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Israel's Genocidal Arms Customers
Richard Silverstein: Israel isn’t just maintaining a brutal military occupation. It’s also supplying weapons to genocidal regimes around the world. ... For the past few years, a group of nine Israelis led by human rights lawyer Eitay Mack has sought to peel back the layer of secrecy shrouding Israel’s collusion with some of the worst genocide regimes in the world. They have done so by filing freedom of information requests with their country’s defense ministry, seeking documents concerning Israeli arms deals, consulting contracts, and training of the armed forces in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Serbia, South Sudan, and Rwanda during decades of ethnic conflict in those nations... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2018, 4:39pm

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The United States Is Becoming a Two-Tiered Country With Separate and Unequal Voting Laws
Ari Berman: In Georgia, more than 750,000 voters were purged from the rolls over the past two years by Secretary of State Brian Kemp ... In Florida, more than 20,000 absentee ballots were rejected, disproportionately from voters of color. ... In June, North Carolina’s Republican Legislature passed a law that contributed to a 20 percent decrease in early voting locations. Under Texas’ voter ID law, people could vote with a gun permit but not a student ID. .... In North Dakota, 5,000 Native Americans living on reservations were initially barred from voting because a new law wouldn’t accept their P.O. boxes as valid addresses ... ... In Kansas, the lone polling place in Dodge City, which is 59 percent Hispanic, was moved outside town, a mile from the nearest public transportation... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2018, 4:31pm

Meditations
Lying Is As American As Apple Pie
Martin LeFevre: The word in Chico is that Trump was coming to the site of the most devastating wildfire in American history to throw plastic spray bottles at survivors, in keeping with his empathic gesture of throwing paper towels at survivors of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. ... There are almost as many forms of lying, as there are liars. America has perfected them all. No wonder we're in such a world of shit. ... One form, which we're presently enduring in Butte County after the wildfire destroyed the formerly idyllic community of Paradise, is what I call the 'dribbling lie.' ... It took root after America'a egregious invasion of Iraq under Bush Junior, and works by releasing the numbers of deaths in increments, so that the public is conditioned (read numbed out) by the time the full facts come out....
Nov 18, 2018, 3:07pm

Commentary
Thanksgiving? No, thanks.
Robert Jensen: Instead, we should atone for the genocide that was incited -- and condoned -- by the very men we idolize as our 'heroic' founding fathers. ... That the world's great powers achieved "greatness" through criminal brutality on a grand scale is not news, of course. That those same societies are reluctant to highlight this history of barbarism also is predictable. ... But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin -- the genocide of indigenous people -- is of special importance today. ... As Americans sit down on Thanksgiving Day to gorge themselves on the bounty of empire, many will worry about the expansive effects of overeating on their waistlines. We would be better to think about the constricting effects of the day's mythology on our minds....
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Nov 16, 2018, 5:34pm

Meditations
The Brain Is Much Greater Than the Mind
Martin LeFevre: For 23 years, a UK based group, the Scientific and Medical Network, has been hosting yearly conferences called "Beyond the Brain." The core premise of the conferences is doubtful: "Our minds seem to extend far beyond our brains." It is, in my view, exactly the opposite-our brains have the potential to extend far beyond our minds. .... We (and by 'we' I mean philosophers, scientists and thinking people) don't even have a consensus view of what the mind is. ... "Minds are also extended in time." Yes, and therein lie the roots of man's enslavement to thought. The extension of thought from the past, through the present, and into the future denies a much deeper and immeasurably more important capacity of the brain --- to transcend time and death by remaining with and having insight into what is...
Nov 15, 2018, 4:31pm

Environment
Hormone-Disrupting Weed Killer Taints Tap Water for Millions in Corn Belt
The Environmental Working Group: Seasonal spikes of atrazine–a weed killer that can disrupt hormones and harm developing fetuses–contaminate drinking water in corn-growing areas of the Midwest and beyond, according to an analysis of federal records by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). ...Atrazine is the second-most heavily used herbicide in the U.S., with more than 70 million pounds sprayed in 2016. It is used mostly to control weeds in cornfields, but it is also applied to sorghum, sugarcane and other crops ... Studies show that atrazine and similar chemicals harm the reproductive system and disrupt the nerve and hormone systems, affecting the brain, behavior and hormones such as estrogen, testosterone and dopamine. ... The European Union banned atrazine in 2003 because of its potential to contaminate drinking water sources... Visit Website ]
Nov 14, 2018, 1:47pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The Legacy of 1918
Margaret Kimberley: Donald Trump is a racist boor, but the European leaders he snubbed are unreconstructed imperialists whose nations have enslaved and slaughtered tens of millions. ... Despite the pomp, circumstance and wreath laying, there is no reason to celebrate World War I. ... But the victors eventually got the spoils. Britain and France ended up taking the Ottoman Empire territories in the Middle East and snatching Germany’s colonies in Africa too. They stole Germany’s money and set the stage for another conflagration just 20 years later. The United States got in on the action towards the end of the war and ended up securing its own empire. .... One hundred years later the same nations are still making decisions that impact everyone in the world and they still do so with the worst of intentions... Visit Website ]
Nov 14, 2018, 1:37pm

