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The Secret to Corporate Power
This excerpt from Levers of Power: How the 1% Rules and What the 99% Can Do about It by Kevin A. Young, Tarun Banerjee, and Michael Schwartz: In 1931, the philosopher John Dewey lamented that “politics is the shadow cast on society by big business.” Government “in general is an echo,” and at times a direct “accomplice, of the interests of big business.” ... The political power of banks and corporations ultimately derives from the power that they wield over the economy itself—what some call their “structural power.” ... The most potent weapon of banks and employers is the capital strike: the withdrawal of investment capital from one or more sectors of the economy, or “disinvestment”... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2020, 2:51pm

Did You Know
Seattle: Get Police Out Of Handling Homeless
Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today: Removals ‘often re-trigger trauma, deepen mistrust between Native community members and government institutions.’ ... The National Coalition to End Urban Indigenous Homelessness wrote to the mayor of Seattle this week demanding the removal of the Seattle police department from a team handling homelessness. ... It recommended that the $2.6 million that goes to police to address the issue instead go to organizations that specialize in serving Indigenous people experiencing homelessness... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2020, 2:20pm

Commentary
Don’t be Fooled by the Cancel Culture Wars
Chris Hedges: The politically correct speech and symbols of inclusiveness, without a concerted assault on corporate power, will do nothing to change the system. ... The cancel culture — the phenomenon of removing or canceling people, brands or shows from the public domain because of offensive statements or ideologies — is not a threat to the ruling class. ... Corporations have seized control of the news industry and turned it into burlesque. They have corrupted academic scholarship. They make war on science and the rule of law. They have used their wealth to destroy our democracy and replace it with a system of legalized bribery... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2020, 2:00pm

Environment
Think Covid-19 Disrupted the Food Chain? Wait and See What Climate Change Will Do
Georgina Gustin: In the months since Covid-19 convulsed the globe, the world's food system has undergone a stress test—and largely failed it. ... Though researchers have known for decades that climate change will roil farming and food systems, there exists no clear global strategy for building resilience and managing risks in the world's food supply ... Already, there are 820 million people in the world without adequate food, and Covid-19 is likely to push 130 million more to the brink of starvation, more than doubling that number to 265 million by the end of the year... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2020, 1:47pm

Blogosphere
Propaganda Brainwashing, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: The focus shouldn’t just be on bad things done by individual plutocrats – Gates did X, Bezos did Y etc. The primary focus should be on how we shouldn’t have a system which allows any individual to have that much power over our world. No individual should have that much power to do that much harm. ... You couldn’t create a more perfect profit-generating scheme than war. Entire civilizations can be streamlined into the task of cranking out top-of-the-line, name-brand killing machines at the drop of a false flag. War will continue as long as human behavior is driven by profit... Visit Website ]
Jul 13, 2020, 11:26am

Meditations
Breakdown Before Breakthrough?
Martin LeFevre: Over the last 20 years, I've often been gripped by the existential question: How does this unbelievably dysfunctional culture and society continue to function, much less do as well as it does economically? Now I have my answer-it was running on fumes, and the pandemic has brought about its collapse. ... Of course denial still rules ... What is going on metaphysically with the pandemic in this godforsaken culture? ... By metaphysically I mean both the nastiest, darkest undercurrents in human consciousness, as well as the most beneficial and wise currents...
Jul 9, 2020, 4:36pm

Articles
The hidden trackers in your phone, explained
Sara Morrison: How covert code enables your phone’s apps to spy on you. ... Your phone is the ideal tool for advertisers and data brokers, both as a means of collecting your information and serving you ads based on it. This is usually done through software development kits, or SDKs, which these companies provide to app developers for free in exchange for the information they can collect from them, or a cut of the ads they can sell through them. ... When you turn on location services for a weather app so it can give you a localized forecast, you may be sending your location data back to someone else. ... A recent Wall Street Journal article revealed that location data was not just being sold to marketers or data brokers but also to law enforcement, where it was used to help catch undocumented immigrants... Visit Website ]
Jul 9, 2020, 3:01pm

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What Do the Racial Wealth Gap, Police Brutality, and the Climate Crisis Have in Common? Wall Street
Alec Connon: For generations, the slave trade and the financial system operated in a twisted symbiosis. ... When plantation owners defaulted on their debts, banks would take direct ownership of slaves. ... Wall Street was New York's first slave market ... The end of slavery certainly didn't bring an end to Wall Street's white supremacy. Redlining systematically cut black communities out of the housing market ... Wall Street made $891 million in profit from what they call police brutality bonds―high-interest rate loans to cities and counties that cover the costs of police brutality legal settlements. ... The fossil fuel corporations funded by Wall Street cause vast harm to black communities; yet, black communities reap almost no benefit from the industry... Visit Website ]
Jul 9, 2020, 2:13pm

