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Freedom Rider: Abortion Rights and the Power of Protest
Margaret Kimberley: An abortion rights crisis looms, but Americans have lost their fighting tools, lulled to sleep by the corporate fixers of the Democratic Party. ... After the collapse of its communist government Poland enacted some of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. When that nation’s parliament proposed making the procedure completely illegal thousands of Poles rose up in protest in 2016 and repeated the process in 2018. They didn’t just gather thousands of people in the streets of Warsaw on a rainy day. They held a general strike too. The creation of a political crisis forced the government to back down and withdraw the legislation not once, but twice. ... Abortion is as much a right as any other medical procedure. No person, man or woman, should be able to restrict medical choices for another. ... There is still time for effective action if we seize it... Visit Website ]
May 22, 2019, 4:14pm

Meditations
Where Do You Get Your Fire From?
Martin LeFevre: As Thomas Merton, the American Trappist monk, writer, mystic, poet and social activist, wrote on January 1, 1962: "Of all the countries that are sick, America is perhaps the most grievously afflicted...truly we have entered the 'post-Christian era' with a vengeance. Whether we are destroyed, or whether we survive, the future is awful to contemplate." ... As the Trump Administration tries to provoke Iran into a war, and Iran complies with its own provocations, the threat of nuclear war, for which Merton was so rightly concerned in 1962, seems both distant and imminent in May of 2019. ... "There is a true war-madness, an illness of the mind and spirit that is spreading with furious contagion all over the world," Merton wrote over a half century ago...
May 21, 2019, 4:14pm

Articles
The Sun Dance
Mark Kodama: It was the summer of 1876. The great white father was demanding that we sell our land to them – land that was not ours to sell – and then move to the reservation – where only hardships and starvation awaited us. The buffalo was dying fast as white hunters shot them on the plain, taking only their skins and leaving their carcasses to rot on the plains. ... The prophet Sitting Bull called for us to resist. He called for us to meet in council. He called for a sun dance. There they would offer themselves to the creator. There the creator through the buffalo would provide answers to them. ... Plains Indians – the Sioux, the Cheyenne and the Arapaho — answered Sitting Bull’s call in great number joining his Hunkpapa Lakota at his camp near the Wolf Mountains... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2019, 11:08am

Environment
Revealed: 1.6m Americans live near the most polluting incinerators in the US
Oliver Milman: A total of 1.6 million Americans live next to the most polluting incinerators in the country, with lower-income and minority communities exposed to the vast majority of pollution coming from these waste-burning plants. ... The burning of household and commercial waste can give off a stew of pollutants, including mercury, lead and small particles of soot. ... The placement of incinerators appears to follow a well-established pattern of environmental injustice in the US, where communities of colour are far more likely to be housed next to sources of pollution, such as power plants, highways, landfills and other industry, than their white counterparts. ... “Incinerators have never been just about public health, they have been about, race, power, justice, governance and poverty”... Visit Website ]
May 21, 2019, 10:35am

News
A China Food Crisis More Danger Than Trade War?
F. William Engdahl: China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of the world’s largest pig producer have forced drastic killing off of the pig population since cases were first detected last August. On top of that, more recently, Chinese grain producers have been hit by what can only be called a plague of a dangerous pest called “Fall Armyworms”, that devastates corn, rice and other grain crops. ... The combination hitting China as its leaders are in the midst of an escalating major trade war with the United States, could affect the world geopolitical map in ways few can imagine... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2019, 2:45pm

Commentary
Debunking Myths about Wealth and Race
Josh Hoxie: Falsehood No. 1: Black and Latinx families have less money because they’re led by single parents. ... single-parent white families have twice as much wealth as two-parent black and Latinx families ... Falsehood No. 2: Black people are poor because they’re less educated. ... black families led by college graduates “have about 33 percent less wealth than white families whose heads dropped out of high school.” ... Falsehood No.3: Black people don’t work or are bad with money. ... white families actually spend more and save less than black families with the same income. Yet white families have way more wealth than black families with the same income. ... What's going on: The simplest answer is a history of oppression and inherited advantage. The impacts of slavery, sharecropping, Jim Crow, white capping, red lining, mass incarceration, and predatory subprime lending, among many other things, are still very much with us... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2019, 10:56am

