commentary
Eugene Debs and the Kingdom of Evil
Chris Hedges: Debs burst onto the national stage when he organized a railroad strike in 1894 after the Pullman Co. cut wages by up to one-third but did not lower rents in company housing or reduce dividend payments to its stockholders. ... And Now - We have returned to an oligarchic purgatory. Wall Street and the global corporations, including the fossil fuel industry and the war industry, have iron control over the government. The social, political and civil rights won by workers in long and bloody struggles have been stripped away. Government regulations have been rolled back to permit capitalists to engage in abuse and fraud. The political elites, along with their courtiers in the media and academia, are hapless corporate stooges. Social and economic inequality replicates the worst excesses of the robber barons... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2017, 12:40pm

Environment
Nuclear Power’s Annus Horribilus
Jim Green: This year will go down with 1979 (Three Mile Island), 1986 (Chernobyl) and 2011 (Fukushima) as one of the nuclear industry’s worst ever ‒ and there’s still another six months to go. Two of the industry’s worst-ever years have been in the past decade. There will be many more bad years ahead as the trickle of closures of ageing reactors becomes a flood ... With the exception of China, most nations are moving away from nuclear ‒ existing power plants across the United States are being shut early; new reactor designs are falling foul of regulators, and public support remains in free fall. Now come the bankruptcies... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2017, 12:20pm

Commentary
Time for the “International Left” to Take a Stand on Venezuela
Gregory Wilpert: Perhaps the Venezuelan case is also confusing to outsiders because President Maduro is in power and the opposition is not. It could thus be difficult to see the opposition as being an “oppressor.” However, for an internationalist left it should not be so confusing. After all, the opposition in Venezuela receives significant support not only from private business, but also from the US government, the international right, and transnational capital. ... what is needed is active solidarity with the Bolivarian socialist movement. Such solidarity means vehemently opposing all efforts to overthrow the government of President Maduro during his current presidential term in office... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2017, 12:09pm

Meditations
The Parts Cannot Make Us Whole
Martin LeFevre: We can only go from the whole to the part, never from the parts to the whole. We cannot "scale up" our thinking; we can only scale down to regions and localities. ... Psychologically and emotionally, when you approach things in terms of parts and particularities, scale is scary. But if you approach problems as a whole, scale is secondary. ... The self is a fragment that cannot grasp the whole. One has to let go of the part that is the self to see and be whole, and respond with wholeness to the totality of the challenges facing oneself and humanity....
Jul 16, 2017, 5:17pm

Books
In Search of the Lost Chord: Peace, Love and the Hippie Idea in 1967
Danny Goldberg: The hippie movement that swept through the Western world was like a galloping horse in the wild. A few dozen people were able to ride it for a while, some even steering it for a brief period, but no one—no philosopher, no spiritual figure, no dope dealer, no songwriter or artist, and certainly no political leader—ever controlled it. It was the original “open source.” ... In talking to dozens of people of my generation who were affected by the hippie idea, there is a near universal recollection of a period of communal sweetness. There was an instant sense of tribal intimacy one could have even with a stranger. ... What I mean by “the hippie idea” is the internal essence of the tribal feeling separate and apart from the external symbols which soon became overused, distorted, co-opted, and thus, understandably, satirized.... Visit Website ]
Jul 15, 2017, 5:03pm


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