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Not Think Tanks, Insight Pools!
Martin LeFevre: Under a high cast sky, the unseen sun shimmers off the undulating surface of the stream, turning the fast-flowing creek into a silvery ribbon in the late afternoon light. It holds the eye and cleanses the heart. ... Think tanks, whether conservative or progressive, are past their use-by date. Think tanks are inherently thought-based groups of people focused on particular issues from a shared set of beliefs and opinions. Is there is another form of thinking together altogether, befitting our age and the multi-level crisis humankind faces? Yes, I call them insight pools. ... A think tank depends on reason; an insight pool relies on mutual questioning and uncovering, in a spirit of inquiry and affection, our premises and hidden assumptions, with the intent to ignite shared insight...
Feb 21, 2019, 2:51pm

Environment
Early rain as Arctic warms means more methane
Tim Radford: As spring advances, so does the rain to warm the permafrost. It means more methane can get into the atmosphere to accelerate global warming. ... One stretch of wetland in a forest of black spruce in the Alaskan interior stepped up its emissions of natural gas (another name for methane) by 30%. Methane is a greenhouse gas at least 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide. ... In a warmer world, evaporation will increase. Warmer air has a greater capacity for water vapour. In the end, it means more rain will fall. If it falls in spring or early summer, the research from one marshland in Alaska seems to suggest, more methane will escape into the atmosphere ... “Our study shows that by affecting soil temperature and methane emissions, rain can increase the ability of thawing permafrost to warm the climate.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 20, 2019, 4:26pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Kamala Harris: The Fix is In
Margaret Kimberley: It is painfully obvious that Kamala Harris is unprepared for the scrutiny that comes with waging a presidential campaign. But it is equally obvious that her lack of gravitas may not matter at all. The fix is in as the old saying goes. She is the choice of the Democratic Party leadership, the black misleaders, and their partners in corporate media. They will give her cover whenever she needs help. Gaffes and comical pandering at the expense of black voters may not hurt her chances at all. ... “All Harris knows how to do is pander, and she doesn’t even do that very well.” ... Conversely, Bernie Sanders, the true front runner, is scrutinized over minor issues and must fend off bald faced lies.He can expect a repeat of the treatment he received from the Democratic Party leadership and corporate media in 2016... Visit Website ]
Feb 20, 2019, 4:05pm

Commentary
How the U.S. is strangling Haiti as it attempts regime change in Venezuela
Vijay Prashad: Last week, the people of Haiti erupted in protests over fuel price hikes. Behind the protests lie a story of corruption by the elite, blatantly insensitive IMF policies, predatory pricing by US oil firms and the fallout of the economic war on Venezuela ... In 2005, when oil prices began to creep upwards and when the Bolivarian socialists led by Hugo Chávez were at their peak, 14 countries from the Caribbean met in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela, to launch the Petrocaribe scheme. The idea was elegant. Venezuela, with one of the world’s largest oil reserves, would sell oil to the struggling Caribbean islands through a very lucrative deal. Part of the oil price was paid up front, and the rest was to be paid back over the years at a ridiculously low interest rate (1 percent) ... Island nations of the Caribbean, who had struggled with debt and high import prices for energy, now found relief. Haiti and Nicaragua, which were not part of the 14 original members, joined Petrocaribe in 2007... Visit Website ]
Feb 20, 2019, 3:40pm

Articles
Mexican migrant details harrowing journey across the Sonoran desert following deportation
Angel Andres and Anthony del Olm : WSWS reporters spoke with Miguel, a Mexican migrant who wished to share his story, which demonstrates the plight of immigrants who make the treacherous journey through the deserts along the US-Mexico border region as their last option in search of a better life. ... In his story, the threats posed by an unforgiving terrain and climate are only a portion of a dangerous landscape filled with the Mexican police, cartel thugs and the US border patrol. ... Miguel describes an intricate and complex underground network requiring the tacit cooperation of both governments along with groups of thugs, human smugglers and drug traffickers... Visit Website ]
Feb 20, 2019, 2:06pm

