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An Inquiry Into Fear
Martin LeFevre: The questions, it seems to me are: Do we humans tend to live in fear because we're social animals? Is fear intrinsic to the neo-mammalian brain dominated by symbolic thought? ... Certainly the fear of standing alone, or even being alone for a few hours in nature, is linked with our social natures. Is fear the essence of conformity? ... The root meaning of the word alone is "all one." Initially what I experienced in the desolate canyon beyond town was not aloneness, or even solitude, but isolation and loneliness. This is what gave rise to fear...
Oct 18, 2017, 4:48pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: Russiagate Brings Black Caucus to a New Low
Margaret Kimberley: The so-called Russiagate scandal is a fiction. The hapless Democrats see it as a means of doing what they failed to do on election day in 2016, defeat Donald Trump. The fear mongering also makes the case for waging war by other means against Russia and supporting American imperialism. But this worst of all fake news stories fell apart. The only way to continue the dubious cause was to ratchet it up with more lies. Enter the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). ... The members of the CBC were once known as the conscience of the Congress. But they have been beaten down by corporate interests which threaten them with political defeat should they step out of line. Fear and cynical self-interest turned them into useless party hacks. They are only committed to keeping themselves in office... Visit Website ]
Oct 18, 2017, 10:55am

Health
Scary New Evidence Suggests Air Pollution Can Harm Babies in Utero
Jackie Mogensen: It’s no secret that air pollution is dangerous; the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 3 million deaths worldwide are linked to outdoor air pollution every year ... It gets worse. According to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics today, air pollution may even affect fetuses in the womb. In a first-of-its-kind study, European researchers found that newborns whose mothers had breathed dirty air during pregnancy were more likely to show biological markers associated with shorter lifespans... Visit Website ]
Oct 17, 2017, 12:16pm

Commentary
Organized Chaos and Confusion as Political Control
Edward Curtin: It’s not supposed to be clear, now or then. If you’re confused by the news you’re hearing, you should be. They want you to be. ... They are the corporate mainstream media (MSM) that serve as mouthpieces for the power elites, who are connected through an intricate system of institutions and associations, both obvious and shadowy. They run the show that the media produce for the masses. To paraphrase the illustrious American propagandist, Edward Bernays: This is the engineering of the consent of the ignorant herd by the intelligent few... Visit Website ]
Oct 17, 2017, 11:00am

Meditations
Fire and Darkness
Martin LeFevre: You know things have come down to it when a mainstream pundit begins her otherwise boilerplate column with: "In the end, which is where we live now..." So is the end of the old consciousness/species the beginning of a new consciousness/species, or just the unending end? ... Wherever natural and unnatural disasters are occurring, it's the same all over the world. Six degrees of separation have become six degrees without separation. ... The earth is shouting for us to wake us up, and yet few people are listening. ... Can humans make the transition to intelligent life?...
Oct 16, 2017, 5:09pm

Books
Envisioning an America Free From Police Violence and Control
Rashmee Kumar: In “The End of Policing,” Alex S. Vitale argues that police reforms implemented in the wake of Brown’s death — from diversity initiatives to community policing to body cameras — fail to acknowledge that policing as an institution reinforces race and class inequalities by design. ... I don’t explicitly go around saying “abolish the police” or “abolish prisons.” Instead, I say that if we understand police and prisons as inherently coercive and punitive and stained with a history of reproducing inequality, those institutions should always be used as a last resort. ... Instead, we should identify, whenever possible, constructive, restorative, non-punitive solutions to our social problems... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 11:35am

Commentary
Only Nonviolent Resistance Will Destroy the Corporate State
Chris Hedges: The encampments by Native Americans at Standing Rock, N.D., from April 2016 to February 2017 to block construction of the Dakota Access pipeline provided the template for future resistance movements. The action was nonviolent. It was sustained. It was highly organized. It was grounded in spiritual, intellectual and communal traditions. And it lit the conscience of the nation. ... The corporate state, no longer able to peddle a credible ideology, is becoming more overtly totalitarian. It will increasingly silence dissidents out of fear that the truth they speak will spark a contagion. ... Lakey’s prescription: “Consistently occupy the moral high ground, and that attracts support.” “It defangs those who want to do us in,” he said... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 11:18am

Consider This....
Does Vietnam Even Matter Any More? Does Ken Burns?
Robert Freeman: But history, conveyed as art, if devoid of context, meaning, and especially moral judgement is not really history. It is entertainment masquerading as history. ... The U.S. invaded and destroyed another country because that other country wanted a form of government different than the one the U. S. was willing to allow it to have. ... The point is that Vietnam wasn’t an aberration. It was simply the most violent case of the norm when countries refused to submit to U.S. domination ... If there were any meaningful lessons learned from Vietnam, they were learned by the military and the vast bureaucracies that profit from war. The media, in which Burns is a designated doyen, now serves as the freakishly effective propaganda instrument for this militarized state... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 10:58am

