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Countries Are History When Speciation Is Required
Martin LeFevre: New York Times ... "Climate Change Is Not World War." - by Roy Scranton - ... "The problem of climate change is the problem of how and whether human beings can live together sustainably on this planet." ... (This) cannot be divorced from the imperative of ending the dictatorship of division, fragmentation, militarization and violence ... Leading scientists in a summary paper last year stated, "the changes needed to stabilize the earth's climate require a fundamental reorientation and restructuring of national and international institutions." ... Therefore without radical change at the core psychological level, humans will neither live in basic harmony with the Earth, nor live in basic harmony with each other...
Sep 19, 2019, 5:07pm

Environment
More than a quarter of all birds have disappeared from North America since 1970
Brian Resnick: A team of scientists at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, in collaboration with the US Geological Survey and several conservation groups, have estimated North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970. That’s an estimated decline of 30 percent in the total bird population. ... One of the most surprising findings in the report is that it’s not just rare or endangered birds that have been declining; it’s some of our most familiar species: sparrows, blackbirds, larks, starlings, and finches that visit our birth baths and fill the air with song. ... Birds play an important role in ecosystems: They eat insects, they disperse seeds, and they’re food for other animals as well. They’re also important for sustainable agriculture by controlling pests (i.e. eating them) and reducing the need for chemical insecticides... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2019, 3:16pm

Commentary
Believe Absolutely Nothing the US Government and Media Say About...Anything
Glen Ford: There was a time, not so long ago, when most Black Americans of all classes were highly skeptical of every word that emanated from the mouths of white folks in power in the United States. A substantial body of Black opinion believed nothing at all that appeared in the corporate media – which, back then, we simply called the “white press.” ... It was a wise and healthy skepticism, learned over generations of enduring a constant stream of lies and slander against Black people from politicians and mass media of the two governing parties. ... These organs and mouthpieces of rich white people’s power were no more to be trusted, as Malcolm X counseled, than “foxes” (Democrats) and “wolves” (Republicans)... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2019, 3:02pm

Health
25 Ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare for the 2020 Elections
Ralph Nader: Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare, and although it has improved access to healthcare for some, tens of millions of Americans still cannot afford basic medical care for their family. ... Number 25: In Canada, everyone is covered automatically at birth – everybody in, nobody out. A human right. ... In the United States, under Obamacare, 28 million Americans (9 percent) are still uninsured and 85 million Americans (26 percent) are underinsured. Obamacare is made even worse by Trumpcare restrictions ... Number 24: In Canada, the health system is designed to put people, not profits, first.... Visit Website ]
Sep 19, 2019, 2:42pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The Electability Canard
Margaret Kimberley: The latest scheme of getting Democratic voter support is to claim that particular presidential candidates are more electable than others. At this juncture that concept is highly problematic and the claims surrounding it are largely meaningless. Corporate media pundits and the party establishment use the idea of electability to get support for their favorites. Silencing progressives is also a rationale for bestowing the questionable designation. ... The charade is particularly laughable because Trump lost the popular vote. If Hillary Clinton had mustered 80,000 more votes from three states she would have won the electoral vote. Much of the speculation about electability and the need to win over Trump voters is unnecessary. ... The get out the vote effort that the 2016 campaign eschewed and an appealing program should result in a Democratic Party victory... But the Democrats don’t want a candidate who proposes what the people need and want.. Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2019, 3:44pm

Commentary
The Big American Bribery Scandal Isn't Felicity Huffman's $15,000
Thom Hartmann: But a much bigger bribery scandal is played out every day in America with nary a peep from the media. It’s the way billionaires and big corporations buy not just college admissions but tax cuts, deregulation, and hundreds of billions in government subsidies paid for with our taxes. ... Political bribery has always been a problem, but it exploded during the Reagan administration because the U.S. Supreme Court said, for the first time in American history in 1976, that billionaires and corporations bribing legislators was a matter of First Amendment-protected “free speech,” and later amplified that with their corrupt 2010 Citizens United decision. ... Because of this, today the odds of legislation that puts the interests of working people first is ... equivalent to random chance... Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2019, 3:25pm

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MOTHER EARTH IS THE “GREAT SPIRIT”
Mohawk Nation News: The original people are the key to the consciousness of turtle island from pole to pole, ocean to ocean. The serpents from far away accumulated their fame and fortune on genocide of the natural people and natural world of turtle island. The natural people are placed here by creation to protect the land because we are one with the land. sewahontsakwenio. ... kaneronkwatsera is the medicine inside us that comes from plants, earth, wind and water, to embrace the best of ourself. watewiionnison is the natural way of life. The universe is life which we are part of. We do songs, ceremonies and commemorations to our mother earth to celebrate and remember our natural place. We acknowledge all that sustains life. Each root that comes out of the earth is a vein that nurtures others. In the end the land shall claim us... Visit Website ]
Sep 18, 2019, 2:51pm

Meditations
The Senses, What Is, and Truth
Martin LeFevre: An early morning rain, the first real rain in a few months, completely changed the atmosphere along the creek. In a single day, the season went from summer to autumn. ... The current intellectual fashion is to suppose that human knowledge and wisdom are synonymous, which no person, observing alone, could possibly discern. ... I strongly question this attitude toward truth. To my mind, thinking together does not involve putting pieces together. In fact, thinking together isn't a matter of knowledge at all. ... The mistake is in equating knowledge and perspectives with insight and wisdom. ... The fundamental problem is that we don't understand the nature and limitations of knowledge...
Sep 17, 2019, 4:34pm

