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Only Adult Children Still Believe U.S. Propaganda
Edward Curtin: It should now be quite clear to any reasonable person that the Biden administration is hell-bent on destroying Russia and will risk nuclear war in doing so. ... For years the U.S. has supported the Ukrainian killing of the Russian speaking peoples of eastern Ukraine ... the readers of the most famous American newspaper and CIA conduit are asked to swallow daily doses of propaganda that are so egregiously obvious that only children would be fooled ... They believe in the unbelievable. They still live in what Jim Garrison called the “Doll’s House” and accept what Harold Pinter termed “a vast tapestry of lies.” ... President Kennedy ... was the last American leader to recognize that international relations had to undergo a radical change, especially in the nuclear age... Visit Website ]
Oct 3, 2022, 2:35pm

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America’s Open Wound - The CIA is not your friend
Edward Snowden: Many today comfort themselves by imagining that the Agency has been reformed, and that such abuses are relics of the distant past, but what few reforms our democracy has won have been watered-down or compromised. ... This is the unvarnished truth: the establishment of an institution charged with breaking the law within a nation of laws has mortally wounded its founding precept. ... For 75 years, the American people have been unable to bend the CIA to fit the law, and so the law has been bent to fit the CIA. ... As Biden stood on the crimson stage, at the site where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were debated and adopted, his words rang out like the cry of a cracked-to-hell Liberty Bell: "What's happening in our country is not normal."... Visit Website ]
Sep 21, 2022, 9:42am

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How Media Copaganda Hides the Truth about the US Punishment Bureaucracy
Alec Karakatsanis is one of the country’s most forceful and persuasive critics of the criminal punishment system ... the U.S. is currently caging human beings at a rate that is unprecedented in its own history and in the recorded history of the modern world ... Crime is a heavily politicized concept, but the root causes have to do with all of the ways in which our society destroys the bonds between human beings: things like access to housing, early childhood education, inequality, poverty, mental illness ... the policies that are called “tough on crime” actually increase crime ... They’re not tough on crimes committed by the police. They’re not tough on crimes committed by wealthy people... Visit Website ]
Sep 15, 2022, 5:24pm

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Incarcerated People Are Saving a Disappearing Plant
Peter Yeung: ... hundreds of prisoners across eight states, including California, Oregon and Nevada, ... are restoring sagebrush, a threatened keystone plant that plays a crucial role in United States ecosystems ... Led by the Institute for Applied Ecology, a nonprofit, the initiative has since 2014 provided saplings to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), a federal agency, to replant in lands scarred by wildfire ... Sagebrush in Prisons ... says the success rate of planting the program’s saplings is 75 percent versus the 25 percent obtained from simply sowing seeds... Visit Website ]
Sep 13, 2022, 4:30pm

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Silencing the Lambs: How Propaganda Works
Jphn Pilger: The United States dominates the Western world’s media. All but one of the top ten media companies are based in North America. ... In my lifetime, the United States has overthrown or attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, mostly democracies. It has interfered in democratic elections in 30 countries. It has dropped bombs on the people of 30 countries ... The extent and scale of this carnage is largely unreported, unrecognized; and those responsible continue to dominate Anglo-American political life. ... Howard Pinter -‘US foreign policy,’ he said, is ‘best defined as follows: kiss my arse or I’ll kick your head in... Visit Website ]
Sep 8, 2022, 2:44pm

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The Origin of Student Debt: Reagan Adviser Warned Free College Would Create a Dangerous “Educated Proletariat”
Jon Schwarz: FBI memo stated that Reagan was “dedicated to the destruction of disruptive elements on California campuses.” ... Reagan pushed to cut state funding for California’s public colleges ... Prominent conservative intellectuals ... worried that free education “may be producing a positively dangerous class situation” by raising the expectations of working-class students. ... (James) Madison explained, “and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” ... Reagan and their compatriots ... wanted to prevent Americans from gaining this power... Visit Website ]
Aug 27, 2022, 4:27pm

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Hostile Architecture Is Evil and Should Be Banned
Nathan J. Robinson: Attacking homeless people with spikes is morally tantamount to assault. ... Some park benches have an extra armrest in the middle so that you can’t lie down. Some are wiggly, or tubular, or slanted, or have a piece missing, or have uncomfortable bumps, in order to achieve the same effect. ... The goal is for anyone who tries to sleep to be put in physical pain or extreme discomfort. ... I think designers have an ethical responsibility to refuse to create anything that is meant to inflict pain on homeless people for attempting to go to sleep. ... Hostile design doesn’t just punish its intended victims, but ends up hurting everyone... Visit Website ]
Aug 20, 2022, 5:21pm

