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Leaked Audio Shows Oil Lobbyist Bragging About Success in Criminalizing Pipeline Protests

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Leaked Audio Shows Oil Lobbyist Bragging About Success in Criminalizing Pipeline Protests
By Jake Johnson
Posted October 13, 2019

Derrick Morgan, senior VP at the American Fuel & Petrochemical ManufacturersAs a growing number of states move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests and hit demonstrators with years in prison, an audio recording obtained by The Intercept showed a representative of a powerful oil and gas lobbying group bragging about the industry’s success in crafting anti-protest legislation behind closed doors.

Speaking during a conference in Washington, DC in June, Derrick Morgan, senior vice president for federal and regulatory affairs at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), touted “model legislation” that states across the nation have passed in recent months. AFPM represents a number of major fossil fuel giants, including Chevron, Koch Industries and ExxonMobil.

“We’ve seen a lot of success at the state level, particularly starting with Oklahoma in 2017,” said Morgan, citing Dakota Access Pipeline protests as the motivation behind the aggressive lobbying effort. “We’re up to nine states that have passed laws that are substantially close to the model policy that you have in your packet.” More…

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The Fed Is Offering $100 Billion a Day in Emergency Loans to Unnamed Banks and Congress Is Not Curious Enough to Hold a Hearing

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The Fed Is Offering $100 Billion a Day in Emergency Loans to Unnamed Banks and Congress Is Not Curious Enough to Hold a Hearing
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted October 12, 2019

NY Federal Reserve BuildingThe Federal Reserve Bank of New York first initiated its emergency overnight loans to Wall Street this year on Tuesday, September 17, starting off at the rate of $75 billion daily. It then increased its loans by adding, in addition to the $75 billion daily, 14-day term loans in the amount of $30 billion to be offered three times this past week. But after the demand for the first 14-day loan was more than double the $30 billion offered, the New York Fed boosted the next term loans to $60 billion and increased its overnight loans to $100 billion.

What will next week bring? When Wall Street can get super cheap loans from the Fed in the tens of billions of dollars with no questions asked by Congress, it will continue upping its demands until the Fed is once again secretly shelling out trillions of dollars while Congress willfully remains in the dark – in other words, a replay of the 2007-2010 financial crisis. More…

6 Fundamental Differences Between Religion & Spirituality

[Spiritual]
6 Fundamental Differences Between Religion & Spirituality
By Kasim Khan
Posted October 11, 2019

spiritual and religiousTelling people you are spiritual but not religious is often greeted with a confused face. People tend to think of spirituality as something very strange and mysterious.They even struggle to differentiate it from religion but this is only because people in modern-day society have a fear of being manipulated and have a lack of knowledge when it comes to non-material subjects.

The truth of the matter is that spirituality is perhaps the most natural thing there is, it is simply your own conscious-self recognizing that you are more than just a body, that you are a soul with infinite potential.

To simplify what I am trying to explain here is a short list of things that help to highlight the differences between religion and spirituality. More…

Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites

[Social]
Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites
by Chris Hedges
Posted October 10, 2019

plice in riot gear against peaceful protestorsProtests can be the beginning of political consciousness. But they can also be empty political theater. They can be used to celebrate our moral probity—advertisements, especially in the age of social media, for ourselves. They can be a boutique activism in which protesters allow themselves to be funneled through police barricades and arrests are politely choreographed, resulting in a few hours in jail and the credentialing of the demonstrators as radicals.

They can be used to distance ourselves from a repugnant political figure such as Donald Trump, while leaving us silent and complicit when the same policies are carried out by a supposed progressive such as Barack Obama. This is a game the state has learned to play to its advantage. As long as we do not disrupt the machine, as long as we protest according to their rules, the elites will let us march through the streets of Washington in pussy hats or walk out of school for a day.

When power is threatened, as it was in the sustained protests during the Occupy encampments and at Standing Rock, the ruling elites react very differently. They employ the full weight of the surveillance state to demonize the protesters, arrest and detain the leadership and infiltrate agents provocateurs to carry out violent assaults to justify the use of the police and security forces to shut the protests down. More…

Change Your Box, Change Your Reality

[Spiritual]
Change Your Box, Change Your Reality
by Dr. Joe Dispenza
Posted October 9, 2019

cnage your boxMost people can’t change the conditions in their life simply because they are not changing. If they are not changing, when they return to the environment that triggers the thoughts and feelings associated to the problem, they’re right back in the consciousness that caused the problem. When they are triggered, because they have already experienced the problem (and most likely over and over), because they have a neurological network in their brain associated to the problem.

Now let me ask you this—does the thought about the challenge or problem strengthen or weaken you? Obviously, for most, it weakens the person. If you are having an angry reaction to your ex-partner or a resentful reaction to your boss, those thoughts are weakening the body, and consequently weakening your field. If the survival systems in the brain and body are activated by the hormones of stress, then it makes sense that there will be incoherence in the brain and heart. Additionally, the chronic long-term effects of stress create disease. More…

“USA Pretend” Unmasked

[Social]
“USA Pretend” Unmasked
By S. Brian Willson
Posted October 8, 2019

truth or lies?There was a moment in Viet Nam when I questioned whether everything I had been taught about “America” was one big fabricated lie – a huge pretend. It was April 1969, and I had just experienced witnessing the aftermath of a series of bombings of supposed military targets.

They were in fact inhabited, undefended villages where virtually everyone in those villages perished from low flying bombings, that included napalming. The majority of dead – murdered – were young burned children. On several occasions I observed those bodies up close, sickened by the sight, now burdened by the criminal nature of the US war.

The policy of accumulating massive numbers of body counts was an inkling of the Grand Lie. Reading the entrance sign to my squadron in-country headquarters, “Welcome to Indian Country,” was a first clue. More…

Time For The Internet To Be Controlled By The Public, Not Corporate Interests

[Media]
Time For The Internet To Be Controlled By The Public, Not Corporate Interests
by Howie Hawkins
Posted October 7, 2019

6 corporations secretly run the InternetIt is time for the public to take back control of the Internet, a technology that was created with public dollars, so it serves the people’s interests. Under President Trump there have been backward steps for the Internet and mass communication. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has always been corporate occupied territory. The next president needs to appoint commissioners who represent the public interest, not the corporate interests of telecoms.

Elected officials need to respond to the necessities of the people, not the oligopoly profits of corporate interests.

There are serious problems with Internet policy in the United States that are the predictable outcome of the FCC consistently placing corporate interests above the public interest. The Federal Communications Commission reports that 21.3 million Americans don’t have access to high-speed broadband. This is because profit, not public service, rules the FCC and the telecom industry. More…

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