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Free Stores Offer an Alternative to the Exploitative Capitalist Economy
Ella Fassler: At a free store, people are encouraged to bring things they no longer need, but are too nice to throw away, and take things they want or need without any questions asked. ... It’s meant to be an experimental space for building an economy based in solidarity, not sales or barter, and to harness the immense amounts of waste and excess generated in capitalist economies. ... The free store concept is far from new. ... during the late 1960s ... The Diggers, a radical theater group, popularized them in San Francisco and New York City ... cooperation is still a glue that holds societies together... Visit Website ]
Oct 4, 2022, 5:04pm

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They Will Beat Their Swords Into Plowshares
H Patricia Hynes: Nor will they train for war anymore.” Isaiah2:3-4 ... What’s wrong, so profoundly wrong with war that compelled Isaiah to implore for peace (without debate over just and unjust war) almost 3,000 years ago? ... War breeds a plague of ills and evils. ... Death ... War fuels rape, sexual torture, and sexual exploitation of women ... War accelerates climate catastrophe ... “The first casualty, when war comes, is truth” ... “If Ukraine and Russia can negotiate grain exports, prisoner exchanges and a nuclear reactor inspection, they can negotiate an end to this crisis”... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2022, 4:02pm

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The Queen and Her Legacy: 21st Century Britain Has Never Looked So Medieval
Jonathan Cook: ... her government rode roughshod over international law, invading Iraq on the pretext of destroying non-existent weapons of mass destruction ... The Queen, of course, was not personally responsible for any of those events ... But she did provide regal cover for those crimes ... The wall-to-wall eulogies are intended to fill our nostrils with the perfume of nostalgia to cover the stench of a rotting institution, one at the heart of the very establishment doing the eulogising ... now is no time for silence or obedience. Now is precisely the moment – as the mask slips, as the establishment needs time to refortify its claim to deference – to go on the attack.. Visit Website ]
Sep 9, 2022, 5:26pm

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Why the United States Has Set Itself Up for Failure in the Semiconductor Race for Military Supremacy
Cynthia Chung: Doomsday prophesising of how China’s days are numbered and that it is in the midst of an economic collapse could not be any further from reality. ... the United States’ sanctions and banning of various types of trade with Russia and China, meant to cripple their economies, is doing more damage to the world markets than anything else, including that of Europe and the United States ... Semiconductors/chips are an essential component for any smart device, including automobiles and smart phones ... advanced weapons systems, including hypersonic missiles ... TSMC (Taiwan) and Samsung (South Korea) are the present titans in the cutting-edge semiconductor industry (that is 7nm and 5nm chips), however, China’s SMIC was the largest supplier of 20nm+ chips which are essential for the consumer market... Visit Website ]
Sep 1, 2022, 1:09pm

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The New York Times calls for indictment of Trump–and covers up the roots of the crisis of American democracy
Patrick Martin: If one takes seriously even half of what the editorial asserts, the American political system is on the verge of disintegration. ... What are the essential factors underlying the collapse of bourgeois democratic forms of rule in the United States? ... Economic inequality ... The global COVID-19 pandemic ... to subordinate human life to private profit ... military conflict ... threatening a direct conflict with Russia and China, both nuclear-armed powers ... It notes in passing Trump’s efforts to “enlist officials from the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Defense to persuade officials in certain states to swing the election to him.” ... the entire policy of the Democratic Party ... is strengthening the tendencies toward authoritarianism and dictatorship... Visit Website ]
Aug 29, 2022, 12:24pm

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Eugene Debs: Poverty Is Capitalism’s Great Crime
Eugene Debs was famous for excoriating the barbarities of capitalism, including the right-wing notion of the “unworthy poor.” As Debs writes in the following 1915 article, republished here for the first time, every human deserves to be free from poverty. ... A vast amount of fraud, hypocrisy, and false pretense parades as “charity” for the purpose of diverting attention from the cause of the poverty it affects to relieve. ... As long as the few own the sources of wealth, the machinery of production and the means of life, the many will be condemned to work for them ... with the result that the few pile up millions and billions and rot in luxury and self-indulgence, while the millions that are robbed riot and rot in poverty... Visit Website ]
Aug 22, 2022, 3:06pm

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Why Doing Nothing Is Good For You
Olga Mecking & Ruth Terry Among wellness trends from outside the U.S. were the Danish tradition of hygge (chosen for the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year shortlist in 2016) and the Japanese ikigai (which can be understood as “finding your purpose”). Recently, we have encountered the Dutch term niksen ... a Dutch verb meaning “to do nothing" ... doing nothing could also improve productivity because it allows for a better clarity of mind ... sparks of inspiration come to us in droves when we let our thoughts run free ... We need to stop treating rest, niksen, dolce far niente, woolgathering, whatever you want to call it, as something we have to earn and start thinking of it as something we deserve... Visit Website ]
Aug 19, 2022, 4:48pm

