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Evil Hasn't Won, But It Wants Us to Believe It Has
Martin LeFevre: As we've grown older, my family, like the vast majority of people in this godforsaken land, treats us like we have less value and worth because we don't have children. ... Therefore I found Roy Scranton's op-ed in the New York Times, "Raising My Child in a Doomed World" a difficult, disturbing read. ... Nihilists presently hold sway in academia, media and politics. ... Having a child because one loves life and loves one's partner, rather than out of a need to be a respectable part of society, or as insurance against old age, one contributes to the future of humanity. ... So is it "already too late," as Scranton and his intellectual brethren believe and preach? Or can humans stop moving in the direction of self-centeredness, division, conflict and fragmentation? ... We have no idea how close or how far humanity is from having enough human beings with the capacity to change the course of humankind...
Jul 22, 2018, 5:28pm

Commentary
It’s All Fake: Reality TV That Masquerades as American Politics
John W. Whitehead: Indeed, the political scene in the United States has devolved over the years into a carefully calibrated exercise in how to manipulate, polarize, propagandize and control a population. ... As long as we are distracted, entertained, occasionally outraged, always polarized but largely uninvolved and content to remain in the viewer’s seat, we’ll never manage to present a unified front against tyranny (or government corruption and ineptitude) in any form. ... TV news is not what happened. Rather, it is what someone thinks is worth reporting. ... TV news is entertainment. ... It is vitally important to learn about the economic and political interests of those who own the “corporate” media. ... Watching TV news gives the illusion of participation in American life.... Visit Website ]
Jul 22, 2018, 11:28am

Books
Kristin Lawless on the Corporate Takeover of the American Kitchen
Russell Mokhiber: Formerly Known As Food: How the Industrial Food System is Changing Our Minds, Bodies and Culture. ... Lawless challenges the modern food movement for focusing on individual choice – made famous by Michael Pollan’s prescription – eat food, not too much, mostly plants. ... ten companies control nearly every large food and beverage brand in the world – Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods and Mondelez. ... We need to regulate these companies. And that is not going to come from individual choices we make in the store. We have to demand from our politicians that the regulatory agencies – the FDA and the EPA – that they actually regulate these companies. What I uncovered in my research is that in many cases, they are not regulating these companies carefully enough and protecting the public.”... Visit Website ]
Jul 22, 2018, 11:20am

Commentary
There Are 3 Main Theories That Explain Trump’s Approach to Putin and Russia — But Which One Makes the Most Sense?
Thom Hartmann: 1. The Manchurian Candidate: He’s being blackmailed or has been a Russian asset for years. ... 2. The Wannabe Dictator: He believes that countries should be run like companies—essentially autocracies. ... 3. The Deadbeat: He’s not only not rich, but he’s badly in debt, and Russian billionaires are among his main creditors. ... (As Mark Felt (“Deep Throat”) famously said to Bob Woodward: “Follow the money.”)... Visit Website ]
Jul 21, 2018, 11:58am

Peace-Love
“The Price on Everything Is Love”: How a Detroit Community Overcomes a Lack of City Services
Kevon Paynter: A range of neighbor-to-neighbor efforts address basic needs, from healthcare to food access, that are going unmet by local government agencies. ... Decades of economic and population decline, a depleted tax base, and critically underfunded city services have forced Southwest Detroiters to self-organize, establishing a local network of goods and services to fill in for missing city services. The result is a range of neighbor-to-neighbor efforts, like DHEO (Detroiters Helping Each Other), that seek to address broader needs that are going unmet by local government agencies. ... It’s spreading love through giving with the hopes that the people they’re helping out—if they catch someone else who’s on hard times—that they pay it forward... Visit Website ]
Jul 20, 2018, 4:12pm

Commentary
Worldwide Hurricane
David Swanson: One of my favorites has got to be the story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. ... To compete against the U.S. so-called justice system, which tried to kill Carter, wounded him, stole 18 years of his life, but did not defeat him, depended on the legal work, the research, the analysis of Carter himself and his Canadian family, a group of caring individuals who lived together in Toronto. Almost never will a collection of lawyers, no matter how many degrees they have or what level of status and celebrity, do what people who love each other will do. ... We have to collectively and selflessly work together cooperatively, without any let-up or discouragement, until we free, not one wronged person, but a whole wronged species, our whole human potential to be as courageous and determined and wise and forgiving as Rubin Carter was able to be... Visit Website ]
Jul 20, 2018, 3:51pm

Consider This....
Inside WikiLeaks: Working with the Publisher that Changed the World
Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi has worked with WikiLeaks for nine years on the Podesta emails and other revelations ... WikiLeaks is rather unique from many standpoints. As a media organization publishing exclusively secret or otherwise restricted documents on “invisible powers,” such as intelligence agencies, which citizens do not normally perceive as directly relevant to their lives, there is little doubt that WikiLeaks has the full force of the State against it. ... Thanks to WikiLeaks, it has been possible to reveal the true face of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and in Iraq (Afghan War Logs, Iraq War Logs Filesand Collateral Murder), the identities of Guantanamo detainees (Gitmo Files) ... No one can say how it will end for Assange and his team: if they end up in jail in the United States, it will be the first time that an editor and a media organization are imprisoned in the U.S. for their work, at least not since John Peter Zenger in Colonial America... Visit Website ]
Jul 20, 2018, 3:36pm

