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The Deep State’s Christmas Present to America - Surveillance That Never Ends
John W. Whitehead: A government that doesn’t heed its constituents, doesn’t abide by the law, and kowtows to its police and military forces? That’s a dictatorship anywhere else. ... Here in America, you can call it “technotyranny,” a term coined by investigative journalist James Bamford to refer to an age of technological tyranny made possible by government secrets, government lies, government spies and their corporate ties. ... Whether you’re walking through a store, driving your car, checking email, or talking to friends and family on the phone, you can be sure that some government agency is listening in and tracking you... Visit Website ]
Dec 12, 2017, 1:59pm

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The Urgent Need for Cooperation and Unity
Graham Peebles: The natural instinct of human beings is towards cooperation and sharing, but, distorted by competition, personal ambition and nationalism, self-interest and greed have become pre-eminent motivating forces, distorting action and corrupting the policies of governments. ... Competition, and the broader economic doctrine of which it is an essential part, promotes conflict and maintains division; it feeds intolerance and sets individuals and groups (regions and nations, for example) against each other ... Cooperation is a fundamental quality of the time; it sits within a Trinity of the Age alongside Unity and Sharing. The expression of each of these galvanizing principles strengthens and expands the manifestation of the other two; cooperation naturally evokes acts of sharing, which builds unity; likewise, when we unite, cooperation and sharing occur... Visit Website ]
Dec 9, 2017, 11:17am

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Both Parties Pushed Trump Toward Reckless Action on Jerusalem
Stephen Zunes: Observers familiar with this volatile issue agree the decision further reduces the chances of Israeli-Palestinian peace, raises serious questions in relation to international law, and risks a violent and destabilizing reaction targeting U.S. interests globally. ... Though Trump’s announcement did not explicitly recognize Israel’s annexation of occupied East Jerusalem, the Israelis have long insisted that recognizing Jerusalem as its capital means recognizing the entire city under their exclusive control. ... For decades, the platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties have called for recognition of Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel... Visit Website ]
Dec 7, 2017, 2:53pm

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Utilizing Indigenous Thought to Cope in the Age of Trump
Four Arrows: Not long after he (Sitting Bull) signed the 1868 Treaty that established the Lakota reservation lands that included the Black Hills of South Dakota, he shared his philosophy in a speech to a council of his people. He spoke to the anthropocentrism, hierarchy and greed that continue to lead us into an untimely sixth mass extinction. ... Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the Earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! Every seed is awakened, and all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land. Visit Website ]
Nov 27, 2017, 3:11pm

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During WWII, Thousands of US Troops Were Used as 'Guinea Pigs' by US Military, Then Discarded
Jessica Huseman: During World War II, the government subjected thousands of troops to mustard gas tests — and kept it a secret. More than 60 years later, an NPR reporter and researcher helped the men get justice. ... For years, veterans were sworn to secrecy about the tests, prohibited from even discussing them with doctors. ... In testing to see how different races would react to the poison, the military used Japanese-American soldiers as stand-ins for enemy soldiers — something Dickerson said struck her. “Some of them were recruited out of internment camps,” she said, only to be used “as guinea pigs on the frontlines of a chemical war.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2017, 11:22am

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Car Repair and Car Parts Scams in Our Technological Age.
johndamos: I have been dealing with car repair burdens during the past two weeks, and even I am shocked at the tricks that car repair centers and parts warehouses and tire stores are pulling over on people, and even car makers designs that make repairs costly. It seems that everywhere I look in the automotive world I see scams going on. ... My old pickup needed a new fuel pump. So I went to my local parts store and bought an AirTech pump for $75. ... I drove the pickup two days and the pump failed. When I returned it, the kid informed me that all Chinese Air Tech electric fuel pumps fail. Now, remember that had I hired this job done, it would have cost me $500 parts and labor.... the public is increasingly ignorant of basic mechanical things. So the auto repair scammers are having a heyday... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2017, 4:32pm

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Burying treasure in their tax havens
Tom Bramble describes the revelations of the Paradise Papers that show how the rich scam the rest of us. ... The total sums involved are staggering. The Tax Justice Network reports global annual tax losses--money that should have been paid to tax offices--of $500 billion or more, representing more than 20 percent of corporate revenues. ... Tax evasion has deadly consequences. The money has been robbed from essential services. Every dollar secreted in offshore tax havens is a dollar less for health, education and social welfare spent at home. ... GOVERNMENTS ARE complicit in this theft because they have drafted tax codes that make it all possible... Visit Website ]
Nov 14, 2017, 3:20pm

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Troopaganda Eats Its Own Tail
David Swanson: First they tell you what to think the wars are for. They’re for protection from evil enemies, for spreading democracy and human rights. ... Then you discover that wasn’t so. The evil enemies were actually human beings and no threat. The wars on terrorism have created many more enemies and spread terrorism far and wide. They’ve endangered rather than protected. They’ve damaged democracy at home and abroad. They’ve violated human rights and normalized their violation. ... It turns out the wars are for weapons profits and resource control and political domination and sadism. ... Then they tell you it isn’t your right to have an opinion on the matter at all, that the troops themselves can decide what the wars are for... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2017, 1:04pm

