Main Stream Media, Still Living in Propaganda-ville
by Robert Parry
Posted July 26, 2017
The stakes in U.S.-Russia relations could not be higher – possible nuclear conflagration and the end of civilization – but the U.S. mainstream media is still slouching around in “propaganda-ville”. As much as the U.S. mainstream media wants people to believe that it is the Guardian of Truth, it is actually lost in a wilderness of propaganda and falsehoods, a dangerous land of delusion that is putting the future of humankind at risk as tension escalate with nuclear-armed Russia.
This media problem has grown over recent decades as lucrative careerism has replaced responsible professionalism. Pack journalism has always been a threat to quality reporting but now it has evolved into a self-sustaining media lifestyle in which the old motto, “there’s safety in numbers,” is borne out by the fact that being horrendously wrong, such as on Iraq’s WMD, leads to almost no accountability because so many important colleagues were wrong as well. More…
U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel
by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim
Posted July 25, 2017
The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the U.S., governors compete with one another over who can implement the most extreme regulations to bar businesses from participating in any boycotts aimed even at Israeli settlements, which the world regards as illegal. On U.S. campuses, punishment of pro-Palestinian students for expressing criticisms of Israel is so commonplace that the Center for Constitutional Rights refers to it as “the Palestine Exception” to free speech.
But now, a group of 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — wants to implement a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of that country’s decades-old occupation of Palestine. The two primary sponsors of the bill are Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. Perhaps the most shocking aspect is the punishment: Anyone guilty of violating the prohibitions will face a minimum civil penalty of $250,000 and a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison. More…
Three Ugly Truths that Will Piss You Off
by Gary Z McGee
Posted July 25, 2017
Ours is a system of disorder where crime creates business. A preposterous as it sounds, we have over 2 million people in prisons run by private corporations that trade their stock on Wall Street based upon how many people they have in jail. It employs police and guards, generates high-value commodities for security, and stimulates the profit-gain of privately owned prisons.
The only thing more profitable, in our economic system of disorder, is war. The thing is: it’s not necessarily a policing problem, it’s a system’s problem. But when police are sworn to uphold a problematic system, then you’re bound to have problematic police who instigate conflict in order to create revenue for the problematic system. They’re just doing their job by following corrupt orders and upholding the laws of a flawed and violent system. More…
Consumer, citizen or …? Revisioning language for a partnership economy
by Ann Amberg
Posted July 25, 2017
We are excited to announce that Australia-based Caring Economy leader Sabrina Chakori has contributed a chapter in the new book Positive Steps to a Steady State Economy, edit. by Haydn Washington: Consumer, citizen or a new definition? The necessity to change both the term and our behaviour.
Sabrina questions the assumption that to be a consumer is responsible citizenship, and suggests that the challenge of this century is to reconceptualise our role in the economy. If people as consumers are primarily identified as economic entities, where does that leave culture, creativity, self-actualization and our capacity to evolve towards healthy and whole economic systems that embrace partnership values? More…
Why do we Allow Private Families to Control the World’s Money?
by Phillip J. Watt
Posted July 25, 2017
The masses can no longer escape the knowledge that they’re being taken for a walk down a dark alley: the way money is created in our global society benefits the so-called elite at the expense of the 99.9%. It doesn’t have to be this way though; all we have to do is stand up and demand that it change.
If you and I were to get a loan from a bank we’re not actually being loaned anything they had. Instead, they punch numbers into a computer, which creates new money that is placed directly into our bank accounts.
That’s right – they created new cash out of nothing. They didn’t get it from their vault, or loan it from another source, they just created it on their computer. This begs the question: why do we allow private stakeholders, such as the banking families that control the world’s financial and political spheres, to profit from money that was created out of thin air? Can’t we just generate new funds for the benefit of the people and direct the profits back into the community? More…
How Governments Can Kill Cash
By James Rickards
Posted July 24, 2017
The global elites are using negative interest rates to do the same thing as inflation — make your money disappear. One way to avoid negative interest rates is to go to physical cash. In order to prevent that option, the elites have launched a war on cash.
One solution to negative interest rates is to buy physical gold.
But governments always use money laundering, drug dealing and terrorism as an excuse to keep tabs on honest citizens and deprive them of the ability to use money alternatives such as physical cash and gold. When you start to see news articles about criminals using gold instead of cash, that’s a stalking horse for government regulation of gold. More…
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