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CounterPunch Jun 14
Beyond Common Sense, most Americans know little about Thomas Paine. For many years after his death, he was either ignored or excoriated—the price he paid for The Age of Reason and its disparagement of religious institutions, especially Christianity.
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Nathaniel St. Clair 4h
The Greenland ice sheet is experiencing an unprecedented spasm of melting this week, losing half of its surface cover (more than 2 billion tons) in a matter of days…It hasn’t happened before. But almost certainly will again.
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Sinclair Lewis’s widely read and semi-satirical 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here resonates chillingly with current events in the United States.
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CounterPunch Jun 14
Wal-Mart, the company that pays it employees so little that they organize food drives; receives so many government subsidies that the public pays about $1 million per store in the US; and is estimated to avoid $1 billion per year in U.S. taxes.
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CounterPunch Jun 14
From 2001 to 2017, the Pentagon’s emissions totaled 766 million metric tons, according to a new Brown University report. That makes the U.S. military by far the world’s largest single source of CO2 emissions.
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Nathaniel St. Clair Jun 14
Each day, 96 million barrels of oil and liquid fuels are consumed worldwide. This equates to 35 billion barrels a year.
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CounterPunch Jun 14
The most polluting countries are China, the US, the EU, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Canada and Brazil. When measured in terms of per capita emissions, the US and Canada are the biggest culprits.
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CounterPunch Jun 14
As a nation of small minds, we accept the tutelage of small men. We acquiesce to the dimmed horizons of candidates like Joe Biden, whose cheaply bought lunchpail posturing is a transparent farce to anyone with a passing knowledge of his record.
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Kent Pitman Jun 14
As you think of sea level rise, see cities not as inert items made wet, but as vast repositories of toxins dumped violently into an ecosystem that sustains planetary life. Sewers flushed directly to ocean, building materials like asbestos & lead paint, rusted cars & gasoline, …
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CounterPunch Jun 14
Beyond Common Sense, most Americans know little about Thomas Paine. For many years after his death, he was either ignored or excoriated—the price he paid for The Age of Reason and its disparagement of religious institutions, especially Christianity.
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CounterPunch Jun 14
The US is making impossible demands for economic surrender – that no country could accept. What appears on the surface to be only a trade war is really a full-fledged Cold War 2.0.
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CounterPunch Jun 13
The giant ashy open sores festering across the state are mainly the legacy of Alabama Power. This company and its shareholders have long enjoyed dumping the nasty byproduct of their operations in pits that endanger the public.
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CounterPunch Jun 13
Nazis crashed the Pride parade in Detroit this year, accompanied by police who appeared to be escorting them, not merely standing in between to “keep the peace.” The list of such incidents since 2016 is long.
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CounterPunch Jun 13
Muslim politics are further radicalized when the economic policies of the West are offered as a remedy for their ills and whenever they are mandated from the West or through Western institutions.
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Jeffrey St. Clair Jun 13
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the "end" of the Kosovo War. It might be a good time for the "socialist" Bernie Sanders to apologize for supporting a US bombing campaign against a socialist country (Serbia), that among other crimes targeted the Chinese embassy in Belgrade
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CounterPunch Jun 13
What Benjamin Franklin is rumored to have said about the American Republic is now true of the planet as well: we have a world, if we can keep it. But so much of our interest is directed elsewhere, we are regularly spared evidence of the coming catastrophe.
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Nathaniel St. Clair Jun 13
The ash ponds from power plants in Alabama are all leaking various toxins in various amounts into their bordering waterbody and then wherever the currents care to take it. A Harvey type hurricane hitting Mobile could leave the city knee deep in coal ash.
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CounterPunch Jun 13
Congressional bipartisanship over the past two years has fostered bloated defense spending; the outsourcing of U.S. policy in the Middle East to Israel and Saudi Arabia; and Russian and Chinese efforts to forge their best relations since the 1950s.
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Jeffrey St. Clair Jun 13
Can anyone cite one issue where Biden is more progressive than Hillary Clinton? What kind of institutional laughing gas have the Democrats been inhaling to convince themselves that another center-right candidate with even less rhetorical skills than HRC could defeat Trump?
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CounterPunch Jun 13
We are told that greater bipartisanship is needed to avoid the blunders of the recent past. But bipartisanship has contributed significantly to the current bankruptcy in American national security policy.
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