Wednesday, August 09, 2017

 

The Hippie Vision

With mainstream media promoting American Empire 24/7, it might seem like we have entered a New Dark Age, but American culture--distorted as it is--is more nuanced.

When the hippie counter-culture movement emerged in the 1960s, it represented a rejection of militarism, racism and sexism. The demonization of the hippie movement by mainstream media since then was a reaction to the radical restructuring of American society that the hippies envisioned.

Now, a half-century later, hippie values have attained a cultural influence that the ruling elite appears unable to stop. Witness the vast support for the Sanders campaign, that nearly defeated the warmongering Hillary Clinton.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

 

Civilized Life

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez says, “Our platform requires that we honor, fulfill and strengthen the federal government’s trust responsibility to American Indians. We take this responsibility seriously. That means we will stand with Indian Country and resist Trump’s disastrous policies.”

Saturday, August 05, 2017

 

Punjabi Cowboy

Violence against Sikhs in America — a faith based on equality with a heavy emphasis on social justice — can be attributed to a combination of ignorance about non-Christian religions, and a long history of racism. Sikhs wear turbans, but they are neither Hindu or Muslim; they are Sikh.
In the aftermath of 9/11, a Sikh in San Francisco’s Mission District stood at a bus stop in front of me wearing his turban with a ten-gallon Stetson hat on top. To me, this signified a dark humor about bigotry in the US.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

 

Aid to the Poor

Medicaid now serves one out of every five Americans, more people than Medicare, covering 40% of all children in the US.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

 

Fireball

As noted at KUOW-Seattle, Chemical Safety Rules that save oil refinery workers’ lives are characterized by President Trump as “obsolete.” The United Steelworkers union–that represented seven workers at the Anacortes Tesoro refinery at the time of the 2010 explosion that took their lives–has sued the EPA to revive the rules. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

Strategic Manipulation

As noted at INSURGE INTELLIGENCE, a report published in June by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute calls for the U.S. government to invest in more surveillance, better propaganda through “strategic manipulation” of public opinion, and a “wider and more flexible” U.S. military.

 

Ideology and Interests

The Atlantic examines the growing rift between Reagan Republicans and GOP core constituencies of older, white, blue-collar rural inhabitants dependent on Medicare, and the working poor reliant on Medicaid.

Monday, July 17, 2017

 

High Crime

In an investigative podcast about military atrocities against Third and Fourth World peoples in the way of mega-plantations, ProPublica reports on the criminal conduct of the World Bank. Focused on palm oil plantations in Honduras, where in 2009 President Obama supported the military coup enabling ‘sweatshop state’ development, the investigation is the latest revelation about the New Economy lauded by the UN in conjunction with uber-capitalists like Bill Gates.

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