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china_us_flags.jpg image Why China Is Running Circles Around America Ellen Brown via gail, Wednesday, Feb 28 2018, 11:52pm
“One Belt, One Road,” China’s $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, is a massive undertaking involving highways, pipelines, transmission lines, ports, power stations, fiber optics and railroads connecting China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa. According to Dan Slane, a former adviser in President Trump’s transition team, “It is the largest infrastructure project initiated by one nation in the history of the world and is designed to enable China to become the dominant economic power in the world.” In a Jan. 29 article titled “Trump’s Plan a Recipe for Failure, Former Infrastructure Advisor Says,” he added, “If we don’t get our act together very soon, we should all be brushing up on our Mandarin.” (story and 1 image)
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text Why One War When We Can Have Two? Eric Margolis via cyd, Wednesday, Feb 28 2018, 11:24pm
`We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists, but great-power competition – not terrorism – is now the primary focus of US national security.’ Henceforth Russia and China will be America’s main enemies, with Iran and North Korea thrown in for good measure.
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text Korean Peace Terrifies War Mongering Washington Tony Cartalucci via gus, Wednesday, Feb 28 2018, 11:17pm
North Korea has been depicted by the Western media as a dangerous rogue state, plotting the nuclear holocaust of America and holding global peace and stability hostage with its irrational aggression. It is the supposed threat North Korea poses to the world that the United States uses to justify its enduring decades-long military presence on the Korean Peninsula.
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text The Corporate Tax Cuts Produce More Jobs, MYTH darcy, Wednesday, Feb 28 2018, 12:01am
One of Australia’s big four banks, NAB, released its latest profit report -- the big banks own the game so they always win. The new published profit increase was immediately followed by the shedding of four to six thousand jobs, so much for increased monies producing jobs, and this behaviour applies to all large corporations, as is evident with a modicum of research.
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text Trump Sets Deadly Precedent by Hiding Rationale for Bombing Syria Marjorie Cohn via jaxie, Sunday, Feb 25 2018, 10:00pm
Pressure is mounting as the Trump administration continues to refuse to reveal its legal justification for bombing Syria in April 2017, despite increased scrutiny from Democratic senators and a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
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text Living in his own private 'New England,' Barnaby Joyce Finally Resigns baz, Friday, Feb 23 2018, 3:51am
Joyce's forced decision was very late, too late to minimise damage to the Nationals and the Liberals. Had Joyce done the obvious and honourable thing and resigned early the conservatives would have fared much better indeed, but Joyce, forever the selfish child, as his absurd philandering behaviour indicates, unnecessarily damaged the brand of the conservatives, which damage would stick in the back of voters' minds for a considerable period.
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text Fight to Save Net Neutrality Jake Johnson via jane, Friday, Feb 23 2018, 3:26am
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai's net neutrality repeal plan was finally published in the Federal Register on Thursday, but that doesn't mean net neutrality is officially dead—in fact, as open internet defenders quickly observed in response to the news, the fight to save the web from the Republican-controlled FCC is just beginning.
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text American Electoral Meddling for Empire: The CIA Comes Clean Binoy Kampmark via shirl, Thursday, Feb 22 2018, 10:34pm
Electoral meddling has become the gruel of US politics for months, and more servings are being promised in the wake of the indictments against 16 Russians and Russian entities dished out Robert Mueller last week. Such actions can, when taken in isolation, seem sensible. Righteous indignation can be channeled appropriately, and given the suitable icing of exceptionalism.
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text The Coming Wars to End All Wars Edward Curtin via sal, Thursday, Feb 22 2018, 10:26pm
The Trump and Netanyahu governments have a problem: How to start a greatly expanded Middle-Eastern war without having a justifiable reason for one. No doubt they are working hard to solve this urgent problem. If they can’t find a “justification” (which they can’t), they will have to create one (which they will). Or perhaps they will find what they have already created. Whatever the solution, we should feel confident that they are not sitting on their hands. History teaches those who care to learn that when aggressors place a gun on the wall in the first act of their play, it must go off in the final act.
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Stan Grant image Stan Grant, Aboriginal TV host (ABC) and attempted Journalist Tries to Write on Joyce james, Monday, Feb 19 2018, 4:22am
Stan Grant begins his ‘journalistic’ piece with “what to do about Barnaby Joyce, ... a wicked problem,” for the government -- implied. (story and 1 image)
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text Forget it! claire, Sunday, Feb 18 2018, 9:57pm
There is no “We the People ...,” perhaps there never was, but what is starkly evident today is that the USA is ruled by non-representative forces that use presidents as puppets and governments as toys.
