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Friday, October 21, 2016

David Rosen, CounterPunch: Every 25 seconds someone is arrested for possessing drugs for their own use, amounting to 1.25 million arrests per year. These numbers tell a tale of ruined lives, destroyed families, and communities suffering under a suffocating police presence. The war-on-drugs is a punitive, vindictive form of policing, criminal justice and imprisonment. It's easy to be tough on those involved in mostly a victimless crime, drug use. Cops pick the easiest target, notably inner-city minority youth and rural white youth; prosecutors show off how tough they are by "throwing the book" at some hapless soul; and judges get easily re-elected for being tough on drug criminals, especially people of color and repeat offenders. Hundreds of thousands of people are convicted, cycle through jails and prisons, and spend extended periods on probation and parole, often burdened with crippling debt from court-imposed fines and fees. read more

Russia offered to negotiate a "cyber" treaty to mutually eliminate hacking. The USA refused.
The Clinton campaign says that WikiLeaks is working to alter the outcome of the November election, yet simultaneously claims that nothing "earth shattering" is being revealed.

If the Clinton claims of election-altering intent on the part of WikiLeaks is credible, then the aggressive anti-Russian posturing could imply that truly damaging evidence is yet to be released.

If nothing so consequential unfolds, we must consider the possibility that fomenting escalated conflict and war with Russia may be a foreign policy aim of an incoming Clinton administration.

Are these extraordinary and potentially dangerous escalations designed to distract from more than just "embarrassing revelations", or to set the stage for a ramp-up in US anti-Russian aggression. (Keith Binkly) read more

A system that depends on endless growth without restraints will eventually self-destruct. If the legitimacy of our democratic system is to be maintained, economic policy must benefit the many not the few. A universal basic income would create a situation in which it possible to survive without depending on selling your labor to anyone who will pay for it, making automation a path to liberation, not destitution.

Pointing to the concentration of political and economic power in the hands of the few and acknowledging "the weakness of the proletariat against the centralized state," Orwell was not optimistic about the future, but he was certain that the economic status quo would give way to something new.

The future of capitalism and the future of the planet are intertwined. The health of the latter depends on our ability to dismantle the former, and our ability to construct an alternative that alters our course, which is heading towards catastrophe. (Jake Johnson) read more

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The world's premier business newspaper the Financial Times (Japanese owned) says Mao was the worst ever. The worst ever Bernie Sanders?

Mao was a combination of Jesus and Sitting Bull. He scared the physical and metaphysical shit out of the empire and the rich. He did the impossible and outmaneuvered Marx when it came to the peasants. Mao wanted to destroy the rich (especially landlords) and all imperialists. He wanted to recreate China and bet on the poorest of the poor to do it.

Global business gambled when it set up shop in China because with cheap labor came "cheap" communism, one that could catch fire again and burn everything with a dollar sign on it. Capital finds itself in a possible trap. And it knows it. That's why it has been demonizing Mao since his death in 1976. Western experts estimate that Mao caused between 40-70 million deaths in peacetime, more than Hitler and Stalin combined.

The problem with this Western view of Mao is China disagrees. (Aidan O'Brien) read more

The rights protected by the Constitution of the United States are the rights of natural persons only.

Artificial entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities, established by the laws of any State, the United States, or any foreign state shall have no rights under this Constitution and are subject to regulation by the People, through Federal, State, or local law. The privileges of artificial entities shall be determined by the People, through Federal, State, or local law.

The judiciary shall not construe the spending of money to influence elections to be speech under the First Amendment. (David Swanson) read more



Mormon leadership is trying to come to terms with national legislation protecting the LGBT community, because they have a long history of discrimination which my previous link demonstrated has led to many suicides. Some of the worst cases involved students at BYU, who were forced to undergo involuntary clockwork orange type torture to reprogram their sexual preferences, else they would be expelled and unable to graduate from BYU University. Of the twelve known victims of this type of abuse, 11 committed suicide.

There is a similar history with respect to -------.

In Utah, Mormons run the State, and engage in legislating restrictions on alcohol every year. Its one way politicians can appear to be serving their public. Wine and Liquor are State run businesses with limited hours, always closed on Sundays and election days. Radical changes were made to Utah liquor laws in order to win the Olympics in 2002. Since that time its gotten weird with things like what they call the "Zion Curtain". Restaurant Owners, at great expense, have been forced to remodel their facilities, so that diners are unable to see the bar or anyplace where drinks are mixed. Licenses to serve alcohol are restricted in number with multi-year long waiting lists, complicating the opening of every new restaurant. Car dealers are not allowed to be open on Sundays either (they don't want a gentile dealer to gain an advantage against their Mormon competitors).

Of course every Mormon is not a bigot. President and alleged prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, was from a strong humanitarian tradition. The current President and alleged prophet, Thomas S. Monson, is more of a Trump-like ---.

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