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The Poverty State of Mind and the State’s Obligations to the Poor
Ezra Rosser: The hurdles facing a poor person are real, even with the right mindset, and one misstep, illness, or setback can make it nearly impossible to escape poverty. ... Even if this negative characterization of the poor is true and poverty is “a state of mind,” does that mean that the poor should not have their basic needs, and those of their children, met? Does it mean that we should tolerate the fact that even if they work full time, some people cannot afford decent housing? ... We as a country and as a people can afford to attack poverty and alleviate the suffering of the poor... Visit Website ]
Jun 24, 2017, 11:55am

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Regulators Should Block Amazon’s Acquisition Of Whole Foods
Nick Stumo-Langer: “Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods raises significant anti-competitive issues that should be deeply concerning to federal antitrust regulators and the public. This deal would allow Amazon to leverage Whole Foods’ 444 U.S. stores in ways that would dramatically amplify Amazon’s online market power, by integrating these locations into its vast logistics and delivery network. And it would give Amazon, which already sells more clothing, books, toys, and consumer electronics than any other retailer, a substantial share of an even bigger consumer goods category, groceries... Visit Website ]
Jun 17, 2017, 3:44pm

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Patriotism: the Future of an Illusion
Ryan LaMothe: Patriotism and, in particular, U.S. patriotism, like other systems of belief, possesses illusions and likewise falls within an area of ambiguity regarding its positive and negative consequences. ... I suspect the illusions of patriotism will continue to exist in the future, but I believe the future is made bleaker by its presence. A future where patriotism is limited to a small percentage of citizens feels more hopeful, even in the face of the calamities of global warming. Our shared home invites a common identity as human beings—earthlings—who must cooperate together toward the common good of all humanity. The poet W. H. Auden, in giving a stark choice that is even truer today, writes, “We must love one another or die.”... Visit Website ]
Jun 9, 2017, 5:23pm

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Cutting the Gordian Knot of Technological Unemployment with Unconditional Basic Income
Scott Santens: Basic income is our missing economic right, from which our other incomplete rights become complete. ... The connection between work and income must be severed. That Gordian Knot of our own creation must be undone. Our growing insecurity must be ended. Our inability to say no must be abolished. And our interdependent creation of our thus far uncompensated common wealth building must be compensated. ... Basic income is the abolition of enslavement once and for all, and the beginning of a new kind of society built on higher achievements of purpose than just toil for paychecks... Visit Website ]
May 30, 2017, 4:25pm

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JFK in His Own Words - On 100th Birthday
Address to the United Nations General Assembly - September 25, 1961: For in the development of this organization rests the only true alternative to war—and war appeals no longer as a rational alternative. Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes. It can no longer concern the great powers alone. For a nuclear disaster, spread by wind and water and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war—or war will put an end to mankind... Visit Website ]
May 29, 2017, 4:06pm

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What the President Could Learn from Our Shih-Tzu Eddie
Walter Clemens: Always tell the truth. Eddie practices unflinching honesty. He lets you know exactly what he is feeling. When he likes some human or another dog, he wags his tail. When depressed or sad about something, he bends his head and tail downward. When the people around him are happy, he smiles. ... Here is Eddie’s advice—to dogs, humans, and even to politicians. Be open to what each being has to offer. You will find that most humans, dogs, and other beings are open to friendship. If you show them good will and warmth, many if not most will respond in kind. ... Be nice to others with no expectation of reward... Visit Website ]
May 25, 2017, 3:44pm

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UN Must Face Scientifically Predicted Consequences Of Nuclear War
Steven Starr: The preamble of the treaty to ban nuclear weapons now under consideration at the UN will be greatly strengthened if it includes a summary of the long-term environmental consequences of nuclear war, as described by a series of peer-reviewed studies done by prominent scientists ... The research predicts that a nuclear war fought between emerging nuclear weapon states—with less than 1 percent of the explosive power contained in the global nuclear arsenals—can produce catastrophic long-term damage to global environment and weather... Visit Website ]
May 23, 2017, 12:00pm

