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Alexander Smith | Weapons of Mass Distraction / scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net

  • The Romans used to call them "Bread and circuses." 
  • "Films, Football, Beer and above all Gambling, filled the horizons of their minds. To control them was not difficult." — George Orwell, 1984 novel: http://amzn.to/20PlldO

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Lesbos -- Where Has Our Humanity Gone?

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  • The western world has a lot of soul searching to do. They should acknowledge their huge responsibility in this crisis, show more solidarity to Greece and step up. Every day that goes by is another day of mourning for humanity.
  • Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died”

Margarita Mavromichalis, Huffington Post 

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02/03/2016 | I came back from Lesbos yesterday with a heavier heart than usual. We keep hearing about the lives that get lost while trying to make the dangerous crossing from Turkey to Greece on rubber boats. Lives lost due to the harsh weather conditions at sea, the fake life jackets that are given to the refugees and the overloaded boats. Traffickers have no mercy. Bodies are recovered on what seems like a daily basis from the open sea by the coast guards or the fishermen; others are washed to shore, young and old alike.

I decided to visit the cemeteries where some of these people have been buried, because it is one thing to hear about the lives lost and it is another thing to see the graves with actual tomb stones engraved: Ahmad -- 9 months old; unknown baby -- 1 year old; Majed -- 5 years old; unknown girl -- 5 years old; Ajmal -- 23 years old; Ahmid -- 30 years old... The list goes on and on. These are the new Alan Kurdi. All had chosen to live and had the right to live, like we all do. They had chosen life over death but little did they know that life had not chosen them.

Margarita Mavromichalis, Photographer, comes from a family of Greek diplomats and has spent her life living and traveling all over the world. She speaks five languages and studied translation and interpreting.

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Special Report | The Clintons: “We Came, We Stole, Haitians Died” Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report

  • https://motherjones.com/files/images/haiti_main.gifThe Haitian people’s furious resistance to yet another fraudulent presidential election has scuttled U.S. plans to replace “Sweet Mickey” Martelly with another flunky named the “Banana Man.” The aborted fraud is a reminder that Secretary of State Clinton was an imperial bully who rigged the previous presidential election in Haiti and stole the country blind, along with her accomplice and husband, Bill. Those chickens may yet come home to roost.
  • “The discrediting of the elections would also reflect very badly on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
  • “Hillary and Bill were the Bonnie and Clyde of Haiti.”

Ralph Nader & Abby Martin on US Rigged Corporate Elections

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  • A long-time political figure with unique experience fighting from the center of Washington, Nader joins Abby Martin on The Empire Files to discuss today’s political climate, the corporate government and rigged elections. 
  • Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

Ralph Nader and Abby Martin, Media Roots

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion.jpgDecember 21, 2015 | Most people know Ralph Nader as the insurgent third-party Presidential candidate in the 2000 elections, where the popularity of his stand against corporate hegemony struck fear into establishment politics. 

But hundreds of millions experience Nader’s legacy everyday. Most notably, how virtually every automobile safety measure, from seatbelts to airbags, are the product of his relentless campaign against auto industry giants. His contributions as a consumer advocate span disability rights to exposing corporate pollution.

Ralph Nader is a consumer advocate, lawyer, and author. 

and Abby Martin is an American journalist and presenter of The Empire Files, a weekly investigative news program on teleSUR English.

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Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change, Jordan Michael Smith, Boston Globe 

The people we elect aren’t the ones calling the shots, says Tufts University’s Michael Glennon.

The ultimate problem is the pervasive political ignorance on the part of the American people. And indifference to the threat that is emerging from these concealed institutions. That is where the energy for reform has to come from: the American people. Not from government. 

 

Special Report | What Do Our Wealthiest Deserve?

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Our world’s billionaires don’t merit either their billions, the economist Didier Jacobs suggests, or the right to claim we’re all living in a ‘meritocracy.’

Sam Pizzigati, Too Much 

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http://toomuchonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Didier-Jacobs-2015c1.png?47c430 Debunk the meritocracy defense of extreme inequality on its own terms, says Oxfam economist Didier Jacobs, and the flacks for grand fortune will have nothing left that the American public finds appealing.

January 30, 2016 | Defenders of our deeply unequal global economic order had to put in a bit of overtime last month. They had to explain away the latest evidence — from the global charity Oxfam — on how concentrated our world’s wealth has become. A challenging task.

Back in 2010, Oxfam’s new stats show, the world’s 62 richest billionaires collectively held $1.1 trillion in wealth, far less than the $2.6 trillion that then belonged to humanity’s least affluent half.

Sam Pizzigati, editor, Too Much, a commentary on excess and inequality.

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Bernie Sanders Voted For The Act That Helped Crash The Economy, Shaun Mullen, Crooks and Liars

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  • There it is in black and white, or rather red and blue: Sanders’ vote in the House on the very legislation that greased the skids for banks and other financial institutions to run roughshod without any messy government oversight.
  • Special Project | I'm Not Ready for Bernie Sanders: Week Ending October 24, 2015

 

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Free University Education Via Accredited Remote Learning – All Education Should Be Free For All

  • Free University Education Via Accredited Remote Learning – All Education Should Be Free For All  
  • Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016?

