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Philip Pilkington: The Great Unwinding – Some Thoughts on the Incoherence of Mainstream Economics

Mainstream economics today can be made to say anything. But in being able to do this it says nothing.

Tom Engelhardt: An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional County? The Empire as Basket Case

Yves here. Engelhardt argues that the official US empire, that of state/national power, has been hollowed and largely supplanted by the two real American empires, that of the surveillance state and of major corporations.

So far… Palestinians killed: 165 Palestinians injured: 600 Israelis killed:…

So far… Palestinians killed: 165 Palestinians injured: 600 Israelis killed: 0 Israelis injured: 1

ICON BOOKS RELEASES – HARRY’S LAST STAND. Harry Leslie Smith’s Guardian article…

ICON BOOKS RELEASES – HARRY’S LAST STAND. Harry Leslie Smith’s Guardian article – ‘This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time’ – was shared almost 60,000 times on Facebook and started a huge debate about the state of society.

Death in Gaza – a crisis of humanity

The artist taxi driver

The New Film ‘Begin Again’ Is Full of Charm

Review: John Carney’s story about random hearts brought together by music works surprisingly well. After  Inside Llewyn Davis , here’s Outside  Keira Knightley . John Carney’s latest tale of random hearts brought together by song may not have the rough-and-ready brilliance of Once (or a tune to match Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s Oscar winning Falling Slowly) but it does a surprisingly good job of making us believe in the slightly preposterous idea of KK recording an album on the streets of New York

How Bizarre: America’s Empire Declining, But Nothing Is Replacing It

The U.S. looks less like a functioning empire than an imperial basket case. For America’s national security state, this is the age of impunity.  Nothing it does — torture, kidnapping, assassination, illegal surveillance, you name it — will ever be brought to court.  For none of its beyond-the-boundaries acts will anyone be held accountable .  The only crimes that can now be committed in official Washington are by those foolish enough to believe that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth.  I’m speaking of the various whistleblowers and leakers who have had an urge to let Americans know what deeds and misdeeds their government is committing in their name but without their knowledge.  They continue to pay a price in accountability for their acts that should, by comparison, stun us all.

6 Ways Climate Change Is Ruining Summer for Everyone

Heat waves are only the beginning–it’s about to get really ugly out there. Those of us living in North America made it through a confusing winter, during which some people had a hard time believing that global warming could actually lead to more snow. (Although it’s true.  Really! ) Now that it’s officially summertime, things get a lot simpler: The world is undergoing global warming

Most Republicans Think Jesus Would Denounce Universal Healthcare

Once again, Republicans have conflated Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” with the Bible. Do you recall the part in the Bible where Jesus healed the leper, the blind, and raised Lazarus from the dead? I do

6 Deranged Right-Wing Comments From Last Week—Todd Akin Is Sorry He Apologized for Woman-Hating Remark

And a bunch of borderline crazy theories from the right flank about the border crisis. 1.