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Amy Lieberman and Susanne Rust – Big Oil braced for global warming while it fought regulations

A few weeks before seminal climate change talks in Kyoto back in 1997, Mobil Oil took out a bluntly worded advertisement in the New York Times and Washington Post. “Let’s face it: The science of climate change is too uncertain to mandate a plan of action that could plunge economies into turmoil,” the ad said. “Scientists cannot predict with certainty …

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David Swanson – Probing Bernie Sanders’s Identity

Every time I write about a book about Bernie Sanders, somebody sends me a better one. If this keeps up, by the time his campaign is over I should be reading the best book ever written and be completely out of touch with reality. The latest isThe Bern Identity by Will Bunch. These books don’t make me like Bernie Sanders …

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Derrick Jensen – The Eco-Modernist Manifesto: a Program of Genocide and Ecocide

The idea that anthropocene — the human alteration of natural ecosystems — can be good or even great, as promised in the recently released Ecomodernist Manifesto, is purely delusional. Worse, it underlies a narrative in which the wholesale destruction of nature and of sustainable indigenous societies is repackaged as a noble mission — one whose ultimate purpose is the complete alienation of humans from the planet …

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Chris Hedges – The American Empire: Murder Inc.

Terror, intimidation and violence are the glue that holds empire together. Aerial bombardment, drone and missile attacks, artillery and mortar strikes, targeted assassinations, massacres, the detention of tens of thousands, death squad killings, torture, wholesale surveillance, extraordinary renditions, curfews, propaganda, a loss of civil liberties and pliant political puppets are the grist of our wars and proxy wars. Countries we …

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Expat Files – 01.01.16

-Examples how the USA has been forcing Latin countries to make their residency processes more and more difficult for US citizens. More proof Uncle Sam doesn’t want the sheep to leave the barn before shearing time.

-More tricky ways the USA state department can block or rescind your passport without you even knowing about it (eventually you’ll find out).

-Reports on how Mexico is seeking a kind of lame immigration revenge against Donald Trump

-Today we discuss how millions of illegal aliens in the USA have a system to steal valid Social Security numbers to get jobs. The secondary effects this can actually cause the IRS to block YOUR passport and travel privileges… effectively ruining your life.

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Robert J. Gould – The Ongoing Tension Between Power and Morality

American Exceptionalism is the belief that, even when the US is flawed in its policies, those politics are justifiable because there is something innately morally superior about being an American. This alleged moral high ground comes from our international commitment to promote and enforce democracy and free-market capitalism–even when it boils down to supporting dictatorships and economic exploitation. This view …

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Max Border – How Politics Brings Out the Worst In Us

The spectacle is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images. – Guy Duborg Have you seen The Best of Enemies? It’s a documentary about the famous 1968 debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal. The whole thing culminates in a moment where — after heated exchange — Buckley, taking Vidal’s bait, explodes, Now …

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Dave Johnson – The Country Is Moving Left

It might not seem so in the middle of a day’s news cycle, especially with that news always being about Donald Trump, but 2015 marked a year of change in a progressive direction. And the country is solidly behind this move. Progressive Victories In 2015 The country is moving in a progressive direction. In November, OurFuture.org’s Terrance Heath wrote in Progressive …

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STEVE HORN – “Miracle of American Oil”: Continental Resources Courted Corporate Media to Sell Oil Exports

A document published by the Public Relations Society of America, discovered by DeSmog, reveals that from the onset of its public relations campaign, the oil industry courted mainstream media reporters to help it sell the idea of lifting the ban on crude oil exports to the American public and policymakers. Calling its campaign the “Miracle of American Oil,” the successfulPR effort to push for Congress and the …

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It’s All About Food – Michelle McMacken, MD, Medical Weight-Loss Program – 12.29.15

Part II: Michelle McMacken, MD, Medical Weight-Loss Program with Plant-Based Nutrition

Michelle McMacken, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at NYU School of Medicine. An honors graduate of Yale University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she has more than ten years’ experience practicing primary care, directing a medical weight-loss program, and teaching doctors-in-training at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. McMacken is an enthusiastic supporter of plant-based nutrition and is committed to educating patients and doctors about the power of healthy eating and lifestyle modification. She has a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.