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T. S. Eliot of "The Waste Land" and Our Mid-Life Crisis (REVIEW ESSAY)

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:51
For about a half century now, movement conservatism has been a powerful political force in American culture. As a result, many progressives and liberals may feel deep desolation comparable to the deep desolation that T. S. Eliot expresses in his poem "The Waste Land." His struggle to express the depths of his feelings in that poem can help progressives and liberals as they struggle with their own desolation over conservatives.

The secret country again wages war on its own people

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 00:51
Extraordinary demonstrations of Indigenous women protesting the removal of their children and grandchildren by the state, some of them at gunpoint, are ignored by journalists and patronized by politicians. More Indigenous children are being wrenched from their homes and communities today than during the worst years of the Stolen Generation.

Hot and Cold Violence Sustains Israel's Occupation

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 23:30
In recent years BDS has grown in worldwide influence. Any action aimed at Israel's occupation of Palestine alarms AIPAC. When AIPAC is alarmed, Liberal and Conservative Zionist senators of both political parties, receive their marching orders.

DOJ Claims Grossly Disparate Treatment Will "Promote Respect for the Law"

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 20:45
The same DOJ that recommends Petraeus should go virtually unpunished for sharing far more sensitive information with Paula Broadwell says that Sterling should go to prison for decades to set an example.

D is for Dow...D is for Death

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 19:33
n keeping with its mission of death, destruction, and corporate profits Dow has endorsed the fast-track authority bill (TPA) now being readied in Congress for the President's rubber stamp. Dow -- as well as other predatory capitalist enterprises -- are beside themselves with gleeful anticipation.

The Simple Progressive Economic Agenda for Hillary Clinton (or Anyone Else)

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 17:07
A progressive presidential candidate should commit to appointing people to the Federal Reserve Board who place a top priority on its legal mandate to promote high employment. If the Fed is not prepared to allow the labor market to tighten, any employment gains from reducing the trade deficit could be reversed by higher interest rates choking off growth.

This 4/20 Should Be a Wake-Up Call to End the Racist "War on Drugs"

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 16:10
White people are just as likely, if not more likely, than Black people to use drugs like marijuana. But because of the racist war on drugs, it's Black people who make up the lion's share of marijuana arrests. The war on drugs decimates communities of color, breaks apart families and brings violence into already poverty-stricken neighborhoods.

The US Hand in Libya's Tragedy

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 15:14
Some 900 Libyans may have died when their boats capsized in the Mediterranean Sea as they fled the barbaric chaos that the Obama administration helped unleash in Libya in 2011. Yet, the mainstream U.S. media has amnesia about the bloody American hand in this tragedy, writes Robert Parry.

How the New Flexible Economy is Making Workers' Lives Hell

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 14:26
Employers assign workers tentative shifts, and then notify them a half-hour or 10 minutes before the shift is scheduled to begin whether they're actually needed. Some even require workers to check in by phone, email, or text shortly before the shift starts.

"Aiming to First Do No Harm: The Education of Electronics Users"

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 12:45
"Aiming to First Do No Harm: The Education of Electronics Users" looks at four generations of education and regulation around electronics, including regulation around electronic interference with medical implants. Walking through metal detectors, driving a Prius, being near "smart" meters can reprogram or shut off medical implants like deep-brain stimulators.

Drug Industry Attacks Bioidentical Hormones Again

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:45
Just when things have calmed down, the Drug Industry opens a new salvo in its war against bioidentical hormones. The attack article by Phyllis Greenberger, CEO of Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), an industry-sponsored mouthpiece, appeared in the Huffington Post.

"Hard work is the key to success": Kamlesh

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:29
This is an inspiring story of courage and determination of a woman who challenged deeply entrenched gender biases in agriculture sector and successfully established herself as a farmer.

David Koch on the 2016 GOP Nominee: "It Should Be Scott Walker." But"

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:28
Despite David Koch's show of bravado on Monday, Walker may not be the strongest Republican contender against Clinton. And what matters most to the billionaire brothers in 2016 is not the race for the Republican nomination. It's the November race for control of the White House. To think otherwise is to imagine that the Kochs are starry-eyed idealists rather than focused and serious partisans.

Land Tax Justice at last in NYC?; My new Book

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:16
A Sendout to two activist groups - Public Banking and Georgist group Common Ground-NYC. Presentations & announcements.

Deciphering Detox Therapies

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:33
Do "detox" diets and preparations really work? Doctors and health care practitioners do not agree. While almost everyone agrees that the environment is rife with pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals and endocrine disrupters that can store in the human body--especially its fat--how to cleanse the body of the toxins is the subject of great disagreement.

Truth Is Washington's Enemy

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 10:32
Not many Americans, whether Democrat or Republican, liberal, conservative, or super-patriot, educated or not, understand that Washington with the cooperation of its presstitute media has defined truth as a threat. In Washington's opinion, truth is a greater threat than Ebola, Russia, China, terrorism, and the Islamic State combined.

Passion Plays and Oratorios, 'Christ Killers,' and the Magic Trick of 'Deus Ex Machina'

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:57
Passion plays and Oratorios depict the mission and crucifixion of Jesus. Traditionally these productions blame the Jews collectively for the death of Jesus. Some modern performances delete or revise ant-Semitic passages but many do not.Charging all Jews Christ Killers who called for the crucifixion should be expunged not because it is politically incorrect but because the accusation is false, as detailed evidence will confirm

Nick Turse: AFRICOM Behaving Badly

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:57
Six people lay lifeless in the filthy brown water. It was 5:09 a.m. when their Toyota Land Cruiser plunged off a bridge in the West African country of Mali. For about two seconds, the SUV sailed through the air, pirouetting 180 degrees as it plunged 70 feet, crashing into the Niger River.

Who Speaks for Sincere Believers of All Faith Traditions?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 09:13
We're on a very slippery slope as long as reasonable people, Christians, Muslims, and Jews, the true children of Abraham, allow themselves to be represented by the lunatic fringe.

OMAN & ITS SPECIAL HISTORY: Retrospect, Present, & Future?

Tue, 04/21/2015 - 07:21
How has Oman managed to mostly stay out of the Middle East debacles in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Syria while its neighbors, like Saudi Arabia and the UAE (along with Yemen) have been engulfed in fighting and in financing civil wars? Let's review the history and see if peacemakers can learn from the Oman story, which in the 1950s and 1960s saw jihadis from Saudi+Maoist and Soviet insurgencies+ other fighters here.