Social Articles from 2018

Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

[Justice]
Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email
by Victoria Law
Posted September 18, 2018

monopolies gouging prisoner familiesInside prisons, e-messaging companies are quietly building a money-making machine virtually unhindered by competition—a monopoly that would be intolerable in the outside world. It’s based in a simple formula: Whatever it costs to send a message, prisoners and their loved ones will find a way to pay it.

And, the more ways prisoners are cut off from communicating with their families, the better it is for business. Which means that stamp by stamp, companies like JPay—and the prisons that accept a commission with each message— are profiting from isolation of one of the most vulnerable groups in the country. And, with prisoners typically earning 20 cents to 95 cents an hour in jobs behind bars, the cost of keeping in touch most likely falls to family members and friends. More…

Who Does America Belong to? Not to Americans

[Social]
Who Does America Belong to? Not to Americans
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted September 16, 2018

exporting US prosperityHigh productivity, high value-added manufacturing jobs shrink in the US as they are offshored to Asia. High productivity, high value-added professional service jobs, such as research, design, software engineering, accounting, legal research, are being filled by offshoring or by foreigners brought into the US on work visas with the fabricated and false excuse that there are no Americans qualified for the jobs.

America is a country hollowed out by the short-term greed of the ruling class and its shills in the economics profession and in Congress. Capitalism only works for the few. It no longer works for the many.

America is ruled by a tiny percentage of people who constitute a treasonous class. These people have the money to purchase the government, the media, and the economics profession that shills for them. This greedy traitorous interest group must be dealt with or the United States of America and the entirety of its peoples are lost. More…

American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths

[Social]
American Society Would Collapse If It Weren’t for These 8 Myths
by Lee Camp
Posted September 13, 2018

societal collapseOur society should’ve collapsed by now. You know that, right?

No society should function with this level of inequality (with the possible exception of one of those prison planets in a “Star Wars” movie). Sixty-three percent of Americans can’t afford a $500 emergency. Yet Amazon head Jeff Bezos is now worth a record $141 billion. He could literally end world hunger for multiple years and still have more money left over than he could ever spend on himself.

Worldwide, one in 10 people only make $2 a day. Do you know how long it would take one of those people to make the same amount as Jeff Bezos has? 193 million years. (If they only buy single-ply toilet paper.) Put simply, you cannot comprehend the level of inequality in our current world or even just our nation. More…

9-11 Opens Up an Era of Global Crisis, Upheaval and Militarization

[Social]
9-11 Opens Up an Era of Global Crisis, Upheaval and Militarization
By Global Research News
Posted September 11, 2018

beginning of endless warsThe tragic events of September 11, 2001 constitute a fundamental landmark in American history, a decisive watershed, a breaking point.

Millions of people have been misled regarding the causes and consequences of 9/11.

September 11 2001 opens up an era of crisis, upheaval and militarization of American society. The post September 11, 2001 era is marked by the outright criminalization of the US State, including its judicial, foreign policy, national security and intelligence apparatus.

9/11 marks the onslaught of the “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT), used as a pretext and a justification by the US and its NATO allies to carry out a “war without borders”, a global war of conquest. A far-reaching overhaul of US military doctrine was launched in the wake of 9/11.

9/11 was also a stepping stone towards the relentless repeal of civil liberties, the militarization of law enforcement and the inauguration of “Police State USA”. More…

More and More of What We Do Depends on Government Permission

[Social]
More and More of What We Do Depends on Government Permission
by J.D. Tuccille
Posted September 10, 2018

must have government permissionDo you have permit for that? If you want to keep that permit, you’d better do as you’re told.

Increasingly, that’s the theme of modern America. More and more of what we do is dependent on permission from the government. That permission, unsurprisingly, is contingent on keeping government officials happy. Rub those officials the wrong way and they’ll strip you of permission to travel the roads, leave the country, or even make a living.

That’s not a recipe for a free country. More…

Frankenweed – What You Need To Know About Monsanto’s Patent On Marijuana

[Social]
Frankenweed – What You Need To Know About Monsanto’s Patent On Marijuana
by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
Posted September 8 2018

Monsanto protestDespite marijuana being classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, GMO conglomerate Monsanto was recently approved for a patent on marijuana (U.S. Patent No. 6630507). Because medical marijuana is now considered medical treatment in the United States, the terms for it being a Schedule 1 drug have been violated.

With Monsanto getting their greedy little fingers into the marijuana industry, one can foresee how nasty and dangerous additives will be included in this new form of frankenweed. Damaging health effects will most likely become the reason to abolish all other forms of marijuana, with Monsanto blaming natural growers of marijuana for health problems that their Frankenweed will inevitably cause. This excuse will also be used in further government regulations and taxation of marijuana. More…

The Whole System Is Rigged

[Politics]
The Whole System Is Rigged
by Chris Martenson
Posted September 7, 2018

the system is riggedRecently I’ve been frustrated by the efforts to convince Americans that our democracy is under attack by outside agents when there’s ample evidence — concrete, hard, firm evidence which I’ve repeatedly covered — that US elections have been spitting out improbable and even sometimes impossible election results for the past 14 years, ever since insecure, low-integrity eVoting platforms and central tabulators were introduced.

Yes, nefarious agents may well indeed be undermining our democracy. But the real villains appear much more domestic than foreign.

There’s nothing more poisonous to the notion of democracy than fraudulent election outcomes. Nothing. And yet the number of people rising up in protest on this issue may as well be zero, as long as we’re rounding to the nearest whole percentage. Meanwhile millions are up in arms about the still-unproven allegations that Russia tipped the recent presidential elections with a laughably tiny amount of social media ads. More…

Regeneration: Solving the Immigration and Climate Crises at the Same Time

[Spiritual]
Regeneration: Solving the Immigration and Climate Crises at the Same Time
By Ronnie Cummins
Posted September 7, 2018

we are not addressing the root causes of migrationMost of the media coverage of these issues until now has focused on the bad news:

“Hottest Year Ever,” “CO2 Concentrations in the Atmosphere Rising,” “Trump Determined to Build a Wall,” “Thousands of Immigrant Children Separated from Their Parents and Locked Up,” “Another Boatload of African Refugees Sinks in the Mediterranean,” “Immigration Crisis Polarizes EU.”

Unfortunately, there’s been little or no discussion about the interconnected roots of these crises and, most importantly, the good news: that there are positive solutions at hand.

Almost nowhere will you find a news story or commentary that connects the dots, as Vandana Shiva puts it, between “the soil crisis, the food crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.” More…

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