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Now is the time to revolutionize policing
Sean Collins: There is the emotional trauma of seeing one’s relative beaten or cuffed arbitrarily, the grief that comes with losing a loved one to a prison cell. And there is also the psychological terror created by seeing police brutality — it hangs over Black Americans, aware that police could turn on them or their loved ones at any time. ... One that would bring particularly sweeping change is the BREATHE Act ... Its central premise is that policing can only be fixed by addressing a range of systemic problems, and posits that state and local governments can be incentivized to contend with these issues through financial aid ... divestment include defunding large swaths of the federal law enforcement apparatus, including the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement... Visit Website ]
Feb 22, 2021, 3:29pm

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Nuclear Rockets to Mars?
Karl Grossman: A report advocating rocket propulsion by nuclear power for U.S. missions to Mars, written by a committee packed with individuals deeply involved in nuclear power, was issued last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. ... “The nuclear industry views space as a new—and wide-open—market for their toxic product that has run its dirty course on Mother Earth.” ... the Department of Energy has a bad track record of human and environmental contamination as they fabricate nuclear devices. An accident at launch could have catastrophic consequences.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 16, 2021, 2:42pm

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What If Oumuamua Is the Real Deal?
Robert Hunziker: If Oumuamua is the real deal, meaning an alien craft, then Earthlings are doing some really weird stuff on the scale of alien intelligence. Think about it ... If it’s an alien craft or drone, there’s no way it entered the sun’s solar system, swooping within 15M miles of Earth, powered by fossil fuels. ... Oumuamua is the first known interstellar object in our solar system. It’s estimated to be between 330 and 3,280 feet long and between 115 and 548 feet wide and dark red in color, and it tumbles. ... scientists still do not know how it accelerated “as if something was pushing on it" ... Visit Website ]
Feb 13, 2021, 2:49pm

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Remember: There Was An Attempted Coup Against the United States Less Than a Month Ago
David Atkins: This month–25 days ago!–there was an armed, murderous insurrection against the government of the United States. This insurrection was based on a months-long campaign of spurious lies that the election had been stolen somehow from Trump. ... Major GOP members of Congress and well-funded conservative groups organized the massive public event at the Capitol. ... The president’s apparatchiks in the Pentagon denied National Guard assistance to the Capitol Police ... None of the most powerful people who truly instigated it have faced any accountability at all. And nothing has structurally changed to prevent it from happening again... Visit Website ]
Feb 1, 2021, 3:00pm

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Joe Biden must put an end to business as usual. Here's where to start
Bernie Sanders: In this moment of unprecedented crises, Congress and the Biden administration must respond through unprecedented action. No more business as usual. No more same old, same old.... Democrats, who will now control the White House, the Senate and the House, must summon the courage to demonstrate to the American people that government can effectively and rapidly respond to their pain and anxiety. ... Ultimately, we must confront the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality and create a country that works for all and not just the few... Visit Website ]
Jan 20, 2021, 2:56pm

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s Challenge to the Movement, as the Fascists Storm the Capital
Eric Mann: Right now, the central challenge to standing up to the armed right, in the midst of COVID and police occupation of Black communities is a sober re-assessment of the present period and reconstruction of a revolutionary alternative. ... The annual King Day celebrations provide a great opportunity to defend Dr. King’s revolutionary legacy against The System’s efforts to white wash and degrade his frontal challenge to its crimes. ... Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of the Civil Rights and Black Liberation Movement, a fierce internationalist, anti-imperialist, and Pan Africanist, a Black militant, pro-communist socialist... Visit Website ]
Jan 18, 2021, 12:04pm

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Trump’s Riot Could Expand Security State
Christopher D. Cook: Many liberals are recommending ways to expand security to prevent future white nationalist uprisings. But it’s worth remembering that this very same security state has a long history of stifling dissent and will certainly be used to tamp down mass protest from the left, as well. ... But, as the calls to quash any further sedition or insurrection are sounded, we would do well to recall righteous revolts such as slave insurrections, and radical abolitionists like John Brown, who was convicted of treason in 1859 for “fomenting slave insurrection.” ... Lest we forget, one of the more dangerous legacies of the 9/11 attacks is the USA Patriot Act and the immense bloating of the national security state in tandem with the Military-Industrial Complex... Visit Website ]
Jan 13, 2021, 12:21pm

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New details about January 6 riot reveal need for full-scale investigation
Eric London: Critical support for the coup attempt also came from within the Pentagon, which Trump packed with loyalists in the aftermath of the November 3 election. ... During the siege, Democratic leaders called Maryland Governor Larry Hogan from their bunker and begged for National Guard support. Hogan said his state guard was prepared to deploy to evacuate them, but the Pentagon refused multiple requests to allow them into the District. ... The Pentagon also blocked the deployment of a “quick reaction force,” which is stationed at Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews and is kept on reserve for precisely this type of situation. ... In addition, there is increasing evidence that Republican members of Congress and their staff were implicated in the coup attempt... Visit Website ]
Jan 12, 2021, 11:30am

