Fountain of Light
There Will Be No Replacement Planets
Martin LeFevre: The silliest line of the week came in the form of a review of "Interstellar," a recently released echo of that unsurpassed science fiction epic, "2001, A Space Odyssey." Here's the guffaw: "The father, played by Matthew McConaughey, goes off into space to find a replacement planet where humanity might survive."...
Nov 22, 2014, 3:38pm
Russia Bans GMOs
Stephen Lendman: Genetically engineered foods and ingredients harm human health. Russia banned them. Wants more organic food produced. ... Roundup pesticide used for GM crops causes birth defects. GM soy causes sterility. ... Monsanto, Dow, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association has teamed up with Koch brothers-backed Congressman Mike Pompeo (R. KS)... Planning legislation denying Americans the right to know what they're eating. ... Provisions will prevent states from labeling GM foods and ingredients...
Nov 22, 2014, 3:00pm
Why JFK Still Matters
The special quality of John Fitzgerald Kennedy still defies those who would diminish him. He touched something in the American spirit. It lives on 51 years after his death. ... For those of us who came of age in the repressive 1950s, an era of not only McCarthyism but unabashed hypocrisy, double standards and deadening conformity, the urbane and charismatic Jack Kennedy represented a welcome new generation of youth, vigor, and optimism, one dedicated to public service and to country in the best sense of the word "patriotism."...
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Nov 22, 2014, 2:41pm
Bought-and-Paid Congress Divides the Spoils
Never has the Golden Rule of Politics glittered so bright: the corporate-person with the most gold rules. And the Republicans are now firmly in control of Congress after having their pockets filled more than the Democrats, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship explain... (From 2007 to 2012, the 200 most politically active corporations in the United States spent almost $6 billion for lobbying and campaign contributions. And they received more than $4 trillion in U.S. government contracts and other forms of assistance.)...
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Nov 21, 2014, 3:46pm
The Anti-Empire Report #134 - Published November 19th, 2014
William Blum: Why am I so cynical? Because the Ukrainian and US governments have been feeding us these scare stories for eight months now, without clear visual or other evidence, often without even common sense... This is all reminiscent of the numerous stories in the past three years of "Syrian planes bombing defenseless citizens". Have you ever seen a photo or video of a Syrian government plane dropping bombs?...
Nov 20, 2014, 3:58pm
The Real Gridlock
Martin LeFevre: About a dozen vultures are circling lazily in a gentle breeze over the gorge in the relatively unspoiled canyon of Upper Park. They are graceful searchers for gruesome remains. Without the associations that go with the word vulture, they are seen as they are. There is no ugliness in nature, only in man...
Nov 19, 2014, 5:29pm
Chances Are the FBI Has Files on Your Favorite Human Rights Activist
Ben Norton: Those who have taken the US up on its claims that it provides "freedom," "equality," and "democracy" for all citizens-supposedly regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, religion, etc.-have always been a thorn in the side of the US ruling class... The FBI even has at least 206 pages of files on comedian Groucho Marx. In these regards, it is quite a challenge not to see it as satire of itself...
Nov 19, 2014, 11:57am
And Now the Richest .01 Percent
Robert Reich: The richest Americans hold more of the nation's wealth than they have in almost a century. What do they spend it on? As you might expect, personal jets, giant yachts, works of art, and luxury penthouses... And also on politics... And if you want to know what's happened to our democracy, follow the richest .01 percent. They'll lead you to the politicians who have been selling our democracy. ..
Nov 18, 2014, 3:49pm
The Persecution of Julian Assange
John Pilger: For two years, an exaggerated, costly police presence around the Ecuadorean embassy in London has served no purpose other than to flaunt the power of the state. Their quarry is an Australian charged with no crime, a refugee from gross injustice whose only security is the room given him by a brave South American country. His true crime is to have initiated a wave of truth-telling in an era of lies, cynicism and war...
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Nov 17, 2014, 12:19pm
Demonizing dissent in Ferguson
Elizabeth Schulte: The grand jury decision on charging Mike Brown's killer hasn't been announced, but the authorities are getting ready--by smearing protesters... -with the aim of intimidating people into silence today, as a grand jury decision in the case looms... The main people committing senseless acts of violence and destruction were local, county and state police--and the National Guard troops...
Nov 17, 2014, 11:56am
Uruguay's beloved Pepe bows out to spend time with his Beetle and three-legged dog
In five years Jose Mujica (outgoing president) transformed his country, but not his modest lifestyle ... Having spent 13 years of his life languishing in the dungeons of Uruguay's 1970s and 1980s dictatorship, undergoing torture and long stretches of solitary confinement, often in a hole in the ground, Mujica has had plenty of time to reflect on the futility of riches and the pointlessness of violence...
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Nov 16, 2014, 4:35pm
Why Reason Cannot Rule
Martin LeFevre: If the events of recent months and years have demonstrated anything, it is that the Enlightenment ideals of reason and human rationality cannot hold sway over the destructive momentum of sectarianism and irrationality. But that always was a Hobson's choice. There's another human capacity than reason...
Nov 15, 2014, 4:07pm
Putin: Sanctions Violate International Law
Stephen Lendman: US-imposed sanctions are illegitimate by any standard. EU countries are pressured to impose their own. Harming their own self-interest. ... Other countries are bullied to comply. Threatened with reprisals or worse. ... Heavy-handed strong-arming is longstanding US policy. America's 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) is way over-the-top. No legitimate society would tolerate it...
Nov 14, 2014, 4:42pm
Don't Learn, Unlearn!
Martin LeFevre: Humans are additive creatures. Memory does not delete, but accrete. It takes a certain kind of work--- perhaps a better term would be spadework---for unnecessary and harmful memories to be extinguished. ... Most people believe memory is what makes us human, and that may be true if by human we mean the suffocating movement of the past overshadowing the present and enshadowing the future. But if we want to grow into a human being, negation is essential...
Nov 13, 2014, 3:43pm
Behind the USS Liberty Cover-up
For decades, Israel has exercised strong influence over U.S. policies in the Mideast via its highly effective Washington lobby, but that power was tested in 1967 when Israeli warplanes strafed the USS Liberty killing 34 American crewmen, an incident revisited in a new documentary reviewed by Maidhc O Cathail...
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Nov 12, 2014, 12:23pm