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“The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides” by Mitchel Cohen
“The World’s Most Evil Company” May Lose a Few Court Fights—But Will Keep On Poisoning and Killing Millions of People with Its Carcinogenic Pesticide ‘Roundup’ ... Monsanto (now part of Bayer AB) had to pay $78 million in 2018 and $10 billion more in 2020 to settle 100,000 cancer lawsuits. But that won’t stop a company whose 2021 revenues will top $49.991 billion…which is why Roundup is still being profitably sprayed in 160 countries around the world... Visit Website ]
Jan 20, 2022, 3:44pm

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Is the Doom of Humanity Really Inevitable? Maybe Not.
Lynn Parramore: The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, David Graeber with archaeologist David Wengrow ... Evidence reveals our remote ancestors were neither brutes nor innocents, but complex beings whose experiments in living have much to teach us. ... Ancient peoples lived with a rich variety of social and political structures, even varying according to the season. ... Inequality in large-scale human communities isn’t inevitable, nor is it a product of farming. ... Past societies that valued women were happier places to live... Visit Website ]
Jan 8, 2022, 3:59pm

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The American Prison System’s War on Reading
Alex Skopic: This April, the Iowa Department of Corrections issued a ban on charities, family members, and other outside parties donating books to prisoners. Under the state’s new guidelines, incarcerated people can get books only from a handful of “approved vendors.” Used books are prohibited altogether, and any new reading material is subject to a laundry list of restrictions. ... The policy is harsh, but far from unique. ... Across the United States, the agencies responsible for mass imprisonment are trying to severely limit incarcerated people’s access to the written word... Visit Website ]
Jan 5, 2022, 4:20pm

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Bright Green Lies Torpedoes Greens
Robert Hunziker: Bright Green Lies - Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith, and Max Wilbert ... Mainstream environmentalists now overwhelmingly prioritize saving industrial civilization over saving life on the planet ... debunks the notion that modern civilization can be ‘greened. It obliges readers to face two vexing truths: industrialism is unsustainable and ecocidal—even if it embraces “renewable” energy.” ... “The first step is to stop believing in bright green fairy tales that technology will save the planet. Instead, put your belief in soils, grasses, forests, seaweeds, and the billions of living beings who every moment are working to regenerate the conditions that support life and beauty on this planet.,, Visit Website ]
Jan 2, 2022, 3:31pm

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How the US Government Segregated America
H. Patricia Hynes: Richard Rothstein - The Color of Law: How the US Government Segregated America ... Beginning in the early 20th century, strictly enforced government policies formed the foundation of black ghettos and white suburbs and the consequent missed opportunity for African American wealth building. ... The Federal Housing Administration, created in 1934 during the New Deal, forced newly built suburbs to be racially exclusive through guaranteeing whites-only mortgages. ... State courts colluded in restrictive covenants ... Churches, universities and hospitals supported restrictive covenants in their vicinities to keep their neighborhoods white... Visit Website ]
Dec 16, 2021, 3:38pm

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Wisdom, Meaning, and the Road Less Travelled
Edward Curtin: A review of David Lorimer's book A Quest for Wisdom: Inspiring Purpose on the Path of Life ... It is a compendium of wide-ranging essays written over the past forty years in pursuit of the meaning of life and the sagacity to realize one never arrives at wisdom since it is a process, not a product. Like living. ... We are always in-between, and it is our attitude and conduct that allows us to freely will the meaning of our lives, no matter what ... he has long realized the limitations of science and all the essays touch on this theme in one way or another. Wisdom is his goal, not knowledge. ... Wisdom not in the navel-gazing sense but in the larger sense as wisdom for creating a world of truth, peace, and justice... Visit Website ]
Nov 8, 2021, 12:49pm

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Why the Military-Industrial Complex Keeps Growing and Growing
Journalist Andrew Cockburn discusses his new book “The Spoils of War: Power, Profit, and the American War Machine.”: ... there is this giant virus right in our society that has to have an ongoing threat in order to survive ... If we accept Milton Friedman’s dictum that the only social responsibility of business is to maximize its profits, then it is not only rational, but necessary, for defense companies to continue to justify making something. ... So from a pure economic theory standpoint, we would expect constant fake threats. ... The things we used to do well, we don’t do well anymore, because of that contagion of defense... Visit Website ]
Nov 7, 2021, 3:30pm

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Path to Extinction or Path to a Livable Future?
Don Fitz: Stan Cox - book ... The Path to a Livable Future: A New Politics to Fight Climate Change, Racism and the Next Pandemic. ... dismisses the anti-science and racism of climate skeptics such as Trump, strips bare the insincerity of the early Biden administration, and uncovers the lurking dangers of energy denial. ... Cox explains that rationing would be a central part of reducing resource inequities: ... the focus of rationing must be on producing vastly fewer wasteful products and more of those required for human existence ... the path to a livable future is clearly not going to be a capitalist one ... Cox looks to mutual aid, which fuses a world view with ongoing actions of helping others in need... Visit Website ]
Nov 3, 2021, 11:00am

