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My Advice for High School Graduates: Learn a Trade
Chuck Collins: Not only is our economy suffering for lack of skilled workers, but also a huge number of workers are unhappy and earning below their financial potential. ... There are legions of depressed Dilberts out there in cubicle land, sitting in front of computer screens, wondering who will be laid off next. And there are millions of young people sitting in college classrooms dreaming of being somewhere else. ... Princeton economist Alan Blinder says the job market of the future won’t be divided between people with college degrees and those without, but between work that can be outsourced and work that can’t. “You can’t hammer a nail over the internet,” he observed. “Nor can you fix a car transmission, rewire a house, install solar panels, or give a patient an injection.”... Visit Website ]
May 5, 2018, 10:00am

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10 American Myths “Refutiated”*
Terry Simons: The Myth: That the “liberal media” includes every media outlet other than FOX. ... Moderate news organizations such as The New York Times, MSNBC and the Sunday morning news talk shows are all centrist. These media are controlled by large U.S. corporations. Multi-national corporations are not liberal, but rather thrive on conservative economic and social orders to control and maintain the status quo. ... The Myth: That America’s two-party system is a highly developed representative form of government and a shining beacon of “democracy at work.” ... The truth is that the U.S. Congress and the Presidency are controlled by the narrow interests of the elites, especially the big-business status quo... Visit Website ]
Mar 18, 2018, 3:08pm

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The Illusion of War Without Casualties
Nicolas J.S. Davies: America’s wars in the post-9/11 era have been characterized by relatively low U.S. casualties, but that does not mean that they are any less violent than previous wars ... In the past 16 years, the U.S. has invaded, occupied and dropped 200,000 bombs and missiles on seven countries, but it has lost only 6,939 American troops killed and 50,000 wounded in these wars. ... Our post-2001 wars have probably killed between 2 and 5 million people. ... America’s deluded leaders know nothing of diplomacy beyond bullying and brinksmanship. As they brainwash themselves and the public with the illusion of war without casualties, they will keep killing, destroying and risking our future until we stop them – or until they stop us and everything else... Visit Website ]
Mar 10, 2018, 10:48am

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Women Could Be the Undoing of Donald Trump
The Economist: Many of the cultural clashes the president has engineered work to his advantage. Not this one ... Amid the rancour of American politics, the large number of first-time women candidates the Democrats will field is unequivocally positive. Around 400 women, mostly Democrats, are planning to run for the House, at least 50 for the Senate and 79 for governor. That is far more than have previously stood for any of those offices. At state and local levels, the picture is the same. In 2015 and 2016 around 900 women consulted Emily’s List about standing for office; since Mr Trump’s election, over 26,000 have... Visit Website ]
Feb 20, 2018, 3:04pm

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The Net’s Good Old Boys: Hacking the Arpanet
Geoff Dutton: It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time before the Internet, a time when computers took up more space than the acolytes who tended to their needs. ... DoD’s Advanced Research Project Agency (ARPA) had funded the network to develop a prototype military communications system. They let scientists play with it and observed what they were up to ... Soon it became evident that strangers were snooping around the Net ... Today as perhaps then the underlying task of the Internet is surveillance, but nobody who does it admits to it or that maximizing ad revenues is the main concern of corporate news media is. ... The Internet wasn’t designed to be secure; quite the opposite, it is rife with holes in its backdoor code and protocols deliberately put there for reasons that might or might not have to do with government surveillance.... Visit Website ]
Jan 4, 2018, 11:21am

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Military, CIA Leaders May Be Investigated for War Crimes
Marjorie Cohn: On Nov. 3, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) informed the court’s Pre-Trial Chamber, “[T]here is a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes and crimes against humanity have been committed in connection with the armed conflict in Afghanistan.” ... In what Amnesty International’s Solomon Sacco called a “seminal moment for the ICC,” Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked the court for authorization to commence an investigation that would focus on U.S. military and CIA leaders, as well as Taliban and Afghan officials. ... In 2008, ABC News reported that Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet and John Ashcroft met in the White House and micromanaged the torture of terrorism suspects by approving specific torture techniques such as waterboarding... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2017, 10:57am

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Racial Wedge Politics Invented In Colonial America
Gary Olson: Ninety percent of the colonial population of Virginia consisted of Africans, some of them enslaved and others indentured servants, and poor European tenants and laborers. ... A small army of poor (black) Africans and poor (white) English frontiersmen realized they were getting their asses whupped by the landed aristocracy. This ragtag militia, led by the Englishman-turned-rebel, Nathaniel Bacon, attacked the royal English government and burned Jamestown to the ground ... Recognizing that another insurrection was possible and might spread, the terrified ruling circle of planters needed a scheme. Their great trick was to drive a wedge between white and black workers.... there is one minority that is dangerous to most Americans. It's the wealthy, privileged elite that rules over everyone else, those who own and benefit from our deeply dysfunctional economic system.... Visit Website ]
Nov 10, 2017, 11:28am

