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Noam Chomsky & Abby Martin: The Empire’s Election Extravaganza

In this episode of teleSUR’s The Empire Files, Abby Martin interviews world-renowned philosopher and linguist Professor Noam Chomsky. Prof. Chomsky comments on the presidential primary “extravaganza,” the movement for Bernie Sanders, the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, the bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, modern-day libertarianism and the reality of “democracy” under capitalism.

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Adults Are the Problem

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Marian Wright Edelman writes at the Children’s Defense Fund:

It is time for adults of every race and income group to break our silence about the pervasive breakdown of moral, family, and community values, to place our children first in our lives, and to struggle to model the behavior we want our children to learn. School children don’t need one more “Officer Slam” as some students referred to the White South Carolina school resource officer who this week shamed the nation with his violent ejection of a 16-year-old Black female student from her classroom for a nonviolent offense. A very welcome counter narrative took place when a White female police officer in Washington, D.C. after diffusing a potentially volatile conflict between two groups of Black teens, then charmed with a “dance off” a defiant teen-age girl who had refused to leave.

Any parent who has gone through the challenges of adolescence could only admire the quick thinking and agile footwork of the D.C.

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Sports Military Worship Propaganda Exposed

Bernie Suarez via Activist Post:

A Senate oversight report just blew the lid on the U.S. military worship ceremonies we all see at sporting events all over the United States. We see this military worship all the time at college and professional sports events. These staged ceremonies are designed to psyop young men and women into joining the military. They are also designed to sell war and make young adults think that the road to honor goes through a military lifestyle. Sports fans have no idea they are being bombarded with lies and propaganda bankrolled by the Pentagon and the National Guard. The recent Senate report blowing the lid on this psyop campaign labels the paid for propaganda as “inappropriate and frivolous.”


The report reviewed contracts between the Pentagon (and National Guard) and sports teams and admittedly labels two thirds of the contracts as “paid-for-patriotism.” Yeah, I’ll say. Every trick from flag ceremonies, national anthems, ceremonial first pitches, puck drops, color guard presentations even reenlistment ceremonies have been quietly paid for to deceive the sports fans into wanting to join the military.

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So You Say You Are An Anarchist?

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Saying you are an anarchist is an instant way to grab some credibility. It gives one a certain cachet to opine that anarchy is the way to go. Government and the police? Fuck that, right? Yet many people who give credence to the thought of anarchy really don’t get what the whole scene is all about.

Could you roll with being an anarchist? Disinfo spoke to Gerard Casey, a Professor in the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland, and is also an Adjunct Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He has published a monograph on the libertarian economist, Murray Rothbard, and his most recent book is Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State.

Do we need governments for peace and security?

No. Human beings lived together for most of their history without a state and while their existence was far from idyllic, they could not have survived unless peace and security made the order of the day.Read the rest

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What Do You Think About Censorship?


There seems to be, in our society today, a crackdown on communication of a spiritual, candid and honest nature; a tacit censorship or “chilling out” of opinions, ideas, beliefs and worldviews that do not promote spending and consumption, free market neoliberalism, xenophobia and the characterisation of entire groups of people as enemies, to name a few major tangents.

It strikes me that this kind of censorship is a product of certain lawmakers, legislators, “public interest” groups, judges, police, members of government and moneyed lobby groups of big business and the church who embody an attitude of thought that seeks to control others and limit their expression to what they consider “acceptable.”

This kind of totalitarian thought is not at all unlike the mentality of German National Socialists burning books in the thirties, it is not unlike the mindsets of the Chinese who set out to “purify” Tibet from its own culture, and it is not at all unlike the current madness in North Korea.… Read the rest

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Millennials Can No Longer Be Silent About Our Broken System

(Photo: David Nehrt-Flores)

(Photo: David Nehrt-Flores)

This article originally appeared on Common Dreams by Yong Jung Cho, Waleed Shahid, Devontae Torriente, Sara Blazevic.

It’s election season. One side promises incremental reforms without a plan for how they would get an agenda passed through a gridlocked Congress. The other side uses thinly-veiled racist language about immigrants to talk about plans to bring our country back to a fictionalized, lily-white version of our nation’s history. Too often, both parties put the demands of big money over the hopes of real people. Despite the campaign rhetoric and the noise of the 24-hour news cycle, most Americans will tell you that they think our political system is broken. 83 percent of young people say they have no faith in Congress.

Today we face a true crisis of democracy: the will of the people is no longer the priority of our political system. Our government is failing us.

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CNBC Debate Part II: The Aftermath

I hadn’t planned on writing a follow-up to my previous piece on the CNBC Republican debate, considering the powerful emotional trauma it had caused within me.  Writing two articles for every debate is not something I’m willing to subject myself to.  Things are still tense down at the 7-11 — poor Chiaki, a pleasant young woman that works the register, still watches me with obvious fear whenever I browse the aisles, although her middle-aged co-worker smiles lasciviously and throws me a couple winks, making me wonder what horrible things I must’ve said to them while on that weekend bender.  Also I apparently started a secret handshake with the kindly, toothless old grandfather that spends most of his day getting drunk out front, which I believe is the primary cause for the eye-infection I’m currently battling. 

But while the debate itself was a goddamn joke, things have been happening since it aired; and given my horrible addiction, I must report those things.  Read the rest

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You Talkin’ To Me?


Tricking Passengers,

Your driver spent the week working on a treat, getting San Francisco TAXI: Life in the Merge Lane… (Book 2) out the door. (See cool promo vid at end of this blog!) Thus, please indulge as we ride along with a Halloween scare of yore…



I call-in to Citizen’s to let whomever know I’m coming in. I’m on the schedule today, but with no assigned medallion.

Bryce answers the driver’s line and sounds frazzled. I write it off to the busy time of the morning – getting day drivers out on the road while at the same time processing incoming night drivers’ keys, medallions, and gate money, etc.

So, Bryce tells me I “can sleep-in and have a cab later… or come in now and screw someone”.

Only half-awake I return all groggy,

“Wait. What are my options?”

I did Halloween with the kids last night and I really need the sleep.… Read the rest

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Who Lost the CNBC Republican Debate? Answer: I Did

IMG_0363After watching the CNBC Republican debate, I went on a three day bender that ended with me waking up on the floor of the ladies’ room in a nearby McDonald’s.  My Chuck Taylor’s were crusted with dried vomit and someone had pissed in my jeans.  Not for the first time, I was forced to ask a lot of hard questions about some of the decisions I have made in my life. 

Not about the drinking, though; several doctors have told me that I have a rare disease that requires at least a bottle of red wine a day to keep me on steady ground.  Rather, I had to ask why I ever decided to write about politics, why I couldn’t seem to stop, and what it would do to me if I couldn’t quit this horrible addiction.  Waking up in a puddle of piss is, while not a traditional way to regain consciousness, the least of the terrible fates that lay in store for people who can’t get the monkey off their backs.Read the rest

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Why We Need Alternative Media

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Perhaps the biggest story of the century has not been thoroughly reported on. While much has been written about the age of secrecy and the war on terror since 2001, it is easy to forget that $5 to $6 trillion is devoted to energy globally, the largest sector of the world’s economy. On Earth, it truly is the biggest thing going on. Of an estimated $200 trillion in existence, that’s a lot of money that can motivate many people to do both right and wrong things.

Energy was a frequent concern of world leaders attempting to calm the Ukraine crisis last year, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Both Germany and the rest of Europe get a large portion of their natural gas from Russia. This factored into sanctions calculations and communications between the parties. Additionally, the rise of ISIS last summer boosted American energy stocks as people came to see some American companies as more stable.… Read the rest

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