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Joseph Natoli 28.07.2018 00:42
The Reptilian Brain Rules Now
The Democratic Party discourse in the late 20th century amounts to a kind of quiet détente relationship with capitalism up until Bernie Sanders reached the national stage and urged, along with Elizabeth Warren, most notably, that a plutocracy making economics be forcefully challenged. For the last few decades, however, Liberals have centered a loud, repetitive politics of inclusion of all stripes of difference and marginality.

Confronted with the disposition of the American mass psyche, it does not much matter what Democrats decide to emphasize, race or economics.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes she won her primary because she combines a concern for race and economics, the two inextricably tied. Everything, not just race, however, remains inextricably tied to economics. But in the mass psyche of Americans, economics is not a bubbling confrontation of socialist and capitalist views. Economics is already sewed up in that psychomachia, that reptilian, psychic drama, as an endless, necessary competition in which everyone has a chance to win if their will is strong enough.

In short then, whether or not Democrats campaign a la Bernie Sanders in November does not much matter because no aspect of the economics of plutocracy, from the drastic wealth divide to the erosion of any safety net, is a concern in the drama that rules the American mind.

If the Democratic Party manages to contain Sanders' "Let Americans accept Democratic Socialism" push, then they face not simply disregard and disinterest, "So what" and "Whatever" but real anger. For it may very well be that our lip service to "love thy neighbor as thyself" translates on the pre-reflective, gut grasp level as "beware of your neighbor, especially if he or she is different, or different than either he or she." Why give to those you choose to ignore or disdain an equal share of anything?

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Larry Mosqueda 28.07.2018 00:12
On the Origins of the Current Immigration "Crisis" at the Border
July 27, 2018

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In the summer of 2018, the world and many people in the United States are horrified and shocked by US immigration policy of separating and detaining children as they cross the Southern border with their parents. Some mainstream media coverage, following the Trump narrative, implies that the United States had no choice but to separate children and detain their parents; that somehow the US is a "victim" in this situation. Such a narrative requires historical amnesia as well as a basic lack of understanding of US foreign and domestic policy.

In order to understand why so many families embark on dangerous journeys that lead to crossing the border without documentation, we need to focus on some underlying causes. Since the mid-twentieth century, the US as the dominant hegemonic power in Central America has created the conditions for the present economic, social and political realities of the region. In the 1950s the CIA fostered a coup in Guatemala, resulting in the deaths of at least 200,000 Guatemalans over 5 decades. (1) From the late 1970s to 1992, the US conducted a war against the people of El Salvador, resulting in the deaths of over 75,000 men, women and children. (2)

From 1979 -1990, the US conducted a Contra war against the people of Nicaragua that killed over 50,000 people. The wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador occurred after decades of US- imposed dictators, since the 1930s. The numbers of people killed doesn't reflect those who were injured and those whose lives were destroyed or impacted economically and socially. They not only killed thousands; they created the conditions that generated large numbers of refugees. The US wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua occurred under both political parties; they also destabilized the government of Honduras. The interventions by the US are all well-documented historical facts that are not contested by knowledgeable people. (3)

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Abba Solomon 27.07.2018 06:50
The Criminal Innocence Of American Jews
There is an often-quoted passage by James Baldwin about the effect of America's original sin of white supremacy on his family members.

His enigmatic and provoking thought is,

But it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.

James Baldwin, 1963

Baldwin's passage expresses outrage that African-Americans are controlled by a ruthless and comprehensive system that is nonetheless mostly imperceptible to whites.

The passage makes me think of the epithet "Good German," used for those who should have known what monstrosities were done in their name, and should have resisted rather than acquiesced.

The resonance here for this Jew is double: applying Baldwin's sensibility to Jews as "authors of devastation" of Palestinian Arabs — and the fact that a strong motivator for silence about Israel is to remain in the Jewish group.

The reproach to Code Pink's Ariel Gold, as she was deported from Israel, was that she is a "Jewish woman trying to take advantage of that fact for the worse," to speak for decent treatment of Arabs. Showing that one's standing as a Jew is conditional on adherence to the oppressor's side.

We can see a parallel to Baldwin's description of white supremacist belief — "that black men are inferior to white men" — in Zionist belief and practice.

In Palestine, since the beginning of Zionist settlement, there has been a flavor of domination, and Jews teaching "lessons" to the natives that we can see today as the IDF bombs Gaza.

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ARC 26.07.2018 20:29
37 Of Many Ways CBS Billionaire Leasers OF Airwaves Shill For War, Violence, Toxic Drug
While CBS is featured in this article, many points here apply also to Disney's ABC, Comcast's NBC, Time Warner's CNN, Rupert Murdoch's Fox, IHeart Radio which had been purchased by Mitt Romney to promote his presidential campaign, PBS etc.

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Dan Roberts 26.07.2018 16:26
The Shortwave Report 07/27/18 Listen Globally!
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Radio Deutsche-Welle, and Sputnik Radio.

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Ted Rall 26.07.2018 02:52
Why the Russia-Trump Collusion Conspiracy Theory Isn’t Catching On
July 26, 2018

The Democrat-led anti-Trump "Resistance" and its numerous media mouthpieces have been promoting their "Russia hacked the election" narrative for two years. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fired the biggest recent salvo in this campaign after Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington.

