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The child migrant crisis in context

July 17, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Christopher C. Schons  

"A few demographic data points can tell a breathtaking story. In 1960, the populations of Guatemala and the USA, respectively, were 4.1 million and 181 million. Today, they are 14.6 million and 318.4 million. Guatemala’s population has much more than tripled, while that of the US has not come close to doubling. While it is true that the rate of population growth recently has slowed in Guatemala (having shown signs of commencing the so-called 'demographic transition'), the country still adds over 300,000 people per year to a territory half the size of Minnesota. The stresses and strains that this explosion has placed on the local economy, environment and society are almost unfathomable." (07/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ogvu6zd  

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Radical leftism, radicalism, hierarchy, capitalism and government

July 16, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Natasha Petrova  

"Government is a very old institution and so is the hierarchy that is inherent to it. Its use of aggressive force, violence, coercion, and compulsion to gets its way is nothing new in human history either. The non-anarchist or non-libertarian left often seems to want to replace corporate capitalist hierarchy with government hierarchy. That is the meaning of central planning of prices and allocation of productive resources. A monopolistic government controlling the allocation of production or prices would certainly qualify as a violent hierarchical central planner. In contrast, left-libertarian market anarchism seeks a world of horizontalism where hierarchies have been maximally flattened – if they exist at all." (07/15/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29281  

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#Not all conservative white guys

July 16, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Mark Morford  

"Now here’s a cherished lament, a shockingly obvious statement that, nevertheless, most liberal writers like me apparently fail to acknowledge whenever I decry the latest moral or social abomination from the right, or the church, or the NRA, or Texas, or Koch Industries or Monsanto or crazed fans of Doritos Locos Tacos, et al. Do you recognize it? 'We’re not all like that,' certain piqued members of these very groups will quickly exclaim, in response to articles/charts/facts throwing a harsh light on their concomitant dogma, or hate speech, or homophobia, or tacit acceptance of racism, violence, social regression, mistreatment of women and trees and dogs. As if this makes a difference. As if this changes everything." (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pellcdw  

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Is Canada’s new anti–sexwork bill unconstitutional?

July 16, 2014
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The Nation
by Michelle Chen  

"If Canada’s Conservative government gets its way, the country could soon get slapped with a new anti-prostitution bill that -- while promising to rescue sex workers from harm -- might end up hurting far more than it would help. In a landmark decision last year, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down many of the country’s major statutes against prostitution -- a ruling that could have effectively decriminalized sex work. In response, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government is now pushing C-36, a bill that would once again broadly criminalize the buying of sex, largely restoring a regime of anti-prostitution enforcement that the high court already deemed unconstitutional." (07/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfsedxb  

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Immigration

July 16, 2014
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Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (07/15/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/immigration-8/  

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Neocons go undercover

July 16, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Fox News reports it's entirely legal in many jurisdictions for criminals to change their names, citing the case of an Oklahoma man convicted of impersonating a police officer -- as well as a would-be school bus driver who is a convicted sex offender. It's a problem in Australia, too, where rapists, murderers, and 'fraudsters' simply reinvent themselves in order to escape scrutiny once out of prison. This practice is now spreading to the political sphere, where the ideological fraudsters formerly known as neoconservatives are trying to transform themselves into 'Freedom Conservatives.'" (07/16/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/07/15/neocons-go-undercover/  

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Why America can’t disown the children at our border

July 16, 2014
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Reuters
by Jim Gaines  

"It only seems like the latest immigration crisis hit by surprise, turning up suddenly on the U.S. border from someplace deep in the jungles of somewhere else. In fact, the children’s exodus from Central America has been in the making for decades. It is coming from a region where the United States has been a major political and military player for more than half a century, and it has roots in U.S. streets and prisons. If these kids weren’t the ones suffering the worst of it, you might call them payback." [editor's note: And if you were honest, you'd lay it squarely at the feet of the War on (some) Drugs! - SAT] (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q6n887s  

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Seven reasons consumers won’t love the Citigroup deal

July 16, 2014
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Our Future
by Richard Eskow  

"The Justice Department’s settlement with Citigroup was finally announced Monday. A $7 billion settlement against a too-big-to-fail bank? What’s not to love? We’ll answer that with another question: If the settlement that the Justice Department just negotiated with Citigroup is as punitive, why did Citigroup’s stock go up when the deal was announced? Reasons for the rise include the report of a good second quarter -- a report that just happened to be released on the same day this deal was announced. Not bad for a bank that just settled fraud charges, recently failed a Federal Reserve stress test, and wouldn’t even exist if the American people hadn’t bailed it out." [editor's note: When they're not ranting about corporations paying more taxes (only creating higher prices on their goods?), these CAF folks do have a clue sometimes - SAT] (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2gmedf  

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Welcome to Cleveland, GOP! Here’s where to go

