Priests & Politicians – the Mafia of the Soul

Priests & Politicians: The Mafia of the Soul

“These politicians and these priests have been constantly in conspiracy, working together hand in hand. The politician has the political power; the priest has the religious power. The politician protects the priest, the priest blesses the politician – and the masses are exploited, sucked; their blood is sucked by both.”1 Osho

See also:

Osho: Only One Thing Can Prevent Politicians From Destroying the World
Democracy – The Primary Fatal Flaw
Democracy – Towards a Democratic Meritocracy
Mother Teresa: Deceiver, Charlatan, and Hypocrite
Time to Move Over, Old Man
A Complete Democracy Is Impossible without Economic Equality – Osho

We are asking three questions:

  • One, if this is illegal, why is no one prosecuted?
  • Two, if it is legal, who made those laws?
  • Three, then whose action or inaction allowed those lawmakers to have that power?

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February 19, 2024
Alexei Navalny death latest: Putin critic’s ‘bruised body seen in morgue’ as family demands it is returned
“Vladamir Putin believes that he is ‘untouchable’ after years of an iron grip on Russia, the wife of jailed opposition figure Vladimir Kara-Murza has said, as she accused the autocrat of murdering Alexei Navalny. Speaking to the BBC, Evgenia Kara-Murza said: ‘All that impunity that lasted for decades has led [Putin] to believe he’s somehow untouchable.’ It comes as an independent Russian newspaper cited an anonymous source claiming that Mr Navalny’s body had been delivered to the Salekhard District Clinical Hospital. The unnamed source, identified as an experienced paramedic, said the body was bruised and had been transported from the nearby town of Labytnangi.” – Independent

February 17, 2024
Pakistan elections: Rawalpindi commissioner resigns admitting to tampering results
“He claimed the country’s two top officials – the chief election commissioner and the chief justice – were also involved in rigging.” – Independent

February 16, 2024
‘Brutally murdered’: World reacts to Alexey Navalny’s death in prison
“Leaders say Putin critic ‘paid for his courage with his life’ and that they hold Russia responsible for his death.” – Aljazeera

February 14, 2024
Senior US official warns of security threat amid reports of Russian nuclear capability in space
“ABC News and the New York Times cited unnamed sources as saying that the security threat Turner was referring to involved the Russia’s potential deployment of a nuclear anti-satellite weapon in space.” – The Guardian

February 13, 2024
Global defence spending jumped to record $2.2 trillion last year: Report
“’The current military-security situation heralds what is likely to be a more dangerous decade, characterised by the brazen application by some of military power to pursue claims,’ read the annual report which the IISS has been compiling annually for the past 65 years…. The report comes days after Republican frontrunner Donald Trump said he had previously told an unspecified NATO member’s leader that he would “encourage” Russia to do “whatever the hell they want” in that country if it had not met its financial obligations to the military alliance.” – Aljazeera

February 1, 2024
A White Supremacist Killed Her Dad In El Paso. Now GOP Politicians Sound Like The Shooter.
“Meg Jaurez’s father was among 22 people killed by a man who wanted to stop the ‘Hispanic invasion.’ Now she hears that language everywhere…. Now, when Meg Juarez checks the news, almost every Republican politician and right-wing pundit sounds like the man who shot her parents. They’re talking about an ‘invasio’ at the border and the ‘great replacement’ of white voters wrought by immigration…. Last month, Abbott boasted, ‘The only thing we’re not doing is shooting people,’ he said, because ‘the Biden administration would charge us with murder’ — a winking admission that he’d permit extrajudicial killings if it didn’t mean going to prison.” – HuffPost

