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Eugene V. Debs: The Oppressed Need Justice, Not Charity
Eugene Debs: Today is Giving Tuesday, so here’s a 1913 article by Eugene V. Debs, never before republished, about why the charity balls of the rich will never deliver justice for the poor. As Debs declared, “What the poor need is that the rich shall get off their backs.” ... I feel moved to paraphrase Madame Roland: “O, Charity, what crimes are committed in thy name!”... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2022, 2:49pm

Links
Press reports claim Liz Cheney blocks probe of FBI, Pentagon in January 6 attack
Patrick Martin: The effect would be to downplay the actions of the intelligence agencies and high-level Republicans, as well as their connections to fascist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. ... Top civilian and military figures in the US high command blocked the dispatch of National Guard troops to assist police who were battling the attackers inside and outside the Capitol. ... she is seeking to exonerate the Republican Party as a whole, and protect key institutions of the state, particularly the FBI. ... Critically, there was no group dedicated to examining the role of Congressional Republicans in preparing the attack... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2022, 2:23pm

Health
Study throws new light on impact of Great Depression on human DNA
Sandipan Talukdar: The findings suggest that the economic recession impacted how people would age, even before they are born. The cells of those who were conceived during the Great Depression show signs of faster ageing ... adds to the body of research on how exposure to conditions of hardships like stress and starvation when a baby is conceived can shape their health for their whole life. ... “findings highlight how social programs designed to help pregnant people could be a tool for fighting health disparities in children.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 28, 2022, 3:35pm

Commentary
Zhou Enlai’s Posthumous Triumph
Patrick Lawrence: Nations now fashioning a post–Western world order appear to be abiding by the Five Principles espoused by China’s first and long-serving premier. ... Zhou’s Five Principles. All five had to do with how nations should conduct themselves in an emerging era of unprecedented multiplicity: They were mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, nonaggression, noninterference in the internal affairs of others, equality and mutual benefit in relations, and peaceful coexistence... Visit Website ]
Nov 28, 2022, 3:07pm

Did You Know
Call of Duty is a Government Psyop: These Documents Prove It
Alan Macleod: The Call of Duty franchise is an entertainment juggernaut, having sold close to half a billion games since it was launched in 2003. ... Yet a closer inspection of Activision Blizzard’s key staff and their connections to state power, as well as details gleaned from documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal that Call of Duty is not a neutral first-person shooter, but a carefully constructed piece of military propaganda, designed to advance the interests of the U.S. national security state ... Documents released by Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA, CIA, FBI and Department of Defense infiltrated the vast online realms... Visit Website ]
Nov 27, 2022, 4:46pm

Books
Overcoming Christmas Controversies with Historical Realities
Nat Parry: author of How Christmas Became Christmas: The Pagan and Christian Origins of the Beloved Holiday ... Ever since the adoption of Christianity as Rome’s official religion in 322 CE, the Church systematically attempted to suppress heathen gods, beliefs and customs, or to incorporate and adapt them into its catechism, all while attempting to whitewash their pagan origins. ... Dec. 25 happened to coincide with popular Roman holidays Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, Saturnalia and Kalends, from which many of our Christmas traditions are derived. ... Although the conflict over the meaning of Christmas appears to be focused more today on a struggle between Christian and secular forces ... really are is a continuation of an ancient struggle to suppress heathen gods, beliefs and customs... Visit Website ]
Nov 26, 2022, 4:37pm

Environment
Kelp Farming Is Reviving an Ancient Practice — and a Modern Economy
Iris Crawford: The Shinnecock community no longer lives off the water as it once did — rapid development, pollution and warming waters have led to losses in fish, shellfish and plants that were once central to the Shinnecock diet and culture. ... That’s why Tela Troge, an attorney and member of the federally recognized tribe, started planting kelp. ... Kelp is a large, fast-growing brown seaweed that sequesters carbon and harmful pollutants. It’s also full of nutrients and is used in foods, pharmaceuticals and fertilizers — making it a big business... Visit Website ]
Nov 25, 2022, 5:16pm

Did You Know
Something Amazing You May Not Know About Native Americans
Milicent Cranor: ‘Beyond amazing’: Navajo Nation’s AG Praises Irish Generosity to Coronavirus Fund ... The Irish had donated over $1.5 million to something called the “Navajo & Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Fund.” Even more amazing was their reason for the donation: It was “in remembrance of Native American aid to Ireland during the Great Hunger ... in 1847, members of the Choctaw tribe raised $170 [well over $5,000 in today’s money] in famine relief for Ireland, “a huge sum for a time when they had very little, as it came after they had been driven from their land in the devastating so-called Trail of Tears.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 25, 2022, 4:50pm

