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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Prof. Cornel West – America at a Crossroads

cornel_westEvery now and then it’s worthwhile checking in with astute, former Princeton prof Cornel West. Here’s an extract from a new interview with Open Democracy. How do you view the Trump phenomenon?  CW: Donald Trump is a billionaire pseudo-populist with an autocratic sensibility, narcissistic personality, and hence a neofascist in the making. His project brings together a lethal mixture of big banks, huge corporations, xenophobic scapegoating (Mexicans, women, Muslims, Blacks, and non-straights), economic anxiety and national malaise tied to militaristic aspirations abroad. This is what US-style fascism looks like—echoes of Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here (1935), the classic novel of American fascism. Read more of this post

The Goddess Returns – Laura Mvula

Published on Jun 14, 2016 Music video by Laura Mvula performing Show Me Love

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Eckhart Tolle – The Pain Body & Addiction to Unhappiness


Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of the very influential books, “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth: Awakening to your Life’s Purpose.” I spent a very profound week with him at a retreat in Rishikesh, India, at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in 2002. One of his most significant, insightful concepts he terms the pain body. “The pain-body is my term for the accumulation of old emotional pain that almost all people carry in their energy field.” On a weekend when hate has fueled senseless carnage in Florida it seems very apt. Read more of this post

Rigging the Election in California


Source Planet reports – According to the California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, as of Thursday afternoon, more than 6 million ballots have already been counted, and it is estimated that the number will climb to 8.5 million. From an LA Times article: More than 2.5 million ballots were left uncounted on election day across California, a process that could take several days or longer and leave close races in limbo. Secretary of State Alex Padilla posted a report late Thursday on unprocessed ballots. Most of that total — about 1.8 million — were mailed to voters but returned only on Tuesday. Read more of this post

And More Election Fraud


Greg Palast is an award-winning journalist who writes for The Guardian and Rolling Stone. Here’s his report today: “The steal is baked into the way California handles No Party Preference –”NPP” voters –what we know as “independents.” There are a mind-blowing 4.2 million voters in California registered NPP – and they share a love for sunshine and Bernie Sanders. According to the reliable Golden State poll, among NPP voters, Sen. Sanders whoops Sec. Hillary Clinton by a stunning 40 percentage points. Read more of this post

More Trouble For Monsanto in Europe

According to the Wall Street Journal the future of weedkiller glyphosate, the active ingredient of Monsanto’s Roundup, in the European Union market remains unclear, after a proposal to temporarily extend its sales authorization failed to garner the necessary majority on Monday. Read more of this post

Fountain of Youth – New Supplement


A dietary supplement containing a blend of thirty vitamins and minerals has shown remarkable anti-aging properties that can prevent and even reverse massive brain cell loss, according to new research by scientists at McMaster University. It’s a mixture scientists believe could someday slow the progress of catastrophic neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s. Read more of this post

More Election Fraud?


Interesting timing that AP calls Clinton the Democrat nominee one day before California and after a weekend with claims of election fraud in Puerto Rico.  In a decision that is  reminiscent of problems seen in Arizona, polling locations in Puerto Rico were reduced from 1,510 to 432, seven days before the election. The 2008 Democratic primary in Puerto Rico had 2,306 polling places serving 384,758 voters. Read more of this post

Lead in U.S. Water Coverup


The Guardian has an article by Erin Brockovich, who was profiled in an Oscar winning movie, about a coverup in water testing in American cities. “The worst sense of security is a false one,” she writes. “It’s hard for people to wrap their heads around the idea that those in charge – federal, state and local agencies – might be cheating the system. But, all too often, that is exactly what happens. Read more of this post