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Richard Schatten | The Future of America? It's up to We, the People!

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Whether you want to face facts or not … the truth? Our Choice is simple; A) Become a Fascist Nation with its suppression and its Draconian Policies … or B) Try to make our Democracy Work. Those are the only real choices we truly have!

Richard Schatten

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March 7, 2017 | We, the People of the United States Of America are truly living in a state Intellectual Dysfunction. William Gaddis once said: "Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of Ignorance".

Cultivating the uneducated, poorly educated and undereducated is not new in Authoritarian regimes … it's called "Indoctrination" of the masses! ... and the younger the better!

Richard Schatten is a former Resprtory Therapist residing in Klamath Falls, OR.

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It's Not Just Syria. Trump's Ratcheting Up Toward World War III.

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In March, Trump carried out a drone strike every 1.8 days, compared to every 5.4 days under Obama.’ Photograph: Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/AFP/Getty Images

  • From the expansion of official US war zones in Yemen and Somalia to a spike in drone strikes, conflicts are heating up on several fronts
  • Part 1: It’s Not Just Syria. Trump Is Ratcheting Up Wars Across The World

With several conflicts likely brewing with countries that have significant military power, the Trump administration is putting the US – and the world – on a potentially catastrophic collision course.

  • Part 2: Towards a World War III Scenario” ~ Michel Chossudovsky

The object of this book is to forcefully reverse the tide of war, challenge the war criminals in high office and the powerful corporate lobby groups which support them.

  • Related: Special Report | America’s Progressives Pay Lip Service to Imperialism, Anti-War Movement is Dead

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Part 1: It’s Not Just Syria. Trump Is Ratcheting Up Wars Across The World.

From the expansion of official US war zones in Yemen and Somalia to a spike in drone strikes, conflicts are heating up on several fronts.

Trevor Timm, Popular Resistance

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April 16, 2017 | From the expansion of official US war zones in Yemen and Somalia to a spike in drone strikes, conflicts are heating up on several fronts.

Donald Trump’s missile strikes on Syria have attracted worldwide attention (and disgraceful plaudits) in recent days. But much less airtime is being given to his administration’s risky and increasingly barbaric military escalations on several other fronts across the world.

Trevor Timm is a Guardian US columnist and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit that supports and defends journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability.

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Part 2: Towards a World War III Scenario” ~ Michel Chossudovsky

The object of this book is to forcefully reverse the tide of war, challenge the war criminals in high office and the powerful corporate lobby groups which support them.

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April 15, 2017 | The US has embarked on a military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity. US-NATO weapons of mass destruction are portrayed as instruments of peace. Mini-nukes are said to be “harmless to the surrounding civilian population”. Pre-emptive nuclear war is portrayed as a “humanitarian undertaking”.

 

While one can conceptualize the loss of life and destruction resulting from present-day wars including Iraq and Afghanistan, it is impossible to fully comprehend the devastation which might result from a Third World War, using “new technologies” and advanced weapons, until it occurs and becomes a reality. The international community has endorsed nuclear war in the name of world peace. “Making the world safer” is the justification for launching a military operation which could potentially result in a nuclear holocaust.

Nuclear war has become a multibillion dollar undertaking, which fills the pockets of US defense contractors. What is at stake is the outright “privatization of nuclear war”.

Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (emeritus) at the University of Ottawa, Founder and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal and Editor of the Global Research website. 

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Series | ‘Days of Revolt’, Part 2: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change

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  • Most scientists acknowledge that the current rate of climate change is unstoppable, but it’s time for the rest of the world to stop living in denial.
  • Part 2 in This Series

Chris Hedges, teleSUR / Truthdig

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Apr 26, 2016 | In Part 2 of  teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges sits down with Tim DeChristopher, founder of the Climate Disobedience Center.

The two analyze how the industrialized world fails to significantly confront climate change, beginning with the “exercise in make-believe” that was the 2015 Paris climate conference.

DeChristopher explains that the drastic effects of global warming aren’t just occurring in a vacuum. For example, water shortages in parts of the southern United States play out in areas with pre-existing social tensions, such as racism and xenophobia, creating the potential to trigger violent human responses. Another example is Syria, where, as DeChristopher points out, the CIA actually admitted that climate change accelerated the beginning of civil war.

Chris Hedges, a weekly columnist for Truthdig, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has reported from more than 50 countries, specializing in American politics and society.  

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Previously in This Series

Part 1: Chris Hedges, Jill Stein Take On the Scam of American Politics

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Special Report | Syria debate

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Ruth Conniff, the Progressive

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April 8, 2017 | When news broke about the terrible gas attack this week in Syria, we turned to Hussein Amach, a Syrian economist who now lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Amach made a heartfelt appeal to The United States government to stop looking the other way.

As Trump began bombing, we posted this piece by Idrees Ahmad, who welcomes the U.S. response, and takes progressives to task for wringing their hands about chemical attacks on civilians, while rejecting "any attempt to hold the perpetrators accountable."

