Published on Monday, March 10, 2014 by Common Dreams
Fasting for Fukushima on Third Anniversary
by Harvey Wasserman, Jill Stein, David Swanson
Fasting can be a way of mourning, of cleansing, of meditation, of focus.
entitled Fukushima mon amour. (Photo: Mypouss/ Creative Commons/ Flickr)
One of the TV blurbs for the new Cosmos started with DeGrasse Tyson plying the worn theme of renewoing support for science, etc…This is always a little puzzling. I am enthusiastic about scientific, and that doesn’t include pious awe at science’s heroic feats. The issues of darwinism and now the multiverse suggest good reasons for being suspicious of science. Are these elements on the level? The agenda behind darwinism, and then behind the multiverse leave people uneasy because they have no second opition for complex physics.
As noted yesterday this distortion of Xtian tradition in ‘prosperity theology’ is really a sign that Xtianity is being discarded by history. Xtians with any depth need to protest this endstate decay, and move on. This kind of cancerated theology is going to create something that will generate religious war to disperse it. You can’t create a new form of torment for the poor by making their poverty grounds for damnation, while the rich go to heaven. You can go too far, and cross the boundary into pathological theology.
Since the idea in some is to help the poor, this theology is not immediately challenged, but it is important to foresee how this situation resembles the Catholic ‘capitalist’ degeneration in the generation before Luther. And look what happened.
I think, however, that strong ridicule of this idiotic new theology will be enough to disperse it.
Comment: Sameh Naguib
THE KING AND THE FIELD MARSHAL
A dense network of financial and industrial titans, stretching from Cairo to Saudi Arabia, sustains Egypt’s counterrevolution.
Speech: Carlos Enriquez
WHO BEARS THE BRUNT OF POLLUTION?
A badly needed struggle against environmental racism has been missing from the mainstream ecology movement.
THE ISAT REBELLION OF 2014
A Chicago parent explains why she’s proud to be part of the teacher-parent-student boycott against a useless standardized test.
The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul
by TODD BALF posted on March 10, 2014 04:44PM GMT
In July 2012, a few months before he was to officially take over as president of the College Board, David Coleman invited Les Perelman, then a director of writing at M.I.T., to come meet with him in Lower Manhattan. Of the many things the College Board does — take part in research, develop education policy, create curriculums — it is perhaps most recognized as the organization that administers the SAT, and Perelman was one of the exam’s harshest and most relentless critics. Since 2005, when the College Board added an essay to the SAT (raising the total possible score from 1,600 to 2,400), Perelman had been conducting research that highlighted what he believed were the inherent absurdities in how the essay questions were formulated and scored.
Warmer temperatures push malaria to higher elevations
Researchers have debated for more than two decades the likely impacts, if any, of global warming on the worldwide incidence of malaria, a mosquito-borne disease that infects more than 300 million people each year. Now, ecologists are reporting the first hard evidence that malaria does — as had long been predicted — creep to higher elevations during warmer years and back down to lower altitudes when temperatures cool
First animals oxygenated Earth’s oceans, study suggests
The evolution of the first animals may have oxygenated Earth’s oceans — contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered their development. New research contests the long held belief that oxygenation of the atmosphere and oceans was a pre-requisite for the evolution of complex life forms. The study builds on the recent work of scientists in Denmark who found that sponges — the first animals to evolve — require only small amounts of oxygen.
The EU-IMF Economic Agenda for Ukraine
US Imperialism and the Ukraine Coup
by JEFF MACKLER
The recent Ukrainian Maidan (Independence Square) mobilizations are a grotesque caricature of the mass protests of workers and youth in Egypt that led to the demise of the U.S.-backed dictator, Hosni Mubarak.
