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7 Reasons To Be Highly Skeptical Of The Gulf Of Oman Incident

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  • We have seen exactly zero evidence supporting Pompeo’s claims, so anyone you see hastening to blame Iran for the Gulf of Oman incident is either a war whore or a slobbering moron, or both. Knowing what we know about the US-centralized empire and its pre-existing regime change agenda against Iran, there is no reason to believe Pompeo and many reasons not to.
  • Related: How the U.S. War Propaganda Machine Gets Us to Forget About the Iraq WMD Hoax

Caitlin Johnstone, Activist Post

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June 14, 2019 | In a move that surprised exactly zero people, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wasted no time scrambling to blame Iran for damage done to two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, citing exactly zero evidence.

“This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with suchahigh-degree of sophistication,” Pompeo told the press in a statement.

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How the U.S. War Propaganda Machine Gets Us to Forget About the Iraq WMD Hoax, Rainer Shea <>, Ghion Journal

https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/20130619102533003_hd.jpg?w=1280&ssl=1As any politician knows, no evidence of any kind is ever required. It is only necessary to make a statement — any statement — forcefully enough to have an audience believe it. No one will check the lie against the facts, and, if they do, they will disbelieve the facts. Do you think the German people in 1939 pretended that the Poles had attacked them and started World War II? No! Since they were told that was so, they believed it as seriously as you and I believe that they attacked the Poles.--Isaac Asimov, Review Of 1984

 

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The Evidence Darwin Had for Evolution

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  • Imagine being the first person to put together the pieces of an idea so big, it would change the entire spectrum of science forever.
  • Related: How to Be a Better Thinker

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Heather Scoville, ThoughtCo

May 1, 2019 | Imagine being the first person to discover and put together the pieces of an idea so big that it would change the entire spectrum of science forever. In this day and age with all of the technology available and all kinds of information right at our fingertips, this may not seem to be such a daunting task. What would it have been like back in a time where this previous knowledge that we take for granted had not yet been discovered and the equipment that is now commonplace in labs had not yet been invented? Even if you are able to discover something new, how do you publish this new and "outlandish" idea and then get scientists all over the world to buy into the hypothesis and help strengthen it?

This is the world that Charles Darwin had to work in as he pieced together his Theory of Evolution through Natural Selection. There are many ideas that now seem like common sense to scientists and students that were unknown during his time. Yet, he still managed to use what was available to him to come up with such a profound and fundamental concept. So what exactly did Darwin know when he was coming up with the Theory of Evolution?


Heather Scoville is a high school science teacher and writes science curriculum for online science courses.

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How to Be a Better Thinker, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Is Logic Lost?
  • How to Think Better
  • there already is a cognitive enhancing tool
  • Related: Helpful Guides to How to Read a Book
  • Part 3: The Last Curious Man
  • The enormous life of Anthony Bourdain, according to those who knew him best.

 

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Don't Be Fooled by the April, 2019, Jobs Report

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  • Part 1: Don’t be fooled by the unemployment figures that came out today.
  • Millions of workers who have low paid and part time retail jobs want, need and are qualified for better paid full time jobs. The government's monthly job figures ignore these people.
  • Part 2: About that April 2019 Jobs Report
  • "Not having a job as a teenager makes it harder to land one as a young adult," Jack Wuest, the executive director of the Alternative Schools Network said.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Don’t be fooled by the unemployment figures that came out today

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John Wojcik <https://www.peoplesworld.org/authors/john-wojcik/>, People's World <https://www.peoplesworld.org>

May 3, 2019 | It reminded me of the movie version of 1984 where the government of Oceania keeps announcing the improving figures in the production of everything from pig iron to chocolates. Only this time it was the U.S. government this morning announcing that the ever-improving jobless rate has dropped now to 3.8 percent.



If the government continues to calculate the unemployment rate the way it does now even if every single person over the age of 16 in the United States was out of work we could, in theory, have an unemployment rate of zero percent! The rate then does not tell us much about how many able-bodied people are actually without a job.




What they did not announce was yet another in the continuing monthly drops in labor force participation. “As a result, the unemployment rate fell for the wrong reasons,” wrote Elise Gould, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute this morning. What Gould is saying is more people continue to leave the labor force every month than are finding a job every month.

https://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/200x230JohnWojcik-200x200.jpg / John Wojcik is Editor-in-Chief of People's World. He joined the staff as Labor Editor in May 2007 after working as a union meat cutter in northern New Jersey. There, he served as a shop steward, as a member of a UFCW contract negotiating committee, and as an activist in the union's campaign to win public support for Wal-Mart workers.

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Part 2: About that April 2019 Jobs Report

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May 3, 2019 | The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent in April, the lowest level in almost 50 years. There was no change in the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP), which remained at 60.6 percent, just below its peak for the recovery. The prime age (ages 25 to 54) EPOP actually edged down to 79.7 percent, compared to a high of 79.9 percent earlier this year. The establishment survey showed the economy added 263,000 jobs, with modest upward revisions to the prior two months’ data, bringing the average rate of job growth over the last three months to 169,000.

