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Across the U.S., Courts are Keeping Voter Initiatives Off Local Ballots
Simon Davis-Cohen: In 2015, a county presiding judge removed a initiative to raise the minimum wage in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2016, a similar initiative was taken off Minneapolis’s ballot, along with a proposed ordinance to require police officers to carry personal professional liability insurance. Also in 2016, an initiative in Tacoma, Washington, to require all city and corporate projects using at least 1 million gallons of water per day be put to a public vote never saw the light of election day. ... The courts, Ann Kneeland (lawyer for petitioners) says, should let people vote and only judge laws once they are passed. The legislative powers of the people, she argues, are supposed to be equal to the state legislature’s... Visit Website ]
Apr 24, 2018, 3:02pm

Environment
How Agro-Chemical Giant Monsanto Has Been Destroying Environment, Human Lives for Decades
teleSur: In 1995, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, listed Monsanto among the top 5 lethal corporations dumping toxic waste, as it was recorded dumping nearly 37 million tons of toxic waste, through air, water, and land. ... Monsanto expanded into the market of toxic agro-chemical products in the years between 1944 and 1957, as it manufactured Dichloro Diphenyl Trichloroethane, DDT, a toxic insecticide, which was sprayed across fields and farms throughout the United States ... DDT’s use significantly impacted the bird populations by making their eggs paper thin. ... Roundup, one of Monsanto's most recent destructive agro-chemical, was introduced in the markets in the 1990s, which contains a deadly chemical, Glyphosate. ... Another survey in 2016 revealed that 93 percent of U.S. citizens tested had glyphosate in their urine, which the World Health Organization’s Cancer Agency, in 2017 labeled "carcinogenic.”... Visit Website ]
Apr 24, 2018, 2:48pm

Meditations
Concerning Bottlenecks and Breakthroughs
Martin LeFevre: A pair of mallards flies about 50 meters above the turbulent, whitecapping flow far below. Two fat Canadian geese, flying upstream, come so close that one almost strikes me as it swoops over a rock on my right. ... Watching every thought and emotion as they arise, memories, knowledge and associations fall away. The heart fully opens, and all separation ends. When thought is completely still, the human being is nature, and the sacredness that imbues nature and the universe flows through one. ... What is the relationship between knowledge and experience, and the experiencing of the immanence that imbues nature? There is none. Knowledge has to be consciously set aside, and experience has to be effortlessly negated, for the experiencing of sacredness to be...
Apr 23, 2018, 5:15pm

Commentary
Chaco Canyon, Chaco Earth
Chris Hedges: CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M.—A bitter wind whipped down the 10-mile-long Chaco Canyon, kicking up swirls of dust among the thorny greasewood and sagebrush bushes. ... The Chaco ruin, 6,200 feet above sea level, is one of the largest and most spectacular archeological sites in North America. It is an impressive array of 15 interconnected complexes, each of which once had four-to-five-story stone buildings with hundreds of rooms each. ... But this complex society, like all complex societies, proved fragile and impermanent. It fell into precipitous decline after nearly three centuries. ... We in 2018 are beset with signs of impending collapse. ... Visit Website ]
Apr 23, 2018, 3:31pm

Did You Know
Chemical Madness!
Robert Hunziker: All of humanity currently risks exposure to toxic chemicals all over creation in a similar vein to the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame. And, maybe, as a result, goin’ kinda looney and getting horribly, dreadfully sick! ... Unwittingly, society is poisoning itself. ... Anecdotal evidence alone is reason enough for alarm, but of more concern, several scientific studies show real, actual, direct links of pesticides to human chronic diseases. Regrettably, chronic disease is already at severe epidemic levels never before witnessed! ... When using chemicals to kill specific pests, does it also make sense to collaterally kill bees, earthworms, butterflies, and other wildlife that form and create the backbone of ecosystems vital to human food, health, and well being?... Visit Website ]
Apr 23, 2018, 3:17pm

Environment
One in eight bird species is threatened with extinction, global study finds
Patrick Barkham, The Guardian, UK: One in eight bird species is threatened with global extinction, and once widespread creatures such as the puffin, snowy owl and turtle dove are plummeting towards oblivion, according to the definitive study of global bird populations. ... The State of the World’s Birds, a five-year compendium of population data from the best-studied group of animals on the planet, reveals a biodiversity crisis driven by the expansion and intensification of agriculture. ... In all, 74% of 1,469 globally threatened birds are affected primarily by farming. Logging, invasive species and hunting are the other main threats... Visit Website ]
Apr 23, 2018, 2:43pm

Meditations
Cosmic War Is a Comic Notion
Martin LeFevre: There's a new installation on roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, "a spare and unsettling sculpture" according to the New York Times of two huge creatures---a draped, human-like thing bowing before a reptilian other. Spare, it is not; and it's only unsettling if you accept the late Stephen Hawking's theory of human nature and our place in the universe. ... Befitting our cynical age, the ironically named exhibit is, "We Come in Peace." The title derives from the 1951 movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and "ripples with other associations: colonization, invasion, imperialism or missionaries and other foreigners whose intentions were not always innocent."...
Apr 21, 2018, 2:55pm

