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The Omnipresent Pressure to Conform
Graham Peebles: The pressure to conform to a constructed ideal is perhaps most acute within youth culture ... As Krishnamurti made clear in Education and the Significance of Life: “Conventional education makes independent thinking extremely difficult. Conformity leads to mediocrity. To be different from the group or to resist [ones] environment is not easy and is often risky as long as we worship success…the search for inward or outward security, the desire for comfort – this whole process smothers discontent, puts an end to spontaneity and breeds fear; and fear blocks the intelligent understanding of life... Visit Website ]
Apr 25, 2017, 10:49am

Commentary
No, wealth isn’t created at the top. It is merely devoured there
Rutger Bregman: Bankers, pharmaceutical giants, Google, Facebook ... a new breed of rentiers (leveraging control over something that already exists, such as land, knowledge, or money, to increase wealth) are at the very top of the pyramid and they’re sucking the rest of us dry ... In reality, it is the waste collectors, the nurses, and the cleaners whose shoulders are supporting the apex of the pyramid. They are the true mechanism of social solidarity. Meanwhile, a growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top... Visit Website ]
Apr 24, 2017, 11:57am

Commentary
The Bizarre Experience of Watching Cable News in America on Earth Day
Thom Hartmann: It’s simple, but I haven’t heard it spoken out loud even once, from NPR to CBS: “There are huge profits to be made in poisoning us and our Earth, and the people profiting from that have and are funding politicians, ‘think tanks’ and PR firms, and television networks (via advertising), to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars over the decades. The people denying science are doing so because of the cash.” ... We are being poisoned for profits, and the scientists who are pointing this out are being shut down... Visit Website ]
Apr 24, 2017, 11:06am

Consider This....
How activists are confronting ICE's terror
Christopher Baum reports on initiatives by immigrant rights and social justice organizations to stand up to the Trump administration and its deportation machinery. ... The general strategy centers on locally based organizing with a focus on sanctuary policies, whether in schools or in local government, and rapid-response, anti-deportation work. ... We're doing a lot of training about what people need to have in place when a deportation happens ... We're setting up a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week hotline, and we've been asking folks to volunteer to be part of a local rapid response... Visit Website ]
Apr 24, 2017, 10:50am

Meditations
Rain Is the Love of the Earth
Martin LeFevre: Rain continues to fall in northern California, more rain than I've seen in over 40 years here. A few days ago, as I took a meditation at a picnic site in the parkland affording a long view of the rushing, roiling stream, it began to rain again. ... Is the main reason Western civilization has come to a dead end due to its utter lack of relationship, respect and reverence for the earth? ... The Western mind views the earth in terms of resources at the corporate level, and as a playground on the personal level. ... Western civilization, indeed man himself, has come to an end. We have no choice but to bring about a new human being within ourselves, and create a new culture, one that allows human beings to thrive in imperfect harmony on this beautiful earth...
Apr 22, 2017, 4:25pm

Books
America Is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People - The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy
Lynn Stuart Parramore: America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations and fates. ... In the Lewis model of a dual economy, much of the low-wage sector has little influence over public policy. Check. The high-income sector will keep wages down in the other sector to provide cheap labor for its businesses. Check. Social control is used to keep the low-wage sector from challenging the policies favored by the high-income sector. Mass incarceration: check. The primary goal of the richest members of the high-income sector is to lower taxes. Check. Social and economic mobility is low. Check... Visit Website ]
Apr 22, 2017, 1:17pm

Books
Evicted by Matthew Desmond review – what if the problem of poverty is that it’s profitable to other people?
What if the dominant discourse on poverty is just wrong? What if the problem isn’t that poor people have bad morals – that they’re lazy and impulsive and irresponsible and have no family values – or that they lack the skills and smarts to fit in with our shiny 21st-century economy? What if the problem is that poverty is profitable? These are the questions at the heart of Evicted, Matthew Desmond’s extraordinary ethnographic study of tenants in low-income housing in the deindustrialised middle-sized city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2017, 12:07pm