"The notion that President Trump would invite a tyrant to Washington is beyond belief," Pelosi said in a statement on Friday, calling Putin a "thug." (The recurring use of "thug" to describe Russians has become so consistent as to have become a de facto ethnic slur.) "Putin's ongoing attacks on our elections and on Western democracies and his illegal actions in Crimea and the rest of Ukraine deserve the fierce, unanimous condemnation of the international community, not a VIP ticket to our nation's capital."

Despite liberals' uncharacteristically focused and sustained efforts — imagine if Obama and company had pushed as hard for a public option on healthcare! — their #RussophobiaMatters campaign is doing poorly. Fewer than one percent of voters think Russia is a major issue.

Democratic leaders are confused. They've got the newspapers and NPR and a passel of cable news stations all over their "Trump colluded with Russia" story. Why don't people care? Christ, even Democratic voters don't care!

Aside from famine and war few things are sadder than the sight of a hopelessly perplexed House and Senate Democratic leadership. So rather than let them spend a third year wondering why Russiagate keeps being greeted by a great national yawn, I'm here to explain it to them.

Everyone else can stop reading now.

Dear Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi:

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Tucker Higgins 25.07.2018 15:11
Rep. Maxine Waters: 'The Democratic Party Is Not A Socialist Party', 'Don't Abolish ICE'
Welcome to the party, pal!

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Top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee and Trump critic Rep. Maxine Waters: 'The Democratic Party is not a socialist party'

"The Democratic Party is not a socialist party," California Rep. Maxine Waters said in an interview with CNBC's John Harwood on Wednesday.

Waters is a frequent target of President Trump, whom she wants impeached. "He does not intimidate me, and I am not going to stop talking about him," she said.

Asked about another hot-button issue dividing the party, whether ICE should be abolished, Waters said it should not be.

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Gareth Corfield 25.07.2018 04:03
UK Spies Broke Law For 15 Years, But What Can You Do? Shrugs Judge
Appeal against my latest judgment? Oh wait, you can't!

23 Jul 2018 at 12:36

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has reruled that GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 engaged in indiscriminate and illegal bulk cable-tapping surveillance for 15 years - and has once again refused to do anything about it.

In a 113-paragraph judgment handed down today filled with assurances that he was "anxious to assist in achieving improvements" in spying practices, Sir Michael Burton, president of the IPT, found that for a decade and a half, the spy agencies were operating outside section 94 of the UK's 1984 Telecommunications Act.

In a previous judgment from last October, the IPT said the law-breaking period ended in March 2015. Today's judgment extends that period to October 2016, although the IPT said "no declaration [of unlawfulness] will be made, nor any further relief granted" to victims of this illegal surveillance.

Privacy International, the charity which first brought this case two years ago, lost its attempt to overturn an earlier ruling that legal oversight of GCHQ's bulk spying regime was fit for purpose. It also failed to have the agencies' dragnet surveillance practices declared incompatible with Article 8 of the EU Convention on Human Rights, which is a privacy right.

Needling the law in a haystack

Section 94 of the Telecommunications Act 1984 is the legal key to British governmental snooping on phone and internet networks. The Foreign Secretary, to whom GCHQ and MI6 must report, makes a legal "direction" every six months under section 94.

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Reuters 25.07.2018 02:28
U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Right To Carry Gun In Public
July 24, 2018 / 8:56 AM / Updated 6 hours ago

Reuters Staff

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment guarantees a right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense, finding that Hawaii overstepped its authority to regulate firearms possession outside the home.

The ruling by a three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, makes the San Francisco-based court the sixth U.S. circuit court to interpret the Second Amendment that way and could set the issue on a path toward the U.S. Supreme Court, which has not taken up a major gun rights case since 2010.

The extent of the right to gun ownership is one of the most hotly contested debates in the United States, where there has been a steady stream of mass shootings.

In a 2-1 decision on Tuesday, the panel found Hawaii infringed on the rights of plaintiff George Young when it twice denied him a permit the state requires to openly carry a gun in public.

"We do not take lightly the problem of gun violence," Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain wrote in Tuesday's ruling. "But, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense."

State Attorney General Russell Suzuki said the ruling would "undermine Hawaii's strong gun control law and our commitment to protect the public." He added that state and local authorities would consult on what further action to take.

The 9th Circuit ruled in 2016 that the Second Amendment did not guarantee a right to carry concealed firearms in public in a case originating in Southern California. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on that decision last year.

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Alex Anfruns 25.07.2018 00:17
In Nicaragua, Is Operation "Contra bis" Failing?
21 Jul 2018

Thrown under the spotlight since mid-April, the homeland of Sandino is still facing an intense political crisis. From now on, the crisis seems to be approaching its final resolution. On the one hand, the Nicaraguan people are mobilizing more and more alongside the authorities to help them dismantle barricades in insurgent spots. And on the other hand, in one week two big demonstrations for peace took place. Against the wishes of an opposition camp and spokespersons of the US administration, the message of Daniel Ortega during the march for peace of July 7 in Managua was crystal clear: "Here it is the people who set the rules in the Constitution of the Republic. They will not change overnight by the will of some coup leaders. If the putschists want to come to the government, let them seek the people's vote in the next elections. With all the destruction they have provoked, we will see what support they will have." But these facts are minimized by the private media and major news agencies, which continue to hide the evolution on the ground and blow on the embers of the dispute. Which side will tip the scales?

