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Freedom Rider: Biden Breaks His Promises
Margaret Kimberley: Black people have nothing to show for a Biden presidency despite turning out in droves to put him in office. ... Joe Biden has yet to make good on any campaign promise he made to voters. The $2,000 stimulus became just $1,400. There is no minimum wage increase. He promised a public option for the Affordable Care Act but now says that isn’t going to happen. He is cutting back on his infrastructure initiative ... Biden said he supported a paltry $10,000 in student loan relief only to back away from that too. ... The moment is ripe to acknowledge that this system is a complete sham and exists only to help the 1% do as much as they can to oppress the 99%... Visit Website ]
May 27, 2021, 4:26pm

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The US Empire Is A Self-Reinforcing Trauma Factory
Caitlin Johnstone: The US status quo is inherently traumatizing, because a status quo which maintains a permanent underclass working for slave wages 100 percent guarantees generation after generation of highly traumatized people. ... This in turn guarantees more violent crime, which in turn has led to the largest prison population on the planet. ... Hurt people hurt people ... The trauma inflicted by the “war on terror” is a self-reinforcing feedback loop which creates more extremism which in turn is used to justify more bombings and more military expansionism in those regions... Visit Website ]
May 26, 2021, 10:39am

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The US Isn’t An Israel Puppet, Israel Isn’t A US Puppet: It’s One Empire
Caitlin Johnstone: There is no real “Israel” or “America”, there’s just the one empire. Lobbying, financial support, propaganda etc are just some of the glue that’s required to hold together an empire that doesn’t officially exist. ... The empire will use any ideology to advance imperial interests, whether it be Zionism, Christian fundamentalism, white supremacism, Islamic extremism, or woke progressivism. ... The antidote to this dynamic is of course to keep getting more conscious ... Their job is to keep truth hidden and unconscious... Visit Website ]
May 23, 2021, 11:11am

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Freedom Rider: The Palestine Litmus Test
Margaret Kimberley: There aren’t many issues which clearly and unequivocally delineate right from wrong. ... The question of justice for the Palestinian people and their right to be protected by international law is one which gives no wiggle room for ifs, ands, or buts. ... Israel’s apartheid system is of such long standing and is so brazen that millions of people feel not only outrage but an insult to their own personal integrity and now speak up though they once demurred. ... The fence straddlers have had their day. The assault on the consciences of millions of people may have finally brought about the sea change that was needed... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2021, 2:20pm

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Freedom Rider: The End of Low Wage Work
Margaret Kimberley: The combination of unemployment and additional stimulus support has made staying home a better economic decision than working for peanuts under stressful conditions. .. The latest popular lament in the United States is not about how the people suffer under a predatory system. In usual fashion, the people themselves are turned into villains when they refuse to acquiesce to their oppression. ... Low wage workers have made the rational decision to take a break. Why shouldn’t they? They have no safety net, no guarantee of housing or health care or child care or transportation... Visit Website ]
May 12, 2021, 11:01am

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The Israel Narrative Is Crumbling Because Of Phone Cameras And The Internet
Caitlin Johnstone: The New York Times has been cartoonishly re-writing its own reporting in a desperate attempt to make Israel look like an innocent victim of unprovoked attacks instead of the obvious aggressor against people protesting a brutal apartheid regime backed by an entire empire. ... Awareness is spreading of Israeli apartheid brutality for the same reason awareness is spreading of US police brutality: the internet combined with smartphone cameras. Seeing is believing. Seeing brings change. ... This is why the powerful are working so hard to censor the internet. If they can’t control what our dominant narratives are going to be, they will not be able to rule us... Visit Website ]
May 11, 2021, 3:24pm

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Freedom Rider: Progressives Capitulate to Biden
Margaret Kimberley: No one is holding Joe Biden’s “feet to the fire” or pushing him left or taking any of the other make believe actions which were meant to silence the Democratic Party’s left wing. ... All of the policies that rank and file Democrats want to see realized are again left behind though their party has the power to enact them. Only fools believe that a Senate parliamentarian prevented inclusion of a minimum wage increase in the stimulus plan. ... There is no $2,000 stimulus payment, no plan to lower prescription drug prices or add a public option to the Affordable Care Act... Visit Website ]
May 7, 2021, 1:10pm

