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Commentary
Celebrating the British Monarchy Is in Poor Taste
Basav Sen: Consider: As the global media obsessed over the royal succession, one-third of Pakistan, a former British colony, lay submerged. ... As part of British India, Pakistan and the Indian subcontinent were ruled by the British East India Company, and then the crown itself for centuries. ... Indian economist Utsa Patnaik has calculated that the British empire plundered a staggering $45 trillion worth of resources from South Asia ... In short, colonial plunder is a major driver of climate change and the poverty that’s left the most affected countries struggling to adapt to it. ... Helping these countries today should be seen as fulfilling a responsibility and as compensation for harm, not charity... Visit Website ]
Oct 1, 2022, 5:06pm

Environment
Sea Level Acceleration
Robert Hunziker: According to knowledgeable sources, regardless of mitigation efforts, sea levels are destined to rise by approximately one foot by 2050. Thereafter, fairly high probabilities indicate up to 5 feet-to-10 feet by the end of the century ... The oceans have absorbed 93% of the planet’s heat, and there’s no off switch to stop warming ocean waters from melting the world’s two largest ice structures Greenland and Antarctica. ... society needs a new vision of the planet. It needs to learn to “build higher and smarter"... Visit Website ]
Oct 1, 2022, 4:52pm

Articles
Beneath This Sea, A Sculpture Garden Is Saving an Ecosystem
Peter Yeung: The Mediterranean is the world’s most overfished sea — and a proving ground for how art can elevate conservation. ... Dozens of these intriguing marble sculptures are scattered across the seabed of the so-called “underwater museum” in Talamone, a placid town along the Tuscan coastline about 75 miles northwest of the Italian capital. ... these submerged sculptures are playing a novel yet effective role in halting illegal fishing in the region ... commercial trawlers, which drag enormous nets across the ocean floor, catching species indiscriminately and damaging important ecosystems ... The 39 underwater sculptures currently in place, which weigh between 10 and 15 tons each, have literally created a physical barrier to block trawler nets ... becoming hubs for biodiversity to flourish Visit Website ]
Sep 30, 2022, 5:03pm

Peace-Love
Nuclear War and Moral Sanity
Robert C. Koehler: Maintaining peace through militarism — us vs. them in which good guy wins and bad guy loses — has gotten blown up in the age of nukes. ... Much of Planet Earth is moving beyond this glaringly lethal ignorance, but the most “powerful” nations on the planet remain spiritually underdeveloped. ... We need a new vision! A “new vision for nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.” A new vision of the meaning of geopolitics, the shortcomings of nationalism and national borders. A new vision of the nature of power. ... What if — at the highest levels of media and government — we saw “power” as a force that valued life? Visit Website ]
Sep 30, 2022, 2:37pm

Environment
Environmental Toxins 101: Everything You Need to Know
Libby Leonard: When it comes to environmental toxins, many of us conjure images of industrial smokestacks, but unfortunately, they aren’t in just the most obvious places, but they’re everywhere in our daily lives – in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the products we use on our body, in our homes and our gardens. ... These toxins with enough concentration can wreak havoc on our health with major threats that include cancer-causing carcinogens, and other substances that upend cardiovascular, endocrine, and respiratory functions, as well as, lead to chronic illness. ... the need for us to figure out how to limit our exposure is becoming more important... Visit Website ]
Sep 29, 2022, 2:02pm

Blogosphere
Biden Lies at the United Nations
Margaret Kimberley: U.S. presidents routinely violate international law and the United Nations Charter. Yet every year they appear before that body and proclaim American innocence. ... The world has changed but American administrations don’t. They continue behaving as if the U.S. is still the all-powerful hegemon that will always get what it wants. ... It does have the world’s reserve currency and the biggest military, but it can’t control the world without doing harm to itself and its allies. ... The United Nations is in serious need of reform. ... The 75-year history of allowing the permanent Security Council members to dictate to the rest of the world should change... Visit Website ]
Sep 28, 2022, 3:16pm

Commentary
Pandemic? Great Reset? How about ... a beginner’s mind?
Mickey Z: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s, there are few.” ... Has there ever been a more urgent time to embrace many possibilities? ... The beginner’s mind is basically the polar opposite of today’s social media algorithms, mainstream news headlines, and popular political discourse. ... There is no one right way to inhabit a beginner’s mind. After all, it is not a destination. It’s all about the process, the learning, and those moments of epiphany made possible by not closing off your options... so re-activate your inner child. ... The experts [sic] have gotten us into this mess. ... It’s time to give beginners their opportunity to shine... Visit Website ]
Sep 27, 2022, 12:38pm

