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A Social Order of Division, Control and Enslavement | Police "Protecting the Public"; Not

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By Kali Ma
Supremacy: A Social Order of Division, Control and Enslavement 

To varying degrees, most socio-economic systems in the world today are hierarchical. In a system of hierarchy, individuals occupy social ranks based on their levels of income and wealth, which significantly affect their access to vital resources such as food, shelter, healthcare, and education. In all hierarchies there is a ruling class on top that holds significant social, political, and economic power...

By Dave Lefcourt
Police "Protecting the Public"; Not

The murder of Michael Brown gunned down by police in Ferguson, MO. has drawn int'l attention. China, Iran, Russia among others gave the sanctimonious US a dish of its own medicine pointing out the hypocrisy of the US condemning others while its own house is in disorder. The murder of a black teenager is hardly an anomaly in post civil rights America & protests by the people reveal a justifiable anger @ official wrongdoing.

By Eric Zuesse
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the end of America as it has been known, the new nazi America

By Dennis Trainor, Jr.
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By Donn Marten
Obama and the Democrats: The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil

There is a widely held perception that the Democrats are the lesser of two evils and preferable to the more overtly fascist Republicans. It is increasingly apparent that this is not true, especially in the lamentable Obama era. I was able to interview non-partisan grass-roots activist group St. Pete for Peace's Chris Ernesto on a contest that they are running to spread awareness that Dems are NOT the lesser of two evils.

By William K. Black, J.D., Ph.D.
Italian's Apology for German Austerity Diktats Lasts 24 Hours

The German austerity diktat forced the entire Eurozone into a second, gratuitous Great Recession and Italy, Greece and Spain into unemployment levels last seen in the Great Depression

Harry Reid backs military gear to local police

Many local police departments are able to acquire military-grade arms and equipment through the Defense Department's "1033" program, established by Congress in the '90s, which allows that equipment to trickle to the police.

By Joanne Boyer
'The goal is to have one party that's worth a damn'

Mike McCabe's new book, Blue Jeans In High Places: The Coming Makeover Of American Politics, offers ways to break out of the political entrapment of our current two-party system. "I came to the conclusion that this is a moment that cries out for some political game changers." As he describes, we have one party that's scary and another that is scared.

By Dean Baker
How Should Social Security Benefits Respond to an Economic Collapse?

Workers care about their after-tax wages which are primarily determined by what they earn before taxes. Due to economic mismanagement and trade and regulatory policies that were designed to redistribute income upward, most workers have seen very little growth in before-tax wages over the last three decades.

By earl ofari hutchinson
Holder has a Compelling Case in the Brown Killing
Attorney General Eric Holder has a compelling federal case in the Michael Brown killing if he decides to bring civil rights charges against Ferguson, Missouri cop, Darren Wilson.

By John Hawkins
Self-Assembling Robots Assembling Human Selves: No Dissembly Required

Self-assembling origami robots sounds all gushy until you realize what They have in mind for them.

By Jeff J. Brown
China West vs. China East

For visiting Westerners, China is a totally alien society. Knowing four key foundations of the culture really helps putting it all in perspective.

By Herbert Calhoun
Why the Confederacy Lost the Civil War: a review of Gabor S. Boritt's book
This is a straight-forward review of Gabor S. Boritt's book: Why the Confederacy Lost the War."

By Herbert Calhoun
Waiting for the Barbarians A review of Lewis Lapham's Book
A chapter-by-chapter review of Lewis Lapham's book "Waiting for the Barbarians"

Willie Nelson and Neil Young to Stage Musical Protest Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Singing legends Willie Nelson and Neil Young will be putting on a show on a family farm in Nebraska on Sept. 27. Young and Nelson's motives are political as well as musical, as their duet in Nebraska will double as a protest against the proposed crude oil pipeline Keystone XL, which would transport oil from the south of Canada to the Gulf Coast.

By Vicki Leon
Cleopatra One-Upped! Nubian Queen Trounced Romans, Evaded Taxes

Ancient Egypt had Cleopatra, but Egypt's unsung southern neighbor, Meroe (now Sudan) rocked a centuries-long line of warrior women. One ferocious standout, Queen Amanirenas, dropkicked the Romans out, won autonomy and deftly avoided taxation. Her people smelted iron, mined huge quantities of gold, and 200 of their pyramids still stand. And the temple honoring their queen is open to visitors in NYC today.

