VOODOO ECONOMICS: Power Elites Salivating Over the Approaching Deflation of Hard Assets

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Source – charleshughsmith.blogspot.com

“…Look at what happened in real estate after 2006, where it crashed and was successfully hyperinflated again. Ordinary people lost their homes, and private equity firms bought them up with cash and re-inflated the real estate bubble. Look at what has happened to gold, which should be $4,000 to $5,000/ounce right now, but manipulation of gold paper…over actual gold) has kept a kibosh on its meteoric rise”

Deflation Of The Citizenry’s Hard Assets Will Be A Huge Buying Opportunity For Insider Power Elites – By Zeus Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D

The gravy train will have to stop at some point, but right now the global elites have pushed their chips on to the U.S. dollar and stocks.

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by my friend and colleague Zeus Yiamouyiannis, Ph.D., who has contributed essays to Of Two Minds since 2009.

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AMERIKA: Ghosts of the American Republic – By Martin Sieff

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Source – strategic-culture.org

“…Current President Donald Trump is the first president since the 1920s who dared to try and actually implement the policies he campaigned for. And an outraged Deep State and Liberal Media joined forces to try and drive him out of office for doing so. The first president since Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge who even tried – or at least imagined himself – to be honest was drenched with tidal waves of hatred for having the effrontery to try and do so”

Let us update the wisdom of Sigmund Freud to the Age of Marshall McLuhan and Philip K. Dick: Sometimes the image, or label of the cigar is far more important than any petty real cigar – especially if there are no cigars left in the world.

American democracy in the third decade of the 21st…

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99% PROOF: ‘We the People 2.0’, Rise of the Community Rights Movement

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Source – stuartbramhall.wordpress.com

…Close to 10,000 US communities have established grassroots community rights groups. Two hundred local jurisdictions have passed community rights ordinances that allow them to restrict toxic and environmentally destructive corporate activities”

We the People 2.0 – Directed By Leila Conners (2018)

Film Review

This documentary is about the community rights movement. It profiles grassroots groups all over the US fighting federal and state laws that usurp the ability of local government to protect the citizens they represent against the toxic and environmentally destructive activities of corporations.

Close to 10,000 US communities have established grassroots community rights groups. Two hundred local jurisdictions have passed community rights ordinances that allow them to restrict toxic and environmentally destructive corporate activities. Examples include fracking (near schools and homes), strip mining, toxic sludge disposal, fly ash* dumping, giant hog factories and mountain top removal.

Pittsburgh City Council was the first local…

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FEAR FACTOR: ‘Dead Wrong’, The CDC’s Back-Handed Admission

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Source – gizadeathstar.com/

“… Very early on many in alternative media were raising serious questions about the numbers of reported deaths, and many were claiming that people who were dying with covid were being reported as having died of covid, and here we appear to have a back-handed admission that this was so”

NOW WAIT A MINUTE… THE CDC’S NEW NUMBERS – By JOSEPH P. FARRELL

I’ve been getting tons of emails on this one, and, granted, it’s about that story we’re all sick of hearing about, it is nonetheless intriguing. So thanks to you all who passed it along and shared it. I had so many people sending it to  me that it vaulted to the top of the finals box. The CDC appears to have released an interesting set of numbers which, if true, raise lots (and lots[and lots]) of questions:

Weekly Updates by Select Demographic and Geographic Characteristics

Now, here’s…

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Drinking bans are back in fashion during the Covid pandemic. But experts are wary of Prohibition 2.0

The Muslim Times

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London (CNN) South Africa is slowly emerging from one of the world’s strictest Covid-19 lockdowns. As the threat of the pandemic loomed in March its government sealed national borders, restricted public transport use and — in a particularly controversial move — banned the sale of alcohol for several weeks

Government officials believe the drinking restrictions significantly reduced pressure on the country’s hospitals and have hailed the results as a policy success.

