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Dissident Voice - 2019-09-17 - Original post - cached version

The fundamental problem of political philosophy is still precisely the one that Spinoza saw so clearly (and that Wilhelm Reich rediscovered): Why do men fight for their servitude as stubbornly as though it were their salvation?

— Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Ant-Oedipus...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-14 - Original post - cached version
EPA Failure by Nancy Ohanian

Where are there voters who would get enthusiastic about rolling back a regulation that limits the amount of pollution and chemicals in our nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands? Where? Well, not in states, but at Republican Party meetings... they...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

The fiftieth anniversary of the first Earth Day of 1970 will be in 2020. As environmentalism has gone mainstream during that half a century, it has forgotten its early focus and shifted toward green capitalism. Nowhere is this more apparent than abandonment of the slogan popular during the early...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-12 - Original post - cached version

It’s a modest apartment in Newport where I sit with Susan Swift to go over “quite the life” as any listener might say about this feisty, spiritual and articulate, world-traveling woman.

The hitching post Susan and I tie our respective philosophical steeds on is “philosophy” and “fate,”...

The Anti Media - 2019-09-11 - Original post - cached version

Japan's environmental minister recommended releasing more than one million tons of radioactive Fukushima wastewater into the Pacific Ocean.

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

The climate crisis is turning average law-abiding people into raging law-breaking eco rebels, by boatloads. Extinction Rebellion (ER) is at the forefront, demanding that governments declare climate emergencies and take urgent action.

In that regard, ER, which started in the UK, says...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

The oceans are “crying for mercy,” a fact that is starkly revealed in a telling 900-page draft of a forthcoming UN report due for release September 25th. The draft report obtained by Agence France-Presse (AFP) assesses the status of the oceans and cyrosphere. It’s a landmark UN report, and it’s...

Porkins Policy Review - 2019-09-04 - Original post - cached version

This week JP Sottile joined me for the first hour to discuss the climate catastrophe. We started out by discussing how many people, including myself, have long ignored this issue. We talked about how daunting and overwhelming the crisis is, and how this has led many to feel as though they can’...

Ian Sinclair - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

First we stop London city Airport, then Heathrow
by Ian Sinclair
Morning Star
21 August 2019

On a muggy evening last month over 100 people attended a public meeting in a school hall in Wanstead, east London to hear about the proposed expansion of London City Airport (LCY...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

As someone who has been a union member since I was a Marine with the American Servicemen’s Union until I retired last year as a Teamster as well as a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, I have lived the reality of mistreatment of workers in the United States.

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Dissident Voice - 2019-09-03 - Original post - cached version

When perceived authorities like President Trump designate immigrants “animals,” they authorize abuse of those officially disparaged people.  Conscience-challenged people predictably seek to enhance their status by carrying out apparent or explicit wishes of adored “leaders.”  Trump probably has...

Ian Sinclair - 2019-09-02 - Original post - cached version

Book review. Systems Change Not Climate Change: A Revolutionary Response To Environmental Crisis edited by Martin Empson
by Ian Sinclair
Morning Star
2 September 2019

Systems Change Not Climate Change is a collection of eleven essays from members of the Socialist Workers...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version

Even in the vast and mysterious reaches of the sea we are brought back to the fundamental truth that nothing lives to itself.

— Rachel Carson1

“I’ve never lived on the West Coast, but I really have absolutely fallen in love with the place.”

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Consortium News - 2019-08-30 - Original post - cached version

CN Live! was back in prime time Friday night with John Kiriakou, Pepe Escobar, Whitney Webb, John Shipton, Quentin Dempster, Peter B. Collins and Cathy Vogan. Watch the replay right here on Consortium News.  CN Live! returns in prime time tonight…

Consortium News - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

The UN’s warnings are dire, but they are still likely overestimating the time we have to act, writes Arn Menconi. By Arn Menconi Special to Consortium News The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, released a report earlier…

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

On 28 October 2018, Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil with 55.1% of the vote and with a gigantic help from Cambridge Analytica.

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2019 in Davos Switzerland, Bolsonaro made a sumptuous presentation, “We Are Building a New Brazil”. He...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

Students march in Melbourne, Australia. Source AAP.

