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The Fakest Fake News: The U.S. Government’s 9/11 Conspiracy Theory
A Review of 9/11 Unmasked: An International Review Panel Investigation by David Ray Griffin and Elizabeth Woodworth by Edward Curtin: ... despite the establishment’s disinformation and deceptions, very many people have come to suspect that the official story of the September 11, 2001 attacks is not true. ... The book is based on the establishment in 2011 of a scientific review project comprising 23 experts with a broad spectrum of expertise ... Their job was to apply systematic and disciplined analyses to the verifiable evidence about the 9/11 attacks. ... Example: ... it is documented by the fastidious researcher Graeme MacQueen, a member of The 9/11 Consensus Panel, that over 100 firefighters who were at the scene reported hearing explosions in the towers... Visit Website ]
Sep 11, 2018, 1:25pm

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American Apartheid: The Native Struggle for Self-Determination and Inclusion by Stephanie Woodard
In Indian Country, you can expect to be frequently surprised by facts or ideas that lie around the next corner. Officials of Menominee Tribal Enterprises told me that the tribe had logged its 235,000-acre forest intensively for 150 years, extracting 2.5 billion board feet of lumber according to principles laid down by 19th-century chiefs. The tribe had, in essence, removed the forest three times over during that period. Yet the tract looked untouched, said the engineers who had toured it. They raved about its biodiversity and beauty. I saw striking satellite photographs, in which the tribe’s forest was a darker green than the surrounding areas. The Menominees had managed this by making harvesting decisions with all the forest’s inhabitants in mind... Visit Website ]
Sep 7, 2018, 2:47pm

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To Build These Homes, We Chose an All-Women Crew
Excerpted from Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives by the Mudgirls Natural Building Collective. .... The Mudgirls collective redefines expectations about what a construction site is supposed to look like—child care, breastfeeding breaks, and all. ... Guiding Principle: We are a women’s collective and seek to empower ourselves with employment and the skills to build
 homes. ... Our decision to be a collective of women is intimately bound up in the materials we use. Cob, apart from being breathable, strong, beautiful, and light on the Earth, is incredibly accessible and requires no special tools. The materials themselves have not been commodified and co-opted by the consumer economy ... Building with earth while contemplating how to be lighter on the planet imparts a feeling of direct connection with the primal forces that feed our lives... Visit Website ]
Jul 27, 2018, 2:42pm

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The right to bear arms disarmed
Jessie Muldoon: In her book Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz goes back to colonialism to reveal the history behind the NRA’s hallowed Second Amendment ... Taking land by force was not an accidental or spontaneous project or the work of a few rogue characters. The violent appropriation of Native land by white settlers was seen as an individual right in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, second only to freedom of speech. ... ALONGSIDE THE rise of militias to massacre and displace Native populations were the patrols to capture and police enslaved populations, and to repress slave uprisings. ... Armed slave patrols comprise half the story in the Second Amendment; the whole story implicates more than the slave states. While the “savage wars” against the Native Nations instituted brutal modes of violence for the U.S. military, and slave patrols seamlessly evolved into modern police forces, both have normalized racialized violence and affinity for firearms in U.S. society... Visit Website ]
Jul 24, 2018, 3:04pm

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Kristin Lawless on the Corporate Takeover of the American Kitchen
Russell Mokhiber: Formerly Known As Food: How the Industrial Food System is Changing Our Minds, Bodies and Culture. ... Lawless challenges the modern food movement for focusing on individual choice – made famous by Michael Pollan’s prescription – eat food, not too much, mostly plants. ... ten companies control nearly every large food and beverage brand in the world – Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods and Mondelez. ... We need to regulate these companies. And that is not going to come from individual choices we make in the store. We have to demand from our politicians that the regulatory agencies – the FDA and the EPA – that they actually regulate these companies. What I uncovered in my research is that in many cases, they are not regulating these companies carefully enough and protecting the public.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 22, 2018, 11:20am

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Politics and Psychiatry: the Cost of the Trauma Cover-Up
Bruce E. Levine: In Noël Hunter’s recently published Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), she asks, “Are we continuing to funnel money into a fundamentally broken system?” ... Both objective and subjective sources make clear to Hunter that the essential cause for what is called serious mental illness is not some kind of biochemical or genetic defect but some kind of trauma, and that the essential remedy is healing from trauma. ... Despite what the general public repeatedly hears from the mass media, there is no actual science behind proclamations that “schizophrenia” or other “serious mental illnesses” are caused by a biochemical imbalance, a genetic flaw, or any other innate defect... Visit Website ]
Jul 18, 2018, 3:00pm

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Going Native: The Trouble with Treaties, Past and Present
Mark Anthony Rolo: Chances are good that the land deed you hold rests on the treaty system. ... In his new book, The Relentless Business of Treaties (Minnesota Historical Society Press), Martin Case argues that, contrary to the American myth of the intrepid pioneer moving on to indigenous territory to raise cattle and grow wheat, it was corporate land speculators who were the driving force behind western expansion. These were men holding political and military positions, with a specific interest in securing access to Indian land and natural resources. They were often present at treaty signings. ... “From soldiers to settlers, from townsite development to land office agents, men involved in land speculation dreamed of making fortunes by being the first buyer when indigenous land went on the American market”... Visit Website ]
Jul 10, 2018, 12:44pm

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The Rise of Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber
Interview by Suzi Weissman: A bullshit job is a job which is so pointless, or even pernicious, that even the person doing the job secretly believes that it shouldn’t exist. Of course, you have to pretend — that’s the bullshit element, that you kind of have to pretend there’s a reason for this job to be here. But secretly, you think if this job didn’t exist, either it would make no difference whatsoever, or the world would actually be a slightly better place. ... You divide your chapters into the different kinds of bullshit jobs. There’s flunkies, goons, duct-tapers, box-tickers, task-makers, and what I think of as bean-counters. ... You realize that even a lot of these classic working-class jobs are really caring labor, they’re about taking care of people. But you don’t think of it as that, you don’t realize it... Visit Website ]
Jun 30, 2018, 4:33pm