Yet the long-term impact of such strict measures is unclear. Elsewhere, the country’s alcohol trade bodies say the industry has been devastated by the ban. Many workers in the sector took to the streets to protest the ban in July.

Temporary drinking restrictions are back in vogue worldwide, thanks to coronavirus. Social distancing has also dramatically altered alcohol consumption habits, though researchers believe it’s too early to…

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What if Facebook Is the Real ‘Silent Majority’?

The Muslim Times

Source: New York Times

Right-wing influencers are dominating the political discussion on Facebook, raising questions about whether it will translate into electoral success in November.

Listen, liberals. If you don’t think Donald Trump can get re-elected in November, you need to spend more time on Facebook.

Since the 2016 election, I’ve been obsessively tracking how partisan political content is performing on Facebook, the world’s largest and arguably most influential media platform. Every morning, one of the first browser tabs I open is CrowdTangle — a handy Facebook-owned data tool that offers a bird’s-eye view of what’s popular on the platform. I check which politicians and pundits are going viral. I geek out on trending topics. I browse the previous day’s stories to see which got the most reactions, shares and comments.

Most days, the leader board looks roughly the same: conservative post after conservative post, with the occasional liberal interloper…

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Biden’s ‘partnership plan’ receives mixed response from Arab-Americans

The Muslim Times

The New Arab Staff

Date of publication: 30 August, 2020

Biden’s plan touches issues from the Muslim ban, no-fly lists, refugee resettlement, census representation, to foreign policy pledges including reviving ties with Palestinian leaders and supporting Beirut’s reconstruction
The US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday released a policy plan directed at Arab-Americans that encompasses a wide range of domestic and foreign policy pledges in order to win the community’s support.
The plan had a strong focus on civil and human rights, promising to combat discrimination and restore the country’s values as “a nation of immigrants”.

“Anti-Arab bigotry has been used in attempts to exclude, silence, and marginalise an entire community, and Biden believes it must be rejected whenever it surfaces,” the plan read, adding that Arab-Americans would be included across a future Biden administration.

‘Historic’ agenda

Biden’s extensive range of domestic policy proposals received high praise from Arab-Americans…

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King Salman’s legacy: The world has lost faith in Saudi Arabia 

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks with King Salman in Riyadh in 2018 (SPA/AFP)

Source: Middle East Eye

By Madawi al-Rasheed, who is visiting professor at the Middle East Institute of the London School of Economics. She has written extensively on the Arabian Peninsula, Arab migration, globalisation, religious transnationalism and gender issues. You can follow her on Twitter: @MadawiDr

Since the discovery of oil in the country in the 1930s, Saudi Arabia has been an important hub for western interests in the Middle East region.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz will leave the throne almost a century later. His successor will no doubt see this pivotal role gradually being eroded under a changing global energy market. As the US is no longer dependent on Saudi oil, or that of the Middle East in general, the kingdom’s special relationship with the US will be demoted, leaving the country exposed to regional…

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Turning 100: Lebanon, a nation branded by upheaval, crises

The Muslim Times

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 24,1983 file photo, rescuers continue to probe the wreckage of the U.S. Marine barracks a day after a suicide truck bomb near Beirut airport, Lebanon. It was a century ago on Sept. 1, 1920, that a French general, Henri Gouraud, stood on the porch of the French residence in Beirut surrounded by local politicians and religious leaders and declared the State of Greater Lebanon - the precursor to the modern state of Lebanon. (AP Photo/Zouki, File)© Provided by Associated Press FILE – In this Oct. 24,1983 file photo, rescuers continue to probe the wreckage of the U.S. Marine barracks a day after a suicide truck bomb near Beirut airport, Lebanon. It was a century ago on Sept. 1, 1920, that a French general, Henri Gouraud, stood on the porch of the French residence in Beirut surrounded by local politicians and religious leaders and declared the State of Greater Lebanon – the precursor to the modern state of Lebanon. (AP Photo/Zouki, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — It was a century ago on Sept. 1, 1920, that a French general, Henri Gouraud, stood on the porch of a Beirut palace surrounded by local politicians and religious leaders and declared the State of Greater Lebanon — the precursor of the modern state of Lebanon.

