A closer look at where we are

Through the looking glass – darkly.

by Richard @ Flexible Reality – Oct 31st, 2017

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We always knew there was a significant undercurrent of racism, white exceptionalism, xenophobic nationalism, economic resentment, and distaste “for elites” in America; but we never imagined the group was that large, or that they would coalesce behind a carny […]

A closer look – by Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky: How the Trump Presidency Is Enriching the Rich

Take your eyes off Trump and you’ll see the most savage fringe of the Republican Party is carefully advancing policies designed to enrich their true constituency.

President […]

Freedom from bureaucracy?

Rooting Out Democracy

Posted: 30 Oct 2017 12:41 AM PDT

The Sheffield tree massacre is one result of the monstrous, impenetrable officialdom that neoliberalism creates

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 25th October 2017

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One of neoliberalism’s promises was that it would free us from bureaucracy. By rolling back the state, it would […]

All in…

Question asked on Quora: How, in the greatest country in the world, did we end up with Trump as president? Glen Walters – Answered Mon

Who is Donald Trump? Well, Part drama queen. Part conman. Part egomaniac. Part racist. Part woman-hater. Part sexual assaulter. Part cheapskate. Part spoiled brat. Full-time Fornicating adulterer. And […]

Zionism & Fascism?

The Historical Zionist Case for Fascism

Over the past year, the Israel Lobby especially in the UK has mounted its high horse about the issue of comparing Zionism to Nazism. Calling any such comparison anti-Semitic, it has accepted as a given that the charge […]

Down And Out…so they went for Trump

The unhealthiest county in America voted overwhelmingly for Trump, who will only make things worse there KALI HOLLOWAY, ALTERNET 10.21.2017•9:59 AM ***************************************************************

By nearly every measure, Union County, Florida, is the unhealthiest place in the United States. A Business Insider data analysis finds that the county outpaces the rest […]

Sanctimonious – ‘making a show of being morally superior to other people’

The Populist Right Tears Down a Press It Can’t Replace

Critics of the mainstream media were quick to charge that Harvey Weinstein’s misdeeds were an open secret, yet none of them were able to expose it.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters by Conor Friedersdorf – via The Atlantic – Oct. 16th, 2017 Last […]

An interview with Noam Chomsky & Robert Pollin

Blueprint for a Progressive US: A Dialogue With Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin

Tuesday, October 17, 2017By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout | Interview

(Photo: Bianca Pontes / EyeEm)

This is the first part of a wide-ranging interview with world-renowned public intellectuals Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin. The next installment will appear on October 24.

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No ! Do not become numb to the dangers

The Unending State of Emergency

The shocks are not normal, and order will not be restored.

Media. (Photo by russell davies/ flickr CC 2.0)

It’s old news that Donald Trump abuses reason, knowledge, decency and dark-skinned people. […]

Participatory Economy & Public luxury – by George Monbiot

Labouratory

We should use the political space being opened by the Labour resurgence in the UK to develop a new, participatory economy

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th October 2017

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We are still living in the long 20th Century. We are stuck with its redundant technologies: the internal combustion engine; thermal power […]

#45’s Withdrawal Doctrine

Ditching deals has become Trump’s main foreign policy

via Washington Post Daily 202 by ADAM TAYLOR

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The U.S. government announced Thursday that it would leave UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization that the United States helped found in the aftermath of World War II. According to a release from the State […]

Legalized theft

by Richard Pressl @ Flexible Reality – Oct 10th, 2017

Note: It’s past time for consumers to fight back against the theft of assets from them by organizations that purport to provide services equitably – but who frequently employ countless scams to steal from their customers. Here are some of the ways theft from […]

#45’s Bunker Mentality

Stepped-up attacks on the press reflect Trump’s bunker mentality

via Washington Post 202 – BY JAMES HOHMANN with Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve

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THE BIG IDEA: Principled conservatives are recoiling at Donald Trump’s threats against the free press. “Mr. President: Words spoken by the President of the United States matter,” Sen. Ben […]

A new explanation of cosmic matter using baryons

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

Discoveries seem to back up many of our ideas about how the universe got its large-scale structure

Andrey Kravtsov (The University of Chicago) and Anatoly Klypin (New Mexico State University). Visualisation by Andrey Kravtsov

DAILY NEWS – 9 October 2017 – […]

Common wealth

Hope lies with a great, neglected sector of the economy, through which we can create a system that is neither capitalist nor state communist. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 27th September 2017

******* Are you a statist, or a free marketeer? Do you believe that intervention should be minimised, or that state ownership […]

America’s Gun fetish

America is exceptional for its unique, deadly gun culture

via Washington Post by Ishaan Tharoor – Sep. 9th, 2017

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Americans woke up Monday morning to grisly news: From the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel, a 64-year-old gunman rained down fire on a crowded concert, indiscriminately killing at least 59 people and injuring […]