A Conservative for Justice
California’s Coming Minimum Wage Restoration
by RALPH NADER
If you haven’t yet heard of Ron Unz, you may soon. The conservative, successful software developer, theoretical physicist from Harvard and former publisher of theAmerican Conservative magazine is launching a California initiative that asks voters in November to raise the state minimum wage to $12 per hour (it is now $8 an hour and is going to $9 an hour by July, 2014).
In commencing this effort, Mr. Unz is uniting conservatives and liberals in supporting this initiative and is hopeful that Silicon Valley billionaires or megabillionaires will help fund this citizens’ campaign.
If this sounds quixotic, put that reaction on hold. Mr. Unz’s mind seethes with logic. He believes that a left-right coalition behind a higher minimum wage makes perfect sense. Conservatives, he argues in many an article, would see a decline in taxpayer assistance to low-income people – food stamps, housing aid, Medicaid, etc. – if employers, not taxpayers, paid workers about what labor was paid in 1968, adjusted for inflation. And liberals have always believed in this social safety net on the grounds that workers earned it and that nobody, with or without children, working full time should be living in poverty.
Next month, my new book elaborates on the power of emerging left-right coalitions on many issues (Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State).
Published on Sunday, March 9, 2014 by Common Dreams
Three Years After Fukushima: ‘No Nukes! Go Renewable!’
Tens of thousands rally in Tokyo and other cities across Japan to mark anniversary of an initial disaster that continues to devastate
Published on Monday, March 10, 2014 by TruthDig.com
Welcome to Satan’s Ball
by Chris Hedges
Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita,” a bitter satire of Soviet life at the height of Stalin’s purges, captured the surrealist experience of living in a brutal totalitarianism. In the novel’s world, lies are considered true and truth is considered seditious. Existence is a dark carnival of opportunism, unchecked state power, hedonism and terrorism. It is peopled with omnipotent secret police, wholesale spying and surveillance, show trials, censorship, mass arrests, summary executions and disappearances, along with famines, gulags and a state system of propaganda utterly unplugged from daily reality. This reality is increasingly becoming our own.
The legacy of Xtianity is that of a very powerful dynamism, but you can’t really turn this religion into a money racket without giving it the coup de grace and delivering it over to gangsters.
The mainstream Protestant churches need to face the reality that the moment of garbage disposal is at hand and the response to Xtian capitalism is the source Protestantism of Thomas Munzer, the proto Xtian prophet of communism. That is perhaps the demonic irony of the degeneration of the Xtianity in the market capitalist world: it is preparing to disappear, and/or to become its dialectical opposite in a form of Xtianity that can be a neo-communist testament of the passing of the capitalist world.
This remmant needs an exit strategy: a religion in transit that can dump its now grotesque legacy that is turning putrid and walk away in dignity. This is not a conversion to atheism, or an embrace of the strangely limited worldview of so-called secularism in the field of scientism.
The question of god is a hopeless metaphysical quagmire: the original form of theism at the down of monotheism was very reluctant to allow god reference and pointed to a mystery beyond the term ‘god’ whose usage as a kind of pop religious superstition rapidly took over the original now lost. Look at the reality of theistic behaviorism, a hopeless mess of total gibberish. We have to suspect the decline of IHVH into ‘Jehovah’ was almost instantaneous: therefore the connection to its real source was lost almost immediately.
The world task of Xtianity has long since been accomplished, and the world is moving to something new. The inability of intelligent Xtians to get past the central dogmatic core is feeding the extreme reactions of groups like the new atheists. A better exit strategy is possible. But time is not only running out, it has run out. This is actually a very tough question, and the ‘secularists’ can’t solve it. The Xtians can’t solve it. We can try to suggest a radical resolution to the issue, but first we need to lay some kind of foundation.
Hollywood Does the Bible
Jesus Was a Hunk
by CLANCY SIGAL
I went to school with Jesus a blue-eyed hunk. Through my classroom window I’d watch Him practice fast drawing his Colt six-guns and and pretend to crumple under an imaginary hail of bullets. The Christ was Jeffrey Hunter a theatre arts major at UCLA.