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Each Person's Soul Is Their Own
Martin LeFevre: "Invictus" is a film in Clint Eastwood's fine streak directorial forays in the autumn of his career. Though a bit lumbering, predictable and sentimental, it's worth two hours of your life, if only to ponder the arc of Nelson Mandela's political and personal life. ... "How do we inspire ourselves to greatness, when nothing less will do?" Mandela asks the Pienaarthe character, played by Matt Damon. ... Anyone still standing who is asking, whether there is anything but darkness operating in one's life, and in this world, feels to some degree what Nelson Mandela felt year after year in that tiny cell. "Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be, for my unconquerable soul."...
Dec 4, 2021, 12:41pm

Health
Greed Is Prolonging the Pandemic
Peter Certo: The longer it takes the world to get vaccinated, the more variants we’ll see. ... Here in the United States, getting vaccination rates up means battling misinformation, apathy, and employers who won’t give their employees sick time. But vaccinating the rest of the world means battling corporate greed. ... In poorer countries, vaccine access is limited by the patent protections for pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer, Modern, and Johnson & Johnson. That puts life-saving vaccines beyond the reach of what many countries can comfortably afford... Visit Website ]
Dec 3, 2021, 2:39pm

Commentary
What If Riding the Bus Were Free?
andrea bennett: Saying ‘no fares’ could make public transit better and streets safer, while speeding up climate and justice progress. ... free transit is a poverty justice issue, a disability justice issue and a racial justice issue. It’s also a climate issue — well-functioning, affordable transit empowers more people to shift from relying on private, polluting vehicles to get around. ... Kansas City eliminated fares for all bus and light rail riders in 2019. Last year Luxembourg became the first country to make public transit — buses, trams and trains — free countrywide. Malta is set to be next and Germany is giving it a serious look... Visit Website ]
Dec 3, 2021, 1:58pm

Articles
How Conservatives Manufacture Ghost Stories to Protect the Powerful
Nathan J. Robinson: In each generation, conservatives manufacture a new threat to civilization, from communism to Iraq’s WMDs to critical race theory. The right depends on the fear of a scary other for its political success because its actual policies are so unpopular. ... Hirschman identified some common species of right-wing arguments. He called these arguments perversity, futility, and jeopardy. ... Perversity is the argument that a given social reform will have the opposite of its intended effects. ... Futility is the argument that a given reform will not accomplish its stated purpose ... Jeopardy is the argument that a given reform will jeopardize existing society... Visit Website ]
Dec 2, 2021, 3:29pm

Consider This....
How Some European Prisons Are Based On Dignity Instead Of Dehumanization
Ram Subramanian: Prisons in Northern Europe are actually supportive, and they see lower rates of violence and recidivism. ... Halden Prison in southern Norway, a maximum security facility that has received much international attention for being the “most humane prison in the world.” ... the conditions of confinement were organized around the normalization principle, which recognizes the inherent harms of incarceration and requires that life in prison approximate the positive aspects of life in the community ... Under this principle, punishment is restricted to the separation from society mandated by the custodial sentence itself. ... the incarceration experience is to enable smooth reintegration of people upon release and to lead a life of social responsibility... Visit Website ]
Dec 2, 2021, 2:25pm

Blogosphere
China is Not Colonizing Africa
Margaret Kimberley: International media cannot be trusted to give accurate information. Skepticism is especially warranted when China is the topic and allegations of colonizing Africa make headlines. ... The U.S. and its allies have little to offer except exploitation in the form of extraction and military control through the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). ... It is China that pursues development projects with new railroads in Nigeria and Angola, and a highway in Kenya. ... The only narrative that makes the colonizers look good is a smear against China. ... The U.S./EU/NATO formation still has a hold on African nations and corporate media continue to act as governmental spokespeople and endlessly repeat whatever they are told. Visit Website ]
Dec 1, 2021, 12:36pm

Health
Why Do We Need a 24/7 Economy?
Rebecca Gordon: The "Graveyard Shift" in a Pandemic World .. In mid-October, President Biden announced that the Port of Los Angeles would begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week ... running West Coast ports 24/7 won’t solve the supply-chain problem ... Businesses love shift work because it reduces time (and money) lost to powering machinery up and down. .... There’s another all-too-literal reason to call it the “graveyard” shift. It turns out that working when you should be in bed is dangerous. ... studies directly link the graveyard shift to an increased incidence of several kinds of cancer ... There are good reasons that so many people are walking away from underpaid, life-threatening work... Visit Website ]
Dec 1, 2021, 12:20pm

Free Speech
Impossible American Dreams? Really? Why Should That Be?
Jaime O’Neill: You'd think a rich and great country could nourish such dreams, and even accomplish them. ... 1. Tax the rich. ... If we had truly progressive rates of taxation, much of the stress that makes things so hard for so many in this country could be reduced. ... 2. Enact sane gun laws. .. A nation that has more guns than people is not exactly the image that first leaps to mind when we hear the phrase "land of the free, home of the brave." ... 3. Negotiate Prices on Prescription Drugs. ... our very expensive government is in collusion with a small but increasingly wealthy band of thieves ... 4. Remove corruption from the way we elect politicians. ... how hard could it be to reform a system that, as currently constituted, mostly misinforms vast numbers of people according to where the money is coming from.... Visit Website ]
Dec 1, 2021, 11:59am

