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The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Roughshod Chemistry
Paul Haeder: It’s paramount to talk about all the untested, all the never-experimented-on synergistic affects of all those “compounds/ingredients/chemicals” the chemical industry has forced upon the public and nature through “better living/eating/drinking through chemistry.” ... "How did it ever become normal to use poisons on our food? Poisons that have a direct vector not just to your gut and mine. But to the developing guts and brains of fetuses?" ... The potato is a great example of an industrial system gone crazy. ... Potatoes – had more pesticides by weight than any other food... Visit Website ]
May 7, 2021, 1:47pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Progressives Capitulate to Biden
Margaret Kimberley: No one is holding Joe Biden’s “feet to the fire” or pushing him left or taking any of the other make believe actions which were meant to silence the Democratic Party’s left wing. ... All of the policies that rank and file Democrats want to see realized are again left behind though their party has the power to enact them. Only fools believe that a Senate parliamentarian prevented inclusion of a minimum wage increase in the stimulus plan. ... There is no $2,000 stimulus payment, no plan to lower prescription drug prices or add a public option to the Affordable Care Act... Visit Website ]
May 7, 2021, 1:10pm

Meditations
Advances and Setbacks in Consciousness
Martin LeFevre: Just as the age of nations, much less empires, is over, so too the age of distinct cultures belongs to history. Yet because of a failure of perception and imagination, people cling to the remnants of their cultures, with useless traditions, irrelevant religions, and divisive identifications. ... The new culture will not be based on tradition, or memory, or even knowledge, but on awareness, insight and right relationship between humankind and nature, and between human beings. I don't know when such a global culture will emerge, but I'm certain it has to emerge if humanity is to survive and thrive...
May 6, 2021, 10:09am

Commentary
Ripping off workers without consequences
Alexia Fernández Campbell & Joe Yerardi: Thousands of U.S. companies illegally underpay their workers. The Labor Department rarely punishes them. ... Companies that hire child care workers, gas station clerks, restaurant servers and security guards are among the businesses most likely to get caught cheating their employees ... Major U.S. corporations are some of the worst offenders. They include Halliburton, G4S Wackenhut and Circle-K stores ... Their victims toil on the lower rungs of the workforce... Visit Website ]
May 5, 2021, 3:23pm

Did You Know
Humanity Does Not Need Bill Gates
Rob Larson & Nathan J. Robinson: On everything from climate change to global health, the billionaire tycoon is a study in shamelessness. ... Bill Gates’ career has two parts: the part in which he was monopolizing industries and destroying competitors’ (often better) products and the part where he became a jet-setting billionaire philanthropist whose work is hard to hold accountable and who sometimes directly undermines the public good. ... he is part of a small class of elites who are able to bypass democracy, and does embody many aspects of contemporary society that need to change. ... but ultimately billionaires should not exist in the first place. ... This is too much concentrated wealth and power and it makes a farce of democracy... Visit Website ]
May 4, 2021, 3:28pm

Articles
The Drone Revolution Comes to England
Maya Evans: As cities and towns are faced with rising poverty, homelessness and drug addiction, the authorities respond with more social control, using a technology that makes George Orwell’s 1984 seem tame ... I'm seated in the police Zoom briefing with other council members representing Hastings, my small English seaside town in East Sussex. ... Our Chief Inspector is telling us about the crisis we have with soaring heroin addiction in the town. ... The next section of the briefing is about the future use of police surveillance drones, and how they could become useful in combating crime... Visit Website ]
May 4, 2021, 2:35pm

Links
Recognizing Lies about Latin America: Seven Tips
Laura Wells: Even when we’re being lied to by almost every available source across the media and political spectrum, we can still become better lie detectors. ... A focus on lies about Latin America is important because we do care about how the US treats other people ... (1) Words like dictator, authoritarian, regime, strong-man, and tyrant are used to describe the non-US-aligned governments ... (2) Sanctions have been imposed on the country. ... Media and politicians do not mention sanctions, however, when the nation is described as a “failed state” or a “broken socialist state.” ... (3) Fraud is alleged when presidents are — or might be — elected who are not the first choice of the US... Visit Website ]
May 4, 2021, 2:25pm

Commentary
GOP Still Wants to Pretend the Preservation of Slavery Wasn’t a Major Reason for the American Revolution
Chris Orlet: This idea—that the protection of the institution of slavery was instrumental in the origins of the American Revolution—has been kicking around for decades. ... Benjamin Franklin was determined to violently break with Britain, but he was having great difficulties getting the loyalist southerners on board. ... the answer was dropped in his lap in the form of a British court case, Somerset v Steuart (1772), which recognized that the petitioner, an enslaved person named Somersett, was a human being, and not “lost property.” ... Southern colonists found themselves between a rock and hard place. Remain part of the British Empire and eventually see a complete ban on slavery, or sign up for Franklin’s revolution... Visit Website ]
May 3, 2021, 2:41pm

