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Freedom Rider: Abolish the Police
Margaret Kimberley: Trump’s attorney general threatened to withdraw police “protection” from Black communities – but, of course, no such thing exists. ... There is little benefit to the public in the way law enforcement officers work in this country. They rarely protect the public from violence. Most of their activity consists of finding any and every reason to put black people behind bars. The police are the 21st century slave patrol ... “We would be fortunate indeed if we were to lose police “protection.” ... The idea of abolishing the police should not be considered strange or outlandish. Doing so is a necessity and police departments prove it themselves every day. ... The police are and will remain a menace unless and until we have true community control over their operations... Visit Website ]
Dec 13, 2019, 3:26pm

Commentary
The Art of Doublespeak: Bellingcat and Mind Control
Edward Curtin: In a number of books ... laid out the theoretical foundations for the practical work of Edward Bernays, who developed “public relations” (aka propaganda) to carry out this task for the ruling elites. ... the reason he couldn’t call his new business “propaganda” was because the Germans had given propaganda a “bad name,” and so he came up with the euphemism “public relations.” ... making a sham out of the idea of democracy by developing strategies and techniques for the engineering of social consensus consonant with the wishes of the ruling classes ... “Contrariwise,” continued Tweedledee, “if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.” ... Inform, enlighten, while throwing in double-talk and untruths.... Visit Website ]
Dec 13, 2019, 12:25pm

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‘The Cost of Sanity, in this Society, Is a Certain Level of Alienation’
Caitlin Johnstone: Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” ... It’s not always easy to be on the outside of consensus reality. ... There’s a general consensus that we live in the kind of society we were taught about in school ... This consensus is grounded in delusion. It is insanity. ... our understanding of the world is constantly being deceitfully manipulated ... “Admit it. You aren’t like them. You’re not even close. ... Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the others.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 13, 2019, 12:02pm

Meditations
Putting the Personal In Its Place
Martin LeFevre: Ever since CNN began its hyper-personal approach to the news a decade or more ago, I've wondered: What is the place of the personal? ... The paradox is that unquestioned conformity to the mass marketed smallest possible unit-the personal 'me'-is shrinking the space for freedom more than other form of oppression in human history. ... To my mind, we have confused and conflated the personal with the individual to our great peril. There is a tremendous tendency to believe that having a life means having a personal life. But what if having Life means negating the personal dimension altogether on a regular basis?...
Dec 7, 2019, 4:52pm

Environment
Getting rid of pollution improves public health a lot faster than you’d think
Emily Pontecorvo : After decades of steadily declining, air pollution is once again on the rise in the United States. Between 2016 and 2018, pollution of fine particulate matter — tiny particles that are emitted whenever we burn anything — rose by more than 5 percent. .... it was linked to 9,700 additional premature deaths in 2018. Worldwide, outdoor air pollution is responsible for an estimated 4.2 million deaths per year. ... when a steel mill in the Utah Valley closed for just 13 months from 1986 to 1987, hospitalizations for pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma went down, especially for children. ... There’s a range of interventions that can help, and some of them are already being implemented on a local scale, like car-free streets... In Oslo, Norway, the entire downtown is now basically car-free... Visit Website ]
Dec 7, 2019, 4:20pm

Articles
The New Deal Funded the Arts. The Green New Deal Should, Too.
Ashley Dawson: Cultural work has a key role to play in shaping the climate-friendly economy. .... The Green New Deal must, at bottom, be about changing people’s minds: about where power should come from and who has the right to generate it; about what a just transition for workers and affected communities should look like; about what constitutes a good life. ... The Green New Deal cannot just be about building more stuff. In fact, a crucial element of the Green New Deal must be figuring out how to consume much less without spurring mass unemployment ... Building up the so-called social economy could include cooperative institutions for childcare, elder care, education and other services. It must also include cultural work... Visit Website ]
Dec 7, 2019, 3:05pm

Commentary
Amazon Abuses Workers and the Climate Because It Can
Sonali Kolhatkar: While online shoppers were busy taking advantage of bargain prices on Black Friday, retail workers in various European cities were walking off their jobs in anger. Hundreds of Amazon workers in six German cities protested, saying that their employer’s demands were making them ill. ... Internal records obtained by reporters showed that Amazon’s worker injury rate is more than twice that of the industry average. ... Amazon relies on taxpayers subsidizing its workers’ livelihoods, but it also refuses to pay its fair share of taxes. ... easily available products translates into a huge amount of transportation of packages to and from factories, warehouses and customer homes, and an immense amount of packaging material... Visit Website ]
Dec 7, 2019, 2:31pm

