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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 2: Entropy and Economics

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In the future, the only way that we can avoid economic collapse is to build a steady-state economy. There exists much literature on how this can be achieved, and these writings ought to become a part of the education of all economists and politicians.

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over. The dangerous methane hydrate feedback loop is discussed in an excellent short video made by Thom Hartmann and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Celebrated author and activist Naomi Klein has emphasized the link between need for economic reform and our urgent duty to address climate change.

Rebel economist Prof. Tim Jackson discusses the ways in which our present economic system has failed us, and the specific reforms that are needed. In one of his publications, he says: “The myth of growth has failed us. It has failed the two billion people who still live on $2 a day. It has failed the fragile ecological systems on which we depend for survival. It has failed, spectacularly, in its own terms, to provide economic stability and secure people's livelihood.”

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

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“The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy

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  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 | Few are as qualified to tackle the massive topic of money in politics as Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman. Their new book, Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy (read an excerpt), is a comprehensive and important examination of the many ways our lives are affected by the stranglehold corporations have on our government and society. And it’s a look at how we can fight back.

Wendell Potter is senior analyst at the Center for Public Integrity, an ex-newspaperman and a former executive with the health insurance industry who dared to come in from the cold and become one of our most knowledgeable and forthright champions of health care reform. Regulars here at BillMoyers.com will remember his 2009 appearance on Bill Moyers Journal, when he first told his remarkable story.

Michael Winship is senior writing fellow at Demos and a senior writer of the series, Moyers & Company, airing on public television.

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http://stmedia.stimg.co/ows_145532194841624.jpg?h=398&w=637&fit=crop&bg=999&crop=faces Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine, Joshua Holland, the Nation

Her campaign has put a spotlight on the cozy relationships between Democratic operatives and corporate America.

 

 

Special Report | Selected Articles: Human Rights Hypocrisy

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“Does the Reality Live Up to the Rhetoric?”

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Naming Crimes: The Use, Misuse and Omission of Genocide, Binoy Kampmark 

March 18 2016 | Hollow words run the world of diplomatic exchange. Such counterfeit currency is fundamental to understanding humanitarian law, where political figures stumble or walk tall depending on whether they should condemn, let alone combat, certain catastrophes.

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Human Rights Hypocrisy: US Criticizes Cuba, Marjorie Cohn

March 18 2016 | In advance of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba on March 20, there is speculation about whether he can pressure Cuba to improve its human rights.

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Smart Power and “The Human Rights Industrial Complex”, Patrick Henningsen

March 17 2016 | Human rights in the West: does the reality live up to the rhetoric?

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Pavel%20Constantin%20%7C%20Corrupted%20Justice.jpgSerious Systematic Human Rights Violations Against the People of YemenArabian Rights Watch Association

March 18 2016 | IDO, together with Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain, and Arabian Rights Watch Association, express our utmost concern over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its Coalition’s (the “Saudi-led Coalition’s”) ongoing serious and systematic violations of rights in Yemen, including political, economic, human, and humanitarian rights.

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The Criminalization of Environmental and Human Rights Activists: Free Ethiopian Political Prisoners!, Grain

March 16 2016 | One year after their arrest on March 15, 2015, three food, land, and human rights defenders continue to languish in an Ethiopian jail.

Global Research News publishes news articles, commentary, background research and analysis on a broad range of issues, focusing on social, economic, strategic and environmental issues.

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Special Project | The War on Women: Week Ending March 26, 2016

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  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Most Rape Accusations Are False, Idaho Sheriff Says
    • Lets Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives
    • Gloria Steinem, Reb Susan Talve, & Catholic Climate Activist on "The Church & Women" Editor
    • It's Called Gendercide: Armed Husbands Shoot Eight Women In One Week, Six Die
    • I Was Denied A Common Procedure Because My Hospital Says It's "Evil"
    • Obama Admin Warns GOP: Try To Illegally Defund Planned Parenthood, Things Will End Badly For You
    • Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs
    • The Battle Over Planned Parenthood

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Most Rape Accusations Are False, Idaho Sheriff Says, Andy Campbell, Reporter, Huffington Post 

Craig Rowland wants the power to toss rape kits because the majority of rape complaints are "consensual sex."

