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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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Wikipedia and the Military-Intelligence Complex: How the Free Encyclopedia Feeds the National Security State from Which It Emerged
T.J. Coles: In my new book, We’ll Tell You What to Think: Wikipedia, Propaganda and the Making of Liberal Consensus, I expose who funds Wikipedia, what their intentions are, and how they seek to shape narratives favorable to neoliberal capitalism and the US empire. ... Wikipedia is part of the very internet developed by the military with public money in the 1950s-60s, then called ARPANET. ... Wikipedia does not present unbiased, scholarly encyclopedia entries. It is as much part of the military-industrial-complex as mainstream corporate media... Visit Website ]
Jun 26, 2021, 2:21pm

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History at 30,000 Feet: Malcom Gladwell’s “The Bomber Mafia”
Aaron William Moore – Ran Zwigenberg: Gladwell’s argument is as simple as it is frustrating. He posits that during the war the US bomber command faced a choice between precision bombing and mass terror bombing. ... Curtis LeMay ... oversaw a firebombing campaign that incinerated vast areas of urban Japan in order to break the morale of the Japanese and force them to surrender. ... In effect, however, we are not saving lives overall, but our own lives. ... by eliminating the voices of those who experienced the air raids, we lose sight of how awful the “good war” really was ... Whether the indiscriminate, systematic mass killing of non-combatants was justified in order to stop Nazism and Japanese imperialism is a debate that will never end, particularly in America. ... But looking away from the non-combatants whom the US armed forces killed is not a responsible way to have that debate... Visit Website ]
Jun 17, 2021, 12:11am

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How Organized Crime Infiltrated American Business After WW II and Corrupted National Politics from Truman to Trump
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Jonathan Marshall’s new book, Dark Quadrant: Organized Crime, Big Business, and the Corruption of American Democracy ... Provocative new book documents the unsavory alliance between the Mafia, the CIA, and the corporate establishment that transformed America into “the world’s most dangerous nation” ... Marshall begins his story with Harry S. Truman, a failed businessman and law school student whose political rise was fueled by his backing by the mafia-linked Pendergast political machine in Kansas City. ... During the 1940s and 1950s, corrupt politicians championed the politics of anti-communism in order to divert attention from the growing nexus between organized crime, big business and government... Visit Website ]
Jun 13, 2021, 2:33pm

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Toxic Chemicals Engulf the Planet
Robert Hunziker: Worldwide toxic chemicals are six times global warming emissions. This hidden dilemma is fully exposed in a superbly researched new book by science writer Julian Cribb: Earth Detox, How and Why We Must Clean Up Our Planet ... The planet has become a toxic soup of tested, untested, and inadequately tested chemicals that includes deadly toxins. ... “More than 25,000 human lives are being lost daily to chemical poisoning.” ... Ours is a poisoned world… this has all happened quite quickly and has burgeoned so rapidly that most people are still unaware of the extent or scale of the peril... crept up on us unseen... in a social climate of trusting acceptance of authority, over barely the span of a single human lifetime... impacts are only now starting to emerge... Visit Website ]
Jun 12, 2021, 3:42pm

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How John Hersey Blew the Whistle on the Reality of Nuclear War
Lawrence S Wittner: Review: “Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World” ... In this crisply-written, well-researched book, Lesley Blume, a journalist and biographer, tells the fascinating story of the background to John Hersey’s pathbreaking article, “Hiroshima,” and of its extraordinary impact upon the world. ... Blume shows very well how this approval of the atomic bombing was enhanced by U.S. government officials and the very compliant mass communications media. ... What was omitted was the human devastation, the horror of what the atomic bombing had done physically and psychologically to an almost entirely civilian population ... Hersey had concluded that the mass media had missed the real story of the Hiroshima bombing... Visit Website ]
Jun 1, 2021, 3:54pm

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Manufacturing Consent for War: 70 Years of CIA Coups, Assassinations, False Flag Operations and Mass Murder
Jeremy Kuzmarov: A Review of Vijay Prashad’s book, Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations ... details how manufactured foreign threats have historically been used by the Agency to carry on a war against the Third World—in order to extend U.S. corporate dominance. ... In a foreword, Evo Morales Ayma .... “bullets that assassinated democratic processes, that assassinated revolutions, and that assassinated hope.” ... Washington’s Bullets starts in Guatemala with the 1954 coup that overthrew Jacobo Arbenz, whose moderate land reform program threatened the interests of the United Fruit Company... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2021, 11:41am

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Secrets of a tree whisperer: ‘They get along, they listen – they’re attuned’
Kate Kellaway: When Suzanne Simard (Finding the Mother Tree) made her extraordinary discovery – that trees could communicate and cooperate through subterranean networks of fungi – the scientific establishment underreacted. ... One of Simard’s most thrilling beliefs is that trees can recognise us. “Trees perceive many things. They know when they’re infected and have an instantaneous biochemical response. When we manipulate trees, they respond.” ... Trees don’t have a brain, but the network in the soil is a neural network and the chemicals that move through it are the same as our neural transmitters.” She is currently collaborating on research to see whether trees can distinguish us as humans... Visit Website ]
Apr 24, 2021, 12:13pm

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We Don’t Need Prisons to Make Us Safer
Edited excerpt from “Prisons Make Us Safer” and 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration by Victoria Law: First, we must remember that incarceration is a form of punishment and incapacitation that happens after harm has occurred, not before. We must also remember that incarceration addresses only certain types of harm. ... People who sell drugs on the street risk arrest and imprisonment. But the same rarely applies to wealthy people ... So when confronted with the statement that prisons provide safety, we should ask, “Safety for whom? And from what?” ... with 2.3 million people behind bars, we can see that deterrence actually isn’t happening... Visit Website ]
Apr 19, 2021, 3:14pm


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