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Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

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On this day in 1945, 67 years ago, the United States dropped a U-235 uranium bomb named Little Boy on Hiroshima, Japan.

  • Bill Moyers’ essay from 21 July. Definitely worth a second look.”The NRA is the enabler of death — paranoid, delusional and as venomous as a scorpion.” Not only that, the NRA is the best friend the gullible, the unbalanced and the hateful ever had.
  • “Unidentified gunmen have attacked a checkpoint on the Egyptian-Israeli border, killing at least 15 Egyptian policemen, officials say.”
  • “A government making a raft of public spending cuts might not be expected to win many friends. But critics of Mariano Rajoy’s rightwing Partido Popular (PP) claim that a series of departures from Spain’s leading state broadcasting organisations are a sign that it will not tolerate any criticism.”
  • “The heavy army truck that swings past the paddy fields and between the towering mountains of Xieng Khouang province in northern Laos attracts attention. A family of four squeezed on to a moped give a wave. A lone man herding cattle on the side of the road looks up and smiles.”
  • “A death row prisoner who has been medically diagnosed as ‘mentally retarded’ and therefore exempt from execution is set to die on Tuesday in Texas, a state that rejects scientific consensus and instead applies its own definition of learning difficulties based on a character in a John Steinbeck novel.”
  • “With a mixture of tense nerves and confidence, NASA is counting down to the landing of its largest ever robotic rover on Mars, where it will search for signs that life may once have existed.” Check the comments for updates, it is supposed to touch down while we on the east coast are sleepin’.

Prof Richard Wolff at the Brecht Forum in New York on 29 July. “Crisis and Openings” (1 1/2 hours)

The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.

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