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Solitude Is Not Isolation and Loneliness
Martin LeFevre: America, the epitome of the failure of reason as an ideal, is a wasteland. It was a wasteland for over a generation before the pandemic revealed its underlying reality by turning everything upside down. ... Just as we make a distinction between unhealthy guilt and a healthy conscience, we need to make a distinction between shame and repentance. Jesus taught repentance, not guilt, because repentance, like conscience, flows from a deeper emotional and spiritual source than reason. ... Repentance is, at bottom, a form of "truth and reconciliation." ... Solitude through "social distancing is compelling us to stop escaping through meaningless sociality and busyness, through all the innumerable ways of avoiding ourselves, and simply look at and remain with what is within and around us. ...
Apr 1, 2020, 1:50pm

Commentary
This Is Not A War: Pandemic Presents Opportunity To Rebuild A Sense Of Common Good
Michael Marder: “This is not a war.” ... we should say unequivocally ... this will help to search for an alternative way of grappling with the coronavirus crisis, of inspiring people for collective and individual action, and – ultimately – of bringing about a better world after the current pandemic winds down. ... Since the 1960s, governments around the world (beginning with the United States) have been extending the discourse of war beyond the context of military hostilities traditionally understood. ... war on poverty ... war on drugs ...war on terror ... war became total, engulfing all reality ... peace is not at all contemplated in hostilities against terror or a virus... Visit Website ]
Apr 1, 2020, 12:37pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: COVID-19 and Black Workers
Margaret Kimberley: The gross inequalities and declining standards of life in the US are magnified by the corona crisis, pushing already marginalized populations to the brink. ... There is an old saying that if America catches a cold, black people get pneumonia. The communicable disease reference is especially relevant now that the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic has created a crisis in this country. A privatized health care system worsened a medical emergency whose impact could have been mitigated if the United States was as advanced as it claims to be... In neighboring Canada the government provides $2,000 per month for four months to assist workers with the COVID economic downturn. $1,200 is chump change for people who are once again treated like chumps. ... Visit Website ]
Apr 1, 2020, 12:21pm

Commentary
Reagan-Era Medicare Changes Leave US Vulnerable to COVID-19, Experts Say
David Holthaus: The shortage of beds, masks, ventilators, and other life-saving equipment that is now putting American lives at risk can be traced back to federal healthcare reimbursement changes that were initiated during the Reagan administration and have continued ever since, experts say. ... Specifically, this cost-cutting trend began in 1983, when Congress changed the reimbursement system for Medicare ... “For too long, just-in-time hospital management practices have prioritized profits over stocking enough supplies and staffing enough nurses,” Castillo said. “This has eroded the ability of our nation’s hospitals to properly prepare for emergencies like pandemics.”... Visit Website ]
Mar 31, 2020, 2:38pm

Did You Know
The profit system is sabotaging the struggle against the coronavirus
Patrick Martin: The New York Times detailed Sunday how financial operations in the medical equipment market blocked an initiative by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build a stockpile of ventilators, which are now in short supply throughout the United States. ... There are similar factors behind the shortage of N95 masks ... There has been mounting criticism of 3M and other providers of N95 masks for withholding supplies of materials and finished masks from the market, and for permitting price-gouging by their distributors. ... Two other critical components needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic—mass testing and the development of a vaccine—have also been constrained by the profit motive and the division of the world into competing nation-states... Visit Website ]
Mar 31, 2020, 12:11pm

Environment
In race for a sustainable alternative to plastic, Indonesia bets on seaweed
Johan Augustin: Edible cups made from seaweed. Shopping bags from cassava starch. Food containers from sugarcane fiber. These are some of the bioplastic alternatives being tried out in Indonesia, the world’s No. 2 producer of seaweed... A local government initiative to revive seaweed farming off Bali comes amid growing interest in the crop’s promise to tackle environmental problems ranging from carbon emissions to plastic waste pollution. ... Cultivated at scale, seaweed can grow up to 60 times faster than land-based plants, making it an important carbon sink. ... Local startups are also exploring its potential to make bioplastic that is naturally degradable and even edible, for use in food packaging and other applications to replace plastic... Visit Website ]
Mar 30, 2020, 3:37pm

Commentary
How My Dad Predicted the Decline of America & It’s Time to Reimagine America
William Astore: My dad was born in 1917 ... His prophecy - “I had it tough in the beginning and easy in the end. You, Willy, have had it easy in the beginning, but will likely have it tough in the end.” ... This should be a time for a genuinely new approach ... If ever there was a time to reduce our massive and wasteful military spending, this is it. ... isn’t it time for the U.S. to begin dramatically reducing its military “footprint” on this planet? ... Bring back the draft, just not for military purposes. Make it part of a national service program for improving America. ... isn’t it time for all Americans to recognize that global pandemics and climate change make a mockery of walls and go-it-alone nationalism ... we must unlearn what we have learned ... we must extend our love to encompass nature, our planet... Visit Website ]
Mar 30, 2020, 3:27pm