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Bruschetta Burke 24.07.2018 14:18
Drill Baby Drill Is The Texas Version,U Have To Ask Vladimir Putin for The Russian Version
We believe there was a secret plan by Texas Big Oil and Russia,to get Donald Trump elected U.S. President in 2016,so both countries could then open up the Artic for oil and gas exploration$$..

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John V. Walsh 23.07.2018 23:36
Progressive Democrats Hate Trump More Than War or Nuclear Annihilation
July 23rd, 2018

It is rare that we praise Donald Trump, but meeting with both Kim Jung Un and Vladimir Putin was the right thing to do. If our goal is to build peace, then calm talks, rather than threats and military escalation, are always the better path to take.

— CodePink Statement, June 17, 2018 (Emphasis in the original.)

Thus read CodePink's remarkable and courageous statement in the wake of the Helsinki Summit. To link the word "praise" with President Trump is to invite ostracism in progressive circles - even when nuclear Armageddon is the issue. But CodePink succumbed neither to Trump Derangement Syndrome nor to the related disorder Russophobia.

Does CodePink's statement portend the dissipation of these twin maladies? Unfortunately not. CodePink appears to remain the exception, not the rule.

To understand this, let's turn to an "Open Letter" in The Nation on July 11, just before the Helsinki Summit, signed by a variety of individuals and appearing under the names of five organizations: RootsAction, Just Foreign Policy, World Beyond War, Progressive Democrats of America and Peace Action - a cross section of the progressive peace movement. Let's note at the outset that some of the Letter's signatories have done admirable work in combatting Russophobia.

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Norman Ball 23.07.2018 23:00
The Cancer Thinks It's The Body Politic
The Mueller Independent Counsel is like a Trumanite consulate within the resurgent Madisonian government spearheaded by Trump. Without Mueller's lingering presence, the Democrats (mantle-holders at the moment for the Deep State, along with some furtive Republican establishment support) would have no substantive speaking-role, outside of (are you ready?) Maxine Waters.

The Object of Mueller's investigation is not to go away. Mueller is the beachhead that invents incoming German artillery fire. The enemy is over the hill only because Mueller says he is. Culled from the same infernal cauldron as the War on Terror, Mueller emanates from nowhere and everywhere and is as durable as the capacity for human terror (i.e. inexhaustible). The perpetual motion machine from Lawfare Hell.

As Adam Hill points out, this in perpetuum feature accomplishes two simultaneous objectives. One, it permanently sub-optimizes Trump's Presidency and two, it permits Rosenstein to forever dish his favored response to Congressional questions: "I'm sorry I can't answer that question because of the ongoing nature of the investigation." Here's Hill:

... Rosenstein and others embarrassed by DOJ's actions may derive raison d'être, if not safety, from the never-ending nature of the investigation. And like Leonard Shelby's investigative file, the Russia investigation has become a puzzle that is designed to never be solved. Because to do so would end the "ongoing investigation" excuse that keeps the cause of DOJ's embarrassment under wraps.

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Ethan Young 23.07.2018 15:06
Mapping the Resistance, May 2018, 28 pp
The 2016 election and one year in office for Donald Trump have resulted in an intensifying polarization in mainstream US politics. A many-sided attack is underway on democracy as it has been shaped by movements for protection of rights, living standards, and the environment
over the course of the last century.

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Bruschetta Burke 23.07.2018 14:38
Will They Lineup For Presidential Pardons?
Many now believe the recent timing of the U.S. Presidential pardon of Dinesh D'Souza,was used to signal others being investigated by the Mueller investigation.

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. 23.07.2018 01:10
One Thing I'm Really Tired Of From U.S. Fundamentalist Christians :
sorry, this is kind of a rant [sub-classification within Portland IMC's 'commentary' category]; bear with me.

as an American citizen I've been dealing with fundamentalist Christians (of various skin colors) my entire life. As a survivor of the Reagan Era it's particularly "close to my heart" because, those were the 'glory years' for the resurgence of fundamentalist Christian culture nationwide.

Here's the 'one thing I'm really tired of' :

It truly bothers me when I see/read/hear fundamentalist Christians either 1) calling for or, 2) justifying the death of others with whom they happen to not agree with, share the same ideological/"spiritual" [<--latter word is stretching credibility for most U.S. FundieChristians] viewpoint, or those who are somehow 'beneath' their compassion or (even) subhuman.

Some examples :

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rAT 22.07.2018 18:53
CNN, 911 and The Continuing Saga of the Greatest Hoax in American History
Only the Good Die Young Looking through the prism of 911 at current events can only make one shudder even more.

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Peace Accountants 22.07.2018 17:35
Trump Has Increased US Deficit By 4 to 5 Trillion Dollars
The Trump regime under the guise of cutting government costs has increased them. Between 4 and 5 trillion dollars in costs have been added to the deficit enriching Chinese, Swiss, Japanese, British and American banksters.

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Gary Leupp 22.07.2018 02:25
The "Russian Interference" Scandal, In a Nutshell
July 21st, 2018

A few dozen GRU officers spent several thousand dollars to acquire fake U.S. identities and post fake news on U.S. social media, before and after the 2016 election. They hacked into some state and local electoral boards and for some reason (maybe just to see if they could do it) stole information on half a million voters in Illinois and Arizona. (Just like the NSA probably has information on lots of Russian voters.)

The impact of these posts has been exaggerated. They certainly did not shape the election. Those suggesting otherwise are either ignorant or driven by butt-headed Russophobia, or both.

