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How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday
Brandon Weber: "Strange Fruit” may have been written by the Jewish Communist Abel Meeropol (a.k.a. Lewis Allen) as a poem, but ever since Billie Holiday sang the three brief stanzas to music in 1937, she’s owned it. ... Jazz writer Leonard Feather referred to the song as “the first significant protest in words and music, the first significant cry against racism.”
Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
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Feb 20, 2018, 3:22pm

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How the GOP Used a “Two Santa Clauses” Tactic to Con America for Nearly 40 Years
Thom Hartmann: The Republican Party has been running a long con on America since Reagan’s inauguration, and somehow our nation’s media has missed it – even though it was announced in The Wall Street Journal in the 1970s and the GOP has clung tenaciously to it ever since. ... First, when Republicans control the federal government, and particularly the White House, spend money like a drunken sailor and run up the US debt as far and as fast as possible. ... Second, when a Democrat is in the White House, scream about the national debt as loudly and frantically as possible, freaking out about how “our children will have to pay for it!” and “we have to cut spending to solve the crisis!” This will force the Democrats in power to cut their own social safety net programs... Visit Website ]
Feb 12, 2018, 12:16pm

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Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch is utterly depressing
Nathan Robinson, The Guardian, UK: Elon Musk is right: silly and fun things are important. But some of them are an indefensible waste of resources ... There is, perhaps, no better way to appreciate the tragedy of 21st-century global inequality than by watching a billionaire spend $90m launching a $100,000 car into the far reaches of the solar system. ... it’s important to have our priorities straight. First, perhaps we could make it so that a child no longer dies of malaria every two minutes ... Musk’s empire is fueled by billions of dollars in government subsidies. The Los Angeles Times revealed in 2015 that Musk’s companies benefitted from “grants, tax breaks, factory construction, discounted loans and environmental credits”... Visit Website ]
Feb 9, 2018, 10:14am

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The Paradox of Equal Justice
Ralph Nader: Almost every day, entertainment, sports, media, political and even some business organizations are jettisoning their top officials and incumbents after reported accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assaults of their subordinates. They’re not waiting for prosecutors, courts or regulators to take action. ... The speed of punishment is unprecedented. ... So why is it that when corporations and financial institutions commit broad-scale crimes that endanger or take the lives of millions of people, they receive absolute impunity? Indeed, their executives are rewarded for their own chronic, dangerous lawlessness. When their numerous crimes or criminogenic actions come to light, why are these bosses not immediately removed from their positions ... None of the bailed-out Wall Street bosses who crashed the economy in 2008-2009 were prosecuted... Visit Website ]
Feb 5, 2018, 10:42am

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Celebrate Black History Month by Fighting for Justice and Equity
Olivia Alperstein: February is Black History Month. One month is hardly enough to celebrate all the immense contributions of Black Americans to our society, to our nation's story, and to the fight for justice and equity. Many Americans still do not know the full history of the Civil Rights Movement, and many Americans do not know the extent to which that struggle for freedom and justice continues today. ... Our nation was built on the backs of immigrants and slaves. Throughout US history, Black Americans have faced slavery, systemic racism, mass incarceration, generational trauma, a racially motivated war on drugs, and other symptoms of a rotting system that punished them for the color of their skin... Visit Website ]
Feb 3, 2018, 2:02pm

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The Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’
Klaus Marre and DonkeyHotey: President Lyndon B. Johnson put it this way: “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” ... Nowadays, the concept he describes is known as “Making America Great Again.” It’s a rallying cry for whites who are yearning for the days of their unchallenged supremacy. But it only works if there is a “bad guy” and since the very first moment of Donald Trump’s campaign, it’s been clear who that is. ... the president has been targeting Hispanics as his favorite “other.”... Visit Website ]
Jan 29, 2018, 11:56am

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ICE Is About to Start Tracking License Plates Across the US
Russell Brandom: The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians. ... The source of the data is not named in the contract, but an ICE representative said the data came from Vigilant Solutions, the leading network for license plate recognition data. ... While it collects few photos itself, Vigilant Solutions has amassed a database of more than 2 billion license plate photos by ingesting data from partners like vehicle repossession agencies and other private groups. Vigilant also partners with local law enforcement agencies, often collecting even more data from camera-equipped police cars... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2018, 11:02am

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Things Are Getting Worse, Not Better - Round Ups, Checkpoints and National ID Cards
John W. Whitehead: No one gets spared the anguish, fear and heartache of living under the shadow of an authoritarian police state. ... That’s the message being broadcast 24/7 to the citizens and residents of the American police state with every new piece of government propaganda, every new law that criminalizes otherwise lawful activity, every new policeman on the beat, every new surveillance camera casting a watchful eye, every sensationalist news story that titillates and distracts ... the U.S. government has recently introduced measures allowing police and other law enforcement officials to stop individuals (citizens and non-citizens alike), demand they identify themselves, and subject them to patdowns, warrantless searches, and interrogations... Visit Website ]
Jan 24, 2018, 3:15pm