Commentary
Understanding the ‘Fake News’ Hysteria
David P. Hamilton: For the most part, “fake news” is a fake concept designed by the corporate news media to discredit those who challenge the official U.S. hegemonic narrative. ... The approved rendition of U.S. history is a composite of lies, euphemisms and dubious rationales taught in schools, public and private, since the nation’s founding. It is continuously updated by the corporate news media. ... The news media doesn’t have to invent the lies, only repeat them. They are mainly the stenographers of governmental agencies that provide the raw material to be quoted, invariably substantiating the validity of the official position... Visit Website ]
Oct 16, 2017, 10:38am

Books
Autopsy of a Dying Empire, Review of “In the Shadow of the American Century”
Jeremy Kuzmarov: Alfred W. McCoy’s latest book, In the Shadow of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, provides an autopsy on a dying empire, which has squandered its moral capital by promoting wide-scale torture and mass surveillance. ... According to McCoy, the decline of the American empire was set in motion by the Bush Administration’s over-reaction to 9/11 and disastrous invasion of Iraq. This led to the wasting of trillions of taxpayer dollars, underinvestment in public education and clean energy technologies, and political dysfunction in an era of corporate-dominance... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 12:43pm

Commentary
On “Independence”: Catalonia, Kurdistan, North Korea and Latin America
Alessandro Bianchi & Andre Vltchek: What is your opinion about (North Korea) Kim’s strategy and what are the real risks? ... There is only one real ‘risk’ and danger: that the world is quickly accepting as inevitable the fact that the Western thuggish regimes can get away with absolutely anything. I see no other serious problem that the world today is facing. ... What is Kim’s strategy? To defend his people by all means, against the brutal force that has already murdered millions of men, women and children of Korea. ... for Pyongyang the nuclear bomb is becoming more and more vital because it is increasingly feared that the country will end up like Iraq and Libya... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 11:47am

Consider This....
We know which side they're on
Dave Zirin: A showdown is coming in the NFL as owners fall in line behind Donald Trump and threaten players who take a knee... Why is a tycoon like Jerry Jones, a person who buys people like Donald Trump, and a multibillion-dollar global media leviathan, so scared of this man? .... It's not fear of Trump. It's that they are Trump. Billionaires are not allies in the fight against the white-supremacist, anti-labor aims of this administration. They are the beneficiaries. ... They share his politics. They want black NFL players to shut up and play. They want their sponsors to stay happy. They want the only politics of football to be the politics of Jerry Jones, not Colin Kaepernick, no matter how shameless, hypocritical, and craven it all looks... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 11:34am

Commentary
The Legacy of Reagan’s Civilian ‘Psyops’
Robert Parry: Essentially, psyops play on the cultural weaknesses of a target population so they could be more easily controlled or defeated, but the Reagan administration was taking the concept outside the traditional bounds of warfare and applying psyops to any time when the U.S. government could claim some threat to America ... Reagan depicted Central America as a “Soviet beachhead,” but many Americans saw haughty Central American oligarchs and their brutal security forces slaughtering priests, nuns, labor activists, students, peasants and indigenous populations... Visit Website ]
Oct 14, 2017, 11:21am

Meditations
Is Nuclear War Inevitable?
Martin LeFevre: The convenient and comfortable half-truth that ethnic nationalism is the gravest threat to humanity, couched in the Western-centric terms as "the threat to Western democracy," misses the peril that faces humanity. ... The resurgence of ethnic nationalism, whether white, yellow or any other color, flows from fear of the threats posed to humankind as a whole, and represents the refusal to think together as human beings. ... Part of history is written before it occurs. What can one person do? Much more than you think...
Oct 13, 2017, 5:41pm

Environment
Trillion-Ton Icebergs and Record Stock Prices
Robert Hunziker: Is there a relationship between high stock prices and crashing, splintering icebergs? Probably, yes. ... Record stock prices around the world reflect record world gross domestic product growing from $19T in 1988 to $75T today (it’s the Great Acceleration, in spades) which equates to lots and lots and lots of fossil fuel energy powering a 4-fold increase in economic activity, emitting greenhouse gases blanketing the atmosphere, retaining heat and ominously inclusive of the potently dangerous latency effect, meaning today’s CO2 will register as higher temps over the next decade.... Visit Website ]
Oct 13, 2017, 2:26pm


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