Climate Change & Sea Life in the UK…early 2020

Life Enhancing

Allowing the seas to recover from the outrageous assaults of commercial fishing can help heal our own wounded lives.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 2nd January 2020

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It’s going to be a rough year, perhaps the roughest I’ve ever witnessed. The fatal combination of escalating climate breakdown and […]

On dealing with the prospects

How to address the issues posed by the current administration

***by Timothy Snyder, Yale history professor, historian of Eastern Europe and Holocaust expert:

Here are 20 lessons from across the fearful 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

1. Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In […]

What is the “shadow financial system”

via Investopedia – Updated May 15, 2019

A shadow banking system is a group of financial intermediaries facilitating the creation of credit across the global financial system but whose members are not subject to regulatory oversight. The shadow banking system also refers to unregulated activities by regulated institutions. Examples of intermediaries not subject to […]

A review of Peter Wallison’s assertions on the causes of the 2007-08 Meltdown

The WSJ and Barron’s Apologists for the Banksters Peddle Wallison’s Fables

Posted on May 25, 2015 by William Black

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Few people’s efforts at myth-making have been as devastatingly refuted as has Peter Wallison’s. But fables that are designed to make the banksters look less criminal are always welcome by the banksters. Any honest […]

Freedom in the World 2019 – Full Report

Download the full report in PDF format

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Freedom in the World 2019 Report

The Struggle Comes Home: Attacks on Democracy in the United States U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One. Photo credit: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images.

By Mike Abramowitz President, Freedom House

Freedom House has advocated for democracy around the world since its founding in 1941, and since the early 1970s it has […]

“Someone’s gotta tell the truth about Liberty University”

via POLITO Magazine – By BRANDON AMBROSINO – September 09, 2019 ********************************************************************** Brandon Ambrosino is a writer living in Delaware. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic and the BBC, among others.

At Liberty University, all anyone can talk about is Jerry Falwell Jr. Just not in public.

“When he […]

December ‘whitewash’ of Koshoggi killing. Facts are here…

Khashoggi killing: UN human rights expert says Saudi Arabia is responsible for “premeditated execution” ************************

GENEVA (19 June 2019) – Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a premeditated extrajudicial execution, for which the State of Saudi Arabia is responsible, according to a report published today by the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary […]

Saudis sentence 5 people to death for Khashoggi’s killing

By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY Associated Press DECEMBER 23, 2019 — 3:40PM

(BALKIS PRESS/ABACA PRESS/TNS)

File photo dated March 2018 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. ********************

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death Monday for the killing of […]

Voting in opposition to one’s own best interest

Fascinating Statistic

***************** Seventy percent of the ten highest GDP States per capita voted for Clinton in the past General Election, while 80% of the ten lowest GDP States per capita voted for Trump. Even more dramatic was that these percentages in both segments, increased to 90+% when the metric was “median household income”.

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The End of 2019

The headlines – Dec. 2019

https://bit.ly/37lEvAV

End of the Year Impeachment Wrapup

 

Dec. 20th, 2019  

BY JAMES HOHMANN with Mariana Alfaro

THE BIG IDEA: Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) wants to see the documents being concealed by the White House even more than he wants to hear from the list of current and former aides who followed President Trump’s order not to testify during the […]

Review: urgent studies in the rise of authoritarian America

Can it Happen Here?

Review of the book by Cass Sunstein – The author writes on the US as an authoritarian state: ‘It has happened before. It will happen again.’

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The 17 thinkers who have contributed to this new collection of essays come down firmly on all sides of its central question: is […]

How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship – intro

 

“I am one of the early birds…” Ece Temelkuran told me, “I saw democracy collapse in Turkey and tried to warn the United States, European Countries and Britain about this. I’ve been telling people that what you think is normal, or a passing phase, is part of a bigger phenomenon that affects us […]

Excerpts from Edward Bernays Book: Propaganda

“Propaganda is of no use to the politician unless he has something to say which the public, consciously or unconsciously, wants to hear”

“When an Imperial Wizard, sensing what is perhaps hunger for an ideal, offers a picture of a nation all Nordic and Nationalistic, the common man of the older American stock, feeling himself […]

Aid: Who Gets It & Who Doesn’t

December 17, 2019

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang march outside of the Wells Fargo Arena before the start of the Liberty and Justice Celebration on Nov. 1 in Des Moines.Scott Olson/Getty Images

Every advanced country, the United States included, has an extensive welfare state — a set of […]

Greta Thunberg: “I shouldn’t {have to} be up here

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Young climate activist Greta Thunberg was just named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year, and many celebrated. It is, indeed, a well-deserved honor. It also summarizes the depth of humanity’s systemic failure on an unprecedented global crisis. As Thunberg herself said, in a justly celebrated speech […]

A note to Americans from a friend

Increasingly a Necessity: A 15-Point Guide to Surviving Authoritarianism

Rule #1: Always think critically and fight ignorance with facts.

A 15-Point Guide to Surviving Authoritarianism

Nearly a year ago, intuitively recognizing the Trump administration’s authoritarian aspirations, Polish journalist and activist Martin Mycielski […]

Photo of the Year: 2019

President Donald Trump turns to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence watches, on Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Why the Christian Right Loves Trump – Rolling Stone Article

False Idol — Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump

via Rolling Stone Magazine -Dec 2nd, 2019 by

ALEX MORRIS

Illustration by Marco Ventura for Rolling Stone

On the morning of September 29th, six weeks before the 2016 election, Donald Trump was in a conference room at Trump Tower in […]