Gideon Polya, CounterCurrents

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http://images.alternet.org/images/managed/storyimages_picture8_1268251845.jpg_310x220 31 January, 2016 | Education is a basic human right and all education should be free. Free university education has been adopted by about 20 variously rich or poor countries for all or a substantial proportion of their university students. However the Anglosphere countries (the UK, the US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand) ) are peculiar in imposing a huge and unjust education debt on university students as well as imposing a huge and inescapable Carbon Debt on young people through disproportionately huge greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. However Accredited Remote Learning (ARL) via Free Universities (FUs) (e.g. an Australian Free University) can circumvent this pro-One Percenter, neoliberal perversion.

Education underpins science-based personal and societal changes to maximize personal and societal health, happiness, dignity and opportunity, and accordingly all education should be free, whether pre-school (kindergarten), primary education (elementary school),  secondary education  (high school), tertiary education (university, technical training) or life-long learning. Indeed all education can and should be free.  Education is regarded as a basic human right [1-3] , which is why all developed countries make basic primary and secondary education free (although Educational Apartheid in some countries  determines differential access to good quality education  depending upon parental wealth, race or home location) [4, 5].

Gideon Polya taught science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career.

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Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016? Jon Nichols, Political Moll

  • “Read John Taylor Gatto’s The Underground History of American Education,” the high school teacher said to me at the end of the night.
  • What American Education Has in Common with the Dark Ages

An Excerpt | They Thought They Were Free, The Germans 1933-45 ~ Milton Mayer

  • “It is a fascinating story and a deeply moving one. And it is a story that should make people pause and think—think not only about the Germans, but also about themselves.”—Ernest S. Pisko, Christian Science Monitor
  • “Among the many books written on Germany after the collapse of Hitler's Thousand Year Reich, this book by Milton Mayer is one of the most readable and most enlightening.”—Hans Kohn, New York Times Book Review

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But Then It Was Too Late

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Milton%20Meyer%20%7C%20They%20Thought%20They%20Were%20Free.jpeg"What no one seemed to notice," said a colleague of mine, a philologist, "was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always wider. You know, it doesn’t make people close to their government to be told that this is a people’s government, a true democracy, or to be enrolled in civilian defense, or even to vote. All this has little, really nothing, to do with knowing one is governing.

"What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

Milton Mayer, a journalist and educator, was best known for his long-running column in The Progressive magazine, founded by Robert Marion LaFollette, Sr., in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 3: Outrageous Campaigning

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  • Bigotry, hate and advocating war or other forms of violence and subjugation of the will of the many to the vagaries of the few will not lead to an improvement in the human condition. Escaping from freedom into the arms of authoritarianism will not yield true progress, safety or security, but their exact opposites. Demand democracy to stave off the threats posed by the demagogues.
  • Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 2: Democratic Shenanigans
  • Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 1

Rcooley123's Blog

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Tom%20Stiglich%20%7C%20Political%20Nausea%20Bag%20copy_1.jpgNovember 29, 2015 | As the holidays approach and Congress strives to maintain its high standards of incompetence along with its penchant for accomplishing as little as possible for as long as possible, media attention draws us inexorably back into that seemingly endless morass of inanity that has become known as the 2016 Presidential Campaign. While there is a lull in the debate schedule, campaign speechifying continues unabated, as candidates (particularly on the GOP side, where the nomination seems no closer to resolution than it was last summer) search for issues or non-issues to discuss in order to gain advantage over their adversaries. The world at large obliges by continuing on its controversial path as if to provide further fodder for the politicians to discuss.

On the Democratic side, the small number of remaining candidates, the apparent desire on their part not to ruffle feathers by attacking each other, and the scarcity of national debate coverage (along with the truly stupid scheduling of debates at times guaranteeing low viewership) have led to a stagnation in the campaign. This stands in stark contrast to the Republicans’ seemingly never-ending quest to one-up their opponents when it comes to extreme positions regarding all issues foreign and domestic.

Rcooley: Progressive, antiwar, humanitarian, environmentalist, civil liberties, human rights, Down Syndrome (my son). #ConnectTheLeft. 

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Series | American Political Tomfoolery, Part 2: Democratic Shenanigans, Rcooley123's Blog

Money is not speech and corporations are not people. Put the people in charge for a change and see how society can run if we govern ourselves rather than merely allow others to subjugate us to their will in their own interests.

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Series | American Political Tomfoolery – Part 1, Rcooley123's Blog

The merits of a candidate should be demonstrable by their performance and/or the strength of their ideas, not by the quantity of the lies and distortions they can afford to flood the airwaves with.

Do Not Send Us Bottles of Water. Instead, Join Us in a Revolt.

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  •   http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngIf you want to help Flint, sign the petition, demand that the federal government take action, and then get involved yourself, wherever you live, so that this doesn't happen to you -- and so that the people we elect know they can no longer break the law as they rule by fiat or indifference. We deserve much better than this.
  • Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan? 

Michael Moore, Huffington Post

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/3933510/images/n-FLINT-BOTTLED-628x314.jpg01/27/2016 | Many of you have contacted me wanting to know how you can help the people of Flint with the two-year long tragedy of drinking water contaminated by the radical decisions made by the Governor of Michigan. The offer is much appreciated by those who are suffering through this and who have not drank a glass of unpoisoned water since April of 2014.

Unfortunately, the honest answer to your offer of help is, sadly, you can't.

You can't help. 

Michael Moore, Oscar and Emmy-winning Director, Huffington Post

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Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan? Stephen Rodrick, Rolling Stone

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  • In Flint, Michigan, the feds and the state are investigating what one water expert calls one of the greatest American drinking-water disasters he's ever seen.
  • A writer returns home to find a toxic disaster, giant government failure and countless children exposed to lead
  • Do the Right Thing?

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