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Report: Donald Trump Campaign Visit Preceded Rise in Hate Crimes
Ibn Safir: According to the Washington Post, counties that hosted Donald Trump rallies saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in the months following Trump’s stop in town. ... Using the Anti-Defamation League’s Hate Extremism Anti-Semitism and Terrorism map, the Post checked for a correlation between the counties that hosted one of Trump’s presidential rallies in 2016 and upticks in hate crime activity. ... Controlling for crime rates, active hate groups, minority population, college education, and location in the country, the HEAT map showed the jump in hate crimes over comparable counties that did not host Trump ... While the Post took its time to spell out that correlation is not causation, it is worth noting that the 2017 FBI Universal Crime Report reported a 17 percent increase in over the year prior... Visit Website ]
Mar 25, 2019, 12:27pm

Environment
Planned US Oil Storage Boom Faces New Scrutiny After Tank-Farm Fire
Collin Eaton: A three-day petrochemical fire that spread a cancer-causing chemical and thick smoke over Houston suburbs this week has spurred calls for tougher safety regulations that could affect a nearly dozen crude-export terminals proposed for the U.S. Gulf Coast. ... Federal, state and local officials have begun investigating whether Mitsui & Co’s Intercontinental Terminals Co (ITC) met safety and environmental regulations after the fire in Deer Park, Texas, spread quickly among rows of giant tanks that hold up to 3.3 million gallons of fuel each. ... The blaze released toxic benzene which led five school systems with more than 108,000 students to shut for two days, and prompted two cities to tell residents to stay indoors. ... It burned for three days and destroyed 11 tanks holding fuels used to make gasoline and plastics that sat along the nation’s busiest petrochemical port and among nine oil refineries... Visit Website ]
Mar 25, 2019, 12:22pm

Articles
Epifanio Camacho: a Militant Farmworker Brushed Out of History
Tanya Golash-Boza – Michael Golash: Cesar Chavez is perhaps best known for his role in the 1965-1970 Delano grape strike and boycott and his nonviolent tactics in those protests. ... Although Chavez insisted on nonviolence, there was dissent within the National Farmworkers Association as some workers believed more militant tactics were necessary. One of these workers was Epifanio Camacho. ... Camacho developed a revolutionary consciousness through his struggles. He eventually joined the Progressive Labor Party (PLP) and began to organize workers in McFarland and other towns in the Central Valley to join the PLP and to become communists. Chavez continued to work with politicians and to organize consumer boycotts to make changes to the existing system... Visit Website ]
Mar 25, 2019, 12:03pm

Meditations
Life Is Not a Smorgasbord
Martin LeFevre: Conditioning is the subconscious accretion of experience, which occludes the senses. We cease to see things as they are, as children do, with uncorrupted curiosity and uncontaminated wonder. ... At best, we see in terms of words, ideas and knowledge; at worst in terms of prejudice, fear and hate. ... Locke was mistaken-the senses do not give rise to ideas and thought; rather, conditioning and experience impede and impair the senses. ... We need to develop, within ourselves and with children, a relationship to what is. What is constantly changing, inside and outside, so what matters is the quality of observation and attention, not experience or logical analysis ... To inwardly survive in this globalizing culture and consciousness, it's essential to take 20 minutes a day and set everything aside (including and especially social media), and simply observe oneself, preferably outdoors in the mirror of nature...
Mar 23, 2019, 5:04pm

Did You Know
The face of American socialism before Bernie Sanders? Eugene Debs
Paul Buhle and Mari Jo Buhle: With the hype around a resurgent American left, it might feel like socialism is a newcomer to political discourse in the United States. But only if you don’t know your US history. Long before Bernie Sanders came along, there was Eugene Debs ... Like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, his platform focused on social inequalities, including income inequality. He also fought for better transportation systems; health and safety regulations; unemployment compensation; the minimum wage; the limiting of so-called military budgets and women’s reproductive rights, including access to birth control. ... The Socialist party, founded in 1901, came together around Debs. Among his most dogged followers were “Abe’s Boys,” surviving Union army veterans of the civil war, invoking Debs as successor to martyred President Lincoln. ... As Debs was fond of saying, “I am for socialism because I am for humanity."... Visit Website ]
Mar 23, 2019, 4:48pm

