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Seeking Happiness Beyond Neo-Liberal Consumerism
Graham Peebles: Happiness, according to the duplicitous devotees of Neo-Liberalism, is to be found in the homogenous shopping centers of the world, the sterile holiday resorts and brash casinos. In things, in products and services that stimulate and excite: Happiness in this perverse paradigm has been replaced by pleasure, love exchanged for desire, choice substituted for freedom. ... True Happiness is an aspect of our natural self. It will not be found within the world of pleasure and material satisfaction, comfort and indulgence... Visit Website ]
Oct 21, 2017, 10:23am

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Does Vietnam Even Matter Any More? Does Ken Burns?
Robert Freeman: But history, conveyed as art, if devoid of context, meaning, and especially moral judgement is not really history. It is entertainment masquerading as history. ... The U.S. invaded and destroyed another country because that other country wanted a form of government different than the one the U. S. was willing to allow it to have. ... The point is that Vietnam wasn’t an aberration. It was simply the most violent case of the norm when countries refused to submit to U.S. domination ... If there were any meaningful lessons learned from Vietnam, they were learned by the military and the vast bureaucracies that profit from war. The media, in which Burns is a designated doyen, now serves as the freakishly effective propaganda instrument for this militarized state... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 10:58am

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We know which side they're on
Dave Zirin: A showdown is coming in the NFL as owners fall in line behind Donald Trump and threaten players who take a knee... Why is a tycoon like Jerry Jones, a person who buys people like Donald Trump, and a multibillion-dollar global media leviathan, so scared of this man? .... It's not fear of Trump. It's that they are Trump. Billionaires are not allies in the fight against the white-supremacist, anti-labor aims of this administration. They are the beneficiaries. ... They share his politics. They want black NFL players to shut up and play. They want their sponsors to stay happy. They want the only politics of football to be the politics of Jerry Jones, not Colin Kaepernick, no matter how shameless, hypocritical, and craven it all looks... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 11:34am

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The Re-Emergence of Common Wealth
Rivera Sun: Our society, communities, knowledge, beliefs, practices, culture, arts, stories, myths, philosophies, psychologies, healing arts, education, innovation, expression, and connection are all forms of common wealth that humanity either builds together . . . or depletes and destroys. ... Our common wealth of culture and community is connected to each person’s ability to create, invent, express, live, breathe, heal, nurture, and explore. If my fellow human beings do not have the time or opportunity for these experiences, the “richness” of my own life within our culture and society diminishes... Visit Website ]
Oct 11, 2017, 3:09pm

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Why do we honor genocide?
The calls to end the celebration of Columbus Day have a relevance today beyond recognizing the atrocities of European colonialism, writes Khury Petersen-Smith. ... Columbus didn't, after all, set foot on land that is part of the present-day U.S. ... Christopher Columbus is responsible for rape, theft, torture and other forms of unspeakable violence against Indigenous people in the Caribbean. ... Both the fight of the water protectors at Standing Rock and the Black Lives Matter movement have shone light on the genocidal foundations of the country, and how that history shapes present racist injustice... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2017, 11:04am

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Navy Doctor: Bullet Found in JFK’s Limousine, and Never Reported
Today, a majority of Americans assume the government lied about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. New evidence seems to prove they are right. ... This is the story of a bullet — a spent, misshapen, but otherwise intact, bullet — that James Young, a Navy doctor, said was found late at night, on the floor, in the back of Kennedy’s limousine. He inspected it himself. ... The bullet was found by two chief petty officers who, during the autopsy, were sent to retrieve any skull fragments they could find in the limousine. They came back with three pieces of bone, and the bullet. The skull fragments were reported — but not the bullet... Visit Website ]
Oct 7, 2017, 3:47pm

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Mass Shootings: The Military-Entertainment Complex’s Culture of Violence Turns Deadly
John W. Whitehead: Perhaps there’s no single one factor to blame for this gun violence. However, there is a common denominator, and that is a war-drenched, violence-imbued, profit-driven military industrial complex that has invaded almost every aspect of our lives. ... Ask yourself: Who are these shooters modelling themselves after? Where are they finding the inspiration for their weaponry and tactics? Whose stance and techniques are they mirroring? ... In almost every instance, you can connect the dots back to the military. ... You want to stop the gun violence? ... Stop the worship of violence that permeates our culture. ... stop falling for the military industrial complex’s psychological war games... Visit Website ]
Oct 4, 2017, 4:52pm

