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Police Departments Are Parasites on the Public Purse
An interview with Stuart Schrader: By aggressively pushing for higher budgets and salaries, police officers have insulated themselves from accountability while draining resources from essential public programs. ... the contradiction at the heart of policing: that police power is premised on the discretionary use of violence, and therefore cannot be effectively restrained by procedural reforms or technical changes ... Police should no longer be “first responders.” ... the only way to meaningfully change police behavior is to reduce police capacity... Visit Website ]
Jun 16, 2020, 2:51pm

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Humanity is Escaping From the Abusive Relationship With the Police State
Caitlin Johnstone: For ages the Democratic Party and its allies have been actively manipulating leftwardly-inclined Americans away from issues which might inconvenience the powerful–issues like economic justice, anti-imperialism, slashing the military budget, ending government surveillance and police militarization, and actually getting money out of politics. ... Instead they’ve been encouraged to only care about issues which establishment power structures don’t care about–issues like abortion, misogyny, LGBT rights, gun control, and racism. ... the actual issues they don’t want us pushing for like dismantling the war machine, ending plutocracy and making sure everyone has what they need... Visit Website ]
Jun 11, 2020, 2:18pm

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Here Are Five Ways You Can Start Holding Your Department Accountable.
Andrew Ford: Police culture can be insular and tough to penetrate. But I’ve been surprised by how often it’s possible, though time consuming, to expose important issues by requesting and examining records and data from police departments and other government agencies and engaging citizens and key leaders. ... 1. Understand the policies and laws that govern police conduct. ... the first step is to find out if the agency in question has a written policy on the use of force ... Does the policy dictate when officers should or shouldn’t use force? What tactics are they allowed to use? Is there any rule against choking a suspect? ... 2. You are entitled to public records that can show whether rules are being followed. Get them... Visit Website ]
Jun 6, 2020, 3:14pm

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UPRISING: The Story of America Crashes Headlong Into the Reality of America
Caity Johnstone: We are witnessing the head-on collision between the story America’s political, media and educational institutions tell Americans about what their country is, and the reality of what their country actually is .... understand that racial disparities never left the nation in question ... understand that the role of the police is not to protect and serve the people but to protect and serve the empire, in the exact same way that this is the role of the military ... understand that the empire is no more likely to voluntarily dispense with the violent tactics of its increasingly militarized police force than it is to dispense with its air force or nuclear warheads... Visit Website ]
Jun 4, 2020, 2:58pm

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Nothing Is Certain But Death, Taxes, And Police Infiltration Of US Protests
Caitlin Johnstone: Disruptive police infiltration of protest movements is a historical constant in America, after all. It is the norm, not the exception. ... In New York, protesters have conclusively worked out that cops posing as demonstrators are currently wearing white armbands to identify each other. ... One of the most notorious “police riots” was at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. ... 1 out of 6 protesters was a federal undercover agent. ... Any time we are told a protester threw this or “rioters” set fire to that, we must take this information with a very large grain of salt, because we usually won’t be able to know it wasn’t an undercover cop acting as an agent provocateur to shape a narrative and justify more use of force to disperse the crowd... Visit Website ]
May 31, 2020, 2:28pm

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Michael Flynn & the FBI Setup
JOHN KIRIAKOU: The case of the fallen Trump official shows exactly what is wrong with our criminal justice system ... we know now that the FBI agents set him up ... A 2012 study by ProPublica found that the Justice Department wins 98.2 percent of its cases, almost all as a result of a plea deal. ... So, what strategies do prosecutors use to ensure a conviction? ... Charge Stacking - say mortgage fraud --- add a couple of conspiracy charges and maybe a charge each of wire fraud and mail fraud --- 50 years in prison, rather than five --- plea deal? Venue Shopping --- Prosecutors will seek to charge a defendant in the federal district where he or she is most likely to be convicted... Visit Website ]
May 27, 2020, 4:18pm

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America Abstains: Millions of Voters Have Lost Faith in US Democracy
Gabriella Novello: If voter turnout is indicative of a democracy’s health, then the US is clearly ailing. Only slightly more than half of all eligible voters cast their ballots in presidential elections, which is far below the turnout seen in peer countries. ... While systematic voter suppression certainly plays a role in this anemic performance, millions of Americans don’t vote because they have lost faith in the system or believe that elections are rigged. ... Other reasons identified in the report (“The 100 Million Project: The Untold Story of American Non-Voters,”) include a real or perceived lack of knowledge about the candidates and issues, disappointment in choices, and a belief that their votes do not matter... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2020, 3:32pm