The Russian officers hacked the DNC and (allegedly) gave the files to Wikileaks, which released them, revealing that FACT that the monstrously corrupt Debbie Wasserman Schultz's DNC had rigged the (fake) Democratic primary for Hillary against Bernie.

The latter is really the big sin. How DARE the leaker leak the fact that the U.S. system is so undemocratic. How dare anybody look at the empire's electoral process and say the emperor has no clothes.

Bernie Sanders was much more popular than Hillary Clinton throughout the Democratic primaries. Multiple polls showed him much better poised to defeat the republican candidate than Hillary. But Debbie told her staffers, "Don't be silly, Bernie's not going to win." She made sure her candidate won. But as the Democrats arrived at their nominating convention in July 2016 Wikileaks published her scandalous emails and she and the whole DNC leadership were obliged to resign in shame.

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_ 22.07.2018 01:22
#1A (Tweet) U.S. Corporate Mass Media Self-Congratulates As Standing Up For 1st Amendment
Yes folks, as of July 2018 reality has become fantasy (or are otherwise intertwined).

CNN journalist Ryan Nobles just tweeted that he was congratulated by an unidentified individual at a hotel location covering the President; the individual purportedly said to Mr. Nobles:
"Thank you for your service, the First Amendment is so important right now."

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Ryan Nobles
(@ryanobles)
This rarely happens so I thought it was worth documenting.. Gentleman stops me at the hotel where the press are staging covering POTUS- asks if I'm part of the press corp. I say yes— he replies "Thank you for your service, the First Amendment is so important right now." #1A

3:09 PM - 20 Jul 2018

11,817 Retweets 65,602 Likes

 http://twitter.com/ryanobles/status/1020430427667017728

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Russell Berman 22.07.2018 00:20
The Democratic Party Apologizes To Black Voters
ATLANTA—Swanky fund-raisers don't often begin with an apology to the well-heeled donors who shelled out thousands of dollars to sip wine, eat steak, and listen to pep-rally speeches. But as he looked out over a predominantly black crowd gathered at the Georgia Aquarium on Thursday night, Tom Perez, the Democratic National Committee chairman, felt compelled to issue a mea culpa.

"I am sorry," Perez said.

At first, it seemed like Perez was voicing one more generalized regret for the 2016 election that put Donald Trump in the White House—the squandered opportunity that abruptly ended the Democrats' hold on the presidency and immediately put at risk its policy gains of the previous eight years.

Perez, however, soon made clear that his apology was much more specific. "We lost elections not only in November 2016, but we lost elections in the run-up because we stopped organizing," he said. "We stopped talking to people.

"We took too many people for granted," Perez continued, "and African Americans—our most loyal constituency—we all too frequently took for granted. That is a shame on us, folks, and for that I apologize. And for that I say, it will never happen again!"

Applause broke out before Perez could even finish his apology, heads nodding in acknowledgment and appreciation.

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. 21.07.2018 01:54
NRA, SAF File Lawsuit Against City of Seattle Over Gun-Storage Ordinance
The National Rifle Association, Second Amendment Foundation and two Seattle residents are suing the city over its recently passed legislation requiring the safe storage of firearms within the city limits. Also included as defendants in the lawsuit are Mayor Jenny Durkan, the Seattle Police Department, and Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best.

The lawsuit filed Friday in King County Superior Court says that the safe storage requirement violates Washington state law, which prevents cities from regulating guns.

"Seattle simply can't break the law to adopt an ordinance as a political statement," Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the legislation proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan to require gun owners to lock up their firearms.

Durkan signed the legislation Wednesday, with the law set to take effect in January.

In 2010, Seattle introduced a ban on firearms in city parks. The NRA and Second Amendment Foundation sued the city, and the law was ultimately ruled unconstitutional.

Last year, however, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Seattle's tax on guns. The ordinance imposed a tax of $25 per firearm and 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition. It raised $93,000 last year.

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ARC 20.07.2018 22:54
14 Things To Know About Corrupt FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb
According to Atlasobscura.com, the first use of the term nut milk in the West happened in the 12th Century Yet Scott Gottlieb, Trump head of the FDA, has ruled that only the cowkilling disease spreading dairy industry can use the term milk. He has granted this brutal industry a nonopoly. It is just one of a chain of corrupt actions in his history.

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Anthony Ravlich 20.07.2018 03:48
Globalization: hope on the horizon despite the Fake Liberals.
I consider the Fake Liberals as the major threat to global freedom and western civilization. They promote globalization leading to multiculturalism and diversity to such an extreme it threatens western culture. Globalization also gains much Corporate and right wing support creating the swamp however with America leading the way opposition to the swamp is growing globally.

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Louis Proyect 20.07.2018 03:23
Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and the Dilemmas of the Left
July 20, 2018

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The left internationally has been stuck on the horns of a dilemma for quite some time now. When radicals take state power but fail to abolish private property, internal contradictions eventually catch up with the government and dash the hopes initially placed in it—Syriza in Greece and Chavista Venezuela being prime examples. With Cuba and North Korea as relics of the "communist" past, there are few on the left that consider them as models in the way that large parts once did fifty years ago, even more so when both hold-outs are now moving rapidly toward a Chinese-style economy. Just this week, there was news that Cuba will now recognize private property under a new constitution.