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UN takes first step to end Israel’s impunity
Ali Abunimah: UN officials are finally moving to hold Israel accountable for breaking international law, though they are facing fierce resistance from Israel and its allies. ... “After decades of Palestinian dispossession and Israeli military occupation and apartheid, the United Nations has taken its first concrete, practical step to secure accountability for ongoing Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights,” said Omar Barghouti, a founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. “Palestinians warmly welcome this step.”... The intensity of the US pressure – and the long history of the so-called international community’s pandering to Israel – means that it cannot be taken for granted that UN officials will not capitulate again.... Visit Website ]
Oct 2, 2017, 12:47pm

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Stop Teaching Students WHAT to Think. Teach Them HOW to Think.
Scott Santens: Human-automaton creation must end. To succeed in a world of automation will require being as unmachinelike as possible. The entire education system will need to be retooled around no longer teaching kids what to think but how to think. Memorization of facts is pointless in a world where everyone carries around the entire knowledge base of the human species on their person. ... The teaching of creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and a love of learning itself will be critical to transitioning from the industrial age to the automated age. ... Learning how to collaborate and empathize with others will be key... Visit Website ]
Sep 30, 2017, 10:42am

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The Super Patriotic Draft Dodger’s Rag: “Fire the Son-of-a-Bitch”
Edward Curtin: Dr. Martin Luther King, who made it emphatically clear that the fight against racism involved opposing a trinity of devils when he said: ... "We must recognize that we can’t solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power... this means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together… you can’t really get rid of one without getting rid of the others... the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must put [our] own house in order."... Visit Website ]
Sep 27, 2017, 4:45pm

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How Privatization Cuts Us in Two, While Public Institutions Make Us a Better People
Paul Buchheit: Most people looking to make big money are eager to disparage public systems as inefficient, wasteful, inferior. Many of those people are in a position to starve the public systems of funding, thereby making them less functional, and making the private options look more appealing. ... But privatization is not the solution, it is the problem. Properly supported public systems serve more people in a more efficient and less costly way. ... Privatization cuts us in two: we've become a nation of profit-makers versus the struggling middle/lower classes. This is true for health care, education, housing, and the environment... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2017, 11:55am

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Court Convenes: Healing And Justice Meet
Robert C. Koehler: “Even if you’re the one charged, you will help create the answer.” And the court has now come to order. ... The speaker is Colleen Sheehan, the presiding judge of the Restorative Justice Community Court, which opened last week in the Chicago neighborhood of North Lawndale ... Both victim (if there is one) and defendant must choose to be a part of this process, which involves, in lieu of traditional court proceedings, the convening of a peace circle, or a series of peace circles, in which all those impacted by the crime, including members of the community where it occurred, are given the chance to talk about how the incident affected them... Visit Website ]
Sep 15, 2017, 10:35am

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Sometimes the Poor Make It Big. Usually They Stay Poor.
Jill Richardson: We all want to live in a country where all it takes is hard work and some talent for anyone to succeed. We tell ourselves that we do. We even see examples of people who “came from nothing” and ended up rich and famous. ... And it’s true that it sometimes happens. ... Most of the time, however, they don’t. And it’s not because they’re bad, lazy, stupid, or immoral. Often it’s because of our system itself. ... Take our school system for a start. By funding schools with property taxes, we guarantee that the children from the richest neighborhoods go to the wealthiest schools... Visit Website ]
Sep 14, 2017, 4:19pm

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Maybe Abolishing America’s Police Forces Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds
“The police spend very little of their time dealing with violent criminals — indeed, police sociologists report that only about 10% of the average police officer’s time is devoted to criminal matters of any kind. Most of the remaining 90% is spent dealing with infractions of various administrative codes and regulations ... “The police, then, are essentially just bureaucrats with weapons. Their main role in society is to bring the threat of physical force — even, death — into situations where it never would have been otherwise invoked, such as the enforcement of civic ordinances... Trained and unarmed intervention teams consisting of civilians — often former violent offenders, themselves — can and do defuse potentially violent conflicts in their own neighborhoods... Visit Website ]
Sep 5, 2017, 9:57am

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What the Media isn’t Telling You About North Korea’s Missile Tests
Mike Whitney: For the last three weeks, Japan, South Korea and the US have been engaged in large-scale joint-military drills on Hokkaido Island and in South Korea. These needlessly provocative war games are designed to simulate an invasion of North Korea and a “decapitation” operation to remove (Re: Kill) the regime. ... (It is so hard to find anything in the media that doesn’t reflect Washington’s bias and hostility.) ... Bottom line: The North is ready to deal. They want negotiations. They want to end the war. They want to put this whole nightmare behind them and get on with their lives. But Washington won’t let them because Washington likes the status quo... Visit Website ]
Sep 4, 2017, 12:43pm


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