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Ten Reasons Trump Should Not Be Courting Saudi Arabia
Medea Benjamin: 1. The Saudis export an extremist interpretation of Islam, Wahhabism, around the globe. ... 2. The Saudis fund terrorism worldwide. ... 3. The government represses religious minorities. ... 4. Free speech and free association are forbidden in the kingdom. ... 5. The regime is the most misogynist, gender-segregated country in the world. ... 6. There is no political freedom in Saudi Arabia. ... 7. They have engaged in a catastrophic war in Yemen. ... 8. Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world. ... 9. The Kingdom primarily functions on the backs of mistreated foreign laborers. ... 10. Saudi Arabia helps maintain the world’s destructive dependence on oil... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2017, 2:13pm

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Greg Palast: Trump Picks the Al Capone of Vote-Rigging to Investigate Federal Voter Fraud
Kris Kobach: is Donald Trump’s choice to head the new “Voter Integrity Commission.” ... It’s like appointing Al Capone to investigate the mob. ... How did Kobach mess with the 2016 vote? ... Just two of Kobach’s vote-bending tricks undoubtedly won Michigan for Trump and contributed to his “wins” in Ohio, North Carolina and Arizona. ... Interstate Crosscheck ... How did Kobach find these three million double voters? He matched their names, first and last. That’s it. ... James Edward Harris Jr. of Richmond, Virginia, is supposed to be the same voter as James R. Harris (no Jr.) of Indianapolis, Indiana. Really? Note that not one middle name matches... Visit Website ]
May 12, 2017, 5:54pm

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Rewilding America
William Hawes: It’s time for us as a people to come together, to form an understanding about our natural environment, and our connection to it. ... Rewilding: refers to conservation methods that strengthen and maintain wildlife corridors and large-scale wilderness areas, with an emphasis placed on carnivores and keystone species which act as linchpins for ecosystem stability. ... It calls for a transformation in consciousness, to promote understanding of different cultures, openness towards change, and advocating for compassion and peace... Visit Website ]
May 11, 2017, 10:39am

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Statement on Republican Health Care Repeal Plan, Redux: It Still Doesn’t Add Up
Americans For Tax Fairness: “Here’s the math behind the Republican health care repeal plan: Subtract healthcare from 24 million people. Add $600 billion in tax giveaways, mostly for the wealthy and corporations. Multiply out-of-pocket costs for senior citizens by 5. Divide all Americans. This equation didn’t work out the last time they tried it, and it still doesn’t work today. That’s why Republicans in Congress want to exempt themselves and their staffs from their own lousy plan while refusing to wait for the Congressional Budget Office to estimate its costs.”... Visit Website ]
May 4, 2017, 3:53pm

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Obama's $400,000 Speech Shows Depth Of Corruption
Kevin Zeese: Former President Obama seems to be cashing in or receiving a payoff for his policies as president. ... “This unseemly and unnecessary cash-in fits a pattern of bad behavior involving the financial sector, one that spans Obama’s entire presidency. That governing failure convinced millions of his onetime supporters that the president and his party were not, in fact, playing for their team, and helped pave the way for President Donald Trump... Visit Website ]
Apr 28, 2017, 4:42pm

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How activists are confronting ICE's terror
Christopher Baum reports on initiatives by immigrant rights and social justice organizations to stand up to the Trump administration and its deportation machinery. ... The general strategy centers on locally based organizing with a focus on sanctuary policies, whether in schools or in local government, and rapid-response, anti-deportation work. ... We're doing a lot of training about what people need to have in place when a deportation happens ... We're setting up a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week hotline, and we've been asking folks to volunteer to be part of a local rapid response... Visit Website ]
Apr 24, 2017, 10:50am

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Mohawk Nation News - WORLD WAR “0”
The state uses their MSM propaganda system to mislead and confuse the public. The public is being conditioned to believe that “it’s a hopeless situation” and that we have to give in to the corporation. Critics are labeled as terrorists and targeted. We refused to be depicted as terrorists for defending our lives, our mother and all life and revealing the past. ... The enemy is adept at dividing the people into separate groups to to create conflicts. ... The US must make a commitment of peace to the world... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2017, 11:11am

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Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms
Glenn Greenwald: Trump’s CIA Director stood up in public and explicitly threatened to target free speech rights and press freedoms, and it was almost impossible to find even a single U.S. mainstream journalist expressing objections or alarm, because the targets Pompeo chose in this instance are ones they dislike (Wikileaks) ... They (the government) predicate their foreign policy and projection of power on hugging, supporting and propping up the world’s worst tyrants, all while heralding themselves as defenders of freedom and democracy and castigating their enemies as the real supporters of dictators... Visit Website ]
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