America’s Military circa 2010 updated to 2019

The American Military by Andrew Bacevich – May 2019

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My very first piece for TomDispatch, reposted below, appeared more than a decade ago. Perhaps I’m not the best person to judge, but I believe that my critical assessment of American military policy and of the U.S. military system has stood the test of […]

Commentary by Non Sequitur

In response to the Jackie O to Melania trope

This is a photo of one of them…see if you can tell which one

…and don’t complain to me about posting this photo online – she posed for it publically

– https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/donald-trump-melania-trump-knauss-first-lady-erections

Our political system picks the wrong kind of leaders

Outer Turmoil

Our toxic political system produces toxic leaders. We should design a system that rewards kindness and honesty.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian, 12th June 2019

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Who in their right mind would want the job? It is almost certain to end, as Theresa May found, in failure and public execration. To […]

A child is understood as seen through your lens

Net curtains – by George Monbiot

Net Curtains

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 9th May 2019

Industrial fishing is the biggest threat to our blue planet. So why don’t we act on it?

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It is the most important news humanity has ever received: the general collapse of life on Earth. So it’s hardly surprising that it appeared […]

Landlocked – by George Monbiot

Landlocked

Bullying and intimidation dominate the British countryside, as landowners and shooters assert their power.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 1st May 2019 -Posted: 03 May 2019 10:11 AM PDT

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I’ve often thought, watching the felling of ancient trees, the slaughter of wildlife and the stripping of topsoil, “I love this […]

Iranian sanctions examined

The perfidy of sanctions

by Richard Pressl on Facebook URL Link: 4 mins ·

“Waivers” are a disingenuous term for racketeering and extortion. The US is hell-bent on attacking Iran’s economy, foreign trade, infrastructure, and energy systems. The antipathy toward Iran from Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the US are not shared by other […]

The triumph of fantasy fiction

Fantasy fiction is being feted as never before. As Game of Thrones returns to our TV screens, John Mullan conveys the magic of the genre and explores the alternative universes of Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman – and the reigning laureate of fantasy, George RR Martin

Social Security Update

via Social Security Works – Apr. 24th, 2019

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The Social Security Board of Trustees has just released its annual report to Congress. And with the report comes the expected headlines predicting doom for our Social Security system. Thankfully, these headlines couldn’t be further from the truth. Social Security is in strong financial shape.

These […]

Bill McKibben book: “Falter” – or how extinction could happen

Stubs of corn chopped down because of heat and lack of rain in Nebraska, 2012. “In the human game, the single most important question is probably ‘What’s for dinner?’ writes McKibben. “And when the answer is ‘Not much,’ things deteriorate fast.”

Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Excerpted from “FALTER: Has […]

“No More Excuses” by George Monbiot

No one is coming to save us. Only rebellion will prevent an environmental apocalypse

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15th April 2019

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Had we put as much effort into preventing environmental catastrophe as we’ve spent on making excuses for inaction, we would have solved it by now. Everywhere I look, I see […]

Executive Summary to the Mueller Report

Robert Mueller’s Written Summaries of His Russia Report

The details the special counsel apparently found most important for the public to know, and the one sentence conclusion: “this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

 

via The Atlantic by OLIVIA PASCHAL APR 18, 2019

Below, […]

Redacted Mueller Report Released Apr 18th, 2019

150Mb PDF Version Available Here

…and what to look for in the report

 

The bitching about Omar and AOC

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Apr. 13th, 2019

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The MSM and Social Media commentators are busily lambasting the four most vocal new House Democrats, all women of color, for their statements about particular issues. A contrarian might argue it appears their exposures of dysfunctional positions considered sacrosanct by the powers that be […]

Quantomania –

Neoliberalism promised to save us from bureaucracy. Instead, it has delivered a mad, semi-privatised authoritarianism

Posted: 12 Apr 2019 10:08 PM PDT by George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 10th April 2019

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My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to remove a cancer from my […]

Just another day in the circus

Trump is teeing up stress tests for several institutions, from DHS to DOJ and the IRS

via WaPo Daily 202 – Apr, 9th 2019

BY JAMES HOHMANN with Joanie Greve and Mariana Alfaro

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THE BIG IDEA: To work, the American system of checks and balances requires that the executive branch respect the prerogatives of […]

Saying goodbye to all that

I’m Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me

by Danny Sjursen on TomDispatch –PUBLISHED April 2, 2019 U.S. Army soldiers look on as a Black Hawk helicopter lands at Camp Ramdi in Iraq on October 31, 2011. “Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at […]

Alienation

Writings on alienation: Giroux, Arendt, Marx, and others…

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From “In Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle” by Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux

“That worldly alienation has taken pace, as Arendt foresaw, now seems very evident as both an empirical fact and a philosophical claim. Indeed, if the hallmarks […]

Two versions of a “Matisse Circle”

a) La Danse – Henri Cezanne 1910

b) Matisse Circle in The Full Body Project – Leonard Nimoy 2007