Environment
Plant Diversity Booms When Bison Return to the Prairie
Mary Jo DiLonardo: Reintroducing bison to prairies doubles plant diversity and boosts resilience to extreme weather, a new study finds ... Researchers considered about three decades of data from the Flint Hills region of Kansas. ... Researchers say it is one of the largest increases in diversity ever caused by a grazing animal, and the prairie growth gains were resilient to extreme drought, which is likely to become more prevalent.... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2022, 5:04pm

Commentary
US Hypocrisy Knows No Limits
Dave Lindorff: President Biden’s condemnation of Russia at the UN on Wednesday, where he claimed Russia had violated the UN Charter by invading Ukraine, a country he ludicrously posed “no threat” to its larger neighbor, is epic hypocrisy coming from the leader of a country that not long ago invaded and destroyed Iraq based on a total fraudulent claim ... How many nations has the US invaded illegally, just since WWII? ... The point is, the US, the primary violator in the world since World War II of the UN Charter, not to mention the primary perpetrator of massive war crimes against civilian populations over that period... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2022, 2:33pm

Books
What Policing Looks Like from the Inside
Nathan J. Robinson recently interviewed Rosa Brooks author of Tangled Up in Blue: Policing the American City ... (she) became a reserve police officer and witnessed firsthand the systemic problems with policing ... at the end of approximately six months of training, you get a badge and a gun and are sent off to be a fully sworn police officer (as a volunteer) ... Over and over, the unofficial message we got was that anybody could kill you at any time ... they operate in this kind of climate of fear, and the sense that anything could be a danger ... the people you’re encountering as a police officer are themselves often seriously traumatized ... You name it, we want cops to do it because we have underfunded every other type of social service... Visit Website ]
Sep 25, 2022, 5:26pm

Articles
The Mississippi welfare fraud involving Brett Favre, explained
Jack Meserve: How a WWE wrestler, corrupt Mississippi officials, and Brett Favre allegedly siphoned money away from poor people. ... the whole country’s welfare system is implicated, its very structure encouraging heinous misuse and waste even as poor people receive a fraction of what they need ... TANF — or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families — is the program that replaced AFDC — Aid to Families with Dependent Children — in the welfare reform of 1996 ... TANF ended direct entitlement cash payments to poor families with children and created a block grant to states ... What happened in Mississippi is less a case of criminal masterminds perpetrating a heist, and closer to walking into a vault that welfare reform left open and unguarded, all while purporting to protect the government from mooching citizens... Visit Website ]
Sep 24, 2022, 5:14pm

Meditations
The Inter-National Order Is Dead and Gone
Martin LeFevre: In short, the UN cannot, as an inter-national institution having national sovereignty as its basic premise, be reformed into an effective body of global governance. ... As the president of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, said in a recent opinion piece, "Our international rules-based order through which the world's nations pursue global peace and development is crashing into the limits of its founding vision." ... We cannot fit the square, splintering pegs of the inter-national order, based on the separate supremacy ("sovereignty") of approximately 200 nation-states, into the round hole of a global society...
Sep 22, 2022, 4:28pm

Environment
Solar Sovereignty: The Promise of Native-Led Renewables
Tara Lohan: “We’re training a workforce of solar warriors,” says the cofounder of Indigenized Energy Initiative. ... Our solution takes a very culturally sensitive, inclusive and systems-based approach to addressing the economic, climate and energy challenges that Tribes have with solar and, in the future, other renewables. ... How can a Tribe be sovereign if they’re dependent on the very colonial construct that puts them in this predicament in the first place? ... solar is now the lowest cost form of energy ... our first step is to go to the community and talk with young men and women about our Native-led training programs ... To be able to have a well-paying job that’s doing something that’s good for the Earth, good for their people... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2022, 3:20pm

Health
Press Coverage of Declining US Life Expectancy Evades the Truth
W. T. Whitney: U.S. press coverage of bad news on life expectancy barely mentions international comparisons and neglects the political and economic context of the drop in life expectancy. ... Unsurprisingly, there are no calls for universal access to healthcare, improved preventative care, additional first-contact providers of care, removal of financial barriers, and higher quality of care. ... There is silence on social class. ... The 2021 life expectancy of both countries (China and Cuba), 78.2 years and 79 years, respectively, was higher that year than that of the United States... China and Cuba are socialist countries that redistributed wealth and opted for working-class political power... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2022, 12:26pm

Free Speech
How the Sept 11th victims’ families search for answers was met with Stonewalling, Lies and Political Theatre
Ray McGinnis: “It turns out almost everything about 9/11 was out of the ordinary, including the fact that it was never properly investigated... The reason that we need an investigation into 9/11 is because we never actually had one. The 9/11 Commission was not a real investigation. It was political theatre ... Commissioner Max Cleland ... “the White House had played cover-up and a slow walk to this game from the beginning” ... compared the 9/11 Commission to the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy ... Were the events of September 11th a psychological operation?... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2022, 11:39am


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Celebrating the British Monarchy Is in Poor Taste
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Letters
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