Former prisoners issued debit cards rather than cash, charged with fees that profit corporations

Instead of cash, persons leaving correctional facilities (nearly all of them in California) are given debit cards that issue fees/charges, making money for corporations. “Unlike consumer debit cards, prison-issued cards are completely unregulated when it comes to the fees that can be charged. The result is high transaction and maintenance fees that bear little relation to the actual costs of the services provided.”

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Resistance Update: “Free Speech Zones” Questioned, Civil Disobedience Found Necessary, Climate Change Recognized as Demanding Action

“‘By ordering protesters to leave the entire Wall Street area, police violated protesters’ First Amendment right to carry their message directly to its intended recipients: the Wall Street bankers who bankroll climate change,’ Judge Mandelbaum said in his decision.”

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Noam Chomsky on the root of racism in the US

“There is also a common variant of what has sometimes been called ‘intentional ignorance’ of what it is inconvenient to know: ‘Yes, bad things happened in the past, but let us put all of that behind us and march on to a glorious future, all sharing equally in the rights and opportunities of citizenry.’ The appalling statistics of today’s circumstances of African-American life can be confronted by other bitter residues of a shameful past, laments about black cultural inferiority, or worse, forgetting how our wealth and privilege was created in no small part by the centuries of torture and degradation of which we are the beneficiaries and they remain the victims.”

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Interview with Ecofeminist Maria Mies

“Women’s work in the house was and is as much a ‘free good’ as nature’s work is for capital…In the ‘Third World’…like the role of housework and of nature [literally the earth] under capitalism…colonies are treated more or less like women and nature, namely as ‘free goods’ which can be exploited by White Man almost without costs.” – Maria Mies

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The Dalia Lama on Greed

“The interesting thing about greed is that although the underlying motive is to seek satisfaction, even after obtaining what you want, you’re still not satisfied. It’s this endless, nagging desire for more that leads to trouble. On the other hand, if you’re truly contented, it doesn’t matter whether you get what you want or not. Either way, you remain content.” – Dalai Lama

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Alan Watts on Carl Jung

“I think the most important thing in [Carl] Jung [is] that he was able to point out that, to the degree that you condemn others and find evil in others, you are to that degree unconscious of that same thing in yourself. Or at least of the potentiality of it. …In order to admit, and really accept and understand, the evil in oneself, one had to be able to do it without being an enemy to it.” – Alan Watts

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An important report on racism and politics, specifically in Alabama.

“Today, the South, where 55 percent of America’s black population lives, is increasingly looking like a different country. Fewer children can read; more adults have HIV; its residents suffer from the shortest life expectancies of any in the United States.”

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