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Sorry, Bernie Is Right
Matt Bruenig: Mainstream fact-checkers are still trying to discredit Bernie Sanders's Medicare-for-All plan. But there's no way around it: single-payer is entirely realistic. ... Two weeks ago, the libertarian Mercatus Center released a report estimating the cost of Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-All proposal. Like most think tank products, the author and communications team behind the Koch-funded Mercatus report carefully cultivated a certain kind of media coverage in pursuit of their political agenda. ... The first sentence contains the claim that many journalists put as their headline and lede: Medicare for All will “increase federal budget commitments by approximately $32.6 trillion” between 2022 and 2031. The rest of the abstract, and indeed the rest of the text of the paper, omits the more important fact that their estimate states that overall health expenditures would fall by $2 trillion over that period.... Visit Website ]
Aug 13, 2018, 12:08pm

Commentary
Climate Change Is the Inevitable Consequence of Capitalist Privatization
Nathaniel Matthews-Trigg: "Capitalism's grow-or-die imperative stands radically at odds with ecology's imperative of interdependence and limit. The two imperatives can no longer coexist with each other; nor can any society founded on the myth that they can be reconciled hope to survive. Either we will establish an ecological society or society will go under for everyone, irrespective of his or her status." —Murray Bookchin ... “The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking.” —Bookchin ... the cumulative impact of [communal] municipal efforts to challenge entrenched interests and actualize living alternatives – combined with coherent revolutionary visions, organizations, and strategies towards a radically transformed society- could perhaps be enough to fend off a dystopian future of deprivation and authoritarianism"... Visit Website ]
Aug 13, 2018, 11:43am

Meditations
Concerning Power and Puniness
Martin LeFevre: How can such a powerful creature as man be comprised of such puny creatures as humans? How can such puny creatures as humans compose such a powerful creature as man? Clearly, as a species and individuals, humans are both powerful and puny. ... Our destructiveness as man is our puniness as humans, and vice versa. Man is a destructive force of nature, or more accurately, force against nature. ... Contradictions abound. Is that what makes us human and keeps us from growing into human beings---to accept contradiction? Clearly, growing into human beings involves resolving the contradictions within us. ... Contradiction is difficult to resolve intellectually, but much more difficult emotionally. That's largely because we like the comfort of complexity rather than the hard work of simplicity...
Aug 11, 2018, 4:16pm

Environment
Organic Solar Cells Set 'Remarkable' Energy Record
Matt McGrath, BBC: Chinese researchers have taken what they say is a major step forward for the development of a new generation of solar cells. ... Manufacturers have long used silicon to make solar panels because the material was the most efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. ... But organic photovoltaics, made from carbon and plastic, promise a cheaper way of generating electricity. ... This new study shows that organics can now be just as efficient as silicon. ... The term organic relates to the fact that carbon-based materials are at the heart of these devices, rather than silicon ... Organic photovoltaics (OPV) can be made of compounds that are dissolved in ink so they can be printed on thin rolls of plastic, they can bend or curve around structures or even be incorporated into clothing... Visit Website ]
Aug 11, 2018, 2:12pm

Commentary
A Decalogue of American Empire-Building
James Petras: Corruption is endemic in the US where it has legal status and where tens of millions of dollars change hands and buy Congress people, Presidents and judges. ... In the US the buyers and brokers are called ‘lobbyists’ – everywhere else they are called fraudsters. Corruption (lobbying) grease the wheels of billion dollars military spending, technological subsidies, tax evading corporations and every facet of government – out in the open, all the time and place of the US regime. ... Corruption as lobbying never evokes the least criticism from the mass media... Visit Website ]
Aug 11, 2018, 1:57pm

Meditations
Humanity Is Not an Abstraction
Martin LeFevre: This town of about 100,000 in northern California is atmospherically downstream from huge fires-the Carr fire about an hour away near Redding, which has killed 7 people and is beginning to be contained; and the Mendocino Complex Fire that has exploded into the biggest in the state's history. ... The sun varies from strained whiteness to angry orange. ... The thick gray haze makes the cultural reality palpable however, and it's become much more difficult to pretend everything is ok in sunny California. ... In facing and taking responsibility for our own conditioning, grudges and sludges in the context of human consciousness as a whole, one doesn't project and act out as a rule (as so many people do in America, beginning with our infamous president)...
Aug 9, 2018, 4:41pm

Links
Nagasaki Journey
On August 10, 1945 , the day after the bombing of Nagasaki, Yosuke Yamahata began to photograph the devastation. His companions on the journey were a painter, Eiji Yamada, and a writer, Jun Higashi. (Reprinted from previous years.) Visit Website ]
Aug 9, 2018, 4:17pm

Did You Know
A Judge Just Ruled the Government Can’t Lock You Up for Being Broke
Kari Sonde: Last week, a federal judge in New Orleans made progress toward eradicating debtors’ prison practices. US District Judge Sarah S. Vance ruled that the 14th Amendment prohibits jailing criminal defendants who are unable to pay court-ordered fees and fines without giving them a chance to plead poverty. ... Vance also ruled that judges who directly benefit from those fees cannot order payment or determine who is unable to pay. The OPCDC (Orleans Parish Criminal District Court) puts fees collected by the court—estimated at around $1 million a year—in a general expenditure fund that goes toward judges’ benefits and staff salaries... Visit Website ]
Aug 9, 2018, 4:07pm

