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Kelp Farming Is Reviving an Ancient Practice — and a Modern Economy
Iris Crawford: The Shinnecock community no longer lives off the water as it once did — rapid development, pollution and warming waters have led to losses in fish, shellfish and plants that were once central to the Shinnecock diet and culture. ... That’s why Tela Troge, an attorney and member of the federally recognized tribe, started planting kelp. ... Kelp is a large, fast-growing brown seaweed that sequesters carbon and harmful pollutants. It’s also full of nutrients and is used in foods, pharmaceuticals and fertilizers — making it a big business... Visit Website ]
Nov 25, 2022, 5:16pm

Did You Know
Something Amazing You May Not Know About Native Americans
Milicent Cranor: ‘Beyond amazing’: Navajo Nation’s AG Praises Irish Generosity to Coronavirus Fund ... The Irish had donated over $1.5 million to something called the “Navajo & Hopi Families Covid-19 Relief Fund.” Even more amazing was their reason for the donation: It was “in remembrance of Native American aid to Ireland during the Great Hunger ... in 1847, members of the Choctaw tribe raised $170 [well over $5,000 in today’s money] in famine relief for Ireland, “a huge sum for a time when they had very little, as it came after they had been driven from their land in the devastating so-called Trail of Tears.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 25, 2022, 4:50pm

Blogosphere
Xi Jinping, Justin Trudeau and White Supremacist Diplomacy
Margaret Kimberly: But the biggest problem that Canada, the U.S. and other western nations have with China is that it is an economic powerhouse that isn’t run by white people. ... They don’t know that China was the richest country on earth during Europe’s Dark Ages. ... Perhaps they do know but modern white supremacy causes them not to care or to be even angrier and to behave as though their arrogance alone can change the course of history. ... China is on the verge of becoming the world’s leading economy and Biden thinking that he can destroy their microchip industry or send American politicians to Taiwan won’t change that fact... Visit Website ]
Nov 23, 2022, 2:25pm

Environment
Why the Ambler Road is One of the Biggest Threats to Alaskan Wildlands
George Wuerthner: The proposed 211-mile Ambler Road would connect the Dalton Highway (pipeline haul road) with the Ambler Mining District in the western Brooks Range. The ore belt that stretches for 200 miles contains copper, cobalt, lead, and zinc and could be one of the most valuable deposits in the world, especially as people turn to electric vehicles. ... Getting a road to the Ambler Deposits is the first step in making mining operations profitable. ... If you want to understand politics, all you have to do is follow the money... Visit Website ]
Nov 23, 2022, 2:17pm

Consider This....
President John F. Kennedy: His Life and Public Assassination by the CIA
Edward Curtin: "What is the truth, and where did it go?
Ask Oswald and Ruby, they oughta know
“Shut your mouth,” said the wise old owl
Business is business, and it’s a murder most foul"
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Nov 22, 2022, 5:18pm

Commentary
America’s unique, enduring gun problem, explained
Nicole Narea, Li Zhou, and Ian Millhiser: The factors that lead to tragedies like the one in Colorado Springs are deeply ingrained in US politics, culture, and law. ... The US has a lot of guns, and more guns means more gun deaths ... there were approximately 390 million guns in circulation in the US ... The link between gun deaths and gun ownership is much stronger than the link between violence and mental health issues. ... many politicians believe that supporting gun regulation is more likely to lose them votes than to gain them votes. ... The Supreme Court has made it impossible to cure America’s gun violence epidemic... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2022, 5:17pm

Environment
The COP27 Climate Summit Was Another Exercise in Corporate Greenwashing
Claudia Horn: At this conference, the most vulnerable are supposed to negotiate with the most powerful. ... While all continents have seen extreme weather events in 2022, those in Africa are chronically underreported. ... Africa causes only 4 percent of global emissions. ... Half of all global emissions are caused by the world’s richest 10 percent. ... this year’s summit was “brought to you by Coca-Cola.” As well as being a major plastic polluter, Coca-Cola has deprived local communities in countries like India of access to clean water and dodged paying taxes to the tune of several billion US dollars... Visit Website ]
Nov 21, 2022, 4:54pm

Meditations
The Pinnacle of Creation - The Human Brain
Martin LeFevre: It's nearing sunset on a mild autumn afternoon in northern California. My eyes are drawn to a maple between the houses draped in red that looks like it's on fire in last rays of the sun. ... A huge hawk takes off from the red maple and arcs up to the top of a slender tree a couple hundred meters away. ... Stillness of thought, newness of perception, responsiveness to mystery, and all-inclusive impersonal love are the signs of spontaneously leaving the stream of the known. ... Our minds can "return and become like children" for at least a few minutes every day...
Nov 20, 2022, 4:14pm

