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Will Aliens Save Humanity?
Robert Hunziker: Interviews with U.S. military personnel validate the presence of strange UFO craft shutting down nuclear missile sites, turning the instruments off, inoperative, and overriding human controls. ... Visitors from outer space obviously do not like nuclear stuff in the hands of humans. Otherwise, why focus on shutting down nuclear sites? ... A documentary film d/d July 2, 2017, “UFOs and Nukes: The Secret Link Revealed” by UAMN TV is fascinating, almost beyond belief. ... Hasting’s film is based upon declassified U.S. government documents and personal accounts of military officers, revealing that, as early as December 1948, UFOs began showing up at American nuclear laboratories, bomb storage depots, weapons tests grounds, and as time went on, intercontinental weapons missile sites... Visit Website ]
Jan 19, 2018, 4:54pm

Books
Whiteness and Working Folks
Ron Jacobs: White supremacy is the foundation of the US economic and political system. The slave trade, the use of slave labor and the breeding of humans for sale like livestock created the capital that created the empire. ... David Roediger, the author of the recently published Class, Race and Marxism, ... is best known for his writing on the creation of the concept of “whiteness” and its use by those in power. ... Roediger argues that there cannot be a successful radical anti-capitalist movement that does not destroy white supremacy ... A recently written book by Jeannine Fletcher titled The Sin of White Supremacy discusses the essential role Christianity played in the development of white supremacy... Visit Website ]
Jan 19, 2018, 4:42pm

Articles
Finding Your Voice - Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification, the “NSA Reigns Supreme”
Ava Kofman: ... Classified documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA has developed technology not just to record and transcribe private conversations but to automatically identify the speakers... The technology works by analyzing the physical and behavioral features that make each person’s voice distinctive, such as the pitch, shape of the mouth, and length of the larynx. An algorithm then creates a dynamic computer model of the individual’s vocal characteristics. This is what’s popularly referred to as a “voiceprint.”... Although the NSA is known to rely on finger and face prints to identify targets, voiceprints, according to a 2008 agency document, are “where NSA reigns supreme.”... Visit Website ]
Jan 19, 2018, 4:24pm

Meditations
When a Great Nation Loses Its Soul
Martin LeFevre: A long-time friend of this column in Tanzania, where 'Meditation' appeared for 15 years until the Arusha Times went under in 2016, emailed me a heart-wrenching question. ... "Martin, Thursday January 11, 2018 President Trump described Haiti, El Salvador and parts of Africa as "shithole countries" in a meeting with lawmakers in the White House. From your view Martin, "Why has Trump decided to describe those countries as "shithole countries"? ... I doubt I can convey to someone in Canada, much less a young man in Tanzania, why President Trump called African and other countries "shitholes." Before I make the attempt however, I want to apologize on behalf of all Americans for this vile and deeply hurtful remark by our venal and vicious president...
Jan 18, 2018, 3:38pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Oligarch Jeff Bezos
Margaret Kimberley: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $105 billion and is the richest man in the world. But he is not just the richest man at this moment in history. He is the richest person who has ever lived. ... The corporate media refuse to state what is obvious. Namely that inequality is worse around the world precisely because these super rich people demand it. ... Bezos owns a newspaper that is an organ of the ruling elite ... The Washington Post was the force behind Propaganda or Not, an effort to destroy left wing voices ... The last thing any city needs is a new Amazon headquarters. We need an end to billionaire rule in this country and around the world. That will be the salvation of the people, not more sweat shops run by wealthy people who steal from everyone else... Visit Website ]
Jan 17, 2018, 1:16pm

Articles
Force of Evil: Abraham Polonsky and Anti-Capitalist Noir
Chris Welzenbach: Policy lies at the heart of Abraham Polonsky’s Force of Evil, arguably the most anti-capitalist film ever to emerge from Hollywood. Released 70 years ago to puzzled critics and an indifferent public, over time it would achieve cult status among devotees of film noir while offering a tantalizing glimpse of what might have been accomplished by Polonsky and other members of the Hollywood Left had the blacklist not intervened. ... Typical of Polonsky’s dialogue in his 1947 screenplay is the following declaration by Roberts, the boxing impresario played by Lloyd Gough: “Everything is addition or subtraction. The rest is conversation.” I cannot imagine a more succinct summation of capitalism... Visit Website ]
Jan 17, 2018, 1:05pm

Environment
Cuba embarks on a 100-year plan to protect itself from climate change
Richard Stone: On its deadly run through the Caribbean last September, Hurricane Irma lashed northern Cuba, inundating coastal settlements and scouring away vegetation ... Irma lent new urgency to a plan, called Tarea Vida, or Project Life ... the program bans construction of new homes in threatened coastal areas, mandates relocating people from communities doomed by rising sea levels, calls for an overhaul of the country’s agricultural system to shift crop production away from saltwater-contaminated areas, and spells out the need to shore up coastal defenses, including by restoring degraded habitat... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2018, 12:15pm