Environment
Air pollution particles found on foetal side of placentas – study
Damian Carrington: Research finds black carbon breathed by mothers can cross into unborn children ... The link between exposure to dirty air and increased miscarriages, premature births and low birth weights is well established. The research suggests the particles themselves may be the cause, not solely the inflammatory response the pollution produces in mothers. ... Damage to foetuses has lifelong consequences and Prof Tim Nawrot at Hasselt University in Belgium, who led the study, said: “This is the most vulnerable period of life. All the organ systems are in development. For the protection of future generations, we have to reduce exposure.” ... He said governments had the responsibility of cutting air pollution but that people should avoid busy roads when possible... Visit Website ]
Sep 17, 2019, 10:54am

Commentary
Our Invisible Government
Chris Hedges: There are two forms of government in the United States. There is the visible government—the White House, Congress, the courts, state legislatures and governorships—and the invisible government, or deep state, where anonymous technocrats, intelligence operatives, generals, bankers, corporations and lobbyists manage foreign and domestic policy regardless of which political party holds a majority. ... The most powerful and important organs in the invisible government are the nation’s bloated and unaccountable intelligence agencies. They are the vanguard of the invisible government. ... They oversee a vast “black world,” tasked with maintaining the invisible government’s lock on power. They spy on and smear domestic and foreign critics, fix elections, bribe, extort, torture, assassinate and flood the airwaves with “black propaganda.” Visit Website ]
Sep 16, 2019, 4:10pm

Environment
Neonicotinoid Pesticides Have Caused A Huge Surge in the Toxicity of U.S. Agriculture
Tara Lohan and Dipika Kadaba: The most widely used class of insecticides is dangerous for much more than its intended target, new research finds. ... Neonics, as they are commonly called, are 1,000 times more toxic to bees than DDT, the infamous pesticide exposed by Rachel Carson’s work in the 1960s ... A big reason that neonics are so dangerous is that they persist in the environment — sometimes lasting up to 1,000 days. They remain in the soil and can be taken up by other plants. They’re also water soluble, so they wash into rivers, streams and wetlands. Their toxicity can build up in the environment and cascade from soil to plants, insects to birds. ... “Farmers have a great deal of trouble finding uncoated seeds because these [pesticide] companies also dominate the seed market” ... the European Union banned their use in outdoor agriculture last year... Visit Website ]
Sep 16, 2019, 3:56pm

Environment
Fukushima’s Radioactive Water Crisis
Robert Hunziker: Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which experienced three massive meltdowns in 2011, is running out of room to store radioactive water. ... “The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it.” ... “The only option”... Really? ... it is believed the Japanese government is lying and should be held accountable for hoodwinking the world about the ravages of Fukushima, especially with the Olympics scheduled for next year. ... the Japanese government claims only one (1) death has been associated with the Fukushima meltdown ... Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station worker deaths “that expire at home” are not officially counted... Visit Website ]
Sep 16, 2019, 11:18am

Meditations
Renaissance or Enlightenment?
Martin LeFevre:
There is no historical analogy for the present age. Talk about the Earth as macrocosm of the deforestation and devastation in indigenous times on Easter Island all you want, humankind has never faced anything like the total challenge we now face at every level. ... Logically, a renaissance is inherently inadequate to meeting an unprecedented challenge. The present crisis of humankind is unprecedented, and therefore a rebirth will not suffice and does not apply. ... We're living in the sum of all dark ages, with consumerism, technology, pharma and propaganda developed to such a degree that the vast majority of people are comfortably, even gratefully dead. Except that people need more and more stimulation to escape from personal and collective misery...

Sep 15, 2019, 3:26pm

Health
How Greedy Hospitals Fleece the Poor
Libby Watson: The most vulnerable Americans are being dunned into destitution through surprise fees and fraudulent practices. ... The precise number of people who go bankrupt because of a medical bill matters far less than the fact that medical bankruptcy is a real danger in the United States in a way that it simply isn’t in other developed countries. ... Last year, The Wall Street Journal reported on the case of a Wisconsin hospital that had actually attempted to determine the real cost of a knee surgery at its facility, for which the list price was more than $50,000. It turned out the answer was $10,500. ... Though Medicare and Medicaid will only reimburse a set amount for each procedure, a hospital can charge private insurance—and patients—whatever it can get away with. ... Patients are mere pawns in the games that hospitals play with insurance.... Visit Website ]
Sep 14, 2019, 2:39pm

Health
How Medicare for All Looks From Britain
Dawn Foster: The terrifying experience of getting sick on a visit to America reminded me why Brits cherish our National Health Service. The NHS doesn’t just make the United Kingdom healthier — it creates a spirit of equality that changes people's entire mentality about health care. ... It’s often, correctly, observed that to people in the United Kingdom the National Health Service is akin to a religion. ... Since its creation after World War II, the mere suggestion, by any party, of a shift away from free health care provokes horror in the electorate. ... The NHS has changed the psychology of an entire nation, across multiple generations: we know that no matter what happens we will receive care and pay little, if anything, for it. ... Most problems with the NHS are caused by underfunding at the hands of governments that will happily finance wars while cutting funding for nurses. ... Visit Website ]
Sep 13, 2019, 2:49pm


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