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The Corruption of the Law
Chris Hedges: Louis D. Brandeis - “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” ... The supposed clash between liberal and conservative judges is largely a fiction. The judiciary, despite the Federalist Society’s high-blown rhetoric about the sanctity of individual freedom, is a naked tool of corporate oppression. The most basic constitutional rights—privacy, fair trials and elections, habeas corpus, probable-cause requirements, due process and freedom from exploitation—have been erased for many... Visit Website ]
Aug 21, 2017, 2:29pm

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The Lies on Afghanistan
Matthew Hoh: There has never been progress by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, unless you are asking the U.S. military contractors or the Afghan drug barons ... the reconstruction program in Afghanistan has proven to be a failure and its supposed achievements shown to be virtually non-existent, as documented by multiple investigations ... we can be assured the lies about American progress in Afghanistan will continue, the lies about America’s commitment to human rights and democratic values will continue, the profits of the military companies and drug barons will also continue, and of course the suffering of the Afghan people will surely continue... Visit Website ]
Aug 21, 2017, 2:17pm

Commentary
No, Affirmative Action Isn’t Keeping White Students Down
Jessicah Pierre: There’s a saying: “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” ... Now, Trump’s Justice Department is trying to rally that base by arguing that affirmative action hurts white students. ... This argument assumes that students of color no longer face discriminatory barriers. But if you read the news, it’s obvious that this isn’t true. ... African Americans still face economic strains due to racial bias. A 2011 study, for example, found that the median white household wealth remains about 16 times greater than average black wealth.... Visit Website ]
Aug 21, 2017, 2:09pm

Meditations
This Is the Umbra of Man
Martin LeFevre: It's very hard to see where one's people and culture fit into the scheme of things with humanity as a whole. Hell, I'm not even sure there is such a thing as 'the scheme of humanity as a whole.' ... The comforting idea that "we will come out stronger, once this last shriek of white supremacy and grievance and fear of the future is out of the system," is based on the illusion that the American people and American institutions are essentially intact. That too is a lie. ... America is literally and metaphorically in the path of the totality of human darkness. Perhaps, if we can meet the deepest shadow of human consciousness here, there can be a new beginning for humankind...
Aug 19, 2017, 5:21pm

Environment
Climate Change Demands an End to Excess and Greed
Graham Peebles: Man-made climate change, and the interconnected environmental catastrophe more broadly constitute the most urgent crisis facing humanity. It has come about as the result of a certain way of life, a materialistic approach to living in which greed and excessive consumption has been championed. ... Systemic change to alter the socio-economic conditions in which we all live is desperately needed, but more importantly a shift in thinking, a change in consciousness is imperative ... The impact on the environment should be the first factor for consideration when making any and all purchasing decisions... Visit Website ]
Aug 19, 2017, 12:13pm

Commentary
Breaking the Steer
John Andrews: Men had better be without education than be educated by their rulers; for then education is but the breaking of the steer to the yoke. ... So the education system keeps peddling the same old rubbish about great kings and queens, emperors and presidents, generals and admirals; and the priests keep peddling their mythical fantasies; and the mainstream media churn out “news” stories about today’s great leaders, seamlessly connected to yesteryear’s great leaders, together with their blockbuster movies, and musical pap distractions reinforcing the same old/same old ... Is it really any wonder that the 99% understand the world exactly the way they’re supposed to understand it?... Visit Website ]
Aug 18, 2017, 2:39pm

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America Asleep
John Steppling: The recent attack in Charlottsville hardly stands out as in any way unique in American history. ... The story of U.S. racism and colonial plunder, of a settler mentality and the reality of Manifest Destiny and genocide is simply erased. In its place is the fairy tale of white American goodness that I and millions of others were taught in school. Charlottsville is thus not a result of Trump, of his personality, of his friends such as Steve Bannon. It is part of a deep current in the collective psyche of the U.S. ... There has never been a time when America was good. There was goodness in America, certainly in culture, in art and even in certain movements for social justice.... Visit Website ]
Aug 18, 2017, 2:17pm

Commentary
President Trump’s ‘White Blindness’
Robert Parry: The blindness of President Trump regarding racial bigotry – and indeed that of many white Americans – is that whatever they say to the contrary, they really don’t appreciate the evils of slavery or the ensuing century of lynchings and segregation. ... The dishonesty of Trump’s “history” argument – and its well-worn use by Confederate apologists – is underscored by the obvious fact that statues and other honors are meant to transform historical figures into icons to be emulated. ... On Jefferson Davis’s authority, Confederate soldiers were permitted to summarily execute African-American Union soldiers upon their surrender, a practice that was carried out in several notorious massacres... Visit Website ]
Aug 18, 2017, 12:43pm