Did You Know
Too Many Governments Have No Sympathy for Destitute, Despairing Refugees
Brian Cloughley: The world is at risk of having future generations suffering from routine endorsement of governments devoid of decency, morality and simple humanity. ... The world has many crises, and probably the most heart-rending is that of desperately miserable refugees who have been forced to flee from their homes. ... Unfortunately most of the international community couldn’t care less about refugees ... The British government’s combination of intolerance, malice and incompetence concerning refugees is appalling, but it’s nothing new. ... A recently published book by an Afghan refugee, Abbas Nazari, called After the Tampa, tells us a great deal about the Australian government’s even worse treatment of the stricken and helpless... Visit Website ]
Nov 30, 2021, 3:23pm

Environment
Why Do Walmart, Amazon, Target and IKEA Have Such High Shipping Emissions?
Olive Rosane: As a congestion crisis continues to stall polluting container ships in ports around the world, there is a growing awareness of the role that international shipping plays in both the climate crisis and the public-health impacts of air pollution. ... Walmart is the company whose U.S. imports generate the most pollution ... tends to ship its goods from Asia all the way to the East Coast of the U.S., preferring ports in Houston, Savannah and Norfolk, Virginia ... It’s preferred carrier is also the greatest polluter among all the carriers studied ... and accounted for 68 percent of Walmart’s shipping emissions and 33 percent of all four retailers’ emissions... Visit Website ]
Nov 30, 2021, 2:47pm

Commentary
“There’s Something Rotten in Denmark”: Frank Olson and the Macabre Fate of a CIA Whistleblower in the Early Cold War
Jeremy Kuzmarov: In September 1994, the NBC hit show Unsolved Mysteries aired an episode on Dr. Frank Olson, a CIA biochemist at the Fort Detrick laboratory on germ warfare. Olson had supposedly jumped to his death from the 13th floor of New York’s Statler Hotel on the night of November 28, 1953, after being unwittingly drugged with Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). ... Host Robert Stack noted that certain facts, however, bred suspicion that Dr. Olson was murdered and that his murder was covered up. ... Frank Olson was a scientist at the Army Biological Warfare Center at Fort Detrick, Maryland. ... He was involved with secretive government experiments in drug testing and chemical and biological warfare and the behavioral sciences during the early years of the Cold War... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2021, 3:04pm

Blogosphere
Humanity Is Still Trying To Be Born
Caitlin Johnstone: Things are fucked. That’s our current situation in a nutshell. ... On a global scale we’re seeing it in the way our biosphere is being destroyed due to human behavior driven by the reckless pursuit of profit for its own sake. ... To have a healthy world we’re going to have to metamorphose into a species which is not driven by fear and greed and us-versus-them othering. ... Which doesn’t see my own suffering as meaningfully separate from the suffering of my neighbor. Which doesn’t see the struggles of a population on the other side of the planet as meaningfully separate from the struggles of the population on this side of the planet. Where we collaborate with each other and our ecosystem instead of competing and killing and exploiting and destroying... Visit Website ]
Nov 29, 2021, 2:38pm

Meditations
Fragmentation and Wholeness
Martin LeFevre: In the West in the 19th century, anthropologists and philosophers called the human brain "the pinnacle of creation." With that brain however, humans are bringing much of life on earth to the brink of extinction. Not to mention the self-absorbed "climate crisis" in the anthropocentric "Anthropocene Age." ... The question 'where did man go wrong?' somewhat misses the mark. ... So it's essential to ask: How did humans evolve as a destructive planetary force, when life unfolds in seamless, dynamic order?...
Nov 27, 2021, 10:41am

Commentary
“Vladimir the Terrible” Fit the Needs of the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex for an “Evil Foreign Enemy”—But the Real Putin ...
Danny Shaw: The U.S. military-industrial complex needs enemies like human lungs need oxygen. When there are no enemies, they must be invented. ... Russia is a medium-sized capitalist power — having the 11th largest GDP in the world, after 10th place South Korea and before 12th place Brazil. ... Vladimir Putin represents the nationalist section of the Russian bourgeoisie. ... Putin’s main objective is the return of a strong, proud Russia on the international stage ... Putin is popular because he guarantees a certain stability for the elites, oligarchs, civil servants and other powerful sectors of Russian society. ... U.S. military spending dwarfs that of Russia, $778 billion annually to $61.7 billion... Visit Website ]
Nov 26, 2021, 3:52pm

Environment
EPA: Two Most Widely Used Pesticides Likely Harm Majority of Endangered Species
Center for Biological Diversity: WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that the endocrine-disrupting pesticide atrazine and cancer-linked pesticide glyphosate are each likely to harm more than 1,000 of the nation’s most endangered plants and animals. ... The finalized evaluations found that use of the herbicide glyphosate is likely causing harm to 1,676 of the plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. Atrazine is likely harming 1,013 protected species. ... “It’s no surprise that these chemical poisons are causing severe harm to imperiled wildlife since U.S. use exceeds 70 million pounds of atrazine and 300 million pounds of glyphosate every year”... Visit Website ]
Nov 24, 2021, 3:43pm


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Commentary
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