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Recycling is not enough. Zero-packaging stores show we can kick our plastic addiction
Sabrina Chakori and Ammar Abdul Aziz: Plastic now litters the planet, contaminating ecosystems and posing a significant threat to wildlife and human health. Food and beverage packaging accounts for almost two-thirds of total packaging waste. Recycling, though important, has proven an incapable primary strategy to cope with the scale of plastic rubbish. In Australia, for example, just 11.8% of the 3.5 million tonnes of plastics consumed in 2016-2017 were recycled. ... The emergence of zero-packaging food stores is challenging the idea that individually packaged items are a necessary feature of the modern food industry. ... Zero-packaging shops, sometimes known as zero-waste grocery stores, allow customers to bring and refill their own containers. They offer food products (cereals, pasta, oils) and even household products (soap, dishwashing powder). You simply bring your own jars and containers and buy as little or as much as you need... Visit Website ]
Jan 18, 2019, 3:14pm

Did You Know
The Vice President's Men
Seymour M. Hersh When George H.W. Bush arrived in Washington as vice president in January 1981 he seemed little more than a sideshow to Ronald Reagan ... There was another view of Bush: the one held by the military men and civilian professionals who worked for him on national security issues. Unlike the president, he knew what was going on and how to get things done. For them, Reagan was ‘a dimwit’ who didn’t get it, or even try to get it. ... Bush was different: he got it. At his direction, a team of military operatives was set up that bypassed the national security establishment – including the CIA – and wasn’t answerable to congressional oversight. It was led by Vice-Admiral Arthur Moreau, a brilliant navy officer who would be known to those on the inside as ‘M’. ... he oversaw a secret team – operating in part out of the office of Daniel Murphy, Bush’s chief of staff – which quietly conducted at least 35 covert operations against drug trafficking, terrorism and, most important, perceived Soviet expansionism in more than twenty countries... Visit Website ]
Jan 18, 2019, 3:06pm

Commentary
Saving America and the World by Slashing US Military Spending -Shut down the war machine!
Dave LIndorff: The time has come to cut the US military down to size. ... By all accounts, the US accounts for more than a third of all global military spending. ... Let’s be honest: The United States faces no significant threat from any nation in the world. ... The reality is that it is the US which is the most threatening and destabilizing force in the world today. ... It is simply madness that has led us to this point. Madness by a ruling elite that only cares about grasping an ever larger share of the national and global wealth ... There is an urgent need for the US, and for the people of this self-described “indispensable” nation to wake up from our torpor, to throw off our fear-induced and greed-driven obsession with military spending, and to turn both inward to the need to develop a humane and sustainable society that benefits all its members, and outward to become a cooperative and non-threatening member of the global community of nations... Visit Website ]
Jan 18, 2019, 2:32pm

News
Matamoros, Mexico strike of over 70,000 workers enters sixth day (Amid Media Blackout)
Alex González and Andrea Lobo: Over 70,000 “maquiladora” workers from 45 factories in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros, Mexico have entered the sixth day of their courageous struggle as more and more plants are paralyzed throughout the city. ... The strike could very soon disrupt global supply chains in the United States, Canada and Asia. ... The strike is affecting major suppliers to the "Big Three” automakers—GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler—as well as other manufacturers. Factories that are on strike include Autoliv, Inteva, Starkey, Edemsa, Aipsa, Cepillos, STC, Polytech, Kemet, Tyco, Parker and AFX. ... The workers are sharing information through Facebook ... The strike at Matamoros has been completely ignored by the corporate media. There is not a single article about the Matamoros strike in any of the major Mexican or international news outlets... Visit Website ]
Jan 18, 2019, 2:15pm

Books
Long Live the Armed Struggle!
Paul Haeder: Women Politicals in America: Jailed Dissenters from Mother Jones to Lynne Stewart. by Linda G. Ford. ... Jailers who willingly neglect the health of prisoners. Prison medical experts denying basic life saving treatment. Massive censorship of prisoners’ reading and writing. Male nurses ramming fingers up a political’s anus and vagina. Locked in High Security Units in what Silvia Baraldini called “a living tomb . . . a white sepulcher.” She was part of the May 19th Communist group and Black Liberation Army. She was charged with BLA robberies – however, she was in Zimbabwe when one of them took place. ... What happened to Standing Rock water protector Red Fawn Fallis is what has happened to many women political dissenters who go up against Big Government/Corporate power. After she was viciously tackled by several police officers (caught on video), she was brought up on serious charges of harming those who harmed her...
Jan 17, 2019, 4:09pm

