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Louisiana Supreme Court denies review of Fair Wayne Bryant’s life sentence for allegedly stealing a pair of hedge clippers
Helen Halyard: Fair Wayne Bryant, now 60 years old, has spent the last 23 years at Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana on one count of attempted simple burglary. ... In 2018, Bryant’s attorney Peggy Sullivan appealed his sentence before the Second Circuit Court of Louisiana, stating that her client “contends that his life sentence is unconstitutionally harsh and excessive.” ... Although Louisiana’s State Supreme Court refused to hear the case, Bryant will have one more chance at possible parole. ... One finds one set of rules for the poor and oppressed and another set of rules for those who control the wealth ... Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the United States.... Visit Website ]
Aug 11, 2020, 11:51am

Environment
Can Cities Go Zero-waste? One Japanese Town Tried
Olivia Sullivan: Kamikatsu (Japan) famously declared its goal was to go waste-free by 2020, but it didn’t quite get there (80%). Their experience shows we can’t move further without systemic changes. ... One of the many unfortunate outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic has been the quick and obvious increase in single-use plastic products. ... We must also shift the paradigm by holding producers responsible for the waste they create. ... By requiring new plastic products to contain recycled plastic and making producers fund the collection and recycling of plastic products, producers would be incentivized to design longer lasting products that can actually be reused and recycled.... Visit Website ]
Aug 10, 2020, 3:32pm

Blogosphere
The Undoing Of Illusions: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: Governments have obscenely well-funded intelligence agencies that are literally dedicated to orchestrating secret conspiracies around the world, but if you say they might be conspiring in some part of the world people call you a mentally ill conspiracy theorist. ... A political establishment which thinks it’s crazy and extremist to reduce a $740 billion military budget by 10 percent is a crazy and extremist political establishment. ... All I’m ever writing about here is the undoing of illusions. The undoing of illusions about what’s happening in the world, the undoing of illusions about the media, the undoing of illusions about society, the undoing of illusions about ourselves... Visit Website ]
Aug 10, 2020, 2:52pm

Meditations
The End of Man and the Beginning of Humanity
Martin LeFevre: This past week the world commemorated one of the grimmest anniversaries in human history---the atomic bombs that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 200,000 people. Today is the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. ... Despite the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons,' which was formally adopted at the United Nations three years ago (though unsurprisingly all nine nuclear powers, as well as Japan and Canada astoundingly, aren't signatories), we are on the cusp of another, much more dangerous nuclear arms race. Will humanity ever rid itself of these ultimate evil weapons of war?...
Aug 9, 2020, 11:09am

Environment
The World on Fire
Robert Hunziker: Massive uncontrolled unprecedented wild fires are consuming portions of the Amazon rainforest and several regions of the Arctic. Somebody somewhere must be asking why all of a sudden in unison, all over creation, two of the planets largest ecosystems are going up in smoke. It’s eerily spine chilling. ... Where’s the world’s largest fire alarm when so desperately needed? ... These are not regular ole run of the mill fires. Rather, these are firestorms so powerful that they create their own wind systems and self-perpetuate... Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2020, 3:09pm

Links
Nagasaki Journey
On August 10, 1945 , the day after the bombing of Nagasaki, Yosuke Yamahata began to photograph the devastation. His companions on the journey were a painter, Eiji Yamada, and a writer, Jun Higashi. (Reprinted from previous years.) Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2020, 2:41pm

Blogosphere
None Of The World’s Worst People Are In Prison: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: The main obstacle to humanity forming a collaborative relationship with each other and our ecosystem isn’t because of “human nature”, it’s because manipulative psychopaths keep working their way into power. Finding a way to deal with psychopathy would solve most of our problems. ... Some people find it offensive that I say Trump is no worse than his predecessors. I find it offensive that they ignore the barbarism of Trump’s predecessors. ... Notice how most of the mainstream buzz about psychedelics today is about their usefulness in a turning psychologically troubled people into functional cogs in the machine, not in letting everyone use them so we can all see the insanity of the machine itself... Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2020, 2:18pm

Meditations
Localism and the Non-Locality of the Universe
Martin LeFevre: At the quantum level, there's a principle called non-locality. It refers not only to "the profound interconnectedness of the universe," but to something called "entanglement," a phenomenon whereby electrons even far apart instantly affect each other. ... How does non-locality pertain to human consciousness as it is, and as it could be? ... Mystics not only understand the principle of non-locality and the misnomer of "entanglement" (really disentanglement) intuitively. ... Of course such experiencing is opposed to our everyday experience of locality, of being a separate self, belonging to a separate group in a particular place. However that is our conditioned cultural experience of reality...
Aug 6, 2020, 2:21pm

