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Report documents criminality and corruption at heart of global banking system
Barry Grey: An explosive report published Sunday by BuzzFeed News documents the role that major US and international banks knowingly play in laundering and circulating trillions of dollars in dirty money from terrorist organizations, drug cartels and assorted international financial criminals. ... The report is an unanswerable indictment not only of the banks, but also of Western governments and regulatory agencies ... The report goes on to explain that “even after they were prosecuted or fined for financial misconduct, banks such as JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York Mellon continued to move money for suspected criminals.”... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2020, 12:48pm

Blogosphere
Seven Countries In Five Years: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: Part of the problem is that the most influential voices are people for whom the status quo has worked out well. Celebrities. Politicians. Pundits. Plutocrats. Meanwhile those who’ve been crushed by existing systems are voiceless. This creates the illusion that those systems work. ... People often (correctly) cite General Wesley Clark’s famous “seven countries in five years” statement to show how evil the drivers of the US empire are, but I also like to use it to show what dumb, incompetent failmeisters they are... Visit Website ]
Sep 22, 2020, 12:38pm

Meditations
The World Is On Fire; Be Nothing, and Then Act
Martin LeFevre: Does the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which could not have come at a worse time, and proves that metaphysical factors are fully in play in our day, signal the end of what was best in America, or the beginning of spiritual and political recovery? ... In other words, will the death of this extraordinary human being and Supreme Court Justice rouse the recovery of America's soul, or is it an even greater loss of it? ... The size of an economy, or the strength of a military, does not determine the greatness of a people, but rather their capacity to hold the challengers of humanity in their hearts and minds, and act for the betterment of humanity.
Sep 20, 2020, 11:16am

Meditations
The Earth Is Mirroring Man
Martin LeFevre: The world is a terrible place, and the Earth is mirroring the sorrow of man. It isn't just that the mechanisms of the Earth's ecological systems are under dire stress from man's runaway fragmentation of 'the environment.' Rather, nature is reflecting, to anyone who can still see and feel, how woefully destructive we are as a species. ... We need to turn inward in a true way. Turning within doesn't mean hiding out from bad news. The primacy of the inner life sounds solipsistic to those who don't have one, just as passion is equated with outrage to the superficially minded...
Sep 18, 2020, 2:13pm

Environment
Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration
Abrahm Lustgarten, Wildfires rage in the West. Hurricanes batter the East. Droughts and floods wreak damage throughout the nation. Life has become increasingly untenable in the hardest-hit areas, but if the people there move, where will everyone go? ... For years, Americans have avoided confronting these changes in their own backyards. The decisions we make about where to live are distorted not just by politics that play down climate risks, but also by expensive subsidies and incentives aimed at defying nature... Visit Website ]
Sep 17, 2020, 3:44pm

Commentary
Police Bureaucracy and Abolition: Why Reforms Driven by Professionals will Renew State Oppression
Shakeer Rahman – Brendan McQuade: The idea behind these reforms is that policing can be tamed through paperwork and rules. This whitewashes the harm of surveillance, which will be used for racial domination no matter if it is lawful or unlawful, no matter if “accurate.” ... Abolition is decolonization. More than just ending policing and prisons, it’s a practice of building a new world. Those institutions are weapons of settler colonialism and racial capitalism, but they aren’t the only ones. Abolition requires dismantling all the weapons made using those ideologies... Visit Website ]
Sep 17, 2020, 3:09pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Democrats’ Climate Change Lies
Margaret Kimberley: The connection between heat waves, droughts, and human made climate change are clear and the solution is known to every school child. There must be a drastic reduction in the production of fossil fuels. A radical restructuring of society, especially an end to capitalist incentives for planetary destruction, is no longer optional. Every form of plant and animal life is in very grave danger. ... Neither of the two capitalist parties is in any position to stop the planet from heating up. That is because both do the bidding of the corporations causing the record breaking temperatures to occur... Visit Website ]
Sep 16, 2020, 2:57pm

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Capitalism, Assange, And More Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: The Assange case is this generation’s Nelson Mandela moment. Get on the right side of it or be forever judged by history. ... The Assange trial looks different when you realize it’s actually just a collaborative performance by the US and UK governments to explain why it’s good to jail journalists for telling the truth. ... If you can’t see that the US-centralized empire is the most destructive and oppressive force on this earth, then you won’t see any part of the rest of the world clearly either... Visit Website ]
Sep 16, 2020, 2:50pm