Meditations
Sickness, Mortality, and Dying Without Death
Martin LeFevre: An hour of passive observation gathers sufficient attention to end all thinking. ... When life and death are emotionally experienced as a single movement, one sees the true meaning of freedom. Psychological thought is time; psychological time is memory; and psychological memory is suffering. Freedom is the ending of time and suffering, which allows death to draw near without fear. ... Experiencing death as part of life, on the other hand, flows from a deep intent to understand life, which, one discovers, is inseparable from death. That isn't just a philosophical truth; it's an emotional fact, and experiencing death as inseparable from life is tremendously liberating...
Mar 29, 2020, 5:18pm

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The Propaganda Virus: Is Anyone Immune?
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume: “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. --Carl Sagan ... The sophisticated nature of propaganda means that merely being “smart” is not enough to escape its effects. Indeed, the propaganda served up to educated people is merely another set of flavors, and is otherwise no less successfully manipulative. ... Propaganda is not merely about what is being reported and what is not - though the omissions are certainly damaging enough; it’s about setting the limits of what is acceptable to discuss... Visit Website ]
Mar 29, 2020, 12:12pm

Commentary
Coronavirus and the Collapse of Our Imaginations
Jonathan Carp: Now is our time. Now is when we present the ideal of a society ordered to human well-being to our friends and neighbors. We need not fret about the details of a new order. The future is created in the making; the methods are discovered in the process. What we must do is insist that the fearsome Economy be devoted to the people, that our families are more important than our jobs. ... But are we capable of imagining such a thing? ... Now is our chance to smash the whole thing up, and demand better. Make the money printer go brrrrr. Work from home. Don’t work at all. We are worth more than our jobs, and we deserve better than we have... Visit Website ]
Mar 29, 2020, 11:58am

Health
A Foretaste of the Horror of Biological Warfare
Eric Margolis: The world is getting sick from the spreading COVID-19 virus ... They are also getting a grim foretaste of what biological warfare would be like. ... But surely our lily white democracies don’t stoop to making poison gas and germs? ... Back in 1990-91 --- US and Britain had pressed Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to invade Iran --- help Iraq’s military develop and deploy biological weapons --- Anthrax, botulism, Q fever and tularemia --- Feeder stocks for the germ/poison gas weapons came from the main UC chemical warfare plans at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. ... the results were nightmarish ... The moral of this terrible story, and the current worldwide epidemic, is to immediately ban all chemical and biological weapons everywhere. Destroy all chem/bio warfare plants everywhere, including the US, Russa, China, India and Israel... Visit Website ]
Mar 29, 2020, 11:30am

Did You Know
The Coronavirus Pandemic Makes the Case for Criminal Justice Reform
Akela Lacy: The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in the United States is expediting criminal justice reforms that advocates have pushed for decades. At least nine prosecutors are now fast-tracking reforms to reduce the number of incarcerated people kept in conditions that can speed the rate of infection, and to stop new prosecutions of low level nonviolent offenses. ... A 2016 report showed that just under 40 percent of people in state and federal prisons were behind bars with no compelling public safety rationale, meaning they could be released while still keeping communities safe ... “We need to think of our jails and our prisons as part of our community” ... Visit Website ]
Mar 28, 2020, 2:32pm

Commentary
Coronavirus Crash: Worse Than Great Depression?
Thom Hartmann: The coronavirus crash has turned the fact that we don’t make anything in America anymore from a topic for philosophical and political debate into a crisis in our hospitals causing people to die and endangering our frontline health care workers. ... Even worse, there’s nothing to catch us as and after we fall, because we don’t have a manufacturing base to fall back on like we did the last time a crisis like this happened—in the late 1930s. .... Most of our medical supplies and prescription drugs now come from China, for example, and that’s producing a crisis in our hospitals because China isn’t exporting N95 masks, ventilators and respirators like they were just six months ago... Visit Website ]
Mar 28, 2020, 11:58am

Peace-Love
Lockdown 2020
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

Mar 28, 2020, 10:40am

Features
Murder Most Foul Bob Dylan
MotherJones: Here is the just released song - about the JFK murder. Scroll down to click on the song. Long - 16:56. Ed Note: Some might say that this is where it all started. Others say it started a long time before that. Few can deny how important this was to history! Imagine all that. "And don't look twice - its all right." Or is it?... Visit Website ]
Mar 27, 2020, 3:05pm


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