Commentary
For What?
Dennis Morgan: Europe is now commemorating the 100 year anniversary of World War I, with all of the pageantry that accompanies it. I just can’t help but wonder, “Do they get it yet? Do they really understand what it was all about?” Do they realize yet that 20 million soldiers, people, killed and died for nothing? ... It was a stupid colonialist war that accomplished absolutely nothing of importance, just power changing hands. ... On the other hand, the Americans were particularly stupid since this war was strictly a European affair, in actuality, a European family feud. But Americans didn’t understand that. They thought that since it was a war between the Big Powers, they should be included and recognized... Visit Website ]
Nov 14, 2018, 1:29pm

Meditations
Patriotism and Nationalism Spell Militarism
Martin LeFevre: The city council members of the recently incinerated town of Paradise, all of whom lost their homes in the conflagration, voted to hoist American flags for Veteran's Day along their devastated main street. ... We still haven't reached bottom in America, but we're way beyond the problems of this small country with its small president. ... As a contemplative and philosopher long asking questions with respect to the human prospect, I cannot help but inquire into the metaphysical aspects of this terrible tragedy. ... Why is this happening? ... Is it because this is what the entire world will look like if we don't begin to think together, ignite insight, and act from insight to bring about a breakthrough in human consciousness?...
Nov 13, 2018, 2:50pm

News
Apocalyptic images show the unfathomable devastation caused by California’s deadly Camp Fire
Lindsey Bever, Washington Post: The worst wildfire California has ever seen has destroyed the once-lush forest town of Paradise, leaving an unfathomable trail of death and destruction in its wake. ... By Tuesday morning, 42 people had been confirmed dead in and around Paradise, making the Camp Fire the deadliest wildfire in state history. Dozens of people are still missing, so the death toll is likely to rise. The fire also destroyed nearly 7,000 structures, most of them homes. No California wildfire has ever done more damage. ... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2018, 2:37pm

Commentary
7 Dubious Financial Buzzwords That Indicate Someone Is Conning You
Valerie Vande Panne: There are so many plans these days to “transform” an area via a “public-private partnership” that will “restore” and “fix” the local economy and lead to an economic “recovery” for the “brave” group of “stakeholders” who’ve come together to make it happen. The business leader drumming up support is often a “good friend” of the politicians in charge. To entertain another plan, the people in power warn, will “hurt” the economy. ... 1. Public-Private Partnership ... Meaning: A massive tax dollar giveaway to a private company at taxpayer expense. ... As George Carlin used to say, “America’s leading industry is still the manufacture, distribution, packaging and marketing of bullshit. High-quality bullshit; world-class, designer bullshit, to be sure.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2018, 2:01pm

Articles
The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It
Scott Santens: Purely by accident, George Romero’s groundbreaking film (Night of the Living Dead) instantly became a horror classic that could be licensed at no cost. The result was a movie that every theater could show, every TV station could broadcast, every artist could adapt and build off of... it was essentially a gift to the entire world. ... I think the success of zombies as a worldwide phenomenon provides an excellent case for looking at the entire idea of intellectual property (IP) differently. ... The idea of intellectual property has been twisted and malformed. What was always clearly mandated as being temporary as a means of giving innovators a head start, has become measured in terms of lifetimes instead of decades. ... Ideas are infinite and they all originate from a global commons. Ideas don’t just appear from the nothingness like particles and anti-particles in the quantum foam of the universe. Everything is a remix... Visit Website ]
Nov 12, 2018, 3:57pm

Commentary
Military “Service” Serves the Ruling Class
Will Griffin: One cannot serve both the one percent and the 99 percent as their interests are at odds with each other. Although many join for righteous reasons, actions speak louder than intentions. Actions of the U.S. military has always been death, destruction, anguish of the working class, and entitlements for the elites. When the ruling class benefits it’s always at the expense of the poor. ... I’m a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Not only that, I’m a veteran of both surges. ... Eight years after separating from the military I see that I did not provide a service for my country. ... Clearly the wars have sucked our hard-working dollars and placed them on a silver platter for the economic ruling class–war contractors (oops I mean ‘defense’ contractors), politicians, and corporations... Visit Website ]
Nov 12, 2018, 3:22pm

Meditations
It Is Happening to You
Martin LeFevre: At sunrise, the black smoke coming from the mountain community of Paradise as it burned to the ground 15 miles away looked like a roiling purple and pink cloud. ... I rode the bike to the foot of the Skyway, the main highway into Paradise from Chico, about half a mile from the house. Cars were streaming down the hill bumper to bumper on both sides of the four-lane road, a vehicular caravan of desperate refugees. ... It made me wonder, how many people fleeing for their lives in this American caravan of suffering have been heartlessly nationalistic about the caravan of mostly women and children fleeing violence in Central America? ... In physics, there is a proven principle called 'non-locality,' where an electron in one place instantly affects an electron in another, with no apparent link. It's called 'entanglement,' and they have no idea how it occurs...
Nov 10, 2018, 5:43pm

Commentary
New Border Wall Will Destroy Butterfly Center, Historic Chapel, and Texas State Park
Melissa del Bosque: The first new segment of border wall to be constructed under President Trump will bisect a butterfly conservation center, a historic church, and a state park along the Texas border. The construction is set to begin in February. ... Steve Lightfoot, a spokesperson for Texas Parks and Wildlife, confirmed today that Trump’s new segment of border wall would be built through Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park and surrounding areas in Mission, Texas. The park will more than likely close after the wall is constructed, since the land was deeded in a family trust to be expressly used as public parkland. The border wall will also run through national wildlife refuge land and through the nonprofit National Butterfly Center, also in Mission... Visit Website ]
Nov 10, 2018, 11:26am


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