Despite such discouraging tendencies, radicalism persists mostly as a result of the assaults on living standards the capitalist system imposes. As part of an ongoing project to analyze the renaissance of social democracy in the United States, rebranded by the DSA, Jacobin and the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party as "democratic socialism", I decided to read Richard Seymour's "Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics". I knew little about Corbyn except what I learned from the Guardian, The Nation and the usual leftwing websites that were as breathlessly enthusiastic as they were about the Sanders campaign.

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Stefania Maurizi 20.07.2018 03:05
Inside WikiLeaks: Working with the Publisher that Changed the World
Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi has worked with WikiLeaks for nine years on the Podesta emails and other revelations. Here's an insider's view of the publisher that has incensed rulers around the world, desperate to hide their corruption.

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Dan Roberts 19.07.2018 16:30
The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally!
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, Sputnik Radio, and Radio Deutsche-Welle.

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Tomasz Konicz 18.07.2018 21:00
The System Question as a Survival Question
A fundamental social alternative to the permanent capitalist chaos is sought. A rational social discourse on system alternatives would be an antidote to populism and to the irrational identity-mania that spreads in crisis times. The public discusses headscarves and leather trousers while late capitalism sinks in crisis/

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Paul Kirk Haeder 18.07.2018 16:33
America Is A Cauldron Of Self-Loathing, Fear And Dis-empathy Brought To Us By Capitali$m
If I Don't Feel It, The Problem Doesn't Exist

You know we are cooked when the middling middle class, with educations from Duke, USC, Vanderbilt, Princeton, Columbia, and gobs of money in the bank, and an east coast upbringing, now California dreaming, are astonished that there are actually homeless veterans.

This is the state of the lobotomized America, one country that is a mix of Disneyland, Zombie-land, Filthy First Families, War Economics, General Anxiety Disorder gone rampant, and, well, everything one can imagine the White Race (sic) has become under the crystal meth bubble of money, debt, TV, Netflix, Cowboys and Indians Entertainment, and a population in a dervish of debt spiral while the hooked-brained Point Zero Zero Zero One Percent has us as slaves.

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Media Lens 18.07.2018 16:28
No Nerve Agents Found - The OPCW Interim Report On Douma
In Alerts 2018 Post 17 July 2018 Last Updated on 17 July 2018
By Editor

In terms of suffering caused, there is often not, in fact, much to choose between dismembering and burning people alive with high explosives, shredding them with shrapnel, and choking them with poison gas. Modern 'conventional' weapons can be far more cruel and devastating than, for example, chlorine gas. But chemical weapons, prohibited by international law, are extremely potent in allowing Western 'humanitarians' to justify 'intervention' in response to crimes - real, hyped or imagined - that the West has itself far surpassed using more respectable forms of mass murder.

Noam Chomsky has observed that 'propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state'. This is certainly true for social control at home, but propaganda also allows nominally democratic states to wield their military bludgeons abroad in much the same way as totalitarian states.

Thus, in April, it happened again: the entire corporate media system rose up with instant certainty to damn an enemy state for crimes against humanity on April 7, in Douma, Syria.

This was not acceptable death by bomb and bullet; this was a nerve gas attack. The villainous agent on every journalist's lips: sarin, a highly toxic synthetic organophosphorus compound that has no smell or taste, but which quickly kills through asphyxiation.

As we discussed at the time, there was no question that this was a repetition of the fake justification for war to secure non-existent Iraqi WMDs, or to prevent a fictional Libyan massacre in Benghazi. Instead, the Guardian editors insisted that this certainly was 'a chemical gas attack, orchestrated by Bashar al-Assad, that left dead children foaming at the mouth'. From the safety of his Guardian office, assistant editor Simon Tisdall hammered the drum for a war that risked even nuclear confrontation:

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Linda Ford 18.07.2018 16:23
Red Fawn Fallis and the Felony of Being Attacked by Cops
July 17th, 2018

What happened to Standing Rock water protector Red Fawn Fallis is what has happened to many women political dissenters who go up against Big Government/Corporate power. After she was viciously tackled by several police officers (caught on video), she was brought up on serious charges of harming those who harmed her. Fallis, after months of intense corporate/military surveillance and handy informant reports, was targeted as a coordinator and a leader, a symbol and an inspiration. For daring to make a stand for her people against the encroaching poison and destruction brought by the Dakota Access gas pipeline, she became a political prisoner.

Native-American women suffering dire consequences because of the ever-expanding needs of capitalist/white rule is nothing new. Native-Americans have endured environmental racism for a very long time—from New England merchants to men seeking gold and to "tame" the West. Late 20th century technology brought uranium mining and nuclear testing to the Southwest, bringing new and far-reaching disaster. The Dakota oil pipeline, carrying explosive crude Canadian oil, goes through tribal lands, without tribal consent, potentially poisoning their water and desecrating their sacred sites. Women have been on the frontlines of DAPL resistance, with their traditional ties to "Mother Earth" and to ancient matriarchal spiritual leadership. But Standing Rock women resister/water protectors, faced all-out war from government/corporate forces.

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Bruschetta Burke 18.07.2018 14:09
John Roberts,Ted Cruz Texas Violated U.S. Supreme Court's Arizona vs Youngblood
Frightening,two of the most critical pieces of Hank Skinner's exoneration court evidence in Texas law enforcement's possession,simply vanished,and Texas wants to execute~ murder Mr.Skinner as if that evidence never existed to begin with.

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Recycled Paper Trail 18.07.2018 11:55
US' Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Controls
Election Systems And Software controls statewide voting machine systems in 18 states, 13 of which are GOP dominated.