Environment
On World Water Day – forests are the answer
Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. That’s the theme of World Water Day 2019. It’s a day made official by the United Nations General Assembly that takes place every year on March 22. Did you know that regardless of who, or where you are, your water likely comes from a forest? According to the UN, forests provide 75 percent of the world’s freshwater. In addition, forests provide more than just water storage; trees help regulate rainfall through transpiration and filter out contaminants.... Visit Website ]
Mar 22, 2019, 12:28pm

Commentary
America Is Exceptional—in All the Wrong Ways
Maj. Danny Sjursen: I was born and raised in an America far more Orwellian than many now remember. Matters have gone so far off the rails since 9/11 that few seem to recall the madness of the 1980s. The U.S. had a celebrity actor for president, who railed about America’s ostensibly existential adversary—the Soviet “evil empire.” ... Only a country that truly, deeply believes in its own special mission could repeat the hideous policies of the 1980s and hardly notice. ... What’s so staggeringly unique about the United States is ultimately this: It stands alone among historical hegemons in denying the very existence of its empire. ... Me, I’m sick of patriotism, of exceptionalism, of nationalism. I’ve seen where all those ideologies inevitably lead: to aggressive war, military occupations and, ultimately, dead children... Visit Website ]
Mar 22, 2019, 12:13pm

Books
The Right Book at the Right Time: Ron Ridenour’s Russian Peace Threat: Pentagon on Alert
Randy Shields: Chronicling US crimes and obstructions against peace for over 100 years, this Tsar Bomba of a book ranges over the 1918 US invasion of Russia, US capitalism’s neverending collaborations with fascists and takfiris, the Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK’s assassination, Soviet involvement in Afghanistan and the momentous year 2001 when Vladimir Putin offered to align Russia’s foreign policy with the US only to get repaid by the US serving notice that it would withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, setting off a new arms race. ... Russia and the US are contrasted in their foreign policies and dealings with each other. ... The chief takeaway is that Soviet and Russian leaders from Stalin to Khrushchev to Brezhnev to Gorbachev to Putin were/are a whole lot more cautious, practical and less ideological than their US counterparts... Visit Website ]
Mar 22, 2019, 11:41am

Environment
Rivers gain legal protection from misuse
Alex Kirby: So Old Man River is getting a day in court: a growing international initiative is seeing to it that rivers gain legal protection against pollution and other forms of exploitation, in a move which insists that they have rights just as people do. ... “Accepting a non-human part of nature as a legal entity requires a conceptual shift away from placing humanity at the centre of everything. This understanding could generate other legal changes handing power to other parts of our natural world.” ... The New Zealand example spread fast. On the day in March 2017 when it recognised the rights of the Whanganui river, the Ganges and Yamuna river system in India was also given the legal status of persons after a battle to stop it being polluted. ... Another influence on the spread of the idea of rights for nature is likely to be the concept of critical biodiversity, which argues that species diversity is needed for a healthy ecosystem to thrive... Visit Website ]
Mar 21, 2019, 4:51pm

Blogosphere
How Bush’s War on Iraq Produced Trumpism, Instability, Refugees and Climate Catastrophe
Juan Cole: Much that is wrong with politics in the Trump era ... was foreshadowed by Bush. It was Bush who practiced the Big Lie to take the country to war against Iraq. It was Bush who encouraged climate denialism and gutted health, financial and environmental regulation. His deregulated financial institutions plunged the country into the 2008 Depression and blighted the lives of millions of Americans who lost their homes. ... Bush lied the country into a war for oil. ... Bush’s obsession with getting more hydrocarbons out of the ground and making them cheaper by invading Iraq and removing Saddam-specific sanctions helped put 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide a year into the atmosphere. ... Bush gave us the worst of all possible worlds– an unstable Middle East, a refugee crisis that pushed Europe to the far right, a loss of trust in government and the press that Trump capitalized on... Visit Website ]
Mar 21, 2019, 4:27pm