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When Jadedness Poses As Wisdom
Martin LeFevre: We need to explore first principles, and keep questioning them until insight and understanding are awakened and abide within us, allowing the birth of a new culture amidst the ashes of this dead one. ... As far as I can see, only darkness is operating effectively at present in this culture and in human consciousness generally. That isn't to say there is only darkness in human consciousness, only that the man-made traits of power, domination, greed and self-centeredness overwhelmingly rule ... After thousands of years of civilization, why is this so? One reason is that inherently mediocre voiceboxes of power continue to preach pernicious nonsense...
Aug 17, 2017, 4:53pm

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Discovering Racism and then Discovering It Anew
Dave Lindorff: I remember back in the ‘50s, when I was probably about 8 or 9 years of age, that we drove down to Greensboro to visit my grandparents. ... When we had crossed over into Virginia ... I headed for the men’s room, but was caught up short by the sight of two fountains along the wall, with signs saying “whites” and “coloreds.” I asked my dad what that meant, and he explained to his wide-eyed son. ... The idea of people with different skin color having to drink from different water fountains seemed bizarre to me, and I remember going to the colored fountain, more out of curiosity than rebelliousness, because I wanted to see if the water was different... Visit Website ]
Aug 17, 2017, 10:21am

Commentary
Why the GOP Sides With the Klan and the Nazis
Thom Hartmann: The Republican Party has basically one goal and one reason for existence right now: to protect and promote the interests of the rich and powerful, be they billionaires or the big corporations that spawn them. ... You see, when you’re running a scam and need a lot of rubes to win elections, you don’t ever, ever, ever diss your rubes. This is why the GOP won’t talk (other than a few who aspire to higher office) about white supremacy. ... Visit Website ]
Aug 16, 2017, 4:03pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The Root and Russophobia
Margaret Kimberley: The scoundrels and misleaders in the Democratic Party are leaving no stone unturned in their effort to escape responsibility for their ignominious defeats. There is no evidence of the Russian government “hacking” the election. Instead evidence points to a leak at the Democratic National Committee which revealed the gory details of their corruption and incompetence. ... Members of the Congressional Black Caucus such as Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters have been in the forefront of this charade and now they have been joined by others. The Root online magazine announced it is joining this dubious group in doing the business of the bipartisan war party and the discredited democrats... Visit Website ]
Aug 16, 2017, 12:55pm

Commentary
A Dangerous Nuclear Ignorance
Jon Rawski: Michael Shermer’s recent piece in Scientific American recalls the “necessity” of using atomic weapons against Japan and makes comparison to the current US-North Korea conflict. Rather than actually examine the roots of this conflict and the moral issues surrounding nuclear issues today, Shermer reduces Korea to four sentences and spends the remainder of the article in “counterfactuals and moral thought experiments” about Japan. ... Today, every person on earth lives with trace amounts of radiation, the result of decades of nuclear testing... Visit Website ]
Aug 15, 2017, 10:56am

Meditations
The Observer Prevents Observation
Martin LeFevre: The observer is the original separation in the human mind. From this existential mistake all division originates, ending in the war between "my country and your country," "my religion and your religion." ... Is the brain capable of observing without the observer? This is a crucial question, not only for awakening the meditative state, but also for psychological health and healing, as well as ending the division between people. ... Psychological (as opposed to functional) thought operates in division and dualism. And as long as psychological thought dominates the brain and human life, there will be war, poverty and ecological destruction...
Aug 14, 2017, 5:04pm

Commentary
Charlottesville Is Just More Evidence America Was Born and Raised on Racism and Violence
Kali Holloway: Remember that Donald Trump froze funds that were supposed to go to groups fighting neo-Nazi violence. Remember that the Department of Justice recently announced that its civil rights division will be focusing its energies not on the precipitous rise in anti-black and anti-Muslim hate crimes that followed Trump’s election, but on “affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.” ... Remember that what happened in Charlottesville was not the unforeseen fallout from the 2016 presidential election, but exactly what Trump promised and what 63 million people voted for... Visit Website ]
Aug 14, 2017, 2:23pm


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