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"The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it." – George Carlin


“Almost 300 million pounds of glyphosate [Monsanto's Roundup] was used on crops in the U.S. in 2013, up from approximately 16 million pounds in 1992” – Sharon Lerner, May 2016


Removing all barriers to migration would be like finding trillion dollar bills on the sidewalk. – Debora MacKenzie, April 2016

In Canada as well as in many European countries, a new mother is entitled to up to one year of paid time off. Only a few countries have no paid maternity leave mandate. They include Papua New Guinea, Suriname, and the United States. – McGill University, March 2016

A badly broken system tends to produce the worst possible outcome.

It's hard for me to turn down money, because that's what I've done in my whole life. I grab and grab and grab. You know, I get greedy. I want money, money. I'll tell you what we're going to do, right? We get greedy, right? Now we're going to get greedy for the United States. We're going to grab and grab and grab. We're going to bring in so much money and so much everything. – Donald Trump, February 2016

Most of the [campaign] ads are not about issues, they’re sort of like the debates. They’re saying, ‘He did this or he did that.’ Nobody is saying what I stand for. I’ve never seen anything like this and this is going to be a very good year for us. [...] I’m not taking any sides, I’m just saying for us, economically, Donald [Trump’s] place in this election is a good thing. – Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, February 2016

The clear implication for policymakers who wish to see fewer abortions occur is to focus on making contraceptive care more available by increasing funding and stopping attacks on all family planning providers. – Joerg Dreweke, February 2016

ExxonMobil oil company management has spent $210 billion over the past decade buying their own stock. Microsoft spent $125 billion buying their stock over the same time period. – David Gaffen, January 2016

Terrorism can never be defeated using violence, but violence can certainly inflame it and make it worse. Terrorism can only be stopped once poverty and injustice, the root causes, are rectified. – Freydis, December 2015"

Watch it happen: civil liberties go away as poverty increases. – Freydis, January 2016

[T]he United States is the only country in the world other than New Zealand to allow direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals. – Brad Dixon, December 2015

The United States remains the only country in the world to sentence children to life in prison without the possibility of parole. – Sarah Mehta, November 2015

ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington, London and Paris who, in conspiring to destroy Iraq, Syria and Libya, committed an epic crime against humanity. Like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, ISIS is the mutation of a Western state terror dispensed by a venal imperial elite undeterred by the consequences of actions taken at great distance. Their culpability is unmentionable in "our" societies, making accomplices of those who suppress this critical truth. – Carl Elliott, November 2015

Morality aside, O’Mara wanted to know if there was credible science that showed torture worked. The answer, it turns out, is no. The reality is that “the intelligence obtained through torture is so paltry, the signal-to-noise ratio so low, that proponents of torture are left with an indefensible case”. Advocates defend torture with an “ad hoc mixture of anecdote, cherry-picked stories and entirely counterfactual scenarios”, he says. – John Pilger, November 2015

If you could travel at the speed of light you would experience no time as everything would occur instantaneously to you.

However, only energy is known to travel at the speed of light, although energy and matter are interchangeable. – Freydis

[Israel uses] Arabic-speaking members of the security forces, known as mistaravim, to infiltrate protests, act as agents provocateurs, encourage demonstrators to throw stones and attack soldiers, and then pull out their guns and fire at and arrest protesters. – Jean Shaoul, October 2015

For a long time politicians have been competing to say we must create more jobs with longer hours – work has become an end in itself. But productivity has doubled since the 1970s, so technically we even have the potential for a four-hour working day. It is a question of how these productivity gains are distributed. It did not used to be utopian to cut working hours – we have done this before. – Lise-Lotte Pettersson, September 2015

It’s not that having the McRib first or being a test market city makes you a haven for serial killers. It’s that the underlying sociological factors that make those places preferred locales for marketers also seem to see disproportionate numbers of [sexually deviant and violent] offenders. – Mike Arntfield, August 2015

Today, with all the knowledge, technology and other resources available, life-threatening scarcity need not exist anywhere, for anyone. – Charles Eisenstein, August 2015

The bankers know austerity can only deplete an economy; they keep doing it because their true purpose is to usurp political power. Greece is the perfect example of how this scam works -- load up a country with debt, claim it's all falling apart, and then force the country to hand over control to the international banks. The banksters aren't stupid, they're disingenuous dirtbags. – Freydis, July 2015

A stone-thrower is a terrorist and only a fitting punishment [10-20 years in prison] can serve as a deterrent and just punishment. – Ayelet Shaked, Israel's Justice Minister (far-right Jewish Home party), July 2015

Belief in religious salvation is an understandable symptom of poverty. – Freydis, July 2015

MI6 had cooperated with the CIA on a “rat line” of arms transfers from Libyan stockpiles to the Syrian rebels in 2012 after the fall of the Gaddafi regime. – Seumas Milne, June 2015

Palestinians tried in Israeli military courts are convicted at a rate of more than 99 percent.

America calls itself the 'Land of the Free', but how much freedom does anyone have living in poverty? How free are you really when you have to work for someone else to survive? – Freydis, 2015

Conservatives for the most part are using the idea of terminating a pregnancy [abortion] as part of a cultural-war strategy to gain and maintain political power. – George Lakoff, November 2014

Imperialists rarely miss the opportunity to hijack an honest revolution. – Freydis

Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring. – Declaration of the Nuremburg War Crimes Tribunal


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American Civil Liberties Union
legal defense of civil liberties in USA

creating a human rights culture in Israel

Chamber Watch
monitoring a mouthpiece of corporate corruption in US

Code Pink
activists working to stop war, militarism and oppression

Corp Watch
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CounterOrder Nihilism
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Electronic Frontier Foundation
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