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‘Stranger than Fiction:’ Spy Chiefs From Feuding India & Pakistan Co-Author a Book for Peace
Amitabh Pal: The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace is co-authored by A.S. Dulat, former head of the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) in India, and retired General Asad Durrani, who led Pakistan’s spy outfit, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). ... The authors wrote the book in the hope of ending the interminable discord between India and Pakistan. “The general and I put our heads together in a hope for peace,” says Dulat. He quotes a question posed to Durrani by Hamid Ansari, formerly India’s vice president: “Yeh deewangi kab khatam hogi?” When will this obsessiveness end? ... The book has a number of concrete recommendations for the two countries, ranging from parleys on the disputed region of Kashmir and relaxed visa rules, to the resumption of cricket matches... Visit Website ]
Jun 21, 2018, 3:25pm

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Missing in Action: The Poor in America
Beverly Gologorsky - Every Body Has a Story I remain haunted by my own working-class childhood, my deep experience of poverty, of want, of worry. I wondered: How were working class families surviving the never-ending disasters in what was quickly becoming a new gilded age in which poverty is again on the rise? ... What does poverty actually feel like, especially to a child? I can attest to the fact that it sinks deep into your bones, into the very sinews of your life and never leaves you. ... Dreams were seen as a waste of the mental energy needed to seek out and acquire the basics: food, rent, clothing, whatever was essential to get through a day, a week, or at most a month ... The result of such suppression was anger, depression, and dissatisfaction... Visit Website ]
Jun 18, 2018, 10:23am

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How Fascist Loot Funded US Anti-Communism - Review of Gold Warriors by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave
Hugo Turner: In Gold Warriors, by Sterling and Peggy Seagrave, the authors reveal one of the most shocking secrets of the 20th century. It is the story of the vast treasure Japan managed to loot across Asia, today worth billions or even trillions of dollars, the concealment of it in hundreds of sites, and the secret recovery of much of it by what would become America’s Central intelligence Agency. ... Most of Japan’s vast stolen fortune would remain in the hands of imperialist war criminals ... the CIA and the Yakuza pulling the strings behind the scenes. ... It would be controlled by men like Allen Dulles and John J. McCloy through their Black Eagle Trust, which managed both Japanese and Nazi War loot... Visit Website ]
Jun 12, 2018, 5:00pm

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A Review: American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Edward Curtin: When a book as fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant ... is boycotted by mainstream book reviewers, you know it is an important book and has touched a nerve ... Part memoir, part family history, part astute political analysis, and part-confessional ... “From my youngest days I always had the feeling that we were all involved in some great crusade, that the world was a battleground for good and evil, and that our lives would be consumed in the conflict.” ... American Values revolves around the long war between the Kennedys and the CIA that resulted in the deaths of JFK and RFK. All the other chapters, while very interesting personal and family history, pale in importance....
Jun 11, 2018, 10:16am

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RFK and the End of an Era
James DiEugenio: The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up – A New Investigation by Tim Tate and Brad Johnson ... Noguchi’s 62-page autopsy report proved that all the bullets that hit the senator entered from behind Kennedy. They also entered at extreme upward angles and at close range, i.e. from 1-3 inches. ... Every witness in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel placed Sirhan in front of Kennedy, and at a distance of 2-5 feet. The fatal headshot struck RFK behind the right ear at point blank range, with the barrel almost touching his skin. ... After a long, detailed technical study, Van Praag (a master audio technician) concluded that there were at least 13 shots on the tape. Further, two pairs of shot sounds are too close to each other to be fired by one man ... Sirhan’s handgun held a maximum of eight shots... Visit Website ]
Jun 5, 2018, 3:49pm

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Seymour Hersh’s New Memoir (“Reporter”) Is a Fascinating, Flabbergasting Masterpiece
Jon Schwarz: He describes his coverage of a massive slaughter of Iraqi troops and civilians by the U.S. in 1991 after a ceasefire had ended the Persian Gulf War. America’s indifference to this massacre was, Hersh writes, “a reminder of the Vietnam War’s MGR, for Mere Gook Rule: If it’s a murdered or raped gook, there is no crime.” It was also, he adds, a reminder of something else: “I had learned a domestic version of that rule decades earlier” in Chicago. ... “Reporter” demonstrates that Hersh has derived three simple lessons from that rule: 1. The powerful prey mercilessly upon the powerless, up to and including mass murder. 2. The powerful lie constantly about their predations. 3. The natural instinct of the media is to let the powerful get away with it....
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Jun 2, 2018, 12:16pm

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Why the extraordinary story of the last slave in America has finally come to light
Afua Hirsch: Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave by Zora Neale Hurston (written in the 1930s, but has only just been published) presents the remarkable fact that there were people alive in America who had experienced abduction from Africa – being examined, displayed, traded and enslaved – well into the 20th century. ... The book is the story of Cudjo Lewis; a man born Oluale Kossola in the Yoruba kingdom of Takkoi. Kossola was the last survivor of the last known slave ship to sail from the African continent to America with a human cargo. ... The word “barracoon” refers to the enclosures in which captives were held on the coast before being loaded on to ships. ... In Kossola’s case it was the Alabama vessel the Clotilda, which played its own gruesome part in the slave trade in 1860, half a century after its official abolition, transporting 130 men and women from the west African kingdom of Dahomey – modern day Benin... Visit Website ]
May 26, 2018, 10:50am


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