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Venezuela: The US’s 68th Regime Change Disaster

Venezuela: The US’s 68th Regime Change Disaster
by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies
Posted February 11, 2019

regime change by USIn his masterpiece, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions Since World War II, William Blum, who died in December 2018, wrote chapter-length accounts of 55 US regime change operations against countries around the world, from China (1945-1960s) to Haiti (1986-1994). Noam Chomsky’s blurb on the back of the latest edition says simply, “Far and away the best book on the topic.” We agree. If you have not read it, please do. It will give you a clearer context for what is happening in Venezuela today, and a better understanding of the world you are living in.

Since Killing Hope was published in 1995, the US has conducted at least 13 more regime change operations, several of which are still active: Yugoslavia; Afghanistan; Iraq; the 3rd US invasion of Haiti since WWII; Somalia; Honduras; Libya; Syria; Ukraine; Yemen; Iran; Nicaragua; and now Venezuela. More…

The Facts:
The United States uses economic, social, political, and military power to overthrow governments all over the globe that do not cooperate with the globalists and the global central banking system

Reflect On:
What are the consequences of taking peoples’ hopes and smashing them into the ground and replacing their elected governments with a new corrupt government that caters to the extremely wealthy? Could these actions ultimately lead to “blowback” to those committing them?

The Fairytale of Materialism: How ‘Fundamentalists’ Hijacked Science

The Fairytale of Materialism: How ‘Fundamentalists’ Hijacked Science
By Bernardo Kastrup
Posted February 10, 2019

materialism is baloneyThe notion of forbidden ideas in science is intriguing for obvious reasons. After all, it is undeniable that the intellectual establishment has historically blacklisted some of the most important breakthroughs in science over the centuries. To mention only one example, for decades Isaac Newton’s then-revolutionary idea that an invisible force called gravity acted at a distance between bodies was considered magical woo-woo, unworthy of being taken seriously.

The fundamentalist hysteria witnessed today stems from the fact that different factions involved in the so-called “culture war” attempt to make of science something it cannot be: a metaphysical position. In the process, they hijack and deface science, contributing to the general disorientation in our society regarding the nature of truth and the purpose of life. It is time we corrected this. It is time we understood that physics, while valuable and extremely important, just models the elements of the “game”: where to “shoot,” which “wall” to avoid, etc. The underlying nature of reality – the inner workings of the “computer running the game” – is an issue of metaphysics. More…

The U.S. Military is Winning. No, Really, It Is!

The U.S. Military is Winning. No, Really, It Is!
By Nick Turse
Posted February 9, 2019

military stuck in endless wars4,000,000,029,057. Remember that number. It’s going to come up again later.

Now, let’s take a moment to consider the un-conflict of the war on terror, Afghanistan, where the U.S. began battling the Taliban in October 2001. America’s victory there came with lightning speed. The next year, President George W. Bush announced that the group had been “defeated.” In 2004, the commander-in-chief reported that the Taliban was “no longer in existence.” Yet, somehow, they were. By 2011, General David Petraeus, then commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, claimed that his troops had “reversed the momentum of the Taliban.” Two years later, then-commander General Joseph Dunford spoke of “the inevitability of our success” there.

Last August, President Trump unveiled his “Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia.” Its “core pillar” was “a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions”; in other words, the “arbitrary timetables” for withdrawal of the Obama years were out. “We will push onward to victory with power in our hearts,” President Trump decreed. “America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.” More…

Another ‘ag-gag’ law struck down as a First Amendment violation, yet several states still have them in place

Another ‘ag-gag’ law struck down as a First Amendment violation, yet several states still have them in place
by Camille Fassett
Posted February 8, 2019

humanity, at its finestDespite a long history of journalists going undercover to investigate and shed light on secretive industries like the animal agriculture industry, several states have statutes—commonly known as ‘ag gag’ laws—that criminalize reporting on animal abuse at farms. Last Wednesday, a federal judge ruled Iowa’s such law unconstitutional on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment.

The decision was welcome. The ostensible function of ag-gag laws is to protect the animal agriculture industry from public scrutiny, and state lawmakers have barely hid the fact that they have no problem trampling on press freedom rights to pass them.

Just before Iowa’s statute—which threatened undercover journalists or activists who reported on farm activities with up to a year in jail—became law in 2012, several high profile farm investigations put Iowa’s animal agriculture industry in the spotlight. At one farm, a 2011 undercover investigation revealed reports of workers throwing piglets onto the floor. Another investigation exposed farm workers beating pigs with rods, kicking them, and sticking clothespins in their faces. More…

Colorado Hospital Association: Disguising Its Lobbying Efforts

Colorado Hospital Association: Disguising Its Lobbying Efforts
by David Silverstein
Posted February 7, 2019

lobbyists stating problem You’ve probably never thought about it. Hopefully you will now. Here is a PDF report just out from the Colorado Hospital Association. It is the worst imaginable job of trying to pass lobbying off as research or policy. Why do we allow a report like this to be written in the name of a non-profit? The report is nothing more than an exercise in creative writing, timed for the start of the legislative session, designed to distract legislators from the truth and to get them to “study” the problem instead of solving it.

The executive summary begins with the history of germ theory and how the transmission of disease was once misunderstood, suggesting that today we misunderstand the drivers of costs in healthcare and, by implication, we should do nothing other than study it. “Studying” a problem is one of the go-to strategies of lobbies. More…

United States Doesn’t Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index

United States Doesn’t Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index
by Andrea Germanos
Posted February 6, 2019

a flawed democracyA new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States.

According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn’t even make the list of top 20—its demonstrably “flawed democracy” notching it the 25th spot.

The ranking is based on 60 indicators spanning five interrelated categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Each category gets a 0-10 score, with the final score being the average of those five. More…

Journalist Arrested at Police Press Conference for Not Being Mainstream

Journalist Arrested at Police Press Conference for Not Being Mainstream
by Matt Agorist
Posted February 5, 2019

police arresting 'unapproved' journalist at public press conferenceA rather disturbing situation unfolded in Las Vegas on Wednesday as two independent journalists—attempting to exercise their First Amendment right of the press—were arrested and cited for trespassing. Joey Lankowski, Kelly Patterson, and Ronald Mecklosky were at the Las Vegas police station attempting to cover a press conference about one of their officers shooting at a man for holding a cane.

According to the the Police Department’s public information office, Lankowski was removed because he was not credentialed by them. To be clear, you do not need a press “credential” to take pictures or cover events in public places. Where Lankowski and the others were, is a public space.

However, because the police department gets to pick and choose the people who ask them questions, Lankowski was arrested. More…

The Facts:
Independent journalists have been thrown out of LVMPD press conferences for simply questioning the official narrative on the Vegas shooting and actually catching them in lies. The LVMPD believes it it has right to remove those who question their stories from public press conferences.

Reflect On:
How does this sort of behaviour align with an officer’s oath to uphold the consitution? If this practice does not result in some consequence for the LVMPD, will it spread to other cities?

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