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Fracking and Health: Colorado Locals Aim to Clear the Air
Max Steiner: A 2019 study commissioned by Colorado’s public health department to look at chemical exposure near fracking sites validated residents’ symptoms. At 500 feet from well sites, one hour of exposure to benzene and toluene in the air was 10 times higher than the levels federal guidelines suggest are safe for human health. Concentrations remained several times higher than those thresholds even 2,000 feet out. ... Environmental and health impacts of the 1,084 additives the US Environmental Protection Agency catalogs are often not known ... “It’s really toxic,” said Sandra Duggan. “That’s the primary concern that we all have: To what extent are we being poisoned, and why isn’t anybody doing anything about it?”... Visit Website ]
Jun 24, 2021, 4:02pm

Health
India’s Farmers and the Neoliberal Playbook
Colin Todhunter: Globally, there is an ongoing trend of a handful of big companies determining what food is grown, how it is grown, what is in it and who sells it. This model involves highly processed food adulterated with chemical inputs ending up in large near-monopoly supermarket chains or fast-food outlets that rely on industrial-scale farming. ... Indian farmers continue their protest against three recent farm bills that are designed to fully corporatize the agrifood sector through contract farming, the massive roll-back of public sector support systems, a reliance on imports (boosted by a future US trade deal) and the acceleration of large-scale (online) retail. Visit Website ]
Jun 24, 2021, 12:46pm

Did You Know
When a President Lies
David Rosen: Joe Biden - Let’s get this straight: How would it be if the United States were viewed by the rest of the world as interfering with the elections directly of other countries, and everybody knew it? ... Sadly, Biden was lying, whether intentionally or out of false claim of ignorance. ... Wikipedia identifies 77 “U.S. involvement[s] in regime change” from the late-19th century through the 2010s ... In a 2013 study, Foreign Policy magazine detailed seven CIA orchestrated coups in the post-WW-II era... Visit Website ]
Jun 24, 2021, 12:38pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Biden, Putin and the Press
Margaret Kimberley: Corporate media in the United States work hand in hand with the state and promote its neoliberal and imperialist agenda. There is great continuity from administration to administration and nowhere is that more obvious than in the realm of foreign policy. ... The duopoly war party consensus doesn’t just dominate in the White House and Congress, but also in television news and newspapers. ... The recent summit meeting between Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin demonstrated that the media see themselves as governmental servants.... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2021, 12:37pm

Commentary
How Does America Solve Its "Fake News" Crisis?
Thom Hartmann: America is now in the midst of a “truth crisis” that threats to tear us apart and end the American Experiment in democratic governance; Finland is implementing a solution to “fake news” that we should seriously consider ... They’re actively teaching their people how to spot propaganda and media disinformation, starting with schoolchildren and extending all the way to the oldest of their citizens. ... “The first line of defence [against fake news] is the kindergarten teacher.” ... Recognizing propaganda is now a common theme on Finnish TV. Politicians speak proudly of their fellow Finns’ ability to spot trolls, lies and logical fallacies... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2021, 12:15pm

Health
What I Know and Don’t Know about SARS-CoV-2 Virus
Edward Curtin: I know that vast numbers of people have been hypnotized by fear, threats, and bribes to accept the corporate mainstream media’s version of COVID-19. ... I know that the experimental mRNA “vaccines” that are being pushed on everyone are not traditional vaccines but dangerous experiments whose long-term consequences are unknown. ... I know that those pushing these vaccines – The World Economic Forum, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, etc. – have a long history of wanting to drastically reduce the world’s population and that their promotion of eugenics under various names is very well known... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2021, 12:01pm

Meditations
Speeding Toward a Dark Singularity
Martin LeFevre: "Humanity is sloppily, awkwardly lumbering toward consciousness." As much as I would like to believe that myself, it simply isn't so. ... The basic direction of humankind is rapidly becoming darker and direr. The need for hope denies the necessity of seeing things as they are. The human condition and consciousness are worsening by the week. ... The idea that information and knowledge equal change is, like false hope itself, dying a hard death. It's no choice between cynicism and nihilism, and believing that we're headed in the right direction as a species- they are two sides of the same coin.
Jun 21, 2021, 5:00pm

Links
How America’s 50 Largest Inherited-Wealth Dynasties Accelerate Inequality
Chuck Collins: A new IPS/Inequality.org report finds that the U.S. continues to suffer from the extreme and growing wealth and power of inherited-wealth family dynasties – and the growth of their extreme wealth accelerated during the pandemic. ... Dynastically wealthy families wield a great deal of political power, and use it to further their interests. ... The report profiles dynastic family members who spend millions lobbying for favorable tax, labor, and trade policies, give to candidates, campaigns and PACs, serve on policy advisory boards; and even serve in government themselves... Visit Website ]
Jun 21, 2021, 11:23am