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The Public Bank Option: Safer, Local, and Half the Cost
Ellen Brown: A UK study published on October 27, 2017 reported that the majority of politicians do not know where money comes from. ... In a 2014 article the Bank of England pointed out that “whenever a bank makes a loan, it simultaneously creates a matching deposit in the borrower’s bank account, thereby creating new money.” ... Public sector banks, while rare in the US, are common in other countries; and recent studies have shown that they are actually more profitable, safer, less corrupt, and more accountable overall than private banks. ... This is particularly true of the Bank of North Dakota, currently the only publicly-owned depository bank in the US.... Visit Website ]
Nov 6, 2017, 12:18pm

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Balfour Declaration: How Britain broke its Feeble Promise to the Palestinians
Jonathan Cook: The Balfour Declaration is an embarrassing reminder that a Jewish state was the fruit of a transparently colonial project. ... By the time Britain departed Palestine in 1948, it had overseen three decades in which the Zionists were allowed to develop the institutions of statehood: a government-in-waiting, the Jewish Agency; a proto-army in the Haganah; and a land and settlement division known as the Jewish National Fund. ... By contrast, any signs of Palestinian nationalism, let alone nation-building, were ruthlessly crushed... Visit Website ]
Oct 30, 2017, 4:03pm

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A Voiceless Left Faces History’s Monster
Phil Rockstroh: The mere existence of vast arrays of weapons, deployed or not, does great harm to the soul of a nation. U.S. Americans are fearful, day and night. We would not feel secure even if we ensconced ourselves in an armory. ... An empire, built on the backs of slaves, both actual and de facto, with its expansion across the continent expedited by genocide, has conjured internal Furies — raging apparitions, borne of the nation’s collective soul and of nature’s fury, that cannot be repelled by weapons of any make. ... What appears to be an all-powerful system is but a group hallucination, a joint dream of interior phantoms... Visit Website ]
Oct 28, 2017, 12:21pm

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I went to School with the Vegas Shooter
Greg Palast: Some of you can and some of you can’t imagine a life where you just weren’t give a fair chance. Where the smarter you are, the more painful it gets, because you have your face pressed against the window, watching THEM. THEY got the connections to Stanford. THEY get the gold mine. WE get the shaft. ... This is where Paddock and Palast were bred: Sun Valley, the anus of Los Angeles. Literally. It’s where the sewerage plant is. It’s in a trench below the Hollywood Hills, where the smog settles into a kind of puke yellow soup. Here’s where LA dumps its urine and the losers they only remember when they need cheap labor and cheap soldiers when the gusanos don’t supply enough from Mexico... Visit Website ]
Oct 13, 2017, 2:18pm

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Why the US Lost the Vietnam War
Robert Freeman: But the U.S. approach to the War—all parts of it, political, intelligence, and military—were deeply, fundamentally, irretrievably flawed. It could not win the support of the local population. It could not win on the ground. ... The U.S was not simply outfought. It was out-thought. ... But steeped as they are in the still more deadly elixir of arrogance, profiteering, and denial, they all but assure that the U.S. will continue to lose its major wars. Iraq and Afghanistan stand as examples. There’s no way to know when or how the losing ends, but until we come to grips with the lessons of Vietnam the suspicion must be that it won’t. That is the true tragedy of Vietnam... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2017, 11:08am

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US Provides Military Aid To More Than 70 Percent Of World’s Dictatorships
Whitney Webb: About three-quarters of the world’s dictatorships currently receive military assistance from the United States. This is a strange record for a nation that consistently justifies its sweeping foreign interventions as aimed at “promoting democracy” and “thwarting evil dictatorships.” ... In the Cold War it was “He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.” Current analysis shows the U.S. militarily assisting dictators the world over, calling it “promoting democracy,” and disingenuously wondering why it’s all going so badly. ... Ultimately, “democracy promotion” was never the true intent, but instead the disguise to mask the imperial conquest of nations that refused to acquiesce to U.S. government demands... Visit Website ]
Sep 28, 2017, 4:51pm

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The Other 9/11: Unremembered and Unatoned
Steve Brown: ... Another 9/11 tragedy, one that took place 28 years earlier, in 1973 — not in America, but in Chile — and which caused the death – not of thousands, but of tens of thousands — while torturing and exiling 200,000 more. ... I refer to the brutal coup d’état that overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende, and replaced it with nearly two decades of murderous dictatorship under Generalissimo Augusto Pinochet. ... there is a very good reason why Americans should remember it – our government caused it. The coup was strategized, funded, and abetted by President Richard Nixon, by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger... Visit Website ]
Sep 13, 2017, 4:07pm

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Why Does War Exist?
Manuel Garcia Jr.: War exists because aggressors, exploiters and oppressors, who have the advantage given an imbalance of power, will see no restraint to acting as they please; and their disadvantaged victims will find force to be their most effective defense. ... The purpose of aggressive war is to forcefully take property, treasure, natural resources, sex and slaves from societies that are relatively weak, as well as gaining domination over them. ... The necessary conditions for the elimination of war are: (1) a balance of power; and, (2) the absence of oppression... Visit Website ]
Sep 5, 2017, 10:57am


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