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In Colorado, Democrats Are Listening to Health Industry Lobbyists and Killing the Public Option
Andrew Perez: Colorado Democrats said they were going to pass a public option this year. And then they gave into health care industry propaganda and lobbying. ... more than ninety lobbyists reported involving themselves in the legislative process by opposing the bill at the Colorado capitol in February and March, according to state records. That’s almost one lobbyist for each of the one hundred lawmakers in the Colorado General Assembly. ... The country’s top health insurers — UnitedHealth, Anthem, Cigna, and CVS Health (they own Aetna) — all lobbied against the state public option. ... Holding off on demanding a public option for a year not only leaves thousands of people at the mercy of private health insurance corporations during the pandemic, but it also provides the industry way more time to message against any future bill... Visit Website ]
May 9, 2020, 4:26pm

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The Disconnect Between the Stock Market and the Real Economy Is Destroying Our Lives
Hamilton Nolan: Stocks are the wall that protects the rich from the consequences of this crisis ... The glaring disconnect between the real economy, of working humans with jobs and bills to pay, and the investor class economy, embodied by the stock market, is one of the most brutal and devious political issues of this age of crisis in which we’re living. ... the capital markets are subject to all manner of trickery and intervention that can insulate them—for a while, at least—from what is happening in the world at large ... “Frankly, just financial engineering.” ... by the time the government’s rescue packages are all tallied up, they could add up to $5 trillion of zero-interest loans to big business ... “Insiders are going to sell off their stock and make a killing,” ... “and long term investors will take the loss.”... Visit Website ]
May 5, 2020, 2:59pm

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Human Lab Rats: The U.S. Government’s Secret History of Grisly Experiments
John W. Whitehead: I have never known any government to put the best interests of its people first, and this COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. ... Now this isn’t intended to be a debate over whether COVID-19 is a legitimate health crisis or a manufactured threat. ... it is possible for the virus to be both a genuine menace to public health and a menace to freedom. ... Yet we can’t afford to overlook the fact that governments the world over, including the U.S. government, have unleashed untold horrors upon the world in the name of global conquest, the acquisition of greater wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances, all packaged in the guise of the greater good... Visit Website ]
Apr 23, 2020, 2:00pm

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Essential Work
Stephanie Luce: ... work must produce the goods and services we need to survive it should also develop our selves ... the pandemic exposes the reality of “essential work”: what we really need to do in society to take care of ourselves .... We need food and shelter, health care, education, and social work. We need recreation, music and arts. We need purpose and we need space and time to pursue our passions. ... Many of the workers who serve our basic needs, such as farmworkers, grocery store workers, nurse’s aides, home care workers, delivery workers and EMTs, are not rewarded ... “essential work” is also that which allows us to develop our collective human capacity... Visit Website ]
Apr 17, 2020, 3:34pm

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Your Boss Is Spying on You
Ben Burgis: With millions of people now working from their homes, frantic bosses are buying high-tech surveillance software to track their employees’ every keystroke. ... workplaces are sites of tyranny ... Software makers such as InterGuard, Time Doctor, Teramind, VeriClock, innerActiv, ActivTrak, and Hubstaff have seen increased demand since the beginning of the pandemic. ... Each provides minute-by-minute, keystroke-by-keystroke monitoring as workers complete tasks in what should be the privacy of their own homes... Visit Website ]
Apr 14, 2020, 3:19pm

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Affirmative Action for White People
Barry Spector: Most whites have been able to live out their lives completely unaware of the long term, institutional factors that have kept people of color down – and themselves up. ... From the very beginning, the essential core of the white American psyche was formed in opposition to the imagined Others of the world: those who threatened the innocent community from the outside (Native Americans) and those whose presence on the inside (African slaves) who, by their very existence, constantly called that sense of innocence into question. ... Because of its innate contradictions, white identity was and always has been highly unstable, and it required the construction of an entire mythology to hold it together. Very early on, the notion of privilege became one of the prime ways in which this was accomplished... Visit Website ]
Apr 13, 2020, 2:08pm

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The Plan Is to Save Capital and Let the People Die
Hamilton Nolan: Whether Americans know it or not, their government is not working for them. Their government is working on behalf of capital. Humans are now a mere second-order, instrumental factor to be considered based on how it affects capital. In this perilous time, capital must be protected and nurtured, and we must draw resources from our entire society in order to help capital survive, in the same way that the body will draw blood from other organs to save the brain. ... People can be sacrificed—capital is irreplaceable. ... The true heroes of this crisis, from the perspective of those in charge, will be the private equity firms that rush in to buy up distressed businesses... Visit Website ]
Apr 6, 2020, 2:05pm

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The profit system is sabotaging the struggle against the coronavirus
Patrick Martin: The New York Times detailed Sunday how financial operations in the medical equipment market blocked an initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build a stockpile of ventilators, which are now in short supply throughout the United States. ... There are similar factors behind the shortage of N95 masks ... There has been mounting criticism of 3M and other providers of N95 masks for withholding supplies of materials and finished masks from the market, and for permitting price-gouging by their distributors. ... Two other critical components needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic—mass testing and the development of a vaccine—have also been constrained by the profit motive and the division of the world into competing nation-states... Visit Website ]
Mar 31, 2020, 12:11pm


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