Commentary
Countering the smears against the Women’s March
Jen Roesch: By all measures, the Women’s Marches — the first of which set the tone for protest during the Trump era with the largest single day of protest in U.S. history — should be looking toward their greatest success yet. ... Instead, the organizers have come under intense attack, and the marches themselves, scheduled for this weekend, are experiencing a crisis. ... In this case, the real threat of anti-Semitism is being cynically exploited to smear the leaders of the Women’s Marches ... the chorus of condemnation has been largely orchestrated by right-wing and Zionist voices, inside and outside the broad left, with the aim of undermining some of the more radical politics of the Women’s March organizers, particularly around the question of Palestine... Visit Website ]
Jan 17, 2019, 2:59pm

Books
Top 10 Basic Income Articles of 2018 by Scott Santens
(8) "The Great Equalizer: What Dolly Parton and a Tennessee Wildfire Can Teach About Universal Basic Income" by Daniela Perdomo for In The Mesh ... In late 2016, a forest fire in Tennessee burned down about 1,000 homes, and in response Dolly Parton came to the rescue of the newly homeless victims with $1,000 per month for five months followed by an additional (and entirely unexpected) $5,000 check in the sixth month for a grand total of $10,000. ... Basically, basic income increased resiliency to disaster by helping everyone get back on their feet faster by providing people with what they needed most - cash to self-determine their own priorities. ... “It was very rare, I can almost get a tear. I just — to talk about it is one thing, but when it happens to you...,” ... the Gatlinburg community has changed: “People are helping people who weren’t helping before. You can’t buy that.” ... Visit Website ]
Jan 17, 2019, 10:32am

Meditations
Man Is Dead; Long Live Humanity
Martin LeFevre: The foundation and wellspring of meditation in the individual are self-knowing and self-responsibility, with the lifelong feeling, "I don't know." When the mind as thought is completely still, one sees and feels nature and the universe are in a state of meditation. ... One cannot seek God; one can only negate the observer, thought and time. Then what we call God may come. When we ignite negation in meditation, we are part of the creative source from which the ongoing creation of the universe and nature flows. This is why we're here on Earth, if we're here for any reason at all. ... Instead, man is destroying the Earth, and himself. ... Unlike methods from the East, true meditation does not deny the senses. Quite the opposite. Meditative states begin with heightening and harmonizing all the senses. That's why taking sittings in nature is so important...
Jan 16, 2019, 3:31pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Kamala Harris Destroyed Black Lives
Margaret Kimberley: Harris is highly problematic for black voters, perhaps more so than any other candidate. She served as the district attorney of San Francisco and later as attorney general of California. In both roles she did everything in her power to support the mass incarceration system and all of its foundations. That is what prosecutors do after all, but most of them don’t try to run for president and ask for black people’s votes. ... As attorney general Harris opposed legislation that would have required her office to investigate police shootings.When California was ordered to reduce prison overcrowding she argued against it. ... She always sided with law enforcement, which means she acted against the interests of black people. ... Kamala Harris is no friend of black people and she should be treated as such. She should not be allowed to shake hands, kiss babies or walk into black churches without being taken to task... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2019, 3:19pm

Articles
The documentary Israel doesn’t want you to see
Mukund Rathi reviews The Lobby, a documentary about Israel’s efforts to undermine the movement for Palestinian rights with its vast array of dirty tricks. ... A FOREIGN government is spying on Americans who are exercising their First Amendment rights to free expression. It is secretly giving money, intelligence and strategic advice to political groups that create fake social media pages, ghostwrite op-eds in major newspapers and push for legislation to support its aims. ... These groups spend tens of thousands of dollars on “astroturf” protests against college student activists and have created anonymous websites to smear them. They are trying to redirect social justice movements like Black Lives Matter to support their own ends. ... And when journalists uncover these questionable practices and attempt to inform the public, this foreign government and its allied groups made sure they were censored. ... I’m talking about Israel... Visit Website ]
Jan 15, 2019, 12:24pm