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Scars of Hiroshima
Vijay Prashad: At the outskirts of Tokyo, beyond light manufacturing plants and small farms, sits an incongruous set of buildings. There is a traditional Japanese veranda near an attractive house, besides which sits a large blue building. In that building, on two floors, hang the soul of Japan – the paintings by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki that are collectively called the Hiroshima Panels. ... ‘We carried the injured, cremated the dead, searched for food and water, made roofs of scorched tin sheets,’ ... Committed to pacifism and socialism, the Marukis spent the rest of their life documenting the horrors of war and the great human struggle to end suffering. ... ‘One Atomic Bomb’, they wrote, ‘in one instant caused the deaths of more people than we could ever portray’... Visit Website ]
Aug 9, 2018, 4:00pm

Commentary
'A Landscape in Hell': Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Eyewitness Account of the Nagasaki Bombing
Robert Scheer: Last January, legendary beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti spoke with Truthdig’s Robert Scheer about the devastation in its wake as an observer on the ground, seven weeks after the campaign. ... I was a navigator on an AKA troop transport with about 10,000 troops ... When we went over to Nagasaki, it was total devastation. It was like a landscape in hell. What was left of bodies had all been cleared away by the time we got there, which was about seven weeks after the bomb had been dropped.... It was acres of mud, with bones and hair sticking up out of it. And as I’ve said before, it really made me an instant pacifist. Up to that time, I’d been a good American boy, in the boy scouts, etc... Nagasaki really woke me up.... Visit Website ]
Aug 9, 2018, 3:48pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Social Media’s Danger to the Black Left
Margaret Kimberley: The benefits of social media are obvious. But left activists must rethink how or even whether to use platforms which are both useful and dangerous. ... It is time to take a serious look at our dependence on Facebook, which Julian Assange called, “The most appalling spy machine ever invented.” ... The system that we critique so assiduously is quite serious about limiting our effectiveness when it can’t do away with our organizations altogether. ... We are living in an era when every person on the planet is under surveillance, regardless of their ideology or political activity.The National Security Agency (NSA) has records of every email and every phone call made in the country... Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2018, 4:09pm

Commentary
Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Fictions and Facts
John Laforge: About the US atomic destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, popular accounts still stick to the false but “greatest generation” story that, “Without [them], more Japanese would have died in a US assault on the islands, as would have tens of thousands of Americans” ... On the contrary the chief historian of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, J. Samuel Walker, wrote in the journal Diplomatic History in 1990, “The consensus among scholars is that the bomb was not needed to avoid an invasion of Japan and to end the war within a relatively short time. It is clear that alternatives to the bomb existed and that Truman and his advisers knew it.” ... Historian Martin Sherwin has debunked the tale of the “good” atom bombs, citing in his 2003 book A World Destroyed “a ‘considerable body’ of new evidence that suggested the bomb may have cost, rather than saved, American lives... Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2018, 3:55pm

Blogosphere
Manafort’s alleged Corruption is How America Works, not Deviance
Juan Cole: Where did the millions of dollars come from that Manafort allegedly laundered or hid in secret overseas accounts? ... Well, some millions appear to have come from Russian oil money, laundered through Ukrainian sockpuppets. ... But Manafort was not new at this business of influence peddling. He had worked on the Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush campaigns, and was extremely well-connected in the Republican Party. ... There was no strong man so odious that Manafort would not take his money and make phone calls to his old buddies on his behalf. ... Behind the scenes, Manafort was providing the only value added he knew: connections. He would make The Call. To the movers and shakers. Congressional representatives, senators, powerful people in Washington.... Visit Website ]
Aug 7, 2018, 3:19pm

Consider This....
Economists ‘Can’t Understand’ Why Workers Can’t Get Paid More in a ‘Booming’ Economy
Dave Lindorff: Mystery of the underpaid American worker ... These poor financial journalists and the economists they quote as their sources are all struggling because their models, and everything they learned in school about market theory, says that if labor markets are “tight,” meaning that there are few jobs available to unemployed workers, it should drive up wages of those who have jobs ... Perhaps in some magic world where workers and bosses were operating basically as equals in some mystical “free marketplace,” that might be true, but it ignores things like power relations and labor law, the pernicious role of the new digital age where a worker’s employment record is immediately available for inspection by any potential new employer ... We’ve got tens of millions of people classified as “working” who are actually under-employed and would like a full-time job but cannot find one... Visit Website ]
Aug 7, 2018, 11:34am

Commentary
The Bonfire of Humanity
Paul Edwards: What’s the difference between an alcoholic or a junkie... and the American Deep State War Machine? ... Nothing. There isn’t any. ... Each will do anything for the fix it has to have, even risking system failure and death. ... The great difference in the cases is, of course, that while the addict can destroy both himself and those who love him most, the War Machine, if we continue to feed its appalling disease, can and will destroy us all. ... It was always fear that was used to enslave us. ... Visit Website ]
Aug 7, 2018, 11:05am


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