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The Tipping Point (by Infinite Waters)

As the powers that be exert more and more effort to impose fear, social division, and soul-crushing narratives, Ralph Smart invites us to consider the ways our spirits can resist this oppression and turn to love instead. By keeping love steadfastly in the driver’s seat, we find a tipping point into a much more sustainable world drawing steadily nearer.

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The Woody Biomass Blunder

One of the most controversial fixes for global warming is the use of woody biomass, cutting trees, burning trees to achieve “carbon neutral” status in the worldwide battle to conquer climate change/global warming. It is a prime example of human insanity maddeningly at work destroying the planet.

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Mother Nature, Inc.

Mother Nature, Inc., will lead to extinction of The Commons, as an institution, in the biggest heist of all time. Surely, private ownership of nature is unseemly and certainly begs a much bigger relevant question that goes to the heart of the matter, to wit: Should nature’s ecosystems, which benefit society at large, be monetized for the direct benefit of the few?

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Elements of Refusal

Drug companies, regulators, public health agencies, doctors, and scientists have to stop patronizing us if we are ever to trust them. They have to stop manipulating us. They have to stop cheating and hiding, bullying and censoring, bribing and coercing the public. Then, if honest research shows us that the vaccines are necessary and safe, we will trust that research and happily comply. Until then, we will not merely “hesitate”; we will obstinately refuse to receive an injection pushed upon us by people we do not trust.

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The America that Almost Was and Yet May Be

The assassination of president John F. Kennedy represented a turning away from a promising future for the United States – from the promise of a government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” to a sham government powered by the elite and self-interested industry. Is there any way this can be reversed?

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Nuclear Fuel Buried 108 Feet from the Sea

“The most toxic substance on Earth is separated from exposure to society by ½” of steel encased in a canister,” said renowned nuclear expert Paul Blanch in reference to spent fuel rods removed from San Onofre Nuclear Generation Plant buried near the sea on California’s southern coastline 50 miles north of San Diego.

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Immunity Passports: Does Social Solidarity Only Count When It Gets Us Back to the Pub?

If we really want a social consensus, if we really want the common good, if we really want everyone to trust in the collective, then we must decide to spurn the narrow, selfish, unaccountable elite that rules over us. We must decide, once and for all, to value the collective, the commons, the public good – not worship at the altar of profit and greed.

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This Isn’t Feminism, It’s Imperialism In Pumps

We should not be cheering for women rising to the top of a psychopathic war machine. We should be dismantling that war machine and rolling back all the conditions which led to it. True feminism, which is interested in guiding the world toward balance and heath in a way that benefits women and their children, would make this a priority.

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Chris Hedges: American Requiem

Well, it’s over. Not the election. The capitalist democracy. However biased it was towards the interests of the rich and however hostile it was to the poor and minorities, the capitalist democracy at least offered the possibility of incremental and piecemeal reform. Now it is a corpse.

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America’s Great Greenwashing

Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day, Michael Moore, executive producer and the director Jeff Gibbs re-released their daunting and alarming documentary about the heart and soul of America’s Green Movement in a compelling film: Planet of the Humans (2019).

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Politics as Usual Isn’t Working: It’s Time for a Revolution

Falling life expectancy. Rising economic inequality. Power concentrated in hands unelected elites. An environment poisoned by profits. For some, the crises present day America faces are existential. As such, the political response needs to be commensurate to the moment and nothing short of a root and branch political revolution. For others, this revolutionary impulse on the Right and Left spells disaster.

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The Disaster of Utopian Engineering

The problem is that our utopian engineers in their giddy dismantling of an economic and democratic system, as well as their draining of state resources in the wars they prosecute overseas, have dynamited the tools that could save us. They have left us no option but to revolt and remove them from power.

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So The US Is Invading Iraq Again

Though It won’t be as exciting as last time. If the initial invasion of Iraq was a violent sexual assault by a stranger in a dark alley, this one is more like an abusive husband raping his wife and then making her cook him dinner. But it is just as much a violent violation of personal sovereignty in both instances.

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The Impeachment’s Moral Hypocrisy

If our political leaders truly want to restore the rule of law and uphold the constitution, then why didn’t they impeach Bush and Obama (and Trump for his ongoing complicity) for starting illegal wars, assassinating U.S. citizens without due process, carrying out illegal torture, mass spying on the U.S. citizens, and many other serious human rights abuses.

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Reconciling Ecological Imperatives and the Right to Food at a Time of Bio-Ethical Crisis

Richard Falk discusses an extremely disturbing evolving situation by labeling it ‘the first bio-ethical crisis to confront humanity.’ It is bio-ethical in the primary sense that the challenges posed are fundamentally directed at the wellbeing and even survival of the species as a whole, and this crisis has an ethical character because knowledge and resources exist to overcome these challenges, and yet action is not being taken.

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The Great American Shakedown

The U.S. Democratic Party and its liberal supporters are perplexed. They presented hours of evidence of an impeachable offense, and yet it has made no difference-public opinion is not moved. The liberal class and the Democratic Party leadership have failed to understand that they, along with the traditional Republican elites, have squandered their credibility. No one believes them. And no one should.

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The Five Corrupt Pillars of Climate Change Denial

The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change – where none exists. The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200 million a year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate policy.

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Open Letter to Roger Hallam

Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, has been accused of “anti-semitism” by big media for words he spoke taken out of context, leading to a massive backlash against the activist. This points to a much broader problem within mainstream media that climate activists need to understand: Big media is intertwined with other power centers, and they will fight tooth and nail against anyone who seriously challenges the status quo.

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Neoliberalism Backfires

Massive, continuous demonstrations in the streets around the world bespeak a universal threat that neoliberalism’s self-immolation will grow worse and worse if it continues its horribly stale rotted emphasis on globalization and austerity of social programs as the answers for progress. It’s backfiring.

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The Companies Behind the Burning of the Amazon

The burning of the Amazon and the darkening of skies from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, have captured the world’s conscience. Much of the blame for the fires has rightly fallen on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for directly encouraging the burning of forests and the seizure of Indigenous Peoples’ lands. But the incentive for the destruction comes from large-scale international meat and soy animal feed companies.

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Yanomami Amazon Reserve Invaded by 20,000 Miners; Bolsonaro Fails to Act

Thousands of goldminers (garimpeiros) have illegally invaded Yanomami Park, one of Brazil’s largest indigenous territories. An incursion of this scale has not occurred for many years, bringing back memories among indigenous elders of the terrible period in the late 1980s, when some 40,000 goldminers moved onto their land and about a fifth of the indigenous population died in just seven years due to violence, malaria, malnutrition, mercury poisoning and other causes.

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The Terrifying Legacy of David Koch

David Koch, one of the two infamous billionaire Koch brothers, died Friday at the age of 79. He was one of the most powerful people in the world over the last three or so decades, and he did his level best to plant the seeds of the climate-change denial movement and stymie any effort to stop the biggest threat to human society

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Global Climate Strike Aims to Spur Transformative Change

The world’s youth have infused a new urgency into the global fight against climate change. Through movements like Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion, millions of young people have gathered in public squares and busy streets, senate chambers and assembly rooms, to call on government leaders to curb greenhouse gas emissions and enact meaningful environmental policies.

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