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Follow the Real Money Behind the New Green Agenda
F. William Engdahl: Within little more than a year everyone imaginable seems to have jumped on the bandwagon of the new green agenda of radical measures to “stop” climate change. Now the bastion of corporate economic globalization, the Swiss Davos World Economic Forum, has made its main theme this year, “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World,” with major focus on such notions as “How to Save the Planet.” Of course, featured speaker was the young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. ... What few realize is how carefully all this is being orchestrated to prepare a massive shift in global capital flows where a handful of financial giants stand to gain... Visit Website ]
Jan 28, 2020, 4:02pm

Environment
Remove the Livestock, Not the Wolves
Greta Anderson: Wolves are smart, family-oriented animals and science demonstrates that problems with livestock increase following wolf removals. So why does the government keep removing wolves in response to conflict with livestock and hope that solves the same problem? ... Killing or permanently capturing wolves rarely solves more problems than it creates. Wolves are social animals and family is everything. ... A mix of accidental or illegal killings and injuries, untimely dispersals and disappearances, and vulnerable livestock in the woods in winter is a recipe for conflict. At least three wolf packs use this same territory in the Gila, demonstrating that it is prime wolf habitat, and maybe not such a great place for livestock... Visit Website ]
Jan 28, 2020, 3:25pm

Environment
This Problem With Fracked Oil and Gas Wells Is Occurring 'at an Alarming Rate'
Justin Mikulka: On February 15, 2018, a fracked natural gas well owned by ExxonMobil's XTO Energy and located in southeast Ohio experienced a well blowout, causing it to gush the potent greenhouse gas methane for nearly three weeks. ... The cause of this massive leak was a failure of the gas well's casing, or internal lining. Well casing failures represent yet another significant but not widely discussed technical problem for an unprofitable fracking industry. ... Casing failures occur when the steel or cement that's lining an oil or gas well breaks or cracks, which means the well can't maintain pressure anymore and creates a pathway for anything inside the well — such as fracking fluids — to leak into the surrounding environment. ... The fracking experiment has been a financial disaster. It has been a climate disaster. And it has contaminated large swaths of water and soil... Visit Website ]
Jan 27, 2020, 3:32pm

Articles
The Rise of Smart Camera Networks, and Why We Should Ban Them
Michael Kwet: There’s widespread concern that video cameras will use facial recognition software to track our every public move. Far less remarked upon — but every bit as alarming — is the exponential expansion of “smart” video surveillance networks. ... Private businesses and homes are starting to plug their cameras into police networks, and rapid advances in artificial intelligence are investing closed-circuit television, or CCTV, networks with the power for total public surveillance. ... In the not-so-distant future, police forces, stores, and city administrators hope to film your every move — and interpret it using video analytics. ... To understand the situation we’re facing, we have to understand the rise of the video surveillance industrial complex... Visit Website ]
Jan 27, 2020, 11:59am

Meditations
The Insight Revolution Needs You
Martin LeFevre: The cognitive revolution, which made all 7.7 billion of us "fully modern humans," with the capacity for diverse languages, cultures, art, science and technology, occurred about 100,000 years ago in East Africa. ... The cognitive revolution was not consciously brought about, but the insight revolution can only consciously occur. It is not a goal in the usual sense-an objective achieved by thought-but it cannot happen without the diligent work of many individuals awakening awareness and igniting insight within... Indeed, as the crisis of consciousness intensifies, and imperils the Earth and the future of humanity, the first task of the living generations, whether they have children or not, is to ignite insight within the consciousness we all share. That's essential to change the disastrous course of humankind...
Jan 26, 2020, 3:48pm

Books
Anatomy of a Washington Post Editorial
Bill Willers: Martin Luther King Jr. Day has morphed into an annual reminder of the truth in Vladimir Lenin’s observation that great revolutionaries, while alive, are hounded by the powerful, and later, after they’ve been terminated, are lauded by their oppressors and transformed into harmless icons to placate the masses. ... Among the MLK-related articles to appear recently is a reposting of Edward Curtin’s 2017 review of Willam Pepper’s book The Plot to Kill King. ... King was murdered by elements of the U.S. government, a fact unsurprising for people who read history ... Following the trial (1999 Trial in Memphis, The King Family vs Loyd Jowers et al.) , the Washington Post published an editorial on Sunday, December 12, 1999, “The King Verdict,” that could serve as a classic study of techniques of persuasion for a class on rhetoric... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2020, 3:43pm

Commentary
Impeachment as a Distraction
Robert Fantina: Well, the circus has arrived in the United States capital, and the media is all agog at the show! ... Of course, like wrestling and magic tricks, the conclusion is foregone, and it is all nothing but smoke and mirrors. ... If ever there was a parade meant to be rained on, this is it. ... Yes, the impeachment of a U.S. president is newsworthy; ... But is this all, or even the most important thing, that is happening in the world today? ... Children in the U.S. are still hungry and homeless, conditions made worse by the extreme cold of winter. Unarmed minority citizens continue to die at the hands of the police, and mass shootings have not stopped. ... This is the United States of America in all its glory. This is the vaunted ‘democracy’ that politicians proclaim is the envy of the world. Heaven help us all... Visit Website ]
Jan 25, 2020, 11:41am

