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How to Protect Yourself From Evil
Martin LeFevre: There is something so blatantly, metaphysically, evil in the latest made-for-social-media slaughter in the United States that one wonders how anyone could not see it. The dominant news media, having voyeuristically exploited one horror after another for entertainment value, is doing just that however...
Aug 28, 2015, 9:45am

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Greatness of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Or not?
Many people are aware that U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt skillfully lured Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor so as to get the American public to support joining England's war against Adolf Hitler's Nazis... Until the Pearl Harbor attack, all of FDR's efforts to win the U.S. public's support for going to war against Hitler had failed miserably, and time was rapidly running out to turn the war's tide... Visit Website ]
Aug 27, 2015, 4:13pm

Commentary
Seven Ways Racism Is Built In
David Swanson: 1. WEALTH GAP: The playing field is not level... 2. EDUCATION: Black students are three times as likely as whites to attend schools where fewer than 60 percent of the teachers meet all the state certification and licensure requirements... 3. JOBS: The employment game is rigged. Identical resumes and job applications result in 50% fewer calls from employers when the applicant's name sounds black...
Aug 27, 2015, 3:56pm

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Defending Natalie Portman on Holocaust: Sometimes it can be subverted to fear-mongering
Juan Cole: Actress Natalie Portman has kicked off a controversy with remarks about how to remember the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews, in which the National Socialists murdered 6 million... NP - "We need to be reminded that hatred exists at all times and reminds us to be empathetic to other people that have experienced hatred also. Not used as a paranoid way of thinking that we are victims."... Visit Website ]
Aug 26, 2015, 3:26pm

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Congresswoman for Palestinian Rights
Stephen Lendman: Rep. Betty McCollum (D MN) is an exception proving the rule - supporting the rights of Palestinian children in a Congress largely ignoring them... In June, she wrote John Kerry, saying "Israel's military detention of Palestinian children is an indefensible abuse of human rights. I hope this letter results in State Department pressure on the Government of Israel to end this systemic abuse immediately." ...
Aug 26, 2015, 3:16pm

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The Case for Universal Basic Income
Money at the bottom is over three times more effective at driving economic growth than money at the top. It's common sense, though the theory has the fancy title of "marginal propensity to consume": people with small incomes spend their money quickly and the rich hoard theirs... Basic income isn't a whole economic policy. It would be part of an economic policy favouring the non-rich population... Visit Website ]
Aug 26, 2015, 3:05pm

Meditations
Response to a Reader from France
Martin LeFevre: A reader from France wrote a sanguine response to my last column about entanglement. His letter attests both to the veracity of the theory of entanglement ('meditations' doesn't appear in France), and raises doubts about its application to human consciousness, at this point in human history anyway...
Aug 25, 2015, 4:10pm

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The Double Meaning of Entanglement
Martin LeFevre: There is at least one unexplained effect that may have a direct bearing on how a revolution in human consciousness could occur. Astrophysicist Brian Greene, the author of "The Elegant Universe," describes a phenomenon in which one distinct object is touched - it instantaneously affects another distant object...
Aug 22, 2015, 4:08pm

Articles
Modern Newspeak Dictionary, Part III
Allegations, Discredited, n.
Actual meaning: Documented evidence of official criminality sternly denied by anonymous official sources.
Barbarians (1), n.
Actual meaning: Those committing war crimes without the use of cruise missiles and drones.
Expert, n.
Actual meaning: A specialist confirming the orthodox views held by corporate and government leaders.

Aug 21, 2015, 5:17pm

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Fukushima: Thousands Have Already Died, Thousands More Will Die
The Japanese Government, its advisors, and most radiation scientists in Japan (with some honourable exceptions) minimise the risks of radiation. The official widely-observed policy is that small amounts of radiation are harmless: scientifically speaking this is untenable... One reason why such scientists refuse to accept radiations stochastic effects (cancers, strokes, CVS diseases, hereditary effects, etc) is that they only appear after long latency periods often decades for solid cancers... Visit Website ]
Aug 20, 2015, 5:19pm

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Why US Police Are Out of Control
U.S. police forces are so out of control there's not even a reliable database on how many times police officers shoot citizens. So, beyond racism and fear of guns, the problem includes fragmentation in law enforcement and gaps in training among the 18,000 police agencies in the 50 states, notes Daniel Lazare... According to The Guardian's highly useful "Counted" website, U.S. police kill more people in a typical day than police in England and Wales kill in an entire year... Visit Website ]
Aug 20, 2015, 5:06pm

Meditations
Inquiry and the Music of Meaning
Martin LeFevre: Dialogue is a word that has been rendered almost meaningless by having so many meanings to so many people. Politicians have misappropriated the word and nearly destroyed its usefulness. But there is a deeper meaning to dialogue, having to do with shared exploration through questioning together... As I see it, dialogue, or inquiry, is the social equivalent of solitary meditation...
Aug 19, 2015, 5:06pm

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Consorting with the devil
Mel Gurtov: Throughout the Cold War, and doubtless right down to the present, professional people with skills relevant to "national security" have been secretly recruited to work for the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. Universities are among those particularly targeted... Visit Website ]
Aug 19, 2015, 11:58am

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Good People Doing Bad Things
Kent Shifferd: How is it that normally decent people who are raised to be kind and respectful of others can commit acts of horrible violence during wars? How do they put aside their normal reluctance to hurt others and make the decision to shoot or bomb not only enemy combatants but civilians including women and children?...(Powerful Psychological Techniques)...
Aug 18, 2015, 1:32pm

Commentary
College Athletes Won't Be Allowed to Unionize
David Macaray: Yesterday (August 17), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), by a unanimous 5-0 vote (three Democrats, two Republicans), threw out a ruling that would have allowed Northwestern University football players to proceed with plans to join (or form) a labor union. Apparently, the NLRB's chief concern was that allowing these jocks to organize could "throw off the competitive balance in college football."...
Aug 18, 2015, 1:08pm


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