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Top 6 Worst Supreme Court Decisions in History
Juan Cole: 1. Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857) ... Chief Justice Roger Taney said that members of the “Negro race” were not U.S. citizens and that they had no federal rights ... 2. Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) ... The Supreme Court noted that the train company’s charter said that it would provide separate but equal train accommodations for people of different races ... 3. Hammer v. Dagenhart (1918) ... the Supreme Court said that Congress couldn’t prohibit child labor at a cotton mill in North Carolina ... 4. Korematsu v. United States (1944) ... all right for the US government to expel American citizens from their homes and round them up into concentration camps ... 5. Citizens United v. FEC (2010) ... John Roberts found that speech is the same as money ... 6. Dobbs v. Jackson (2022) ... denied abortion rights - and so much more... Visit Website ]
Jun 26, 2022, 3:59pm

Environment
Where Will the Nuclear Waste Go?
Karl Grossman: Decades ago, one scheme was to put it on rockets to be sent to the sun. But the very big problem, it was realized, is that one-in-100 rockets undergo major malfunctions on launch, mostly by blowing up. ... The very big problem: nuclear waste needs to be isolated from life for way more than 100,000 years. ... Some nuclear waste stays radioactive for millions of years ... “we should stop making it.” ... A whole new crop of nuclear waste dump fights can be expected... Visit Website ]
Jun 25, 2022, 4:18pm

Commentary
The Supreme Court Is Coming Dangerously Close to Complete Illegitimacy
Nathan J. Robinson: When an unelected conservative majority simply imposes the right’s policy preferences by fiat, there is little reason for the rest of us to respect the Court’s authority. ... there is a serious problem with imposing the Constitution of 1787 on the public of 2022 ... there is no reason why a woman should assent to the Court’s assertion that it is entitled to let the state criminalize her abortion ... we must begin by recognizing that it is an entirely illegitimate institution in dire need of reform, and that its decisions are nakedly partisan and do not deserve a shred of respect... Visit Website ]
Jun 25, 2022, 3:42pm

Meditations
'Sentient' AI, and What Differentiates Us As Human Beings
Martin LeFevre: Have you heard the one about the Google engineer who was fired because he declared that the AI program he'd been working with, called LaMDA, has a soul? It's darkly fitting that as more and more humans lose their souls, AI engineers are seriously proposing that computers have them. ... Besides the multifaceted hilarity of the whole thing, the episode highlights the urgent need for clarity about the machines we've made in our image, as well as clarity about what differentiates us as human beings...
Jun 23, 2022, 5:46pm

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The January 6th Scam
Margaret Kimberley: Democrats are using the hearings investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol as one long campaign commercial. They believe that saying the name Trump often enough will inspire disappointed and angry people to vote for them despite their lies and failures. ... While the dog and pony show goes on, there doesn’t seem to be much effort to protect votes around the country. ... If Trumpers can gather to say that their president won despite all evidence to the contrary, then surely progressives can coalesce around the life and death issues that matter to millions of people... Visit Website ]
Jun 23, 2022, 3:56pm

Meditations
Imagining 'Umwelts' Is Unnecessary
Martin LeFevre: Rows of magnificent cumulus are piled up to the east. ... Some people advocate trying to envision, through knowledge and imagination, an animal's 'Umwelt' - the world as experienced by a particular organism. ... In order to glimpse animals through their own eyes, thought must fall completely still, allowing our eyes to be bathed in immediacy and innocence of perception. ... The idea that each animal has its own "Umwelt, its own unique perceptual world," is still a product of human separativeness projected onto animals. ... In deeper meditative states, when thought is completely quiet and one has spontaneously left the dimension of the known, animals are often drawn to one...
Jun 22, 2022, 9:22am

Environment
Court Rules EPA Failed to Fully Consider Glyphosate’s Risk to Humans and Wildlife
Olivia Rosane: A federal court ruled Friday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must reconsider whether glyphosate — the active ingredient in Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller — poses a health risk to humans and endangered species. ... Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world ... 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer ruled that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic,” ... Bayer ... announced that it will stop selling glyphosate products to the U.S. home and garden market beginning in 2023... Visit Website ]
Jun 21, 2022, 4:28pm

Commentary
How the US Could Lose the New Cold War
Joseph E. Stiglitz: Since the United States seems serious about confronting China in an extended contest for global supremacy, it had better start getting its own house in order. Other countries will not want to ally themselves with a power that rests on increasingly uncertain economic, social, and political foundations. ... In seeking the world’s favor, the US will have to make up a lot of lost ground. ... Its long history of exploiting other countries does not help, and nor does its deeply embedded racism... Visit Website ]
Jun 21, 2022, 3:12pm

