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Captured: People in Prison Drawing CEO's Who Should Be

What a great idea! Prison artists doing portraits of CEOs, and listing their crimes against the environment, economy and society. They can be seen in a book published by The Captured Project, whose website states that all "profits go toward holding corporations responsible for their crimes, reforming the criminal justice system, and removing corporate control over government" - the pillars of Bernie Sander's campaign for president.

The book displays the portraits (which are rendered quite skillfully) and lists the CEO's offenses below. Is it possible this kind of approach can open previously closed eyes and bring a new awareness of the crimes Big Business commits in order to "produce the products and services that better their customer's lives"?

For too long these corporate mobsters have been foisted off as champions of democracy and protectors of the common good, when they are nothing more than corruptors of the same. It's time they were stripped of …

Conservatives Fiddle While America Burns

A fiercely conservative editor at The Detroit News, posted a column recently about the effect Trump's travel ban is having on the local Muslim community. He pointed out that while the executive action has greatly increased the stress level of Arab-Americans, it has also had the surprising effect of greatly increasing support for the community from outside. In cities across the country, large numbers of non-muslims are marching in protest against the ban.

At first glance the column seemed to be about a silver lining amidst despair - you know, feel good stuff. Instead, it turned into nothing more than another excuse to lick old wounds from the beating conservatives took - at their own hands it should be noted - during the previous administration. The writer deftly turned a reprehensible action taken by the current so-called "President" - which turned out to have at least one positive effect - and used it to hi-lite a misguided policy of the former legitimate President.

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The Deep State: Digging Down With Trepidation

"The Deep State" is a term that has been growing incrementally in America's Political awareness for the past few years. My own introduction came by way of Bill Moyer's interview with Mike Lofgren, author of The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government. Since then, as more information has entered my awareness, I've felt a painful need to understand more about this hidden reality. I say painful because if even some of what's being reported is true, it means having to radically adjust the way I see the world.

After reading an OpEdNews article on the phenomenon, I felt the point had been reached where I needed to see if my understanding of what was being revealed about this hidden realm was correct. The following is a comment I posted on the article in which my understanding of the Deep State was laid out, along with several questions that such understanding evoked. Also included, is one of the replies.

The Comment
I have some …

Ryancare Revealed (Political Cartoon)

Whatever the intended goal of the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, one thing should be clear - it's not to provide adequate health care for all Americans. I suspect it's simply to create additional profit for insurance and pharmaceutical companies. After all, the free market cures all ills.

A Myth in Pursuit of Happiness

The man knew what he wanted and went out and got it! Walked into a jungle and comes out at the age of twenty-one, and he's rich! - Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman

Show Me The Money!
Is it true that anyone living in America can get rich? A popular myth* promoted in everything from best-selling books to TV sitcoms says that it is. We are told that America is the land of endless opportunity, and anyone who works hard can come out of the jungle rich. There is even the suggestion by some that refusing the call to passionately pursue wealth is un-American.

The reality, however, is quite different. The promise of untold wealth - and the personal power that supposedly comes with it - is dangled like a carrot on a stick, enticing the aspiring rich to keep focused on reaching for something the already rich know full well is forever beyond their grasp. The myth, therefore, is part of an elaborate deception, a con game.

While it's true that many people do rise above humble beginnings to …

From Fox News to Fake News: Propaganda vs.Truth and The Struggle to Save Our Cultural Soul

People need good lies. There are too many bad ones. -Kurt Vonnegut

Politics, Money and Culture
Politics, money and culture have become bound together in an immense Gordian knot. Many accept this perverse relationship as normal. However, it is not normal, and the co-mingling has produced an intractable force which exploits society's willingness to substitute pleasure and power for value and meaning.

Besides having aesthetic value, the arts are legitimately used to raise awareness and help resolve issues that affect society. But they are also used as a means for achieving crass political ends.

Politics (the act of influencing actions and policies for the purpose of gaining and keeping power) has become like something straight out of a Kurt Vonnegut novel. Current events bear an uncanny resemblance to the writer's comically addled characters and absurd story lines. The line between reality and satire has become so blurred, it's sometimes difficult to tell which is which. Add to…