The Embassy Protectors Defense Committee is calling on the US State Department to drop the federal charges against us. On May 16, federal forces invaded the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC in violation of the Vienna...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-27 - Original post - cached version

By now most environmentally conscious people understand that Jair Bolsonaro is a bad guy. Brazil’s president has scandalously blamed environmentalists for starting fires burning in the Amazon region, after having called for more “development” of the huge forests.

Canadians are lucky we...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

The next president should declare a Climate Emergency, which will give the president powers to act rapidly and decisively to confront the climate crisis. The president should also create a cabinet-level Office of Climate Mobilization for the coordination of all federal agencies in mobilizing the...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

There is no shortage of social justice causes trumpeted by the West† with a revolving medley of “child actorvists” at the forefront. The logical observer may question whether these endless multi-billion dollar campaigns have had any tangible effect at all, except in serving as a stalking horse...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

Symbioses — prolonged associations between organisms often widely separated phylogenetically — are more common in biology than we once thought and have been neglected as a phenomenon worthy of study on its own merits. Extending along a dynamic continuum from antagonistic to...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-23 - Original post - cached version

A decade ago several prominent climate scientists discussed the prospects of a 4°C Earth. Their concern was qualified “… if greenhouse gases do not slow down, then expect a 4C Earth by 2055.” Of course, that would be catastrophic, and one can only assume those scientists must have recognized...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-21 - Original post - cached version

Some corporations and governments have used the US public as guinea pigs in uncontrolled experiments conducted without the public’s approval. They were often gambling with our well being when they introduced new products or conducted risky tests. In contrast, there were usually few risks for the...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-19 - Original post - cached version

It was predictably ugly: in tone, in regret, and, in some ways, disgust.  Australia emerged from the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting isolated, the true spoiler of the party which saw 17 states facing the obstinacy of one.  It had taken place on Tuvalu, some two hours flight north of Fiji...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-16 - Original post - cached version

[W]hy do so many assume that a ‘Green New Deal’ won’t just empower those same forces that have run havoc upon the world for the past half century and just cause more death and starvation than has already been suffered under Globalization?
— Matthew Ehret, 2019

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Dissident Voice - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

This essay is in regard to a crime that too often goes unmentioned when the conversations turn towards political analysis, the contemporary journalistic scene, and broader social critique: the crime of being extremely online.

What does it mean to be extremely online? It mostly is as...

Ian Sinclair - 2019-08-15 - Original post - cached version

UK airport expansion and the climate catastrophe: interview with Declan Finney and Giulio Mattioli
by Ian Sinclair
Morning Star
30 July 2019

The debate about airport expansion in the UK and the climate crisis has been dominated by Heathrow Airport.

In a recent...

Consortium News - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Three scholars look at what can be done for U.S. farms, where bankruptcies were already at a 10-year high before the floods this past spring.  Jeff Jorgenson looks over a partially flooded field he farms near Shenandoah, Iowa, May 29,…

Consortium News - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Ronnie Cummins challenges the widely used official estimate of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. agriculture. By Ronnie Cummins Independent Science News for Food and Agriculture The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and…

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Dissident Voice - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Sea level has been stable, at current levels, throughout recorded history for 5,000 years. That’s about to change. Still, it’s very difficult for people to imagine a change in sea level after 5,000 years of rock solid stability.

Nevertheless, assuming sea levels do rise markedly, one of...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version


East Creek investigation finds clearcutting rare intact old-growth on Vancouver Island

Rainforests are a crucial feature of Earth’s biosphere. Apart from being critical to Earth’s climate and vital carbon sinks, the...

Consortium News - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version

Aviva Chomsky reports on the complexities of labor’s response to the Green New Deal and little-known divisions over the plan within the environmental movement. By Aviva Chomsky TomDispatch.com When it comes to heat, extreme weather, wildfires, and melting glaciers, the planet is now in what…...

21 Century Wire - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version


IMAGE: The imposing and stunning sight of Church Rock in the Navajo Nation, located in northwestern New Mexico.

Here is the true cost of the American empire.

In 1945, the first atomic bomb was tested at the U.S. defense facility at Alamogordo, New Mexico. Just 34 years later...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships.

