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The Etymological Animal Must Slip Out of the Cage of Habit to Grasp Truth
Edward Curtin: Life is full of slips. ... But slipping is also good, especially when repetition and conventional thought rules people’s lives as it does today .... Jim Garrison of JFK fame said that we live in a doll’s house of propaganda where the population is treated as children and fantasies have replaced reality. ... I believe we need to disrupt our routines, break free from our habits, in order to clearly see what is happening today. ... We need to slip away for a while ... Disburden our minds of its old rubbish. Become another as you go walking away. Find a park or some natural enclave... Visit Website ]
Jun 4, 2021, 3:44pm

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Why Infrastructure is So Much Bigger Than Just Infrastructure
Robert Freeman: Biden’s infrastructure plan is ambitious. But reporting about it doesn’t begin to capture just how important it is to the U.S.’s success, even survival. There are five paradigm-bending dimensions that make infrastructure so much more important than infrastructure alone. They are like the five spokes on a wheel of national renewal. ... The beauty of pursuing a rebuilt infrastructure is that it brings with it the solution to the other four spokes of national renewal: plenty of good-paying jobs; adaptation to the new century’s new energy paradigm; a climate fix; and saving democracy. ... the fundamental source of conflict in the debate over infrastructure: not whether it is needed; not whether it is possible; not whether it is affordable; but whether existing loci of power are dispossessed in the process.... Visit Website ]
Jun 1, 2021, 11:44am

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How Billionaire Foundations Fund NGOs to Advance US Foreign Policy Goals
Rick Sterling: A Case Study from Nicaragua ... US foreign policy is increasingly promoted by billionaire funded foundations. ... Because many of these super-rich individuals made their wealth through investments and speculation, most do not like a planned economy, socialized services beyond the private sector or greater government control. ... Grants are given to projects, campaigns and organizations which align with their long-term goals. ... “He who pays the piper, calls the tune.” ... Nicaragua is a good example. ... Washington is not just hostile but actively trying to undermine, destabilize and replace the Sandinista administration... Visit Website ]
May 24, 2021, 4:14pm

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Chernobyl Alert and The Doomsday Clock
Robert Hunziker: Chernobyl rises from the ashes. ... A recent ... “Surge in fission reactions in an inaccessible chamber within the complex” is alarming scientists that monitor the ruins of the Chernobyl ... Along those lines, the world-famous Doomsday Clock, ... The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (“BAS”) ... has set the famous clock at 100 seconds to midnight ... because: (1) widespread mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic in nations worldwide (2) little progress in eliminating nuclear weapons (3) insufficient mitigation of destructive climate change, and (4) threats to national security by rightwing extremists... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2021, 3:05pm

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As an Occupier, Israel Has No Right to “Self-Defense”
Bashir Abu-Manneh: By invoking self-defense, Israel changes the conversation from its colonial crimes against the Palestinians to the injuries it has itself incurred as a result. ... Yet it is precisely because Israel is denying Palestinians their human rights, including the right of self-determination, that it cannot claim self-defense as a legal justification for the use of force. ... Israel has used disproportionate, indiscriminate, and unnecessary military force in violation of international law. It targets civilian structures, kills hundreds of children, wipes out whole families, and inflicts widespread destruction and collective punishment on a whole besieged population... Visit Website ]
May 16, 2021, 2:59pm

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Chris Hedges: Israel, the Big Lie
Israel is not exercising “the right to defend itself” in the occupied Palestinian territories. It is carrying out mass murder, aided and abetted by the U.S. ... The Israel lobby spies in the United States ... wages public smear campaigns and blacklists defenders of Palestinian rights ... has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to manipulate U.S. elections ... use massive cash donations to buy politicians ... Israel’s educational system, starting in primary school, uses the Holocaust to portray Jews as eternal victims. This victimhood is an indoctrination machine used to justify racism, Islamophobia, religious chauvinism and the deification of the Israeli military... Visit Website ]
May 14, 2021, 2:17pm

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Ripping off workers without consequences
Alexia Fernández Campbell & Joe Yerardi: Thousands of U.S. companies illegally underpay their workers. The Labor Department rarely punishes them. ... Companies that hire child care workers, gas station clerks, restaurant servers and security guards are among the businesses most likely to get caught cheating their employees ... Major U.S. corporations are some of the worst offenders. They include Halliburton, G4S Wackenhut and Circle-K stores ... Their victims toil on the lower rungs of the workforce... Visit Website ]
May 5, 2021, 3:23pm

