The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad

[Justice]
The court’s decision to let AT&T and Time Warner merge is ridiculously bad
By Nilay Patel
Posted June 19, 2018

Judge Richard Leon doubles down on crony capitalismAT&T and Time Warner won a historic court victory this week, convincing Judge Richard Leon in the US District Court for the District of Columbia that they should be able to merge over the antitrust objections of the Department of Justice. The deal, now finalized, combines one of the world’s largest telecom carriers with one of the world’s largest media organizations. The resulting company will have unparalleled market power over both content creation and distribution.

The decision surprised almost everyone — not necessarily that AT&T and Time Warner had won, but that Judge Leon allowed the merger to go through with no conditions or prohibitions on their behavior at all. In fact, Judge Leon’s opinion seems downright excited for the two companies, while systematically discounting the government’s case at every turn. Honestly, it’s a little strange. More…

No Such Thing as Chance

[Spiritual]
No Such Thing as Chance
by Elva Thompson
Posted June 5, 2018

we control our livesOur lives can be literally likened to a garden – a neutral sea of energy that is waiting to be planted. Our thoughts are the seeds and what we plant in our garden of today will dictate our circumstances in the garden of tomorrow. When we think about our thoughts as seeds we understand that just as an acorn holds the blueprint for the oak tree, so our thoughts hold the blueprint for our life experience.The garden knows no right or wrong – it is neutral and does not care what we plant in it – but it will return what we sow. Success or failure – happiness or misery. It really is up to us.

We live in a duality and as the pendulum swings we all experience the good times and the bad times – success and failure, our ups and downs. As humans most of us have a tendency to fail to notice the wonderful things about our lives and instead dwell on our misfortunes. It is easy to become fixated on the bad events that happen to us and some even bask in their martyrdom. Dwelling on the bad stuff leads to negative attitudes and the vicious cycle of pessimistic and defeatist reality that follows.

Once we become negatively charged we feel depressed, hopeless and helpless. The black chasms of gloom hang over us like a funeral shroud. Our conversations tend to revolve around the negative – our misfortunes, the blame game, how life has treated us unfairly, and our aches and pains. More…

A Jailbreak of the Imagination: Seeing Prisons for What They Are and Demanding Transformation

[Social]
A Jailbreak of the Imagination: Seeing Prisons for What They Are and Demanding Transformation
By Mariame Kaba and Kelly Hayes
Posted June 19, 2018

prison industrial complexOutspoken opponents of abolishing the prison industrial complex typically portray abolitionists as politically inactive academics who spout impossible ideas. None of this could be further from the truth. Abolitionists come from all backgrounds, and most are politically active. From bail reform to strategic electoral interventions and mutual aid, prison abolitionists are steadily at work in our communities, employing tactics of harm reduction, lobbying for and against legislation, defending the rights of prisoners in solidarity with those organizing for themselves on the inside and working to forward a vision of social transformation.

As a political framework, abolition has gained significant ground in recent years, with groups like the National Lawyers Guild adopting the philosophy in their work. A growing number of grassroots abolitionist organizers have co-organized nationally recognized campaigns such as the #ByeAnita effort in Chicago, which helped to successfully remove former State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez from office. Abolitionist organizers also helped lead efforts to win reparations for survivors of torture that occurred under the now infamous police commander Jon Burge in Chicago — a city that has, over the past two decades, become a hub of abolitionist organizing. Abolition is a practical organizing strategy. More…

Do You like It, Senator, When The Deep State Works Against You?

[Politics]
Do You like It, Senator, When The Deep State Works Against You?
by Jeremiah Johnson
Posted June 19, 2018

deep state and government work togetherToo many middlemen between the event and the American people, to include elected officials and bureaucrats, and the press. Where is the news? Where has the news been? Why, all mainstream media (MSM) is Associated Press approved, and every paper marches in lock step…it is canned, controlled, and censored content. It is deliberately crafted to mold the public consciousness into the “social conscience” of groupthink…tearing down all normative and traditional beliefs and supplanting them with malleable groupthink.

It is all form and no substance. The MSM is a 70 year-old prostitute with a made-up, plastic face: a mannequin without a soul, living in a $10 million dollar mansion and claiming to be an average citizen, reporting on “grass roots” issues. Those issues are mere tabloids: bread and circuses provided to the masses to obfuscate and divert focus away from the theft, the ever-increasing surveillance, and the never-ending wars of expansion and global dominance. More…

Global Currency RESET Challenge: Ultimate Twist

[Economic]
Global Currency RESET Challenge: Ultimate Twist
By Jim Willie CB
Posted June 18, 2018

currency reset comingThe Global Currency RESET has 100 steps and the first 10-12 appear complete. This is not a fantasy, but very real and in progress. Its progress is not very visible to most observers. Some important steps are seeing tremendous progress, but they are executed in the East with very little press coverage by the insidious lapdog Western press networks. Review many of the RESET features, but in summary form.

The USGovt and Wall Street banks have used narcotics trafficking and money laundering to continue to keep other nations in their grip. It comes in the form of bribery to foreign government officials, percentage cuts to banking officials, and military (if not terrorist) threats to many nations in order to compel them to stay in line with USDollar support. It has become called the King Dollar and its reign of terror, with narcotics as a central role. The pressure on foreign nations is immense and profound, but the consequences will be horrible and painful.

The nations which remain loyal to the United States Government will suffer unimaginable currency crisis and related economic problems, much like what is seen in Venezuela. Foreign currencies are being supported by US-led narcotics trafficking and money laundering, in a very ugly factor at work. Leaders assure future chaos in return for present stability. These nations must make progress toward the Gold Standard, if even in small initial steps. The consequence for failure to do so will be entry into the Third World. More…

Pennsylvania: The Wretched Face of Gerrymandering

[Politics]
Pennsylvania: The Wretched Face of Gerrymandering
by Kate Harveston
Posted June 17, 2018

Pennsylvania gerrymanderingAnother election season, another increasingly bizarre redrawing of the electoral map. In states across the U.S., voting districts are elongated and chopped, stretched like taffy to cover certain state regions and amputated to avoid others.

All these calculations and measurements work to ensure that our democratic system of government doesn’t function the way it is intended. The process of redrawing favorable district lines — affectionately termed “gerrymandering” — is an unfortunate outgrowth of our nation’s electoral system.

Pennsylvania is a particularly apt student of gerrymandering, with some of the least competitive and most creative district lines in the entire country. For the past three congressional elections — since 2011 — the GOP has had the state in a chokehold, allowing the party to hold the same 13 seats every year. More…

Dial T for Tyranny: While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear

[Justice]
Dial T for Tyranny: While America Feuds, the Police State Shifts Into High Gear
By John W. Whitehead
Posted June 16, 2018

who are they protecting?What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. And what political theater it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing.

Played out on the national stage and eagerly broadcast to a captive audience by media sponsors, this farcical exercise in political theater can, at times, seem riveting, life-changing and suspenseful, even for those who know better.

The players come and go, the protagonists and antagonists trade places, and the audience members are forgiving to a fault, quick to forget past mistakes and move on to the next spectacle. All the while, a different kind of drama is unfolding in the dark backstage, hidden from view by the heavy curtain, the elaborate stage sets, colored lights and parading actors. More…

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