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Inside corporations’ war on science
Sean Illing: Johnson & Johnson announced this week that it will stop putting talc, a mineral linked to asbestos, in its baby powder products. The move comes after years of lawsuits alleging that the powder causes various cancers. ... has spent decades funding biased science and lobbying the government to avoid regulating its products or labeling them as cancer-causing. ... It’s a tactic deployed by many other industries that have a stake in stifling regulation and the science behind it. ... From cancer-causing hair products and apparel to diabetes-linked food and sugary drinks, corporations have realized that you don’t have to convince the public or government officials of anything — all you have to do is create the illusion of doubt... Visit Website ]
May 26, 2020, 4:45pm

Books
The Military-Industrial-Governmental Complex - Christian Sorensen’s Understanding the War Industry
Eric Walberg: Sorensen compares the war industry to a cancer. Given the current viral pandemic, I think a virus is a better metaphor, and it is not the war industry per se that is the virus, but capitalism. It is capitalism’s logic of expansion, conquest, exploitation that drives the war machine. ... The disease affects different people differently. If you are really big and control lots of resources (US, Germany), you tend to become a bully, stealing from others or enslaving them to give you even more goodies. If you get lazy, you can farm out the work to willing servant-slaves (China, Bangladesh, etc.)... Visit Website ]
May 26, 2020, 4:06pm

Meditations
From a Spiritual Perspective
Martin LeFevre: The world is made, not divinely created. What humans made can be remade with insight, creativity, conviction and courage. ... That is especially true when an old order is collapsing, as it is now after one of the last struts has been kicked out by the pandemic. The question is, how deep does the crisis go, and what is an adequate response? ... It's a matter of opening one's eyes to what is happening inwardly and outwardly, and of ceasing to move headlong in a self-centered consumeristic direction as the earth and humanity go over the cliff...
May 23, 2020, 4:33pm

Health
New research raises more concerns about airborne transmission of COVID-19
Lloyd Alter: Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2: The world should face the reality. Dr. Moraska notes that handwashing and social distancing are not enough; they do not prevent infection by inhalation of the virus. ... all possible precautions against airborne transmission in indoor scenarios should be taken. Precautions include increased ventilation rate, using natural ventilation, avoiding air recirculation, avoiding staying in another person’s direct air flow, and minimizing the number of people sharing the same environment... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2020, 5:18pm

Commentary
Rethinking Public Safety: Trust vs. Force
Robert C. Koehler: “Guns aren’t just a danger in and of themselves,” writes Noah Berlatsky at Quartz. “They enable a policing philosophy built on violence and forced compliance, rather than one founded on respect, trust and consent. That philosophy affects every police interaction, even those that don’t involve actual shooting.” ... We need to start over: set down the guns and strip this system down to the bone, with the intention of rebuilding our social infrastructure on a foundation of trust, cooperation and a belief in the sanctity of life... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2020, 4:43pm

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America Abstains: Millions of Voters Have Lost Faith in US Democracy
Gabriella Novello: If voter turnout is indicative of a democracy’s health, then the US is clearly ailing. Only slightly more than half of all eligible voters cast their ballots in presidential elections, which is far below the turnout seen in peer countries. ... While systematic voter suppression certainly plays a role in this anemic performance, millions of Americans don’t vote because they have lost faith in the system or believe that elections are rigged. ... Other reasons identified in the report (“The 100 Million Project: The Untold Story of American Non-Voters,”) include a real or perceived lack of knowledge about the candidates and issues, disappointment in choices, and a belief that their votes do not matter... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2020, 3:32pm

Articles
Women Have Risen to Heroic Heights During Covid-19
H. Patricia Hynes: ... — comprising the majority of essential health care workers, leading successful countries in containing the coronavirus, homeschooling children while working from home. ... As of mid-April, women led six of seven countries with the best record of containing Covid-19 infections and deaths: Germany, Taiwan, New Zealand, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark. ... Though taking different approaches, some lockdowns, some not, the women-led successful countries acted immediately and decisively with testing, tracking, widespread education, adequate personal protection, and with ongoing personal communication through press conferences, some for children only. ... "women are more likely to lead through inspiration, transforming people’s attitudes and beliefs, and aligning people with meaning and purpose than men are."... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2020, 3:16pm