Environment
America Needs a Plastics Intervention. Now's the Time.
Jeff Turrentine: Deep in our hearts, we know that the global addiction to plastic is wholly unsustainable ... According to one recent study, of the 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste that the world has generated since the middle of the last century, we've managed to recycle only about 9 percent of it. The rest of it gets trashed and ultimately ends up in our landfills or our oceans. Every year, we throw enough plastic away to circle the Earth four times. ... we simply can't expect recycling to get us out of this mess. On Jan. 1, China, the world's largest importer of international plastic waste, stopped accepting shipments... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2018, 12:02pm

Commentary
Pentagon Planning Two New Nuclear Weapons: Report
Max Greenwood: The U.S. is planning to develop two new nuclear weapons, including a "low-yield" warhead, according to a Wall Street Journal report. ... That low-yield warhead would be used with the Trident missile, a rocket deployed on U.S. Navy submarines, according to the Journal. ... The Pentagon is also planning to develop a new nuclear-armed cruise missile that would also be deployed at sea. That plan would reintroduce a system to the U.S. nuclear arsenal that was retired in 2010. ... The recommendations for the new weapons are laid out in the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2018, 11:56am

Did You Know
GI Coffeehouses Recalled
Fred Gardner: The New York Times has published an op-ed piece by historian David Parsons about the coffeehouses started near US bases during the War in Vietnam. Parsons had interviewed me and I must have been the source of the details he got wrong. (He got the big picture right.) ... Most of all, he wanted to find a way to reach out to disaffected young G.I.s, to show them that there was a whole community of antiwar activists and organizers who were on their side. He finally settled on an idea: opening a network of youth-culture-oriented coffeehouses, just like the ones in North Beach, in towns outside military bases around the country. ... The unprecedented eruption of resistance and activism by American troops is critical to understanding the history of the Vietnam War. The G.I. movement and related phenomenon created a significant crisis for the American military... Visit Website ]
Jan 16, 2018, 11:32am

Meditations
Chaos: Reaction or Response?
Martin LeFevre: "This Is Not A Drill." No, it's not. This is what chaos feels like. The fact that so many people ran for their lives in terror in Hawaii on Saturday at a mistaken nuclear missile alert attests to how volatile the world is. ... While nation-states play their deadly games, and "the sole remaining superpower" descends to the level of reality TV (except that the adolescent in the White House is playing with nukes), the question becomes, what are ordinary human beings to do? ... It is to respond rather than react. To understand the difference, it's necessary to deal with the anxiety that now permeates human consciousness...
Jan 15, 2018, 4:03pm

Commentary
You Don’t Need a Telescope to Find a ‘Shithole Country’
Chris Hedges: I covered the war in El Salvador for five years. It was a peasant uprising by the dispossessed against the 14 ruling families and the handful of American corporations that ran El Salvador as if it was a plantation. ... An insurgent army arose, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (known by the Spanish-language abbreviation FMLN) ... Without outside intervention, the rebels would have seized control of El Salvador within months and ousted the oligarchs. ... But, far to the north, was a shithole country ruled by a former B-list movie actor who ... was determined to thwart the aspirations of the poor and the landless. It would not permit the profits of its companies, such as United Fruit, or the power of the pliant oligarch class that did its bidding in El Salvador, to be impeded.... Visit Website ]
Jan 15, 2018, 11:26am

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A Startling Shift in Demographics: Everything Seems to Be Going South
David Macaray: It was many decades ago when word first reached business executives in faraway Tokyo, Japan, that if they were ever seriously considering putting down permanent manufacturing roots in the U.S., they would be well advised to place them in the American South. ... because the former CSA (Confederate States of America) was conspicuously and stridently opposed to collectivism, government regulation, and labor unions, the American South would be the perfect place to establish, well, an “industrial empire.” ... And that more or less marked the beginning GIM (the Great Industrial Migration)... Visit Website ]
Jan 15, 2018, 11:02am

Commentary
Brexit, Corbyn and Trade Unions
Ricardo Vaz Interview with Steve Hedley - National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers: I think everyone expects Corbyn to be the next prime minister. The country is in turmoil, no one really knows what’s happening with Brexit, there seems to be no clear strategy coming from the government. ... the European Union was, and is, a rich man’s club. It was set up as a bulwark against the Soviet Union. NATO was the military arm and the European Union was the economic arm. It’s a trading bloc that is competing against other trading blocs. ... Corbyn, for the first time in some 30 years, has broken the neoliberal consensus between the two parties, he’s pushing left-wing social-democratic ideas... Visit Website ]
Jan 15, 2018, 10:49am

Meditations
On Death Without Dying, and Dying Without Death
Martin LeFevre: Time is a psychological construct, a product of the continuity of thought. With the spontaneous ending of thought in inclusive, effortless attention, time ends. ... And when thought-time ends, the division between life and death also ends. Then there is experiencing of the inseparable actuality of death, without fear or morbidity. ... Is the fear of death inherent in the evolution of symbolic thought? ... These questions pertain to the mystery of man's incorrigibility. But that too has its limits, since the growing momentum of man-made darkness has become synonymous with consciousness as we know it...
Jan 14, 2018, 11:35am


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