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7 Dubious Financial Buzzwords That Indicate Someone Is Conning You
Valerie Vande Panne: There are so many plans these days to “transform” an area via a “public-private partnership” that will “restore” and “fix” the local economy and lead to an economic “recovery” for the “brave” group of “stakeholders” who’ve come together to make it happen. The business leader drumming up support is often a “good friend” of the politicians in charge. To entertain another plan, the people in power warn, will “hurt” the economy. ... 1. Public-Private Partnership ... Meaning: A massive tax dollar giveaway to a private company at taxpayer expense. ... As George Carlin used to say, “America’s leading industry is still the manufacture, distribution, packaging and marketing of bullshit. High-quality bullshit; world-class, designer bullshit, to be sure.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2018, 2:01pm

Articles
The Zombification of Intellectual Property and the Tool That Could Finally Reform It
Scott Santens: Purely by accident, George Romero’s groundbreaking film (Night of the Living Dead) instantly became a horror classic that could be licensed at no cost. The result was a movie that every theater could show, every TV station could broadcast, every artist could adapt and build off of... it was essentially a gift to the entire world. ... I think the success of zombies as a worldwide phenomenon provides an excellent case for looking at the entire idea of intellectual property (IP) differently. ... The idea of intellectual property has been twisted and malformed. What was always clearly mandated as being temporary as a means of giving innovators a head start, has become measured in terms of lifetimes instead of decades. ... Ideas are infinite and they all originate from a global commons. Ideas don’t just appear from the nothingness like particles and anti-particles in the quantum foam of the universe. Everything is a remix... Visit Website ]
Nov 12, 2018, 3:57pm

Commentary
Military “Service” Serves the Ruling Class
Will Griffin: One cannot serve both the one percent and the 99 percent as their interests are at odds with each other. Although many join for righteous reasons, actions speak louder than intentions. Actions of the U.S. military has always been death, destruction, anguish of the working class, and entitlements for the elites. When the ruling class benefits it’s always at the expense of the poor. ... I’m a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Not only that, I’m a veteran of both surges. ... Eight years after separating from the military I see that I did not provide a service for my country. ... Clearly the wars have sucked our hard-working dollars and placed them on a silver platter for the economic ruling class–war contractors (oops I mean ‘defense’ contractors), politicians, and corporations... Visit Website ]
Nov 12, 2018, 3:22pm

Meditations
It Is Happening to You
Martin LeFevre: At sunrise, the black smoke coming from the mountain community of Paradise as it burned to the ground 15 miles away looked like a roiling purple and pink cloud. ... I rode the bike to the foot of the Skyway, the main highway into Paradise from Chico, about half a mile from the house. Cars were streaming down the hill bumper to bumper on both sides of the four-lane road, a vehicular caravan of desperate refugees. ... It made me wonder, how many people fleeing for their lives in this American caravan of suffering have been heartlessly nationalistic about the caravan of mostly women and children fleeing violence in Central America? ... In physics, there is a proven principle called 'non-locality,' where an electron in one place instantly affects an electron in another, with no apparent link. It's called 'entanglement,' and they have no idea how it occurs...
Nov 10, 2018, 5:43pm

Commentary
New Border Wall Will Destroy Butterfly Center, Historic Chapel, and Texas State Park
Melissa del Bosque: The first new segment of border wall to be constructed under President Trump will bisect a butterfly conservation center, a historic church, and a state park along the Texas border. The construction is set to begin in February. ... Steve Lightfoot, a spokesperson for Texas Parks and Wildlife, confirmed today that Trump’s new segment of border wall would be built through Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park and surrounding areas in Mission, Texas. The park will more than likely close after the wall is constructed, since the land was deeded in a family trust to be expressly used as public parkland. The border wall will also run through national wildlife refuge land and through the nonprofit National Butterfly Center, also in Mission... Visit Website ]
Nov 10, 2018, 11:26am

Environment
Fracking Filthy Fuel
Graham Peebles: Burning fossil fuels is a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions (GGE), and, greenhouse gas emissions (water vapor (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O)) are the principle cause of man-made climate change. Given this fact, governments throughout the world should be moving away from fossil fuels and investing in, and designing policies that encourage development of, renewable sources of energy. ... America is home to hydraulic fracturing, where it’s been taking place for decades. ... Fracking has a substantive impact on the natural environment and the health of those living within the surrounding area. Earthquakes, air pollution, soil pollution, carcinogenic chemical leakage and contaminated groundwater are the primary risks... Visit Website ]
Nov 10, 2018, 10:53am

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Snowden: Israeli Spyware Used By Governments to Pursue Journalists Targeted for Assassination
Whitney Webb: Snowden also noted that in addition to its role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the NSO Group’s most notorious software product was regularly used by the government of Mexico to target journalists. ... Snowden, speaking to a Tel Aviv conference hosted by Israeli public relations firm OH! Orenstein Hoshen via video feed, stated that secretive Israeli cyberwarfare firm NSO Group Technologies has been “selling a digital burglary tool” that has been used by governments to spy on citizens and journalists in particular. ... He explained that even if some “good actors” use NSO’s surveillance software, known as Pegasus, “it is not just being used for catching criminals and stopping terrorist attacks ... not just for saving lives, but for making money ... such a level of recklessness ... actually starts costing lives.”... Visit Website ]
Nov 9, 2018, 2:22pm