January 29, 2024
Prisoners in the US are part of a hidden workforce linked to hundreds of popular food brands
“The goods these prisoners produce wind up in the supply chains of a dizzying array of products found in most American kitchens, from Frosted Flakes cereal and Ball Park hot dogs to Gold Medal flour, Coca-Cola and Riceland rice. They are on the shelves of virtually every supermarket in the country, including Kroger, Target, Aldi and Whole Foods. And some goods are exported, including to countries that have had products blocked from entering the U.S. for using forced or prison labor…. Some prisoners work on the same plantation soil where slaves harvested cotton, tobacco and sugarcane more than 150 years ago, with some present-day images looking eerily similar to the past. In Louisiana, which has one of the country’s highest incarceration rates, men working on the “farm line” still stoop over crops stretching far into the distance…. Willie Ingram picked everything from cotton to okra during his 51 years in the state penitentiary, better known as Angola…. Some days, he said, workers would throw their tools in the air to protest, despite knowing the potential consequences. “They’d come, maybe four in the truck, shields over their face, billy clubs, and they’d beat you right there in the field. They beat you, handcuff you and beat you again,” said Ingram, who received a life sentence after pleading guilty to a crime he said he didn’t commit. He was told he would serve 10 ½ years and avoid a possible death penalty, but it wasn’t until 2021 that a sympathetic judge finally released him. He was 73…. Now, with about 2 million people locked up, U.S. prison labor from all sectors has morphed into a multibillion-dollar empire,” – The Associated Press

January 28, 2024
‘I don’t see how it ends’: expert sounds alarm on new wave of US opioids crisis
“There had been other opportunities to slow the crisis before it evolved from prescription pills to illicitly-produced fentanyl and other drugs that together have claimed 800,000 American lives over the past quarter of a century with predictions of another million deaths by the end of the decade. But federal regulators and prosecutors failed to seize the moment. Perhaps most disturbing of all, Van Zee said the US is still failing to learn the lessons of a uniquely American catastrophe to break the influence of corporate money over medicine, drug regulation and political accountability.” – The Guardian

January 20, 2024
Report Claims Inflation Woes Driven Largely By Corporate Greed
The paper boosts the controversial progressive argument that corporations are squeezing American households just because they can.” – HuffPost

January 18, 2024
Why The American West Is A Hotbed Of Extremism And Misinformation
“A new book breaks down myths about the Western U.S., and examines why it’s an increasingly welcoming space for far-right extremism to take root.” – HuffPost

January 17, 2024
Closing the women’s health gap: A $1 trillion opportunity to improve lives and economies
“Investments addressing the women’s health gap could add years to life and life to years—and potentially boost the global economy by $1 trillion annually by 2040.” – McKinsey

January 15, 2024
Trump shares bizarre biblical video saying God made him to be America’s ‘caretaker’
“Republican gives full vent to messiah complex on eve of Iowa caucuses. Donald Trump has shared an eerie video on the eve of the Iowa caucuses in which he appears to proclaim himself God’s chosen emissary on Earth – sent to deliver America back to prosperity. The three-minute clip, posted to Truth Social on Sunday evening, opens on grainy footage of an LP turning on a record player, broadcasting an apparently ancient sermon in which a preacher intones: ‘And on 14 June 1946, God looked down on his planned paradise and said: “I need a caretaker.” ‘So God gave us Trump,’ the voiceover adds.” – Independent

January 15, 2024
‘It’s difficult to survive’: China’s LGBTQ+ advocates​ face jail and forced confession
“Trans and queer people and their supporters suffer ‘systemic persecution’ as country pushes increasingly conservative values.” – The Guardian

January 12, 2024
Florida school district pulls dictionaries and encyclopedias as part of “inappropriate” content review
“The Escambia County school district has included five dictionaries, eight encyclopedias and “The Guinness Book of World Records,” in its list of more than 1,600 books that could soon be banned.” – CBSNews

January 12, 2024
Greg Abbott Says the Only Thing Stopping Texas From Shooting Migrants Is the Headache of Potential Murder Charges
Otherwise they’d apparently go for it. As governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has a horrific record when it comes to immigration, from sending more than 100 migrants to a freezing-cold DC on Christmas Eve to a ‘hold-the-line’ operation on the border that could lead to more drownings. Yet he’d like credit for one thing, and that’s the fact that he hasn’t given local officials the greenlight to literally shoot migrants crossing into Texas—but only because he doesn’t want to deal with being charged with murder. – VanityFair

