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Robert Reich – Six reasons why Trump’s wall is even dumber than most of his other ideas

At his turbulent news event last Wednesday (I won’t dignify it by calling it a news conference), Trump reiterated that he will build a wall along the Mexican border. “It’s not a fence. It’s a wall,” he said, and “Mexico will pay for the wall.” Here are 6 reasons why Trump’s wall is an even dumber idea than most of …

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Black Agenda Radio – 01.16.17

Welcome, to the radio magazine that brings you news, commentary and analysis from a Black Left perspective. I’m Glen Ford, along with my co-host, Nellie Bailey. Coming up: Dr. Anthony Monteiro says the U.S. political and economic system is coming apart at the seams, with the ruling class fighting among itself — and that’s one reason the Democrats seem to have gone crazy over the imagined Russian threat. We’ll talk with Dr. Monteiro about the Democrats’ disarray, and the larger crisis of capitalism.

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Ben Casselman – Stop Saying Trump’s Win Had Nothing To Do With Economics

In the months leading up to Election Day, a heated debate broke out among political commentators over the source of Donald Trump’s support. Was it driven primarily by economic anxiety, as the early conventional wisdom often argued, or more by racism and other cultural factors? The debate has continued in the weeks since Trump’s win, and lately the anxiety skeptics …

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Trends This Week – “We did it” is out; optimism is in – 01.11.17

Since Trump’s victory – with Hollywood in mourning, the mainstream media obsessing over who hacked what and President Obama trying to rewrite the history of his eight years of failures – in the real world, consumer confidence surged to a 15-year high in December and optimism spiked the most since 1980. Celente breaks it down.

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Rev. Richard Skaff – “Make America Great Again”: The Psychology behind Trump’s Election

A great leader must be a great liar and a hypocrite. Men are simple of mind and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived. Men in general judge by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but only few …

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Andrea Germanos – Earth ‘On the Edge’ as Disastrous 2016 Goes Down as Hottest Year on Record

Earth is “on the edge.” So declared the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) Thursday, announcing that 2016 was the warmest year on record. The first global assessment of last year’s temperatures finds that 2016 broke the record set in 2015 by close to 0.2°C , with last year’s record having broken the record set in 2014. According to meteorologist …

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dale ruff – Politics as Psychopathology: Trump’s Attention Deficit, Oppositional, and Sleep Disorder

My friend who not only has a PH.d in theoretical physics and 40 years of experience as a psychiatrist, and whose specialty is diagnosis, tells me that not only is Donald Trump “a f*cking idiot” but has severe ADD, the affliction I know from having taught special education for 20 years. To this diagnosis, I would add Oppositional Disorder (irrational …

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Leid Stories—Fake Politics: Propagating the Dangerous Myth That Opposing Trump Is Opposing the System—01.04.16

Fake news–the gluten-free, lower-calorie term for what used to be called “disinformation,” “lies” and “propaganda”—played a significant role in shaping the attitudes and choices of millions of voters in the 2016 presidential election. Although fake news for a long time has been an integral component of the “information” disseminated by mass-media outlets, only recently was the widespread practice exposed as a national menace and a threat to the long-held principle of freedom of information.

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos – Building Totalitarianism in Europe – The Last Coup of Victoria Nuland

Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State, did not spend much time and energy with Christmas and New Year celebrations this year. She has another very urgent and pressing problem to solve, before leaving the State Department, and this is the “Cyprus conflict”. The way she wants to solve this conflict is by transforming a second member of the …

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Don Hazen – Stressed out by Finances? Maybe You’re Suffering from Acute Financial Stress

One potential consequence of economic stress is a kind of PTSD, which psychologist Galen Buckwalter has termed Acute Financial Stress via findings in his research on the topic. Over the past month, AlterNet has produced a series of articles on AFS by Buckwalter, which has led to some interesting and robust discussions in the AlterNet comments section. To broaden understanding, AlterNet conducted …