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Lets Stop Shaming Ourselves for Having Robust and Healthy Sex Lives, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Let's stop shaming females for having robust and healthy sex lives, or for being in touch with and honoring their physical desires. Let's instead give these young women the tools they need to arm themselves for participation in healthy sexual relationships: namely, confidence, pregnancy and disease prevention, and knowledge of consent and the right to full bodily autonomy.
  • Part 1: The Purity Standard Is Outdated and Unfair. And It's Time for It to Go
  • Part 2: Frozen Out- Disney's outdated messages to our daughters

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Gloria Steinem, Reb Susan Talve, & Catholic Climate Activist on "The Church & Women" Editor, The Shalom Center

Should "Outsiders" Criticize Subordination of Women in Catholic Theology & Practice? [Our initial essay on that issue, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, is now available at Shalom Center and at Huffington Post <>]


 

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It's Called Gendercide: Armed Husbands Shoot Eight Women In One Week, Six Die, Martha Rosenberg, OpEdNews 

  • The NRA … likes to say no laws can stop partner murderers, ignoring every developed country in the world where domestic gun homicide does not happen weekly--or at all. If seven men were shot in the head in one week by wives who were known to be violent, armed and dangerous would it say the same thing?
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I Was Denied A Common Procedure Because My Hospital Says It's "Evil" Rachel Miller, Refinery 29

  • Their directives classify getting your tubes tied as a form of contraception, as 'intrinsically evil.' 
  • When the Catholic Church owns your doctor

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Obama Admin Warns GOP: Try To Illegally Defund Planned Parenthood, Things Will End Badly For You, Jameson Parker, Addicting Info

  • Lawmakers in Alabama and Louisiana should be embarrassed of themselves. If you ever wake up to discover that you’ve received a letter from the HHS letting you know your plan to screw the poor is so repugnant that it actually crosses the line into being illegal, you’re the bad guy. If you then continue to fight the federal government over the issue by spending thousands of dollars in legal fees for a battle you will ultimately lose, you’re approaching comic book villain territory.
  • Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs

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Jeb Bush didn’t misspeak: The GOP wants to dismantle reproductive health programs, Andrea Flynn, Next New Deal 

The former governor's remarks were more than a slip of the tongue. They offered a window into his party's agenda

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The Battle Over Planned Parenthood, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Now, somehow, we’ve come to a decidedly indecent place that, yes, even in an emergency, a corporation’s beliefs are more important than a woman’s life.
  • Part 1: Everything You Need To Know About The Anti-Abortion Groups Trying To Discredit Planned Parenthood
  • Part 2: The Real Stakes In The Manufactured Controversy Over Planned Parenthood

America, you’re stupid: Donald Trump’s political triumph makes it official — we’re a nation of idiots

  • Trump's rise proves we're full of loud, illiterate and credulous people — and he's a mirror of them
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America
  • Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’ 

Sean Illing, Salon

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016 | “I love the poorly educated.” — Donald Trump

Before any votes were cast, when Donald Trump was the theoretical front-runner, the optimists preached patience. Just wait, they said. This will blow over. He’s a clown, a huckster, a TV personality. There’s no way he can win. It’s just not possible.

Well, it’s not only possible – it’s likely.

Trump won again in Nevada on Tuesday night, by a massive margin, and he may well sweep the Super Tuesday states. If that happens, and it’s the most probable outcome at this point, the race is effectively over. Trump will have won the nomination of one our two major parties, and he’ll have done it with extraordinary ease.

Sean Illing is a USAF veteran who previously taught philosophy and politics at Loyola and LSU. He is currently a staff writer for Salon.

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The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America, Ray Williams, Psychology Today / Signs of the Times 

  • Our education system produces solipsistic, self-contained selves whose only public commitment is an absence of commitment to a public, a common culture, a shared history. They are perfectly hollowed vessels, receptive and obedient, without any real obligations or devotions. --Professor Patrick Deneen explains how kids have become a generation of know-nothings
  • Is Education the overlooked issue of 2016?
  • The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

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Notre Dame Prof: Our Schools are Committing ‘Civilizational Suicide’ Daniel Lattier, Intellectual Takeout

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As Alasdair MacIntyre lamented in After Virtue, “[T]he barbarians are not waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time.” It’s perhaps too late to avoid a new Dark Age. Now is the time to begin the effort of recovery and rebuilding.

How Do You Know When Your Society Is in the Midst of Collapse?

  • People who continue to ignore the outright evidence of collapse based on false assumptions of what collapse should look like are only preventing themselves from taking proper action until it is too late. Make no mistake, our system is dying. We cannot allow our false perceptions of this death to cloud the reality of it, or our response to it.
  • Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

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What is collapse? How do we define it? And, are some of the notions of collapse in the public consciousness completely wrong?

Super Station 95: 95.1FM, New York, NY

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Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth, John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

Series | The Need for a New Economic System, Part 1: Limits to Economic Growth

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It is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

John Scales Avery, Countercurrents.org

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http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31VZKSO24bL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgJuly, 2015 | The Industrial Revolution marked the start of massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed. The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic. There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production. Meanwhile, the carbon released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels began to duplicate the conditions which led to the 5 geologically-observed mass extinctions, during each of which more than half of all living species disappeared forever.

Economists (with a few notable exceptions) have long behaved as though growth were synonymous with economic health. If the gross national product of a country increases steadily by 4% per year, most economists express approval and say that the economy is healthy. If the economy could be made to grow still faster (they maintain), it would be still more healthy. If the growth rate should fall, economic illness would be diagnosed.

John Scales Avery is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Avery has been an active World peace activist. 

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