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America’s 'recycled' plastic waste is clogging landfills, survey finds
Erin McCormick, The Guardian, UK: Many plastic items that Americans put in their recycling bins aren’t being recycled at all, according to a major new survey of hundreds of recycling facilities across the US. ... The research, conducted by Greenpeace and released on Tuesday, found that out of 367 recycling recovery facilities surveyed none could process coffee pods, fewer than 15% accepted plastic clamshells – such as those used to package fruit, salad or baked goods – and only a tiny percentage took plates, cups, bags and trays. ... While the report found there is still a strong recycling market for bottles and jugs labeled #1 or #2, such as plastic water bottles and milk containers, the pipeline has bottomed out for many plastics labelled #3-7 ... “If manufacturers are going to make these products, they should be buying them back. They can be the ones closing the loop.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2020, 3:55pm

Commentary
Assange defence team: “The empire calls it espionage. We call it journalism”
Thomas Scripps: More than 100 journalists from 23 countries attended a press conference in London yesterday to discuss the US extradition hearing for Julian Assange that opens Monday ... Ten years ago, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson recalled, Assange was an internationally celebrated journalist. WikiLeaks had worked with a core group of journalists from all over the world to release the documents known as Cablegate. “Those core values are being challenged in a court next week in the Julian Assange case.” ... Describing as “absurd” the US State Department’s claims that Assange is not a journalist, and WikiLeaks not a media organisation ... Rejecting the baseless allegations of “heartbroken generals from the Pentagon” that WikiLeaks’ exposures had “endangered lives,” Hrafnsson replied, “I thought that was ironic from the person who we [had] just exposed as having run death squads in Afghanistan.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2020, 3:38pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Bloomberg is Worse Than Trump
Margaret Kimberley: Billionaire Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat who ran (for Mayor of New York) as a Republican in order to avoid a democratic primary that he feared losing. He won with the help of his bottomless pit of campaign money ... But Bloomberg unleashed the police in ways that Giuliani only dreamed of doing. His notorious stop and frisk policy victimized black New Yorkers millions of times. ... Bloomberg still has the right, influential people in his pocket. The media will endorse him. He has already bought off the Democratic National Committee and Emily’s List. ... past history tells us that Bloomberg is a Trump with more money and better manners. Yet his entrance into the race is proof that the billionaires will give up nothing. ... Bloomberg doesn’t have enemies because he buys them off... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2020, 3:23pm

Commentary
Who Will Compensate for Stolen Secrets and How?
Vladimir Platov: According to a journalistic investigation conducted by the Swiss TV program Rundschau, the German TV channel ZDF and the The Washington Post, American and German intelligence services gained access to secret correspondence from more than a hundred countries up until 2018 (at least!), through the Swiss company Crypto AG from the canton of Zug. ... With the help of specially modified encryption devices produced by Crypto AG, they’ve been quietly listening to and monitoring global information channels for decades, accessing the secret correspondence of dozens of governments which utilized Crypto AG’s encryption equipment. ... US intelligence services didn’t limit themselves to just using Crypto AG, but have expanded their secret arsenal of encryption companies, turning to Google, Microsoft, Verizon and other American tech giants in order to take advantage of the global scale of their activities, according to former Western spies... Visit Website ]
Feb 18, 2020, 2:59pm

Environment
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Was a Cover-Up, Not a Cleanup
Alison Rose Levy : “On April 20, 2010, a fiery explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig ... unleashing a gusher of oil into the gulf ... leaked an estimated 3.19 million barrels (over 130 million gallons) of oil into the Gulf of Mexico ... (The Administration ) ultimately failed to remediate the disaster by:... Bypassing authentic remediation and instead pouring 1.84 million gallons of a chemical product called Corexit into the Gulf of Mexico without regard for environmental or health consequences. ... Dispersants do not reduce the amount of oil entering the environment, but push the effects of the spill underwater.”... A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Pollution found that crude oil becomes 52 times more toxic when combined with Corexit... Visit Website ]
Feb 18, 2020, 2:37pm