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Expanding the Circle of Honor on Veterans Day
Patrick D. Jones: On this Veterans Day, I’d like to make a modest proposal that we expand the circle of honor in our society beyond military veterans to include veterans of the 1960s black freedom movement. ... large numbers of them suffer from the same types of physical and mental trauma, as well as personal and economic challenge, that face many of our military veterans. ... They endured physical and sexual violence, psychological deprivation, false imprisonment and even torture ... These American heroes carry with them the physical and mental scars of their service and sacrifice to nation. ... They have helped our nation live more fully into the abstract values it has long claimed, but not always met. We can and must do better by them... Visit Website ]
Nov 11, 2017, 12:17pm

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Five Ways Co-ops Are Countering Corporate Power in Cities
Nick Stumo-Langer: Today, the cooperative ownership structure continues to create equal economic opportunity and counter concentrated corporate power. ... 1. Cooperatives allow local resources to improve neighborhoods. ... 2. Cooperatives allow individual and community groups to expand solar rights. “Solar cooperatives” are spurring more solar installations in communities across the country. ... 3. Cooperatives can bring high-speed Internet to underserved areas, just like they did with electricity. ... 4. Cooperatives ensure local businesses can compete on bargaining power with big business. Purchasing cooperatives, such as Ace Hardware’s network... Visit Website ]
Nov 8, 2017, 5:12pm

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The Great College Loan Swindle
Matt Taibbi: How universities, banks and the government turned student debt into America's next financial black hole - The education industry as a whole is a con. In fact, since the mortgage business blew up in 2008, education and student debt is probably our reigning unexposed nation-wide scam. ... In higher education, every party you meet, from the moment you first set foot on campus, is in on the game. ... So here's the con so far. You must go to college because you're screwed if you don't. Costs are outrageously high, but you pay them because you have to, and because the system makes it easy to borrow massive amounts of money. The third part of the con is the worst: You can't get out of the debt. Since government lenders in particular have virtually unlimited power to collect on student debt... Visit Website ]
Nov 5, 2017, 3:50pm

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Women Still Need More Seats at the Peace-Making Table
Shaheen Chugtai: Whether targeted by perpetrators of sexual violence, oppressed by ideological extremists, or uniquely threatened by the bombing of hospital maternity units, women often bear the brunt of conflicts. Yet when it comes to peace negotiations, women too often don’t have a seat at the table. The continuing reality that men, particularly armed men, enjoy an almost exclusive role in peace processes defies both logic and evidence. ... Analysis of various conflicts and peace processes worldwide shows that when women are able to bring crucial perspectives and experiences from civil society and local communities, the chances of peace agreements being reached and sustained rises dramatically... Visit Website ]
Nov 2, 2017, 12:11pm

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Giving Felons a Second Chance Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do - It also saves money.
Samantha Michaels: Millions of Californians have felony records. But thanks to recent legislation, that may change as hundreds of thousands of them apply to wipe the “scarlet letter F” from their rap sheets. The new laws present “the largest record-change opportunity in US history,” according to Lenore Anderson, the head of the nonprofit Californians for Safety and Justice. And with about a tenth of the country’s total inmate population, the Golden State could be an important test for whether these criminal justice reforms work and should be replicated elsewhere. ... California allows ex-felons to vote but places 4,800 other restrictions on them: ... More than half the restrictions deal with employment... Visit Website ]
Oct 31, 2017, 4:43pm

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New Orleans Is Proving that Ending the Bail System Works
Aviva Shen: The most incarcerated city in the most incarcerated state is experimenting with programs to reduce its jail population. And so far, they seem to be working. ... The U.S. is just one of two nations in the world with a money bail system (the other is the Philippines). The system means that people are held in jail while they wait for trial, unless they can afford to pay to go free. Defendants who can’t pay their way out of jail often lose their jobs, homes, children, and sometimes even their lives. ... People released in the pilot returned to court at roughly the same rate as defendants in other commissioners’ courtrooms, according to a new report by the civilian court monitoring group Court Watch Nola... Visit Website ]
Oct 30, 2017, 4:26pm

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Expert Exposes US Biological Warfare During Korean War
Erin Fiorini: In the winter of 1952 Chinese military members in the north reported, “American aircraft were dropping strange objects” including live spiders, flies, bees, snakes, fleas, ticks, dead rats, and mosquitos encased in U.S. military tubes. Even dropping pork, dead crow and chicken feathers. ... 46 Chinese medical experts investigated the creatures and found fleas with bubonic plague, unprecedented in Korean history. Sixteen Chinese troops contracted the disease. Civilians were diagnosed with smallpox and typhus ... “Several times during the winter of 1952, the U.S. bomb-shelled the Chinese and Korean military forces with poisonous gas shells.”... Visit Website ]
Oct 26, 2017, 10:42am


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