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Environment
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Ecocide in the Pacific
Evaggelos Vallianatos: ... no one will ever know the mountains of wastes that have been buried or dumped into rivers, lakes, seas and oceans in violation of the law or with the consent of local and national authorities. ... One such water dumping of DDT wastes came to light in late 2020 ... 500,000 barrels of DDT littering the ocean floor ... near the Catalina Island. ... It could not have taken place without the tacit agreement of California and national governments. ... the largest violator of national and international environmental laws is the US military ... dumped its toxic stuff, including lead, dioxin, plutonium, and herbicides, into the Pacific ... US military tested 67 nuclear bombs alone on Marshall Islands,,, Visit Website ]
Apr 12, 2021, 4:30pm

Blogosphere
“CHINA BAD”, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
CAitlin Johnstone: The planet is ruled by a tyrannical oligarchy which uses governments as weapons to destroy disobedient nations while churning out news stories about how those nations needed to be destroyed because they were tyrannical and undemocratic. ... The west has been propagandized about China for a long, long time. The propaganda initiatives being launched right now are so successful because they’ve got many decades of earlier propaganda acting as a primer ... It’s so pervasive you don’t even know it’s been there all along.... Visit Website ]
Apr 12, 2021, 4:13pm

Meditations
Don't Blame the Agricultural Revolution
Martin LeFevre: So what is the basic flaw in 'human nature,' and can we radically change it? It is the universal tendency to take that which we separate to be actually separate, and therefore feel separate from nature. ... And by believing thought's separations are more than just a functional capability, we are fragmenting the Earth all to hell. This deep, existential mistake, as old as man, also still divides us from each other -- ethnically, religiously and nationally. ... what needs to radically change is the domination of thought in the human brain, since thought is inherently and inescapably separative, and unchecked, has become unsustainably divisive and fragmentizing...
Apr 11, 2021, 10:52am

Environment
The Environmental Impacts of “Green” Technology
Julia Barnes: Solar panels, wind turbines, and electric cars have long been touted as solutions to the climate crisis. ... The “green” image attached to these technologies masks a dark reality; they are adding to the problem of environmental destruction, failing to reduce CO2 emissions, and accelerating the mass extinction of life on the planet. ... The real solutions are obvious; stop the industries that are causing the harm and allow life to come back. ... Fossil fuels need our opposition. So do lithium mines, rare earths mines, copper mines, iron mines, and industrial wind and solar facilities... Visit Website ]
Apr 10, 2021, 4:02pm

Articles
New Revelations on Germ Warfare: It’s Time for a Reckoning with Our History from the Korean War
Jeffrey Kaye: The North Korean and Chinese allegations of American use of biological weapons during the Korean War made headlines at the time, and the controversy over U.S. Air Force officers admitting under enemy interrogation details of germ warfare attacks rocked the U.S. defense establishment. ... In 1998, scholars ... published documents that they claimed showed the germ warfare charges were a hoax ... But in 2010, the CIA declassified hundreds of communications intelligence, or COMINT, daily reports from the Korean War. ... these documents vividly portray the reactions and responses of North Korean and Chinese military units responding to biological weapons attack... Visit Website ]
Apr 10, 2021, 3:51pm

Books
The Fascinating World of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Revealed in 'Honor Thy Label'
Katherine Martinko: The new book explains how the soap company built an ethical, fair-trade, organic supply chain over the past 15 years... Dr. Bronner's is not a typical soap company. ... started in Germany in 1858 and moved to the US in 1929, the family-run company opted in 2005 to shift its entire product line to fair-trade and organic-certified ingredients. ... The supply chain did not yet exist to do this entirely, but instead of giving up, Dr. Bronner's committed to building the supply chain itself, from the ground up. ... Ghana, to establish an ethical supply of palm and cocoa oils; in Palestine, with olive oil; in Uttar Pradesh, India, for the company's iconic mint oils... Visit Website ]
Apr 9, 2021, 2:23pm

Did You Know
What We Should Talk About When We Talk About Root Causes of Migration
Isabela Dias: Let’s start with the history of US meddling... The causes of migration that everybody talks about 99.9% of the time are poverty and violence. ... the United States has played a key role in sustaining those conditions through the strategies that it has more strongly favored—including militarization over social policies—to sustain its position of economic, political, and cultural power in the region. ... Sending money to governments hasn’t been a solution. ... A lot of that foreign aid also goes to military interventions and the creation of more enforcement agencies... Visit Website ]
Apr 9, 2021, 1:51pm

Blogosphere
Freedom Rider: The U.S. Can’t Control the World
Margaret Kimberley: The imperatives of the United States hegemon require treating the rest of the world as either willing vassals or as sworn enemies. Any nation that threatens economic supremacy or the ability to thwart foreign policy directives is labeled an adversary and faces an onslaught of governmental and corporate media attacks. ... Biden is dealing with the results of decades of the United States behaving as if its brief unipolar moment would last forever. ... The United States believes its own hype... Visit Website ]
Apr 8, 2021, 4:06pm