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GOP Still Wants to Pretend the Preservation of Slavery Wasn’t a Major Reason for the American Revolution
Chris Orlet: This idea—that the protection of the institution of slavery was instrumental in the origins of the American Revolution—has been kicking around for decades. ... Benjamin Franklin was determined to violently break with Britain, but he was having great difficulties getting the loyalist southerners on board. ... the answer was dropped in his lap in the form of a British court case, Somerset v Steuart (1772), which recognized that the petitioner, an enslaved person named Somersett, was a human being, and not “lost property.” ... Southern colonists found themselves between a rock and hard place. Remain part of the British Empire and eventually see a complete ban on slavery, or sign up for Franklin’s revolution... Visit Website ]
May 3, 2021, 2:41pm

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Voter Fraud and the Myth of E Pluribus Unum
John Kendall Hawkins: Turns out this individual determination of vote validity is crucial in presidential elections. ... Greg Palast has delineated the four key ways that votes get de-validated and not counted: stop registration; if they cancel anyway, then cancel their rego; prevent voters from getting to the polls; and, if all fails, then find a way to invalidate their vote (hanging chads, smudges, various anomalies). ... Palast says a favorite way of manipulating an election is dumping mail-in votes. ... In 2016, he says, more than 500,000 mail-in votes were tossed, overwhelmingly Democratic. ... No state—not Georgia, not Florida, not Ohio—comes even close, for sheer number of ballots disqualified, than The Golden State—thanks to the sticky fingers of its Democratic Secretary of State, Alex Padilla.... Visit Website ]
May 2, 2021, 1:52pm

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Information-Management in the U.S. Dictatorship
Eric Zuesse: Instead of fearing to be held to account like the Nazis were at Nuremberg, America’s tyrants face no such international prosecutions whatsoever. Only good leaders become assassinated in America. ... The dictatorship manages information both by deceiving the public to believe what the regime itself knows to be actually false (such as that Saddam Hussein might be only six months away from having an atomic bomb) ... At least regarding international news-reporting, the highest percentage of fake-‘news’ is in America’s mainstream ‘news’-media ... This is a class-war ... And the lower classes are only victims in it... Visit Website ]
Apr 24, 2021, 3:53pm

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Comply or Die: The Only Truly Compliant Person in a Police State Is a Dead One
John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead: The system is corrupt. Police really are oppressing not only the black community, but also the whites. They’re an oppressive organization now controlled by the one percent of corporate America. Corporate America is using police forces as their mercenaries. ... if you want to emerge from a police encounter with your life and body intact, then you’d better comply, submit, obey orders, respect authority and generally do whatever a cop tells you to do. ... what we’re dealing with today is a skewed shoot-to-kill mindset in which police, trained to view themselves as warriors or soldiers in a war... Visit Website ]
Apr 23, 2021, 2:45pm

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Denying the Demonic
Edward Curtin: It has long been easy for Americans to accept the demonic nature of foreign leaders such as Hitler, Stalin, or Mao. ... But to consider their own political leaders as demonic is near impossible. ... So let me begin with a few reminders. ... The U.S. destruction of Iraq and the mass killings of Iraqis under George W. Bush beginning in 2003. ... Obama’s annihilation of Libya ... Hiroshima and Nagasaki ... I think so many find it so hard to admit that their leaders have intentionally done and do demonic deeds for ... It means they have accepted such radical evil and bear responsibility. ... it suggests that the rational façade of society is a cover for sinister forces... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2021, 3:34pm

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Will Trump End Up In Prison?
Thom Hartmann: When Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort was passing secret polling information about swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania to Konstantin Kilimnik, as is laid out in the Mueller Report, it was part of a very specific and successful effort on the part of Russian Intelligence to help put Trump in office. ... This is not the first time a Republican candidate for president has committed treason to get into the White House. In fact, it's been the norm since 1968, and therefore it's time to seriously discuss a 60-year problem we've had with treasonous and illegitimate Republican presidents... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2021, 3:19pm

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What Can We Do to Start Civilizing Our Richest?
Sam Pizzigati: Worldwide, ever more of us are realizing we need a ceiling on what our greediest can grab... Can the world’s wealth continue to concentrate this intensely forever? The simple answer: Nothing in human affairs goes on forever ... some real limits — may actually be approaching ... One positive sign came last weekend at the policy convention of Canada’s New Democratic Party ... resolved that Canada should raise the tax rate on personal income over $1 million to 80 percent and start levying an additional 1 percent annual tax on those with private fortunes over $20 million... Visit Website ]
Apr 16, 2021, 3:23pm

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Race-Related Violence in the U.S. Stems From White Supremacy
Jennifer Ho: Amid the disturbing rise in attacks on Asian Americans since March 2020 is a troubling category of these assaults: Black people are also attacking Asian Americans. ... anti-Asian racism has the same source as anti-Black racism: White supremacy. So when a Black person attacks an Asian person, the encounter is fueled perhaps by racism, but specifically by White supremacy. White supremacy does not require a White person to perpetuate it. ... White supremacy is an ideology ... a belief that to be White is to be human and invested with inalienable universal rights, and that to be non-White means you are less than human... Visit Website ]
Apr 14, 2021, 2:24pm


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