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Our Ever-Deadlier Police State
Chris Hedges: None of the reforms, increased training, diversity programs, community outreach and gimmicks such as body cameras have blunted America’s deadly police assault, especially against poor people of color. ... Police officers have become rogue predators in impoverished communities. Under U.S. forfeiture laws, police indiscriminately seize money, real estate, automobiles and other assets. In many cities, traffic, parking and other fines are little more than legalized extortion that funds local government and turns jails into debtor prisons ... Because of a failed court system, millions of young men and women are railroaded into prison, many for nonviolent offenses... Visit Website ]
Oct 23, 2017, 11:59am

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The Anti-Empire Report #152 - Published October 20th, 2017
William Blum: Know thine enemy - How dare those Russkis promote a multi-polar world, respect for state sovereignty, non-interference, the United Nations, and balance of power? It’s all straight out of Lenin’s playbook, 100th anniversary edition. ... As to the US promoting democracy around the world ... Oh right, that’s what the Pentagon calls Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, the Philippines, Honduras, Turkey, et al. ... “Hypocrisy is anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.” – Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer (1828-1910)... Visit Website ]
Oct 22, 2017, 11:51am

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How the Deranged Took Over America
John Atcheson: It’s not news to most people that the US in no longer a true Democracy. ... What’s not as well understood is precisely how a right wing de facto coup caused the US to move from a democracy to an oligarchy, and how the inmates took over the revolt. ... A press that fails to hold anyone accountable. Day-after-day, complete insanity is passed off as an “alternative viewpoint” by the mainstream media. ... The press’s decades long devotion to balanced, as opposed to accurate reporting is why Trump’s assault on the press has been successful. ... Democrats – partners in crime. ... what Americans want are candidates who back a progressive agenda... Visit Website ]
Oct 20, 2017, 12:58pm

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What fueled the inferno?
Ragina Johnson and Nicole Colson describe the man-made backdrop to the deadly fires that caused terrible destruction across wide areas in Northern California. ... we do know that the scale of the devastation was unquestionably magnified by man-made factors like climate change and exacerbated by things like poorly maintained infrastructure. ... As officials search for a cause, there is speculation that downed power lines may have sparked the initial blazes. ... Lack of aggressive fire regulations in building construction also added to the destruction. ... Last winter, heavy rains replenished much of the state's water reserves ... But in fact, this contributed to a deadlier fire season--all the greenery produced by the rains dried out during a hot summer and turned into starter fuel for the fires... Visit Website ]
Oct 20, 2017, 12:48pm

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Organized Chaos and Confusion as Political Control
Edward Curtin: It’s not supposed to be clear, now or then. If you’re confused by the news you’re hearing, you should be. They want you to be. ... They are the corporate mainstream media (MSM) that serve as mouthpieces for the power elites, who are connected through an intricate system of institutions and associations, both obvious and shadowy. They run the show that the media produce for the masses. To paraphrase the illustrious American propagandist, Edward Bernays: This is the engineering of the consent of the ignorant herd by the intelligent few... Visit Website ]
Oct 17, 2017, 11:00am

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Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy the Corporate State
Chris Hedges: The encampments by Native Americans at Standing Rock, N.D., from April 2016 to February 2017 to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline provided the template for future resistance movements. The action was nonviolent. It was sustained. It was highly organized. It was grounded in spiritual, intellectual and communal traditions. And it lit the conscience of the nation. ... The corporate state, no longer able to peddle a credible ideology, is becoming more overtly totalitarian. It will increasingly silence dissidents out of fear that the truth they speak will spark a contagion. ... Lakey’s prescription: “Consistently occupy the moral high ground, and that attracts support.” “It defangs those who want to do us in,” he said... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 11:18am

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Understanding the ‘Fake News’ Hysteria
David P. Hamilton: For the most part, “fake news” is a fake concept designed by the corporate news media to discredit those who challenge the official U.S. hegemonic narrative. ... The approved rendition of U.S. history is a composite of lies, euphemisms and dubious rationales taught in schools, public and private, since the nation’s founding. It is continuously updated by the corporate news media. ... The news media doesn’t have to invent the lies, only repeat them. They are mainly the stenographers of governmental agencies that provide the raw material to be quoted, invariably substantiating the validity of the official position... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 10:38am

