The Sixth Extinction began at the end of WWII. The planet is warming, glaciers are melting, the ocean is rising, species are dwindling, the threat of nuclear annihilation is real because we know that there have been hundreds of instances of false alarms of an imminent attack in the USA and probably more never reported in Russia. While the military failings are catastrophic events, background radiation from this nuclear industry and exposure to thousands of unnatural products from the chemical industry may do humanity in. Noam Chomsky talks about our hopes and fears, congratulates "Democracy Now" for their remarkable success and reminds people of the social progress which has been achieved during the last century, particularly for women and reminds them alone there is little you can do to make the world a better place, but together the common good can prevail. read more
The idea of annulling debts nowadays is so unthinkable that economists and theologians doubt whether the Jubilee Year could have been a common practice. Instead of causing economic crises, these debt jubilees preserved stability in Near Eastern societies. Economic polarization, bondage and collapse occurred when they stopped being proclaimed. Royal debt jubilees freed society from debt bondage, without liberating slaves. Debt jubilees also returned the land or crop rights that debtors owed to creditors. This enabled families to resume their self-support on the land and pay taxes, serve in the military, and provide free labor on public works. Commercial "silver" debts among traders and other entrepreneurs were not subject to these debt jubilees. Rulers recognized that productive business loans provide resources for the borrower to pay back with interest, unlike consumer debt. This was the contrast that medieval teachers later would draw between interest and usury. read more
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Trump has set the record for most federal appeals judges confirmed in the first year of a presidency. Those lifetime appointments are conservative judges, who support the causes of the 1% regardless of law, or the constitution. Republican obstruction in the final years of Obama's presidency boosted the record number of vacancies. A significant number of Supreme Court justices are approaching retirement or mortality, the highest chamber threatens to tilt just as dramatically to the right. The Senate has confirmed 19 of Trump's nominees, which includes one Supreme Court justice, 12 circuit court judges, and six district court judges. The only way to stop the seizure of the judiciary is for Democrats to win the Senate in November.
We pretend that technology will rescue the planet without another stock collapse. Perhaps sustained by a universal basic income someone will find an algorithm that will permit us to continue trashing the planet, keep the stock market rolling to new heights, without a human engineered corruption of our planet. Only those 50 or older have no fear of how uninhabitable the planet will be in another fifty years. And yet that dystopic future is in their hands. Elect more young people to office, people more likely experience what their legislation creates. Not worrying about a future one will not personally ever inhabit is the real flaw in the game of Winner/Loser that we play. Stop worrying about what Trump will do and worry about education. Take your kids out of any school that teaches coding without reading comprehension and expository writing. Stop the narrowing of curriculum to STEM study, studies that feed a need for increasing profits extracted from new technologies. read more