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Frontiersmen vs. Wusses
Linh Dinh: Smaller than California and settled for millennia, how can Vietnam even have a frontier?! But that’s what the Central Highlands were until very recently. ... For four months now, I’ve been living in the Central Highlands, in Ea Kly, a merely functional town with no attractions to speak of. ... Vietnam is still far behind the West in the flight from nature and against it, but this is to its advantage, I believe, for its people still retain the essentials to endure whatever comes next. ... Vietnamese understand perfectly that power underpins all human relations, so they act accordingly. There’s a proverb, “The smart eat men, the stupid are eaten,” so life’s first aim is to avoid being devoured. ... Though it has been the most aggressive nation for over a century, the United States insists on defining its domineering streak, war profiteering or even sadism as selfless benevolence... Visit Website ]
Apr 21, 2019, 3:10pm

Commentary
A Revolutionary Idea to Close the Racial Wealth Divide
Jessicah Pierre : - “Baby bonds.” Baby bonds are federally managed accounts set up at birth for children and endowed by the government with assets that will grow over time. Neither the child nor their parents would be able to access these funds until the child reaches adulthood, at which point they could use the money to get an education, purchase a home, or start a business. ... Baby bonds could play an essential role in balancing the historical injustices that created the racial wealth divide ... Baby bonds are an essential, universal, race-conscious program to provide everyone with an opportunity to start life off secure, irrespective of their race and the financial position in which they’re born... Visit Website ]
Apr 20, 2019, 3:01pm

Environment
Native American activists: The fire at Notre Dame is devastating. So is the destruction of our sacred lands.
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The mountain is a church.
The canyon is a church.
The ocean is a church.
The river is a church.
Mother Earth is a church.
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Apr 20, 2019, 2:40pm

Commentary
Jimmy Carter: US 'Most Warlike Nation in History of the World'
During his regular Sunday school lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, Jimmy Carter revealed that he had recently spoken with President Donald Trump about China. Carter, 94, said Trump was worried about China’s growing economy and expressed concern that “China is getting ahead of us.” ... “Since 1979, do you know how many times China has been at war with anybody?” Carter asked. “None, and we have stayed at war.” While it is true that China’s last major war—an invasion of Vietnam—occurred in 1979, its People’s Liberation Army pounded border regions of Vietnam with artillery and its navy battled its Vietnamese counterpart in the 1980s. Since then, however, China has been at peace with its neighbors and the world. ... Carter then said the US has been at peace for only 16 of its 242 years as a nation. Counting wars, military attacks and military occupations, there have actually only been five years of peace in US history—1976, the last year of the Gerald Ford administration and 1977-80, the entirety of Carter’s presidency. .... China’s peace dividend has allowed and enhanced its economic growth, Carter said... Visit Website ]
Apr 19, 2019, 4:21pm

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Ten Solutions to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide
1. Baby Bonds ... 2. Guarantee Employment and Significantly Raise the Minimum Wage ... 3. Invest in Affordable Housing ...4 Medicare for All ... 5. Postal Banking ... 6. Significantly Raise Taxes on the Ultra-Wealthy ... 7. Turn Upside-Down Tax Expenditures Right-Side Up ... 8. Congressional Committee on Reparations ... 9. Improve Data Collection on Race and Wealth ... 10. Racial Wealth Audit... Visit Website ]
Apr 19, 2019, 4:11pm

Meditations
A Creative Explosion of Insight
Martin LeFevre: The human crisis is much deeper and wider than America now, and involves things for which we have no words, or too many of them. What language do we speak when all languages fall short, except the unspoken language of the heart? And how does one, how does anyone convey truths that are at once perishable and unconquerable? ... The "search for answers" and "the problem-solving brain" cannot resolve the crisis of consciousness. That attitude itself is a prime impediment, not the thing that needs to be enhanced. ... Clearly we don't need more cognition; we need to ignite our brain's capacity for insight. ... Cognition is thought, and thought is cognition. Insight can and does inform thought and knowledge, but insight does not have its source, or for that matter its import for humanity, in thought and knowledge...
Apr 18, 2019, 3:56pm

