The Bankers of Death: Rockefeller, Morgan, and War

This article is excerpted from Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy, chapter 8, “Rockefeller, Morgan, and War” (1984; 2011). During the 1930s, the Rockefellers pushed hard for war against Japan, which they saw as competing with them vigorously for oil and rubber resources in Southeast Asia and as endangering the Rockefellers’ cherished dreams of … Continue reading The Bankers of Death: Rockefeller, Morgan, and War

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Pentagon Used Bribes, Games and Beer to Mine Data in the Middle East

A new book tells the story of how the Pentagon used creative methods involving technologically-savvy humanitarians to collect data on Afghanistan. “The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World,” tells the story of how the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) collaborated with a loosely associated group of “humanitarians, … Continue reading Pentagon Used Bribes, Games and Beer to Mine Data in the Middle East

How Richard Longworth Predicted 20 Years Ago That Globalization Would Cause a Social Crisis

Whenever we see the reality of momentous shifts in society, it’s always good to go back and take a look at the people who saw it coming far away. Generally speaking, there were usually people who understood what was happening in advance. For example, Daniel Bell wrote his book The Coming of Post-Industrial Society in 1976. There … Continue reading How Richard Longworth Predicted 20 Years Ago That Globalization Would Cause a Social Crisis

Amazon Sells Out of Orwell’s 1984 As America Starts Paying Attention To What’s Really Going On

George Orwell’s 1984 is a classic book depicting a populace ruled by a political regime that persecutes individualism and independent critical thinking as “thoughtcrimes” that must be enforced by the “thought police.” This party seeks power above all, and, through the propagandist Ministry of Truth, presents the people with their version of truth. Sound familiar? Within the … Continue reading Amazon Sells Out of Orwell’s 1984 As America Starts Paying Attention To What’s Really Going On

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The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region

I am hunched over, almost on my hands and knees, nearly 250 feet below ground. Behind me is close to a mile of tunnel, hewn through solid rock. In front of me is a steel door set into a concrete barricade. Through its tiny window I can see another barricade and steel door, maybe another … Continue reading The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region

Media Corruption – Leading Journalists Expose Major Corruption in Mass Media

The riveting excerpts below from the revealing accounts of award-winning journalists in the highly acclaimed book Into the Buzzsaw reveal major media corruption. These courageous writers were prevented by corporate media ownership from reporting major news stories. Some were even fired or laid off. They have won numerous awards, including several Emmys and a Pulitzer. … Continue reading Media Corruption – Leading Journalists Expose Major Corruption in Mass Media

Why Reading is One of the Healthiest Things You can do for Yourself

People are more health conscious these days than they have ever been. It seems everywhere you look there is some miracle treatment for anything that might ail you in life. In reality, one of the best things you can do to boost your health is simply reading a book. In 2009, Mindlab International, a consultancy … Continue reading Why Reading is One of the Healthiest Things You can do for Yourself