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- Linda Gunter discusses Nuclear Waste dumping in Japan September 16, 2019
- The Heat: US-Russia nuclear tensions Pt 1 September 16, 2019
- The Heat: US-Russia nuclear tensions Pt 2 September 16, 2019
- Checking In on the Great Lakes September 16, 2019
- Great Lakes, Great Problems September 16, 2019
- Should I Be Concerned About Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria From Fish Farms, Shrimp, Salmon, Pigs September 16, 2019
- It’s in Our Genes | (Science documentary) DW Documentary September 16, 2019
- Corporate Money Muzzling Independent Media On YouTube & New Super PAC Emerges For Democrat’s September 16, 2019
- How the Greenland ice melt will expose buried US nuclear waste within decades｜Climate Change September 16, 2019
- ICESat-2 Celebrates One Year for Photon Phriday September 16, 2019
- How Can We Design a Green New Deal? September 16, 2019
- Chinese engineers to revamp Ghana’s eastern port city rail services September 16, 2019
- “We in the Media Have Not Been Doing Our Job”: 250+ News Outlets Pledge to Focus on Climate Crisis September 16, 2019
- UNITED NATIONS UN Climate Change Summit 2019 September 16, 2019
- Negotiating Climate Science September 16, 2019
- What Americans Must Never Forget September 15, 2019
- The Last Time Banks Did This… They Caused A Financial Crash w/Richard Wolff September 15, 2019
- Why Warren’s Plan to Lift Millions from Poverty Scares Rich September 15, 2019
- Marianne Williamson – Yes to what we know to be TRUE! September 15, 2019
- Christopher Dickey: We’re Seeing The Death Of Democracy In America & Europe | The 11th Hour | MSNBC September 14, 2019
- BBC “Inside Out West” takes an in depth look at the Stroud founders of XR | Extinction Rebellion September 14, 2019
- Trump to propose ‘narrower definition’ for water protection September 14, 2019
- The Future of Farming September 14, 2019
- A Look Inside China’s Social Credit System | NBC News Now September 14, 2019
- China’s “Social Credit System” Has Caused More Than Just Public Shaming ( HBO) September 14, 2019
- (54) Inside China’s High-Tech Dystopia September 14, 2019
- On Contact: Tyranny of the corporate workplace – Elizabeth Anderson September 14, 2019
- World’s first floating nuclear power station heads to Russian Far East September 14, 2019
- Why China grows faster than US September 14, 2019
- Hello From the Year 2050. We Avoided the Worst of Climate Change — But Everything Is Different | TIME | Bill McKibben September 14, 2019
- LETTERS FROM CHINA: Phyllis Forbes Kerr September 14, 2019
- Forbes House Museum September 14, 2019
- New storm threatens hurricane-ravaged Bahamas September 14, 2019
- History of grain reserve in China September 14, 2019
- House Committee Opens Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump September 14, 2019
- Trump Admin Repeals Rule Protecting Drinking Water of 100+ Million September 14, 2019
- New York Schools Won’t Penalize Students Who Join Climate Strike September 14, 2019
- House Votes to Block Drilling in Alaskan Wildlife Refuge as Trump Admin Readies Lease Sales September 14, 2019
- 7 Million People Displaced by Extreme Weather in First Half of 2019 September 14, 2019
- 2.2 Million Somalis At Risk of Starvation Amid Massive Drought September 14, 2019
- Greenpeace Activists Rappel Off Houston Bridge, Halting Oil Shipments September 14, 2019
- Scientists continue to issue urgent warnings about climate change | 7.30 September 14, 2019
- How the Greenland ice melt will expose buried US nuclear waste within decades｜Climate Change September 14, 2019
- Another Flint? Newark, NJ, Faces Public Health Crisis over Lead Contamination in City’s Water Supply September 14, 2019
- It’s time to draw borders on the Arctic Ocean September 14, 2019
- Mozambique: Recovering from Two Cyclones September 14, 2019
- The Origin of Race in the USA September 14, 2019
- The Atlantic Slave Trade: Crash Course World History #24 September 14, 2019
- Ex Slaves talk about Slavery in the USA September 14, 2019
- Blackface: A cultural history of a racist art form September 14, 2019
Daily Archives: July 9, 2019
Under its current leadership the United States is rapidly becoming a ‘banana republic’ — without any bananas. Increasing signs of this transformation are apparent and pervasive. The “free press” is a “free-market press,” and therefore substantially controlled by large corporations seeking favorable treatment from corrupted government agencies with the aim of building their respective market share and commercial dominance. They no longer serve the citizen’s interests — vital in any democracy — to know and learn about the world around them so that they can make informed decisions determining their own future. Instead the public is “sold” the news that serves the interests of dominant corporations and the advancement of political control by the corporate-state.