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Capitalism Rewards Sociopathy: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: You can tell how backwards our society is by how much easier it is to thrive in it as a sociopath than if you have any other serious mental disorder. ... US presidents always get praise for the small smattering of half-decent things they do, but no blame for the far, far greater mountain of evil things the US empire does during their presidency. People look at the everyday butchery and oppression of the empire as normal, required stuff. ... just think about it: powerful elites are engaging in mass-scale mind control to justify murder and genocide around the world. This is a fact... Visit Website ]
May 1, 2021, 12:16pm

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Freedom Rider: No Justice Without a Movement
Margaret Kimberley: The issues are larger than most of us are willing to admit. The changes needed are fundamental to a country which puts anti-black racism at the center of politics, law and economics. The system demands that Black people be locked up, displaced, red lined, and prevented from having full citizenship rights. ... Police killings are just one manifestation of a fundamentally unjust nation. ... we must be honest. After the murder was filmed and made public the police in Minneapolis acted as they always do. Chauvin and the other police were fired and they hoped the people would be mollified. But they weren’t arrested until someone set fire to a police precinct... Visit Website ]
Apr 29, 2021, 11:33am

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Reject Mainstream Culture: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: “The Oscars” is a big fancy party where vapid airheads who’ve profited immensely from the status quo give each other trophies for making movies which reassure everyone that the US empire is awesome and capitalism is totally working. ... It’s not just mainstream politics and mainstream news media, it’s the entirety of mainstream culture: all its movies, books, music, values systems, ideals. It’s all inseparably intertwined with the sick status quo we now find ourselves in and the manufactured worldviews which consent to it... Visit Website ]
Apr 28, 2021, 3:20pm

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Maturity Is Discovering How Everything You Believe Is A Lie
Caitlin Johnstone: You get your first taste of it when you’re little. ... Santa Claus .. Thus begins a maturing process of discovering the various ways you’ve been deceived about what’s real which, hopefully, continues for the rest of your life. ... Maybe you start questioning this religion thing. .... Maybe it’s okay for people to take up any philosophy or approach to living they find useful ... Maybe you start to wonder if the political ideology of your parents is stupid. ... at some point you’ll start to notice that the news isn’t being entirely honest about things ... Are the nations which aren’t aligned with the US really nefarious monsters who constantly plot our downfall and commit atrocities?... Visit Website ]
Apr 25, 2021, 2:27pm

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Freedom Rider: Gun Violence Starts at the Top
Margaret Kimberley: This country exists as a result of genocides and terrorism. ... When this nation wasn’t practicing state sanctioned terror within its boundaries, it committed atrocities internationally. ... If the state reserves the right to commit mass murder no one should be surprised that the people follow suit. ... State violence is like background music that seeps into the collective consciousness. ... The same people who express shock when an individual goes on a killing spree in this country are silent when their government is responsible for killings around the world. They may support the mass incarceration state, which makes the U.S. the world’s number one jailer... Visit Website ]
Apr 22, 2021, 2:15pm

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Whale Songs
Caitlin Johnstone: Whale songs sound so sad. ... I wonder, did they used to sound happy? ... Before we butchered their ancestors, and filled their oceans with plastic? ... And the whales say “We are here, we are here, you can get to know us if you try, if you just silence your yammering talkbrains for a moment, if you just take a moment to simply feel your lives, feel the water on your skin, feel the thrum of the Earth, feel your Mother instead of waging your endless war against Her.” ... And the Earth says “I am here. I am ready whenever you are. If you ever are.”... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2021, 3:07pm

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Stop Siding With The Powerful: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: Defending the most powerful is always the wrong position. Defending cops from the people. The rich from the poor. The US empire from weaker powers. White people from the causes of people of color. Men from feminism. Israel from Palestinians. You’re just helping to create a more unjust and imbalanced world. ... Who cares if there are extraterrestrials? If there are we’re nowhere near mature enough as a species to interact with them anyway... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2021, 3:09pm

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The CIA Used To Infiltrate The Media. Now The CIA Is The Media.
caitlin Johnstone: One of the NYT reporters who originally broke the Russia bounty story (originally attributed to unnamed "intelligence officials") say today that it was a CIA claim. ... But on Thursday, the Biden administration announced that U.S. intelligence only had “low to moderate” confidence in the story after all. ... So the mass media ... quite literally ran a CIA press release and disguised it as a news story. ... The news media is meant to report truthfully about what happens in the world, not manipulate public perception to suit the agendas of spooks and warmongers... Visit Website ]
Apr 16, 2021, 3:34pm


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