Commentary
Curious How Bernie Sanders Went From ’60s Radical to Democratic Front-Runner? Read On.
Tim Murphy: This passage, from a 1969 essay ..."The Revolution is coming and it is a very beautiful revolution. It is beautiful because, in its deepest sense, it is quiet, gentle, and all pervasive. It KNOWS. What is most important in this revolution will require no guns, no commandants, no screaming “leaders,” and no vicious publications accusing everyone else of being counter-revolutionary. The revolution comes when two strangers smile at each other, when a father refuses to send his child to school because schools destroy children, when a commune is started and people begin to trust each other, when a young man refuses to go to war, and when a girl pushes aside all that her mother has ‘taught’ her and accepts her boyfriend’s love. ... The revolution comes when young people throughout the world take control of their own lives and when people everywhere begin to look each other in the eyes and say hello, without fear. This is the revolution, this is the strength, and with this behind us no politician or general will ever stop us. We shall win!... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2019, 3:12pm

Books
Of Stress and Inequality
Nick Licata: Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s “The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Well-Being” is a follow-up to their 2009 best-seller “The Spirit Level.” That book reviewed several hundred studies expounding on their book’s subtitle: “Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger,” and came to the breakthrough finding that “inequality affects the vast majority of the population, not only the poor minority.” ... The data also supported their contention that closing the wealth gap between the highest- and lowest-income citizens reduced the cost and impact of health and social problems, such as violence and drug abuse, for an entire society. ... “depression, psychotic symptoms, schizophrenia and narcissistic traits are all significantly more common in unequal societies.” ... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2019, 12:27pm

Meditations
Monasteries, Retreats and Refuge In the Digital Age
Martin LeFevre: A veritable retreat and spiritual guidance industry has sprung up in the last two decades in the West. Apart from the ethical question of turning spirituality into business (a practice as old as both), there's the question: To what degree are all these retreats and religious teachers actually helping people and transforming society? ... Out of curiosity and an urge to find like-minded people to question and ignite insight together, I've attended a few daylong retreats in town. I've come away with: 1. There is a lot of spiritual hunger out there. 2. There are a lot of people willing to exploit it. Not all people of course, but where there's a 'market,' there are manipulators. ... Spiritual authority is a subtly destructive thing, and spiritual teachers often go to great lengths to disavow it. The essential thing is not to rely on anyone inwardly...
Feb 18, 2019, 2:48pm

Articles
Eugene V. Debs and the Endurance of Socialism
Jill Lepore: Half man, half myth, Debs turned a radical creed into a deeply American one. ... Eugene Victor Debs left school at the age of fourteen, to scrape paint and grease off the cars of the Vandalia Railroad, in Indiana, for fifty cents a day. He got a raise when he was promoted to fireman, which meant working in the locomotive next to the engineer, shovelling coal into a firebox ... Debs, who wrote a lot about manliness, always said that the best kind of man was a sand man. “ ‘Sand’ means grit,” he wrote in 1882, in Firemen’s Magazine. “It means the power to hold on.” When a train stalled from the steepness of the incline or the weight of the freight, railroad men poured sand on the tracks, to improve the grip of the wheels. Men need sand, too, Debs said: “Men who have plenty of ‘sand’ in their boxes never slip on the path of duty.” Debs had plenty of sand in his box... Visit Website ]
Feb 17, 2019, 3:27pm

Commentary
The Green New Deal’s huge flaw
Alex Baca: It doesn’t address the places Americans live. And our physical geography — where we sleep, work, shop, worship, and send our kids to play, and how we move between those places — is more foundational to a green, fair future than just about anything else. The proposal encapsulates the liberal delusion on climate change: that technology and spending can spare us the hard work of reform. ... America is a nation of sprawl. More Americans live in suburbs than in cities ... Environmentalists know transportation is the elephant in the room. ... Sprawl requires us to spend more time and more money to reach the places we need to go. ... even with breakneck advances in renewable energy and electric cars, the country must still reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled... Visit Website ]
Feb 16, 2019, 2:29pm

Environment
9 iconic animals brought back from the brink
Melissa Breyer: The recovery of these beleaguered species proves that conservation action works. ... 1. Humpback Whales --- Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) were hunted to the brink of extinction, with less than 10 percent of their original population left before a hunting moratorium was introduced in 1966. They were listed on the Endangered Species Act in 1973. Now, in some places they have recovered to as much as 70 percent and 90 percent of their pre-whaling numbers. ... 2. Tigers in Western Thailand --- Long-term work to reduce poaching in Thailand's Huai Kha Khaeng (HKK) Wildlife Sanctuary has paid off for the tigers (Panthera tigris), who have gone from 41 in 2010 to 66 today – a 60+ percent increase... Visit Website ]
Feb 15, 2019, 3:42pm

