A Mexican Town Is Giving Americans Something Donald Trump Can’t: Affordable Dental Care
by John Stanton
Posted June 18, 2017
Dentistry has never gotten much respect in the United States, where oral health was long seen as a cosmetic luxury rather than a necessity. Of course, that’s far from the truth — gum disease can cause serious complications with a host of life-threatening illnesses, and a rotten tooth can even kill you. It wasn’t until the 1980s that dental insurance became a standard part of workers’ compensation and that American mouths started getting the care they needed.
In the three decades since dental insurance has become common, it’s never been a serious part of any of the health care overhaul efforts Democrats or Republicans have undertaken. Obamacare expanded dental coverage requirements for children but didn’t mandate insurance for everyone. And dental plans available under the ACA cover almost nothing beyond a few X-rays and cleanings each year. More…
How to Track What Congress Is Doing on the Internet
by Louise Matsakis
Posted June 17, 2017
In April, President Trump signed a measure allowing internet service providers (ISPs) to sell sensitive information about your online habits without needing your consent, rolling back Obama-era regulations intended to stop that very thing from happening.
Corporations like Verizon and AT&T hated the regulations (and spent a boatload lobbying against them), because they made it difficult to monetize the mountain of customer data they have the ability to collect.
Consumers, on the other hand, were outraged, and wondered what could be done to get back at the lawmakers who voted in favor of the measure. One appealing suggestion was to buy and release their browsing history, then release it to the public. More…
US Election Meddling: Smoke and Mirrors
By Ulson Gunnar
Posted June 17, 2017
For a magician, the greater the illusion attempted, the more showmanship that’s required to distract audiences from that fact that it is indeed just an illusion. For US politics, something very similar applies, particularly regarding the latest, ongoing narrative surrounding alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
For US foreign and domestic policy, however, the grand illusion of Russia meddling in America’s political process helps in at least three fundamental ways.
First, it provides a distraction for the American public. While President Trump continues the policies of previous administrations in the service of the unelected special interests that actually determine and benefit from US foreign policy, the “US election meddling” narrative provides a diversion that prevents President Trump’s backtracking and hypocrisy from taking precedence in public debates.
Second, creating hysteria over the possibility that a foreign nation might have interfered with America’s political process helps reinforce the illusion that America’s political process is legitimate and meaningful in the first place. More…
The Drug War Has Incentivized Police To Treat Citizens Like Terrorists
by Duane Norman
Posted June 17, 2017
A video of a Florida Sheriff making a promo video to scare has been making the rounds recently. Casey Research recently covered the affair, noting the following quote from Sheriff Grinnell:
“Enjoy looking over your shoulder, constantly wondering if today’s the day we come for you. Enjoy trying to sleep tonight, wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges. We are coming for you.”
Sheriff Grinnell delivered this message last month while flanked by four combat-ready officers wearing ski masks. It looks like someone from ISIS directed it. Grinnell’s message was aimed at local drug dealers. You see, Lake County has a serious opioid problem. And like many other places in the US, it’s fighting its drug problem as if it were a war. More…
What is Net Neutrality and Why Is It Important?
By Lavanya Rathnam
Posted June 16, 2017
You expect your data provider and the government to give you the freedom to do whatever you want to, privately and without interference: you expect to have complete control over your online experience. In other words, you expect net neutrality when you use the Internet.
Net neutrality is based on the principle that Internet service providers, or ISPs, should treat all data alike. There should be no discrimination or different treatment of sites based on content, equipment, platform or application. More importantly, no one should spy on what you’re doing on the Internet and charge you differently depending on what you do.
In this sense, net neutrality is an important part of most people’s guaranteed right to free speech. Just like how your phone company shouldn’t decide whom you should text or call, ISPs should also not decide what content you should be allowed to access. More…
The Top 3 Reasons Why the System Keeps Perpetuating Itself
by Makia Freeman
Posted June 16, 2017
The System, The Matrix, The Establishment – whatever name you call it by – seems to keep perpetuating itself no matter what. Puppet politicians come and go, but the System they serve remains fully in place, long after many of these misleaders and control freaks have used up their 5 minutes of fame by bossing people around.
Yes, the System appears to continue no matter what. Why? The reasons are to be found embedded in our psychology. Our unconscious mental attitudes and beliefs shape the world. To dethrone the tyrant from the outside world, you must must remove him from your mind. This is where we need to start if we truly wish to transition from a society based on monopolistic governmental force to one based on voluntary exchange and association. Below are the top 3 reasons why the System perpetuates itself. More…
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