July 16, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Clare Malone  

"You’ll be forgiven if, what with all the prodigal-son-pardoning that Cleveland was doing at the end of last week, you’ve already forgotten that the city also locked down the 2016 Republican National Convention. Come that far-off summer, the streets of this jewel of the Rust Belt Riviera will be awash in power ties and quaint ideologies and social mores; the GOP’s glitterati, coiffed, gusseted, and ready for battle, will be busy appropriating Cleveland’s blue collar culture. While only fools and state party chairs ever believe a convention location will swing a state, it’s a clever bit of marketing by the Republicans to throw their prom in a stronghold of Democrats and labor unions." [editor's note: This is a pretty clever analysis of where the GOP emperor-wannabes might find solace & support - SAT] (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n9kzak6  

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India, where corporate socialism is a growth industry

July 16, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by P. Sainath  

"
It was business as usual in 2013-14. Business with a capital B. This year’s budget document says we gave away another $88.6 billion to the corporate needy and the under-nourished rich in that year. Well, it says $95.3 billion but I’m leaving out the $6.6 billion foregone on personal income tax since that write-off benefits a wider group of people. The rest is mostly about a feeding frenzy at the corporate trough. And, of course, that of other well-off people. The major write-offs come in direct corporate income tax, customs and excise duties." (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/logp3tk  

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Alabama’s anti-abortion architects

July 16, 2014
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In These Times
by Robin Marty  

"Early this summer, the eyes of the nation’s abortion-rights supporters and opponents were locked on Montgomery, Alabama. The ACLU of Alabama and clinic owners were attempting to persuade a federal judge that a new requirement that abortion clinics have admitting privileges at local hospitals was a naked attempt to shut down most of the clinics in the state. We won’t learn until the end of July whether the judge will uphold the lower court’s block on that rule. If it is allowed to go into effect, only two of Alabama’s five abortion clinics will remain operational. Or maybe just one." (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qbb72e3  

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California’s no-win “money talks” recount

July 15, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"California is in the midst of a sort-of statewide election recount. Will it be like Florida in 2000? Hardly. This isn't a heated national contest to see which party occupies the Oval Office. It's about the unsexy state controller's office and which Democrat -- former Assembly Speaker John Pérez or Board of Equalization member Betty Yee -- will run in November against top vote-getter Ashley Swearengin, Fresno's Republican mayor. Yee garnered 481 more votes than Pérez, so Pérez wants a recount. But just as the Florida recount did little for the Sunshine State's image, a recount under California election rules does not make the Golden State appear golden." (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/noegs2v  

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Palestinians must put an end to suicidal Hamas

July 15, 2014
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The Nation
by Bob Dreyfuss  

"One message from the current crisis over Gaza is clear: the Palestinians have to get rid of Hamas. No one else can do it: the Israelis, vastly superior in military terms, only strengthen Hamas politically by wantonly raining death and destruction on Gaza. But the fanatics of Hamas, who seem to believe that they can resist Israel militarily (along with the even more radical Islamist groups that run around in Gaza) do incalculable damage to the Palestinian cause. In this case, I agree with Bret Stephens, who wrote today in The Wall Street Journal, concerning Israel and Hamas, 'If you must have a nemesis, better it be a stupid one.' Stephens, a neocon hawk and blind supporter of Israel, certainly doesn’t qualify as sympathetic to the Palestinian plight. But he’s right here: Israel has no stupider enemy than Hamas." (07/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n7kztnz  

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Open the borders now and forever

July 15, 2014
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David S. D'Amato Center for a Stateless Society
by David S. D'Amato  

"Free and open movement is the natural, unconditional right of every single individual, a prerogative that precedes governments and their arbitrary borders and policies. Confronted with this fact, even some self-styled libertarians will cavil and complain, puling that open borders actually amount to 'forced integration,' that a free society is in fact one of exclusion and static populations disallowed from free movement simply by facts of 'private property.' And of course these facts and the relationships they implicate are never to be called into question. Never are we to ask what kinds of results and patterns legitimate property rights, properly based on some notion of homesteading, would create if actually developed and held to." (07/14/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29313  

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What does FFUC stand for?

July 15, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Fossil Free UC is a group that wants UC to divest its endowment fund of fossil fuel investments. Ophir Bruck from the group sent me this article to explain his group’s thinking. The author explains that fossil fuel investments aren’t really money makers in the long haul, so there’s no real sacrifice from staying out of that market. Nice try, but the real reason that students are pushing UC to divest in fossil fuels is apparent: UC is an easy target. UC will not fight back. The worst thing that could happen to these activists is that administrators will pat them on the head and praise them for caring so much. The worst outcome for students, however, would be less money for the endowment. Past disinvestment decisions (for tobacco and Sudan) have cost the endowment $471 million and $6 million respectively." (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mjch9l6  

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Bastille Day, Individualism & the Concept of Progress … in 1939

July 15, 2014
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The Nation Blog
by Richard Kreitner  

"Are we to ignore the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille? Sure, there is Kurdistan to think of, the fate of Central American child refugees to consider, a highway funding bill to craft. But seventy-five years ago, on the 150th anniversary, there were also a few distractions. Adolf Hitler, for instance, was threatening to take over Europe, first, and then the world. The very flame of enlightenment itself flickered and seemed about to go out." [editor's note: And 65 years ago, on the 160th anniversary, another notable event occurred in the course of liberty - SAT] [additional editor's note: Happy birthday, Steve! - TLK] (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q2jhecg  