Commentary
Four Words Gates and His Pals Despise: Democracy & Minimum Support Price
Colin Todhunter: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an assortment of high-profile figures and policy makers are pushing for unregulated gene-editing technologies, the rollout of bio-synthetic food created in laboratories, the expanded use of patented seeds and the roll back of subsidies and support for farmers in places like India. ... Not for the first time, the lobbying that the Gates Foundation is engaging in displays complete contempt for democratic processes or public opinion. In 2018, The European Court of Justice ruled that new genetic engineering technologies should be regulated... Visit Website ]
Apr 8, 2021, 12:23pm

Blogosphere
Excerpt From My New Book, Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: The real underlying currency of our world is not gold, nor bureaucratic fiat, nor even military might. The real underlying currency of our world is narrative, and the ability to control it. ... If you look at what all these think tanks, NGOs, media outlets and grant making networks that billionaires pour their money into actually do, it ultimately boils down to controlling the dominant stories that people tell about what’s going on in their world. ... Most of the things which consume your attention are pure narrative constructs: religion, philosophy, culture, politics, the economy, even what you take to be your very self... Visit Website ]
Apr 8, 2021, 12:02pm

Meditations
Children Can Understand Before They Have Words
Martin LeFevre: When I was a young man, I spent a fair amount of time teaching and simply being around little ones. I've always felt an affinity for young children, and being around them taught me more than I taught them. ... Working or being with young children, I felt a responsibility to be acutely attentive to them and to oneself at the same time. ... Though it may seem strange to say after a year of remote learning, the quality of the relationship between the teacher and pupil determines not only the quality of the content a student learns, but often, the character he or she develops...
Apr 7, 2021, 9:09am

Environment
We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals
Ryan Felton and Lisa Gill of Consumer Reports and Lewis Kendall for the Guardian: CR and the Guardian selected 120 people from around the US, out of a pool of more than 6,000 volunteers, to test for arsenic, lead, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), and other contaminants. The samples came from water systems that together service more than 19 million people. ... A total of 118 of the 120 samples had concerning levels of PFAS or arsenic above CR’s recommended maximum, or detectable amounts of lead. ... These chemicals are linked to learning delays in children, cancer, and other health problems... Visit Website ]
Apr 6, 2021, 3:59pm

Commentary
Lying is as American as Cherry Pie
Paul Street: Which reminds me, the story that young George Washington broke down and told his father he cut down a cherry ... It was made up by the early Washington biographer Mason Lock Weems ... Here’s another lie: “George Washington was a great man.” Not true. He was a vicious killer of Native Americans ... the U.S. Constitution was a profoundly un- and even anti-democratic document crafted to preserve and codify the oligarch rule of the wealthy Few. ... The commonplace white-American depiction of the Native Americans as “savages” and the white so-called “settlers” as agents of “civilization” is itself a great lie. The truth was, if anything, the opposite.... (Ed Note: And The Beat Goes On!)... Visit Website ]
Apr 6, 2021, 3:42pm

Blogosphere
Opposing US Imperialism Shouldn’t Depend On Ideology: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
Caitlin Johnstone: A government that is currently bombing other countries is worse than a government that isn’t. ... So much propaganda has gone into manipulating westerners into believing that dropping explosives on human beings is fine and normal. People fail to recognize the horror solely because they’ve been propagandized ... In liberal free democracies you’re allowed to think, speak and vote however you want, but they train you how to think, speak and vote from birth, and they keep on training you until the day you die. ... Condemning anti-Asian hate without condemning anti-China imperialist propaganda is supporting anti-Asian hate... Visit Website ]
Apr 5, 2021, 3:22pm

Environment
'Plastic Pollution Is a Social Justice Issue,’ New Report Warns
Olivia Rosane: "Plastic pollution is a social justice issue," report coauthor and Azul founder and executive director Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš said in a press release. "Current efforts, limited to managing and decreasing plastic pollution, are inadequate to address the whole scope of problems plastic creates, especially the disparate impacts on communities affected by the harmful effects of plastic at every point from production to waste." ... Plastics come from oil, and oil extraction can be a highly damaging and polluting process. Indigenous communities are displaced for oil drilling, fracking pollutes drinking water and oil refineries pose a health risk to the African American communities along the U.S. Gulf Coast... Visit Website ]
Apr 5, 2021, 2:52pm


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Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Ecocide in the Pacific
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We sampled tap water across the US – and found arsenic, lead and toxic chemicals
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Lying is as American as Cherry Pie
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The Fascinating World of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Revealed in 'Honor Thy Label'
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Blogosphere
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