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Incarceration costs people more than time: How prisons cash in
sabrinaslipchenko: Think of it as Monopoly, but more sinister: You go to jail. You don’t pass go. Your fellow players circle the board, accumulate capital. You hope for your lucky break, for the arbitrary roll of the dice to free you. While you sit, stuck, isolated, more impatient by each turn, you’re paying to be imprisoned. ... Since the U.S. contains nearly 25% of the world's prison population, private prisons amount to a multibillion-dollar industry. ... The costs of incarceration start even before you’re convicted of a crime. ... private home detention companies up to $19 a day to be placed on home monitoring ... How did we get to a world where private entities can incarcerate people, profit from their labor, and make billions in the process?... Visit Website ]
Jun 19, 2022, 5:05pm

Environment
What Made Bruno And Dom Targets?
BRASILWIRE: When the monsters that govern Brazil today thought they had put an end to resistance against the invasion of indigenous lands after transforming Funai into a militarized anti-indigenous foundation, Bruno reinvented himself and continued the fight ... two heroes gave up their individual lives to defend the collective lives which are destroyed daily by mining, gold, agribusiness, drug trafficking, predatory fishing and even by religious missionaries – unscrupulous defenders of a god of death. ... Aware that the preservation of the indigenous lands could only be done with worldwide exposure of the humanitarian and environmental crimes underway, Bruno made an existential pact with Dom Phillips, a white English journalist ... there is a struggle underway of life and death, of preservation vs. destruction, of respect for the original cultures vs. a tribute to a market god made with gold... Visit Website ]
Jun 18, 2022, 10:53am

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Assange Is Doing His Most Important Work Yet
Caitlin Johnstone: Assange’s willingness to resist Washington’s extradition attempts benefit us all ... because his refusal to bow down and submit forces the empire to overextend itself into the light and show us all what it’s really made of ... Washington, London and Canberra are colluding to imprison a journalist for telling the truth ... Assange has also exposed the lie that the so-called free democracies of the western world support the free press and defend human rights ... Extraditing a foreign journalist for exposing your war crimes is as tyrannical an agenda as you could possibly come up with... Visit Website ]
Jun 18, 2022, 9:45am

Meditations
Indict the Bastard
Martin LeFevre: In keeping with a long tradition of Americans looking the other way, hoping bad things will go away, and trying to have things both ways, the January 6 Committee is signaling that it won't call for the indictment of Donald Trump. ... If it does not, the Justice Department, under Merrick Garland, will almost certainly not indict him. Trump will run again in 2024, and very possibly steal the election ... He and his cronies need to be held accountable for their crimes...
Jun 16, 2022, 5:15pm

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We’re Here To Become As Conscious As Possible
Caitlin Johnstone: By expanding their consciousness of what other people’s experience of the world is like, a slow realization begins to dawn that we’re all basically the same and it doesn’t make much sense for some people to be treated differently from others. ... We will either keep expanding our awareness of what’s really going on in this weird universe our mothers birthed us into, or we will wipe ourselves out via nuclear war or ecocide. ... We can help spread awareness of what’s going on in the world by fighting the lies we’ve been told by the powerful... Visit Website ]
Jun 16, 2022, 1:06pm

Commentary
The Hierarchy of Tribalisms
Westerners should forget about liberating Ukraine, writes Jonathan Cook. First we need to liberate our own minds so we can acknowledge our threatening presence in the world. ... Because we are the strongest tribe on the planet, we are also the most deluded, the most propagandized, as well as the most dangerous. ... This elite tribe wages its endless wars for resource control, it oppresses others, it imposes austerity, it wrecks the planet, all in the name of Western civilization. ... An endless war is not in our interests, nor in those of Ukrainians or Russians... Visit Website ]
Jun 15, 2022, 4:47pm

Blogosphere
The Problem with Juneteenth
Margret Kimberley: Juneteenth was a people's holiday with deep meaning for the descendants of enslaved people. But the declaration of an official federal holiday has turned it into an opportunity for corporate exploiters and cynical politicians to show pretend concern for Black people ... Turning what was a peoples’ celebration into an occasion for opportunism and window dressing has actually damaged the cause of Black liberation and the understanding of history... Visit Website ]
Jun 15, 2022, 4:21pm


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