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_ 18.07.2018 08:25
George Soros: Obama "My Greatest Disappointment" On His Money Wielding Enough Influence
George Soros Complains His Money Didn't Wield Enough Influence During Obama Years

 link to slate.com

George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist, Democratic political donor, and GOP boogeyman, called Barack Obama his "greatest disappointment" in a recent interview for the New York Times Magazine and accused the former president of "clos[ing] the door" on him after winning the election.

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blues 17.07.2018 17:43
WAR IS OVER (if you want it)
YES the WAR IS OVER (if you want it)!!! The fucking Cold War-II is finally over if the CIA doesn't assassinate Trump as they did JFK.

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Dan Kerman 17.07.2018 14:33
San Francisco Rideshare Rapist Is Undocumented Immigrant, Former Lyft Driver
Posted: Jul 16, 2018 05:16 PM PDT

Updated: Jul 16, 2018 05:20 PM PDT

KRON4's Dan Kerman has learned that Orlando Lazo, the man arrested, actually was employed by Lyft, one of the two main rideshare companies in the city.

In an email to KRON4, Lyft says:

"We have confirmed that this person did drive for Lyft, but as soon as we were made aware of these horrific and deeply disturbing allegations, we immediately deactivated him. We are still investigating at this time, but with the information presented, we have no reason to believe these incidents occurred on the platform."

Lyft did not say how long Lazo has been driving for them.

KRON4 has also learned Lazo is an undocumented immigrant from Peru.

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Chris Hedges 16.07.2018 21:12
The War On Assange Is A War On Press Freedom
The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisher—the maniacal goal of the U.S. government—would set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason. It would shroud in total secrecy the actions of the ruling global elites. If Assange is extradited to the United States and sentenced, The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other media organization, no matter how tepid their coverage of the corporate state, would be subject to the same draconian censorship. Under the precedent set, Donald Trump's Supreme Court would enthusiastically uphold the arrest and imprisonment of any publisher, editor or reporter in the name of national security.

Assange is a courageous and fearless publisher who is being persecuted for exposing the crimes of the corporate state and imperialism. His defense is the cutting edge of the fight against government suppression of our most important and fundamental democratic rights.

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Real Time with Bill Maher 16.07.2018 18:05
Michael Moore 'Fahrenheit 11/9': Trump "Believes In Being President For Life"
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlbOmDLqcw4

^ see ~5:30 in to the clip above, Moore claims that Donald Trump "believes in being president for life" and further that DT has claimed "Roosevelt had 4 terms, why can't I?"

Moore's latest documentary 'Fahrenheit 11/9' is in theaters September 21.

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rAT 16.07.2018 10:17
Trump Bends Over for Putin: Are the "P.P. Tapes" Real?
Alec Baldwin's spoof was a comedy milestone. But what if it's freakin' TRUE?

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Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie 15.07.2018 23:11
The Inconvenient Truth of Cell Phones & 5G Antennas on Every Utility Pole
Laptops / Ipads have the potential to sterilize our children. Check website: This article appeared in the English Newspaper, The Guardian. on the 14th of July 2018. Of course this was ignored by the press in the U.S. because the telecommunications industry effectively owns all media outlets in this country. The authors wrote the recent cover article for The Nation Magazine exposing the fraud, corruption, racketeering, suppression of science by our government and the regulatory agencies responsible for setting safe limits of exposure. The industry is responsible for the most successful advertising scam in history: "21st Century Education." Meanwhile, our kids are screen addicted, medicated for mental illness while the industry feeding trough knows no end and cares not about human life and the devastating future for the Igen (born after 1995) that have a challenging future biologically and psychologically. Wireless radiation exposure is the most challenging environmental toxin now and in the future. Worse than climate change as millions, possibly billions have been condemned to an early grave.

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Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin 15.07.2018 21:10
Irish Seanad votes in Favour of Occupied Territories Bill
July 13th, 2018

Yesterday the Irish Seanad voted in favour of the Occupied Territories Bill which will prohibit the importation of goods or services from illegal settlements in occupied territories, including Israel's settlements in Palestine which violate the Geneva Conventions. The Bill was introduced by the well-known Irish singer Frances Black whose albums feature both Irish ballads and traditional music. She was elected to Seanad Éireann as an independent Senator on her first attempt in 2016.

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomed the Seanad vote (25 in favour, 20 against) in support of Senator Frances Black's 'Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill. According to the IPSC Chairperson, Ms. Fatin Al Tamimi (a Palestinian-Irish citizen):

We in the IPSC, and Palestinians around the world, warmly welcome this historic vote, the first its kind in any Western country. Once again, Ireland is making history and leading the way in its solidarity with the Palestinian people. We thank and salute all those Senators and parties who have pledged to support the Bill, and we will be asking the Irish people to ensure that these politicians support its passage at all stages of the lawmaking process.

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Peter Van Buren 13.07.2018 16:42
Why I Stand With Julian Assange
America's least favorite whistleblower nonetheless did us a great service---and the U.S. case against him could be chilling.

By Peter Van Buren • July 13, 2018

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Support of Julian Assange outside the Ecuadorian Embassy (Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London). Marshall24 /Flickr
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This weekend I joined a number of people for an online vigil in support of Wikileaks' Julian Assange. Some have asked why I did it: after all, Assange is at best an imperfect figure. But supporting Assange transcends just him, because the battle over his prosecution is about something greater: the future of free speech and a free press. Even if you think Assange doesn't matter, those things do.

