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The Doll House the CIA Built - Review of Seeking Truth in a Country of Lies by Edward Curtin
Ray McGinnis: In a dark time, one discovers the fragmented and broken state of things. With this fitting epigraph, Ed Curtin proceeds to alert his readers to the fragmented and broken state of things in America, and the task of its citizenry to begin to see more clearly. ... Curtin notes that while average Americans have not constructed the doll’s house they live in, they are complicit. It is average Americans who have accepted “decades of fabricated reality for so-called peace of mind.” ... A consequence of accepting illusory narratives is that people are not really free... Visit Website ]
Feb 25, 2021, 3:20pm

Health
US Facing Mexico’s Ban on GM-Corn Imports
Timothy A. Wise: Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate and the cultivation of genetically modified corn. ... agricultural policies have begun to favor Mexican producers, particularly small-scale farmers, and protect consumers alarmed by the rise of obesity and chronic diseases associated with high-fat, high-sugar processed foods ... In banning glyphosate, the decree cites the precautionary principle and the growing body of scientific research showing the dangers of the chemical ... citing the World Health Organization’s warning that the chemical is a “probable carcinogen.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 25, 2021, 2:55pm

Blogosphere
By putting Big Pharma’s patents before patients, doctors will further erode trust in experts
Jonathan Cook: I have spent the past several years on this blog trying to highlight one thing above all others: that the institutions we were raised to regard as authoritative are undeserving of our blind trust. ... these institutions were rarely as competent or as authoritative as we fondly remember them being ... we now have far more sources – good and bad alike – than ever before against which we can judge the assertions of those who claim to speak with authority.. Visit Website ]
Feb 24, 2021, 3:44pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: No Human Rights in Texas
Margaret kimberley: The people of Texas suffer unnecessarily from bad weather because their state puts oligarchs first and does not recognize the human right to health and safety. ... “Not to be hungry or cold, this is the fundamental human right that is the most real.” ... “The inability to help people suffering during a natural disaster is an obvious human rights violation.” ... Despite endless claims of superiority the commitment to protect human rights here is largely rhetorical... Visit Website ]
Feb 24, 2021, 3:29pm

Environment
To stop climate disaster, make ecocide an international crime. It's the only way
Jojo Mehta and Julia Jackson: Outlawing ecocide would hold governments and corporations accountable for environmental negligence. ... The Paris agreement is failing. Yet there is new hope for preserving a livable planet: the growing global campaign to criminalize ecocide can address the root causes of the climate crisis and safeguard our planet – the common home of all humanity and, indeed, all life on Earth... Visit Website ]
Feb 24, 2021, 3:11pm

Meditations
Discovering Our Place In the Universe
Martin LeFevre: That a single species has the power to decimate the planet that gave rise to it is an existential mystery, and poses a question about the evolution of consciousness itself. ... The universe unfolds in immeasurable levels of order, which science will never completely discover and render into knowledge. ... Chaos is the outcome of the disorder generated by thought. ... Our self-understanding as a species cannot wait until astrobiologists confirm that the emergence of life is nearly as much a property of the universe as the formation of planets...
Feb 23, 2021, 9:35am

Commentary
Biden’s Great School Reset – Is It a Time for Change?
Tim Kirby The door is open to think about how we can change our 1800’s education to meet up with or fight against the demands of this upcoming new industrial revolution ... Joe Biden is pushing for schools to go back to the way they were in a pre pandemic world as fast as possible. Why would education be exempt from the biggest opportunity for political change since 9/11? ... The big question – what is the point of a 21st century education? ... we educate young people to be prepared to go out into the workforce. This makes sense but the system does not reflect this end. ... Change: Schooling should become shorter by 2-4 years... Visit Website ]
Feb 22, 2021, 3:51pm

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Now is the time to revolutionize policing
Sean Collins: There is the emotional trauma of seeing one’s relative beaten or cuffed arbitrarily, the grief that comes with losing a loved one to a prison cell. And there is also the psychological terror created by seeing police brutality — it hangs over Black Americans, aware that police could turn on them or their loved ones at any time. ... One that would bring particularly sweeping change is the BREATHE Act ... Its central premise is that policing can only be fixed by addressing a range of systemic problems, and posits that state and local governments can be incentivized to contend with these issues through financial aid ... divestment include defunding large swaths of the federal law enforcement apparatus, including the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement... Visit Website ]
Feb 22, 2021, 3:29pm