Books
The Books That Keep Me Alive on Death Row
Kevin Cooper: Someone once told me that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. That someone was another death row inmate, an older black man, who had seen enough in me as a person when I first came to this prison in 1985 to steer me away from gangs, drugs, gambling and all the other negativity in which a new inmate can get trapped and not escape. ... So I have spent a great deal of time reading books, magazines, newspapers and damn near any other thing that I can get my hands on while living in this often unlivable place, trying to stay sane in what often appears to be an insane asylum, learning the truth about this world and its history and the many different types and kinds of people who make up both... Visit Website ]
Nov 9, 2018, 2:13pm

Environment
How the Trump Administration Is Putting Our National Parks at Risk
Daria Bachmann, The Revelator Millions of acres of ecologically and culturally important public lands could face permanent damage or destruction under President Trump’s energy-dominance agenda, experts warn. ... “The Trump administration’s ‘energy dominance’ agenda is prioritizing oil and gas development above all other uses of public lands,” says Laura Peterson, attorney with Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, a nonprofit organization that seeks to protect Utah’s red rock wilderness. “In pursuit of that quixotic goal, it is sacrificing Utah’s wildest and most remote lands.” ... Earlier this year the Department of the Interior ordered the Bureau of Land Management to simplify and streamline the oil and gas leasing process to lessen what it called “unnecessary impediments and burdens” on developers... Visit Website ]
Nov 9, 2018, 2:05pm

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How to Be a Reliable “Mainstream” Journalist
Media Lens: There are certain rules you need to follow as a journalist if you are going to demonstrate to your editors, and the media owners who employ you, that you can be trusted. ... For example, if you write about US-Iran relations, you need to ensure that your history book starts in 1979. That was the year Iranian students started a 444-day occupation of the US embassy in Tehran. This was the event that ‘led to four decades of mutual hostility’, according to BBC News. On no account should you dwell on the CIA-led coup in 1953 that overthrew the democratically-elected Iranian leader, Mohammad Mossadegh. Even better if you just omit any mention of this... Visit Website ]
Nov 9, 2018, 1:45pm

Commentary
Behind Pentagon Efforts to Rewrite the Vietnam War
Arnold Isaacs: The Vietnam War was obviously one of the most disastrous of this country’s past mistakes — and the Pentagon’s “50th Vietnam War commemoration” is a near-perfect example of how both national and military leaders and a willing public have avoided facing important truths about Vietnam and American wars ever since. ... That’s not just a matter of inaccurate storytelling. ... The commemoration website’s historical material — principally a set of fact sheets and an extensive “interactive timeline” — is laced with factual mistakes, errors of both omission and commission. ... Its history drastically minimizes or more often completely ignores facts that reveal America’s policy and moral failures, its missteps on the ground, and its complicity (along with the enemy’s) in massive civilian suffering... Visit Website ]
Nov 8, 2018, 5:36pm

Meditations
Are Monasteries Necessary?
Martin LeFevre: As a young man, I didn't understand why people lived the monastic life, but I do now, though I still have no urge to live in a monastery. The maxim of the monastery near here, New Clairvaux, is "God alone." That's not only the core intent of the Trappist monks in their daily life of prayer and tending to the vineyards; it's a renunciation of the world. ... Thomas Merton, who is the patron monk of the Trappists (though he never visited New Clairvaux), said ... "Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for spiritual joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and spiritual joy you have not yet begun to live." ... These insights, and the imperative of having an inner life in such dark times, don't require entering a monastery...
Nov 7, 2018, 3:14pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Black People Need Birthright Citizenship
Margaret Kimberley: If birthright citizenship were to disappear, black people would be victims along with the immigrant babies who are disparaged so badly. Children born to undocumented parents would be the first target but black people would follow close behind. If birthright were no longer the determining factor in citizenship status it could be changed or even disappeared altogether. ... White Americans know that black people aren’t going anywhere. But the presence of an unprotected class of some 30 million people is a fantasy they have long desired. If birth didn’t determine citizenship, any criteria could be used to take it away. Criminal conviction might end citizenship rights. Poverty could be the determining factor or anything that white nationalists wanted to propose... Visit Website ]
Nov 7, 2018, 2:44pm

Consider This....
WHO’S THE MIGRANT?
Mohawk Nation News: Our brothers and sisters to the south are not migrant farm workers. They are farm workers working for a migrant! They come to do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. They have every right to visit their families anywhere on turtle island without hindrance. The white man’s delusional demarkation lines are economic borders and have nothing to do with us. Nature has bound us together as one people with all life on turtle island. ... The invaders are rich from murdering our people and stealing our land and resources, in Canada, United States, Mexico, Guadamala, Honduras, el Salvador, Nicaraugua, Panama and throughout the Western Hemisphere. ... If the intruders refuse to live by the kaianerekowa, great peace, they have to leave... Visit Website ]
Nov 6, 2018, 10:51am

Meditations
The Brain Need Not Deteriorate
Martin LeFevre: There's a lot of talk about cognitive health these days, and whether people can prevent terrifying brain wasting diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia. The accent is on memory retention, but I propose a great paradox: deleting useless memories preserves and renews overall cognitive function. ... Memory is the material of thought, but most of what we store up from experience is unnecessary and becomes stultifying as we age. Recognition is a certain type of memory, and when one is truly seeing things and people anew, recognition is secondary...
Nov 3, 2018, 6:19pm


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WHO’S THE MIGRANT?
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