Category: Nation Of Change

The hard truth about Trump and change

Dearest NationofChange Reader, The Trump administration is a disaster. Its dangerous policies serve to benefit the super rich at the cost of our environment, health, and safety. But while Trump provides us with a convenient target, he is not the source of our troubles, he is the product of them. Long before Trump, our country …

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US media fudge rebels’ Douma surrender date to imply alleged Assad chemical attack turned tide

Investigators from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have only just reached Douma, scene of an alleged chemical bombing attack on April 7, and have not yet had time to test samples they collected to see if banned poison chemicals were actually used, but already U.S. mainstream media reporting on the situation …

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Activists may argue pipeline shutdown was necessary due to climate change, court rules

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that four climate activists facing criminal charges may use an unusual “necessity defense” over their efforts to shut down a pair of tar sands pipelines owned by Enbridge Energy. “Valve turners” Emily Johnston and Annette Klapstein were charged after shutting off the emergency valves on the two pipelines …

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Chaco Canyon, Chaco earth

A bitter wind whipped down the 10-mile-long Chaco Canyon, kicking up swirls of dust among the thorny greasewood and sagebrush bushes. I ducked behind one of the towering sandstone walls in the three-acre ruin, or Great House, known as Pueblo Bonito, to escape the gusts. I was in the section of the 800-room complex where …

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Totalitarian dream: Fatherland/homeland

If one recalls, the Nazi regime running Germany in the 1930s and 40s came up with the word Fatherland for their nation. As many should know, words and phrases can have deepest meaning in the worlds of both advertising and propaganda. Actually, propaganda is advertising. It advertises what the masses should be feeling about actions by and upon their …

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The border fetish

At first, I thought I had inadvertently entered an active war zone. I was on a lonely two-lane road in southern New Mexico heading for El Paso, Texas. Off to the side of the road, hardly concealed behind some desert shrubs, I suddenly noticed what seemed to be a tank. For a second, I thought …

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This union nurse and outspoken progressive could become Iowa’s next governor

Hugh Espey, executive director of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI), is wearing gray sweats and a hoodie and has the sleeves-rolled-up mix of grit and weariness of a man who’s been doing social justice work in Iowa since the 1970s. He pounds the table as he talks about how the Democrats have talked a …

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Federal Court rules against Trump administration’s attempt to rollback roll back Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets

A federal court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to delay implementing stricter penalties on automakers that violate vehicle fuel efficiency standards. On Monday, the U.S. Court of Apeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the current Obama-era Corporate Average Fuel Economy targets will remain in place. “Americans will breathe easier because the court undid …

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Starbucks has a racism problem, but the police, both racist and authoritarian, are worse

At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial …

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The shameful silence of the CEOs

Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Trump if their major financial backers – big business and Wall Street – had more backbone. Ever since 1971, when the then future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, corporate money has flooded Washington – most of it into Republican coffers. …

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