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Moral Injury & America’s Endless Conflicts
Arnold R. Isaacs: reports on a symposium hosted by the U.S. Special Operations Command on a subject that remains controversial within the military, but is gaining recognition. .. "Moral injury is the lasting mental and emotional result of an assault on the conscience — a memory, as one early formulation put it, of “perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.” ... Many in that military have had to recognize the invisible wounds of moral conflict that soldiers have brought home with them from those battlefields... What war is - Maybe that’s what moral injury is: realizing the true nature of war. ... (Including) the deaths and wounds, physical and spiritual, inflicted on the ‘others,’ our enemies, especially our ‘civilian enemies... Visit Website ]
Dec 6, 2019, 5:07pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Liberals Love the Military
Margaret Kimberley: The trauma of Donald Trump’s presidency has created continued insanity for American liberals. They were never very trustworthy, due to their abiding belief in United States exceptionalism and an imagined right for it to intervene in the rest of the world as it pleased. ... If liberals were to be taken seriously they would question military values, question the nearly 20-year long presence of the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan ... These wars are the longest in history and are war crimes by definition. ... The idea of American exceptionalism must be discarded completely. ... Of course that would mean questioning nearly every premise of political decision making in this country... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2019, 3:39pm

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Reagan’s Forgotten Iran-Contra Escape May Reveal More About Trump’s Fate Than Watergate
Will Bunch: What’s so interesting is that despite all the similarities between the Iran-Contra mess and President Trump’s Ukraine affair, in which an American president used the immense clout of his office in a scheme to extort an election-interfering political favor from a foreign leader, it’s a comparison that almost never gets made in today’s 24/7 hotbox of cable TV news. America decided to forget Iran-Contra back in 1987. It’s a pledge we’re still keeping in 2019. ... But let’s be honest: The principles first laid bare in Iran-Contra — a deference to the raw exercise of power, including a willingness to overlook the rule of law—have become America’s cruel guiding spirit in the 21st century... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2019, 12:08pm

Environment
Don’t Look, Don’t See: Time for Honest Media Reporting on Impacts of Pesticides
Colin Todhunter: The UK-based Independent online newspaper recently published an article about a potential link between air pollution from vehicles and glaucoma. ... Following the article, environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason put together a 20-page report on glyphosate and has sent it out to key public health officials and media outlets ... the European Chemicals Agency classifies glyphosate as a substance that causes serious eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects. ... Never in history has a chemical been used so pervasively. Glyphosate is in our air, water, plants, animals, grains, vegetables and meats. It’s in beer and wine, children’s breakfast cereal and snack bars and mother’s breast milk. It’s even in our vaccines... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2019, 11:51am

Commentary
Colin Kaepernick is the black Grinch for those who dream of a white America
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The tactics used to discredit the former quarterback are how conservative America has always treated black athletes who speak out ... It always starts with character assassination. ... Calling (Martin Luther) King a communist was how the FBI justified its relentless campaign of bugging King, his family, and friends and aggressive harassment against him. The campaign was effective because in 1966, 75% of Americans did not support King. ... Efforts to silence the black community and all others who speak out for rights has only gotten worse under the Trump administration. Political and social disagreement and discourse, which are the foundations of our country, have been punished. ... Aggressive efforts have been made to keep African Americans and college students from voting... Visit Website ]
Dec 5, 2019, 10:56am

Environment
5 things everyone can do to protect the planet's soil
Melissa Breyer: "Soil provides ecosystem services critical for life: soil acts as a water filter and a growing medium; provides habitat for billions of organisms, contributing to biodiversity; and supplies most of the antibiotics used to fight diseases. Humans use soil as a holding facility for solid waste, filter for wastewater, and foundation for our cities and towns. Finally, soil is the basis of our nation’s agroecosystems which provide us with feed, fiber, food and fuel." ... "Soil is essential to life." ... 1. Reduce food waste ... 3. Compost ... 5. Perform soil tests... Visit Website ]
Dec 4, 2019, 5:15pm

Commentary
RIP Fred Hampton: a Black Visionary Assassinated by the FBI
Jefferson Morley: Fifty years ago this week, a squad of Chicago police officers killed Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in a pre-dawn raid on the apartment where they were sleeping. ... In the decades since, a revealing body of evidence has emerged showing that Hampton was the victim of a political assassination, sanctioned at the highest levels of the U.S. government.... J. Edgar Hoover, instigated the murder of a promising African-American political leader, and got away with it. ... Hampton’s terrible murder has much in common with the deaths of JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcolm. It is an unsolved political crime, rife with official malfeasance and wrapped in mealy-mouthed media coverage... Visit Website ]
Dec 4, 2019, 4:46pm

Articles
Inside the Organized Crime Syndicate known as the CIA: an Interview with Douglas Valentine
Heidi Boghosian & Michael Steven Smith: [T]he most important things that are happening and shaping our democracy are the CIA’s covert actions, which are all deniable and never reported on. ... Basically, the essence of [the CIA’s] mandate is to—through sabotage and propaganda— control political and social movements in foreign countries ... they can infiltrate any agency of the government and assign office positions in that agency—for example, the Drug Enforcement Administration ... and allows the CIA to control the drug business around the world, which is really important for the United States ... It’s mandated to protect the national security of the United States. And by definition, that means the people who actually own the industrial infrastructure, the banking system...the individuals who own the United States, the millionaires and billionaires... Visit Website ]
Dec 4, 2019, 4:11pm


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