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Geofencing Is Team Trump’s High-Tech Invasive Targeting of Swing State Catholics, Even in Church
Bill Berkowitz: “Political marketers are using cellphone data from churchgoers to target the GOP base, especially white Catholic and evangelicals in key states for the 2020 presidential election.” ... “Politically-minded geofencers capture data from the cellphones of churchgoers, and then purchase ads targeting those devices,” ... geofencing -- “a location-based service in which an app or other software uses GPS, RFID, Wi-Fi or cellular data to trigger a pre-programmed action when a mobile device or RFID tag enters or exits a virtual boundary set up around a geographical location, known as a geofence ... Businesses can also use geofencing to monitor employees in the field, automate time cards and keep track of company property.. Visit Website ]
Feb 18, 2020, 2:17pm

Meditations
Stop Eating Meat? Facing the Choice, Don't Choose
Martin LeFevre: Given how I became one, I don't talk much about being a vegetarian. Each person has to come to it in his or her own way. My way, which I wouldn't recommend, was life threatening. ... There are three ways to become a vegetarian---from the head, from the heart, and from the gut. The first often doesn't stick, and the third involves serious illness. ... The best reason I ever heard for becoming a vegetarian was a one word answer given by a religious teacher when he was asked why he didn't eat meat. "Pity," he replied. ... There is no choice. Or rather, there is a choice, but there is no choosing. As Socrates pointed out a long time ago, when you really see the right thing, you act...
Feb 17, 2020, 4:23pm

Environment
Cities turn to freewheeling public transport
Alex Kirby: Cities worldwide are making their public transport free to use. As passenger numbers rise, car use falls. What’s not to like? ... Transport is one of the big polluters. Cities in particular want more efficient, cleaner ways of moving people. The good news is that recent innovations suggest an effective answer: if public transport is free, more people are likely to use it ... Fare-free transit can also help to cut poverty. The benefits of maintaining a transit system that drives the economy and helps residents at all income levels to get to their jobs, while keeping commuters off the roads, are so great that some urban leaders say the costs should be shared fairly by taxpayers... Visit Website ]
Feb 17, 2020, 3:22pm

Commentary
The New Rules of the Game
Chris Hedges: The quadrennial political game of least worst, or how to scare the public to vote for presidential candidates who serve corporate power, comes this season with a new twist. ... should Bernie Sanders manage to evade the snares, traps and minefields laid for him by the Democratic Party elites, should he miraculously become the party’s nominee, the game of least worst will radically change ... Trump will become the establishment’s reluctant least worse option. Sanders will become a leper. ... The ruling elites, once divided between Trump and Hillary Clinton, with most of the elites preferring Clinton, will be united against Sanders. They will back Trump as the least worst... Visit Website ]
Feb 17, 2020, 2:43pm

Meditations
The Fundamental Question of Our Time
Martin LeFevre: The fundamental question of our time is: Does a prototype exist somewhere in this world that can provide an adequate response to the human crisis? ... To my mind, the answer is no, because an unprecedented crisis in humankind's relationship with nature means an unprecedented crisis of consciousness, requiring an unparalleled response. ... What worked in pouring the foundation in the 1800's for Nordic success in lessening economic disparity and social misery, and building a modern society, would require a psychological revolution to even be seriously considered in present-day America. Then again that's precisely what's urgently required... Self-knowing people ... awaken insight through unreactive, undivided observation, growing simpler and subtler in their understanding of themselves and the world...
Feb 15, 2020, 4:57pm

