Posted  by Soren Dreier Author: James Petras America has the greatest inequalities, highest mortality rate, most regressive taxes, and largest public subsidies for bankers and billionaires of any developed capitalist country. In this essay we will discuss the socio-economic roots of inequalities and the relation between the concentration of wealth and the downward mobility of the working and salaried classes. How the Billionaires become Billionaires One of the most likely sources of billionaire wealth is through tax evasion in all of its guises and forms. Contrary to the propaganda pushed by the business press, between 67% and 72% percent of corporations had … Continue reading HOW BILLIONAIRES BECOME BILLIONAIRES


by Ryan Cristián, Guest Waking Times We should begin with the 2014 opinion piece published by the NYT that, shockingly, few are familiar with. That article is entitled, “Pedophilia: A Disorder, Not a Crime.” It begins, “THINK back to your first childhood crush. Maybe it was a classmate or a friend next door..” doing their best to associate this sickening practice with our first feelings of love, otherwise implying that it is natural, if not normal. In what can only be seen as shameless pandering to those behind the scenes, the article goes on from there to make the assertion that pedophiles are neither responsible … Continue reading THE NEW YORK TIMES MAKES ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO NORMALIZE PEDOPHILIA

One Margarita, Please—Hold the E. Coli-Soaked Lime Garnish

  Bad news, margarita drinkers: That lime wedge the barkeep so kindly garnished your salt-rimmed glass with is killing you! The good, the bad and the ugly things we learned about our bodies today by Jeff Gross Well, maybe not killing you, per se, but it is dancing with the girl it done brought, and in many cases, that girl might be E. coli, norovirus or any number of contagious bacteria and viruses. Food scientists from Clemson University (via the Daily Mail) studied service workers whose hands had been contaminated by E. coli. They found that these workers transferred the food-poisoning causing bacteria to wet lime or lemon wedges … Continue reading One Margarita, Please—Hold the E. Coli-Soaked Lime Garnish

Death by Muscle

Rich Piana is the latest in a long list of untimely deaths. What’s sending bodybuilders into early graves? by Oliver Lee Bateman Dallas McCarver and Rich Piana, two of the most muscular men on the planet, died last month. McCarver, who placed second at this year’s Arnold Classic bodybuilding show and, at only 26, was likely the future face of the sport. He choked to death on food, building mass to the very last. Piana, a freakishly built 300-pound monster with a modest competition history but a huge following among fans who admired his size and charisma, died at 46 of complications related … Continue reading Death by Muscle

How We Cope with the End of Nature

HOMELESSNESS WITHOUT LEAVING HOME: The Australian droughts of the early 2000s inspired scholars to coin the term solastalgia to describe the distress of a changing environment.Wikimedia As our environment crumbles, we seek solace in animatronic moose. BY STEPHEN MARCHE Solastalgia is the definitive disease of the 21st century but only a few even know its name. The symptoms include an underlying sense of loss, a vague sensation of being torn from the earth, a general out-of-placeness, homelessness without leaving home. You have probably felt it without knowing what it was. Solastalgia is the unease we inflict on ourselves as we create … Continue reading How We Cope with the End of Nature

Strange “Earthquake Lights” Accompanied Mexico’s 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake

 IMPACTO El Diario/YouTube IN BRIEF The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico brought with it some interesting green and blue flashes, but they can’t distract from the fact the earthquake is the second natural disaster to happen this week after Hurricane Irma. UNDERGROUND LIGHTNING The massive 8.2 earthquake that rocked Mexico earlier this week was enough of a phenomenon on its own, but the quake also had something of a fascinating side effect: mysterious lights in the sky. Numerous videos have been cropping up on social media showing the flashes brighten the night sky above Mexico City, but the flashes aren’t lightning … Continue reading Strange “Earthquake Lights” Accompanied Mexico’s 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake


Directed by Zhao Liang Country: China / France Year: 2015View Trailer What are the costs of economic progress? Behemoth travels through Inner Mongolia to show the answer in un inching detail: hillsides blasted for mining; the blistered hands and diseased lungs of the miners forced to do this work to survive. Following the trajectory of Dante’s Divine Comedy, the film reveals the stunning, and ruinous, effects of unbridled greed on a nation’s land and people. Continue reading Behemoth