Meditations
Did Man Make a Wrong Turn?
Martin LeFevre: What is the root cause of our ecological destructiveness, of our unending conflict and war, of personal and ancient grudges, of hatred and violence, of psychological and emotional suffering? Is there one source of all these things? ... I feel there is. Simply put, the evolutionary adaptation of being able to consciously separate, store and manipulate 'things' spilled over into the psychological dimension, where it became division, domination and control. ... Therefore it's not so much that man made and continues to make a wrong turn, much less that evolution made a monumental mistake in evolving Homo sap. Rather, the evolution of symbolic thought carried with it the strong tendency in the creature possessing and possessed by it to fragment its planet. ... The awakening of another order of consciousness, based on awareness, attention and insight rather than symbol, memory and self, is the remedy...
May 18, 2019, 3:51pm

Health
8 health benefits of the marvelous mushroom
Melissa Breyer: In a 2012 study looking at the role of culinary-medicinal mushrooms on human welfare, the authors describe mushrooms as part of the fungal biota “characterized by wonder.” ... Wonder indeed. ... Of course mushrooms have some magical connotations, thanks to those that inspire hallucinogenic reveries or provide cover for woodland fairies. ... But they are also little eco powerhouses. As the above-mentioned authors note, “They rise up from lignocellulosic wastes: yet they become so bountiful and nourishing. Mushrooms are environmentally friendly. They biosynthesize their own food from agricultural crop residues, which would otherwise cause health hazards.” ... Consider: They lack the bad things ---- Mushrooms offer vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and a host of health benefits – but they are notably lacking in high calories, cholesterol, and sodium... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2019, 3:25pm

Environment
Fossil fuels are underpriced by a whopping $5.2 trillion
Umair Irfan: The International Monetary Fund periodically assesses global subsidies for fossil fuels as part of its work on climate, and it found in a recent working paper that the fossil fuel industry got a whopping $5.2 trillion in subsidies in 2017. This amounts to 6.4 percent of the global gross domestic product. ... Carbon polluters are dumping their waste in the atmosphere for free ... Extracting fossil fuels damages and degrades the land and the oceans. Transporting coal can spread dust, pumping oil can spill, and natural gas can explode. When burned, these fuels emit air pollutants like particulates and nitrogen oxides in addition to greenhouse gases. ... The US military spends at least $81 billion a year protecting oil supplies ... the problems that fossil fuels cause, namely air pollution and climate change, remain, and their consequences disproportionately hit the poorest the hardest... Visit Website ]
May 17, 2019, 2:41pm

Commentary
Humanity Is Drowning in Plastic
Edward Carver: Coca-Cola make 100 billion plastic bottles a year, and recycling isn’t stopping the build-up of waste. We need government action to rein in the plastics industry. ... Avoiding plastic is the new radical chic. ... This trend is particularly strong in the UK. ... Many Britons watched David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, a 2017 BBC series that showed the tragic consequences plastic waste has for wildlife. This led to a lot of guilt and a fair bit of green proselytizing. ... Amid all the fuss about coffee cups and recycling, there’s one thing that we never hear about: the plastics industry. ... Since plastic drink bottles first appeared in the 1970s, global plastic production has increased twenty-fold, and it is expected to quadruple again by 2050. ... Yet the problem is still framed as a matter of consumers’ individual conscience. That suits the plastics industry just fine.... Visit Website ]
May 17, 2019, 2:29pm