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There Is No Such Thing as a Humane War
Jake Whitney: Samuel Moyn begins and ends his new book, Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War ... with a discussion of Leo Tolstoy. The great novelist, Moyn tells us, was a peace activist who nevertheless held a surprising view of military conflict: If wars must be fought, they should be brutal. ... He believed ... if wars remained unruly and agonizing, nations would be less inclined to fight them ... (Moyn) argues that the long struggle to make warmaking humane ... has not only diverted from the ultimate goal of ending war altogether, but gone a long way toward legitimizing it... Visit Website ]
Sep 20, 2021, 2:51pm

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Answering the U.S. Government’s 9/11 Lies
Edward Curtin: Review of Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored by Ray McGinnis ... the first to approach the subject from the perspective of the questions asked by the relatives of the victims ... examines how the 9/11 Commission was a setup from the start, not even close to being an impartial investigation ... contains eleven chapters devoted to questions addressed to NORAD, the FAA, the CIA/SEC/FBI, Mayor Giuliani, President Bush, the Port Authority/WTC/City of New York, Vice President Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld but never answered ... Why weren’t NORAD jets able to intercept the hijacked planes ... the names of the individuals and financial institutions who placed “put” orders on American and United Airlines in the three weeks prior to 9/11... Visit Website ]
Sep 10, 2021, 3:09pm

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Drought Flood Fire
Robert Hunziker: Drought, Flood, Fire, How Climate Change Contributes to Catastrophes by Chris Funk ... “We hang isolated in space, with only an incredibly thin layer of atmosphere standing between us and oblivion. ... And into this thin membrane we are dumping about 28 million gigatons of carbon dioxide every day. ... The rational decisions of nearly 8 billion people are resulting in collective insanity as we choose to destroy the delicate balances that support Earth’s fragile flame.” ... “Climate change is making climate extremes more frequent and intense... Not in the future, but right now... Visit Website ]
Aug 7, 2021, 2:40pm

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Kucinich is Back ... In Cleveland
Charlotte Dennett: He spent two years writing The Division of Light and Power with a singular aim: “to provide an inside look at how power really functions at the level of city politics.” ... It is centered around a David v. Goliath struggle to save a municipally-owned utility company from corporate predators and their devious efforts to increase utility rates to improve their profits. ... City Hall, he says, is not just the building; it’s a web of hidden relationships that, in the case of Cleveland, involved a major bank, a private utility company, and their connections to most of the manufacturers in the city... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2021, 3:04pm

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Chris Hedges: The Forged Gospel of Jesus’ Wife
Ariel Sabar masterfully dissects the dishonesty and narcissism inherent in nearly all Christian theological work in his book Veritas: A Harvard Professor, A Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus’s Wife .... No historical figure has been as manipulated, distorted and used for nefarious and self-serving ends as egregiously as Jesus Christ. ... Since there is so little known historically about Jesus, he is infinitely malleable. Every generation, and every brand of Christianity, has, for this reason, produced a Jesus in its own image. ... Karen King, a professor at Harvard Divinity School, made a startling announcement in September 2012 ... She had obtained, she told the gathering, a second-century papyrus fragment with a text suggesting that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene... Visit Website ]
Jul 30, 2021, 11:41am

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Native Genocide, Native Liberation
Eve Ottenberg: Red Nation Rising touches on these notorious boarding schools, as one of many forms of barbaric cruelty inflicted on Native Americans. Why? To steal their land, in which Native people have such profound roots. This book also makes clear that Native culture is not capitalist. Indeed the basis of capitalism, private property, is alien to and has been used to dispossess Natives ... “The erasure and elimination of the Native... is simply to gain access to land” ... The book argues that the revolutionary war “was actually a counterrevolutionary war to enslave Blacks and exterminate Indians.” ... “The fact that the U.S. government broke every treaty it entered into with Native nations tells you all you need to know about settler law.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 6, 2021, 4:11pm

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Glyphosate’s Toxic Legacy Exposed: Why This Weedkiller Should Be Banned
Stephanie Seneff: The following excerpt is from Toxic Legacy: How the Weedkiller Glyphosate Is Destroying Our Health and the Environment ... Monsanto has touted glyphosate as remarkably safe because its main mechanism of toxicity affects a metabolic pathway in plant cells that human cells don’t possess. ... human cells might not possess the shikimate pathway but almost all of our gut microbes do ... When glyphosate harms these microbes, they not only lose their ability to make these essential amino acids for the host, but they also become impaired in their ability to help us in all the other ways they normally support our health. ... Glyphosate also interferes with the symbiotic relationship between plant roots and soil bacteria.... Visit Website ]
Jul 3, 2021, 2:25pm


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