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See the Past Through the Present, Not the Present Through the Past
Martin LeFevre: What does it mean to see the past through the portal of the present, rather than the present through the prism of the past? It means retaining or recovering an innocence of perception. ... That entails holding to what is, rather than viewing the world through one's knowledge and experience. It involves rejecting relativism, casuistry and sophistry, without falling into the trap of solipsism, over-simplification and superiority...
Jun 24, 2017, 5:00pm

Consider This....
The Poverty State of Mind and the State’s Obligations to the Poor
Ezra Rosser: The hurdles facing a poor person are real, even with the right mindset, and one misstep, illness, or setback can make it nearly impossible to escape poverty. ... Even if this negative characterization of the poor is true and poverty is “a state of mind,” does that mean that the poor should not have their basic needs, and those of their children, met? Does it mean that we should tolerate the fact that even if they work full time, some people cannot afford decent housing? ... We as a country and as a people can afford to attack poverty and alleviate the suffering of the poor... Visit Website ]
Jun 24, 2017, 11:55am

Commentary
Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power
Paul Street: Saudi Arabia does not permit free speech, free association, trade unions, national elections or political parties. Dissenters are imprisoned, tortured and executed. Women are kept in a horrifically subordinate position in Saudi Arabia, arguably the mostly sexist and reactionary nation on the planet. ... Iran, by contrast, is a comparative regional paragon of human rights and democracy. ... The United States remains deeply allied and entwined with autocratic governments ... American control of the flow of capitalism’s critical raw material, oil, garnered the U.S. critical leverage over Europe, Japan and other nations. Middle Eastern oil was the great lever, and U.S. planners knew that other rich nations were more dependent on that oil than the U.S. That’s still the case today... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2017, 4:57pm

Blogosphere
Afghanistan the World’s Largest Opium Producer
Stephen Lendman: Opium is used to produce heroin and other illicit opioids. ... In his book titled “The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade,” Alfred McCoy documented CIA and US government complicity in drugs trafficking at the highest official levels. ... Heroin and other illicit drugs produce hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenues – a US government-supported bonanza for corrupt regime officials, the CIA, organized crime and Western financial institutions, heavily involved in money laundering. ... Pre-9/11, Afghanistan under Taliban rule eradicated 94% of opium production according to UN estimates, one of various reasons why Bush/Cheney launched naked aggression on the country in October 2001... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2017, 4:35pm

Free Speech
Immigration police grab two more activists
Two more workers organizing with the immigrant rights organization Migrant Justice were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection just hours after they had participated in the group's 13-mile-long March for Milk with Dignity. ... Vermont's immigrant dairy farm workers often face wage theft, 70- to 80-hour workweeks without overtime pay, going days at a time without eight consecutive hours off, substandard housing conditions housing on farms that lack drinking water, and many other intolerable conditions. ... We face the harsh reality that the government and the business class that run this society ... want immigrant workers--and others besides--to be voiceless and too terrified to do anything other than accept appalling conditions and miserable wages.... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2017, 12:58pm

Articles
Deep History of America’s Deep State
Jada Thacker: The idea of an elitist Deep State – erasing a “mistake” by the people – pervades current efforts to remove buffoonish President Trump, but the concept has deep historical roots dating from the Founding ... (Deep State – loosely defined as an unelected elite that manipulates the elected government to serve its own interests.) ... 230 years ago, an unelected group of elite Americans held a secretive meeting with an undisclosed agenda. Their purpose was not merely to manipulate lawful government in their own interests, but to abolish it altogether. In its place, they would install a radically undemocratic government – a “more perfect” government, they said – better suited to their investment portfolios... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2017, 12:51pm

Meditations
No Design, Just Endless Creation
Martin LeFevre: The true capacity of the human being is not for science and technology, or even the amassing of knowledge, but for ever-deeper and wider awareness. Without developing our latent capacity for conscious awareness, the extension of knowledge and the expansion of technology have very little meaning ... I believe everyone has the "bandwidth," or capacity they require to come up to the mark for him or her. Who or what sets that mark? Life, circumstances, and intelligence beyond intellect...
Jun 22, 2017, 5:15pm

Articles
Watergate and the Downing of Nixon, Part 2
Russ Baker: Nixon’s presence in Dallas on November 22, 1963, along with LBJ’s — and Poppy Bush’s quieter presence on the periphery — created a rather remarkable situation. Three future presidents of the United States were all present in a single American city on the day when their predecessor was assassinated there. Within days, a fourth — Gerald Ford — would be asked by LBJ to join the Warren Commission investigating the event. ... (Nixon was in Dallas for the Pepsi bottlers convention - its early reservation of one large venue helped determine Kennedy’s ultimate destination and thus the motorcade route.)... Visit Website ]
Jun 22, 2017, 4:34pm