Commentary
After 50 Asylum Seekers Reach Border, Several Illegally Turned Away
D. Parvaz, ThinkProgress: Of the roughly 1,500 asylum seekers who set off toward the U.S. border last month in the so-called “migrant caravan,” some 50 have reached the border, and, according to immigrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, some are being illegally turned away. ... By law, when a person seeks asylum at a border, authorities need to give them temporary asylum (pending an initial security screening) until their application can be considered. ... Clara Long, senior researcher with Human Rights Watch’s U.S. Program, told ThinkProgress that turning asylum seekers away at the border is “illegal both under U.S. and international law.”... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2018, 11:01am

Free Speech
Embattled Palestinian Knesset Member Fights for Her People’s Rights
Dennis J Bernstein Interviews Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset: "Palestinians have long been suffering from the siege. Almost daily, bombers fly over Gaza. Israel wants to break the will of the Palestinians, to prevent Palestinians from fighting for their freedom. I would describe the Palestinian struggle as an heroic one. After eleven years of siege, 75% of children in Gaza suffer from anemia. Fisherman are shot on a weekly basis. Farmers coming to work on their land are shot. Employment rates and poverty rates are extremely high. 95% of the water is unsafe to drink. The United Nations has determined that the living situation in Gaza is not suitable for human life."... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2018, 10:40am

News
Churches make a drastic pledge in the name of social justice: To stop calling the police
Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post: Now, the church has joined a small handful of like-minded congregations with a radical goal: to stop calling the police. Not for mental health crises, not for graffiti on their buildings, not even for acts of violence. These churches believe the American police system, criticized for its impact especially on people of color, is such a problem that they should wash their hands of it entirely. ... The churches call their drastic approach “divesting” from policing. ... The churches that commit to ending their use of police resources are training members in alternate responses to danger ... As members discuss self-defense, they’ve also decided that they will not arm anyone at the church with any weapon... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2018, 10:15am

Books
The End of Policing
Alex Vitale thinks we should radically rethink the role of police in our society. In his 2017 book, The End of Policing, the Brooklyn College sociologist argues that armed police perpetuate “the management of inequalities of race and class.” The crux of the problem, he insists, isn’t a lack of police training or diversity but an “unprecedented expansion and intensity of policing in the last forty years. The problem is policing itself.” (Interview) ... "The ultimate goal should be to address community problems in non-punitive, noncoercive ways. If we got police out of the drug business, and out of the sex-work business, and out of the school security business, that would be a lot fewer people with guns around"... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2018, 12:47pm

Commentary
The Anti-Empire Report #157 - April 2018
William Blum: In the Cold War struggles against the Soviets/Russians the United States has long had the upper hand when it comes to political propaganda. What do the Russkis know about sales campaigns, advertising, psychological manipulation of the public, bait-and-switch, and a host of other Madison Avenue innovations. Just look at what the American media and their Western partners have done with the poisoning of the two Russians, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, in the UK. How many in the West doubt Russia’s guilt? ... Then consider the case of Hugo Chávez. When he died in 2013 I wrote the following: “[W]hen someone like Chávez dies at the young age of 58 I have to wonder about the circumstances ... It is well known that during the Cold War, the CIA worked diligently to develop substances that could kill without leaving a trace... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2018, 12:23pm

Articles
“They Eat Money”: How Mandela’s Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption
Norimitsu Onishi and Selam Gebrekidan: In the generation since apartheid ended in 1994, tens of billions of dollars in public funds — intended to develop the economy and improve the lives of black South Africans — have been siphoned off by leaders of the A.N.C., the very organization that had promised them a new, equal and just nation ... Many trace the deep corruption in the nation to a fundamental flaw in South Africa’s transition from white rule to democracy a generation ago. ... The black majority was allowed to control politics, but much of the country’s economic resources, including land, has remained in the hands of white South Africans and a small group of other elites. ... In the early years of A.N.C. rule, Mr. Mandela and other top leaders, who had helped defeat apartheid but had no personal savings, received houses, vehicles and money from white business leaders — essentially bribes, critics say... Visit Website ]
Apr 19, 2018, 3:23pm

Commentary
Fisk Puts to Test the Free-Press Myth in Douma
Jonathan Cook: Let’s take the matter of veteran Middle East reporter Robert Fisk arriving in Douma this week, the first western correspondent to get there. Fisk is like some relic from a bygone era, when journalists really sought to arrive at the truth ... Until his arrival, all the information we were receiving about Douma in the west originated not with on-the-ground reporters, but with jihadist groups or those living under their Islamist reign of terror. ... Just a few days after the US, UK and France had bombed Syria, in violation of all principles of international law, on the grounds that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in Douma, Fisk interviewed a doctor at the clinic where the victims were treated. The doctor said no chemical attack occurred... Visit Website ]
Apr 19, 2018, 12:32pm

Meditations
What Is 'Intelligent Life?'
Martin LeFevre: The search for life on other planets is intensifying. A field that was dismissed as fringe science two decades ago is now closing in from different angles on the question of extraterrestrial life. ... If past or present microbial life is discovered in our solar system, it will mean life is the rule, not the exception in the universe. And if it is the rule, then extra-terrestrial 'intelligent life' undoubtedly exists in our galaxy. But what is intelligent life? ... I define intelligent life as a self-knowing, scientific/technological species in basic harmony with its planet. Obviously, Homo sapiens doesn't qualify. ... Given these premises, probably no communication could occur until humans stop causing the mass extinction of fellow creatures on earth...
Apr 18, 2018, 5:10pm


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