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Finally, our publisher Norm Stockwell digs deep into progressive history, reminding readers of this magazine's historic anti-interventionist positions, and explains why, on the anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I, we should be wary of arguments for war.

Ruth Conniff, Editor-in-chief, the Progressive

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Of Rope-a-dope and Russian Roulette

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How Joe McCarthy became Charlie McCarthy …

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Isn’t that great?

William Annett writes four newsletters: The Canadian Shield, American Logo, Beating the Street, and The Oyster World. He has written six books, including a page-turner on mutual funds, a send-up on the securities industry, three corporate histories and a novel, the latter no doubt inspired by his current occupation in Daytona Beach as a law-abiding beach comber. 

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11 Grounding Techniques for Empaths to Avoid Apathy and Depression

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Let's help other empaths who need healing after the US election.

 

Editor, Gostica

 

 

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November 29, 2016 | Empaths, let’s all agree on one thing – I really think that it is a challenge for Empaths to stay grounded as they’re constantly being bombarded with a real mix of negative, external emotions. Even if they stay home and don’t venture out of their personal sanctuaries, their empathic antennas are picking up so much of the pain from the outside world.

Because of this, Empaths can easily become consumed with depression, listlessness and apathy and lose sight of what our roles here are to do. All of the following techniques have been tried and tested by yours truly and I can attest to the benefits of them, although I have to say on the darker days, especially when there is a lot of solar activity, even these techniques don’t always clear the emotional debris.

Gostica: to simplify the finding of Information … based on personal experience and summarization of extensive information and practicing esoteric spirituality as a way of life of modern, evolved human being.

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Union membership in Minnesota has been declining for decades. How are unions changing to stay relevant?

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The facts remain that unions’ membership decline in Minnesota has been largely at the hands of automation, globalization, and a business climate that seeks to prevent workers from organizing more than in the past — things that don’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

Greta Kaul, MinnPost

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03/08/17 | The share of Minnesota employees who were members of unions has declined, from 23 percent in 1983 to 14 percent in 2016.

For a state with a major political party that includes “Labor” in its name, you might think Minnesota would be a haven for the union movement.

The DFL notwithstanding, that’s not necessarily the case: In the last three decades, the share of Minnesota employees who are members of a union has been on a slow, steady decline.

In 1983, 23 percent, or nearly a quarter of Minnesota employees were members of labor unions. Today, that number is down to about 14 percent, according to state-by-state breakdowns of Current Population Survey data from Unionstats, a website maintained by labor researchers at Georgia State and Trinity universities.

Greta Kaul is MinnPost's data reporter. 

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Special Project | The Resistance Now: Week Ending April 8, 2017

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  • Resistance starts with the simple but revolutionary act of refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. Evergreene Digest is extensively covering the people, ideas, and actions driving protest movements globally. 
  • 8 New Items including:
  • Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action.
  • The Resistance And The Democratic Party Aren’t The Same.
  • How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement.
  • How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era.
  • Revolutionary Musings
  • Loving America and Resisting Trump.
  • How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies.
  • Republican lawmakers dodge town halls – so activists bring one to their door.

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Don't just defend Obama's legacy against Trump: fight for radical climate action, Kate Aronoff, the Guardian

  • Now is the moment to admit that Obama’s Clean Power Plan was not bold enough. If we are going to fight Trump, let’s go big.
  • ‘We need a head-on collision with oil, coal and natural gas executives.’
  • Related: Capitalism's war on climate science

The Resistance And The Democratic Party Aren’t The Same, Miles Mogulescu, Huffington Post 

  • The Resistance must not only fight Trumpism, but neoliberal corporatism in the Democratic Party as well.
  • Related: Be Wary Of The Democratic Wing Of The Protest Movement

How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement, Astra Taylor, the Nation

  • Why the left needs to build power, now.
  • Related: How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era

How to Revive the Peace Movement in the Trump Era, Daniel May, the Nation

  • Why we need a peace movement - and why we don't have one 
  • Antiwar Organizing and the new movements
  • Related: How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies
  • Related: How to Turn an Outpouring of Progressive Activism Into a Winning Social Movement

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Revolutionary Musings, Barbara Ransby, Huffington Post <huffpost.com>

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Loving America and Resisting Trump, Frida Berrigan, TomDispatch.com / Tikkun

  • The New Patriotism
  • Related: How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies

How activists have already scored victories against Trump's policies, Adam Gabbatt, the Guardian

Through marches and dogged pursuit of elected officials, people across the US have helped to block some of the administration’s most anti-progressive policies

Republican lawmakers dodge town halls – so activists bring one to their door, Adam Gabbatt, the Guardian

A group in Pennsylvania hoped to surprise four congressman who had avoided in-person town hall meetings, but it didn’t end the way they had planned.

 

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