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A note from Mint Press News in which Jill Stein congratulates Bernie Sanders on his campaign and invites him to continue his efforts for serious social change as a proponent, or even a candidate, of the Green Party, for which Dr. Stein is the presumptive nominee at this point, a report that blends seamlessly with a missive that has just shown up on Op-Ed News, as an “Open Letter to Sen. Sanders,” an appeal to Bernie and those ‘feeling the Bern’ to consider an ‘independent’ run for the presidency.
This Day in History
Twenty-four and a quarter centuries ago, a brief coup against Athenian ‘democratic’ rule established an oligarchy in place of Greece’s very limited democracy; nineteen hundred forty-eight years before this moment, Nero committed suicide, quoting Homer’s Iliad as he prepared to kill himself and encourage Rome’s descent into civil war; twelve hundred and ninety five years ahead of today, fighters under the leadership of Odo of Aquitaine defeated a Moorish invading force at Toulouse;
A Thought for the Day
The absurd idea overwhelmingly predominates in America that only certified, peer-reviewed, university-trained PhDs whose jobs are in technology or engineering or laboratories can discuss, debate, examine, practice, or otherwise take part in science, a hideous idiocy that not only means that practically speaking all scientific discourse is suspect if not outright disreputable but also suggests that profound political and economic forces—conflicts-of-interest is a less abstract and more descriptive way to put the matter—both underlie what passes for scientists’ inquiries and undermine reliable production of technical innovations that serve people first and profits much later, if at all.
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A DOCUMENTARY ASSESSMENT OF AN ISRAELI ATTACK ON AMERICA
America needs an honest, accountable Congress to enact Bernie’s program. But trying to win each Congressional seat one-by-one is impossible. So let’s run one campaign to replace Congress all at once (except those already on board) that whips up the same enthusiasm, volunteerism and money as Bernie’s presidential campaign.
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A Global Voices look by astute observers as to the plight of our neighbor down South, and a cautionary tale of where we as a nation are heading: “Against the background of government corruption and decay, stories of clashes between armed groups, extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances, and discoveries of clandestine graves have made the language of war omnipresent in the Spanish that Mexicans speak, reflecting the grim reality of their lives. “
A Guardian post that will be of help to many a scrappy scribe: “We are designed by evolution to be busy. That’s OK for the caveman, who needs to feed himself; not OK for you in the 21st-century when you have to deal with an ever-growing range of tempting distractions. Which is why it is so baffling that Paris has been identified as the city with the shortest working week, when France is renowned for having higher productivity than the UK.”
An Electronic Intifada look at the unfortunate consequences to speaking the truth as a theater operation: “Israeli occupation forces have blocked a senior staff member of Jenin’s Freedom Theatre from crossing into Jordan from the West Bank.
Mustafa Sheta was attempting to reach a visa interview at the US embassy in Amman late last month when he was turned away by Israeli agents at the Allenby crossing.”
A Naked Capitalism look at the shameless ways in which the Democratic establishment is seeking to smash any and all vestiges of democracy: “How corrupt is the current leadership, top to bottom, of many of the arms of the Democratic Party? Looks like “very” to me. The willingness to corrupt the process seems to exist at many of the state and county committees as well. (It’s not a conspiracy if you don’t have to tell the county committeewoman what to do, if she already knows, in other words, when and where to stick in the knife.)
How determined is the Democratic Party to commit seppuku on a national electoral stage? Same answer. Flying high on hubris usually lead to a crash landing. Pride and a fall.”
A Social Europe skeptical look at the policy that some leaders view as a solution to the current crises without the need to relinquish the means of production: “Like all simple ideas, however, things get more complicated on closer scrutiny. For decades there have been jeremiads predicting that workers would be replaced by robots and unemployment would spiral. They have been wrong, and wrong for an important reason: the level of employment is socially, not technologically, determined. Keynes envisaged a possible society where leisure would be widespread because much more highly productive labour was shared and minimised, not corralled by some. Short of that, Keynesian demand-management ensured the steady post-war boom western Europe enjoyed. “