Conservatives Suggest Armed Rebellion If They Can't Impeach President Obama

A great many conservatives have expressed their hatred of democracy by threatening a civil war, government overthrow, and armed rebellion against the federal government because they cannot comport the democratic process that elected an African American man as President. Rebellion against the government is solely because Americans elected an African American man as President.

By Rob Kall
Bottom-up Travel and Transportation

Today, my friend Josh gave me a challenge. He pointed out that after starting out on the journey of shifting to a plant-based, animal protein free diet I had begun writing about it. He suggested that I try an experiment-- start writing about bike riding. I'd just mentioned that I'd sent my book, Bottom-up, to an agent, and he suggested that bike-riding is bottom-up

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?
WHY is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa? In Europe and in the United States, we have witnessed demonstrations over the tragic deaths of Palestinians who have been used as human shields by Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls Gaza. The United Nations has held inquiries and focuses its anger on Israel for defending itself against that same terrorist organization. But the barbarous slaughter of thousands upon thousands of Christians is met with relative indifference.

By William K. Black, J.D., Ph.D.
The WSJ's Editorial Posing as "News" about Ecuador

the Wall Street Journal has poured out its pain that the people of Ecuador might reelect President Rafael Correa.

In Washington, Little Appetite Among Members of Congress for Vote on Iraq

Mingling with Senate Democrats at the White House earlier this summer, President Obama had a tart comeback to the suggestion that he should seek a vote of Congress before deepening American military involvement in Iraq.

Islamic State claims it executed American photojournalist James Foley

The Islamic State militant group claimed Tuesday to have beheaded an American photojournalist in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. A video released online purported to show the execution of James Foley after he recited a statement in which he called the U.S. government "my real killers." A second prisoner, said to be Steven Joel Sotloff, like Foley an American journalist who disappeared while covering Syria's civil war, then appears in the video.

Climate-change summary and update: Not good for humans or other life on Earth
[This link came from an article by Michael Byron on the OEN front page, Aug. 19. It is not looking good for our wayward species, and others unfortunate enough to inhabit the planet with us. DG] I'm often accused of cherry picking the information in this ever-growing essay. I plead guilty, and explain myself in this essay posted 30 January 2014. My critics tend to focus on me and my lack of standing in the scientific community, to which I respond with the words of John W. Farley: "The scientific case is not dependent on citation of authority, no matter how distinguished the authority may be. The case is dependent upon experimental evidence, logic, and reason." In other words, stop targeting the messenger.

By Common Dreams
US Ramps Up Military Strikes in Iraq as Militant Control Over Key Dam Remains Unclear

Iraqi and Kurdish officials claim Monday to have retaken control of a strategic dam held by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters following a weekend in which the United States ramped up its military involvement in the country with additional air strikes.

John Boehner Blames All Of His Failures On Obama Not Being Up To The Job Of President

During a recent radio interview, John Boehner blamed every single Republican failure on Obama not being up to the job of being president. Boehner is going around the country trying to pass the buck for his own failures. The idea that Obama is responsible for the failings of a House of Representatives that refuses to cooperate with the Senate or the White House is borderline insane.

Ukraine says fighting halts recovery of refugees' bodies

Fifteen bodies have been recovered from the site of an artillery strike on a refugee bus convoy in east Ukraine, but further operations have been suspended due to renewed fighting in the area, a Ukrainian military spokesman said on Tuesday. The Kiev military has said pro-Russian separatists attacked the convoy on Monday, killing dozens of people including women and children, but it has yet to provide visual evidence. The separatists denied responsibility, and at least one of their leaders suggested no attack had occurred.

By Eric Zuesse
Our Side's Using Illegal White Phosphorus Firebombs Against the Residents of Donetsk Ukraine

the first-ever nazi U.S. President, like Bush but even worse, just prettier rhetoric

By EcoWatch
Study Finds 8 Fracking Chemicals Toxic to Humans

Fracking is once again in trouble. Scientists have found that what gets pumped into hydrocarbon-rich rock as part of the hydraulic fracture technique to release gas and oil trapped in underground reservoirs may not be entirely healthy. Fracking is a highly controversial technique, and has not been handed a clean bill of health by the scientific societies.

By Kathy Malloy
Crispy Around The Edges

This twisting and turning seems to be related to the unending chaos, both foreign and domestic, that seems to have enveloped the planet. I never thought it was possible to feel more distressed than I did during the reign of the Bush Crime Family, the circumstances today seem more hopeless, more desperate, and more insolvable than ever before.

 

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