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(Still) Manufacturing Consent - An interview with Matt Taibbi
Jacob Hamburger: When it came out in 1988, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman’s Manufacturing Consent rattled the accepted view in post-Vietnam, post-Watergate America that journalists’ relationship to power was essentially adversarial. Instead, they argued, the institutional structure of American media — its dependence on corporate advertising and sources in the upper ranks of government and business — created a role for the press as creators of propaganda. ... Taibbi’s new book, The Fairway ... is an update. ... The concept of “manufacturing consent” is that the conflicts we see in the media — between Democrats and Republicans, for example — are not really conflicts. The conflict is all for show. What we see is the strip of acceptable thought to those up top.... Visit Website ]
Oct 15, 2018, 12:17pm

Meditations
God Beyond Beliefs and Religions
Martin LeFevre: Masses of magnificent white and gray clouds fill half the sky, but it's completely clear to the west, where a brilliant sun slides slowly towards the horizon. ... Against the vast spaces and incredible splendor all around, human technology appears as insignificant as the model planes, toys in the infinite beauty of the earth and cosmos. ... The undulating horizon swallows the sun. Then, marking the setting point, a pure line of golden light rims a low-lying section of the coastal hills. ... With complete negation of thought and self-centered activity, there is God. Not the God of religions or of belief; nor 'God the Father' or God as 'Supreme Being.' Rather, God as immanent presence that cannot be named or known, only felt and experienced with total negation of self and thought...
Oct 14, 2018, 5:05pm

Articles
How We Roasted Donald Duck, Disney’s Agent of Imperialism
Ariel Dorfman: I should not have been entirely surprised when I saw How to Read Donald Duck, a book I had written with the Belgian sociologist Armand Mattelart, being burned on TV by Chilean soldiers. It was mid-September 1973 and a military coup had just toppled Salvador Allende, the country’s president, terminating his remarkable experiment of building socialism through peaceful means. ... We wanted Chilean readers to realise they were being fed values that were inimical to a revolution that sought to unshackle them from centuries-old exploitation: competition rather than solidarity, prejudice rather than critical thinking, obedience rather than rebellion, paternalism rather than resistance, money rather than compassion as the standard of worth... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2018, 12:04pm

Blogosphere
Future of Climate Activism: Dutch Court orders Gov’t to Reduce CO2 Emissions Dramatically
Juan Cole: An appeals court in the Netherlands has upheld a 2015 lower court ruling in a class action case that the Dutch government needs to do more to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to 25% below 1990 levels be 2020. So far the Netherlands has only reduced 13% from 1990 levels. ... The court appealed to the principle that the government must attend to the welfare of citizens, enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. ... The Netherlands is particularly at risk from one of the main effects of climate change, rising sea levels. ... since in countries with common law like the US, Britain and India, precedents can be taken from anywhere, the Dutch decision can be cited by courts in other countries as a precedent... Visit Website ]
Oct 13, 2018, 11:03am

Consider This....
Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia’s Overdue Reckoning
Branko Marcetic: For decades, Saudi Arabia has gotten a free pass from the US for its unabashed brutality. But Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murder may finally be a step too far. ... It’s worth putting things into perspective, too. For three years, the Saudi government has been killing, starving, displacing, and infecting with disease a cumulative total of millions of Yemenis as part of its war in the country. None of this has apparently been distasteful enough for US elites to stop fêting the Saudi government. ... It’s also worth noting that Saudi Arabia isn’t the only country committing such brazen acts of violence. Just yesterday, Human Rights Watch released a report about Egyptian-American limo driver Khaled Hassan, who was detained for four months as part of the Egyptian government’s ongoing campaign of terror... Visit Website ]
Oct 13, 2018, 10:56am

Commentary
Sharing is Key to a New Economic and Democratic Order
Graham Peebles: If humanity is to survive these interconnected crises and overcome other crucial challenges, including poverty, social injustice and the displacement of people, a totally new vision of the way society functions is required. ... Within the existing forms political influence is concentrated in the hands of a tiny group of people and institutions — they run the corporate organizations and stock the governing executive, these are the wealthy and powerful — the ruling elite; corporations and their masters dominate this entitled ensemble ... Placing sharing at the heart of a new economic paradigm would do more than any other single factor to bring about real change. ... Sharing of resources (including food, water and land), wealth/income, knowledge, skills, ideas, etc., sharing in the management of the institutions (state and private) that dominate society... Visit Website ]
Oct 13, 2018, 10:40am

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Trump Is Just One Player in a Much, Much Larger Tax Story
Matt Taibbi: That big ‘New York Times’ expose should most of all remind us that upper-class tax evasion has been the norm for a generation ... The parts I found most interesting were less about the rapaciousness of the Trump family per se than the myriad opportunities for gaming the system one presumes is available to everyone of this income level. ... There is a lot in the piece that testifies to Trump’s keen understanding of the media and how he knew he and his father could exploit it ... Many of the biggest tax evaders are major media advertisers and sponsors of both parties — like Apple, for instance — which pioneered techniques like the “Double Irish with a Dutch Sandwich,” in which profits are sent overseas to tax havens... The relentless focus on Trump as the center of our media universe has left huge segments of the population with the impression he’s a cause, not a symptom, of our problems... Visit Website ]
Oct 12, 2018, 11:24am