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Oil industry hits unexpected roadblock … in Maine

July 15, 2014
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In These Times
by Cole Stangler  

"Opponents of tar sands (the massive bituminous oil deposits in Alberta, Canada with a greenhouse gas impact four times greater than that of standard crude) have inched one step closer to a major victory. On Wednesday night, the City Council of South Portland, Maine voted 6-1 to pass an early version of an ordinance that would ban the loading of crude oil onto ships and related infrastructure within city limits. It’s a local land use issue with staggering global implications: The oil industry, activists worry, wants to reverse the flow of the Portland-Montreal Pipe Line, a series of pipelines first built in World War II that now ships imported crude from the coast of Maine to Montreal. Amid ongoing tar sands extraction in Canada (and a dearth of export routes there), it would make more economic sense for the pipelines to flow the other way." [editor's note: Glad to see my original homeland standing up to this - SAT] (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oyhsyu5  

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Hacking online polls and other ways British spies seek to control the Internet

July 15, 2014
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, 'amplif[y]' sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be 'extremist.' The capabilities, detailed in documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even include an old standby for pre-adolescent prank callers everywhere: A way to connect two unsuspecting phone users together in a call. The tools were created by GCHQ’s Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), and constitute some of the most startling methods of propaganda and internet deception contained within the Snowden archive." (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oom7xo5  

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Pentagon’s F-35: “Can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run”

July 15, 2014
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Reuters
by David Axe  

"Americans should be worried. The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order (which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland) began on the evening of July 3 and continued through July 11. All those F-35s sitting idle could be a preview of a future in which potentially thousands of the Pentagon’s warplanes can’t reliably fly. ... The June incident might reflect serious design flaws that could render the F-35 unsuitable for combat." [editor's note: And how many billion have they pissed away on this one? - SAT][additional editor's note: Well, at least the damn things don't work. I wouldn't WANT something like that in the state's hands if it did! - TLK] (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o4ldnvm  

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It’s not your boss’s business!

July 14, 2014
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Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"There is a new 'Not My Boss'[s] Business' bill being introduced in the Senate to undo the damage done by the (older, Catholic males on the) Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby decision. According to the National Women’s Law Center, the Not My Boss'[s] Business bill would prohibit employers from refusing to cover any healthcare item (including birth control) guaranteed to their employees and dependents under federal law." [editor's note: Of course, the REAL issue is that those "bosses" should have never been in the "business" of providing anything other than salaries and vacations (and maybe stock options?) in the first place! - SAT] (07/14/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140714/its-not-your-boss-business  

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The battle for Baghdad

July 14, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn  

"Shock at the disintegration of the army in Mosul and other Sunni-majority districts of northern Iraq is still determining the mood in Baghdad weeks later. The debacle marks the end of a distinct period in Iraqi history: the period between 2006 and 2014 when the Iraqi Shia under Maliki sought to dominate the country much as the Sunni had done under Saddam Hussein. The Shias’ feeling of disempowerment after the Mosul collapse has been so unexpected that they believe almost any other disaster is possible." (07/14/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/14/the-battle-for-baghdad-2/  

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Argentina loss to Germany: Nothing compared to USA $$$ rout

July 14, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner  

"If there were poetic justice in the world, Argentina would have beaten Germany in the last three minutes of World Cup play instead of vice versa. Germany represents everything that's wrong with the world financial system. Argentina is the epic case of countries whose economies are screwed by policies championed by Germany -- and, unfortunately, by the United States, as well. Let me explain." (07/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q9pyjn3  

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How libertarians should — and should not — approach Millennials

July 14, 2014
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"In recent weeks both Thoughts on Liberty and Reason have published articles on the Millennial generation’s social and political attitudes, as they relate to libertarianism. One is a good example of how libertarians should approach Millennials. The other most decidedly is not." (07/13/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29297  

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The “makers” and “takers” — not who you think

July 14, 2014
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The old '53% vs. 47%' meme that got so much attention in the 2012 election resurfaced this week ... . Of course this is pure buncombe. It presupposes that high taxable incomes result primarily from being 'makers,' when the truth is just the opposite. The higher your income, in fact, the more likely you’re a taker who's -- all together now! -- dependent on government." (07/12/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29214  

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America’s response to child refugees downright shameful

July 14, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Joshua Holland  

"Those seething with so much rage and xenophobia that they’d hurl ugly epithets in the faces of children fleeing bloody violence in Central America bring shame to the whole nation. But the response of mainstream America hasn’t been much better. The media’s characterization of what’s going on at our southern border as a 'crisis,' politicians pointing fingers at one another and Washington’s refusal to provide the resources necessary to care for a small wave of refugees -- not to mention the bipartisan push to send them back home -- is just as shameful when one considers the context." (07/11/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l2b8ae8  

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