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Beyond “No” and the Limits of “Yes” - Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Robert Jensen: "Trump is not a rupture at all, but rather the culmination—the logical end point—of a great many dangerous stories our culture has been telling for a very long time. That greed is good. That the market rules. That money is what matters in life. That white men are better than the rest. That the natural world is there for us to pillage. That the vulnerable deserve their fate and the one percent deserve their golden towers. That anything public or commonly held is sinister and not worth protecting. That we are surrounded by danger and should only look after our own. That there is no alternative to any of this... Visit Website ]
Jun 20, 2017, 5:14pm

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Trustworthy, loyal, obedient, clean and reverent… The Hotel Tacloban by Douglas Valentine
T.P. Wilkinson: The Hotel Tacloban recounts the story of a 16-year-old high school dropout who, like many of his generation, lied about his age to get into the Army and go fight the “Good War”, for flag and country as an Eagle Scout should. He could have no idea that he would spend about one month in combat and the following three years in a Japanese POW camp. ... it is important to see that Douglas Valentine Sr.’s suffering is a direct result of the uncontrollable egotism, class and caste arrogance, and blood lust of the Big Mac (Douglas MacArthur), who was fond of posing as a soldier’s soldier but, in fact, considered any and all servicemen who did not immediately benefit his career to be worthless... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2017, 10:45am

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Projecting Crimes of US Empire onto Russia - The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: Book Review
Roger D. Harris: Dan Kovalik documents how the US “has fought against nearly every war of liberation waged by the peoples of the Third World, and has many times partnered with right-wing fascist forces.” In short, Kovalik embraces Martin Luther King’s dictum: “The US is on the wrong side of world-wide revolution.” ... The book’s subtitle, How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia, suggests a secret cabal concealed in the shadowy bowels of the State Department basement. ... The CIA is not only an unreliable source (e.g. weapons of mass destruction), Kovalik demonstrates that it is also a far greater threat to US democracy than Russia... Visit Website ]
Jun 15, 2017, 3:52pm

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The Book That Uncovered ‘Wealthfare’
Gerald E. Scorse: Over 20 years ago, long before the experts caught on, the writers Mark Zepezauer and Arthur Naiman zeroed in on the upward redistribution of income in the United States. They called it “wealthfare,” and used the term to open their 1996 book Take the Rich Off Welfare. Here’s the first sentence: “Wealthfare—the money we hand out to corporations and wealthy individuals—costs us at least $448 billion a year.” ... “subsidies, handouts, tax breaks, loopholes, rip-offs and scams". ... President Dwight Eisenhower: “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2017, 12:14pm

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Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Part 2: Big Oil, Bigger Lies
The Climate Changers Are Even Worse Than You Think: As early as 1968, the American Petroleum Institute received a report from the Stanford Research Institute concerning “sources, abundance, and fate of atmospheric pollutants.” It concluded that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels were “outstripping the natural CO2 removal processes that keep the atmosphere in equilibrium” and that “significant temperature increase could lead to melting ice caps, rising seas, and potentially serious environmental damage worldwide.”... Visit Website ]
May 8, 2017, 12:30pm

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Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Part 1: Rex Tillerson
Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who are Destroying Life on Earth and What It Means for Our Children by Dick Russell To many, appointing the former CEO of Exxon as Secretary of State was about as appropriate as putting Bernie Madoff in charge of the treasury. ... Tillerson is too close to Russia, and he’s too close to the oil business. He was with Exxon for 41 years. Since 2011, his company has been entering into multibillion-dollar deals with the Russian firm Rosneft, allowing Exxon access to the Russian Arctic, Siberia, and Russia’s far east. ... Visit Website ]
May 4, 2017, 3:23pm

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America Is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People - The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy
Lynn Stuart Parramore: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations and fates. ... In the Lewis model of a dual economy, much of the low-wage sector has little influence over public policy. Check. The high-income sector will keep wages down in the other sector to provide cheap labor for its businesses. Check. Social control is used to keep the low-wage sector from challenging the policies favored by the high-income sector. Mass incarceration: check. The primary goal of the richest members of the high-income sector is to lower taxes. Check. Social and economic mobility is low. Check... Visit Website ]
Apr 22, 2017, 1:17pm