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text A New and Effective Model for Workers Rights darcy, Sunday, Feb 18 2018, 3:53pm
One need not split hairs over the causes of chaos, instability and destruction in the world today. The cause is as obvious as dog’s balls. Avaricious pigs rule the world, plain to see.
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John Winthrop, self-righteous, intolerant bigot and religious fanatic image American History for Truthdiggers: Roots in Religious Zealotry Maj. Danny Sjursen via jill, Sunday, Feb 18 2018, 2:27am
Truthdig editor’s note: The past is prologue. The stories we tell about ourselves and our forebears inform the sort of country we think we are and help determine public policy. As our current president promises to “Make America great again,” this moment is an appropriate time to reconsider our past, look back at various eras of United States history and re-evaluate America’s origins. When, exactly, were we “great”? (story and 1 image)
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text Today’s Post-Real World janice, Saturday, Feb 17 2018, 10:10pm
Since acclaimed literary critic, theorist and analyst Roland Barthes announced the death of the author, back in 1977, he knowingly and to an extent, unknowingly, predicted/pre-empted the post-reality/postmodern world we live in today, which I would name as the ‘Post-Real’ world in which reality is determined by the reader or interpreter of cultural signs, (language) symbols, images, including phenomenological material signs and symbols, like buildings, vehicles, cats, dogs, etc, etc, as cultural discourse, because all these artefacts SPEAK to us as language which must be interpreted.
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PM Malcolm Turnbull (left) and deputy Barnaby Joyce, two FAILED leaders image “Inept” -- Deputy Oz PM Joyce Attacks PM Turnbull james, Thursday, Feb 15 2018, 7:27pm
Well, as predicted the scandal assailed deputy PM Barnaby Joyce certainly didn’t need any help destroying what was left of his career -- his reputation and social standing is already shattered beyond repair. Joyce is now in full self-destruct mode and any support he may have had would wither as a result of his latest incredibly idiotic open attack on the PM, though I would add, his accusation is entirely correct, as the PM should have stepped in IMMEDIATELY and forced Joyce to stand aside or resign for the good of the coalition and government. PM Turnbull is clearly the leader you have when you’re not having a leader. (story and 1 image)
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text A Dangerous Turn in U.S. Foreign Policy Conn Hallinan via julie, Wednesday, Feb 14 2018, 11:05pm
The Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy is being touted as a sea change in U.S. foreign policy, a shift from the “war on terrorism” to “great power competition,” a line that would not be out of place in the years leading up to World War I. But is the shift really a major course change, or a re-statement of policies followed by the last four administrations?
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text American Culture Indicted -- Yet Another Tragic School Shooting shiela, Wednesday, Feb 14 2018, 7:55pm
America specialises in the killing of INNOCENT civilians world wide -- tens of millions to date -- it is a cultural mindset that has plagued the nation since its war of independence and early genocides of native Americans. Today America exports this poisonous mentality to the wider world, America can infamously boast of approximately 12 million innocent souls murdered in pursuit of PROFIT since the Vietnam war, which, the manic pursuit of profit, was also the main reason for the slaughter of native Americans -- they were simply in the way of ‘progress’ and the interests of the elite few. And so, is the world surprised by the latest school shooting in Florida? Not really.
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Joyce (left) with PM 'hopeless' Turnbull image Barnaby Joyce “Comes out Swinging” according to The Australian Newspaper jane, Tuesday, Feb 13 2018, 11:32pm
Really, one could only wonder what Joyce is swinging besides the shit he is drowning in? (story and 1 image)
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assange0.jpg image Assange’s Hopes of Freedom Trampled justin, Tuesday, Feb 13 2018, 10:16pm
A UK judge trampled all over Assange’s legal team’s arguments that it was not in the “public interest” to enforce an arrest warrant for Assange for skipping bail. Assange’s completely inept, divorced from REALITY, legal team, argued that his self-incarceration at the Ecuadorian Embassy was punishment enough for skipping bail and that further enforcement of the warrant was a “disproportionate punishment,” which ‘defence’ Judge Emma Arbuthnot stomped all over by stating that Assange was FREE to leave the embassy at any time and face charges in UK courts, which outcomes he could appeal if he chose. (story and 1 image)
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text The FBI and President Trump James Petras via gail, Tuesday, Feb 13 2018, 2:25am
Few government organizations have been engaged in violation of the US citizens’ constitutional rights for as long a time and against as many individuals as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Seldom has there been greater collusion in the perpetration of crimes against civil liberties, electoral freedom and free and lawful expression as what has taken place between the FBI and the US Justice Department.
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