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On “Independence”: Catalonia, Kurdistan, North Korea and Latin America
Alessandro Bianchi & Andre Vltchek: What is your opinion about (North Korea) Kim’s strategy and what are the real risks? ... There is only one real ‘risk’ and danger: that the world is quickly accepting as inevitable the fact that the Western thuggish regimes can get away with absolutely anything. I see no other serious problem that the world today is facing. ... What is Kim’s strategy? To defend his people by all means, against the brutal force that has already murdered millions of men, women and children of Korea. ... for Pyongyang the nuclear bomb is becoming more and more vital because it is increasingly feared that the country will end up like Iraq and Libya... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 11:47am

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The Legacy of Reagan’s Civilian ‘Psyops’
Robert Parry: Essentially, psyops play on the cultural weaknesses of a target population so they could be more easily controlled or defeated, but the Reagan administration was taking the concept outside the traditional bounds of warfare and applying psyops to any time when the U.S. government could claim some threat to America ... Reagan depicted Central America as a “Soviet beachhead,” but many Americans saw haughty Central American oligarchs and their brutal security forces slaughtering priests, nuns, labor activists, students, peasants and indigenous populations... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 11:21am

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“New Energy Vehicles”: Can China Break Big Oil’s Global Order?
Caleb T. Maupin: China has announced its new regulations for the automobile industry. In 2019, every automaker that either imports or produces more than 30,000 cars in China, must make sure that 1 out of every 10 is an electric car. The quota will increase to 12% in 2020, and that year the state will begin imposing penalties on companies that do not comply ... Now, state intervention in the economy will force the number of what Chinese officials have called “New Energy Vehicles” to vastly increase, as gasoline powered cars are reduced. ... “The power of the small clique of western financial oligarchs depends on oil remaining central.”... Visit Website ]
Oct 11, 2017, 2:33pm

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Finding Our Way Back to Truth by Following a String of Facts
Edward Curtin: It should be clear from this small portion of events over the years that there is a connecting link, that there is a bloody thread running through them connecting key players and the obvious ongoing presence of a secret structure that recruits its team to maintain this oppressive system. To see it should be gutsy child’s play. It is not an issue of either/or; we can’t explain how we have come to this terrifying situation of rule by a murderous, militarized national security apparatus serving the wealthy elites by concentrating on either individuals or structures... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2017, 10:41am

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America’s Long History of Warfare
Lawrence Davidson: Americans like to view their country as a force for peace in the world when the historical reality is almost the opposite, a reality ignored by the PBS Vietnam War documentary ... Almost all preceding American violence abroad had been rationalized by the same or related set of excuses that kept the Vietnam slaughter going: the Revolutionary War was about “liberty,” the genocidal wars against the Native Americans were about spreading “civilization,” the wars against Mexico and Spain were about spreading “freedom,” and once capitalism became officially synonymous with freedom, the dozens of bloody incursions into Central and South America also became about our “right” to carry on “free enterprise.”... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2017, 10:36am

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A society built on violence
Elizabeth Schulte ... Historically, gun laws have been used to target Black communities, not protect them--like many other mechanisms of the state, from sentencing laws and prisons to the occupying armies of poor neighborhoods in U.S. cities, otherwise known as police. ... To approach the question of gun violence as if it is a special case, disconnected from the other forms of violence in society, is to underestimate the scope of the problem. ... Since he has taken office, the Trump administration's support for anti-women, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-worker policies has fueled the far right and helped create a more violent and terrifying atmosphere, producing both an increase in hate crimes and an intensified attack on anyone who dissents... Visit Website ]
Oct 5, 2017, 1:50pm

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The End of Empire
Chris Hedges: The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured and destroyed by corporations that steadily demand more tax cuts, more deregulation and impunity from prosecution for massive acts of financial fraud, all the while looting trillions from the U.S. treasury in the form of bailouts. ... Add to this the mounting destruction caused by climate change and you have a recipe for an emerging dystopia... Visit Website ]
Oct 2, 2017, 12:22pm

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Wisconsin Law Deterred 17,000 From Voting, Study Says
​Emily Wells: Donald Trump was able to win the presidency thanks to 78,000 voters in three states who voted for him over Hillary Clinton. About 22,700 of these votes were in Wisconsin, which has historically voted Democratic and yielded 10 electoral votes to Trump. It was the first election in which Wisconsin’s new voter ID law was in effect. ... On Monday, a study was released that shows “an estimated 16,800 people in [Wisconsin’s Dane and Milwaukee counties] may not have voted because they believed they lacked the proper identification or because they were actually turned away at the polling place. ... Those most affected by the voter ID laws were black or from poorer demographic groups—those more likely to vote Democratic.... Visit Website ]
Sep 30, 2017, 11:52am


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