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What a World Without Cops Would Look Like
Madison Pauley: “Can we come up with a situation where there are fewer killings, and fewer collateral consequences?” .... Five years ago, in the wake of the murders of Mike Brown and Eric Garner and Tamir Rice, we were told, “Don’t worry, we’re going to fix it. .... But things did not get better. ... We have [millions of] low-level arrests in the United States every year and most of them are completely pointless. ... Reducing policing goes hand in hand with widespread decriminalization ... sex work, drugs, homelessness, mental illness. ... We don’t need school police, we need counselors and restorative justice programs. We don’t need police homeless outreach units, we need supportive housing, community based drop-in centers, social workers... Visit Website ]
Jun 3, 2020, 3:20pm

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Riot or Resistance? How Media Frames Unrest in Minneapolis Will Shape Public’s View of Protest
Danielle K. Kilgo: The general public’s opinions about protests and the social movements behind them are formed in large part by what they read or see in the media. This gives journalists a lot of power when it comes to driving the narrative of a demonstration. ... Decades ago, scholars James Hertog and Douglas McLeod identified how news coverage of protests contributes to the maintenance of the status quo, a phenomenon referred to as “the protest paradigm.” They held that media narratives tend to emphasize the drama, inconvenience and disruption of protests rather than the demands, grievances and agendas of protesters. These narratives trivialize protests and ultimately dent public support.... Visit Website ]
Jun 1, 2020, 2:28pm

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Local television stations broadcast fake news stories scripted by Amazon
Douglas Lyons and Nick Barrickman: Amazon provided edited and scripted news reports to nearly a dozen local news stations ahead of Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday. ... At these stations, reporters read dutifully from scripts handed out by Amazon, without disclosing they were repeating verbatim text that had been fed to them by the company. ... The company’s fake news broadcasts turned reality on its head, presenting Amazon as a paragon of concern for workers’ safety. ... These fake news broadcasts aired in Miami, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Bluefield, West Virginia; Lexington Kentucky; Columbus, Georgia; Palm Springs, California; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. ... Amazon was listed on “The Dirty Dozen” list maintained by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) in both 2018 and 2019... Visit Website ]
May 29, 2020, 3:45pm

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Why ‘Obamagate’ Will Never Lead To Anything Of Significance
Caity Johnstone: You will never see Obama or his administration officials brought down by “Obamagate” for the same reason Trump wasn’t brought down by the Mueller investigation: the swamp protects its own ... Both Obama and Trump administrations are packed full of crooks and mass murderers who could and should be imprisoned for any number of offenses, but they won’t be, because that would require a prosecutorial body that is separate from the swamp of corruption with which both of America’s mainstream parties are inexorably interwoven. ... You cannot use the swamp to drain the swamp. ... By collaborating with the swamp you ensure your own protection, and by attacking it you ensure your destruction... Visit Website ]
May 16, 2020, 11:54am

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COVID-19 and a New, Better World
Karl Grossman: Arundhati Roy: “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.” ... “We can choose,”...“to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our ... dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through ... ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.” ... Visit Website ]
May 11, 2020, 1:37pm

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Sorting Out the Debris of Modernity – When the ‘Old’ Becomes the New ‘New’
Alastair Crooke: We inhabit the psychology of ‘betwixt times’. Instinctively, we know the world will never be the same again, but we cling to the familiar. And for now, the future – our ‘new’ – cannot be construed intelligibly. .... People are finding that they are managing with less. They have less. They discover that they didn’t really need it: (they don’t have to summer in the Caribbean). They can survive without the consumerist ‘froth’. ... Will these ‘discoveries’ embed? ... The flaws and weakness of the ‘Open Society’ stand naked: Open borders, open airways, open off-shoring of labour costs, open exports of dollar credits, and free trade, has set up the West for a collapse ... The inherent fragilities are too brittle, and systematically, too tightly-coupled... Visit Website ]
May 4, 2020, 2:38pm

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9/11 Truth: Under Lockdown for Nearly Two Decades
Max Parry: The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken, In Defense of Women, 1918 .... On March 25th, the conclusion of a four year investigation by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was published which determined that the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 on September 11th, 2001 was not caused by fire. ... The secondary conclusion of our study is that the collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building. ... The researchers infer that the collapse of Building 7 was actually the result of a controlled demolition... Visit Website ]
Apr 17, 2020, 12:37pm

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Locked Down and Locking in the New Global Order
Colin Todhunter: If current events show us anything, it is that fear is a powerful weapon for securing hegemony. Any government can manipulate fear about certain things while conveniently ignoring real dangers that a population faces. ... if we were seriously concerned about our world, the gravest and longest-standing health crisis on the planet is the one that starves to death 100,000 people each day. No panic about that, of course. And no action either. ... Whatever the eventual outcome, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals companies and large corporations will capitalise on current events to extend their profits, control and influence... Visit Website ]
Apr 14, 2020, 12:41pm