Blogosphere
Xi Jinping, Justin Trudeau and White Supremacist Diplomacy
Margaret Kimberly: But the biggest problem that Canada, the U.S. and other western nations have with China is that it is an economic powerhouse that isn’t run by white people. ... They don’t know that China was the richest country on earth during Europe’s Dark Ages. ... Perhaps they do know but modern white supremacy causes them not to care or to be even angrier and to behave as though their arrogance alone can change the course of history. ... China is on the verge of becoming the world’s leading economy and Biden thinking that he can destroy their microchip industry or send American politicians to Taiwan won’t change that fact... Visit Website ]
Nov 23, 2022, 2:25pm

Environment
Why the Ambler Road is One of the Biggest Threats to Alaskan Wildlands
George Wuerthner: The proposed 211-mile Ambler Road would connect the Dalton Highway (pipeline haul road) with the Ambler Mining District in the western Brooks Range. The ore belt that stretches for 200 miles contains copper, cobalt, lead, and zinc and could be one of the most valuable deposits in the world, especially as people turn to electric vehicles. ... Getting a road to the Ambler Deposits is the first step in making mining operations profitable. ... If you want to understand politics, all you have to do is follow the money... Visit Website ]
Nov 23, 2022, 2:17pm

Consider This....
President John F. Kennedy: His Life and Public Assassination by the CIA
Edward Curtin: "What is the truth, and where did it go?
Ask Oswald and Ruby, they oughta know
“Shut your mouth,” said the wise old owl
Business is business, and it’s a murder most foul"
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Nov 22, 2022, 5:18pm

Commentary
America’s unique, enduring gun problem, explained
Nicole Narea, Li Zhou, and Ian Millhiser: The factors that lead to tragedies like the one in Colorado Springs are deeply ingrained in US politics, culture, and law. ... The US has a lot of guns, and more guns means more gun deaths ... there were approximately 390 million guns in circulation in the US ... The link between gun deaths and gun ownership is much stronger than the link between violence and mental health issues. ... many politicians believe that supporting gun regulation is more likely to lose them votes than to gain them votes. ... The Supreme Court has made it impossible to cure America’s gun violence epidemic... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2022, 5:17pm

Environment
The COP27 Climate Summit Was Another Exercise in Corporate Greenwashing
Claudia Horn: At this conference, the most vulnerable are supposed to negotiate with the most powerful. ... While all continents have seen extreme weather events in 2022, those in Africa are chronically underreported. ... Africa causes only 4 percent of global emissions. ... Half of all global emissions are caused by the world’s richest 10 percent. ... this year’s summit was “brought to you by Coca-Cola.” As well as being a major plastic polluter, Coca-Cola has deprived local communities in countries like India of access to clean water and dodged paying taxes to the tune of several billion US dollars... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2022, 4:54pm

Meditations
The Pinnacle of Creation - The Human Brain
Martin LeFevre: It's nearing sunset on a mild autumn afternoon in northern California. My eyes are drawn to a maple between the houses draped in red that looks like it's on fire in last rays of the sun. ... A huge hawk takes off from the red maple and arcs up to the top of a slender tree a couple hundred meters away. ... Stillness of thought, newness of perception, responsiveness to mystery, and all-inclusive impersonal love are the signs of spontaneously leaving the stream of the known. ... Our minds can "return and become like children" for at least a few minutes every day...
Nov 20, 2022, 4:14pm

Commentary
Biden, the National Security State, and Global Arms Sales
William Hartung: Here’s a seldom commented-upon reality of this century and this moment: the United States remains the number-one arms-exporting nation on the planet .... U.S.-supplied weaponry has also fueled conflicts, enabled human-rights violations, helped destabilize not just individual countries but whole regions, and made it significantly easier for repressive regimes to commit war crimes ... an all-encompassing belief in Washington that giving away or selling weaponry of every sort to foreign clients is a risk-free way of garnering yet more economic, political, and strategic influence globally ... the risks — from fueling conflict and increasing domestic repression elsewhere to drawing the United States into unnecessary wars — far outweigh any possible benefits... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2022, 4:11pm


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