Meditations
The Crisis Is First Inward, Not Outward
Martin LeFevre: Sometimes the clearest way to view current events is through the lens of recent history. Contrary to the pundit class, we're not living in a different world. It's the same old shit recycled and accelerated. ... The pandemic is intensifying the crisis of human consciousness, as well as the opportunity and urgency to change course that was squandered with the end of the Cold War. ... The truth is that the US collapsed at the same time the USSR did, just internally (socially and morally) rather than externally (economically and politically) as in Russia. It's just taken this long for it to become undeniable...
May 20, 2020, 4:07pm

Commentary
Gardening Advice from Indigenous Food Growers
Stephanie Woodard: “Gardens represent resiliency, strength, wellness, culture.” ... “Working in a garden develops your relationship to the land,” says Aubrey Skye, a Hunkpapa Lakota gardener. ... While gardening, Skye says, tribal gardeners will put into action traditional practices that arise from close observations of nature and the belief that humans, plants, animals, and other aspects of the natural world form a mutually reliant community. We are all related... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2020, 3:53pm

Health
Cuba Develops Effective Peptide for Treatment of COVID-19
teleSUR: This protein increases its concentration during viral infections and inflammatory processes. ... CIGB-258 operates in the regulation of the immune system. ... 12 patients started CIGB-258 therapy intheir severe stages and 19 in the critical disease phase. In the first group, survival was 92 percent, while in the second group it was 73 percent. ... "Cuba's Minister of Health, Jose Angel Portal Miranda, referred to the contributions of the-pharmaceutical and biotechnological industry, with innovative products for the treatment of the disease, such as recombinant Interferon alpha 2b, monoclonal antibodies, the CIGB-258 peptide and Surfacen."... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2020, 12:24pm

Commentary
Another Bank Bailout under Cover of a Virus
Ellen Brown: Insolvent Wall Street banks have been quietly bailed out again. Banks made risk-free by the government should be public utilities. ... State and local governments could make cheap credit available to their communities, but today they too are second class citizens when it comes to borrowing. ... State and local governments with a mandate to serve the public interest deserve to be treated as well as private Wall Street banks that have repeatedly been found guilty of frauds on the public. ... As Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, create a new model that makes the old model obsolete... Visit Website ]
May 19, 2020, 12:02pm

Environment
“No Mow May” Campaign Asks Us to Leave the Lawn Alone Until June to Help Save Bees
Not mowing in May results in more flowers and nectar all summer long for struggling pollinators. Wildlife organization urges us to leave lawnmowers locked up until June. ... Not mowing in May results in a greater diversity and number of flowers throughout the summer, a British wildlife organization called Plantlife claims. .... The organization conducted an experiment in last year in which hundreds of homeowners agreed not to mow their lawns until June. Participants’ lawns produced a much wider variety of flower species and enough nectar to feed 10 times as many bees as normal lawns. ... Our results show these unmown long-grass areas are home to a greater range of wild flower species... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2020, 2:13pm

Meditations
Can Human Nature Change?
Martin LeFevre: The mind, as the word is usually used, means the movement of thought in the brain. But there is another meaning to the word mind--a quality of awareness and attention that transcends and silences the mind-as-thought. ... It's essential to let go of enslavement to belief systems, and not be enchained to any tradition, technique or teacher. Belief of any sort is a conditioning that binds the mind, denying the direct perception of truth and the sacred. So the first step for a serious person, a person who really wants to be free, is to question belief and tradition within oneself. ... With regard to spiritual and inward matters, there really are no teachers. One must be one's own teacher. ...
May 16, 2020, 3:49pm

Commentary
Iran – Powerful and Determined
Andre Vltchek: I refuse to describe Iran as a victim. It is not. It is one of the most influential and strong-minded nations on Earth. ... Iran is home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world ... Iran is an internationalist country. Not unlike Cuba or Venezuela, who are its long-term allies. Even when injured, itself, it helps others, those who need solidarity even more. This can never be forgotten, particularly in places like Latin America, or Syria. ... Now, many are perhaps wondering, what triggered, in the West, such hate towards Iran? ... “It is a Socialist country. Socialist with Iranian characteristics.”... Visit Website ]
May 16, 2020, 12:22pm

Environment
The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year
Jillian Ambrose: A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels. ... The plans, devised by renewable chemicals company Avantium, have already won the support of beer-maker Carlsberg, which hopes to sell its pilsner in a cardboard bottle lined with an inner layer of plant plastic. ... “This plastic has very attractive sustainability credentials because it uses no fossil fuels, and can be recycled – but would also degrade in nature much faster than normal plastics do,” ... Avantium plans to use plant sugars from sustainable sourced biowaste so that the rise of plant plastic does not affect the global food supply chain... Visit Website ]
May 16, 2020, 12:08pm


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