Environment
Warning: A 'Shrinking Window' of Usable Groundwater
Tara Lohan: We're living beyond our means when it comes to groundwater. ... "We found that the average depth of water resources across the country was about half of what people had previously estimated," said Jennifer McIntosh, a distinguished scholar and professor of hydrology and atmospheric sciences at the University of Arizona. ... The problem isn't evenly distributed across the country. While a number of aquifers in the West have deep freshwater reserves, the water in parts of the eastern and central U.S. becomes salty at much shallower depths. ... The study looked at a total of 28 sedimentary basins across the U.S. that were chosen because they're known to contain oil and gas reserves. ... In some cases the industry pumps out brackish water as part of its drilling operations. Industry waste is then injected back underground into deep aquifers. As a result, water reserves are depleted from pumping and possibly contaminated during re-injection, the researchers found... Visit Website ]
Jan 14, 2019, 2:42pm

Commentary
The Government Shutdown Makes You Think About Socialism
Charles Andrews: Many people are cynical about government, with good reason. They see leaders who don’t care about getting a job done, who just maneuver and finger-point and yell to puff themselves up and put someone else down. ... The shutdown of the federal government has done at least one good thing. It showed us that 800,000 rank-and-file workers who make the federal government go every day do a vital job. ... Basically, socialism means that we will run our economy in institutions that work for society, not for the profit of rich owners. Basically, socialism means no rich and no poor, a good wage for every job, full employment, and common prosperity for all. ... That sounds a lot like an expansion of the bulk of the federal government ... The shutdown demonstrates that the American system of government is crumbling. It served business well for more than 200 years while it kept the population from considering alternatives. No longer... Visit Website ]
Jan 14, 2019, 2:24pm

Commentary
Ten reasons to support the LA teachers
Danny Katch: MORE THAN 33,000 members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) are on strike today, shutting down the country’s second-largest school district which serves almost half a million students. ... Educators are demanding that the Los Angeles United School District (LAUSD) fund schools that working-class students deserve — including smaller classes and more support staff like librarians and counselors — plus an end to privatization schemes that siphon off taxpayer money to fund privately run charter schools. ... Number one: Los Angeles has really rich people and really poor schools ... California spends annually only $10,291 per student (compared to $75,560 for each person it imprisons). ... Number two: ...but educators are fighting for more than just money ... lower class sizes, fair pay, less testing and more teaching, accountability for charter operators and co-locations, respect for early and adult educators, and more nurses, counselors and librarians to support our students.... Visit Website ]
Jan 14, 2019, 2:10pm

Books
How Misdemeanors Turn Innocent People Into Criminals
Jordan Smith: “Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal,” Alexandra Natapoff, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine, brings the misdemeanor system into clear focus ... The misdemeanor system represents 80 percent of the state criminal dockets in this country ... serious misdemeanors — like domestic assault, driving under the influence, crimes that we have come to a consensus that pose real harms, real threats, and that represent conduct that can fairly be called wrongful ... At the other end of the spectrum, we see crimes or offenses that don’t seem culpable or blameworthy or harmful at all. ... can include jaywalking, spitting, littering, all kinds of minor, so-called order offenses ... We sweep people of color into the criminal system with that first order-maintenance arrest... Visit Website ]
Jan 13, 2019, 4:29pm

Environment
Capitalist Agriculture: Putting Soil on a Diet of Snake Oil and Doughnuts
Colin Todhunter: The premise is that under capitalism water, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful and wholly corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity. ... One of the greatest natural assets that humankind has is soil. ... When you drench soil with proprietary synthetic chemicals, introduce company-patented genetically tampered crops or continuously monocrop as part of a corporate-controlled industrial farming system, you kill essential microbes, upset soil balance and end up feeding soil a limited “doughnut diet” of unhealthy inputs ... Microbes can help plants better tolerate extreme temperature fluctuations, saline soils and other challenges associated with climate change... Visit Website ]
Jan 13, 2019, 4:12pm


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