Environment
Big Oil in the Rocky Mountain State: the Overwhelming Tawdriness of Government in Colorado
Phillip Doe: The stench of corruption and contempt for the people who are in the crosshairs of the urban drillers is so pervasive in this state that many have lost their sense of smell. This is not an unknown phenomenon in nature or social structure. Hydrogen Sulfide is a deadly gas that has an acrid smell as early warning, but as a broad spectrum poison it quickly deadens the senses, including the sense of smell, to mask its deadly potential. Olfactory fatigue its called, making it impossible for many to smell the corruption that is destroying our neighborhoods, our environment and any residual belief in democratic processes... Visit Website ]
Jun 22, 2017, 10:22am

Commentary
Invisible Empire Beneath the Radar, Above Suspicion
Jason Hirthler: To the modern ear, yellow journalism sounds a lot like “fake news,” with its ceaseless reliance on anonymous sources, fake experts, misleading interpretations, and scare tactics. Yellow journalism and fake news are both euphemisms for state propaganda, typically employed to mask the machinery of empire. Whatever we name it, state deceit is in any case slated to grow more pervasive ... As Noam Chomsky said, “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”... Visit Website ]
Jun 22, 2017, 10:07am

Blogosphere
UNAC (United National Anti-War Coalition) Brings Power to the People
Margaret Kimbeley: The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) recently convened its fourth national conference in Richmond, Virginia. The organizations that comprise this coalition are unwavering in their determination to fight for peace and justice. ... All of the oppressions are intertwined. Millions of Americans toil under wage slavery or prison slavery and make fortunes for other people. But the contradictions of capitalism are growing more acute, and imperialist war is the outcome of a system trying to maintain itself. The fight for a living minimum wage and the fight against interventions abroad must therefore be addressed together because they are in fact part of a whole... Visit Website ]
Jun 21, 2017, 4:11pm

Books
Beyond “No” and the Limits of “Yes” - Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need
Robert Jensen: "Trump is not a rupture at all, but rather the culmination—the logical end point—of a great many dangerous stories our culture has been telling for a very long time. That greed is good. That the market rules. That money is what matters in life. That white men are better than the rest. That the natural world is there for us to pillage. That the vulnerable deserve their fate and the one percent deserve their golden towers. That anything public or commonly held is sinister and not worth protecting. That we are surrounded by danger and should only look after our own. That there is no alternative to any of this... Visit Website ]
Jun 20, 2017, 5:14pm

Meditations
Days of Reckoning
Martin LeFevre: The elites of society are not inherently corrupt and incompetent. They could have told the American people the truth after their complicity with the Bush Administration's evils in invading Iraq, franchising torture and spreading terrorism. ... But they didn't ... Contrary to the conventional wisdom of the commentariat, the problem with America is not merely that "civically, we're in a dangerous place when it comes to how we view, treat and talk about people we disagree with." The rot goes much deeper, and has infected the core...
Jun 20, 2017, 10:04am

Environment
We Can’t Fight Climate Change if We Keep Lying to Ourselves
Chris Hedges: African-Americans understand, in a way perhaps only the oppressed can grasp, that our character and dignity will be measured by our ability to name and resist the malignant forces that seem to hold us in a death grip. Catastrophic climate change is inevitable. Our technology and science will not save us. The future of humanity is now in peril. At best, we can mitigate the crisis. We cannot avert it. We are fighting for our lives. ... if we fight back, perhaps reconfigure our lives and our society to mitigate the worst savagery, dramatically reduce our carbon footprint and save ourselves from complete annihilation. The power elites will do nothing to save us... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2017, 11:38am

Links
A Psychedelic Spin on “National Security”: The Summer of Surprisingly Political Love
Ira Chernus: Charles Perry, the historian of Haight-Ashbury, recalled one hippie who summed up the difference between his tribe and the more political types this way: “They talk about peace. We are peace.”... Perhaps it’s time to take a retrospective look at that Summer of Love moment, half a century ago, and reacquaint ourselves with the two kinds of radicalism of the time, one promoting a more humane idea of security and the other aimed at building a new kind of life that transcended the question of security altogether. Perhaps between them they might spark some truly new thinking... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2017, 11:04am


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