The American Life Is Killing You
by Erik Rittenberry
Posted March 25, 2020
If you’re in the same boat as the typical American, your dilemma might look something like this:
You’re enduring some type of chronic illness, over-stressed and rushed, unrewarding job, little or no savings, greatly in debt, fat mortgage, two vehicles in the driveway with a 5 or 7-year loan on each, lots of gadgets and toys to keep you occupied, huge TV, little free time for yourself due to your career and a demanding spouse, weekends filled with church and/or senseless entertainment, and a bathroom cabinet heavily stacked with pharmaceutical tic tacs to help cope with the emptiness of it all.
This is probably you and it’s OK. This is considered normal in America. You are a success. You’ve achieved the American Dream. Your obedience and education and hard work have paid off. Congratulations. More…
The World is Changing…Are You on the Transition Team?
By Paul Lenda
Posted March 24, 2020
The only constant in existence is change. When we resist change, we create conflict within ourselves. There is no stopping change from occurring, which is something we should always remember. Otherwise, we are resisting the very dynamics of Reality.
Change can be seen in two ways: as something that happens to us and as something that we initiate. Both are a part of the reality which we experience. We are powerful change agents and catalysts. Massive changes sometimes occur because of millions, or even billions of people making similar small changes within their lives. Regardless of whether macrocosmic forces are at place in those changes, such as cycles of time where there are golden ages and dark ages, a collective consciousness has the power to fundamentally transform its shared reality. More…
Welcome to Sweatshop Amerika! The next bailout will be our last
by Mike Whitney
Posted March 24, 2020
Imagine if the congress approved a measure to form a public-private partnership between the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Can you imagine that?
Now imagine if a panicky and ill-informed Congress gave the Fed a blank check to bail out all of its crooked crony corporate and Wall Street friends, allowing the Fed to provide more than $4.5 trillion to underwater corporations that ripped off Mom and Pop investors by selling them bonds that were used to goose their stock prices so fatcat CEOs could make off like bandits. Imagine if all that red ink from private actors was piled onto the national debt pushing long-term interest rates into the stratosphere while crushing small businesses, households and ordinary working people.
Now try to imagine the impact this would have on the nation’s future. Imagine if the Central Bank was given the green-light to devour the Treasury, control the country’s “purse strings”, and use nation’s taxing authority to shore up its trillions in ultra-risky leveraged bets, its opaque financially-engineered ponzi-instruments, and its massive speculative debts that have gone pear-shaped leaving a gaping black hole on its balance sheet?
Well, you won’t have to imagine this scenario for much longer, because the reality is nearly at hand. More…
Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide
by J. Kenji López-Alt
Posted March 23, 2020
Like many densely populated metropolitan areas, the Bay Area is now on complete lockdown. All non-essential businesses are closed, gatherings of large groups of people are banned, and residents have been told to leave their houses only if necessary. Among the businesses still running—at least in limited capacity—are supermarkets and restaurants, the latter of which are solely allowed to operate as take-out and delivery venues. I expect more cities will follow suit in the coming days and weeks.
Even so, plenty of folks—myself included—have been confused or curious about the safety of allowing restaurants to continue preparing and serving food. Is it actually safe? Should I reheat the food when I get it home? Is it better to support local businesses by ordering food, or am I only putting workers and delivery people at risk? And if I’m cooking my own food, what guidelines should I follow? More…
Who Can NOW Say America Hasn’t Become a Mega-Corporate Dictatorship?
by Eric Zuesse
Posted March 22, 2020
Jon Hellevig posted on January 16th at The Saker, “Capitalism in America: How a Dismal Decimal is Robbing Americans Blind” the most extensive and up-to-date compendium anywhere, of data on economic inequality in America, and one fact especially stands out from it: “Today Top 1% are losers compared with Top 0.1% – the Dismal Decimal – who are where the music plays.