The courts have been stacked with judges who political appointees approved by a supine Senate beholden for the financing for their increasingly expensive public relations campaigns in periodic plebiscites. No where else in the world are putatively “free elections” so expensive, effectively eliminating any candidates who cannot marshal millions upon millions of dollars to launch a “bid” for office.
The respect for “civil rights and “human rights” under the current administration has sunk to historically low levels, as international organizations have observed and the public daily witnesses the rise of overt racism and the construction of concentration camps for political refugees along its boarders.
The conduct of international relations has deteriorated to the level of the brazen disrespect for international law, the unilateral abrogation of treaties and the fitful use of bluster, intimidation and military-economic coercion for the advancement of selected corporate entities and military contractors that have proven faithful contributors to the dominant families in power. Family members of the President have been placed in key government advisory and policy roles for which they are manifestly incompetent, leading many foreign Ambassadors to comment on the ineptness and shocking ignorance of the current American diplomats.
All of this has taken place with the sycophantic subservience of a scandalous “party system” and a notoriously arcane and corrupted series of disjointed electoral procedures that have been infiltrated and manipulated by foreign powers who effectively succeed in promoting candidates of their own choosing. In a “winner-takes-all” system this means foreign entities — either state actors or powerfully wealthy private interests have proved that they can effectively control the U.S. political system.
Perhaps most ominous feature of this unmitigated trend of moving to the status of a ‘banana republic’ is that it is a pattern that is being repeated around the world from Turkey to the Philippines and Egypt to Hungary. This is particularly troubling because the U.S. has lost its stature of global respect as an effective voice for the moral high ground in human affairs or even as a credible mediator in conflicts that are multiplying around the world.
It is not clear as yet whether any other nation-state will fill this gap in global leadership or whether more nations will follow the U.S. path in its tragic collapse of vision and moral leadership. For the moment the most positive reaction to these spiraling trends towards the proliferation of ‘banana republics’ around the world appears to be the global reaction of youth who are demonstrating, fighting for and demanding a just, equitable and survivable future for the global climate and all life-support systems around the world.
- Before All the World the Youth Challenge the Fatal Myopia, Greed & Childishness of the Trump Generation
as well as related stories: Greta Thunberg (background information)
It remains to be seen whether collectively the youth can mobilize new forms of collective action and determination — like that demonstrated by the college-aged students in Hong Kong — to unite with one another to save the planet from those currently in dominant “leadership” positions in institutions and political systems around the world.
New China TV
Published on Jul 9, 2019
You’ve heard of fish tanks, and you’ve heard of gardens…but have you ever heard of putting those two things together?
Published on Aug 10, 2015
Robert Reich explains 3 myths about the economy.
Published on Jul 9, 2019
On Monday, Donald Trump gave a speech about the environment, just moments after Washington, D.C. experienced one of the heaviest rainfalls on record. But rather than talk about leading the country forward, Trump derided progress by making absurd and completely false claims that plans like the Green New Deal would somehow harm minorities and poor people. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains why Trump’s claims have no basis in reality.
Published on Dec 1, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. As an industry insider, Alan Lewis knows just how badly the food system is broken. In this high energy TEDx talk, Alan reveals the sophisticated methods used by the food industry “fibberati” to manipulate, deceive and distract us. If you have ever read a food label and felt you were being lied to, you have felt the “dark mark” of the fibberati. We can resist these nefarious tactics by making conscious food choices based on core values that support a sustainable and just food system.
Alan directs Government Affairs and Food and Agriculture Policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 60-year-old health food chain operating over 85 stores in fifteen states. He is active in many trade organizations and sits on the Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council. His focus is on communicating with local and federal policy makers using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive — except for tonight. He has lived for extended periods in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed a keen appreciation for the variables of agriculture production and food systems within different geographic, cultural and economic contexts.