New articles in Wealth inequality: history and consequences

James Petras, Making America Great Through Exploitation, Servitude and Abuse “The moral offenses are in essence economic and social crimes. Sexual abuse is only one aspect of the social dynamics facilitating the increase in inequality and concentration of wealth, which define the practices and values of the American political and economic system The problem is not merely corrupt and perverted individual miscreants: It is the hierarchy of inequality which produces and reproduces an endless supply of vulnerable workers to exploit and abuse.” read
Zach Carter, Everything You Should Know About The Stock Market read
Liz Posner, Republicans Have a Sinister New Way of Cutting Social Security read
Thomas B. Edsall, Why Is It So Hard for Democracy to Deal With Inequality? read
Paul Buchheit, Yes, Deniers, Millions of Americans are Among the Poorest People in the World read

New articles in Science: human environment degradation and climate change

ed Nordhaus, The Two-Degree Delusionread
Zoya Teirstein, 13 universities band together to fight climate change. read, The Facts About Environmental Damage & Climate Change (lengthy aggregation} read
Natasha Geiling, Scientists create their own ‘teacher-friendly’ book to counter climate denial in schools read
Amy Thomson, This Scientist Stands Between Scott Pruitt and the Destruction of the EPA’s Advisory BoardsThis Scientist Stands Between Scott Pruitt and the Destruction of the EPA’s Advisory Boards read
Intelligence Agencies Warn of Climate Risks in Worldwide Threat Assessment read
Geoscientists solve the riddle of the ‘rainforest crisis’ read

New articles in Religion: world religions knowledge

AIG, In-Depth Apologetics Training “During the two-hour event, Ken Ham will give a keynote talk before you hear from a panel of experts for an in-depth discussion of science, genetics, astronomy, and the gospel” watch
Kyle Mantyla, Right-Wing Pastor Says Melania Trump Ordered White House To Be ‘Completely Exorcised’ Before Moving In read
Becky Garrison, The National Rubber Stamp for Theocracy Breakfast read
Bradford Richardson Atheists slam Trump for referencing only Christianity at prayer breakfast read
Kelly Caminero, A Day of Worship at the Church of Oprah: ‘It’s Gonna Be All Right!’ read
Sarah K. Burris , Can Religion Explain Why Americans Are So Easily Duped by Fake News? (Kurt Andersen) read
President Trump Delivers Remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast watch
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Marty, Teacher “Our job is to help them learn to be precise and thoughtful when they think and talk about religion stuff. As teachers at a public university, though, we also have an obligation to justify the use of publicfunds to pay us. We must be punctilious in our research and teaching but we must be able to translate what we do—to the legislature and to the people.” read
Take Harvard’s Introductory Course on Buddhism, One of Five World Religions Classes Offered Free Online “The approach of these courses is summed up by Religious Literacy Project Director Diane L. Moore in a document called “Our Method.” Religious scholars, she writes, recognize “the validity of normative theological assertions without equating them with universal truths about the tradition itself.” One can study religions with a critical, yet charitable, eye, allowing them to speak for themselves while remaining skeptical of their claims, and while acknowledging their “full range of agency from the heinous to the heroic.” In his introductory video lectures, Professor Hallisey admits this isn’t always easy.” read
John Lingan, Salvation for Civilians read
David Masci, 5 facts about the religious lives of African Americans read
Bboo Patel on his relationship to Martin Marty read
Paula Jacobs, Live-Streaming Brings Synagogue Services Into People’s Homes read
Tom Bissell, Why Did Christianity Prevail? rev. Bart Ehrman’s new book read
Jessilyn Justice, Largest Religious Facebook Page in the World Devoted to Genesis 12:3
Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right read
Michael Shermer, Heavens on Earth “For millennia, religions have concocted numerous manifestations of heaven and the afterlife, and though no one has ever returned from such a place to report what it is really like—or that it even exists—today science and technology are being used to try to make it happen in our lifetime. From radical life extension to cryonic suspension to mind uploading, Shermer considers how realistic these attempts are from a proper skeptical perspective.” read
Julie Zauzmer, The complicated history of ‘In God We Trust’ and other examples Trump gives of American religion read
Isabel Fattal, How Should Atheism Be Taught? read
Dan Collins, In Memory of Steven Collins (Buddhist studies progesor at Univ. of Chicago) read
Rebecca Leber, Scott Pruitt Is Gutting the EPA Because He Thinks It’s God’s Plan read
Charles P. Pierce, Billy Graham Was a Giant in American Political Life “Given the fact that we are now left with his inexcusable wing nut son, Franklin, I’m not inclined to look too harshly on Billy Graham’s career. It can always get worse, and has.” read
Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures (Harvard’s new online free courses) read
Templeton, Possibilities: Making the Case for Critical Realism // The Psychology of Purpose // Scientists in Synagogues read
Laurie Goodstein, Billy Graham Warned Against Embracing a President. His Son Has Gone Another Way read
Griffin Paul Jackson, Jerusalem Christians Unite … to Close Church of the Holy Sepulcher read
Martin E. Marty, Cultural Disintegration , Narty draws on Tillich to anticipate this new term. read
Jessilyn Justice, Did Benny Hinn Just Renounce the Prosperity Gospel? read
Fred Reed, Kids: Then and Now (remembering the 50s and 60s) read
Dominionists Head To Trump’s DC Hotel To Bring ‘Heaven’s Rule’ To America read
Susan M. Shaw, Is Patriarchy the Religion of the Planet? read