Top 0.1% now holds as much wealth as Bottom 90% combined.” These top 0.1% people also donate the lions’ share of the money that finances political ads and organizations for their candidates and against the candidates who are financed instead by the other Party’s billionaires. Any candidate who isn’t backed by the billionaires of any Party is a rarity and (except for the independent Bernie Sanders, who is truly an exception) has no realistic chance of winning or keeping a seat in Congress.
That drastic inequality of wealth in America — “Top 0.1% now holds as much wealth as Bottom 90% combined” — is calculated by Deutsche Bank, in their January 2018 study “U.S. Income and Wealth Inequality”. More…
Coronavirus Energetic And Holistic Treatments At Home
By Carol Bedrosian
Posted March 22, 2020
There is no time like the present to consider the safety, simplicity, effectiveness and affordability of energetic and holistic treatments for COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019). Explore and experiment with this self-care information for yourself and loved ones, and share it freely. We will continue to update this post as we receive new information.
James Robb, MD, coronavirus expert, notes that the virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing, which others may then breathe directly into their lungs, or by touching their nose, eyes or mouth with contaminated hands. All surfaces where these droplets land can be infectious for up to a week, and we unconsciously touch our face up to 90 times per day, providing ample infection opportunities. Use only your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, and ATM touch screens. Use 60% alcohol disinfectant wipes or latex gloves before touching public shopping carts, door knobs, gas nozzles or any public surface. Wash your hands immediately for at least 20 seconds upon returning home. No handshaking; try a fist bump, elbow or foot tap, slight bow or namaste folded hands. Stay home as much as possible to avoid spreading or contracting the virus. More…
Now, We Get Local. Now the World Gets Real
by Tom Luongo
Posted March 21, 2020
Regardless of what you may think about the origins of COVID-19, bio-weapon or not, ‘just the flu’ or the new plague, the reality is that it is here. The response to it is real and the damage it has had on the global economy is real.
It doesn’t matter at this point in time whether the response is the right one or the wrong one. Because in an age where perception is more important than reality and has been that way for so long, we have no real frame of reference to guide our conclusions.
We have to put away the childish things we’ve been fighting over for the past five years politically.
How ridiculous and insipid do the identitarian fights over gender, race, sex and color look now? How dangerous and stupid does all that capital, that time spent, look now in hindsight when today people with skills, humility and high executive function are needed? More…
The corona virus is changing reality as we know it. Things will not be the same once this passes.
We are at a key point in time. We can choose to live in fear and competition with each other, or we can choose to live in caring and cooperation with each other. Which will you choose?
Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need
by Kathrin Glösel
Posted March 21, 2020
In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4 out of 5 people affected thus make their way back into a stable life. And: All this is cheaper than accepting homelessness.
Finland is the only country in Europe where homelessness is in decline.
In 2008 you could see tent villages and huts standing between trees in the parks of Helsinki. Homeless people had built makeshift homes in the middle of Finland’s capital city. They were exposed to harsh weather conditions. More…
They Killed King for the Same Reason They Killed Kennedy
by Jacob G. Hornberger
Posted March 20, 2020
Amidst all the anti-Russia brouhaha that has enveloped our nation, we shouldn’t forget that the U.S. national-security establishment — specifically the Pentagon, CIA, and FBI — was convinced that Martin Luther King Jr. was a communist agent who was spearheading a communist takeover of the United States.
This occurred during the Cold War, when Americans were made to believe that there was a gigantic international communist conspiracy to take over the United States and the rest of the world. The conspiracy, they said, was centered in Moscow, Russia — yes, that Russia!
That was, in fact, the justification for converting the federal government to a national-security state type of governmental structure after the end of World War II. The argument was that a limited-government republic type of governmental structure, which was the nation’s founding governmental system, was insufficient to prevent a communist takeover of the United States. To prevail over the communists in what was being called a “Cold War,” it would be necessary for the federal government, they said, to become a national-security state so that it could wield the same type of sordid, dark-side, totalitarian-like practices that the communists themselves wielded and exercised. More…