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The Human Desire to Belong Leads to Our Submission to Manipulation
Kate Harveston: Manipulation is evident everywhere. Through television, music, books, the Internet and almost everything else in society, manipulation is prevalent. Whether it’s for better or for worse, the power of manipulation gets used in every facet of society... It seems time and time again that the strongest form of manipulation is when someone is able to use one of our strongest human desires — the power to belong, and derive fundamental meaning from that belonging — against us. ... Subconscious influences are everywhere. In movies, specific music may sway your brain to feel particular ways about characters. Symbols and pictures may trigger certain feelings inside you. Whichever strategy gets used, subconscious manipulation occurs all the time... Visit Website ]
Jan 22, 2018, 12:09pm

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Will Aliens Save Humanity?
Robert Hunziker: Interviews with U.S. military personnel validate the presence of strange UFO craft shutting down nuclear missile sites, turning the instruments off, inoperative, and overriding human controls. ... Visitors from outer space obviously do not like nuclear stuff in the hands of humans. Otherwise, why focus on shutting down nuclear sites? ... A documentary film d/d July 2, 2017, “UFOs and Nukes: The Secret Link Revealed” by UAMN TV is fascinating, almost beyond belief. ... Hasting’s film is based upon declassified U.S. government documents and personal accounts of military officers, revealing that, as early as December 1948, UFOs began showing up at American nuclear laboratories, bomb storage depots, weapons tests grounds, and as time went on, intercontinental weapons missile sites... Visit Website ]
Jan 19, 2018, 4:54pm

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A Startling Shift in Demographics: Everything Seems to Be Going South
David Macaray: It was many decades ago when word first reached business executives in faraway Tokyo, Japan, that if they were ever seriously considering putting down permanent manufacturing roots in the U.S., they would be well advised to place them in the American South. ... because the former CSA (Confederate States of America) was conspicuously and stridently opposed to collectivism, government regulation, and labor unions, the American South would be the perfect place to establish, well, an “industrial empire.” ... And that more or less marked the beginning GIM (the Great Industrial Migration)... Visit Website ]
Jan 15, 2018, 11:02am

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Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars
David Dayen: The tech giant has received more than $1 billion in tax breaks. The government is also funding food stamps for many of its workers... As Amazon builds up its distribution network, it’s hit on a trick long practiced by the likes of Walmart: using the federal government to help pay its workers. ... “Why is this giant, successful company offering such limited pay and hours of work that many of its workers need help buying food?” ... The largesse bestowed on Amazon in Ohio is incredible. A deal for three Amazon data centers netted Amazon a 15-year exemption on property and sales taxes worth $77 million, a $4 million offset to payroll costs, and $1.4 million in cash, and only committed the company to 1,000 full-time jobs.... Visit Website ]
Jan 11, 2018, 3:30pm

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Corporate America Unmasked
Gary Brumback: Most Americans recently polled reportedly seem to hold favorable opinions about America’s corporations. If true, it means that most Americans don’t know what I know and what they need to know. ... My overall conclusion, not opinion, regarding all large organizations, especially large corporations, is that when they are unmasked their leadership is found to be morally depraved, and their organizations dysfunctional. ... Many decades ago I learned what morality really meant ... the ten universal values: accountability, caring for and respecting others, commitment to excellence, fairness, honesty, integrity, justice, loyalty, promise keeping, and responsibility ... The breeching of any one of these values always, without exception, is an act of wrongdoing, of one kind or another, whether it be of a wrongful economic, psychological, social, or physical nature... Visit Website ]
Jan 4, 2018, 10:59am

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With More to Come, New JFK Documents Offer Fresh Leads 54 Years Later
Kevin G. Hall: “To this point, as expected, we haven’t had a document that lists the conspirators in the murder of President Kennedy,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and author of The Kennedy Half Century. “What we have gotten is a lot of rich material, not just about the Kennedy assassination but the times.” ... One particular document from the August release has created much buzz. It that shows that Earle Cabell, mayor of Dallas at the time of the Nov. 22, 1963, shooting, became a CIA asset in late 1956... “That shows why Dallas was the place,” said Zack Shelton, a retired veteran FBI agent who fervently disbelieves that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman. “I think the investigation or focus is going to be turned more into Oswald not being the lone wolf.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 28, 2017, 4:52pm

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10 Amazing Social Movement Struggles In 2017 That Give Us Reason To Hope
Nick Buxton: 1. El Salvador bans mining - In a classic David and Goliath tale, this small Central American state took on a vast Canadian transnational corporation to become the first country in the world to ban metals mining. Farmer communities led the struggle when they came together in 2004 to save the Lempa River watershed. They built a national coalition in the face of massive repression (including the assassination of several activists), formed alliances internationally, took on the Canadian corporation OceanaGold and finally secured a mining ban in March 2017... Visit Website ]
Dec 21, 2017, 2:30pm


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