Consider This....
Bill McKibben: Climate Change Is Scary—Not the Green New Deal
It’s very clear that conservatives have one plan for dealing with the popularity of the Green New Deal: scaring the hell out of people. ... Myron Ebell of the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, the man who led the drive to pull America out of the Paris climate accords, said the other day that the Green New Deal was a “back-to-the-dark-ages manifesto.” ... “It calls for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 10 years, ‘upgrading all existing buildings’, and replacing our vehicle fleet with electric cars and more mass transit. And turning our energy economy upside down must be accomplished while ending historic income inequities and oppression of disadvantaged groups.” ... All of which sounds good not just to me, but to most people: Polling for the Green New Deal is through the roof, especially among young people... Visit Website ]
Feb 15, 2019, 3:31pm

Commentary
Denver Teachers Win Steps Forward
Eric Blanc: Striking Denver teachers reached a tentative contract agreement this morning. Though they did not achieve all of their demands, Denver’s educators have wrested important gains from school privatizers — and shown once again the power of teachers withholding their labor. ... As is often the case, the biggest win of this work stoppage was workers’ increased sense of power and political consciousness. As Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) vice president Christina Medina told me this morning, “This week, a lot of us were able to make our voices heard — and to really see how there’s power in numbers, in workplace action, and in unity.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 14, 2019, 2:57pm

Articles
A 2015 Case Was Supposed to Overhaul California’s Solitary Confinement. The Reality Is Much More Complicated.
Marisa Endicott: The 2015 agreement in Ashker v. Brown virtually eliminated indefinite solitary sentences and permitted isolation only for prisoners who commit serious offenses while in detention—making it a behavior-based punishment rather than a status-based one. In requiring court-ordered monitoring, the judge mandated CDCR to turn over internal violations reports between 2015 and 2017, which revealed which offenses sent prisoners to solitary based on what information. ... “Basically, prison staff are prosecutor, judge, jury, everything,” says Jean Casella, co-director of the watchdog organization Solitary Watch, noting that the conviction rate in prison hearings is over 90 percent in most states. “If a [correctional officer] wants you to go to solitary, you’re probably going to go to solitary.” ... Visit Website ]
Feb 14, 2019, 2:48pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Black Voters Used to Destroy Bernie Sanders
Margaret Kimberley: The last thing that Democratic Party leadership wants to see is another Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. ... Now they are terrified of the prospect that a new campaign will expose and challenge their corrupt relationship with corporate interests once again. Sanders is popular and they are well aware of that fact. The voters want his signature Medicare for All plan, free college tuition, and an increased minimum wage. A candidate who runs on those platform positions will win the party nomination and election. But Democrats hope to win with nothing more than platitudes and anti-Trumpism, just as they did during the 2016 debacle. ... The current weapon of choice is telling lies that will turn black voters against Sanders... Visit Website ]
Feb 13, 2019, 2:22pm


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“The Price on Everything Is Love”: How a Detroit Community Overcomes a Lack of City Services
OCCUPY
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Did You Know
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Free Speech
FBI Continues to Break Its Own Rules by Tracking Protesters
Amazon Is Selling Facial Recognition to Law Enforcement - for a Fistful of Dollars
Embattled Palestinian Knesset Member Fights for Her People’s Rights
Environment
Early rain as Arctic warms means more methane
9 iconic animals brought back from the brink
Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'
Commentary
How the U.S. is strangling Haiti as it attempts regime change in Venezuela
Curious How Bernie Sanders Went From ’60s Radical to Democratic Front-Runner? Read On.
The Green New Deal’s huge flaw
Letters
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Six Principles and Steps to Nonviolent Social Change
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Abraham Lincoln & Mass Execution of American Indians
Links
By the Best Definition, the Poverty Rate Should Be Tripled
What if Osama bin Laden Had Legitimate Grievances?
Capitalism Is Beyond Saving, and America Is Living Proof
Health
Marijuana Law Reform Continues To Make Progress
Do Sleeping Bears Hold Secrets for Human Health?
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Books
Of Stress and Inequality
Black History Month: Gloria Hayes Richardson led a movement
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Consider This....
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Disarmament, Not Low-Yield Nukes
News
US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war
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Matamoros, Mexico strike of over 70,000 workers enters sixth day (Amid Media Blackout)
Blogosphere
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