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Environmental Justice Atlas

Environmental Justice Atlas About the Atlas of Environmental Justice Across the world communities are struggling to defend their earth, air water and resources and their livelihoods from damaging environmental impacts. Mining projects, mega dams, tree plantations, fracking, gas flaring, incinerators, etc … As resources needed to fuel our economy move through the commodity chain from … Continue reading

The Greatest Threat to World Peace?

In Western policy-making circles and political commentary the Iranian threat is considered to pose the greatest danger to world order and hence must be the primary focus of US foreign policy, with Europe trailing along politely. What exactly is the Iranian threat? An authoritative answer is provided by the Pentagon and US intelligence. Reporting on … Continue reading

“The Problem is Civil Obedience” – Howard Zinn

Excerpt from the book “Voices of a People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, Seven Stories Press, 2004 p483 Howard Zinn, “The Problem is Civil Obedience” (November 1970) I start from the supposition that the world is topsy-turvy, that things are all wrong, that the wrong people are in jail … Continue reading

Jesus in Early Christian Art – Wizard Boy to Royal God!

Young, fresh-faced, boyish…The earliest images of Jesus look nothing like the Jesus we know today. And nothing like the Jesus in the Turin Shroud. Jesus, at first, is a happy, go-lucky character, curly haired and handsome. Ceiling Mosaic of the Arian Baptistry, Ravenna, Italy. ca. end of the 5th century CE. Juan Fernández Navarrete, Baptism … Continue reading

“So you believe in a god ?” – Oath of the Nazi SS

Every now and then, you hear that Nazis were atheists. Nothing can be further from the truth. I stumbled upon the Nazi SS oath and just had to share it. The full Eidformel der Schutzstaffel (Oath of the SS) consisted of three questions and answers. The following text is cited from a primary source written … Continue reading

Pentagon study: ‘Irrational’ Nuclear Policy a Deterrent

I stumbled upon this interesting article and just had to share it. On March 1, 1998 CNN reported the following: WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States should maintain the threat of nuclear retaliation with an “irrational and vindictive” streak to intimidate would-be attackers such as Iraq, according to an internal military study made public Sunday. … Continue reading

A Critique on the Thanksgiving Holiday

A happy Thanksgiving to all! I’ve been thinking a lot about this holiday lately. Somehow, it’s not as satisfying as it use to be. There’s a sense that it’s all so backward. In fact, it almost feels like a great big exercise of explicit indoctrination. Let me explain. First of all, whom or what are … Continue reading

How Art Made the World : Art of Persuasion

In this BBC series from 2004, Dr Nigel Spivey investigates everything from cave paintings to ceramics, pyramids to palaces and icons to artifacts across five continents and 100,000 years of history. The leaders of most modern countries exploit a powerful political tool – the power of images. These techniques, in fact, were invented thousands of … Continue reading

Art and Architecture of Early Christianity

Waldemar Januszczak shows how Christianity emerged into the Roman Empire as an artistic force in the third and fourth centuries. Early Christians had no art but practised in secret and Januszczak purports the Rotas Square found throughout the Roman Empire such as at Pompeii were early Christian symbols along with the fish and anchor. With … Continue reading

58 Things We’ve Learned About the NSA

NSA bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone from 2002 until 2013. BBC, October 27, 2013 NSA spent $652 million to implant spyware on tens of millions of computers. BBC, October 22, 2013 NSA collected more than 70 million French phone records in a single month. Washington Post, October 21, 2013 NSA hacked Mexican President … Continue reading


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