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US House passes pro-corporate climate bill
Barry Grey: Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: ... Its provisions for “clean energy” consist of massive handouts to solar, wind and other renewable energy corporations in the form of $369 billion in tax credits over 10 years. This is accompanied by far-reaching concessions to the fossil fuel industry demanded by Manchin, a coal business multimillionaire and unabashed shill for Big Oil. ... the bill include unprecedented guarantees of new leases of federal lands and offshore territories for gas and oil exploration ... would weaken the ability of environmental agencies to restrict permitting of new oil and gas pipelines and other infrastructure projects... Visit Website ]
Aug 13, 2022, 12:08pm

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Why Did the U.S. Nuke Civilians? Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 77 Years Later
Mickey Z.: The U.S. knew the Japanese wanted to surrender rather than risk Soviet occupation. ... In the unlikely event of an American invasion of Japan in late 1945, the projected body count appears to be more political than scientific. ... “Was it because this was a plutonium bomb whereas the Hiroshima bomb was a uranium bomb?” asked historian Howard Zinn. “Were the dead and irradiated Nagasaki victims of a scientific experiment?” ... “The Americans had not only used a doomsday machine; they had used it when, as Stalin knew, it was not militarily necessary [emphasis added]. It was this last chilling fact that doubtless made the greatest impression on the Russians.”... Visit Website ]
Aug 5, 2022, 11:56am

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Polls show almost no one trusts US media, after decades of war propaganda and lies
Benjamin Norton: The CIA has long manipulated the media, spreading disinformation to justify US wars. Today just 11% of North Americans trust television news. ... The US media apparatus has repeatedly shown itself over decades to be completely unreliable and highly politicized. ... The corporate media’s treachery has been especially clear in the demonstrably false stories it disseminated to try to justify the US wars on Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria. ... This disgraceful legacy continues today, in the proxy war that Washington is waging on Russia via Ukraine. Fake news echoed by the press has served as a powerful form of US information warfare... Visit Website ]
Jul 31, 2022, 12:55pm

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The Pope, the War Bonnet and the Real Meaning of the Doctrine of Discovery
JoDe Goudy: Sigh ... well number one I disagree with Willie Littlechild’s determination to give Pope Francis a Headress/Warbonnet … but I have to forgive him because I am of Creation. ... It is extremely hard to understand the ramifications and the extent of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. ... it is the most significant system of domination that’s existed in the known history of man ... it was utilized in the creation and formation of the United States ... and Canada ... It is the foundation of Federal Indian Law and is at the core justification of “plenary power” which is the ability to abrogate the articles of the Treaties through legislative acts of congress... Visit Website ]
Jul 27, 2022, 12:53pm

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Can America Pull Off a Second Reconstruction?
Thom Hartmann: Barack Obama‘s election in 2008 was the tipping point for millions of racist Republicans trying to maintain over 200 years of legal white supremacy... America today is in the midst of our second attempt at creating a truly pluralistic, multiracial democracy. The GOP is doing everything they can to sabotage the effort: can we pull it off despite their treachery? ... we tried a multiracial democracy for about 12 years during a period referred to as Reconstruction ... It’s going to take a generation or more to finally cut out this cancer of racism, but if enough Americans stay awake and politically active it still is possible... Visit Website ]
Jul 20, 2022, 12:35pm

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Dear Millennials: I’m Sorry We Didn’t Stop Them
Thom Hartmann: Your generation today holds only 4.6% of the nation’s wealth and you’re most likely struggling to own a home & are deeply in debt. What happened? ... Dear millennials: back in the 1980s a lot of us worked like hell to try to stop the Reagan revolution. We failed. ... Those first two decades of the Reagan Revolution saw the first major attack on workers’ wages ... Then they came for your right to an education ... eliminating federal and state support for tuition ... After that, they went after entrepreneurs and local businesses .... stop enforcing the anti-trust laws ... Then they started squeezing you for cash when you got sick or injured ... change their laws to bring “free market principles” to healthcare, ending nonprofit requirements... Visit Website ]
Jul 14, 2022, 12:49pm

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The Collateral Damage Comes Home
Robert C. Koehler: We're at war with the world—which includes ourselves. ... we have to address, collectively, the national assumption that conflict and disagreement are the same thing as war, and that waging war—killing people—fixes all problems ... "The more connected we are, the safer we'll be." ... When we wage war, the collateral damage always comes home... Visit Website ]
Jun 10, 2022, 3:45pm

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Five Reasons Why Washington Can’t Break Its War Addiction
William Astore: First and above all, war is — even if so many Americans don’t normally think of it that way — immensely profitable. ... Second, when it comes to promoting war globally, consider the U.S. military’s structure and mission. ... Third, consider the power of the dominant narrative in Washington in these years. ... Fourth, war both unifies and distracts. ... Fifth, wars ... have served as distractions from another reality entirely: America’s national decline in this century and its ever-greater political dysfunction... Visit Website ]
May 11, 2022, 12:35pm


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