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 1938 file photo, General Henri Gouraud, leader of the French Fourth Army at the end of World War One, buying a cornflower in aid of ex-service organizations in Paris, France. It was a century ago on Sept. 1, 1920, that a French general, Henri Gouraud, stood on the porch of the French residence in Beirut surrounded by local politicians and religious leaders and declared the State of Greater Lebanon - the precursor to the modern state of Lebanon. (AP Photo, File)© Provided by Associated Press FILE – In this Oct…

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Canada to purchase 76 million doses of Novavax coronavirus vaccine, company says

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Source: CNBC

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KEY POINTS

  • Novavax said it expects to finalize an agreement that would see it begin to supply Canada with doses “as early as the second quarter of 2021,” the company said.
  • The company’s vaccine, calledNVX-CoV2373, is currently in phase two trials.
  • Novavax has previously said it could begin late-stage trials as early as October.

American vaccine developer Novavax announced Monday that it’s reached an agreement in principle with Canada to supply 76 million doses of its experimental coronavirus vaccine to the country.

The company said it expects to finalize an agreement to supply Canada with doses “as early as the second quarter of 2021.” The agreement is contingent on the vaccine getting a license fromHealth Canada, the company said.

Shares of Novavax rose nearly 2% in early morning trading on the news.

The company’s vaccine, calledNVX-CoV2373…

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Acting Locally: Update on the Community Rights Movement

The Most Revolutionary Act

We the People 2.0

Directed by Leila Conners (2018)

Film Review

This documentary is about the community rights movement. It profiles grassroots groups all over the US fighting federal and state laws that usurp the ability of local government to protect the citizens they represent against the toxic and environmentally destructive activities of corporations.

Close to 10,000 US communities have established grassroots community rights groups. Two hundred local jurisdictions have passed community rights ordinances that allow them to restrict toxic and environmentally destructive corporate activities. Examples include fracking (near schools and homes), strip mining, toxic sludge disposal, fly ash* dumping, giant hog factories and mountain top removal.

Pittsburgh City Council was the first local authority to pass a community rights ordinance in 2010. In addition to guaranteeing all Pittsburgh residents the right to clean air, fresh water, freedom from chemical trespass,* and the right to local self-governance, the ordinance also…

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Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism

Scientific Inquirer

‘Buy land – they aren’t making it any more,’ quipped Mark Twain. It’s a maxim that would certainly serve you well in a game of Monopoly, the bestselling board game that has taught generations of children to buy up property, stack it with hotels, and charge fellow players sky-high rents for the privilege of accidentally landing there.

The game’s little-known inventor, Elizabeth Magie, would no doubt have made herself go directly to jail if she’d lived to know just how influential today’s twisted version of her game has turned out to be. Why? Because it encourages its players to celebrate exactly the opposite values to those she intended to champion.

Born in 1866, Magie was an outspoken rebel against the norms and politics of her times. She was unmarried into her 40s, independent and proud of it, and made her point with a publicity stunt. Taking out a newspaper advertisement…

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Finding the Thread that Binds Us: 3 Mutual Aid Networks in New York City

The Free

Finding the Thread that Binds Us

Three Mutual Aid Networks in New York City

Fundamental social change involves two intertwined processes. On the one hand, it means shutting down the mechanisms that impose disparities in power and access to resources; on the other hand, it involves creating infrastructures that distribute resources and power according to a different logic, weaving a new social fabric.

While the movement for police abolition that burst into the public consciousness a month ago in Minneapolis has set new precedents for resistance, the mutual aid networks that have expanded around the world since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic point the way to a new model for social relations.

Food distribution at Woodbine, a social center in New York City.

The following report profiles three groups that coordinate mutual aid efforts in New York City—Woodbine, Take Back the Bronx, and…

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