Blogosphere
In Hollywood
Caitlin Johnstone: In Hollywood people who have lost touch with their humanity teach the public how to be human. ... In Hollywood the most fake people in the world teach the public about reality. ... In Hollywood people pretend to be other people saying words that other people wrote telling stories about things which never happened and we base our entire culture on this. ... In Hollywood they make horror movies about a murderous psychopath running around slashing people, instead of making horror movies about the fact that murderous psychopaths rule our entire world right this very moment... Visit Website ]
Aug 6, 2020, 2:09pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: How Trump Can Steal the 2020 Election
Margaret Kimberley: “No one in the media or the Democratic Party gives a basic civics lesson or talks about how elections are really stolen.” ... Republicans win the presidency when they steal votes. Democrats need a huge turnout to undo the impact of so-called “spoiled ballots,” electronic vote machine theft and the removal of Democratic voters, i.e. Black people, from the rolls. ... Many states are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with increased availability of voting by mail instead of at polling places. That process solves one problem but creates many new ones. ... Republicans in states like Wisconsin are still working to remove 120,000 people from the rolls ... provisional ballots ... those are nearly always thrown out and are worthless... Election theft is an American tradition.... Visit Website ]
Aug 6, 2020, 2:01pm

Environment
Deadly diseases from wildlife thrive when nature is destroyed, study finds
Damian Carrington, The Guardian: Rats and bats that host pandemic pathogens like Covid-19 increase in damaged ecosystems, analysis shows ... The research assessed nearly 7,000 animal communities on six continents and found that the conversion of wild places into farmland or settlements often wipes out larger species. It found that the damage benefits smaller, more adaptable creatures that also carry the most pathogens that can pass to humans. ... The new analysis is the first to show how the demolition of wild places, as the world’s population and consumption grows, leads to changes in animal populations that increase the risk of disease outbreaks... Visit Website ]
Aug 5, 2020, 11:59am

Meditations
The Colliding Congruencies of America and China
Martin LeFevre: Conventional thinking has it that America and China have two fundamentally opposing systems that are on a collision course. However the ossification Chinese communist authoritarianism coincides and complements the emergence of American capitalistic authoritarianism. ... Are both systems in their death throes? ... The underlying similarities between the dying American model and the purportedly rising Chinese model are evident to anyone who looks below the surface layer of the news and propaganda churn. ... There's tremendous urgency for insight...
Aug 4, 2020, 5:10pm

Health
Our Planet Missed Opportunity to Fight side-by-side against the Pandemic!
Andre Vltchek: COVID-19 has been dangerously politicized. ... Dr. Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), at Oxford and a visiting professor at Newcastle University, argues there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia. ... China actually tried to forge a global alliance against COVID-19, and so did Russia. ... This does not look like a good world. ... COVID-19 ruined countless lives. But at least now it is clear, who is who, what is the gangrenous essence of corporatism and imperialism... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2020, 2:51pm

Commentary
A United State of Delusion
Patick Lawrence: Americans are caught in a kind of national psychosis, wherein little of what is said about foreign conduct — from Germany to the South China Sea — can be taken at face value. ... One can go on listening to the “peace and stability” song as long as one likes. It amounts to a dreamy lullaby at this point — an illusion that will continue to lead America in inadvisable directions as long as we insist on entertaining it. ... All nations entertain illusions about themselves to one or another extent. ... But none matches the U.S. as it acts so thoroughly according to what it wishes to be so as against what is... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2020, 2:16pm

Consider This....
Unsung heroes of Los Alamos: Rethinking Manhattan Project Spies and the Cold War...
Dave LIndorff: At the end of WWII, the US was the world’s unchallenged superpower. It had emerged from war with its industrial base undamaged ... The US also had a monopoly on a new super weapon — the atom bomb ... it had no moral compunction about using its terrible new weapon of mass destruction ... Washington balked at the idea of sharing the bombs’ secrets ... the US was planning to launch a devastating nuclear first strike blitz on the Soviet Union ... ??? ... we have to thank the spies who, for whatever their individual motives, successfully obtained and delivered the secrets of the atomic bomb and its construction to the scientists in the Soviet Union ... they forced the US to have to consider the unacceptable risk of retaliation... Visit Website ]
Aug 4, 2020, 2:06pm


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