Commentary
Biden, the National Security State, and Global Arms Sales
William Hartung: Here’s a seldom commented-upon reality of this century and this moment: the United States remains the number-one arms-exporting nation on the planet .... U.S.-supplied weaponry has also fueled conflicts, enabled human-rights violations, helped destabilize not just individual countries but whole regions, and made it significantly easier for repressive regimes to commit war crimes ... an all-encompassing belief in Washington that giving away or selling weaponry of every sort to foreign clients is a risk-free way of garnering yet more economic, political, and strategic influence globally ... the risks — from fueling conflict and increasing domestic repression elsewhere to drawing the United States into unnecessary wars — far outweigh any possible benefits... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2022, 4:11pm

Blogosphere
US Empire Views Ukrainians And Russians As Lab Rats For Weapons Testing
Caitlin Johnstone: A surprisingly frank article by The New York Times titled “Western Allies Look to Ukraine as a Testing Ground for Weapons” describes how the imperial war machine is capitalising on the US proxy war to test its weapons for future use. ... News that the west is using Ukraine to test weapons systems for future wars aligns with recent comments by the commander of the US nuclear arsenal that the proxy war is a test run for a much bigger conflict that’s on its way... Visit Website ]
Nov 19, 2022, 2:56pm

Meditations
Without Respect To Movements, Power and Time
Martin LeFevre: With characteristic obtuseness about the undercurrents of American culture, the New York Times offered readers "a black hole" to write their feelings about Donald Trump's return to the political stage. ... More importantly, since America has been a black hole for a generation, the question is, has human consciousness per se become a black hole? ... The opening, despite or because of the black hole that human consciousness has become, is therefore in human consciousness itself. ... Being comes before doing. There's an old quip: Don't just do something; stand there!...
Nov 17, 2022, 4:51pm

Health
Millions Suffer as Junk Food Industry Rakes in Profit
Colin Todhunter: Increased consumption of ultraprocessed foods (UPFs) was associated with more than 10% of all-cause premature, preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019. That is the finding of a new peer-reviewed study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. ... Examples of UPFs are prepackaged soups, sauces, frozen pizza, ready-to-eat meals, hot dogs, sausages, sodas, ice cream, and store-bought cookies, cakes, candies and doughnuts. ... The food industry has vigorously mobilised to stop vital public health legislation in this area by pushing free trade agreements and deregulation drives, exercising undue influence over regulatory bodies... Visit Website ]
Nov 16, 2022, 5:19pm

Blogosphere
Bittersweet Freedom for Mutulu Shakur
Margaret Kimberley: Mutulu Shakur has been granted parole, but he is terminally ill. Black political prisoners in this country are held for 30, 40 and 50 years. Reprieve happens only when they are at death's door. ... In 1986 Shakur was arrested for his role in the 1981 robbery of a Brink’s armored car which resulted in the deaths of three people ... Shakur’s real crime was to wage a militant fight for liberation ... Here in the U.S. no political leader has lifted a finger to stop the killings of 1,000 people every year by the police.... Visit Website ]
Nov 16, 2022, 4:47pm

Meditations
Intelligent Life and the Great Filter
Martin LeFevre: Have you heard of something called "The Great Filter Theory?" ... It's the idea that when intelligent life (actually potentially intelligent life) on a planet reaches the level of technology and complexity that human civilization has, most or all extinguish themselves. ... The Great Filter Theory is the answer many scientists give to physicist's Enrico Fermi's famous question: "Where are they?" ... if and when a planet with complex life is found, will it be any stranger than has existed and presently exists on Earth...
Nov 15, 2022, 4:23pm

Books
“A way to tell the story of how the United States operates in the world”
David Walsh: An interview with Jonathan M. Katz, author of Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America’s Empire ... In July 1933, retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler was approached by a representative of powerful business concerns ... the agent for these interests eventually proposed that he lead half a million veterans in a march on Washington and force Roosevelt to accept a “secretary of general affairs,” that is, an unelected dictator, appointed by leading financial and business figures... Visit Website ]
Nov 15, 2022, 1:02pm


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Commentary
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President John F. Kennedy: His Life and Public Assassination by the CIA
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