Meditations
Trump's 'Flashpoint of Violence'?
Martin LeFevre: A federal prosecutor, Frank Figliuzzi, used a term yesterday that law enforcement employs in referring to the suspects involved in workplace violence, either before or after the fact of murderous rampages. It's called "flashpoint of violence," and he fears that the Donald Trump is nearing it. ... How did the United States go from the 'leader of the free world' to the most feared country in the world? We the people refused to face the fact and address the causes of America's decline before it became too late. We were too caught up in our own self-pursuits. ... Nothing surprises us anymore except goodness. ... To meet any problem, one must first see things as they are, not as we want to see them. ... We have to face the fact that we don't have a functioning democracy in America because the people have perished...
Mar 20, 2019, 4:38pm

Articles
Water Protector Scales Water Well-Drilling Rig
Rivera Sun: Water Protector Buck Johnston of Taos, New Mexico pulled off a daring 4-day direct action at the top of a multistory well drilling rig this week. On March 14th, accompanied by a small action support team, he scaled the equipment and hooked into the top of the multi-story tower with a climbing harness. ... On the ground, a group of citizens called Guardians of Taos Water (GOT Water) lit a ceremonial fire at the gate near the highway, lifted song and drum, and began a peaceful prayer action in support of his direct action. ... This Indigenous-led action is protesting part of a controversial water agreement that plans to drill 16-plus deep aquifer wells in order to extract large quantities of water from previously untapped deep aquifers beneath the Taos Valley Watershed ... Many feel that these deep wells are largely intended to enable development rather than meeting existing water needs... Visit Website ]
Mar 20, 2019, 4:23pm

Environment
Google, Amazon Help Big Oil Heat Up Planet
Vanessa Nason: While a generation prepares for an impending climate catastrophe, our nation’s billionaires are profiting from its advancement. ... tech giants in Silicon Valley are allowed to leverage new technologies that aid oil extraction procedures, hiding behind a veneer of philanthropy but reaping as much profit as possible while directly contributing to ecological collapse. ... Amazon web services (AWS), which provides AI, machine learning, and cloud computing tools to businesses, has a dedicated Oil & Gas division. ... Google, too, has thrown its hat into the ring, creating Google Cloud Oil, Gas, and Energy. ... “Without political direction through laws, incentives and sanctions, there is no reason that companies will act autonomically towards the common good, such as transformation towards a decarbonized society”... Visit Website ]
Mar 20, 2019, 4:11pm

Commentary
Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies
Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.): Sure, America (for a few more fleeting years) boasts the world’s dominant economy, sure its dotted the globe with a few hundred military bases, and sure it’s military still outspends the next seven competitors combined. Nonetheless, what’s remarkable, what constitutes the real story of 2019, is this: the US empire can’t seem to accomplish anything anymore, can’t seem to bend anybody to its will. It’s almost sad to watch. America, the big-hulking has-been on the block, still struts its stuff, but most of the world simply ignores it. ... The world is no safer, global terror attacks have only increased ... the United States – or any wannabe hegemon – simply doesn’t possess the capability to shape the world in its own image. ... It turns out that low-tech, cheap insurgent tactics, when combined with impassioned nationalism, can bog down the "world’s best military" indefinitely... Visit Website ]
Mar 20, 2019, 3:54pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The Permanence of White Supremacy
Margaret Kimberley: White supremacy is the guiding force behind many atrocities committed around the world. Zionism is an example of white supremacy in action. But many of those who expressed shock after the New Zealand killings don’t question Israel’s apartheid system that could not be carried out absent the support of the United States and its allies. ... White supremacy explains the willingness of many Americans to support the bipartisan project to carry out regime change in Venezuela and other nations. It is expressed as as positive, a humanitarian gesture meant to save the colored peoples of the world from themselves. The notion of a white man’s burden still exists in the 21st century. ... Europeans invaded Australia and nearly eradicated the aboriginal inhabitants. The entire indigenous population of Tasmania was wiped out by the settler population. The bigger shock is that there aren’t more mass killers from Australia and other nations that owe their existence to genocide... Visit Website ]
Mar 20, 2019, 3:22pm


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