Environment
Mushrooms: “Nature’s Greatest Decomposers”
Deonna Anderson: An Indigenous-led organization in New Mexico is using fungus in an attempt to remove chemicals from soil. ... At the Española Healing Foods Oasis in Española, New Mexico, Pueblo dryland farming techniques are on display in a downtown public park. ... The risk of toxic exposure in their community has led Tewa Women United to explore methods to clean up the soils. They’ve begun by experimenting with mushrooms at the Healing Foods Oasis and the nearby community garden site. ... Mycologist Peter McCoy explains that in a process called mycoremediation, mushrooms have the ability to remove chemicals from soil—and heavy metals from water—through their mycelium. ... “They’re sort of nature’s greatest decomposers, disassemblers, by far better than and more powerful than bacteria, animals, and plants,” McCoy said. “They break all kinds of stuff down.”... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2019, 2:50pm

Environment
America's "Hole-in-the-Head" Nuke Suicide Pact Gets Court Approval
Harvey Wasserman: All across the US, brain-dead Trumpist legislatures are scamming public billions into dying nuke reactors that pose the #1 threat to human survival on this planet. ... All the world’s 440 reactors (98 in the US) are decrepit, crumbling, ready to blow. They’re uninspected, under-maintained, filthy, falling apart. They emit massive quantities of heat and radiation that cause climate chaos. ... They are epitomized by Ohio’s infamous “hole in the head” Davis-Besse nuke, currently crumbling outside Toledo. In keeping with the Luddite wave now sweeping Trumpnation, the Ohio legislature may soon fork over billions to keep it running toward the ultimate failure. ... Now the Trump-run Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it may simply stop inspecting these older reactors just as they most need it. They want owners to stop informing the public of mishaps just as they become more frequent and dangerous... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2019, 2:39pm

Commentary
Julian Assange and the Agenda for Global War
James Petras : Washington is particularly intent on capturing JA because his revelations have had a particularly powerful impact on the US public, political critics, the alternative media and human rights groups in turning them against US wars in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and Latin America. ... In the Pentagon’s eyes, Julian Assange was The Enemy because he refused to be bought or intimidated. ... WL successfully aroused distrust of the mass media and distrust of the official war news’ spread among the public. ... The war crimes committed by Washington are of such dimension that they have eroded the passive and submissive ethos of their public servants; having lost the trust, the government relies on threats, expulsions and criminal trials. ... Today Free speech means ‘free’ to follow the State... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2019, 2:18pm

Commentary
How Ecuador’s President Gave Up Assange
Lenin Moreno was desperate to ingratiate his government with Washington and distract the public from his mounting scandals, writes the Grayzone’s Denis Rogatyuk. ... Political instability has swept across Ecuador since revelations of widespread corruption in Moreno’s inner circle emerged. The scandal coincided with Moreno’s turn towards neoliberal economic reforms, from implementing a massive IMF loan package to the gradual and total embrace and support for U.S. foreign policy in the region. In his bid to satisfy Washington and deflect from his own problems, Moreno was all too eager to sacrifice Assange. ... During the recent meeting of the executive board of the IMF, the financial body approved a loan package of $4.2 billion to the government of Lenin Moreno for what it called a “more dynamic, sustainable, and inclusive economy for the benefit of all Ecuadorians.” ... The agreement coincided with layoffs of over 10,000 public sector workers, in addition to the ongoing policy of slashing in public and social spending, a decrease in the minimum wage and the removal of secure work protections... Visit Website ]
Apr 18, 2019, 2:10pm