While the drop in the unemployment rate is unambiguously good news, there are some aspects of the report that are disturbing. Most notably, black workers do not appear to be benefitting much from the continued strengthening of the labor market. Over the last year, the black unemployment rate has risen 0.2 percentage points to 6.7 percent and the white unemployment rate has dropped 0.4 percentage point to 3.1 percent. This goes against the usual pattern towards convergence with low unemployment.

Dean Baker co-founded Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare and European labor markets.

Sarah Karp covers education for WBEZ.

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32 Tips For Navigating a Society Full of Propaganda and Manipulation

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  • Humans are great at manipulating one another.
  • Related: The Age of the Imbecile

Caitlin Johnstone, Waking Times
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Jun 03, 2019 | For as long as there has been human language, humans have been using it to manipulate one another. The fact that it is possible to skillfully weave a collection of symbolic mouth noises together in such a way as to extract favors, concessions, votes and consent from other humans has made manipulation so common that it now pervades our society from top to bottom, from personal relationships between two people to international relationships between government agencies and the public.

For as long as there has been human language, humans have been using it to manipulate one another. The fact that it is possible to skillfully weave a collection of symbolic mouth noises together in such a way as to extract favors, concessions, votes and consent from other humans has made manipulation so common that it now pervades our society from top to bottom, from personal relationships between two people to international relationships between government agencies and the public.

Caitlin Johnstone, Contributor, Waking Times
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The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.
 

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The World is Getting Increasingly Dumber, Study Finds

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  • Does this even surprise you at all?
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Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge / Waking Times

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May 26, 2019 | Western Europe is home to a cluster of developed economies that boost some of the highest standards of living in the world. But that could soon change. Because as Evan Horowitz writes on NBC News’s new “Think” vertical, IQ scores in France, Scandinavia, Britain, Germany and even Australia are beginning to decline.



Whatever the cause, the trend seems to portend a decline in long-term productivity and economic success, factors that have long been correlated with IQ.



The trend has been well-documented across Western Europe, and could soon carry over to the US as well. Which means the data have confirmed what millions of Americans who have watched cable news or logged on to Twitter over the past three years probably already suspected: The world is getting dumber.

Tyler Durden is a reference to the lead character in Fight Club. It's the pseudonym for Zero Hedge's key author(s) used to hide their identities.

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The Age of the Imbecile, ‪umair haque‬ Eudaimonia and Co / Medium

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Zuckerberg’s New Privacy Scam: Savvy Marketing But No Real Progress

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  • Facebook has been facing a storm of criticism, including threats of greater regulation and even a break-up. So Mark Zuckerberg, who once claimed privacy is no longer a “social norm,” has now declared, “the future is private.” But buyers beware.
  • Related: That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality.

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May 21, 2019 | The rhetoric at Facebook—the largest social media platform in the world—is changing. In 2010, Mark Zuckerberg claimed that privacy was no longer a “social norm.” Today, the same man is asserting that “the future is private.” This was the buzz phrase at the company’s developer conference last month, F8, as the platform reoriented away from the newsfeed toward private chats, groups, and stories. Has Mark Zuckerberg been occupied by a parasitic fungus and become a zombie?



Privacy is too often framed in these discussions in highly superficial terms.



There is something stunning about this cultural shift in a corporation that holds such significant global power. It shows that when people speak up and agitate around privacy and data mining it can have a material effect. The idea that people don’t care about privacy, that they are willing to give it all away for the convenience of free services, has been debunked. Facebook specifically has been unable to ignore the waves of criticism it has experienced of late. The capitalist behemoths of the digital age often seem untouchable, and it is easy to forget that they operate in a social context. Like any powerful actor in society, Facebook is subject to the influence of organized people who will not shut up.

Lizzie O’Shea is a practicing lawyer, writer, and broadcaster. She is the author of Future Histories, a guide to how historical social movements and thinkers are relevant to debates about technology today. Her commentary is featured regularly on television and radio, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and Sydney Morning Herald, among others.

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That Facebook Will Turn to Censoring the Left Isn’t a Worry—It’s a Reality. Alan MacLeod, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • https://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/facebook-e1534794530281-1.jpgProgressives should not necessarily shed tears for (Alex) Jones, but they should be aware that their media is next in line, and that Jones’ deplatforming sets a dangerous precedent that is already being used against them.
  • Related: How Facebook Screwed Us All


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Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

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Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”

Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center

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May 17, 2019 | He has claimed that immigrant gang members “take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15 and others and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die.” 
Along the border, he has claimed without any evidence at all, that “[w]omen are tied up, with duct tape on their faces, put in the backs of vans.”

Trump deploys this dehumanizing language to justify his inhumane policies of caging children, shredding the asylum system in violation of the law, shattering families across America, incarcerating tens of thousands of law-abiding people in inhumane prisons, and more. 

But he is wrong.

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12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess
  • How to make a difficult situation awful.
  • Part 2: What's happening on U.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis
  • And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 
  • Related: Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay

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To Defeat ICE, We Need to Target Its Backers -- Microsoft and Amazon, Jacinta Gonzalez, Truthout

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  • More than a decade has passed since the giant immigration rights protests of May Day, 2006, and activists now face the most toxic political climate yet faced by our generation. We need coordinated strategies that target the technologies created by companies like Microsoft and Amazon that are supporting Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) targeted attacks against our community.
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

 

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