New articles in Human scourges: Sexual Harassment

Alleen Brown, Ryan Grim, Matthew Cole, How Powerful Men Helped Rob Porter Keep His White House Job After Learning He Abused Former Partners read
Dealing with Sexual Harassment – from Hillary Clinton? read
Nobody Knows, by Rebecca Solnit : Harper’s Magazine read
Laura McGann, When does Hope Hicks get to be a “wunderkind” instead of a “former model”? read

New articles in Human scourges: racism

Amy Goodman and Juan González, , The Whitewashing and Distortion of Rosa Parks and MLK’s Legacies (int. Jeanne Theoharis on her new book “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.” read
James Baldwin – Pin Drop Speech (8m) watch
Malcolm X: Best Interview EVER! (6m) watch
Malcolm X’s Legendary Speech: “The Ballot or the Bullet” watch
the Unpopular James Baldwin watch
The Best Advice Dr. Maya Angelou Has Ever Given—and Received watch
David Marchese, Quincy Jones on the secret Michael Jackson, his relationship with the Trumps, and the problem with modern pop “From a strictly musical perspective, what have you done that you’re most proud of?—That anything I can feel, I can notate musically. Not many people can do that. I can make a band play like a singer sings. That’s what arranging is, and it’s a great gift. I wouldn’t trade it for shit.….A few years back there was a quote you supposedly gave — I couldn’t find the source of it, so maybe it’s apocryphal — where you dismissed rap as being a bunch of four-bar loops. Is that an opinion you stand by?:That’s true about rap, that it’s the same phrase over and over and over again. The ear has to have the melody groomed for it; you have to keep the ear candy going because the mind turns off when the music doesn’t change. Music is strange that way. You’ve got to keep the ear busy…..Musicians today can’t go all the way with the music because they haven’t done their homework with the left brain. Music is emotion and science. You don’t have to practice emotion because that comes naturally. Technique is different. If you can’t get your finger between three and four and seven and eight on a piano, you can’t play…..You’re supposed to use everything from the past. If you know where you come from, it’s easier to get where you’re going. read
Pankaj Mishra, Why do white people like what I write? The actual world in which Ta-Nehisi Coates writes, is criticized by Mishra US racism and wars can’t be ignored. “It’s only now, with a white supremacist ensconced in the White House, that those same hardheaded liberals – who did so much to create a climate of opinion and a legal regime in which black and brown bodies could be seized, broken and destroyed outside all norms and laws of war – are coming to grips with ‘America’s Original Sin: Slavery and the Legacy of White Supremacy’ (an unlikely recent headline in Foreign Affairs).” read
MTV/PRRI Report, Diversity, Division, Discrimination: The State of Young America read
From the Green Book to Facebook, how black people still need to outwit racists in rural America read
Race, not abortion, was the founding issue of the religious right read
The legacy of Medgar Evers (7m) watch
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Why I’m Writing Captain America read
Allen M. Hornblum, How Black Prison Inmates in Philadelphia Were Turned Into Human Guinea Pigs: A Memoir read
Bill Moyers, The Kerner Commission, 40 Years Later. Discussion with Fred Harris read
Alex Lubben, EPA Scientists Find That Air Pollution Is Worse in Poor, Black Communities read

New articles es in Human Rights: Whistleblowers

Daniel Van Schooten, Insider Threat Programs Could Chill Whistleblowing, Agency Warns read
Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Leaks “A quick word about language: “leaker” and “whistleblower” are overlapping terms, but they aren’t synonyms. A leaker, in this context, anonymously reveals information that might embarrass officials or open up the government’s internal workings to unwanted public scrutiny. In Washington, good reporters cultivate sources inside every presidential administration and every Congress and hope for leaks. A whistleblower reveals what she believes to be immoral or illegal official conduct to her bureaucratic superiors or to the public. Certain sorts of whistle-blowing, relating chiefly to mismanagement and corruption, are protected by law; leakers are not protected, nor are whistleblowers who reveal state secrets. “ read
Jonathan Cook. The UK’s Hidden Hand in Julian Assange’s Detention read
Micah Lee and Cora Currier, In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don’t Like read
John Kiriakou, The Cost of Blowing the Whistle Is High, but Worth It read
Jimmy Dore and William Binney, Mind Blowing Corruption At FBI – NSA Whistleblower Reveals read
CIA – Espionage and the Leak Culture read