Blogosphere
On not Writing Recommendation Letters for the Occupiers in Palestinian Territories
Juan Cole: My colleague John Cheney-Lippold in the American Culture Department of the University of Michigan has been disciplined by the Colleges of Letters, Sciences and Arts for declining to write a recommendation letter for a student to do summer study at Tel Aviv University. He took this position because of his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement ... Not only has the Israeli occupation become criminal by virtue of its length and intensity, it is criminal because the Israeli government has flooded hundreds of thousands of its own citizens into the Occupied Palestinian West Bank, stealing massive amounts of Palestinian land from its rightful owners, building on it, and stealing resources such as water, as well. ... What makes the situation in Gaza and the West Bank so egregious is that people are being kept stateless. They cannot be sure they own the property they think they do, since Israeli squatters can take it at will... Visit Website ]
Oct 12, 2018, 11:10am

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Freedom Rider: Robert Mueller, Shahed Hussain and the FBI War of Terror
Margaret Kimberley: The news story about a deadly car crash in a small New York town has turned into a reminder about the racist law enforcement corruption which is a constant feature of government. Schoharie, New York is the place where a limousine crash killed 20 people. But it turns out that the owner of the limousine company is Shahad Hussain, one of the most infamous FBI agent provocateurs in history. He did his dirtiest work when the now sainted Robert Mueller was FBI Director. ... Hussain was falsifying drivers’ licenses and was on his way to jail until he made a deal to create phony terror plots on behalf of the federal government. ... It is important to reiterate that Hussain did not discover any terror plans. He used desperate and marginalized people to create terror plots that would not have existed without his involvement. He also played a role in the arrest of a man who knew he was being set up and planned to inform the public about Hussain... Visit Website ]
Oct 11, 2018, 2:26pm

Health
A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That.
Dana Brown: Last week, researchers James Allison and Tasuku Honjo were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in medicine for their work on cancer immunotherapies, heralded by the Nobel committee as "seminal discoveries" that "constitute a landmark in our fight against cancer." ... Immunotherapies like those developed on the basis of Allison and Honjo's work are indeed an important step towards a whole new way to treat cancer, as well as a host of other chronic diseases. However, this Nobel award should remind us that these innovative therapies are out of reach for so many patients in the United States due to the exorbitant prices drug companies charge for them. ... Immunotherapies constitute a part of the class of drugs called biologics (as opposed to chemical pharmaceuticals) that have shown very promising results in treating many previously intractable conditions... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2018, 3:24pm

Blogosphere
Hating Muslims in the Age of Trump: The New Islamophobia looks like the Old McCarthyism
Juan Cole: These days, our global political alliances seem to shift with remarkable rapidity, as if we were actually living in George Orwell’s 1984. ... there is one constant, though. The Trump administration has made Muslims our enemy of the first order and, in its Islamophobia, is reinforced by an ugly resurgence of fascism in Germany, Italy, Hungary, and other European countries. ... The Islamophobes like to argue that Islam is an inherently violent religion, that its adherents are quite literally commanded to such violence by its holy scriptures, the Qur’an. It’s a position that ... is both utterly false and ahistorical ... Having helped spread extremism and set in motion massive population displacements, Western elites then developed a profound fear of the millions of refugees they had helped chase out of the Middle East... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2018, 3:16pm

Meditations
Not Minority Rule, Mob Rule!
Martin LeFevre: With every 'win,' President Trump has taken America closer to open fascism. When I predicted Trump would be elected, I said he would return again and again to the mob (aka his "base") during his presidency. The same forces that enabled him to become president would be used to take America into tyranny. ... As the extremist Grover Norquist, founder of the innocuous-sounding, Americans for Tax Reform, said after the Kavanaugh confirmation, "We have been winning little victories with regulation. This is the big win. We are cutting down the forest, not the trees. ... This is what slouching toward tyranny looks like. And since we have not experienced fascism in the United States before, people in the political and punditry class don't know how to deal with it...
Oct 9, 2018, 5:43pm

Environment
Coming: Hell and High Water
Jenna Ruddock: Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States, and it’s a growing threat, with some 41 million Americans vulnerable to serious inundation and the toxicity that comes with it. And our traditional approaches to flood risks aren’t keeping us above water. ... A recent Associated Press study found that 327 Superfund sites—areas designated by the EPA as highly toxic—are increasingly vulnerable to the flooding and sea-level rise that will accompany a changing climate. The report noted that nearly 2 million people live within a mile of these 327 flood-prone sites. ... communities in these high-risk areas are overwhelmingly low-income and minority-majority—with few resources to combat the growing threat.... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2018, 12:28pm

Commentary
Historian Howard Zinn Warned Us About the Supreme Court
“It would be naive to depend on the Supreme Court to defend the rights of poor people, women, people of color, dissenters of all kinds,” he wrote. “Those rights only come alive when citizens organize, protest, demonstrate, strike, boycott, rebel, and violate the law in order to uphold justice.” ... “The courts have never been on the side of justice, only moving a few degrees one way or the other, unless pushed by the people,” he observed. “Those words engraved in the marble of the Supreme Court, ‘Equal Justice Before the Law,’ have always been a sham.”... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2018, 12:15pm

Books
How 20 Years of Stop and Search Has Widened America's Racial Divide
James Forman Jr: This is an extract from Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America Pretext stops are responsible for most of the racial disparity in traffic stops in the US. Analysing the results of a survey of black and white drivers in the Kansas City area, political scientist Charles Epp found that when the police are actually enforcing traffic safety laws, they tend to do so without regard to race. But when they are carrying out investigatory or pretext stops, they are much more likely to stop black and other minority drivers: black people are about two-and-a-half times more likely to be pulled over for pretext stops... Visit Website ]
Oct 9, 2018, 12:06pm


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