POLITICAL JOURNALISM: “Society Is In Decay – When the Worst is First and the Best is Last” / Ralph Nader ☮

Ralph Nader

By Ralph Nader
May 29, 2019

Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country’s priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and bankrupt defenseless families, make millions more. Wells Fargo executives are cases in point. The vastly overpaid CEO of General Electric left his teetering company in shambles. In 2019, Boeing’s CEO got a bonus (despite the Lion Air Flight 610 737 Max 8 crash in 2018). Just days before a second deadly 737 Max 8 crash in Ethiopia.

This disparity is on full display in my profession. Public interest lawyers and public defenders, who fight daily for a more just and lawful society, are paid modest salaries. On the other hand, the most well compensated lawyers are corporate lawyers who regularly aid and abet corporate crime, fraud, and abuse. Many corporate lawyers line their pockets by shielding the powerful violators from accountability under the rule of law.

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CRITICAL THINKING: “Seven Times Carl Sagan Went Intellectual Beast Mode” / ScienceNET ☮

Carl Sagan was ahead of his time – many of the statements in this video are still extremely relevant today. Please enjoy these seven intellectual “beast mode” worthy moments with Carl Sagan.

PTSD: “Art Can Heal PTSD’s Invisible Wounds / TED Talks / Melissa Walker ☮

Trauma silences its victims, says creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal. In this inspiring talk, Walker describes how mask-making, in particular, allows afflicted servicemen and women reveal what haunts them — and, finally, start to let it go.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “POLL: Trump Voters Want the 1950s Back” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

Americans are close to evenly split on whether the U.S. has gotten better or worse in the past 60 years, according to a new survey from the nonprofit organization PRRI.

Fifty-one percent say that American culture and way of life have worsened since the 1950s, while 48 percent say they have changed for the better.

Read more: The Huffington Post

NEOCONSERVATISM: “Malcolm X Perfectly Explains Why Hillary Voters Are Repeating History’s Mistakes” / Jimmy Dore ☮

A Malcolm X quote about Lyndon Johnson beautifully captures what’s going on today with Hillary Clinton supporters.

POLITICAL COMMENTARY: “Pink War Planes” / Secular Talk / Kyle Kulinski ☮

The fight against breast cancer picked up a powerful new ally — a retired US Navy fighter jet. And of course, it’s pink.

A Grumman F9F-8 Cougar, painted a vivid shade of pink called “Heliconia,” has been unveiled on the flight deck of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Lexington, anchored at Corpus Christi, Texas.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cougar will be on the deck through October 31.