Blogosphere
As Long As Mass Media Propaganda Exists, Democracy Is A Sham
Caitlin Johnstone: “A majority of Americans believe that Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan last year ... The story advances no solid facts or verified information. What it does advance is pre-existing imperialist agendas like remaining in Afghanistan, killing the last of the remaining nuclear deals with Moscow, and manufacturing public support for new Russia sanctions. ... Over and over and over again we see public perception of what’s going on distorted by lies inserted into their minds by the corporate news media ... Every single day the plutocratic media are putting ideas in people’s minds which favor the establishment ... As long as this remains the case in our society, democracy cannot exist in any meaningful way... Visit Website ]
Jul 9, 2020, 1:48pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The Police Defunding Con Game
Margaret Kimberley: Cutting police budgets without establishing public control over their behavior doesn’t solve the problem, and invites politicians to shuffle budget numbers around like a three-card monte swindle. ... At first glance, the idea of defunding the police seems to have merit. ... But the state doesn’t work that way. ... It has no intention of just giving up the power it has bestowed on the police. ... Politicians know what people want to hear and they also know how to look like they’re doing something when they aren’t. ... The police must be under direct public control... Visit Website ]
Jul 8, 2020, 3:06pm

Blogosphere
Patriotism Is Bullshit, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: You don’t love your country, you just feel feelings for a loose cluster of symbols you’ve been trained to equate with a nation. You look at a flag and listen to a country music song and feel feels, and you call that patriotism. But it’s got nothing to do with your actual country. ... The only reason anything ever changes for the better is because of an expansion of consciousness. Awareness spreads the evils of slavery, the injustice of racial and sexual inequality etc, and then things change. In each case there are forces promoting that expansion, and forces opposing it. ... That’s all we’re ever fighting to accomplish here: expanding awareness in individuals and in the collective beyond the barriers of propaganda and status quo normalization... Visit Website ]
Jul 8, 2020, 2:55pm

Meditations
Indigenous and Immanent Intimations
Martin LeFevre There is a canyon beyond town where, if you go with a humble heart and silent mind, you can feel the presence of indigenous peoples who experienced the sacredness of the earth and thereby consecrated the land. ... Are the spirits of the people who lived here truly still present? Did the land they love absorb their souls, so that anyone with sensitivity can feel an intimation of them? ... During deeper states of meditation I sometimes sense them, and feel sure their essence endures, waiting to be called forth by living people who deeply care about the future of the earth and humanity. ... Though doubting the future of humanity of late, I still feel cosmic intelligence can work through human beings to radically change this rapacious globalized culture...
Jul 7, 2020, 5:52pm

Commentary
How to Sustain Momentum for the Anti-Racism Movement
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: You can’t be in the business of social reform without a deep reservoir of hope and faith in the general goodness of people. And some of my faith has been rewarded in recent days ... The cry for civil rights is like a rubber band: Intermittent passionate public support stretches it forward, despite those anchored in the past pulling it backward. ... It’s exhausting and frustrating trying to convince such people that systemic racism pervades all aspects of American life. It’s like talking to a flat-Earther. Proof is useless. ... Now what we need is a way to measure improvement... Visit Website ]
Jul 7, 2020, 4:11pm

Blogosphere
In An Insane World, Madness Looks Moderate And Sanity Looks Radical
Caitlin Johnstone: Because the plutocratic class owns the political class which advances depraved plutocratic agendas and the media class which normalizes and justifies those agendas, a mainstream consensus has been forcibly manufactured that maintaining the oppressive, exploitative, omnicidal, ecocidal status quo is a good and sane thing to do. Voices which point out that this is bat shit crazy are marginalized and ignored when possible and smeared and demonized when necessary... Visit Website ]
Jul 7, 2020, 4:01pm

Commentary
COINTELPRO: how the US state dealt with the last radicalisation
Sadia Schneider: Twenty-one-year-old Black Panther Party deputy chair Fred Hampton and his comrade Mark Clark were assassinated in a 1969 pre-dawn raid in Chicago. ... he was betrayed by William O’Neal, his bodyguard and the Panthers’ head of security, who was an FBI informant. ... Another right-wing provocateur on the payroll of the FBI, Gary Thomas Rowe, helped plan and carry out a Ku Klux Klan attack on the Freedom Riders ... Rowe was in the car with Klansmen when they shot and killed civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo outside Selma, Alabama. ... was likely responsible for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed four African American girls. He was given immunity by the FBI and was never convicted of any crimes... Visit Website ]
Jul 6, 2020, 4:03pm


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