Meditations
Which Kind of Apocalypse?
Martin LeFevre: It's often been said that what begins in California spreads to the rest of the country, and the world. God help us if that's still the case, because it feels like we are experiencing the leading edge of the apocalypse here. ... So which sense of apocalypse is it, "the complete final destruction of the world," as described in the biblical book of Revelation, or a true revelation, an unveiling and unfolding of things not previously known? ... Perhaps that depends on the few who still care, and whether they can step into the breech...
Sep 13, 2020, 11:32am

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Bridging the Epistemic Divide
Martin LeFevre: Of late I often begin a political conversation with liberal friends and acquaintances by asking, "Have you heard the phrase, 'Own the Libs?" ... "Own the Libs" means deliberately triggering reactions in liberals, enabling Trumpers to "own" them, so they don't have to own their own stuff at all. ... It is a diabolical psychological device designed to allow the Trumpian projector to justify his or her darkness by getting hated liberals to react first. ... So-called Christians who support Trump and the 'Own the Libs' tactic make a mockery of Jesus' injunction: "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"...
Sep 5, 2020, 4:24pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The U.S. Is a Racist Militia
Margaret Kimberley: U.S. cops are already racist and brutal, and any militia “infiltrators” would feel right at home. ... It is common to see news stories reporting that white supremacists or right wing groups have infiltrated police departments. Such information should always be greeted with skepticism. Law enforcement in this country is very much right wing and inherently white supremacist. There is no infiltration necessary. ... Of course, law enforcement is a reflection of the very ethos of the country it represents. ... The nation is white supremacist from top to bottom and police, politicians, and corporate media all uphold it... Visit Website ]
Sep 4, 2020, 4:07pm

Meditations
Why Is Everything Whole and Holy Except Man?
Martin LeFevre: The smartest animal on the planet other than humans is the Orca, otherwise known as Killer Whales. They aren't whales at all, and the 'killer' adjective is species projection. ... It's said Orcas seem to understand humans, perhaps recognizing us as the top predator on Earth, as they are of the sea. ... Dolphins have shown what anthropologists call self-awareness---the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror as individuals. Are Orcas, who are much smarter, self-knowing? ... Like self-awareness and self-knowing, intelligence and smarts are two different things. This distinction, between self-aware and self-knowing, is a crucial one if Homo sapiens is to grow into beings worthy of the name we've given ourselves ('wise humans')...
Sep 3, 2020, 5:07pm

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Finland Is Rallying Around a Six-Hour Workday — And So Should We
Annina Claesson: Finland’s social-democratic prime minister, Sanna Marin, has called for a six-hour workday without loss of pay, allowing Finns more free time and a fairer distribution of employment. As the pandemic forces us to reassess how working life is organized, we should take up labor’s historic call for a shorter workday. ... A looming economic crisis combined with the complete overhaul of working habits — along with a general reprioritization of health concerns — has revitalized the discussion on reduced working hours in Finland. With Marin’s initiative, there is a clear signal that galvanizing political will around a six-hour day is possible not only in the far-off future, but here and now... Visit Website ]
Sep 1, 2020, 12:09pm

Health
What Can We Learn from Cuba? Medicare-for-All Is a Beginning, Not the End Point
Don Fitz: Throughout the expansion of health care, both inside the country and internationally, Cuban doctors used “allopathic” medicine (based largely on drugging and cutting, which is the focus of US medical schools). But they simultaneously incorporated traditional healing and preventive medicine as well as respecting practices of other cultures. ... In contrast, the call for Medicare-for-All by the left in Democratic Party is a demand for Allopathy-for-US-Citizens. It would extend corporate-driven health care, but with no fundamental change towards holistic and community medicine. ... Is the idea of a radical health care transformation even worth talking about ... Health care is not genuine health care if it fails to be health-care-for-the-world... Visit Website ]
Sep 1, 2020, 11:24am

Blogosphere
You Can Have Peace Or The US Empire. You Can’t Have Both.
Caitlin Johnstone: This US-centralized empire, of which Israel is a part, is entirely dependent upon endless war for survival. If military violence ceased to be a tool which power structures could use to enact their agendas, this empire would necessarily cease to exist ... The US “economy”, if you can even call it that, is upheld not just by an incomprehensible web of debt and bureaucratic fiat, but by a petrodollar agreement on arms manufacturing and military alliances, by endless acts of mass-scale brutality, and by the most sophisticated propaganda machine ever to exist. ... A sincere desire for peace means wanting the end of the slaughter of human beings who live in other parts of the world more than you want your personal status quo to be maintained... Visit Website ]
Sep 1, 2020, 11:08am


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