Meditations
The Uses of Darkness
Martin LeFevre: Is the darkness in human consciousness being used by intelligence beyond human consciousness to advance human consciousness? ... I'm skeptical of silver linings, much less cosmic intelligence caring about the fate of humanity. But the fact is many advances in human knowledge and technology have come out of false and destructive impulses and circumstances. ... War provides many examples. From the carnage of World War I, advances in medicine, such as blood banks, plastic surgery and ultrasound; in travel, such as multi-engine aircraft which led to airliners; and in communications, such as miniaturization for mass radio, emerged...
Apr 20, 2017, 4:55pm

Commentary
Who Really Started the Korean War?
Justin Raimondo: The standard neocon-cold war liberal line is that the North Koreans, in league with Moscow and Beijing, launched a war of aggression on June 25, 1950, when North Korean troops poured across the disputed What this truncated history leaves out is that, in doing so, they preempted Rhee’s own plans to launch an invasion northward. ... The only reason Rhee didn’t launch an attack was due to American reluctance to supply him with the arms and aid he would need ... There is also evidence for Congressman Howard Buffett’s contention that the secret testimony before Congress of CIA director Admiral Hillenkoeter proved US responsibility for the war... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2017, 4:20pm

Blogosphere
Political Prisoner Marwan Barghouti on Why Palestinians Hunger Strike
Stephen Lendman: "HADARIM PRISON, Israel — Having spent the last 15 years in an Israeli prison, I have been both a witness to and a victim of Israel’s illegal system of mass arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners. After exhausting all other options, I decided there was no choice but to resist these abuses by going on a hunger strike. ... Rights are not bestowed by an oppressor. Freedom and dignity are universal rights that are inherent in humanity, to be enjoyed by every nation and all human beings. Palestinians will not be an exception...."
Apr 19, 2017, 2:35pm

Commentary
The 25 Rules of Disinformation
Isaac Davis: We are in the post-constitutional era in the United States, a time when the government does whatever it wants to whomever it wants, and there is not a thing anyone can do about it. ... How it is possible that the president can bomb a foreign country or threaten a full-scale international war without so much as even mentioning the need for Congress to chime in, let alone actually vote on a declaration of war? ... The short answer is, disinformation and propaganda, which is the domain of mainstream media... Visit Website ]
Apr 19, 2017, 1:49pm

Blogosphere
Obama and Clinton Brought Slavery to Libya
Margaret Kimberley, BAR: While the corporate media make hay out of very dubious evidence of atrocities allegedly committed by the Syrian government, the atrocities caused directly by the American government go unmentioned. Or rather they are reported absent of any context of American responsibility. ... Even press reports of slave trading in Libya follow the same proscribed language. They will say that Gaddafi was an autocrat and a dictator, but omit that the humanitarian disaster was carried out by the United States, NATO, and Gulf monarchs... Visit Website ]
Apr 19, 2017, 1:27pm

Commentary
The Price of Resistance
Chris Hedges: To resist radical evil is to endure a life that by the standards of the wider society is a failure. It is to defy injustice at the cost of your career, your reputation, your financial solvency and at times your life. It is to be a lifelong heretic. And, perhaps this is the most important point, it is to accept that the dominant culture, even the liberal elites, will push you to the margins and attempt to discredit not only what you do, but your character ... Ruling institutions—the state, the press, the church, the courts, academia—mouth the language of morality, but they serve the structures of power, no matter how venal, which provide them with money, status and authority... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2017, 11:58am

Consider This....
Mohawk Nation News - WORLD WAR “0”
The state uses their MSM propaganda system to mislead and confuse the public. The public is being conditioned to believe that “it’s a hopeless situation” and that we have to give in to the corporation. Critics are labeled as terrorists and targeted. We refused to be depicted as terrorists for defending our lives, our mother and all life and revealing the past. ... The enemy is adept at dividing the people into separate groups to to create conflicts. ... The US must make a commitment of peace to the world... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2017, 11:11am

Meditations
We Are the Universe Aware of Itself
Martin LeFevre: I heard a learned astronomer say recently, "We are atoms that are aware that we are atoms...we are the universe aware of itself." That's a profoundly religious declaration, without reference or deference to organized religion's impersonation of religiosity. ... One cannot directly perceive and have one's own insight into the mystery that "we are the universe aware of itself" unless you turn off your cell, disconnect and disentangle yourself from the Net, and allow the mind-as-thought to fall completely silent...
Apr 17, 2017, 5:03pm


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