Commentary
Why This Election Is Different
David Swanson: U.S. presidents 43, 44, and 45 have been, respectively, a nitwit, a smart guy, and a dumbfuck. ... The policies have been variations on the theme of rolling catastrophe regardless. Climate collapse is ever nearer, and nuclear apocalypse is more likely than ever before (according to the Doomsday Clock). ... We can elect the very best prom king or queen, the person we’d like to have a beer with, the “outsider,” the “change candidate,” or some other vacuous label, but none of that will steer the world away from the cliff it’s rushing toward. ... If representative government is supposed to approximate democracy, then we have to figure out what we want and who will come closest to representing it. ... Do we want a civilized healthcare system like the rest of the wealthy nations of the world have long had? Or do we want to spend more money for less health... Visit Website ]
Feb 15, 2020, 11:48am

Books
Homewreckers and Nationwreckers United
Philip A. Faruggio: Homewreckers: How a Gang of Wall Street Kingpins, Hedge Fund Magnates, Crooked Banks, and Vulture Capitalists Suckered Millions Out of Their Homes and Demolished the American Dream ... Aaron Glantz covers the beginnings and the rash aftermath of the 2008 Subprime Housing bubble... Vulture Capitalists, like present Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, to name but a few of the scoundrels currently surrounding Mr. Trump, made fortunes on the taxpayers’ dime. ... What Homewreckers also focused on was the newest economic pandemic hitting our nation: The corporate Absentee Landlords ... Steve Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group, and his partner Pete Peterson, bought up foreclosed homes by the tens of thousands and turned them into rental properties. ... Many times the folks who once owned a home were now tenants in the same house, now under the auspices of their landlord... Visit Website ]
Feb 15, 2020, 10:42am

Environment
Menace on the Menu in Post-EU Britain
Colin Todhunter: PM Boris Johnson is planning to do a trade deal with the US that could see the gutting of food and environment standards. ... with a US trade deal in the pipeline, there are major concerns about GMOs, chlorinated chickens and the lowering of food standards across the board. But for Mason, glyphosate is a big concern. ... Mason has presented ... statistics on the spiralling rates of disease and illness among the UK public which correlate with the increasing use of agrochemicals, especially glyphosate. ... strong science suggests glyphosate is the culprit in the exploding epidemics of celiac disease, colitis, gluten sensitivities, diabetes and non-alcoholic liver cancer which, for the first time, is attacking children as young as 10... Visit Website ]
Feb 15, 2020, 12:06am

Blogosphere
Israel’s Netanyahu boasts of having Destroyed US 1st Amendment and Free Speech
Juan Cole: Binyamin Netanyahu, who has been indicted for corruption and is facing an election soon, just boasted that his ministry of strategic affairs has managed to undermine first amendment protections for free speech in the United States by lobbying state legislatures to pass laws forbidding the boycott of Israel. ... Anti-boycott laws of the Old South were used against Martin Luther King, Jr. and other activists in the Civil Rights movement ... Some 28 US states have passed laws prohibiting the boycott of Israel and attempting to punish this action by denying such individuals state contracts. ... University professors invited to speak on campus in the states with these horrid laws have been asked to sign statements they don’t boycott Israel before being allowed to speak. These procedures are the most dangerous assault on free speech in the United States since the McCarthy era... Visit Website ]
Feb 14, 2020, 12:34pm

News
Canada: protests go mainstream as support for Wet'suwet'en pipeline fight widens
Amber Bracken, The Guardian: Protesters have blocked railways and barricaded ports in wave of dissent – and the pressure on Justin Trudeau has increased ... The long-simmering conflict came to a head this week, as Canada’s national police force deployed helicopters, armed officers and dogs to enforce a court injunction and clear Indigenous activists who had been blocking work crews from the route of the C$6.6bn (US$5bn) Coastal GasLink project. ... In Alberta – a province whose economy relies on oil and gas – the conservative premier, Jason Kenney ... “This is not about Indigenous people. It’s not about carbon emissions. It’s about a hard-left ideology that is, frankly, opposed to the entire modern industrial economy”... Molly Wickham, a spokesperson for the Wet’suwet’en .., “Indigenous people see what’s happening to us and see what’s happening to our territory and our pristine waters – and to our people on the ground, having semiautomatic weapons aimed at us... Visit Website ]
Feb 14, 2020, 12:08pm


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