However, there appears to be no mention of cancers in the report, a serious omission...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version

As our political and governmental systems deepen their dysfunctionality, as corporations act ever more brazenly in their greed, as our planet suffers from the horrors of a broken culture, we clearly recognize that these systems fail miserably when it comes to integrity. When we look at our local...

Independent Science News - 2019-08-08 - Original post - cached version

by Ronnie Cummins The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and world) body politic, as well as a growing number of politicians, activists and even U.S. farmers. This ...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-26 - Original post - cached version

I have previously written a summary of the interrelated psychological, sociological, political-economic, military, nuclear, ecological and climate threats to human survival on Earth which threaten human extinction by 2026.

Rather than reiterate the evidence in the above article, I would...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the cheapest and most efficient way to tackle the climate crisis. So states a Guardian article, citing a new analysis published in the journal Science. The author explains:

As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon...

Consortium News - 2019-07-25 - Original post - cached version

From a vantage point in the not-too-distant future Andrew J. Bacevich looks back on 2019 as a year when, in retrospect, it was clear the United States had  passed a point of no return. By Andrew J. Bacevich TomDispatch.com [Editorial note:…

Consortium News - 2019-07-24 - Original post - cached version

We are witnessing a mass extinction and no amount of rugged individualism is going to solve it, writes Caitlin Johnstone. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com Individualism cannot save humanity from the crises it faces. It’s not the right tool. There is a widespread…

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Dissident Voice - 2019-07-24 - Original post - cached version

The 2020 presidential election in the United States may be the most critical political event in human history. At no time in the history of global civilization have human beings faced existential crises on a global scale. Regional crises of the past 10,000 years reveal that economic regimes have...

Ian Sinclair - 2019-07-22 - Original post - cached version

Book review: This Civilisation Is Finished: Conversations on the end of Empire – and what lies beyond by Rupert Read and Samuel Alexander
by Ian Sinclair
Morning Star
22 July 2019

Embodying the honesty, alarm and radicalism of Extinction Rebellion (XR), This Civilisation...

Consortium News - 2019-07-20 - Original post - cached version

Long term campaigns to decarbonize the economy and demand emergency climate policies are getting stronger, write Kevin Zeese and  Margaret Flowers. By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers PopularResistance.org The warnings of climate chaos are coming so fast they are difficult…

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Dissident Voice - 2019-07-16 - Original post - cached version

The Adani conglomerate should be best described as a bloated gangster, promising the earth even as it mines it.  Like other corporate thugs of such disposition, it will do things within, and if necessary outside, the regulatory framework it encounters.  Where necessary, it will libel detractors...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-15 - Original post - cached version


Protest against Trans Mountain pipeline in BC.

I write as a settler on this land. I am not speaking on behalf of Aboriginal people but rather as an unconditional ally to their struggles. I will specifically address...

BSNEWS - 2019-07-14 - Original post - cached version

‘Strange days indeed’ sang John Lennon, and one can only ‘imagine’ what a man at the forefront of creating positive planetary change in his day would have made of where we are now? Because these are indeed extraordinary times in which the very foundations of everything we collectively believed...

Consortium News - 2019-07-11 - Original post - cached version

Consortium News announces the launch on Friday of a weekly webcast news show as a successor to the Vigils for Assange that will also delve into other pressing issues of the day. CN Live! will air every Friday from 2 pm to…

Independent Science News - 2019-07-10 - Original post - cached version

by Maywa Montenegro, Annie Shattuck and Joshua Sbicca These are difficult times in farm country. Historic spring rains – 600% above average in some places – inundated fields and homes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-10 - Original post - cached version

I have previously written many articles describing one or more aspects of the dysfunctional nature of the typical human mind, together with an explanation of how this came about and what we can do about it.

I have also explained that it is this dysfunctional psychological foundation that...

Ian Sinclair - 2019-07-09 - Original post - cached version

A Year of Rebellion: Rupert Read interview
by Ian Sinclair
Morning Star
25 June 2019

The past year has been the busiest and most exciting of his life, Rupert Read tells me when we meet in London before his appearance at a Guardian event on Extinction Rebellion.

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