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The War on Drugs Victimized a Generation. Now We Have to Give Them a Future.
An interview with Pedro Carrizales: Pedro Carrizales — “El Mijis” — came to Mexican politics by an unconventional route: a former gang member from the barrios of San Luis Potosí, he is now a left-wing state legislator, dedicated to the plight of Mexico’s poor young people, collateral damage of the war on drugs ... The police operations are obviously discriminatory because they’re based on how you look. ... Unfortunately, Mexico is a country of discrimination, even among Mexicans themselves. I was at the Congress when they were discussing the Amnesty Bill. [The Amnesty Bill, passed by the House of Deputies in December 2019, would provide an amnesty to nonviolent offenders, including woman who had abortions or the doctors who performed them, political prisoners, indigenous people who did not receive due process in their language, and in cases of minor theft without battery... Visit Website ]
Apr 10, 2020, 12:58pm

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The Propaganda Virus: Is Anyone Immune?
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume: “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. --Carl Sagan ... The sophisticated nature of propaganda means that merely being “smart” is not enough to escape its effects. Indeed, the propaganda served up to educated people is merely another set of flavors, and is otherwise no less successfully manipulative. ... Propaganda is not merely about what is being reported and what is not - though the omissions are certainly damaging enough; it’s about setting the limits of what is acceptable to discuss... Visit Website ]
Mar 29, 2020, 12:12pm

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COVID-19: How Corona Broke the System
Marc Saxer: The corona crisis sends shockwaves through political, economic and social systems. The status quo simply cannot continue... At the global level, the new conflicts between major powers are fuelling the crisis even more ... Whatever the outcome of the oil price war, the balance of power in the oil markets will be readjusted ... Conflicts arise from excessive interdependence. These conflicts must be cushioned by international norms and multilateral cooperation. ... The corona crisis amounts to an enormous field test. Millions of people are experimenting with new ways to organise their everyday lives. ... The crisis has made it drastically clear to the populace that the status quo cannot continue. The desire for a fundamental reorganisation of our economic activity and collective life has never been greater.... Visit Website ]
Mar 24, 2020, 12:32pm

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One California mayor has tried universal basic income. His advice for Trump: 'Think big'
Lois Beckett, The Guardian, UK: Early findings from Stockton, California, which launched a basic income experiment last year, may offer American policymakers some reassurance – and a few notes of caution. ... “We have to make sure that the most marginalized, the most impacted, the folks who were struggling the most before this global pandemic get help and relief” ... Direct cash payments are more flexible than a one-size-fits-all government program, and they allow people to adapt to changing needs and new crises. ... “We have been a house of cards for a really long time, and it wasn’t going to take much to blow it over.” ... But even large direct cash payments aren’t a substitute for other kinds of government action, they cautioned. Other solutions are needed during the coronavirus crisis, including paid sick leave and better healthcare... Visit Website ]
Mar 22, 2020, 10:47am

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A 70-Year War on ‘Propaganda’ Built by the CIA
Cynthia Chung: Propaganda is vital in times of war because it is absolutely imperative that the people, who often need to make the greatest sacrifices and suffer the most, believe that such a war is justified and that such a war will provide them security. ... Operation Mockingbird was an “alleged” CIA program that was started in the early 1950s in order to control the narrative of the news. ... At the helm of this project was none other than CIA Director Allen Dulles ... Its function was to have the CIA write reports that would be used by a network of cooperating “credible” reporters. ... it would be parroted by unwitting reporters (mockingbirds) and a successful echo chamber would be created across the world. ... included as part of its CIA contingency respected members from Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and others... Visit Website ]
Mar 17, 2020, 4:06pm

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Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat?
John W. Whitehead: Emboldened by the citizenry’s inattention and willingness to tolerate its abuses, the government has weaponized one national crisis after another in order to expands its powers. ... Don’t go underestimating the government’s ability to lock the nation down if the coronavirus turns into a pandemic, however. ... The building blocks are already in place for such an eventuality ... Government eyes see your every move: what you read, how much you spend, where you go, with whom you interact, when you wake up in the morning, what you’re watching on television and reading on the internet. ... Surveillance, digital stalking and the data mining of the American people add up to a society in which there’s little room for indiscretions, imperfections, or acts of independence... Visit Website ]
Mar 12, 2020, 2:39pm

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What Might Happen If We Thought of Other Animals as People?
Peter Harrison: The common condition of humans and animals is not animality but humanity. (Eduardo Viveiros de Castro) ... I have come to develop the habit of viewing other animals as humans, or persons ... A number of authors (e.g., Brightman 1993; Nelson 1983, Tanner 1979) have written extensively on the ritual obligations towards animals that structure relations between human and non-human persons in the Subartic. ... Adrian Tanner has argued that among the Mistassini Cree, hunting rituals presuppose the real-life existence of animals as they appear in the Cree myth (long-time-ago stories); that is, as persons with whom humans can enter into reciprocal social relations. ... Hunting peoples across the North believe that human beings incur ritual obligations towards animal people as a direct result of their need to kill and eat them... Visit Website ]
Mar 3, 2020, 3:11pm


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