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With Wars to Wage, Who Can Afford Peace?
Robert C. Koehler What if we as a nation saw the "threat" posed by desperate refugees at the Southern border to be the military and social upheaval that drove them out of their homelands—much of it, of course, the result of U.S. policy—and our national instinct was to respond with empathy to their needs: to welcome them, to help them, to value them? ... Why do we spend trillions of dollars preparing for and waging war and, in comparison, pennies on the creation of peace ... Why do we take war for granted? ... what if immigrants were simply seen as fellow humans, and helping them were an obvious priority—indeed, a significant factor in national (and global) security?... Visit Website ]
Aug 19, 2022, 4:14pm

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Afghanistan a Year Later: Can We Finally Speak Honestly About Bush & Cheney's “Little War"?
Thom Hartmann: Let’s use this anniversary to honestly evaluate the actions that have so bloodied our soldiers, while transferring trillions of US taxpayer dollars to Bush- & Cheney-related military contractors ... Fact: Afghanistan had little to nothing to do with the 9/11 attack ... 9/11 had nothing to do with Afghanistan and everything to do with former President George H.W. Bush stationing American troops in Saudi Arabia ... Having two successful wars — Afghanistan and the upcoming 2003 Iraq attack — would also help Bush and Cheney politically ... For Cheney, it meant hundreds of billions in no-bid contracts for his failing Halliburton company... Visit Website ]
Aug 16, 2022, 11:40am

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The United States has many political prisoners. Here’s a list
Stansfield Smith: The US government holds many political prisoners, including journalists; national security state whistleblowers; Black, Indigenous, and Latino revolutionaries; foreign diplomats; Muslims detained without trial; women who defended themselves from attacks; and environmental activists. ... Well-known cases are those entrapped or framed in US national security state sting operations, or imprisoned with extreme sentences for a minor offense because of their political activism, such as Black revolutionary George Jackson ... Today, the US national security state considers its most dangerous enemies those who expose its crimes at home and abroad ... (Just a few of the political prisoners in the United States ... Mumia Abu-Jamal, Julian Assange, Alex Saab, Leonard Peltier, Joy Powell, Veronza Bowers)... Visit Website ]
Aug 11, 2022, 11:49am

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How a conservative US network undermined Indigenous energy rights in Canada
Geoff Dembicki: Internal documents explain why oil and gas interests would benefit from a key Indigenous declaration being ‘defeated.’ ... A U.S.-based libertarian coalition has spent years pressuring the Canadian government to limit how much Indigenous communities can push back on energy development on their own land ... against attempts by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to align Canadian laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ... to reject pipelines or drilling ... the treaty contains clauses affirming Indigenous peoples’ sovereignty over territories they’ve lived on for thousands of years... Visit Website ]
Aug 2, 2022, 3:15pm

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Record second quarter profits for US oil corporations
Kevin Reed: Exxon Mobil and Chevron reported record profits in the second quarter of 2022 ... Exxon, based in Irving, Texas, earned $17.9 billion in the quarter, more than three times what it earned in 2021, while Chevron, based in San Ramon, California, tripled its profits to $11.6 billion. ... the historic profits are the result of oil companies and their investors exploiting both the economic downturn at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and the US-NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine that began last February... Visit Website ]
Jul 30, 2022, 11:57am

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January 6 Committee covers up role of Republican Party, national security officials in Trump coup
Barry Grey: The Democrats’ management of the hearings is based on a massive contradiction. ... The hearings have revealed damning evidence that a powerful network within all branches of government almost abolished the Constitution and established a dictatorship ... But at the same time, the Democrats use the hearings to promote the Republican Party ... and to insulate Trump’s conspirators from criminal prosecution ... Their aim is to save the political institution of the two-party system, upon which the stability of capitalist rule depends... Visit Website ]
Jul 23, 2022, 12:24pm

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Nuclear power is racist, sexist and ageist
Linda Pentz Gunter: The fuel for nuclear power plants comes from uranium ... (who) mined it in this country ... native Americans ... At the other end of the nuclear power chain comes the lethal, long-lived and highly radioactive waste ... Indigenous peoples and poor communities of color are routinely the target ... Nuclear power is sexist because exposure to the ionizing radiation released at every stage of the nuclear fuel chain harms women more easily than men ... (Plus) the very young are at greater risk ... Similarly, the elderly are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of radiation exposure than adults in the prime of life... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2022, 4:46pm

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Echoes of a Tragedy
Cesar Chelala: The death by a gunman of former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is an eerie reminder of another tragic death in America, that of Robert Kennedy ... Both deaths demonstrate the fragility of democracy ... It was the end of Robert Kennedy’s life and the beginning of what remains a mystery: who really killed him. ... the hypothesis that Sirhan Sirhan was the murderer has many weaknesses ... Paul Schrade, an official of United Automobile Workers (UAW) and personal friend of Bobby Kennedy who was next to him at the time of the shots that finished with his life ... - "Sirhan was in front of Bob Kennedy and his shots distracted attention, the other murderer secretly shot from behind and wounded him fatally" ... The Kennedy autopsy report also says that all the shots came from behind... Visit Website ]
Jul 12, 2022, 12:46pm


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