Chuck Spinney: Stephen Cohen with the Truth on Ukraine — US Government, New York Times, & Think Tanks Cannot Be Trusted to Know or Communicate the Truth…

Chuck Spinney

Chuck Spinney

Part 1 of a two part series — This interview with Professor Stephen Cohen provides a very useful, and I believe largely accurate, portrayal of why our policy toward Russia has gone off the rails and could lead to a 2nd Cold War that is even more dangerous than the first — with one serious omission, IMO.  Cohen’s discussion of the reasons for NATO’s expansion, while accrurate, does not include the influence of the arms manufacturers in promoting that expansion.  The MICC had a huge interest in NATO expansion, because adding new countries to NATO had the obvious potential for opening up huge arms markets in the name of NATO’s policy of standardization and interoperability.  That the market has turned out less than predicted in the 1990s does not obviate the power of the motive.  It is part of the mosaic of domestic political impulses to expand NATO that Cohen describes as being so dangerous. CS

The New York Times “basically rewrites whatever the Kiev authorities say”: Stephen F. Cohen on the U.S./Russia/Ukraine history the media won’t tell you

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Apr 20

Michael Kearns: Recommended Book “Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation”

Michael S. Kearns

Michael S. Kearns

Professor Shane O’Mara, Director of the Trinity College – Dublin Neuroscience Lab, is having his new book published. A very powerful message to the Bush OLC Lawyers who looked into SERE technuques… they damage the brain when applied over time.

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

Torture is banned because it is cruel and inhumane. But as Shane O’Mara writes in this account of the human brain under stress, another reason torture should never be condoned is because it does not work the way torturers assume it does. …

For ethical reasons, there are no scientific studies of torture. But neuroscientists know a lot about how the brain reacts to fear, extreme temperatures, starvation, thirst, sleep deprivation, and immersion in freezing water, all tools of the torturer’s trade. …

…if we want information that we can depend on to save lives, O’Mara writes, our model should be Napoleon: “It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile.”

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Apr 20

Berto Jongman: US Police Kill 16,000 Over Ten Years — LOTS More Than All Terrorist Groups Combined…

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Research: Cops KILL THOUSANDS More Americans Than Terrorists

An estimated SIXTEEN THOUSAND Americans killed by police in past 15 years
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Apr 19

Michael Maxsenti: End Regulation Without Representation

Michael Maxsenti

Michael Maxsenti

Two parties feeling the pressure.

Regulation Freedom Amendment

You may be familiar with the proposed “REINS” Act proposed by some Members of Congress, which would, if enacted, require Congressional approval of major federal regulations. Of course, the chances of getting 60 Senate votes and a Presidential signature for such legislation are speculative at the current time. However, given the more skeptical attitude of many state legislators towards federal power, there is a potential strategy for empowering state legislators to force Congress to propose such a measure.

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Apr 18