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07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]
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Health Care & Environment
07.19 Trump administration won't ban pesticide tied to childhood brain damage [There is no truth to the persistent rumor that chlorpyrifos pesticide was heavily used at Trump's childhood home in Queens]
07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]
07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]
07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]
07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]
07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]
07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]
07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]
07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]
News Media Matters
US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
07.18 Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests [Also, too much ignored by media, the $millions "donated" corrupting moderate Democrats and Republicans every election cycle must stop]
07.18 This Republican's Case for Medicare for All [A well-informed Republican is rare, so let's hold him in the light so others may learn]
07.18 Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar [1:03 video shows Trump pandering to his ignorant idolaters, and together they're making America a greater shit-hole country]
07.16 Contempt [Variations of frequent loss & theft of property title by organized legal efforts against black owners]
07.15 Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]
07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]
High Crimes vs. Human Rights
07.19 Conscientious objectors of first world war – their untold tales [The record proves they were morally right by avoiding violent early deaths of their cousins and themselves]
Economics & Corrupt Capitalism
International & Futurism
07.19 Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions [Was barbaric Saudi Arabia—whose citizens were more involved in the 9-11 attacks—the wrong ally all along?]
07.19 “The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time” [Read this and learn. Or read Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) | Twitter and/or President Trump (@POTUS) | Twitter. Are you serious? Or are you in hideously criminal denial?]
07.18 ‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters [Most people around the world have more in common with these Hong Kong Chinese protestors than with the ignorant people at Trump rallies]
07.18 Dozens Arrested as Over 1,000 Jewish Activists and Allies Shut Down Entrances to ICE Headquarters Demanding Closure of Trump Detention Camps [Obviously these are not the immoral and less educated right-wing jews who support Netanyahu, Trump and ICE, and who slowly exterminate Palestinians when no one is looking]
07.17 Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It [Only psychopathic Saudi Arabia and Russia are U.S. ’allies’ now...]
07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]
The New War Against Money
The question is: who rules the world—democratically elected governments or corrupt governments in unison with banks and corporations?
People who lose their jobs and, in turn, lose their homes and basically their lives, do not experience freedom, they experience the ruthless logic of the system. The financial system.
My impression is that we are currently seeing the emergence of a new war—the culmination of a cold war that commenced hundreds of years ago and may well have spawned a number of hot wars throughout modern history. In the west, we believe that we live in democracies, and certainly it can be argued that we live in the best states that have ever existed on the face of the Earth—from an ordinary citizen’s point of view. Certainly the United States, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and also the Japan of the late 20th century, were as close to paradise as one could ever have dreamt.
But something is wrong behind the scenes. There is a rotten smell oozing out from behind the stage.
We were—and are—brought up to believe we are free. We are brought up to believe we live in democracies. But is that really true? How many of the decisions that influence our daily life are democratic? The lives of most people are not shaped by government decisions, by plebiscites, by whatever happens transparently in the European parliament or the US Congress. Most lives are shaped on a daily basis by corporate policies, and, as it happens, corporations are in no way democratic. In fact, most of us cannot even decide when to get up in the morning.
Corporations internally are dictatorships or oligarchies. People who lose their jobs and, in turn, lose their homes and basically their lives, do not experience freedom, they experience the ruthless logic of the system. The financial system. The financial system is involved in every human activity in capitalist nations. Democratic decisions are not. Everything, really everything, requires money. Even romantic love involves money, as conventions require expensive presents, and money is also known to be more sexy than even the best-shaped six-pack. Money rules. And it rules ruthlessly. When we look more precisely, we are not ruled by democratic institutions or by people—we are ruled by a mathematical apparatus, and this apparatus basically consists of a set of functions requiring exponential fiscal growth in order to work properly. There is only growth or decline, and even a small decline, as the logic of the apparatus defines it, results in economic disaster. Unfortunately the exponential growth of the virtual fiscal values have to be matched by an equally exponential growth of real, physical values. And in the end the artificial requirements of an out-of-control financial apparatus will collide with the rules of physics on a small and plundered planet—of reality, that is.
However—as dead-cold as the apparatus might be, it is mainly in private hands, which is not a conspiracy theory but a fact. Banks are private corporations, and even in states where the money creation itself is controlled by independent state banks, individuals do not engage in business with state banks but with private banks who directly profit big time from the very creation process of money. Whenever we talk about state subsidies, we should look at banks first, as the banking system of our time basically is state-funded in its entirety. When people cry “Socialism,” they should a) try to understand what the term means; and b) explain why banks and corporations should be subsidized and protected, enabling them to pay out humongous bonuses, while children, sick people, and poor people are to live without welfare, free education or free healthcare, all three of which are normal in Western Europe, where I live, but absent in the US.
In Western Europe, where I live, I feel more free here than in the US, because I feel less fear.
I feel more free here than in the US, because I feel less fear. Even if I lose my job, my children are entitled to free high-end healthcare until the age of 18, we grownups would still be entitled to free basic healthcare, and from the unemployment insurance I would receive enough income to allow my family and me to survive in a relatively decent way. If I am to believe American conservatives, that is an evil thing. Here, we call it the “solidarity principle.” In Western Europe, the people who pay into the system are the ones benefiting from it.
The question is: do we live in capitalism, in "timocracies", so to speak, or do we live in democracies? I more and more get the impression that at least the masters of the money universe, who have long confused this artificial construct with the real universe, believe they are the rulers of the world, and this attitude may well date back to the Fuggers and the Medicis, reaching all the way to the Ackermanns and Blankfeins of our time. The latter said he was doing God’s work, and I always get an itch when powerful people involve God to justify their own actions.
The US Supreme Court decides that there ought to be no limit to corporate spending for election campaigns, saying, effectively, that anyone who has enough money can buy the elections. President Obama is enraged and displays his righteous anger.
The going gets tough, the events are accelerating, and the hidden dark forces are beginning to show their face. We are witnesses to a power struggle that might well take very unpleasant forms in the not-so-distant future. The question is: who rules the world—democratically elected governments or corrupt governments in unison with banks and corporations? The self-proclaimed doers of "God's work" and Masters of their own invented Universe will—like the rest of us—have to learn the hard way that, to quote Philip K. Dick, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” And when it comes to a final battle between the virtual economy and the ultimate reality of nature, the finance sector will look like a house of cards hit by a megaton hydrogen bomb. And it will be blown away like the seeds of a dandelion in a hurricane—together with the rest of our mighty globalized money civilization, where human lives only count when a sack of bank notes is attached to them.
Stefan Thiesen, a scientist and writer, was educated in Germany, the UK and the US.
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