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Evicted by Matthew Desmond review – what if the problem of poverty is that it’s profitable to other people?
What if the dominant discourse on poverty is just wrong? What if the problem isn’t that poor people have bad morals – that they’re lazy and impulsive and irresponsible and have no family values – or that they lack the skills and smarts to fit in with our shiny 21st-century economy? What if the problem is that poverty is profitable? These are the questions at the heart of Evicted, Matthew Desmond’s extraordinary ethnographic study of tenants in low-income housing in the deindustrialised middle-sized city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2017, 12:07pm

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Understanding Trump Voters
Bob Burnett: In “Strangers in Their Own Land” UC Berkeley Sociology professor Arlie Hochschild details her five-year study of Louisiana Tea Party voters typical of those that carried Trump to power. ... The Tea Party folks believe that, before Obama, they had been playing the game by the rules and then the rules shifted unfairly. ... Tea Party voters blame government. ... Their hope for salvation is big business... Visit Website ]
Jan 25, 2017, 10:14am

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Deep History and the Global Drug Connection, Part 5: CIA In Latin America
Peter Dale Scott: US backdoor covert foreign policy has been the largest single cause of the illicit drugs flooding the world today. ... The conspicuous (and rarely acknowledged) fact that backdoor aspects of US policies have been a major causal factor in today’s drug flows does not of course mean that the United States has control over the situations it has produced. What it does indicate is that repeatedly, as a Brookings Institution expert wrote of the US Afghan intervention of 1979–1980, “drug control evidently became subordinated to larger strategic goals.” ... Visit Website ]
Jan 9, 2017, 11:08am

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Journalism and Pornography - Real crime is always organised
T.P. Wilkinson: Review: The CIA as Organized Crime ... The book’s principle subject is the Central Intelligence Agency. ... invented in the National Security Act not simply as an advisory and coordinating instrument for spying but as a criminal organisation to cover for the fundamental criminal activity of US corporations and those who own them. It was invented by those whose primary qualification for “government service” was their experience as mercenaries or mercenary managers for the corporations and wealthy families that own the United States government... Visit Website ]
Jan 5, 2017, 11:42am

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Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media, Part 2
Nicholas Schou: On December 23, 2013, in response to a pair of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the Central Intelligence Agency released 574 pages of emails between various national security reporters and the agency’s public affairs office. ... revealing how some of America’s most prominent national security reporters were functioning essentially as unpaid CIA assets, sending the agency detailed story notes and, in at least one case, entire drafts of articles prior to publication... Visit Website ]
Dec 27, 2016, 12:00pm

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A Seminole Christmas Gift of Freedom
William Loren Katz: On Christmas Day in 1837, Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida’s Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior U.S. invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery. The Seminole victory stands as a milestone in the march of American liberty. ... The United States needs to face its past. Americans of all ages have a right to know and to celebrate the freedom fighters who built this country, all of them. Our schools, children, teachers and parents deserve to learn about a daring Christmas Day battle that has been too long buried in lies and distortions... Visit Website ]
Dec 26, 2016, 11:30am

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The CIA’s Cult of Death
Review of Douglas Valentine’s The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World: The CIA is a war criminal, torturer, assassin, arms smuggler, drug smuggling kingpin, media network, business empire, and more. The CIA is steeped in capitalism, girded in racism, masterminds and carries out “regime change,” has hands on the control of information and its communication, is creepily immersed in law enforcement and justice, and has a deeply corruptive influence on foreign governments, the DEA, NSA, military, and Justice Department, as well as on US members of Congress... Visit Website ]
Dec 23, 2016, 12:20pm

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What Racist Registries Look Like
David Swanson: A new large photo book has just been published called Un-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II. ... People who support creating a Muslim registry should take a look. Here are the victims before, in their small farms and their LA mansions. Here they are being forcibly removed. Here they are incarcerated. Here is what was done to their homes in their absence. Here they are in the camps, prisoners for nothing, and after their release... Visit Website ]
Dec 19, 2016, 3:34pm


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