Environment
Court Affirms Yellowstone More Valuable Than Gold, Blocks Mining Exploration
Earthjustice: A Montana district court has quashed a permit that would have allowed Canadian mining company Lucky Minerals Inc. to explore for gold in Emigrant Gulch just north of Yellowstone National Park. The ruling blocks exploratory drilling that was slated to begin on July 15, 2019, and is a significant victory in the multi-year effort to protect Yellowstone National Park from new mines surrounding the national park. ... The ruling invalidates Lucky Minerals’ exploration license, establishing that it would violate the public’s environmental and public participation rights under Montana’s Constitution to allow the illegal project to move forward. ... “This ruling ensures that Lucky Minerals can’t harm clean water and native wildlife at the gateway into Yellowstone National Park under cover of a license that was never legally issued in the first place” ... Visit Website ]
Apr 17, 2019, 4:01pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The “Resistance” is Silent on Julian Assange
Margaret Kimberley: Ever since Donald Trump was elected president we have heard a lot about people who call themselves the “resistance.” That word has very significant meaning and should not be used frivolously. The enslaved Haitian people resisted the French 200 years ago. Harriet Tubman resisted and so did Tecumseh. Brave people all over the world have resisted colonial invasion, occupation, and racist violence. ... But resistance for the anti-Trump group doesn’t amount to very much. ... The so-called resistance have been conspicuously silent ever since Julian Assange was arrested after Ecuador withdrew his asylum from its London embassy. ... Liberals are just as much true believers in imperialism as the right wing they claim to oppose. They are nothing if not consistent. When the Trump administration announced the coup attempt against the Venezuelan government the resistance didn’t resist at all. ... Perhaps this group needs a new name. They should be honest and call themselves the conformists... Visit Website ]
Apr 17, 2019, 3:45pm

Meditations
The Earth Is Our Cathedral, and We're Destroying It
Martin LeFevre: Even for those who never saw Notre Dame Cathedral, even for those who have no use for organized religion, the fire engulfing one of humankind's oldest and greatest architectural structures was a sad sight. .... Some perspective is necessary however. .... It was man-made thing, and though great art has been lost, no lives were lost. What spiritual and global meanings can we draw from the loss of Notre Dame Cathedral? .... Such intricate symbols of man-made grandeur were monuments the Catholic Church built to itself as much as they were intended to give illiterate people an experience of the divine. What is their loss if we continue to desecrate the earth and decimate the creatures that evolved along with us? .... Humanity needs new epicenters, places not of symbol and stone, but cathedrals of nature where the heart and spirit can find healing and renewal...
Apr 16, 2019, 4:03pm

Blogosphere
How Classic Anti-Semitic Tropes are being Marshaled against Ilhan Omar and Muslim-Americans
Juan Cole: The attacks on Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim-American women to serve in Congress and the first of Black African heritage who veils, by the Rupert Murdoch press (Fox, New York Post, etc.) and the US Republican Party are frightening for many reasons, but most of all because they repeat classic anti-Semitic charges made by the Nazis in Germany against Jews. ... Racism is not that complicated, and is always simple-minded and stupid, and so it is not a surprise that contemporary racists can’t come up with new tropes for demeaning minorities. ... The implication ... is that Omar is not outraged enough about the 9/11 attacks, is insufficiently patriotic, is “stabbing us in the back.” ... It is quite the opposite, of course. She is saying that American Muslims are patriotic and devoted to their country and should not be confused with a tiny Saudi-Egyptian terrorist clique based in Afghanistan in the 1990s... Visit Website ]
Apr 15, 2019, 11:41am

Health
Glyphosate Worse Than We Could Imagine
F. William Engdahl: New independent study shows that those with highest exposure to glyphosate have a 41% increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) cancer ... Further, they stated that glyphosate “alters the gut microbiome,” and that that could “impact the immune system, promote chronic inflammation, and contribute to the susceptibility of invading pathogens.” .... While most attention is understandably drawn to the human effects of exposure to glyphosate, the most widely used agriculture chemical in the world today, independent scientists are beginning to look at another alarming effect of the agrochemical– its effect on essential soil nutrients. In a study of the health of soils in the EU, the online journal Politico.eu found that the effects of spraying of glyphosate on the major crops in European agriculture is having disastrous consequences on soil health in addition to killing weeds. ... Visit Website ]
Apr 15, 2019, 11:32am


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