Health
Clinical Herbalism: Apothecary Part 1 (Youtube)
Interesting series on Youtube presented by Rachel Lord, Herbalist. This first video shows the equipment used to process herbs for making tinctures and home remedies in her home herbal apothecary. In Part 2 Rachel shows her herb cabinet and apothecary and in Part 3 she formulates an herbal tincture. Later this year her book on Herbs is being released in this country. Ed Note: Rachel is a friend and has provided her knowledge and tinctures to family and friends for over 30 years... Visit Website ]
May 3, 2021, 11:25am

Commentary
Voter Fraud and the Myth of E Pluribus Unum
John Kendall Hawkins: Turns out this individual determination of vote validity is crucial in presidential elections. ... Greg Palast has delineated the four key ways that votes get de-validated and not counted: stop registration; if they cancel anyway, then cancel their rego; prevent voters from getting to the polls; and, if all fails, then find a way to invalidate their vote (hanging chads, smudges, various anomalies). ... Palast says a favorite way of manipulating an election is dumping mail-in votes. ... In 2016, he says, more than 500,000 mail-in votes were tossed, overwhelmingly Democratic. ... No state—not Georgia, not Florida, not Ohio—comes even close, for sheer number of ballots disqualified, than The Golden State—thanks to the sticky fingers of its Democratic Secretary of State, Alex Padilla.... Visit Website ]
May 2, 2021, 1:52pm

Articles
The Radioactive Underbelly of the Oilfield
Justin Nobel: The oil and gas industry has been promising great jobs for years but oilfield workers are risking their health for those paychecks. ... workers don’t always end up drilling for oil and pulling pipe, wellhead jobs stamped with a certain gritty glamour upon the American imagination. They often end up at a far seedier and even less regulated end of the oilfield, working in the largely unknown underworld of radioactive oilfield waste. Scooping it up and hauling it hither and thither in trucks. ... Waste spewed up by fracked wells in the first weeks of production is filled with toxic chemicals from the fracturing, as well as heavy metals, used fracking sand, and naturally occurring radioactivity from the formation... Visit Website ]
May 1, 2021, 2:26pm

Environment
Mette Frederiksen, Boris Johnson: Reject Industry PR, Ban Glyphosate, Protect Public Health!
Colin Todhunter: It seems that not a month goes by until some new paper or study appears ... The research found that glyphosate and glyphosate-formulated herbicides activate mechanisms involved in cancer development, including DNA damage – and these effects occur at doses assumed by regulators to have no adverse effects. ... The study found that DNA damage was caused by oxidative stress, a destructive imbalance in the body that can cause a long list of diseases. ... Roundup was found to alter the expression of 96 genes in the liver specifically linked to DNA damage and oxidative stress as well as disruption of circadian rhythms or ‘body clocks’... Visit Website ]
May 1, 2021, 12:31pm

Blogosphere
Capitalism Rewards Sociopathy: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: You can tell how backwards our society is by how much easier it is to thrive in it as a sociopath than if you have any other serious mental disorder. ... US presidents always get praise for the small smattering of half-decent things they do, but no blame for the far, far greater mountain of evil things the US empire does during their presidency. People look at the everyday butchery and oppression of the empire as normal, required stuff. ... just think about it: powerful elites are engaging in mass-scale mind control to justify murder and genocide around the world. This is a fact... Visit Website ]
May 1, 2021, 12:16pm

Meditations
Take People As They Are, One At a Time
Martin LeFevre: Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina, in his response to President Biden's address to a joint session of Congress, uttered words that will go down in infamy: "Hear me clearly: America is not a racist country." ... Scott is proof that delusion does not hew to a color line in present-day America. However for a black man from South Carolina, of all places, to evince such withering denial, is soul-crushing even to whites grappling with centuries of racism in this country. ... Black people have endured "institutionalized racism" for so long that understanding how to deal with anger and suffering resulting from America's deep-seated bigotry has long since been a matter of emotional and spiritual survival...
Apr 30, 2021, 10:45am

Consider This....
Personal Digital Resistance
Thomas Neuburger: There are dozens of ways to gum up the works of the machine, throw chaff at the enemy's radar and poison their big-data wells — actions that won't take months that most don't have. ... Here's just one. The target is Google and its predatory and monopolistic advertising practices. The side benefit of this act of resistance is, it pollutes Google's profile of who you are, what you like, and what you want... Visit Website ]
Apr 29, 2021, 12:13pm


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Ripping off workers without consequences
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