Assange is challenging to even his staunchest supporters. In 2010, he was a hero to opponents of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while others called him an enemy of the state for working with whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Now most of Assange's former supporters see him as a traitor and a Putin tool for releasing emails from the Democratic National Committee. Even with the sexual assault inquiry against him having been dismissed, Assange is a #MeToo villain. He a traitor who hides from justice inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, or a spy, or some web-made Frankenstein with elements of all the above. And while I've never met Assange, I've spoken to multiple people who know him well, and the words "generous," "warm," and "personable" are rarely included in their descriptions.

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FN 13.07.2018 15:04
Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians
Dick Gregory, Serena Williams, Mary Shelley, DaVinci Some abstain from mammal, bird and fish flesh. Others also say no to eggs and dairy. Still others are fruitarians because of plant sentience, highest acreage yield, healthiest food, least energy in production etc. These kind diets are expanding geometrically.

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anon 13.07.2018 10:17
Trump ordering increased Chemical Dispersion using Commercial Airliners
Trump makes deal with airlines to cooperate with Homeland Security for increased chemical dispersion over populated areas.

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Ray McGovern 13.07.2018 02:35
Truman's True Warning on the CIA
Exclusive: National security secrecy and a benighted sense of "what's good for the country" can be a dangerous mix for democracy, empowering self-interested or misguided officials to supplant the people's will, as President Truman warned and ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains.

Fifty years ago, exactly one month after John Kennedy was killed, the Washington Post published an op-ed titled "Limit CIA Role to Intelligence." The first sentence of that op-ed on Dec. 22, 1963, read, "I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency."

It sounded like the intro to a bleat from some liberal professor or journalist. Not so. The writer was former President Harry S. Truman, who spearheaded the establishment of the CIA 66 years ago, right after World War II, to better coordinate U.S. intelligence gathering. But the spy agency had lurched off in what Truman thought were troubling directions.

Sadly, those concerns that Truman expressed in that op-ed — that he had inadvertently helped create a Frankenstein monster — are as valid today as they were 50 years ago, if not more so.

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GVFJ 13.07.2018 02:28
The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, CIA, & The Rise Of America's Secret Government
David Talbot: The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, CIA, & Rise of Am. Secret Govt
(25:50)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORapPwla7fs

David Talbot gave a talk on the topic of his recent book, 'The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government', in Los Angeles, California.

Mr. Talbot reveals the history of CIA's heads of states assassinations, overthrow of government, and killing of JFK under the direction of Allen Dulles for the benefit of American Capitalist and ruling class.

This is a MUST read book, which is in the process of being translated in Dutch, French, and Farsi.

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rAT 13.07.2018 01:11
Trump's Reich?
Are Republicans and the Pentagon laying the groundwork for a true police state? You gotta wonder.

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Robert Scheer 12.07.2018 23:06
When Resistance Becomes Capitulation: A Response to an Open Letter in The Nation
Editor's note: The Nation contributor Norman Solomon, who has written for Truthdig, drew our attention to the magazine's publication Wednesday of an open letter signed by multiple scholars, diplomats, politicians, writers and activists calling for "secure elections and true national security." Here is Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer's response to the letter, followed by its full text.

While The Nation deserves credit for this important effort, and I am a huge fan of the magazine's editor, Katrina vanden Heuvel, I find this statement to be an inadequate response to the jingoistic blather of the Democratic Party, and of course the GOP leadership.

What the statement's opening paragraph woefully ignores is the harsh reality that the U.S. political system is far less vulnerable to hacking attacks from any foreign source than the rest of the world's nations are from such attacks by the United States—including surveillance of world leaders, such as the Obama administration's tapping of Angela Merkel's personal cellphone. The NSA probably gets an alert every time Putin snores.

You can go back to the post-World War II elections in Italy and France in the 1940s for the start of our modern era of imperial meddling in free elections. There was the toppling of Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, the prevention of agreed-upon elections to unify Vietnam in 1956, the overthrowing of Salvador Allende in Chile in 1973—the list goes on and on.

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Patrick Martin 12.07.2018 22:38
The CIA Democrats: Part three
From the State Department to Capitol Hill

By Patrick Martin
9 March 2018

This is the third part of a three-part article. The first part  link to portland.indymedia.org on March 8.

Candidates from a military-intelligence background are seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 40 percent of the congressional districts targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2018 elections. They make up the largest single occupational group running in the Democratic primaries. If the Democratic military-intelligence candidates won all 44 of the districts in which they are running—which is theoretically possible, if very unlikely—they would constitute, as a bloc, ten percent of the membership of the House of Representatives.

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Patrick Martin 12.07.2018 22:35
The CIA Democrats: Part two
Agents and war commanders

By Patrick Martin
8 March 2018

This is the second part of a three-part article. The first part  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2018/07/436431.shtml was posted on March 7.

There are 57 candidates for the Democratic nomination in 44 congressional districts who boast as their major credential their years of service in intelligence, in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, at the State Department, or some combination of all three. They make up the largest single occupational group running in the Democratic primaries that began March 6 in Texas and extend through mid-September, selecting the candidates who will appear on the general election ballot on November 6.

Aside from their sheer number, and the fact that more than 40 percent, 24 of the 57, are women, there are other aspects worth considering.

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Patrick Martin 12.07.2018 22:31
The CIA Democrats: Part one
Introduction

By Patrick Martin
7 March 2018

An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history.