Blogosphere
The Left Isn’t Failing, It’s Being Sabotaged: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: In later years we’re going to learn about some of the covert operations which US intelligence agencies and their proxies were using to smash the rise of socialism in America today and a lot of people are going to feel silly for all their remarks blaming the state of the left on leftists. ... COINTELPRO-like tactics most certainly continue today, especially online. ... Really we’re all just going to have to wake up. To become more conscious of our own inner processes as well as the outer dynamics which cause suffering... Visit Website ]
Jun 20, 2021, 4:02pm

Commentary
Juneteenth Is About Freedom
Dale Kretz: Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth, we should remember not only the struggle against chattel slavery but the struggle for radical freedom during Reconstruction — snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. ... "Sharecropping emerged as a compromise between wage slavery and actual slavery." ... Juneteenth is worth celebrating for its promised end to human bondage, but its history also reminds us of the “counterrevolution of property” waged against the revolution that was the American Civil War.. Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2021, 2:07pm

Did You Know
There is More to BlackRock Than You Might Imagine
F. William Engdahl: A virtually unregulated investment firm today exercises more political and financial influence than the Federal Reserve and most governments on this planet. The firm, BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager, invests a staggering $9 trillion in client funds worldwide, a sum more than double the annual GDP of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... This colossus sits atop the pyramid of world corporate ownership, including in China ... Since 1988 the company has put itself in a position to de facto control the Federal Reserve, most Wall Street mega-banks, including Goldman Sachs, the Davos World Economic Forum Great Reset, the Biden Administration... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2021, 1:45pm

Environment
Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring
Damian Carrington: Production of chemical could help make recycling more attractive and tackle global plastic pollution ... Researchers have already developed mutant enzymes to break down the polyethylene terephthalate polymer used for drinks bottles into its basic units, terephthalic acid (TA). Scientists have now used bugs to convert TA into vanillin. ... (which) is used widely in the food and cosmetics industries ... 85% of vanillin is currently synthesised from chemicals derived from fossil fuels... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2021, 1:27pm

Commentary
Why we must confront the history of U.S. Native boarding schools if we hope to heal
Naomi Ishisaka: The U.S. had 367 Native boarding schools, run by religious organizations or the U.S. government. Over 70 still operate today, the oldest continually operated one being Chemawa Indian School in Oregon. By the 1930s, an estimated two-thirds of Native people attended boarding schools at some point in their lives, according to a 2008 story in The Seattle Times. ... The first U.S. government-run, off-reservation boarding school was Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian School. Founded in 1879 by Capt. Richard H. Pratt, his infamous motto, “Kill the Indian and save the man,” spoke volumes about the true purpose and brutality of these institutions... Visit Website ]
Jun 18, 2021, 11:36am

Consider This....
The Original Inconvenient Truth
Jeff Schechtman: Interview with Josiah Thompson,author of Last Second in Dallas ... a “clearing” of all the bad information, and a reaffirmation of the simplicity of what we actually know (about JFK murder) ... We now can say that what happened was that Kennedy was hit above the right temple by a shot fired from about 8 to 10 feet west of the corner of the stockade fence, that that shot killed him without any question. ... three-quarters of a second later, Kennedy is hit a second time in the head by a shot that clearly came from the depository window ... One guy didn’t do it ... What this also means is that Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill the president... Visit Website ]
Jun 17, 2021, 2:20pm

Books
History at 30,000 Feet: Malcom Gladwell’s “The Bomber Mafia”
Aaron William Moore – Ran Zwigenberg: Gladwell’s argument is as simple as it is frustrating. He posits that during the war the US bomber command faced a choice between precision bombing and mass terror bombing. ... Curtis LeMay ... oversaw a firebombing campaign that incinerated vast areas of urban Japan in order to break the morale of the Japanese and force them to surrender. ... In effect, however, we are not saving lives overall, but our own lives. ... by eliminating the voices of those who experienced the air raids, we lose sight of how awful the “good war” really was ... Whether the indiscriminate, systematic mass killing of non-combatants was justified in order to stop Nazism and Japanese imperialism is a debate that will never end, particularly in America. ... But looking away from the non-combatants whom the US armed forces killed is not a responsible way to have that debate... Visit Website ]
Jun 17, 2021, 12:11am


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