Environment
Air Quality in Our National Parks Is the Same as in Big Cities
Jason Daley: The EPA under Donald Trump and individual states are in the process of challenging ... the Regional Haze Rule in 1999, designed to restore views at 156 national parks and wilderness areas by cutting the emissions from factories and coal-fired power plants that lead to haze. ... Now a new study released today on air pollution and visitation to national parks in the journal Science Advances could inform that debate: its key findings show that between 1990 and 2014, average ozone levels in the parks were indistinguishable from levels in the United States’ 20 largest metro areas. ... Ozone is a colorless, odorless gas, formed in a complex process by other pollutants, like nitrous oxide and volatile organic compounds, and is one of the major components of haze and smog... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2018, 2:26pm

Articles
Something in the Air
Eyal Press: Jessica Robertson Got Sick Working as an Inspector at a Poultry Plant. Now She’s Speaking Out to Defend Workers Exposed to Chemicals. ... Robertson believes that the source of the ailments were chemicals used at the plant — including a little-known chemical called peracetic acid, or PAA. A colorless bleaching agent with a faintly vinegary odor, PAA has been used to sterilize medical instruments in hospitals. In recent years, escalating quantities of it have also been used to remove bacteria from the carcasses of chickens and turkeys, despite concerns from industry watchdogs that breathing it may put workers at risk, especially when combined with chlorine and other chemical treatments. ... The EU has embraced an alternative model to food safety, the so-called farm-to-fork approach, which requires every link in the food-production chain to implement hygienic standards... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2018, 2:16pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Russiagate and Black Misleadership
Margaret Kimberley: Black people should be first in line when it comes to casting doubt on the work of intelligence agencies and federal prosecutors. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) ought to uphold the proud tradition of defying corrupt law enforcement. Instead they prove themselves to be happy tools of the neoliberal war party, a bipartisan construct that includes the Democrats. ... Robert Mueller is no different from his prosecutor colleagues across the country. They lie. They over charge and force innocent people to plead guilty. They “squeeze” defendants with threats of draconian sentences and get them to turn on other people or even to tell lies themselves. ... After more than one year of investigation Mueller succeeded only in proving that Paul Manafort is a crook and that Donald Trump, Jr. is stupid. ... The goal is to make excuses for the Democratic Party elite, explain away their failures which led to Donald Trump’s election... Visit Website ]
Jul 18, 2018, 3:13pm

Books
Politics and Psychiatry: the Cost of the Trauma Cover-Up
Bruce E. Levine: In Noël Hunter’s recently published Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), she asks, “Are we continuing to funnel money into a fundamentally broken system?” ... Both objective and subjective sources make clear to Hunter that the essential cause for what is called serious mental illness is not some kind of biochemical or genetic defect but some kind of trauma, and that the essential remedy is healing from trauma. ... Despite what the general public repeatedly hears from the mass media, there is no actual science behind proclamations that “schizophrenia” or other “serious mental illnesses” are caused by a biochemical imbalance, a genetic flaw, or any other innate defect... Visit Website ]
Jul 18, 2018, 3:00pm

Commentary
While the World Celebrates Mandela's 100th Birthday, Remember That For Most of His Life, American Conservatives Vilified Him
Bill Berkowitz: President Ronald Reagan, who placed the ANC on the U.S. terror list in the 1980s (a designation that wasn't removed until 2008), labeled the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 as "immoral" and "utterly repugnant." Instead, the Reagan Administration adopted "a position a position of constructive engagement towards South Africa." ... In 1985, Rep. Dick Cheney voted against a congressional resolution calling for the release of Mandela and the recognition of the African National Congress. ... The Religious Right in this country -- and the Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson in particular -- were steadfast in its support of apartheid as well as counter-revolutionary movements in Angola and Mozambique... Visit Website ]
Jul 18, 2018, 2:49pm

Meditations
Transmutation Is Ending Psychological Thought
Martin LeFevre: On one of the hottest days of the year, when the temperature reached near 40 degrees (104), I found a quiet, shady spot by the stream for a meditation. ... A pair of jays bathed in the shaded shallows across the stream. When they finished they dove into the underbrush and then stood vigil on branches overhanging the creek, where they squawked and chased other birds away. ... The question of whether human beings can bring about a transmutation in the brain grows more urgent by the week. ... First of all, the crisis we face is not national, of 'American leadership' (which was dubious at best), or even of Western civilization. It is a crisis of human consciousness itself...
Jul 17, 2018, 5:20pm

Environment
Watts: Another Flint? ... Toxic Contamination Beneath a Billion-Dollar Redevelopment
Dick Russell: Watts, located on a mere 2.1 square miles in South Central Los Angeles, isn’t suffering the immediate effects observed in Flint. Not yet. But the causes of pollution recently detected under a 58-year-old housing project — and the reluctance of officials to address the situation — are much the same. ... The billion-dollar makeover of a sprawling housing project that’s been plagued for decades by contamination from industrial sources threatens to endanger the very residents it is supposed to help. ... Testing of the site has shown toxic levels of lead and other deadly chemicals. Residents have urged that redevelopment should not move forward unless these problems are addressed. But state and city regulators have ignored them.... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2018, 11:54am

Commentary
Amazon Employees Are Using Prime Day to Push for Better Working Conditions
Chavie Lieber: Some Amazon employees in Europe are on strike, and people around the world are boycotting in support. ... “You spend 10 hours on foot, there’s no windows in the place, and you’re not allowed to talk to people — there’s no interactions allowed” ... “I got a sense in no time at all that they work people to death, or until they get too tired to keep working” ... “After two months, I felt I couldn’t work there and maintain a healthy state of mind.” ... The strike from European employees officially started last week, with a European workers’ union, the Transnational Social Strike Platform, announcing that workers in Spain, Poland, Germany, Italy, and France would participate. The workers want “health and decent jobs for all Amazon workers”... Visit Website ]
Jul 17, 2018, 11:43am


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