January 12, 2024
Former LA sheriff’s deputy gets 30 days in jail for 2019 killing of Ryan Twyman
“Andrew Lyons and another sheriff’s deputy shot at Twyman 34 times while he was inside his car in south Los Angeles…. The criminal conviction and jail time for the 39-year-old is an exceptionally rare outcome for an on-duty killing by a law enforcement official.” – The Guardian

January 11, 2024
A Black Woman Called 911 For Help, And Police Killed Her In Front Of Her Daughter
“Niani Finlayson called police for help during a domestic incident. They fatally shot her within seconds.” – HuffPost

January 10, 2024
Forty-four of 50 US states worsen inequality with ‘upside-down’ taxes
“New research found that poorest fifth pay a tax rate 60% higher, on average, than the top 1% of households.” – The Guardian

January 9, 2024
The Idea of the Nation-State Is Synonymous With Genocide
“‘Neither Settler Nor Native’ by Mahmood Mamdani To challenge the thesis that nationalism and colonialism are two separate things—that nationalism is the good side, colonialism the bad side; that nationalism came first, colonialism later, or vice versa. I wanted to show that they were twins joined at the hip. And I also wanted to show that from the outset, the nation-state project could not be achieved without ethnic cleansing and extreme violence.” – The Nation

January 8, 2024
Trump refuses to sign Illinois pledge not to overthrow government: Live
“Republican’s refusal to sign loyalty oath emerges on third annivery of Capitol riot.” – Independent

January 8, 2024
2023 saw record killings by US police. Who is most impacted?
“The deadliest year for homicides by law enforcement in over a decade, data shows…. Police violence is increasing as murders are falling… ‘Violence is trending downwards at an unprecedented rate, but the exception to that seems to be the police, who are engaging in more violence each year,’ said Samuel Sinyangwe, a policy analyst and data scientist who founded Mapping Police Violence. ‘It hits home that many of the promises and actions made after the murder of George Floyd don’t appear to have reduced police violence on a nationwide level.’… In 2023, Black people were killed at a rate 2.6 times higher than white people.” – The Guardian

January 8, 2024
Republican Elise Stefanik declines to commit to certifying 2024 election votes
“Welker said: ‘Just to be very clear, I don’t hear you committed to certifying the election results. Will you only commit to certifying the results if former president Trump wins?’ Stefanik said: ‘No, it means if they are constitutional,’ before expressing her claim that the 2020 presidential race ‘was not a fair election’ despite multiple legal reviews solicited by Trump and his allies confirming that it was…. She also delivered a tirade about how the true threat to democracy was ‘attempting to remove … Trump from the ballot because Joe Biden knows he can’t win.’… The notable exchange between Welker and Stefanik, the fourth-highest ranking Republican in the House, came after the latter woman played a prominent role in the recent ouster of the presidents of two Ivy League universities.”  – The Guardian

January 3, 2024
Ugandan LGBTQ+ activist in critical condition after brutal knife attack
Human rights defenders have been warning about the risk of attacks on members of the LGBTQ+ community after Uganda last year adopted what is considered one of the harshest anti-gay laws in the world…. In May last year, Uganda adopted anti-gay legislation containing provisions making “aggravated homosexuality” a potentially capital offence and setting out penalties for consensual same-sex relations of up to life in prison.” – The Guardian

January 2, 2024
Inside Trump’s ‘fascist’ dreams for a second term
“Donald Trump seeks revenge with a second-term agenda more extreme than his first.” – Independent

January 1, 2024
‘Stakes are really high’: misinformation researcher changes tack for 2024 US election
“Kate Starbird says attacks have made research difficult, and claims of bias arise because of prevalence of lies from the right. A key researcher in the fight against election misinformation – who herself became the subject of an intensive misinformation campaign – has said her field gets accused of ‘bias’ precisely because it’s now mainly rightwingers who spread the worst lies.”  – The Guardian

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