If the Democrats capture a majority in the House of Representatives on November 6, as widely predicted, candidates drawn from the military-intelligence apparatus will comprise as many as half of the new Democratic members of Congress. They will hold the balance of power in the lower chamber of Congress.

Both push and pull are at work here. Democratic Party leaders are actively recruiting candidates with a military or intelligence background for competitive seats where there is the best chance of ousting an incumbent Republican or filling a vacancy, frequently clearing the field for a favored "star" recruit.

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John Steppling 12.07.2018 22:28
(Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez / Democrats ->) The Wisdom Of Serpents
I keep watching the ways in which people, left leaning liberals anyway, and even some I thought were leftists, fall over themselves to believe in the Alexandria Ocasio Cortez victory. Now, I don't believe, I should make clear. But I find what is interesting is the ways in which this story became a kind of fairy tale and found traction.

First, it's New York. If this occurs in Port Huron or Tampa or Bakersfield — there is no story. Secondly, this woman came out of the Democratic Party machine, out of Ted Kennedy's office and Bernie Sanders campaign. Does that not tell you something? But third, there is something curious about her whole story. And her web page says her father was a small business owner and other places it says he is an architect. None of this matters, mind you, except that she is certainly not well known in the Bronx by activists or anyone else. She strikes me, personally, as culturally a Westchester County product, not the Bronx. And I guess I find her a bit too telegenic, too perfect an image. Not to mention she is already parroting DNC rhetoric about Russiagate and already making friendly with the fascist opposition against Venezuela. One would think a Latina would know better, no? The U.S. is, after all, on the verge of possible military intervention in Venezuela — and house and senate Democrats are perfectly aligned with this thinking. When did anyone last hear a Democrat voice support for the Bolivarian revolution? Then there is the fact that her most intense support came from white affluent gentrifiers in her district. So a radical she is not.

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_ 12.07.2018 20:58
U.S. Justice Department Reopening 1955 Emmett Till Murder Case
Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African-American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after a white woman said she was offended by him in her family's grocery store.

(PBS) The brutal Emmett Till murder case is being reopened. Here's what we know
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHYazwFl_uQ

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Dan Roberts 12.07.2018 16:34
The Shortwave Report 07/13/18 Listen Globally!
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK Japan.

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Joachim Hirsch 12.07.2018 03:47
Social Policy as Social Infrastructure
Work and income must be uncoupled. In Germany, thanks to higher productivity and info-technology, 30% more was produced from 1970-2010 with 30% fewer workers. The state should represent the public
Demonizing China will not resuscitate the Rust Belt. Social policy, reducing working hours, sharing work and state investment are crucial. The Internet, Touchscreen, and the GPS system happened because of state investment and state risk-taking.

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Abolition 12.07.2018 03:39
Bett Kavanaugh: Warmonger, Execution Advocate, Election Theft, Plutocracy Pawn
Donald Trump's selection for Supreme Court nominee is Bett Kavanaugh, who
of the 7 in the final list is the most in favor of unlimited presidential power,
who is the mdismissost likely should he be confirmed, to quash subpoenas of Trump, to
vote down impeachmet resolutions.

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Vote Out Republicans 12.07.2018 03:16
Vol I 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Theft & Vote Fraud
The party of the rich, the Republican one, has always been a minority party and therefore has been involved in voter suppression and election thefts

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James W. Carden 11.07.2018 22:35
The Fallacies Of The 'Russia-Truthers'
June 16, 2017

Exclusive: The anti-Russia hysteria - now rivaling past Red Scares with Russians hiding under every bed - has led to factual errors in press accounts and has erased standards of political fairness, reports James W. Carden.

One of the more extraordinary developments since the U.S. presidential election is that the paranoia and the grotesque disregard for facts, evidence and logic that characterized the Trump-inspired "birther movement" can now be reasonably said to characterize the Left's stance toward Donald J. Trump.

There seems to be nothing that Trump opponents will not say and no charge, however low, they will not stoop to making as long as it furthers the goal of removing Trump from office. But, alas, the liberal case against Trump rests upon little more than widely shared fictions and unsubstantiated claims about Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

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BY MARLON CRUMP A.K.A "MAD MAN MARLON." 11.07.2018 15:47
A MAD BLACK MAN DIED (INSIDE) FOR "WHITE PRIDE!"
embracing an "indifferent culture" from a humanity standpoint.

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Bill Willers 11.07.2018 12:28
The Two Conflicting Histories of the King Assassination
July 10th, 2018

There are now in the public sphere two totally contradictory narratives of the assassination in 1968 of Martin Luther King, Jr. with each being advanced again and again over the years by respective advocates as if the other did not exist.

Attorney William Pepper, confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr., became convinced in 1978 that James Earl Ray, the officially declared lone gunman, was innocent. Years of investigation led to his 1995 book, Orders to Kill, in which Pepper presented evidence of governmental involvement in the assassination. Three years later, Gerald Posner, already famous for his support for the Warren Commission's report concerning President Kennedy's assassination, published Killing the Dream, a defense of the official governmental contention that Ray was the assassin. The King Family also believed Ray innocent, but due to governmental refusal to pursue a criminal trial, there was instead a 1999 civil trial, The King Family vs. Loyd Jowers et al. Jowers, who had admitted having received the rifle actually used in the shooting, was granted immunity to reveal all he knew. All facets of news media boycotted the trial, arguably the de facto "Trial of the Century".

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