Environment
Cooking 'may turn homes into toxic boxes of air pollution'
Damian Carrington: Frying food and burning wood may turn homes into “toxic boxes” with high levels of air pollution trapped inside, campaigners have warned. ... Case studies commissioned by the environment charity Global Action Plan (GAP) showed that ultrafine particle pollution was higher inside than outside in all four of the properties monitored. Tiny particles are thought to be especially harmful to health as they can enter the bloodstream and flow around the body into vital organs. ... In London, the peak indoor pollution resulted from frying sausages and steaks. ... “With children spending increasing hours indoors, exposing them to ultrafine particles of pollution, urgent action needs to be taken to address the issue of indoor air pollution.”... Visit Website ]
May 16, 2019, 11:01am

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: U.S. Wages War Against the World
Margaret Kimberley: Donald Trump is deep in the thrall of Saudi Arabia and Israel, the two nations that pose the greatest risk to Iran. He happily does their bidding and is in a position to bring the sick neocon fantasy to reality. ... But the U.S. excels at nothing except creating misery for millions of people and raising the risk of an all out hot war. ... The U.S. “troika of tyranny,” Trump, Bolton and Pompeo, are making things up as they go along. They picked a trade fight with China that they could not win. They want regime change in Iran and Venezuela but they won’t get the results they want even if they carry out military attacks. ... Unintended consequences have already lead to two world wars and millions of dead. Unfortunately no one who ought to educate the public on this subject are doing what they should. The corporate media always support presidents at war... Visit Website ]
May 15, 2019, 2:31pm

Meditations
Igniting Insight, Not More Cognition, Is the Remedy
Martin LeFevre: Science cannot halt the destruction of the diversity of life due to man's rapaciousness, and the warming of the earth due to man-made CO2 emissions, because science cannot replace the bygone restraints of religion. Religions have lost their hold over people's minds and hearts, and good riddance to them. ... The wrongful use of science and technology is what has brought us to this pass. Science is a tool, not the source of living truth. Then what is? Undirected attention, yielding effortless stillness, awakens the brain's capacity for insight. ... More cognition is not the solution, because cognition without insight is the problem. So it isn't just that "we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." We cannot solve our problems through cognition at all. ... The human brain has a huge untapped potential for insight, which is untapped because we've given so much emphasis to thought and cognition, reason and knowledge...
May 14, 2019, 5:29pm

Health
Scientists are grappling with our biggest limitation in spaceflight: our own bodies
Brian Resnick: We’ve sent people to space for decades — but we’re only beginning to learn what that means for their health. ... All these grand ideas, potential missions, and dreams of a long-term human presence in space depend on one thing: that our feeble human bodies can handle it. But the truth is, no one knows what happens to a body when it spends more than a year in space. ... Issues: 1) How does the human body respond to radiation in space? ... 2) Is there an upper limit for the amount of time a person can spend in space? ... 3) How does the human mind cope with the isolation and loneliness of space travel? ... “The greatest unknowns, and perhaps the most dangerous,” says J.D. Polk, NASA’s chief medical officer, “are those we have not considered or are unaware of, colloquially termed the ‘unknown unknowns.’”... Visit Website ]
May 14, 2019, 3:18pm

Articles
A Route 66 Road Trip Through Indigenous Homelands
Shoshi Parks: I’m seeking out the histories and communities that existed before Route 66 and that survive still today. ... The wind is so powerful on top of the mesa that even hours after I’ve returned to the valley below, I’ll be wiping its ancient sand from the cracks and crevices of my skin. In the Keres language, this is Haak’u, New Mexico’s Pueblo of Acoma, a sky city perched on a 300-foot bluff, some 7,000 feet above sea level—the oldest community in the United States. ... Although there is no running water or electricity, around 50 people live on the mesa year-round in brick homes—some covered in wattle and daub, others in adobe—just as their ancestors have since at least the 12th century. ... Beyond the pueblo is a 156-square-mile territory of mammoth stone formations and cottonwood trees that road trippers traveling Route 66 have been visiting since the 1950s... Visit Website ]
May 14, 2019, 3:04pm


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