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15.02.2020 - 15:06 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The Belief That Everything Will Be Fine Once Trump’s Gone Is More Dangerous Than Trump

Whether it winds up being Buttigieg, Bloomberg, or one of their ideological alt-centrist clones like Amy Klobuchar or the floundering Joe Biden, the mainstream narrative will soon converge around one candidate in a very positive way, with the only important qualification being that they aren’t Bernie Sanders. Many powerful people will do everything they can to prevent a Sanders nomination, whose presidency they oppose more than Trump’s. As journalist Matt Taibbi recently pointed out, the Democratic establishment has “every incentive to play every conceivable card. Trillions at stake.”

24.01.2020 - 05:18 [ Bernie Sanders, candidate for President / Twitter ]

This campaign is not just about me. It is about building a movement of human solidarity and saying that when one of us hurts, all of us hurt.

23.01.2020 - 07:59 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

How To Be A Mentally Sovereign Human

Being a mentally sovereign human means constructing your own understanding of this weird reality based on your own investigations and your own reasoning, which means constructing it from the ground up. Even your most basic assumptions about reality itself must be rigorously cross-examined with complete skepticism. Nothing must be taken on faith.

16.01.2020 - 00:55 [ New York Times ]

The Fog of Rudy: Did he change — or did America?

He was an unlikely politician, with his hunched shoulders, bad comb-over, boxy suits, lateral lisp and rictus smile. He had no charm or charisma, nor even really a discernible ideology. Giuliani’s mother said in an interview published by the investigative reporter Wayne Barrett that he switched his registration, after Ronald Reagan’s election, from Independent to Republican — he was a Democrat before that — in order to advance his career. (‘‘He still feels very sorry for the poor,’’ she insisted.)

09.01.2020 - 14:43 [ New York Times ]

We Really Must Stop Starting Wars

You may debate whether any particular historical war worked out well for its agitators. But there should be no debate that many of America’s recent wars have ended in misery for all. Our politicians talk of war as a last resort, but that is only to keep up appearances, because the truth is too terrible to admit: that our ever-more-expensive war machine (a cost of nearly $740 billion in 2020) can buy us little peace. Rather than a last resort, war now offers no resort. War can no longer be defended as the thing to do after everything else has failed. War must instead be seen as failure itself.

29.12.2019 - 15:17 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Why Everything Is Fucked

The most powerful early humans were the cleverest humans, the ones who understood how to use this new capacity for language and abstract thought to their own advantage. They realized that by simply saying something is true in a sufficiently confident way, they could persuade the less clever humans to treat it as true.

Those clever humans used this newfound ability to place themselves in charge, and to make a bunch of rules to be passed down from generation to generation proclaiming that the less powerful humans must submit to the more powerful humans. Over the generations these rules became more and more numerous and complex, weaving in moralism, codes of filial piety, and insane, power-serving religions glorifying meekness, obedience and poverty.

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But then, I believe in miracles.

27.11.2019 - 10:12 [ Haaretz ]

The Public’s Silence Helped Netanyahu’s Abuse of Israelis

Morality, fairness, truth, honesty – concepts that form the relationship between the people and a country’s leader – we wrinkled and crushed them when we gave up the only power that the public has against corrupt leadership, the power to say: “Enough already,” without waiting for another and then yet another election.

We have allowed the suspect to insult and abuse the same legal and judicial systems that we are all respectfully subject to. We have treated Netanyahu as if he were the village idiot who can do anything he wants.

22.11.2019 - 20:02 [ LA Times ]

Column: We’re swamped with 182 million robocalls a day. Is a solution finally here?

Roughly 49 billion robocalls have been received so far this year, which is more than all of last year. In other words, there have never been more robocalls being made in the history of human civilization.

26.10.2019 - 15:37 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz to Be Main Speaker at Event Marking 24th Anniversary of Rabin’s Murder

This is the first year, according to the organizers, that they are seeking contributions from the public at large to fund the event, since no movement or non-profit group has agreed to sponsor.