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Lev Parnas Is Afraid of Bill Barr. He Should Be.
Thom Hartmann : Lev Parnas recently told Rachel Maddow that he’s more afraid of Attorney General Bill Barr than he is of the mobbed-up foreign oligarchs he has betrayed. Barr, after all, can weaponize our prisons to punish Parnas. ... How Barr Earned the Moniker ‘Coverup-General’ --- Americans knew that both Reagan and Bush were up to their necks in the Iran-Contra crimes, and both could be facing prison time as a result. ... The independent counsel had already obtained one conviction and three guilty pleas, and two other individuals were lined up for prosecution. ... Barr ... as AG in the Bush White House ... “I went over and told the President I thought he should not only pardon Caspar Weinberger, but while he was at it, he should pardon about five others.” ... Bush shut the investigation down by pardoning not only Weinberger, but also the five others known to be involved in the crime, destroying (Independent Counsel) Walsh’s ability to prosecute anybody... Visit Website ]
Jan 25, 2020, 10:54am

Commentary
Violent Chaos Is Practically American Foreign Policy
Maj. Danny Sjursen: The current commander-in-chief could never have expanded America’s wars in the Greater Middle East (contra his campaign promises) or unilaterally drone-assassinated a foreign leader, without the militaristic foundations laid down for him by George W. Bush and Barack Obama. ... Bush the Younger committed the nation to the “original sin” of expansive, largely unsanctioned wars as his chosen response to the 9/11 attacks. ... It was his team that would write the playbook on selling an ill-advised, illegal invasion of Iraq based on bad intelligence and false pretenses. ... Barack Obama ... despite slowly pulling troops out of Iraq, he only escalated the Afghan War ... put his stamp of approval on the drone campaigns across significant parts of the planet ... Encouraged by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he also launched a new regime-change war in Libya... Visit Website ]
Jan 24, 2020, 3:25pm

Environment
Climate-Friendly Heating: How to Stay Warm Without Fossil Fuels
Gero Rueter: Heating with coal, oil and natural gas accounts for around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. But that's something we can change, says Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute in the western German city of Darmstadt. ... "With good insulation and ventilation systems, it's possible to achieve energy savings — compared to conventional buildings — of 80-90% in new buildings and 75-80% through energy-efficient renovation in old buildings." ... The remaining demand could then be met with a mix of renewable energies. ... "I see district heating with renewable energies, and heating with ambient heat and heat pumps as important sources here... Visit Website ]
Jan 23, 2020, 4:40pm

Commentary
A Stock Market Boom Is Not the Basis of Shared Prosperity
Thomas Palley : The US is currently enjoying another stock market boom which, if history is any guide, also stands to end in a bust. In the meantime, the boom is having a politically toxic effect by lending support to Donald Trump and obscuring the case for reversing the neoliberal economic paradigm. ... In addition to directly impacting asset pricing, the Federal Reserve has given a green flag for speculative buying and strengthened beliefs that it stands ready to guarantee stock prices via the so-called “Powell put”. That put is an amplification of the prior “Bernanke put”, which was in turn an amplification of the “Greenspan put” which launched the Federal Reserve’s commitment to stock prices ... our addiction to stock price inflation is politically and economically toxic.... Visit Website ]
Jan 23, 2020, 3:46pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The Internet Does Washington’s Dirty Work
Margaret Kimberley: The internet is in the hands of private corporations. They decide who gets service, where they get it and at what speed. The growth of social media only exacerbated the problems of corporate control. ... who work hand in hand with the government. Ultimately they decide who can be seen and who cannot. ... When the U.S. government speaks, Facebook and Twitter listen and then do as they are told. When foreign governments are declared adversaries their representatives and advocates are censored. ... Facebook decides if “community standards” have been violated and restrict anyone who violates their opaque rules. Black people are routinely sent to “facebook jail” if their words anger racist white people... Visit Website ]
Jan 22, 2020, 3:21pm

Consider This....
The “Are You Serious?” Awards: Looking Back on 2019
Conn Hallinan :.... The Dr. Strangelove Award goes to the U.S. Defense Department for its unique solution to the problem of supplying troops in war zones. Between 2001 and 2010, U.S. soldiers escorting fuel convoys in Afghanistan and Iraq accounted for more than half the casualties suffered by American forces. ... The solution? Portable nuclear power plants that would generate between 1 and 10 megawatts and service up to 1,000 troops. ... The “micro-nukes” would be “semiautonomous” — that is, they wouldn’t need on-site operators. ... Even small reactors contain significant amounts of highly radioactive and long-lived isotopes, like cesium-137. ... I mean, what could go wrong?... Visit Website ]
Jan 22, 2020, 3:05pm

Commentary
We Work, They Scam: The Art of the Con in Terminal-Stage Capitalism
William Hawes: Recently, the ridiculous real estate company WeWork has faced intense scrutiny after their business model was absurdly overvalued and their CEO, one Adam Neumann, was exposed as an abusive boss as well as an overall crazy person. ... The bare truth of the matter is that various forms of fraud and cons are the rule for the vast majority of large corporations. ... For instance, the spurious idea that 1.5 trillion in tax cuts will help grow our economy through job creation, or new business ventures, is a fraud on its face, but represents an exquisite example of capitalist propaganda. ... John Maynard Keynes pointed out: “Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.”... Visit Website ]
Jan 22, 2020, 2:44pm

Environment
Ninth Circuit Dismisses Youth Climate Suit, While Agreeing Government Policy Is Destroying The Planet
The decision finds federal courts cannot provide the youth with a remedy for their climate change injuries. ... Counsel for the youth plaintiffs vowed to ask the full Ninth Circuit to review the determination that federal courts can do nothing to address an admitted constitutional violation. ... The Court recognized that climate change is exponentially increasing and that the federal government has long known that its actions substantially contribute to the climate crisis. Yet two of the judges on the Panel refused to set the standard for redressing the constitutional violation, to protect our Nation’s children. ... In short, the majority ruled the remedies the youth plaintiffs have requested must be implemented by Congress or the President, not the courts... Visit Website ]
Jan 21, 2020, 2:28pm


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