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The poll tax is back in Texas
Texas' voter ID law isn't to stop fraud, but to stop voting, writes Elizabeth Schulte... THE U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for implementation of a Texas voter identification law that could mean hundreds of thousands of Blacks and Latinos will lose the vote...
Oct 23, 2014, 5:30pm
Insight at Elevation
Martin LeFevre: One of the least visited national parks in America, Lassen Volcanic National Park, is an hour and half drive from here. Camping at a walk-in site near the entrance affords 360-degree views through the pines of barren peaks and gently sloping saddles... I've been asking lately is whether the experiencing of sublimity and sacredness has anything to do with this world. It's an old question of course, one that contemplatives have been asking for millennia...
Oct 22, 2014, 5:32pm
More Cuban doctors and nurses arrive in west Africa to fight Ebola
The Guardian, UK: Cuba's large-scale deployment of medical staff to fight the west African Ebola outbreak continued on Wednesday as planes carrying 91 doctors and nurses from the Caribbean island arrived in Liberia and Guinea... Havana has pledged more health professionals to combat the disease than any other government, with 461 Cuban doctors and nurses receiving specialist training for a six-month mission to the affected countries...
Oct 22, 2014, 5:22pm
31 Years After the U.S. Invasion of Grenada
As I'm sure everyone knows, we're fast approaching the 31st anniversary of a truly momentous American victory - a crucial military operation that not only warmed Ronald Raygun's cold, cold heart but was also deemed film-worthy by the former mayor of Carmel, California...
Oct 21, 2014, 1:51pm
Sino/Russian Alliance Challenges West
Stephen Lendman: In his book titled "The Sino-Russian Challenge to World Order," Gilbert Rozman says both countries have much closer ties than commonly thought... Russia needs to pivot East. China needs access to its enormous resources... "(t)he new Sino-Russian alignment (might) help cure (Washington) of its myopia and force it to think globally as it acts locally."..
Oct 20, 2014, 3:56pm
Consciousness Does Not Evolve
Martin LeFevre : The human brain itself is, potentially, a powerful receiver for the background awareness and intelligence of the universe. But paradoxically, ‘higher thought,’ which gives us this capacity, blocks reception, and therefore has to fall completely still. When the brain is free, even momentarily, of its enslavement to words, images and memories, then one hears what is beyond the range of our ears, senses and thought...
Oct 18, 2014, 3:33pm
The Anti-Empire Report #133
William Blum: You can't believe a word the United States or its mainstream media say about the current conflict involving The Islamic State (ISIS)... The groundwork for this awful mess of political and religious horrors sweeping through the Middle East was laid - laid deeply - by the United States during 35 years (1979-2014) of overthrowing the secular governments of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria...
Oct 17, 2014, 12:37pm
Margaret Kimberley: "The world of private dollars played a role in consigning thousands of people to death."... The largest contributor to the World Health Organization budget is not a government. It is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation... WHO actions and priorities are no longer the result of the consensus of the world's people but top down decision making from wealthy philanthropists... Private philanthropy is inherently undemocratic...
Oct 16, 2014, 3:03pm
The real cause for alarm: For-profit health care
Nicole Colson analyzes the latest developments about Ebola cases in the U.S. ... what we know about the death of patient Thomas Duncan and the diagnosis of Ebola in two nurses who treated him--26-year-old Nina Pham and 29-year-old Amber Vinson--should frighten us about the shortcomings of America's for-profit health care system, particularly when it comes to the safety of the health care workers who will be the first to deal with future cases...
Oct 16, 2014, 2:33pm
Is This "American Exceptionalism"?
Thom Hartmann: In reality, when it comes to things that could really make the US great, we're lagging behind much of the developed world...What links poor educational outcomes, poor health-care outcomes and high levels of violence all together?... The common denominator - It's the inequality stupid!..
Oct 15, 2014, 4:10pm
A Communist as a Friend
In one of the blurbs for Ben Kamin's book, Dangerous Friendship: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers, Hamilton Sides writes "Kamin continues his keen yet loving exploration into little-known aspects of King's life and legacy."
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Oct 15, 2014, 3:54pm
Dispelling Darkness Within, Confronting Evil Without
Martin LeFevre: A conversation with a Buddhist teacher from India turned to the Buddha’s illumination. “The Buddha,” he said, “was attacked by Mara, but the Buddha came to see that the evil was within him.” Is that true, I asked?...
Oct 14, 2014, 3:31am
Why Dalai Lama Won’t Reincarnate in Tibet
Martin LeFevre: The Dalai Lama has said that he may not reincarnate again, and if he does, it will not be in Tibet. He isn’t referring to illumination however. Bodhisattvas reincarnate; illumined beings incarnate... The Dalai Lama is saying he may reincarnate in another country because the Chinese have corrupted the selection process of Lamas in Tibet. As a prominent American Buddhist put it, the Chinese government is perpetrating “a slow and deliberate asphyxiation of the Buddhist faith in its own home.”...
Oct 11, 2014, 2:59pm
Responsibility Without Free Will, Part 2
Martin LeFevre: Feeling compelled to further explore the question of responsibility without free will, I’m still asking: How can there be responsibility without an entity that assumes it?...To wit: “The idea of deserving punishment depends upon the idea that criminals freely choose their actions, and if neuroscience reveals that free choice is an illusion, then we can see that the idea of deserving punishment is nonsense.”...
Oct 7, 2014, 1:14pm
Responsibility Without Free Will
Martin LeFevre: Philosophers have been trying to reconcile the subject and object duality as long as there’s been philosophy. A recent fad in this vein is called ‘binocularity.’ It only confuses the issue even more...
Oct 5, 2014, 5:25am