Environment
Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction
Maya L. Kapoor: The hastily approved project went forward without comment from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe. ... The ancient lakebed clays are rich in lithium, and in January, the Bureau of Land Management approved the Thacker Pass lithium mine, an almost two-square-mile open-pit mine that will dig up the nation’s largest-known lithium supply. ... But its approval was rushed through during the coronavirus pandemic, and tribal members, ranchers and environmentalists have concerns about the mine’s potential long-term consequences ... In 2018, the Interior Department listed lithium as a critical mineral, speeding up the mine permitting process... Visit Website ]
Feb 22, 2021, 3:09pm

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What the vaccine debacle tells us about predatory capitalism
Ognian Kassabov: Myth one: The private sector is the best innovator ... For decades, vaccines have been de-prioritised by the industry as insufficiently profitable. ... pharmaceutical companies secured a cost-reduced development and risk-free launch of a new product. ... Myth two: The invisible hand of the market is effective ... any trade secret is a form of monopoly, and in this sense, pharmaceutical patents enable the supplier to impose a monopoly. ... Myth three: Capitalist globalisation is fair ... Immunity cannot function as the privilege of the few... Visit Website ]
Feb 22, 2021, 2:52pm

Commentary
Texas Freeze Illustrates a Failed Economic System
Robert Freeman: The nation's problems will only get worse the longer we pretend private solutions are best for all situations. ... The first problem with conservative economics is that it wants to imagine that only private economic interactions are legitimate, and that public intervention in the economy is illegitimate. ... A second problem with conservative economics is that it wants to maximize private profits in the short run, so fails to invest adequately in the long run. ... A final flaw in conservative economic thinking is that adaptation to change is resisted unless the benefits can be captured by those who already hold power and wealth... Visit Website ]
Feb 21, 2021, 12:22pm

Environment
Ecocide!
Robert Hunziker: Protecting the future of life on Earth means stopping the mass damage and destruction of ecosystems taking place globally. We call this serious harm to nature ‘ecocide’. And right now, in most of the world, it is legally permitted. It’s time to change the rules. We’re working to make it an international crime at the International Criminal Court. ... It’s no small undertaking. ... There’s something horribly disturbing about this effort to label Ecocide alongside (1) Genocide (2) Crimes Against Humanity (3) War Crimes and (4) Crimes of Aggression, all four within the auspices of the International Criminal Court... Visit Website ]
Feb 20, 2021, 11:27am

Blogosphere
They Don’t Work To Kill All Dissent, They Just Keep It From Going Mainstream
Caitlin Johnstone: One of the most consequential collective delusions circulating in our society is the belief that our society is free. Our society is exactly free enough to create the illusion that we have freedom; from that line onwards it’s just totalitarianism veiled in propaganda. ... The managers of empire do not work to crush and silence all dissent ... What they do is work to make sure that dissent never hits a critical mass and goes mainstream ... to make sure they never attain enough influence to be politically consequential ... This is why you rarely see anyone who opposes the empire platformed on mainstream media... Visit Website ]
Feb 20, 2021, 11:11am

Peace-Love
What Does An Ecological Civilization Look Like?
Jeremy Lent: A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet ... the multiple problems confronting us right now are symptoms of an even more profound problem: The underlying structure of a global economic and political system that is driving civilization toward a precipice. ... As long as government policies emphasize growth in gross domestic product and transnational corporations relentlessly pursue shareholder returns, we will continue accelerating toward global catastrophe. ... We need to forge a new era for humanity—one that is defined, at its deepest level, by a transformation in the way we make sense of the world, and a concomitant revolution in our values, goals, and collective behavior... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2021, 3:30pm

Blogosphere
It’s Not A Political Problem, It’s A Propaganda Problem: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: The mass media do not exist to tell you the truth about the world, they exist to manufacture consent for the agendas of the ruling class. ... It is necessary to have government secrecy in order to win wars. It is also necessary to have government secrecy in order to start wars. ... Become a healthy organism by purging your mind of manipulation. ... Remain endlessly curious about the world and your understanding will keep developing... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2021, 2:44pm


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