22.10.2019 - 08:25 [ Haaretz ]

Long After Netanyahu’s Gone, Likud and the Right Will Suffer From Post-Cult Trauma Syndrome

Expert sociologists and psychologists have developed a checklist that identifies whether a religious, social or political group meets the criteria of a cult. As far as the Israeli right, in general, and the Likud, in particular, are concerned, the conclusions are crystal-clear.

01.10.2019 - 21:02 [ Shingetsu News Agency ]

Bread and Roses: A Leftist Case Against Hate Speech Laws in Japan

The fourth estate has long abandoned its role as a watchdog on power calling out corruption and malfeasance, instead serving only to back up the government’s already immense authority.

“That’s like North Korea”—this is what many Japanese say regarding dictatorial practices such as pushing a single ideology onto the nation’s citizenry.

24.08.2019 - 04:47 [ Shingetsu News Agency ]

The Outliers and the Crazies

“The art community in Japan has always been the outliers of society, the crazies,” said Robin Rastenberger, the organizer of the art collaboration event Tokyo Lovehotel. These multi-artistic musical events bring together an eclectic audience from diverse backgrounds. Art is brought to the forefront in changing Japanese youth.

02.06.2019 - 14:52 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Brain Drain Is the Flight of the Left

The brains and the money of the left are abandoning Israel. That isn’t just a feeling, those are the facts. Benjamin Netanyahu’s supporters, who call leftists “sourpusses,” like to boast of the decline in emigration from Israel in the past several years. But when it comes to leftists, the exit numbers are worse than ever. The leftists are fleeing. It’s called brain drain. In Israel, brains and leftists are one and the same.

09.05.2019 - 19:32 [ Zero Hedge ]

In 1967, the CIA Created the Label „Conspiracy Theorists“ … to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the „Official“ Narrative

(23.02.2015)

Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” … and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked “psych” – short for “psychological operations” or disinformation – and “CS” for the CIA’s “Clandestine Services” unit.

The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.

09.05.2019 - 19:07 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Furious Danny Baker told BBC boss to ‘f*** off’ as he was sacked over ‘racist’ Meghan Markle baby tweet

DANNY Baker launched into a furious foul-mouthed rant at the BBC boss who today fired him over a „racist“ royal baby picture, the Sun Online can reveal.

Baker, 61, told Radio 5 Live controller Jonathan Wall „f*** you and f*** off“ as he was axed for sharing the pic of a chimp dressed in clothes with the caption: „Royal baby leaves hospital.“

31.03.2019 - 18:28 [ Alltime10s / Youtube ]

Top 10 Movies That Predicted The Future

Published on Oct 14, 2015
Bet you didn’t think that ‚The Matrix‘, Terminator 2 and Super Mario Bros predicted 9/11, well guess again as we delve into the top 10 movies that predicted the future..

17.01.2019 - 22:31 [ /notesdeseguretat.blog.gencat.cat ]

Artificial security and defence intelligence of the European Union

(16.1.2019) According to the study published by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, in the coming years artificial intelligence (AI) will be present in almost all areas of daily life: communication, healthcare and even security and defence.

08.12.2018 - 15:40 [ USA Today ]

1 in 4 Americans doesn’t know Earth circles sun

(15.2.2014) To put the brightest possible spin on this story is to say that three-quarters of Americans are fully aware that the Earth revolves around the sun.

The downside, of course, is that means 1 in 4 are in the dark about what Discovery calls „probably the most basic question in science.“

08.12.2018 - 15:39 [ Science in School - The European Journal for science teachers ]

What Europeans really think (and know) about science and technology

(2006) Another part of the survey concerns people’s knowledge of scientific facts. Thirteen statements were made, and the participants were asked to determine whether they were true or false. The chart below shows the overall results.

Quiz statements
1. The Sun goes around the Earth.
true: 29%
false: 66%
don’t know: 4%

21.05.2018 - 15:54 [ BigBrotherWatch.org.uk ]

Face Off: The lawless growth of facial recognition in UK policing recognition in UK

Facial recognition has long been feared as a feature of a future authoritarian society, with its potential to turn CCTV cameras into identity checkpoints, creating a world where citizens are intensively watched and tracked. However, facial recognition is now a reality in the UK – despite the lack of any legal basis or parliamentary scrutiny, and despite the significant
concerns raised by rights and race equality groups.