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Report: Incarceration Destabilizes Neighborhood Economies, Doesn’t Increase Safety
Hannah Gaskill: A report released by the Maryland Center for Economic Policy suggests decreasing the state’s prison budget will lead to a healthier economy and increased public safety. ... Maryland has the highest rate of incarceration for Black men among the 50 states. ... The Maryland Center for Economic Policy recommends legalizing jobs in the underground economy, abolishing policies in the criminal justice system that criminalize poverty, and implementing comprehensive sentencing reform to decrease the state’s prison population. ... investment in public schools, public spaces and adequate drug treatment is the pathway towards a healthy economy and public safety... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2020, 1:10pm

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Ways You Can Help Eliminate Global Poverty
Beau Peters: the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that “approximately 1.2 billion people in the world live in extreme poverty” and earn less than a single dollar per day. ... Global poverty isn’t only about money. In fact, for many poverty-stricken areas, there’s an overall shortage of resources. Water is one of the most critical. ... “844 million people — approximately 10% of the global population — lack access to basic drinking water.” ... A bleak statistic highlights how global hunger could be avoided with more efficient food supply and distribution systems. ... The poorest locations in the world also struggle with the unavailability of energy sources... Visit Website ]
Nov 20, 2020, 2:42pm

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Restoring American Democracy: A Silver Lining Playbook
James McGowan: Ten steps toward reform following the Trump presidency. ... 1. Nip corruption in the bud ... 2. Stop social media from corrupting elections ... Social media has proven to be the greatest propaganda machine in history ... 3. Require presidential candidates to disclose potential conflicts ... directed untold millions of dollars into his own bank accounts from wealthy individuals seeking favors ... 4. Give equal weight to every vote ... 5. Enforce emoluments violations ... Trump’s decision to retain ownership and control of his sprawling business empire placed him in violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause ... 6. Reaffirm that no one is above the law... Visit Website ]
Nov 10, 2020, 10:46am

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THE REAL SCANDAL: U.S. MEDIA USES FALSEHOODS TO DEFEND JOE BIDEN FROM HUNTER’S EMAILS
Glenn Greenwald: Ed Note: This is the article that "The Intercept" refused to publish and which prompted the author to separate from the site that he co-founded. It is long but interesting both for the information about the main actors but also for the view of the media. ... Publication by the New York Post two weeks ago of emails from Hunter Biden's laptop, relating to Vice President Joe Biden's work in Ukraine, and subsequent articles from other outlets concerning the Biden family's pursuit of business opportunities in China, provoked extraordinary efforts by a de facto union of media outlets, Silicon Valley giants and the intelligence community to suppress these stories... Visit Website ]
Oct 31, 2020, 1:38pm

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Why Amy Coney Barrett Should Not Be On The Supreme Court
Nathan J. Robinson: Her rulings reveal a judge who serves the interests of Trump, telemarketers, debt collectors, bureaucrats, and cops. ... On the Court, she is likely to issue rulings that cause significant needless harm to innocent people and make the country a more unjust place, with rulings that erode the rights of workers, immigrants, criminal defendants, and, of course, those who need abortions. Sometimes her opinions have been downright cruel. ... There is ample evidence Amy Coney Barrett will act in ways contrary to basic principles that ought to be universally held... Visit Website ]
Sep 28, 2020, 3:15pm

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Finland Is Rallying Around a Six-Hour Workday — And So Should We
Annina Claesson: Finland’s social-democratic prime minister, Sanna Marin, has called for a six-hour workday without loss of pay, allowing Finns more free time and a fairer distribution of employment. As the pandemic forces us to reassess how working life is organized, we should take up labor’s historic call for a shorter workday. ... A looming economic crisis combined with the complete overhaul of working habits — along with a general reprioritization of health concerns — has revitalized the discussion on reduced working hours in Finland. With Marin’s initiative, there is a clear signal that galvanizing political will around a six-hour day is possible not only in the far-off future, but here and now... Visit Website ]
Sep 1, 2020, 12:09pm

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A message from the most bombed nation on earth
Ian Zabarte: More than 900 nuclear tests were conducted on Shoshone territory in the US. Residents still live with the consequences. ... In 1951, in violation of the treaty, the US established the Nevada Proving Grounds (what would later become known as the Nevada Test Site and is now known as the Nevada National Security Site) on Shoshone territory and began testing nuclear weapons - without our consent or knowledge. ... Over the next 40 years, it became the premier testing location for American nuclear weapons. Approximately 928 nuclear tests took place on the Shoshone territory - 100 in the atmosphere and more than 800 underground. ... The fallout from these tests covered a wide area, but it was Native American communities living downwind from the site who were most exposed ... For more than 50 years, we have been suffering from this silent killer and the US government's culture of secrecy keeps it silent... Visit Website ]
Aug 30, 2020, 2:26pm


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